City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/31/08

October 31, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Domestic Violence Innovation Unit Sponsors Informational Meeting: Members of the Lakewood Domestic Violence Innovation Unit (Judge Ernest Heller, Senior Court Specialist Deana Wright, Probation Counselor Jeanette Matthews, Victim Advocates Ann-Marie Evans and Rebecca Hendricks) hosted an informational meeting with Pierce County batterer treatment agencies on October 29th. This meeting was attended by over 25 providers from 14 agencies. City staff presented information on the Court Innovation project, and solicited information and encouraged cooperation from batterer treatment providers. The discussion focused on legal/Court processes, batterer assessment procedures, and the impact of domestic violence on children.
  • Fort Lewis community connector combat teams helps "Make a Difference Day" a success: The Youth Council coordinated 4 project sites to celebrate Make a Difference Day in Lakewood on past Saturday, October 25th. They had an overwhelming turnout from our community connector, the 4/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis. The celebration began with a Kick-Off event at City Hall and a welcome by Mayor Richardson to an overflowing crowd of participants in the Council Chambers. Approximately 250 soldiers, spouses and children left from City Hall to the different project sites. They planted daffodil and tulip bulbs at Washington Park, planted Garry Oak trees, native bushes and replaced cemetery markers at Fort Steilacoom Park, spread wood chips, laid weed fabric and removed invasive plants at the Flett Creek Blueberry Farm and prepared "goody bags" for a children's event that would be held in the Springbrook neighborhood later the same day. Park cleanup was also done at the three park sites.
  • Lakewood Arts Commission Hosts Reception at Lakewood Playhouse: The Lakewood Arts Commission hosted a reception for guests and actors on October 24th during the opening night celebration of the Lakewood Playhouse production of Macbeth. Commission members secured art work for display in the lobby during the play's run, greeted and seated guests and prepared and served refreshments for this event. One of the goals of the Arts Commission is to continue to build partnerships with other organizations to promote the arts in Lakewood and this activity helped members meet that goal.
  • Tillicum Teen Center building permit issued: The Youth for Christ agency's project for a teen center in the building that was formerly Sig's Tavern in Tillicum received its building permit this week.
  • WSAMA 2008 Annual Fall Conference: City Attorney Wachter, Assistant City Attorney McKenzie and Associate City Attorney Kaser attended the 2008 Annual Fall Conference of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA). Wachter was presented with the Outstanding Service Award and currently serves on the WSAMA Board as the First Vice-President; she also served on a panel addressing the issue of executive authority in the Municipal Court.
  • CSO Participates In Annual Lakewood Fire Department Pumpkin Patch: There were over 500 participants in the annual Lakewood Fire Dept. Pumpkin Patch on October 25th, with support from our CSO Conelly. Brochures and coloring books were handed out and participants were directed to a Free Car Seat inspection next door. There were also opportunities for children and adults to purchase low-cost bicycle helmets, call 911 and talk to an operator, crawl through a "smoke house", try on life jackets, jump in a bouncy house, shoot water out of a fire hose, and take home a pumpkin for Halloween.
  • LPD attends Harvest Carnival at Oakbrook Elementary School: CSO Wagner and NPO Wurts attended a Harvest Carnival at Oakbrook Elementary on October 23rd, attended by about 500 kids and parents. Besides giving out the usual safety/community info, Wurts used his radar gun to clock the baseball throws of the kids...which was a huge hit.
  • Chambers Creek Toxic Algae Bloom: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised that there currently is a bloom of toxic algae in Chambers Creek that is coming from Lake Steilacoom. To prevent illness when toxic algae are present, the Health Department recommends these precautions in areas that have a heavy concentration of algae: keep children and pets away, don't swim and don't fish. Wildlife are can also be impacted by toxic algae. If sick or dead wildlife are noticed, please contact the Health Department at: (253) 798-6470