City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100th Street Construction on Monday April 2nd: Tucci and Sons will begin construction on 100th Street between Gravelly Lake Drive and 59th Avenue on Monday, April 2nd. The project will be adding curb, gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting on both sides of the roadway and replace the traffic signal at 100th Street and Gravelly Lake Drive. Roadway will be narrowed to one travel lane in each direction. Construction is anticipated to last through July 2012.
  • South Sound 911 Policy Board meets: The first meeting of the newly-formed South Sound 911 Policy Board took place on March 28th with all seven members in attendance representing Pierce County, Tacoma, West Pierce, and Lakewood (Mayor Richardson). The board established its meeting protocols, and reviewed the transition planning proposal which involves West Pierce Fire & Rescue in a contractual agreement to manage the transition plan. The Combined Operations Board includes Lakewood’s police chief, and the Transition Advisory Group includes Lakewood’s city manager.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Dog Park wins “Best Pet Park”: Ft. Steilacoom Dog Park won “Best Pet Park” and will be featured in the upcoming June/July issue of South Sound magazine. The Magazine is hosting a party at the end of May at Chambers Bay to celebrate the winners. This issue is the most popular reader-generated issue of South Sound Magazine. This is the third time the Dog Park has been recognized as “The Best” by South Sound Magazine.
  • Public Works Staff at Mann Middle School Mother-Daughter TEA Event: Public Works Engineering staffed a booth at Mann Middle School’s Mother-Daughter Technology Engineering Aptitude (TEA) event on March 17th. Staff provided information on civil engineering-related projects completed in the City and talked one-on-one with attendees about the engineering field. This is the first TEA event sponsored by Clover Park School District with the purpose of encouraging girls to consider engineering. An additional TEA event will be held at Woodbrook Middle School on April 21st which Public Works will also attend.
  • CSRT conducts Crime Prevention presentation: In response to an increase in calls for service, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) conducted a presentation for the residents of an apartment complex in District Two. Some residents had been victims of burglary and/or identity theft. The presentation focused on the prevention of burglaries, motor vehicle theft, vehicle prowls and identity theft. Residents were encouraged to take proactive steps to prevent becoming a target of criminals and learned how to protect their physical safety and identities.
  • Seniors’ St. Patrick’s Day Festival: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Friday March 16th. Over 50 seniors came out wearing green to celebrate the event. The Senior Center is “the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” for the older adults in our community.
  • Cops win 3rd Annual Cops vs. Teachers Charity Basketball Game: On March 28th, Officers Borchardt, Dier, Henson, J. Martin, and Larson all played alongside the Puyallup PD and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in the 3rd Annual Cops vs. Teachers Charity Basketball game at Ferruccii Junior High. For the 3rd year in a row the Cops won, with a score of 57 to 54. The proceeds from the event went to the “Helping Hand House” a non-profit organization that supports the homeless by providing housing assistance and job skill education. The annual LPD vs. LFD (now WPFR) game will be April 21st at 6 p.m.
  • Father/Daughter Dance: The 10th Annual Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 17th was the cutest event in Lakewood. Over 150 Daddy’s, Grandpas, Uncles and Friends gathered with their special little girls and danced the night away. Each little girl left with smiles and sparkly green carnations and each dad took home a 5x7 photo to show the world how much fun they had. Pictures of this event are up on the city's Facebook page .