City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/2/2012

November 2, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police host “Hiring Open House”: The Police Department will host a hiring open house on Sunday, November 4th, at the Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW), from 1 to 4 p.m. This will provide information about how to become a Lakewood Police Officer. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet some of the officers, see the equipment used, and get a tour of the station.
  • Kenworth NW in Lakewood: Kenworth (Trucks) NW will break ground on Friday November 9th, at 11 a.m. on a new dealership. Their new site will be at 12507 Pacific Highway SW (south of Bridgeport Way SW). The public is welcome to attend. Kenworth expects the site to open for business next spring.
  • Staff meets with H-Mart: Economic development department team members met with H-Mart leaders this week at their new site under development on South Tacoma Way. The new location for H-Mart, an international market, looks forward to opening in Lakewood in the first quarter of 2013.
  • SSMCP meets at JBLM: On November 1st, the city manager and senior staff joined members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Steering Committee for a meeting on JBLM designed to further develop relationships between regional leaders and the JBLM garrison command. An hour-long briefing was given by JBLM Commander Colonel Charles Hodges that highlighted ongoing changes and developments at the base. Additional presentations were conducted by each of the installation's department directors, including Directorate of Emergency Services, Directorate of Public Works, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security, Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare, & Recreation, Directorate of Human Resources and by Colonel Dallas Homas at Madigan Army Medical Center. Attendees were shown a static display of aircraft and areas of JBLM experiencing the most significant construction activity.
  • Police officer’s life-saving actions at the Communities in School Dinner: Detective Rey Punzalan in all likelihood saved the life of a local physician at the Communities in Schools Autumn Gala Dinner at CPTC on October 26th. The doctor was choking and trying to make his way to the restroom when the officer intercepted him and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The officer was able to get the doctor to expel the food item and breathe normally on his own again. Rey’s quick action prevented a potential tragedy.
  • Volleyball Championships to be held in Lakewood: The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 2A Girls State Volleyball Championships will be at Pierce College and Lakes High School in Lakewood, as well as schools in Steilacoom on November 9 and 10. Lakewood welcomes WIAA and the 2A Girls State Volleyball Championships, players and their families. Hotel information for local Lakewood Hotels has been provided to WIAA.
  • Make a Difference Day Recap: Make a Difference Day was celebrated under rainy skies on Saturday October 26th; it was the 10th year that the Youth Council has coordinated this event for the City. Over 100 volunteers participated by working at the community garden, Tyee Park elementary, the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with Grave Concerns, and the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch.