City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/27/2012

April 27, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • South Sound 911 Policy Board to meet in Lakewood: At its monthly meeting on April 25th, the South Sound 911 Policy Board approved the proposal by Lakewood’s mayor to have the board’s regular meeting in the Lakewood council chambers starting in May. The board, which is comprised of elected officials who represent all the member agencies, oversees the policy direction of the new public safety communications agency. The Board meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday. The city manager serves on the Transition Advisory Group for South Sound 911, and Chief Farrar serves on the Combined Operations Board to manage the agency. Lakewood’s mayor will also represent the Policy Board on the committee to recruit an executive director.
  • 11th Annual Park Appreciation Day: Over 300 volunteers spent a productive morning at six Lakewood park sites on Saturday April 21st, participating in the 11th annual Parks Appreciation Day event. Projects completed during the three hour event included:
    • Hauling 30 yards of garden soil to raised beds for the new community garden
    • Spreading 50 yards of wood chips on pathways between the raised beds
    • Spreading 100 yards of mulch on existing trails and trimming ivy off trees at Wards Lake Park
    • Cleaning the beach front and water, painting a restroom, planting annuals and weeding flower beds at Harry Todd Park
    • Planting five fruit trees and picking up litter at Springbrook Park
    • Cleaning the beachfront and planting flowers at American Lake Park
    • Installing posts for new fencing, completing sections of a split rail fence, planting flowers, pulling invasive plants and installing new grave markers in the historic Fort Steilacoom cemetery within Fort Steilacoom Park.

    The City thanks all the local service club members, students, scouts, military families, church families and park users who supported our parks once again by helping to spruce up the park sites for the busy spring/summer seasons.

  • Lakewood Knights Lions Club speaker: The city manager was the speaker at the Knights Lions Club meeting on April 24th at CPTC. The subject was the City of Lakewood and its involvement on regional issues.
  • Café Banana sponsoring fundraiser for Lakewood’s Relay for Life Team: Café Banana is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the City of Lakewood’s Relay for Life Team in the fight against cancer. From Sunday, April 29th to Thursday, May 4th, 20% of all gross sales will go to the City’s “Team Emmett.” This is an excellent opportunity to support a local business and a great cause. Café Banana is located in the Great American Casino at 10115 S Tacoma Way.
  • Human Services Gathers Data on Community Needs: The City’s Human Services department in cooperation with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board gathered data on community need in an effort to help identify gaps in services currently provided under the City’s human services grants. The results of the survey are posted on the City’s website and can be accessed at: 2012 Human Services Needs Assessment
  • HR staff attend AWC Labor Relations Institute Conference: HR Director rDebi Young and HR Analyst Sarah Borden attended the 32nd Annual AWC Labor Relations Institute Conference, April 25-27 in Yakima.
  • LPD wins Helmets vs. Shields Basketball Game: The Lakewood Police Department won the 8th annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game last Saturday night against West Pierce Fire and Rescue. The score was 75 – 50 and the two charities raised $10,000.