City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/30/2012

November 30, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Christmas Tree Lighting and Inaugural 5K “Jingle Bell Run”: Next Friday, December 6, the City will host the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival from 4-7pm. The festival will begin with a “Kiddie Parade” procession from the former “Joes” parking lot across the street from City Hall. The Lakewood Christmas tree will be lit at approximately 4:30pm. The Festival will also feature Santa, treats, and live holiday music. The following day, the City will host the first ever Jingle Bell 5K run/walk at 9am starting at City Hall. For more information on each event, please visit www.cityoflakewood.us .
  • Third Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive: As initiated by Chief and Mrs. Bret Farrar, the Police Department hosted its annual food drive this week to commemorate the third anniversary of the deaths of our four officers – Mark Renninger, Greg Richards, Tina Griswold, and Ronnie Owens – on November 29, 2009. The event was a successful kick-off to a food drive to provide support for families in need. Governor-elect Jay Inslee was a speaker at the Lakewood Police Station at the ceremony at the start of the event.
  • City receives TIB Grant for STW/Steilacoom intersection: Public Works received the official grant award notice from the State Transportation Improvement Board for its Steilacoom Blvd/S Tacoma Way Intersection improvement project. A total project cost is estimated at $1,550,000 and the grant award is for $1,240,000. The project includes adding an additional right turn lane on Steilacoom Blvd at the S Tacoma Way intersection thus providing two dedicated right turn lanes on to S Tacoma Way, upgrading that intersection with new traffic signal system, also upgrading the intersection of S Tacoma Way & 88th St with a new traffic signal system and adding a fourth leg which becomes the ingress and egress driveway for the shopping center along the west side of Steilacoom Blvd. In additional new sidewalks will be installed along with asphalt overlaying the pavement throughout the project limits.
  • CSRT staff presents at homeowners meeting: CSO Gail Conelly and NPO Ken Devaney attended the annual Oakbrook 4th Addition Home Owner’s Association Meeting on November 28th held at the Oakhouse Restaurant. They spoke to the 35 resident attendees about the latest crime and scam trends occurring, as well as providing information on Burglary and Vehicle Prowl/Theft prevention; Identity Theft and Aggressive Begging.
  • City manager is speaker at Lakewood’s Gyro Club: The city manager provided a presentation on City budget issues and priorities to the local Gyro Club in Lakewood on November 27th. Gyro International is a non-profit service and fraternal club with groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. A number of questions were discussed about City challenges for the upcoming year.
  • Springbrook Park Clean-Up: Saturday, November 17, City staff and over fifty community volunteers spent the morning cleaning up the recently purchased Springbrook Park property expansion. A shed was torn down and two 40-yard dumpsters of waste were removed by volunteers, totaling 8.62 tons of garbage. The donated disposal value was over $1,200 (not including transport expenses). Volunteers included members of the Partners for Parks Board, Lakewood First Lions, Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, and Air Force personnel from JBLM. Coffee and snacks were donated by Forza Coffee.
  • Acquisition completed for PW maintenance facility property: Public Works completed the acquisition of a 2-acre site off of Front Street S north of 96th St for its new Public Works Maintenance & Operation Facility.
  • Metal Theft presentation to Task Force: Lt. Steve Mauer testified on November 30 before the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness committee for the State House of Representatives in Olympia. Rep Goodman, who chairs the Metal Theft Task force, asked for several participants on the task force to come speak to the committee. The speakers included Lt. Jepsen from Tacoma PD as well as representatives from WSP, DOL, and the metal recycling industry. Mauer shared Lakewood’s experience with WOTC Scrap Metal specifically outlining the serious violations of RCW 19.290.020 that were identified by our investigation. The consensus of the speakers was for more specific licensing laws and licensing restriction and revocations for businesses that blatantly disregard Washington laws.
  • Senior Center Volunteer Recognition: On November 27th, volunteers at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center were recognized and honored at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. The theme this year was “A Royal Thank You”. Our volunteers are our “Knights in Shining Armor”! The two guest speakers were Mayor Richardson and Councilmember Brandstetter. Each volunteer was recognized for their service to the Center. The event ended with a drawing for prizes that were donated by businesses in and around Lakewood.
  • Youth Basketball registration opens: Youth basketball leagues for children in kindergarten through 5th grade are now open for registration. The leagues are Kindergarten/1st grade (coed), 2nd /3rd grade boys or girls and 4th /5th grade boys or girls. All games and practices will be held at Clover Park School District schools on a weekday evening. Practices will begin the week of January 7th and games will begin the week of February 4th. The league relies on volunteer coaches. For more info, contact Dennis Higashiyama, recreation coordinator at: (253) 983-7835. Registration can be done by going to our website at: www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or by phone to: (253) 983-7887. Registration deadline is Friday, December 14th.