City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/22/07

June 22, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Hill Ward Community Meeting: Options will be considered at the next community meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This will be the follow-up to the community meeting held in April where participants visited the Hill Ward site, learned about its history and shared information, issues and ideas regarding the site after demolition.
  • Kiwanis Park Climbing Rocks: Members of the Clover Park Rotary Club installed climbing rocks at Kiwanis Park on Saturday, June 16th. Kiwanis Park is located at the corner of Bridgeport Way and Fairlawn Drive. The new climbing rocks and other site amenities, valued at $15,000, were a welcome addition to this neighborhood park. Besides the Rotary Rocks, we also have the First Lions Skate Park at this site.
  • Wind Storm Tree Debris: Following the December 14th wind storm, there were 61 sites throughout the city where the abutting property owners were inappropriately piling their tree debris within the road right of way fronting their property. After our first notice advising them that this was in violation of city code and that they needed to have the debris removed by a certain date, we were down to 13 sites that needed additional follow-up enforcement. After further follow-up, we are now down to two sites for which both have requested and received additional time to complete their clean up. It appears that we will have achieved 100% compliance at minimal City expense or citizen ill will.
  • Pierce County Courts Liaison Meeting: Judge Heller and Court Services Director Kathy Westerdahl attended a Piece County Courts Liaison Meeting this week with other area Courts regarding persons cited with Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), which continues to be a major issue taking up a lot of public resources. Participating courts agreed to work together in a cooperative spirit to address how best to reduce the amount of unlicensed drivers on our roads, and future networking meetings will be held.
  • Spring Alive with 5 & 5 Campaign: It is mid-point through the Spring Alive with 5 & 5 campaign of the City’s wellness program, and the City’s team has collectively participated in 114,329 minutes of physical activity in the past five weeks. Our mid-point goal was 69,400 minutes and we have surpassed that goal.
  • Fireworks Enforcement Preparation: Our public awareness Fireworks Safety tri-fold brochure has been updated to include the changes in the ordinance approved by Council last fall. It is posted on the City website and will be liberally distributed to block watches, neighborhood associations and civic groups. This year a tri-fold Fireworks Safety flier will be also distributed in neighborhoods that had a high volume of fireworks complaints in 2006. Copies of the flyer will also be available at fire stations, the police station, City Hall and the Library. An electronic copy will be sent to the Suburban Times and the News Tribune as well. In-service fireworks enforcement training will be held for all LPD patrol officers. Supplemental special fireworks enforcement teams will be out on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. – two additional cars on the 3rd and 5th, and 6 additional cars on the 4th.
  • Korean American Youth Police Adventure Camp: LPD and Korean American Police Advisory Group (KAPAG) are running a Korean-American Youth Police Adventure Camp for the third time again this year on Saturday, June 30th at City Hall. In 2005, over 50 junior and senior high school kids attended this program; in 2006 70 attended; and in 2007 so far, 72 kids have already registered and we expect over 80. This is the only youth camp for the Korean Community run by a law enforcement agency in Washington State. This year’s camp is formatted for 11 hours of instructions and activities. The training curriculum includes criminal law, traffic safety, conducting low risk and high risk vehicle stops, preventing street racing and road rage, K-9 and SWAT demonstrations, crime scene investigations, gang and drug awareness training and workshops, calling 911, and an LPD Police Explorer Program recruiting presentation.
  • Senior Center Father’s Day Men’s Breakfast: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosted a Father’s Day Men’s Breakfast last week. It was a success with over 32 men attending, who enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast made especially in their honor.
  • Governor's Task Force on Offender Reentry: Chief Saunders has been nominated by the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs (WASPC) to serve on the Governor's Task Force on Offender Reentry.