WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- WASPC Motorcycle Safety Sub-Committee: Chief Saunders presented an overview of the Lakewood Motorcycle Safety Awareness campaign to the Traffic Safety Committee of the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs last week. The campaign is jointly sponsored by Fort Lewis, McChord and LPD and was initiated at the request of Deputy Mayor Arbeeny. It will become an annual spring/summer initiative. It involves increasing awareness of principles for safe motorcycle operation, emphasizing the need for the appropriate state motorcycle endorsement on the driver license, encouraging registration for beginning and advanced motorcycle operator training courses offered locally, and recruiting new riders to join in a voluntary “mentoring” program offered by more experienced riders. We have connected with motorcycle dealers, businesses offering motorcycle operators training, and local motorcycle clubs to assist our campaign. We have established booths at Fort Lewis, Madigan and McChord safety fairs and will host a major road rally safety booth at Summerfest on June 23rd. The WASPC Traffic Safety Commission supported our efforts and noted the motorcycle collision related deaths were the only category of traffic fatalities that have increased in recent years. They voted to establish a sub-committee to assess what more could be done state-wide to improve motorcycle safety.
- Youth Council: The Youth Council participated as a team at the Lakewood Relay for Life held last weekend. The team met their goal, raising over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society in their final event of their year of service. Several members will be returning to form the nucleus of the 2007–08 Youth Council and will provide strong leadership for the group. Graduating seniors from the current Youth Council will be attending Gonzaga University, University of Washington and Cal Lutheran University.
- American Lake Park Pay Station: The pay station at the American Lake Park boat launch has been reinstalled. The station was removed earlier this year after it had been vandalized and in anticipation of construction. The fee for launching a boat is $10. Annual passes can be purchased at Lakewood City Hall. Annual passes are $80 for Lakewood residents and $125 for non residents, with identification required. Fees support maintenance and future development of the site.
- Adult Coed Soccer: Sunday, June 3rd marked the start of Lakewood Parks & Recreation’s second Adult Coed Soccer League. Leagues are expanding and we now have about 60 adults staying active at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sunday afternoons.
- Youth & Adult Tennis: Lakewood Parks & Recreation’s Spring tennis lessons are now taking place Saturday mornings at the Clover Park High School courts. 18 students between the ages of 3 and 43 are learning the game from Instructor Amy Markhoff who is ranked 1st and 2nd in the nation in doubles and singles respectively.
- Public Works Project Bidding: The Public Works Department will be soliciting for bids for two projects on June 12th. . The first is the construction of 86th St Sidewalk Improvements (north side only) from Bridgeport Way to Lochburn Middle School, partly fund by a grant from the Safety near Schools federal grant program. The second project is for asphalt pavement patching over the next two years titled “2007-2008 On-Call Pavement Patching”, and is a part of our normal street maintenance work.
- LPD Patrol: Units responded to a reported burglary that just occurred, and a neighbor followed the suspects to a bus stop at Vernon and Washington. The suspects were located and contacted, and subsequently identified by witnesses. Ten suspects were arrested. Long story short, the suspects went to the victim residence where the female from their group was supposed to fight a female living at the address. One of the males went to the front door to contact the female to tell her to come outside for the fight, and discovered the front door was unsecured with nobody inside. A free-for-all ensued, with numerous subjects wandering through the house vandalizing and stealing. Detective Westby was called out to assist with the numerous interviews. Some crack cocaine and most of the stolen property was recovered. Most of the suspects were Tacoma Gangsters (GD’s). All 10 were transported and booked at RH and PCJ.
- DUI Restitution Program: Lakewood Police Officers and the City’s Legal staff are ready to implement the new DUI Restitution Program. As authorized by RCW, this program will allow the city to recover up to $1,000 of the expenses associated with the response to a DUI incident. It’s estimated that the city could recover between $47,500 (60% recover rate) and $79,180 (100% recovery rate) based on 2005 convictions. The funds recovered will support between 24 and 40 more DUI emphasis patrols per year. Increased emphasis would also likely increase DUI convictions and associated civil recoveries, thus further increasing the number of potential emphasis patrols.