City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/2/10

July 2, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Summerfest a Huge Success: We estimate about 11,000 attendees at the City's 9th annual Summerfest in Fort Steilacoom Park on June 25-26-27. There was a Junior Boot Camp on Friday, which included crafts and scavenger hunt, sponsored by City recreation staff and Army Strong. Saturday was the main day, with a KIDZ zone, petting zoo, live entertainment on two stages, and a car show and motorcycle rally. Over 100 vendors participated, including a number of community agencies. The Community Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) staffed a booth at which team members spoke to citizens about a variety of safety issues and district contact information. On Sunday, over 300 people ran in a 5K run sponsored by Army Strong. The Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department had the support of a number of partner agencies and departments in managing a very successful event.
  • AWC Annual Conference: Lakewood was represented at the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) annual conference in Vancouver WA on June 23-25, with the city manager and communications director Jeff Brewster, and also Council Members Mary Moss and Walter Neary, who was a speaker in a session on social media. AWC represents all 281 cities and towns in Washington State, and provides legislative support, professional development and training, as well as insurance services. Other conference workshops included sessions on economic development, health care, labor relations, photo enforcement, and "the new normal" with the changed economic conditions.
  • WCIA conducts annual City Audit: The City's insurance provider, WCIA, conducted their annual audit of our liability and property insurance claims. The City has just completed one year in the risk pool and as our data collects over a longer period, we will compare our claim loss to other comparable entities to identify any areas we could improve. Each year a different department is selected to undergo an in-depth review of current practices. The purpose of this audit is to determine where the City may be at a higher risk for liability/potential law suits. This year the Human Resources Department was selected. There were 326 processes, forms, or policies evaluated. The Human Resources Department had an above average audit which resulted in a few minor issues to be addressed.
  • Pacific Neighborhood Association Update: City staff attended the Pacific Neighborhood Association on June 29th at the Garden Park Apartments in Springbrook. Speakers included State Rep. Steve Conway from the 29th District as well as Larry Saunders from the Lakewood First Lions. Communications director Jeff Brewster spoke about the summer playground program at Springbrook Park, which is sponsored by Lakewood First Lions, St. Leo's Food Connection and Lakewood Parks & Recreation. They work together to bring lunch and activities to the children in the neighborhood from June 28th to August 19th - Monday through Thursdays. CSO Gail Conelly talked about the importance of Block Watch programs, as well as Fireworks Safety, and Vehicle Prowl/Theft Prevention. A new Secretary and Member at Large were selected by the members. The next general meeting will be held on August 31st.
  • WSDOT kicks off Advisory Committee: In regards to the Point Defiance Bypass project, WSDOT officially launched this week the first meeting of both the Executive advisory committee and the technical advisory committee, which include representatives of the City as well as other entities. The City's scoping letter raises issues related to land use, traffic and circulation, safety, noise and vibration, economic development, and environmental justice. The environmental assessment process is estimated to take 12-18 months.
  • Tacoma Metropolitan Development Council Housing First Program in Lakewood: CSRT, Human Services staff, and asst city manager Dave Bugher met with representatives of the Tacoma Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), to share information and learn more about MDC's Housing First program in Lakewood. The meeting was very productive and a new partnership was established. City and MDC staff are excited about MDC joining Lakewood's growing collaboration of enforcement and human services agencies. This group is developing an increasingly comprehensive approach to community safety and to ensuring Lakewood's most vulnerable citizens have access to safe, secure housing and human services.
  • Travel writer features Lakewood: Jim Moore, travel writer and his photographer spouse Pam, toured Lakewood on June 30th and July 1st. They played golf at Chambers Bay golf course, toured Thornwood Castle and Lakewold Gardens and enjoyed a personally guided tour of American Lake and Fort Steilacoom Park with Mary Dodsworth and Ellie Chambers-Grady. The tour arrangements were coordinated in advance with the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and City of Lakewood Staff. The La Quinta was generous in hosting them. The article highlighting great tourism attractions in our area will appear in the Oregonian.