April 20, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- Saturday April 21st is Parks Appreciation Day: Come out and participate in Lakewood’s 11th annual Parks Appreciation Day event on Saturday, April 21, from 9am to 12 noon. The weather outlook is for sunny skies. We plan to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and Parks Appreciation Day with volunteers helping spruce up Harry Todd Park (8928 North Thorne Lane), American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW), Wards Lake Park (the 88th Street South entrance point off of South Tacoma Way), Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 -87th Avenue SW) and Springbrook Park (12601 Addison Street SW). Please call (253) 983-7758 or contact www.lakewoodparksandrec.com with any questions.
- Helmets vs. Shields Basketball Game on April 21st: Saturday April 21st is the 8th annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. The game will be held at Pierce College, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, at 6:00 p.m. This has been a great fundraiser for our two charities and all of the money raised is put right back into the community. Tickets are $5 at the door, and there will be a silent auction.
- 150th Street and Murray Road Improvement Project: The contractor, Jennings, will be starting construction on 150th Street and Murray Road in Woodbrook the week of April 23rd. Work for the first two weeks will mostly take place off of the existing roadway with temporary lane closures. Temporary long-term detours will be established starting in early May and last through construction duration in mid August. Road construction and detour information can be found on the City web site at: /documents/public_works/documents/e1163_mailer.pdf
- 100th St Project: (59th Ave to Gravelly Lake Drive) The contractor, Tucci & Sons, Inc. will be starting a night pipe crew on Monday April 23rd. They will be installing storm pipe at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and 100th Street. They will be starting at 7:00pm nightly and working Monday through Thursday night. We will also continue to work on 100th street during normal working hours Monday through Friday.
- Korea Town Meeting: A meeting sponsored by the Korean business community was held on April 17th at the Old Miro Café, attended by several City staff. Officer Osness spoke on crime statistics in Lakewood, that thefts and burglaries are up slightly, that thieves look for opportunity, and by leaving items in vehicles this creates a good opportunity for thieves. He also explained how to report suspicious vehicles/persons, how and when to call 911, and the importance of building a working relationship with the City and the Police Department. Several pamphlets in Korean on fraud, and how to protect your self from burglaries and theft, were distributed. Lt. Mauer also spoke on the importance of calling 911, and CSO McGinnis spoke on how to mobilize and how to inform each other about potential problems by texting, and face book email calling.
- Emergency Response Planning Cell training: The training session on April 19th included City staff from all departments, and other entities including the West Pierce Fire and the Clover Park School District. Presentations were conducted on In Harm’s Way: “Emergency Evacuation-Difficult Decision Making" and "Development of the Incident Action Plan” and the group conducted a scenario-based Interactive Tabletop Exercise.
- World Book Night: As part of World Book Night, Senior Planner Deborah Johnson will be distributing free copies of Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian prior to the Lakewood City Council meeting on Monday, April 23. UK-based World Book Night, intended to spread a love of reading and books, coincides with UNESCO’s World Book Day and will include the US for the first time in 2012. Thousands of people will give away special-edition World Book Night paperbacks at community venues. The Lakewood Barnes and Noble is serving as a distribution partner for approximately 1,000 books. Johnson chose Alexie’s semi-autobiographical novel, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s literature, from among 30 offerings because of his prominence as a Washington state author. Alexie, who lives in Seattle, has produced 22 books as well as an award-winning film.