City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/10/2011

June 10, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood 101-June 16th: The Lakewood 101 debut will be conducted Thursday, June 16th from 6-8:30pm in the Council Chambers. Lakewood citizens are encouraged to attend and learn more about core city services such as streets, parks, and police and about the exciting challenges of economic redevelopment. Please consider participating in this new and informative "short course" in city government. Refreshments will be served at 5:30pm when the doors open. To RSVP, please contact Rebecca Hendricks at 983-7829 or .
  • Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park Named Best of the South Sound: Fort Steilacoom's 22-Acre off-leash dog park was named "Best of the South Sound 2011" by South Sound Magazine. This area of the park continues to be a major draw for visiting dogs and their owners every day.
  • Councilmember Neary Recognized: Councilmember Walter Neary was recently recognized for his leadership in working with young people as a "2011 Governor's Leadership for Youth Award Recipient" during a ceremony in Lacey. For more information, visit www.cityoflakewood.us or the City's Facebook page.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Open House: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated its Annual Open House, Thursday, June 2nd. The "Greatest Show on Earth" was enjoyed by almost 200 participants. Forty community partners attended including the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Catholic Community Services, Pierce County Aging & Long Term Care and others that offer services for older adults. The Center also showcased the many of their programs: Art Classes, Health and Fitness Classes and Computer classes, and more. Participants enjoyed circus-themed refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.
  • Tyee Park After-School Program: This collaborative program developed from the Healthy Start Task Force of America's Promise held their last day of activities on Tuesday, June 7th. Activities included a healthy snack, a spirited relay race competition utilizing addition flash cards, jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and running. The program was made possible by a grant from the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department with the goal of increasing the amount of physical activity in young people.
  • Lakewood Community Collaboration: The Lakewood Community Collaboration hosted their annual celebration and quarterly joint collaboration with the Military Kids and Families Partnership on Wednesday, June 08, 2011. Over 65 social service partners attended. The objective is to increase collaborative opportunities for those serving our military community.
  • Staff attend Housing Forum: Staff attended the quarterly Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium forum on Wednesday, which focused on the Foreclosure Fairness Act newly adopted by the state legislature. The law takes effect July 22nd and offers an intermediate mediation process for homeowners confronted with potential foreclosure. Washington is one of only three states in the nation with this requirement that is intended to improve communication between homeowners and their lenders in the hope of reaching a resolution outside of actual foreclosure. For more information, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1367/default.aspx
  • CSRT Supports Training to Thwart Bank Robberies: On June 2nd, Community Service Officers Miller and Conelly assisted Officers Devaney and Porche in conducting training on how to respond to bank robbery attempts for America's Credit Union - JBLM branch. The training was designed by the FBI to increase the knowledge and awareness of bank and credit union employees when dealing with robbery attempts.
  • Aggressive Begging Ordinance Update: City staff continues preparations to implement this ordinance adopted by the Council in April. The amendments place new limitations on place, time, and location of begging. A pamphlet was developed that explains the modified ordinance and provides resource information for those in need. This pamphlet is currently being handed out by patrol officers to those they see begging in Lakewood so they understand the changes prior to actual enforcement of the ordinance. Begging at major intersections on major arterials, and off and on ramps to the freeway, as well as within 25 feet of ATM's is now prohibited. On July 3rd, officers will begin enforcing all components of the ordinance. The full statute can be found at http://municode.cityoflakewood.us under Chapter 9A.04.