City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/18/2012

May 18, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Kids Fish-In Event: Join the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department Saturday, May 19th for the Kids Fish-In Event. A fun event for kids ages 5 – 14 to learn to fish and get a rod and reel and up to two fish all for only $10. For more information about this event, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983–7887.
  • Police launch new Face book and Website pages: The Lakewood Police Department launched their brand new Face book page and new and improved website this week. The Face book page has already received well over 200 "likes" and is climbing daily, with a lot of feedback coming through from citizens via phone and email. The addition of a Face book page is the second part of a social media push that began with a Twitter account in 2010 and is an effort to disseminate information quickly and easily to the community using those forms of media that are proven to be the most far-reaching in today's society. Not only can people find information on the Police Department on FB and Twitter, but the Police Department can use these sites for information/assistance requests on active investigations and/or suspects.
  • New combined “Connections Newsletter and Recreation Guide”: In an effort to conserve resources, the City has combined the Lakewood Connections Community Newsletter and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Recreation Guide. Inside the new issue, you can read about city news as well as special activities for citizens to enjoy this summer. Check out the Spring/Summer Issue online at www.cityoflakewood.us or for a paper copy visit City Hall.
  • Public Works receives grant from DOE: Public Works has been offered up to $976,573 in grant funds from the state Department of Ecology to replace the remaining obsolete storm water drywells in Lakewood. After negotiating a grant funding agreement this year, construction should take place in 2013.
  • Police chaplain graduates from Chaplains Academy: After completing 55 hours of training, Jason Woods graduated from the Police and Fire Chaplains Training Academy on May 10th. He has completed the basic requirements for the International Conference of Police Chaplains and the Federation of Fire Chaplains. Jason was one of four honor students selected to speak at the graduation ceremony.
  • Community-building Workshop: The Community Safety & Resource Team (CSRT) sponsored a community-building workshop on May 17th which was attended by about 40 citizens. The meeting provided an opportunity to explore avenues for community involvement and neighborhood problem-solving. Information tables were established with participation by about 18 departments and agencies to provide resource information to participants. Speakers included the mayor, the city manager, and Lt Mauer, who manages the CSRT. Special guest speaker was Cary Bozeman, the former mayor of both Bellevue and Bremerton, who spoke about community involvement.
  • Lakewood hosts PSRC bus tour of freeway congestion sites: Dan Penrose, the City’s project manager for the South Sound Military & Community Partnership, hosted a bus tour for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s transportation policy board to visit the Interstate 5 improvement project sites through the JBLM area. About 35 elected officials from the region participated. PSRC will play an important role in the prioritization of grant-funded transportation projects.
  • Oakbrook Golf Course and Restaurant now open to the public: Economic Development staff met with Ryan Moore Group (RMG) staff at Oakbrook this week. The golf course at Oakbrook is now open to the public as well as RMG subscribers. The restaurant, closed for a time to accomplish remodeling, has re-opened with the new name “Oakhouse.” The restaurant and bar are now open to the public, and patio seating will be available during the warm weather.
  • Black Bear opens second location: Black Bear Yogurt opened a second store in Lakewood this week. The drive-thru and walk-up location serving frozen yogurt and espresso is located at the corner of Bridgeport Way and Mt. Tahoma Drive.
  • MayFest at Lakewold Gardens: The Lakewood Arts Commission hosted a juried art exhibit during MayFest at Lakewold Gardens. Local artists including Marjorie Mankin, Doloris Martin, Cindi Baij, Shirley Petersen and Werner Dillenberger were recognized for their artwork. A reception was held on May 11th to meet the artists. The Arts Commission’s visual arts committee coordinated the art exhibit and produced a display of paintings.
  • Community Garden Ribbon Cutting: After over a year of planning, approximately 40 potential farmers attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 14th to mark the official opening of the Lakewood Community Garden. The garden is located in back of the building that previously served as the Lakewood Police Station. The First Baptist Church of Lakewood has purchased the facility and donated a section for a community garden. The garden wouldn’t be here today without the hard work and dedication of many including the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Clover Park School District, Clover Park Kiwanis Club, Emergency Food Network, Forterra and the community volunteers on our garden leadership team and those who filled the garden boxes with dirt and moved a lot of chips to create the garden pathways. The garden is a work in progress and we’re excited to watch this garden grow. As they said at the first meeting on April 12, 2011 “We are not just growing a garden. We are growing a community!” Persons interested in reserving a spot in the garden can contact the Lakewood Parks Department at (253) 983-7887.