WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- Baseball returns to Tillicum: With LPD support, Lakewood resident Kathy Gano, a member of the Gravelly Lake Improvement Club "block watch", and former volunteer leader of the Lakewood Baseball Club, was able to acquire a $2,000 grant from Wal-Mart to allow the Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association to sponsor a 9-10 year old team. The Tillicum Merchants Association, with support from the Parks Department, is also raising funds to support a 7-8 year old slow pitch co-ed team in the Lakewood Recreation League. This will be the first time Tillicum has had organized baseball in three years. Both leagues rearranged their schedules at the last minute to allow all Tillicum games to be played at Harry Todd Park due to transportation challenges. The kids and their parents have committed to doing street clean up along Union Avenue for the remainder of the season to thank the Tillicum Merchants for their support. Last week-end, over 50 baseball kids and parents were out picking litter up in Tillicum.
- WSH Security Officers sworn in as LPD Disabled Parking Enforcement: A number of DPE volunteers, Lakewood officers, and many Western State Hospital employees including CEO Andy Phillips, COO Dale Thompson, and Director of Emergency Services Spike Millman attended the swearing in of the 11 WSH Security Officers who successfully completed LPD Disabled Parking Enforcement training. It was a special event to support the DPE program.
- Lakewood Online Citizen Comment and Request System: The City expects to launch its new “Lakewood Online Citizen Comment and Request System” (LOCCRS is the current acronym) early next week. LOCCRS is an initiative of the City Manager and will provide a standardized system for citizens to submit requests and other input to the City. It provides the staff a standardized means to receive, document, and resolve citizen requests for service (comments, compliments, complaints and public records requests) and materials (such as maps or zoning information). All departments but police will be featured in LOCCRS when it is initially launched. Police will be added once the department works through some implementation issues with the Guild.
- Lakewood University: Lakewood University is scheduled for April 18th and 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each evening. There are still a number of open seats at this time. Staff will continue to recruit attendees for the program and interested citizens are encouraged to call Melody Perrussel at 589-2489.
- Interlaaken Bridge Overlay – Bridge Closure: The City’s contractor, Tucci & Sons Inc. has scheduled to do the grind and overlay on the Interlaaken bridge starting on April 23rd. The bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic for up to 2 weeks. Staff will be mailing out informational postcards to residents within a 1,000 foot radius of the bridge. In addition, vehicle message signs (VMSs) will be placed starting on April 16th at both bridge approaches notifying users of the pending closure. Staff is also coordinating with affected public safety, bus providers (School District and Pierce Transit), and utilities.
- Crime Prevention Conference: Last week, Code Enforcement Officer Randy Richards and Associate Planner Alexandra Bilderback attended a two-day training conference on the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), hosted by the City of Olympia and the National Crime Prevention Council. They learned about leading crime prevention methods, how to conduct a security assessment and strategies to encourage community involvement in crime prevention. Participants created an “Action Plan” to implement changes and improve community safety, which sets forth specific objectives that can be applied to target areas within the city. They plan to find ways to incorporate the training into the City’s code enforcement program.
- Senator Murray Interested in Lakewood: Mary McBride, South Puget Sound representative for Senator Patty Murray’s office, asked LPD for a briefing on their community policing programs. She had heard from several different sources of the success we were having in reducing crime and building community, and commended our holistic approach.
- Probation “Job Shadow”: A Clover Park High School senior has been job shadowing Jeanette Matthews – Probation Counselor with Lakewood Municipal Court. The student is interested in the probation field and will complete 20 hours of Job Shadowing before the end of April.