City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/14/2011

October 14, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

Community Garden volunteers needed: The City, in partnership with the Clover Park School District and the First Baptist Church of Lakewood, is considering developing a community garden near the old police precinct off Arrowhead Road near 112th. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, October 25th at 5:30 pm in Room 1E at Lakewood City Hall to learn more about how the garden could be operated and how it might affect neighborhoods. A leadership team is looking for more volunteers to make this happen. Citizens who are interested in gardening and are willing to help develop this program should contact the City at parks@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 983-7887.

Tillicum Sewer Availability Notices: With the final completion and acceptance by the County of the sanitary sewer main into Tillicum, notices are being sent out to adjacent properties about the requirement to connect within 90 days. Property owners who choose not to connect will be required to pay the City an “availability charge” until such time as connection is completed. These funds will provide support to the sewer system in Lakewood.

2-day Safety Fair involves Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT): CSRT staff participated in a two-day safety fair at Kmart in honor of the National Safety Weekend held on October 8th and 9th. CSRT provided brochures on various safety topics and spoke to parents regarding Child Passenger Safety.

CSRT and Neighborhood Patrol provide robbery training at banks: CSRT and neighborhood patrol provided robbery training to two branches of America’s Credit Union (ACU). This training has been provided to ACU’s staff throughout the year. The final two branches were completed this week. This training provides employees the opportunity to practice what to do in the event of a robbery, through role playing and analysis of the event. ACU management also provided information on their policies regarding robbery.

Fire and CSRT provides Disaster Training Class: CSRT Staff assisted West Pierce Fire and Rescue by teaching a CERT class on Disaster Organization and Disaster Psychology. This is the last class prior to a simulated earthquake, in which attendees learn to mobilize and practice their skills in a controlled environment. CERT training also includes Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Medical classes.

Parks and Recreation supports parents at Lakeview: the Clover Park School District hosted a Parent Institute on October 8th at Lakeview Hope Academy which was designed to help parents help their kids make their way from kindergarten to college. Topics included homework help and tips on creating healthy, active families. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services department assisted with the planning and provided free childcare and activities onsite for parents participating in the sessions.

Crime prevention information at condominium meeting: CSRT Staff attended a meeting of a local condominium on October 11th to provide information on vehicle prowl prevention, burglary prevention, identity theft, emergency/non-emergency numbers, and the new ordinance on aggressive begging ordinance. There were approximately 24 residents in attendance.