City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/24/08

October 24, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Bridgeport Project Out to Bid: The Bridgeport Way (59th Ave to Steilacoom Blvd) Street Improvement project is out for construction bids with a bid opening date of November 12th. The project includes pavement widening, an asphalt overlay, bike lanes, curb and gutter, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, storm drainage and associated traffic signal systems.
  • Veterans Recognition at November 3rd Council Meeting: All citizens are encouraged to attend the November 3rd City Council meeting at 7pm in Council Chambers to honor our nation's military veterans. November 11th, 2008 is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One, the original "Armistice Day." The council program will include:
    • Singing of the National Anthem by Brian Hoffmeister (Harrison Prep student)
    • Presentation by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR Office from Camp Murray)
    • Presentation by our military neighbors on "Joint Base Lewis-McChord"
    • Veterans Davy Proclamation to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps representatives
    • Armed Forces Service Song Medley (video)
  • Third Annual Truck and Tractor Day A Success: The third annual Truck and Tractor Day held Saturday October 18th was a huge success. Lakewood Parks and Recreation hosted 250 children, along with their parents and grandparents. We had great weather and community participation. Children were able to climb through 15 trucks, tractors and strykers, decorate a pumpkin, receive a hard hat and take a ride on the hayride around Waughop Lake. Lakewood Refuse, Ft. Lewis, Lakewood Police, Lakeview Light and Power, Lakewood Fire, and Gene's Towing contributed.
  • Police Complete Personnel Protective Equipment Survey: In the spring of 2008, Lakewood PD completed a survey administered by Seattle PD related to personnel protective equipment. The results of the survey awarded Lakewood PD 120 Millennium gas masks, 120 canisters, 120 carriers and 24 voice amplifiers, amounting to $37,869 in equipment.
  • Police Officers Awarded Certificates of Appreciation: On October 22nd, Community Policing Unit Sergeant John Unfred and Community Service Officer Mike Miller were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by the Lakewood Observation Patrol. These certificates acknowledge the long-term support, guidance, and professionalism shown by Sgt. Unfred and CSO Miller in the continuing development of this valuable citizen-driven community observation patrol group. Sgt. Unfred is further recognized for accepting a position on the Lakewood Observation Patrol Board of Directors. The LOP/LPD partnership supports community members' involvement with block watch and mobile observation patrol operations, providing 'eyes and ears' in the neighborhood, and focusing police and government services to rapid, efficient and effective responses. These motivated, well trained, and disciplined citizen volunteers provide a vital link to ongoing community issues and concerns.