City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/16/10

July 16, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Railroad Crossing Closure: On Friday, July 23rd, starting at 8:00 p.m. and through Saturday, July 24th, to 6:00 p.m., the 100th Street RR crossing will be closed as Sound Transit's contractor will be removing the old rail along with grinding and asphalt patching.
  • Lakewood Legacy Plan Kicks Off: This week, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department kicked off the development of the Lakewood Legacy Plan, a long-range strategic park and recreation master plan, which will address the park and recreation needs of our community for the next 20 years. The plan will include community needs and issues, long-term direction, vision, mission, goals and priorities, near-term strategies and priorities for programs and operations, level of service standards for parks, maintenance and program services and implementation issues, such as partnerships, capital needs and potential funding sources. The new ad hoc committee called the Legacy Team, will be comprised of agency representatives, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members, city staff, individual residents and users of our programs and facilities. Legacy Team members will provide input and advice, and bring to the process experience and knowledge in the areas of park maintenance, recreation programming, transportation and trails, sports, special needs, human services, arts, cultural diversity, the environment, health and wellness, military and education.
  • CSRT Presentations: On July 8th, CSRT members presented to the Lakewood Family Support Center, where they discussed the Support Center as a resource, and on July 13th, Lt. Mauer made a presentation to the Clover Park Kiwanis about CSRT. The audiences were open to learning more and potentially assisting with the CSRT community service project, which is currently under development.
  • Port of Tacoma CEO reception: The mayor and city manager attended a Port-sponsored reception for its new CEO, John Wolfe, on July 13th in Tacoma. The Port has financially supported the City's Woodbrook business park feasibility study, and that matter will be further discussed with them in the near future.
  • CSRT and Senior center staff attend class on Hoarding: On July 1st, CSRT members along with Senior Center staff, attended a training class on hoarding, hosted by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. The training focused on various issues facing hoarders and resources available to assist in these situations.
  • Magazine Soliciting Complaint at Motel: CSRT responded this week to a complaint that there were magazine solicitors working out of a local motel, which was also the site of a fraudulent magazine soliciting business last year. CSRT members met on site and counseled the motel owner to observe warning signs when renting to these types of tenants. The owner reported 49 people occupying 26 rooms at the motel. The team contacted the owner of the soliciting business at his motel room. LPD officers and two Building Inspectors joined in the inspection. The sales owner had converted his motel room into an office and was given a criminal misdemeanor citation for operating a business without a business license. The Building Inspectors posted a stop work order on the motel unit for the illegal change of use of a motel room. The co-owners of the solicitation company checked out of the motel on the same evening and the rest of the employees checked out the following day.
  • Police Annual Award Ceremony: The Lakewood Police Department held its annual award ceremony on July 15th in the City Council Chambers, with about 150 officers, employees, volunteers, and family members in attendance.
    • Lieutenant Jeffrey Alwine
    • Lieutenant Christopher Lawler
    • Sergeant Andrew Gildehaus
    • Sergeant Steve Parr
    • Officer Keith Czuleger
    • Officer David Teves
    Medal of Honor
    For the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their duties on November 29, 2009, the following officers were awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumous):
    • Sgt. Mark Renninger
    • Officer Tina Mae Griswold
    • Officer Ronald W. Owens, Jr.
    • Officer Gregory Richards
    Purple Shield
    • Officer Scott Novasky- for life-threatening injuries sustained in a serious traffic accident.
    Life Saving Award
    • Sgt Mark Eakes and Officer Jeff Martin - for rescuing a suicidal woman.
    • Officer Arron Grant, Officer Gene Sievers, and Officer Jeremy James - for rescuing a suicidal woman.
    • Officer James Lofland - for talking down and rescuing a suicidal man.
    Medal of Meritorious Service
    • Officer Jeffrey Carroll- for working tirelessly in supporting the department's CALEA accreditation.
    Police Chief's Commendation
    • Officer Adam Leonard - for his observation skills, attention to detail and thorough follow-up that led to the apprehension of an armed robbery suspect.
    • Reserve Officer Dennis Folk and Reserve Officer Dale Thomas - for taking time off from their regular jobs to assist the department during the tragedy in late 2009.
    • Lieutenant Alexandra Kasuske - for her work with numerous agencies to obtain all the funds available for the families of the fallen officers.
    • Officer Tim Borchardt, Officer Karen Herritt, Officer Noah Dier, Officer Skeeter Manos, and Officer Brian Wurts and the Police Chief's Citizen Commendation to Mike Jankelson - for setting up the accounts to collect donations from the public for the families of the fallen officers.
    • Officer Karen Herritt and Investigator Shirley McLamore - for their untiring effort, skilled investigative work and quick-thinking in apprehending a purse snatcher.
    • Officer Jason Catlett - for his initiative, motivation and determination to establish a new procedure for search warrants.
    • Investigator Brian Danley, Investigator Jon Waller, Investigator Andy Hall, Investigator Matt Brown, Investigator Jason Catlett and Detective Matt Renschler - for their investigation of a large scale Heroin Drug Trafficking Organization which brought the case to the Federal level.
    • Investigator Rick Barnard - for his work to apprehend two bank robbery suspects and to recover the stolen money.
    Police Chief's Citizen Commendation
    • Michelle Fearings of State DRS - for processing the paperwork to ensure the four families of the fallen officers received all the benefits that were due.
    • Ron Messenger and Dan Lasham of Mountain View Cemetery - for their exceptional compassion, consideration and concern for the families of the fallen officers, for police personnel and others around the world.
    Core Values Award
    • Officer Jeffrey Carroll- for taking the lead in coordinating the Lakewood Police attendance, participation, and representation at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. in May 2010.
    Presentation of Accreditation Certificate
    • Recognition for Chief Bret Farrar and Officer Jeff Carroll for their role in achieving full professional accreditation for the Lakewood Police Dept.
    Medal of Valor
    • Officer Brian Wurts- for attempting to rescue a suicidal man.
    • Officer Andrew Hall - for stopping a fleeing suspect.