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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/20/2013

December 20, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Pack Meals

On Thursday, December 19, Lakewood Police Officers and volunteers converged on Dower Elementary for a response that required speed, agility and coordination.

But this response wasn’t about crime. They were there because someone needed help, and this time of year, it’s the type of help some Lakewood families need the most.

Coordinated by the Lakewood Officers Charity, about 20 or so volunteers packed holiday meal bags for 150 families in the Lakewood area.

Led again by Officer Ryan Moody - something he has done the past 10 years now - they stuffed bags with everything from canned corn to stuffing to cranberry sauce. Parkland Market Place generously donated all of the food, something that inspired the Charity and that it greatly appreciated.

Amazingly, the goods were sorted, packed and ready for the families within 20 minutes. Afterward, while most of the officers returned to their shifts or their days off, the families received their meals.

Kudos to the Lakewood Officers Charity for, once again, sacrificing to help others.

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

Shop With A Cop

While most kids wish for toys and video games for Christmas, some simply want some kitchen supplies for mom and dad, or some clothes for their brothers and sisters.

That was one of the remarkable things Lakewood Police Officers noticed on Sunday, December 15, when the Lakewood Officers’ Charity held its 5th Annual Shop with an Officer event, in which the charity helps 20 struggling families from Lakewood.

With the help of a generous grant from Walmart, the event allowed officers to give back by allowing a child - with the help of a Lakewood Police Officer – to buy items for his or her family. An Officer picked up the child in a police car and drove to Walmart, where the shopping begins.

This year, the shopping began in earnest, according to Sgt. John Unfred, with some of the children prepared with a detailed gift list and others who decided to simply shop on the fly. Each shopper is given a set amount of money to spend on each member of the family. Once they took care of everyone on the list, the children got to visit Santa Claus while their presents were wrapped by volunteer employees from Walmart, who also donated gift bags, snacks and cupcakes for the kids.

But the most amazing thing, Unfred said, is that most shoppers didn’t head directly to the toy aisles when shopping.

“Instead many headed straight to the housewares for mom and dad or to the clothing section for siblings,” he said. “We hope this truly makes a Difference in their lives.”

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

SSMCP Members Sign Agreement

On Friday, December 20, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership took a big step in giving more control to locals regarding the region's future.

Officials from jurisdictions from across the South Sound gathered at the American Lake Conference Center to sign a Memorandum of Agreement in support of the SSMCP.

This agreement continues their commitment to help the region grow and develop effectively, along with its installations.

Click here to learn more and view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/N7JfVp

Council Meetings

The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Police

Officers Speak To Library About Marijuana

On December 13, 2013, Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to the Lakewood Library to speak with 20 employees on the medical marijuana enforcement and dealing with the mentally ill. The branch manager has been very concerned about people smoking marijuana in the parking lot and in the bathrooms, and the staff was unsure how to deal with these issues.

Officer Markert spoke for over an hour and handed out information on the RCW’s, as well as answered several questions and concerns from the staff. The staff was very appreciative and felt that the presentation was very informative. They stated that they really appreciate the Lakewood Police Department and the wonderful work that we do. The branch manager was eager to schedule a class/presentation with a representative from our mental health staff and also wants to include Tillicum and Steilacoom library staff, as they are having the same kind of problems. Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis were awesome in their presentation and provided a much needed training session to the Library.

Economic Development

McGavick Conference Center

Economic Development convened a meeting with Cal Erwin-Svoboda, the new McGavick Center Director of Student Programs and Conference Services, and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) this week. The purpose was to discuss CPTC’s new focus for the center, as well as how the partnership with the TRCVB could help it expand their marketing and outreach to attract more association and other types of meetings that could grow the tourism base in Lakewood.

Business Activity

The City met with three companies/individuals looking to do some new development in the Springbrook area (construction contractor, housing and retail). We also met with an individual looking to create a nonprofit national research institute, as well as three existing businesses to learn about market trends in their particular industries, how we might help them and to thank them for doing business in Lakewood. It was part of our weekly business outreach program to help us better understand our clients and to continually improve customer service. We also met with a national transportation company who has a location in Lakewood. They are looking to find better ways to partner with JBLM and to hire veterans here and across the United States.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 16-20, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 148 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 104 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.