City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/2/2011

September 2, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Visiting Lakewood Salutes: 10am-4pm, Saturday, September 10th the Lakewood Towne Center will host “Lakewood Salutes” on the eve of Patriot Day – the 10 year anniversary of September 11th. The City, West Pierce Fire and Rescue, and the 4th Stryker Brigade are all participating. Lakewood Salutes was initiated three years ago by the Towne Center to honor first responders and our military. Two Stryker vehicles and two Humvees will be present for hands-on viewing as well as vehicles from Fire and Police. Music, food, and games will also be featured in this family-friendly event. This year’s primary focus will be honoring our local firefighters. At 1:30pm we will take a moment to pause and pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 and all those who have made sacrifices since then. Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel (retired) Joe Jackson (who has a main road named after him on McChord Field) will be this year’s guest of honor and is expected to make remarks at the stage by Pier 1 Imports at 1:30pm. Colonel Jackson’s biography can be viewed here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_M._Jackson
  • LPD host Law Enforcement Youth Camp: On Saturday, August 13th, Lakewood Police held the Law Enforcement Youth Camp next to the stadium at Clover Park High School. Lowes and Farmers Insurance have become even stronger partners this year. Lowes brought all the tables, extension cords, some water and tents. They also gathered backpacks and school supplies from other local businesses. In addition, eight Lowes employees volunteered their time. This has become the primary annual community support event for the Lakewood Lowes. Participating children ranged from 6-12 years old and were required to be accompanied by a parent the entire time.

    Each child received a LPD Junior Police Academy Passport and visited nine stations to get a free backpack

    1. Bicycle Rodeo
    2. K-9 demonstration
    3. Radar/baseball throw
    4. SWAT
    5. Obstacle Course
    6. Tae Kwon Do demonstration
    7. Forensics
    8. Lowes’s craft project
    9. Farmers fingerprint, photo and ID kit.

    In addition a Lakewood police car was made available for a hands-on tour. The charity fund also was on hand to take pictures and sell bike helmets. 150 kids showed up this year and we ran out of backpacks. There are already plans to have more next year as this event keeps growing.

  • Assistant City Attorney makes presentation at Lakewood United: On August 25th, Assistant City Attorney Mike Savage presented the legal issues surrounding the new medical marijuana legislation and its potential impact on Lakewood. Mr. Savage pointed out that those local jurisdictions regulating marijuana risk violating federal law because marijuana is still a federally prohibited substance. Dr. Scott Havsy also presented and argued that medical marijuana has legitimate pain relieving qualities and that local governments should embrace its regulation.
  • Sale of Fir Acres Mobile Home Park delayed: The sale of Fir Acres Mobile Home Park that was expected to close two months ago was delayed when the buyer failed to comply with the terms of the purchase and sale agreement. Additional offers were accepted by the receiver and a new buyer was approved by a Superior Court judge on August 26th. The buyer has 45 days to close. There is another qualified and interested buyer in case this sale falls through. Staff continues to monitor the situation and the condition of the property and work on abatement issues. The receiver will repay the City’s costs from the proceeds of the sale.
  • Human Services Teams Up with TACID: The Human Services Coordinator teamed up with local non-profit TACID’s HELP program in an effort to seek reasonable accommodation for a severely disabled man in Lakewood. The City provides landlord tenant resources to individuals in Lakewood to increase citizen awareness regarding the Residential Landlord Tenant Law. City staff, along with TACID’s staff successfully worked with a local landlord to seek reasonable accommodation that afforded a blind gentleman an extension of time to move out of his apartment into another apartment that could accommodate his disability.
  • Springbrook Summer Playground Program: The Springbrook Summer Playground Program provided nearly 1,500 free lunches and over 1,000 snacks this summer to youth and children, 18 years old and younger. The lunches were provided by St. Leo’s Food Connection through the USDA Summer Food Service program and distributed by City of Lakewood recreation staff. The recreation staff provided games, arts & crafts and other activities for the young people and was funded by a $4,000 grant by the Lakewood First Lions. The City also enlisted two Spanish speaking teens to assist staff in all activities. This program shows how organizations can partner to assist an underserved and isolated portion of our community. Nearly all of the participants in this program walked to the park and live in the surrounding apartments, mobile homes and houses. Entire families came to the park to receive the free lunches and snacks.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Visits “Sand in the City”: Twenty older adults from the Lakewood Senior Activity Center gathered for a trip to Olympia to experience the “Sand in the City Festival” and explore the Olympia Farmers Market on August 26th. The older adults watched as 240 tons of sand and 200 competitors were brought together for the annual Team Sand Sculpting Competition. The Farmers Market offered the opportunity to purchase farm fresh produce from local farmers and artisans.