City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/29/2012

June 29, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SummerFest 2012 this weekend: SummerFest at Fort Steilacoom Park will run from 10am to 11pm on Saturday June 30th, and from 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Visit www.lakewoodsummerfest.com for detailed schedule information.
  • Lakewood’s first Triathlon: The City of Lakewood and Tacoma South Sound Sports are hosting a sprint triathlon in conjunction with our annual SummerFEST festival on Sunday, July 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. A triathlon sprint includes a ½ mile swim (at American Lake Park in Lakewood), a 14 mile bike ride (from American Lake park, to north fort JBLM, through Steilacoom, looping back around and ending at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for a 5K run (3.2 miles). Watch out for bikers along the triathlon route . SummerFEST begins at 11:00 a.m. with another full day of fun at Fort Steilacoom Park. Since not everyone can do a sprint triathlon we will host a FREE 5K starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Samoa Cultural Day is June 30th: The event will run from 8:30 am-5:00 pm in Clover Park High School’s Harry Lang Stadium. This free one-day event features a parade and welcome, traditional village dances/songs, native oratory speeches, Samoa traditional games, island food booths, Polynesian handicrafts and more...
  • Lake City code enforcement sweep: On June 26th, a team consisting of CSRT, Lakewood Police and the building department conducted a code enforcement sweep of a neighborhood in Lake City. The area has been a source of numerous, chronic issues including property maintenance, junk vehicles and overgrown vegetation. Complaints about eight residences and several vehicles which were illegally stored in the right of way were addressed. One of the residences has been identified as a candidate for abatement.
  • Mobile home park community meeting: This week CSO McGinnis and NPO Osness conducted a community meeting at a local mobile home park, with 22 citizens in attendance. The meeting which focused on personal safety, and the officers discussed how and when to call 911, prevention of vehicle thefts, reporting of suspicious people/vehicles, crime statistics, and fireworks.
  • CPR/First Aid Training: CSRT Staff CSO Conelly conducted CPR/AED/First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens training for City Staff as well as Counselors in Training with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on June 27th. Participants learned how to keep themselves and others safe in the event of an emergency, as well as how to care for someone who is injured. Participants were able to practice their skills in the class.
  • Staff support to Habitat Volunteer Build Team: City staff participated in the Lakewood’s first Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build Team on Saturday, June 23rd. Various departments joined forces with future homeowners choosing jobs at the two house sites, about a block apart. One house was getting millwork installed (moldings, door trims, etc.) while the other was less advanced, still having floor tiles and outside walkways created. This gave a variety of jobs using power and hand tools, or just plain shovels and strong backs. The Volunteers learned and progressed quickly, developing skills along the way. By the end of the day they were truly teams who worked cooperatively side by side, learning and teaching, and getting two new home owners a step closer to their dreams.
  • Birds in the Park: Fort Steilacoom Park’s amazing bird population is featured in Audubon Washington’s current Towhee newsletter. The story, about a recent birding field trip at the 340 acre park, includes many colorful bird pictures and can be read at: http://www.tahomaaudubon.org/Resources/Documents/0612Towhee.pdf