City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/11/10

June 11, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Search Warrants served in Lakewood for DEA: Lakewood Special Ops, working with Grays Harbor Drug TF, Thurston County Drug TF, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) served 20+ search warrants in the Puget Sound Region on June 9th. A total of four residences and a business were involved in the City of Lakewood. These warrants were the result of a year-long investigation. A very large quantity of narcotics and cash were seized, along with vehicles and other property. The DEA held a press conference releasing more details at the Federal Courthouse in Tacoma on June 10th.
  • Waughop Lake debrief: City staff met with representatives of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept, as well as Sen. Mike Carrell, Rep Tami Green, and a rep from Rep Troy Kelley's office, to review this week the algae conditions at Lake Waughop in Fort Steilacoom Park. The Health Dept agreed to revise the signage posted to advise persons fishing to "catch and release", and will also discuss with State Fish & Wildlife the question of whether to discontinue stocking the lake with fish. The concern over algae continues, and the City will be working with DSHS, Pierce County, and Pierce College over long-term options for treatment and funding strategies.
  • "Flame of Hope" for Special Olympics: On June 4th, over 50 runners delivered the "Flame of Hope" to the summer Special Olympics at JB Lewis-McChord. The torch was run through the City of Lakewood after leaving the station. Prior to the run, a medal of honor was presented to Kim Renninger for Mark Renninger's past contributions to the success of the torch run in Lakewood over the past 6 years. Three torches arrived at Lakewood to make one for the run on base. They came from Spokane, Tri Cities and the Peninsula.
  • Lakewood Relay for Life - Huge Success: Dozens of city staff members, their families and supporters participated in the American Cancer Society's 18-hour Relay for Life on June 4th and 5th. Dubbed "Show Me Your Hands! - Team Lakewood" in honor of Police Chief Bret Farrar and his wife, Cindy, the City's relay team raised more than $5,000 for cancer research in just two weeks. The whole event raised more than $144,000.
  • LPD Promotion: Sgt. Chris Lawler was promoted to Lieutenant on June 1st, 2010. Lt. Lawler will oversee the Criminal Investigations Unit and will also be the department's public information officer.
  • Soldiers' property recovered at motel: On May 31st, staff at the Rainier Inn Motel recognized behavior by new guests as suspicious, and suspected them of possessing stolen property. Through cooperative efforts between the motel staff, patrol officers, and investigative personnel the property was identified as that belonging to soldiers returning from Korea and stolen from a cargo shipping container. The property was recovered and will be returned to the soldiers and several subjects are in custody.
  • LPD and CSRT staff conducts Educational Safety Fair for Old Navy Store: On June 5th LPD and CSRT staff conducted an Educational Safety Fair for Old Navy. They handed out over 100 safety bags that included coloring books, crayons, sticker police badges, child size LPD Frisbees. Further information for adults was provided including child identification stickers for windows, gun locks for parents, ID theft pamphlets, boater safety info, maps, personnel safety tips, and child passenger safety cards. "Intoxication goggles" were used to provide an educational opportunity for young adults to experience the simulated impairment of intoxication.
  • CSRT Staff participate in Mock DUI Crash Education/Awareness Event: CSRT staff participated in a Mock DUI Crash education/awareness event on Friday June 11th. This event is held annually in conjunction with Lakewood Fire Dept, Mountain View Memorial Cemetery, and Lakes High School to educate our graduating senior class on the dangers of drinking and driving. It begins with a mock 2 car head-on crash, with both vehicles being full of students. The students are extricated and treated at the crash site, with one student dying. Police and Fire are on scene, and funeral directors from Mountain View remove the body of the student that has died. The entire event is narrated as it progresses. The day ends with a funeral being held for the student that died, with their family and favorite teachers speaking at the memorial service. The event is intended to raise awareness of the effects of underage drinking and driving, and the consequences.
  • CSRT presentation to community groups: Lt. Steve Mauer, Supervisor of the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT) presented at the Lakewood Collaboration meeting on June 9th. Over 55 human service providers were in attendance. He also presented this week at Lakewood United and the Coffee with the Mayor group on June 11th. The presentation focused on the efforts of the City to take a more concentrated and comprehensive approach to addressing the concerns of Lakewood citizens.