City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/26/10

March 26, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Official Census Questionnaire Assistance Center opens at Lakewood City Hall: A Questionnaire Assistance Center (QAC) clerk from the US Census Bureau is available on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 pm at the first floor front counter at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, to answer questions about the 2010 US Census. If citizens have questions about filling out the 2010 Census form, or if any households did not get a form, or if there's a need for language assistance, citizens are encouraged come on by. The Questionnaire Assistance Center will be at City Hall on Thursday and Friday afternoons through late April.
  • New Court Administrator in Lakewood Municipal Court : Deana Wright was appointed by Lakewood's presiding Judge Ernest Heller and the city manager as the City's new court administrator, and she will start on March 29th. She has been with the municipal court for 14 years, most recently as senior court specialist.
  • Ferrucci Jr. High School Sponsors Basketball Game to Raise Money for Fallen Officers: Ferrucci Jr. High in Puyallup sponsored a basketball game on March 24th to raise money for the Lakewood PD and Pierce County Sheriff's Department's Fallen Officers. The game was Teachers vs. Cops; Officers Jeff Martin, Ken Henson and Tim Borchardt along with Detective Ryan Larson played with Puyallup PD officers in an action-packed game. The Cops won the game 86-56. Ferrucci Jr. High stated they had a tentative early total of over $3,000 raised.
  • City Staff attend the Excellence in Leadership Conference: Staff from the Executive, Public Works, and Police Departments attended the Excellence in Leadership Conference on March 24th at the Tacoma Community College. The conference was open to public agency employees who were supervisors, lead workers, managers or directors. There were 26 different workshops offering information about the latest in supervision, employee discipline, basic communications, conflict resolution, preparing budgets, e-mail management, team building, generational differences, employee recognition and more. The conference was sponsored by the City of Lakewood, City of Federal Way, Kitsap County, Pierce County, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma Community College and the Washington State Department of Personnel. Approximately 300 people attended.
  • HR Employee nominated for United Way Volunteer of the Year: June Aguon, in the Human Resources Department, was nominated for United Way of Pierce County's Campaign Volunteer of the Year for 2009-2010. June is the Campaign Chair and has two coworkers assisting her in the campaign -- Diana Halar and Livia Rodriguez in Public Works. Those nominated for this award demonstrate a high level of dedication to making our community a better place. Nominees and winners will be announced at a Community Celebration on April 27th at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
  • American Lake Toxic Algae Advisory lifted: The Toxic Algae Advisory for American Lake has been lifted. The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with the algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea. A health concern exists where the toxic algae are visible as a scum on the waters surface that looks like green paint or pea soup. If citizens see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, they should contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept. -- Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530
  • EDB Annual Meeting: The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County held its 2010 annual meeting in Tacoma on March 26th with about 500 attendees. The keynote speaker was Joel Kotkin, author of "The Next Hundred Million, who spoke about the changing demographics and economic dynamics of the region and the nation as a whole. Senior city staff attended, along with Councilmembers Whalen, Anderson, and Moss. The City of Lakewood is a public sector investor in the EDB, and the city manager is a board member.
  • Champions for Youth Breakfast: The Communities in Schools/Lakewood held its annual event on March 24th to raise awareness and celebrate mentor relationships with adults and young people in Lakewood. A number of City employees have volunteered to mentor at various schools in the district.