City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/19/2012

October 19, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood is the City that Reads: The Lakewood Library, Barnes & Noble, and the Lakewood Arts Commission celebrated “September is National Literacy Month” by creating the 3 Favorite Books event from September 1st – 30th. Readers were encouraged to visit the Lakewood library to fill-out a form and list their three favorite books. All forms were entered into a drawing with prizes donated by the Lakewood Playhouse, Barnes and Noble, Lakewood RAM and Taco Del Mar. The drawing for prizes was held on October 10th at the Lakewood Library; Aubriana Edelmann was the top prize winner for the 12 and under age group; Yuliya Legkun for the 13 to 20; Michael Stevenson for the 21 – 49 and Theresa Heller for Age 50 plus.
  • Nationwide Earthquake “Shake-out: The City conducted a full exercise as it participated in the national earthquake drill at 10:18am on 10/18. An audio announcement played at Lakewood City Hall and Lakewood PD announced the earthquake and reminded everyone to "drop cover and hold". Parks and Public Works also participated. Once the announcement was completed, employees evacuated the buildings with the able assistance of floor captains. It was a successful exercise and will enable us to refine the training to address questions that came up.
  • Officers save 2 after car accident: On October 12th, Officers McClelland and Davis arrived on the scene of a car accident that occurred when a vehicle going approximately 110 mph struck a tree. Two people were still in the car, and shortly after the police arrived, the vehicle caught on fire. Officers McClelland and Davis were able to remove both the driver and the passenger from the car and get them up onto the roadway to safety. West Pierce Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, extinguished the fire and treated the occupants. Both were transported to Madigan Hospital, where the passenger had to have major surgery due to injuries received in the crash. The heroic efforts of the officers made a major difference in the outcome and the survival of the persons.
  • Lakewood hosts Public Records Officers conference: The annual Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) conference was hosted at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center in Lakewood this week. Lakewood City Clerk Alice Bush is the past-president of the association, and the city manager presented a welcome to the 279 attendees.
  • City hosts Metal Theft Investigation Class: The Lakewood Police Department hosted a metal theft investigation class on October 15th, taught by Metal Theft Training & Consultants, LLC. The class was attended by seven LPD employees, as well as 15 others from different agencies. Copper theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the civilized world, costing billions to businesses and individuals. The goal of the training was to teach law enforcement, security guard companies, prosecuting attorneys, contractors, and even metal recycling companies how to identify, prevent, and prosecute all forms of metal theft, especially copper theft.
  • Lakewood’s “Community Connector” Prepares to Deploy: The 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) is Lakewood’s adopted brigade at JBLM. On Thursday, October 18, the 4-2 SBCT conducted a “Casing Ceremony” at JBLM in preparation for its 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade will deploy in phases over the next 2-3 weeks. Mayor Richardson, Deputy Mayor Anderson and Councilmember Whalen represented the City of Lakewood at the ceremony.
  • Billboard Update: In 2003, the City Council adopted an ordinance which amended parts of the sign code, requiring property owners to remove billboards in the event the property owner desired to redevelop, or otherwise expand existing use. Alternatively, if the property owner wanted to retain the billboard, the billboard could remain, but no additional development would be allowed. So, how effective was this ordinance? Between 2005 and 2012, 15 billboards have been removed, almost all of them were located along the I-5 Corridor. Methodically, the City is removing clutter and improving the visual image of Lakewood.