City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 12/19/08

December 19, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Santa arrives in Springbrook, Tillicum, Woodbrook and Northeast Neighborhoods: Members of the LPD Community Policing Unit, the Public Safety Advisory Committee, Lakewood Volunteer Observation Patrol, and Lakewood Police Independent Guild Charity Fund will be helping bring Santa and his sleigh to some neighborhoods in Lakewood this Saturday, December 20th, from 3PM until 7PM. Santa will be riding in his sleigh, with full police escort, through the Springbrook, Tillicum, Woodbrook, and Northeast neighborhoods. According to confidential police sources, Santa and his elves will be handing out candy canes and Santa will be available to hear kids' last minute gift wishes.
  • Lakewood's Judge is Lakewood United speaker: Judge Ernest Heller and Senior Court Specialist Deana Wright gave a power point presentation at Lakewood United regarding the court system, the jail, and sentencing alternative programs, such as work crew and Electronic Home Monitoring on December 4th.
  • Court awarded Interpreter Fees Grant: The Lakewood Municipal Court has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the State for Interpreter Fees. We may also be receiving $20,000 for an additional grant for Public Defense Fees.
  • Sound Transit D to M Street railway progress: Lakewood's city manager met this week with the Sound Transit CEO and the Tacoma city manager to facilitate the community input and approval process for the railroad improvements in Tacoma, which are necessary for Sounder service to Lakewood. The plan is for decision on design alternatives by end of January.
  • City employees adopt two families: Staff in Public Works and Community Development adopted two Lakewood area families through the Tillicum/ American Lake Gardens Community Service Center. The first family is a mom, dad, 8-year boy, and baby on the way, with Dad having lost his job due to an industrial accident. The second family is an elderly couple with no family in the area living on a fixed income. Staff members pooled their resources and were able to provide a queen-size bed and recliner for the older couple, a bicycle and numerous Transformer toys for the 8-year old boy, a stroller and car seat for the baby, and bedding, clothes, food, and toiletries for all.
  • Meals delivered to 60 families at Tillicum Elementary: Police Officers Moody, Catlett, Borchardt, Porche, Hector, Herritt, Figueroa and Carrell along with DOC's Matt Goebel delivered 103 meals to 60 families involved in the Head Start program at Tillicum Elementary on December 15th. The LPIG Charity Fund coordinated the effort and donated $400. The Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club, Seattle Chapter, donated $1,400, and other officers donated the rest.
  • OEA Grant Update: The City submitted a planning management grant to the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) on December 5th; the purpose is to study how current and future growth of Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB impacts traffic operations along Interstate 5 between SR 512 and Mounts Road. It was anticipated that OEA would approve the grant application within two weeks and that the City could publish a Request for Proposals for consulting services by Friday December 19. However, OEA informed the City this week that their review of our application has been rescheduled for January 15th. This delay pushes our proposed schedule out by 30 days. The City now expects to publish a RFP on January 22nd.
  • Business Retention Program: The economic development manager met this week with Relm West, a company located in the Lakewood Industrial Park that designs and produces labels and packaging for products in the food and beverage industry. Their customer base is primarily companies in the Northwest, although some of their clients are large national companies. This business retention expansion meeting was one of many this year coordinated with both the County's economic development office and the Tacoma/Pierce County Economic Development Board (EDB). The company is a great example of the businesses we've been meeting with this year that operate nationally or internationally from Lakewood who are experiencing growth and enjoying the business climate with an operations basis in Lakewood.