City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/27/07

April 27, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • 5th Annual Parks Appreciation Day: Over 400 volunteers are expected to participate in the City’s 5th annual Parks Appreciation Day tomorrow, Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Five Lakewood park sites, including Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, Wards Lake Park, a small neighborhood park called Primley Park and the Blueberry Fields will benefit from over a thousand hours of volunteer labor. Projects include cleaning out one of the historic FSP barns, clearing the pathway around Waughop Lake, planting flowers at all of the sites, installing a playground toy and clearing years of overgrowth
  • Community Leadership Award: Mayor Thomas received a “Community Leadership Award” on behalf of the Lakewood City Council from the Washington Association of School Administrators in Fife on April 27th. The City was nominated by the Clover Park School District in recognition of its partnership in producing the “Lakewood Summit.”
  • Waughop Lake Treatment: $50,000 was included in the State budget to pursue treating the waters of Waughop Lake with Calcium Hydroxide to demonstrate whether or not it presents a viable treatment option for addressing lake algae bloom problems. In order to avoid a year’s delay, our goal is to get everything in place so that the treatment process can commence July 1st when the funds become available.
  • DOD Conference on Military-Community Partnerships: A conference on “Strengthening Military-Community Partnerships through Sustainability”, sponsored by the US Department of Defense, and co-sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Int’l City Management Association (ICMA), was held in Tacoma on April 26-27. Participants included the city manager and senior planner Deborah Johnson, who also did a presentation on local land use issues. The attendee roster included about 55 people from local, state, and federal government, and the conference included a tour of Fort Lewis and McChord.
  • 8th Annual International Festival: Lakewood’s Sister Cities 8th Annual International Festival will be Saturday, May 5th, from 11:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Pierce College in Lakewood. This is a free one-day multi-cultural family-oriented community event which provides fun along with educational opportunities to learn about the many different cultures and heritages that make up our community. The blend of tradition and modern music, infused with Spanish flamenco, Greek rembetiko, Latin salsa and pop along with other assorted melodic flavors will highlight the international festival when Children of the Revolution take the stage at 7:00 pm ($20 entry fee for the evening concert). The popular group combines musical styles from the Middle East, Greece, Spain, South America and the West and includes diverse band members – a Venezuelan folk singer, a Broadway violinist, a flamenco dancer and some of the region’s top percussionists. Stage entertainment during the day includes music from West Africa, Ireland, Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Mexico, and the Philippines. Food vendors with international cuisine include the popular lunch provided by the Korean Women’s Association.
  • Port of Tacoma “Focus on the Future”: Economic Development Administrator Joe Hannan and the City Manager attended the annual Port Update in Tacoma on April 25th with presentations on the Port’s projected growth in container tonnage, priorities for transportation improvements, and emphasis on world-wide customer service.
  • Lakewood University: The City hosted Lakewood University on April 18th and 25th. Over 30 participants heard presentations from City Staff, Council Member Doug Richardson, Mayor Claudia Thomas, Lakewood Water and Fire Districts and the Clover Park School District. Reviews from participants were very positive.
  • 2007 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Over 100 attended the annual recognition event on April 26th at the Old Country Buffet with the theme of “You Make a Difference”. Mayor Thomas, Council Members Finnigan and McGovern, and the city manager made comments, and the department directors presented the awards to the groups of volunteers.
  • WSH Escapee Found: Patrol responded to a report of an escapee at Western State Hospital (WSH) Wednesday morning. Apparently, a violent offender was taken to be checked by doctors on site. WSH security did not keep the violent offender in waist restraints, and the suspect managed to sneak out the door and fled the WSH grounds. The suspect was found by WSH security just as LPD was arriving in area. We were assured that precautions would be taken so it would not happen again.
  • John Operation: On April 20th, Lakewood Police conducted a John Operation on April 20th, and there were fifteen men arrested and three female prostitutes arrested during the evening operation at 88th and South Tacoma Way. The “Johns” will be enrolled in our John school which is continuing successfully.
  • Meeting with Tacoma on Offender Reentry: Lakewood Police Department staff is meeting with Tacoma staff to discuss a collaborative approach toward implementing the new legislation sponsored by Senators Carrell and Regala governing offender re-entry. Plans will be presented to Council for review.
  • Funding for the WSH Community Policing Team: The budget, approved by the legislature, contains the funding sponsored by Representative Green for a community policing team to address Western State Hospital violent crime. The funding is fully adequate to support a team consisting of an NPO, CSO and detective for 2007-08.