City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/27/2011

May 27, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Memorial Day Service at Mountain View: The Memorial Day Service will be on Monday, May 30th at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. This event is presented by the Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord band will highlight the ceremonies. Citizens are urged to attend and honor those who gave their lives in service to the nation. More information can be found at http://www.mountainviewtacoma.com/Memorial_Day_125928.html .
  • 146th Street Sewer Extension - Woodbrook: Work will resume next week on the 146th Street Sewer Extension Project on Tuesday May 31st. The project will be completed by NW Cascade, by change order, as a continuation of the work they completed in the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods. Construction is anticipated to last through September 2011.
  • CSO conducts Mock DUI Crash presentation for Lakes High School: CSO Gail Conelly conducted a highly successful Mock DUI Crash Scene presentation for Lakes High School on May 20th. This staged fatality crash is Phase I, with Phase II being the 'deceased' student's memorial service. The crash site section was held at 5000 Steilacoom Blvd, West Pierce Fire District Training Facility. The Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire, Clover Park School District, Mountain View Funeral Home, and several student role players participated in this solemn event to provide education to students about the potential consequences of driving under the influence.
  • Abatements nearing completion: A number of abatements are nearing completion or have been completed in recent weeks, including three very difficult sites. Four dangerous building abatements have been completed in Tillicum and Woodbrook, including one that was complicated by the presence of chemical and metals contamination on the property, and a site with the remains of a meth-lab and a house with very high levels of methamphetamine contamination. Another of the sites was acquired through the NSP grant and will be redeveloped by Habitat for Humanity. A public nuisance cleanup has been completed in the Custer Road vicinity, removing a long-standing source of complaint.
  • Explorer Post receives Post of the Year Award: The Washington Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association (WLEEA) presented Post 253 with the Post of the Year Award during the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) luncheon in Yakima on Wednesday, May 25th. On May 26th, Pierce County Undersheriff Eileen Bisson, who was representing the Explorer Council, presented two Lakewood explorers with a charter certificate and a National Exploring Excellence Award at the City's quarterly employee recognition event.
  • Human Services Funding Advisory Board and Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board (CDBG) to hold joint meeting: The City's human services funding advisory board and the CDBG advisory board will conduct a joint meeting on June 22nd in the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers at 6:30 PM. Representatives from Pierce County Community Services, Associated Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity will provide presentations. This joint meeting is the result of the community's desire to develop new partnerships between government agencies, non-profits and faith-based organizations. Agenda topics include:
    • Status report on centralized homeless intake and prevention services.
    • Introductory primer on CDBG, HOME, and NSP funding.
    • Use of HOME funds to prevent homelessness.
    • Habitat for Humanity housing projects in Tillicum.
  • Merchant Marine Flag Dedication: During the next regular council meeting on June 6th at 7pm, the City of Lakewood will dedicate the flag of the United States Merchant Marines in the Council Chambers. It will become a part of the permanent display of flags of the other armed services in recognition of the historical and contemporary accomplishments of the Merchant Marine in the defense and prosperity of the United States. Representatives from the United States Merchant Marine Academy - Alumni Association (Puget Sound Chapter) and the Tacoma Propeller Club are expected to attend and participate.
  • Save the Date for Lakewood 101: 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 call Rebecca Hendricks at 983-7829 or email rhendricks@cityoflakewood.us.