City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/15/07

June 15, 2007
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • C.O.P.S. (Come Out & Play Sports):  The Lakewood African-American Police Advisory Committee (LAAPAC) and the Lakewood Police Department are hosting our annual C.O.P.S. (Come Out & Play Sports) at Oakwood Elementary School on Saturday, June 16th. This event is one of the major events we sponsor to foster positive interactions between youth in the community and the Police. Teenagers will be paired with police officers to form teams for Soccer, Frisbee Football, 3 on 3 Basketball, Volleyball, Chess, and others.   The event begins at 11 am and will run until 4 pm.  Respect, Trust, and Positive Interaction are being promoted with this event. Call Mrs. JoEthel Smith at (253) 584-4673 or email Julius Brown at for more information
  • AWC Annual Conference in Tacoma: Mayor Thomas, Councilmembers McGovern and Neary, and the city manager attended the Association of Washington Cities annual conference this week, with about 500 in attendance from cities around the State. Governor Gregoire was a keynote speaker, and her theme was the improving partnership between local and state government. Numerous workshops covered topics ranging from economic development to the new streamlined sales tax program, and from private-public partnerships to infrastructure funding.
  • CABC Training Session: The City conducted a training session this week for leaders of the City’s Citizen Advisory Boards/Committees (CABC’s). The workshop included reference to the Open Meetings Act, the Public Records Act, and the City’s Ethics Code. Specific emphasis was offered on parliamentary process, the role of the charier, and tools for consensus building.
  • Offender Re-entry Program: Further discussions took place over the last two weeks between the City of Lakewood, Tacoma, and Pierce County regarding participation in the newly enacted bill for a coordinated approach between Department of Corrections and local governments regarding placement of offenders. The County’s Law and Justice Council may well become the vehicle for program oversight, and the City of Lakewood is pursuing active involvement.
  • Police Officer Graduates the Academy:  Officer Mike McGettigan graduated from the 19- week Basic Law Enforcement Academy on June 14th, and he begins his field training on June 18th.  He is the first entry level recruit hired since 2004. 
  • Puget Sound Energy Projects: PSE gas just recently submitted for right-of- way permits for 3 major projects within the City’s downtown core area.  This includes replacing their existing system with new 2 thru 4 inch diameter gas lines.  Portions of their replacements coincide with our proposed street improvement projects. The total replacement footage they are proposing to do is over 33,000 linear feet (6.25 miles).  The major of streets impacted include Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th St to Bridgeport Way, Bridgeport Way from 111th St to 83rd St, and Steilacoom Blvd from Meadow to Fairlawn.  Their project involves the replacement of their old steel pipe system which PSE is focusing on eliminating from their system. The City noted a similar need for our Tillicum/ALG sewer project, and PSE may come back with a reduced scope change for these 3 projects in light of the sewer project.  However, since the City has near term improvement projects on GLD from 112th St to Bridgeport Way (2008 asphalt overlay) and on Bridgeport Way from 59th Ave to 83rd (reconstruct with sidewalks between 59th and Steilacoom in 2007, and between Steilacoom and 83rd in 2008), their final project will still be significant.