City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/23/07

March 23, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakewood Municipal Court Audit: The triennial audit to insure compliance with WASIC/NCIC Access and Records Management was performed on the Lakewood Municipal Court by the Washington State Patrol on March 21st. The court is in compliance, with only one minor housekeeping item that has been corrected. The auditor acknowledged in the report the outstanding job being done by the Lakewood Municipal Court and especially Senior Court Specialist, Deana Wright, the Technical Agency Coordinator, and also commented that very few Courts demonstrate such outstanding performance.
  • 5th Annual Father-Daughter Dance: About 200 guests danced the evening away at the City’s fifth annual Father-Daughter Dance held on March 17th at Clover Park High School. Over half of all those present have attended the City’s other dances and now consider it a part of their family’s traditions. The youngest daughter in attendance was 18 months old and the eldest was 39.
  • Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center Orientation: The leadership of the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, with the help of Dick Miller from ASU, provided an overview of the goals of the HOPE Center philosophy to personnel from the Clover Park School District, the City, Safe Streets, and other community agencies on March 23rd in City Hall. Lakewood will become one of 15 communities around the nation activating a HOPE program where young people are trained that “all children are capable of success – No exceptions.”
  • Youth Focus Groups: Approximately 60 freshmen from Clover Park High School were given a brief introduction to the workings of city government and the process of public input by participating in two focus groups organized by the Parks and Recreation Department. The students had the opportunity to express their ideas about what they would like to see available for teens in the City of Lakewood. Top choices included a teen center/club, more stores for teens and a wider variety of teen-oriented restaurants. The students were participating in the focus groups as part of their service learning requirement.
  • Special Police Training: Several Police Department members attended a free one day seminar on lessons learned in the Russian School Massacre in Beslan.
  • Northwest Regional Management Conference: Lakewood’s city manager is the conference chair for the joint Washington and Oregon city/county managers conference in Stevenson WA on March 27-30. About 120 managers are expected to attend. The focus of several workshops will be on Emergency Management, with presenters including the two State EM directors and FEMA management.
  • Animal Control Officer Graduates: Lakewood’s Animal Control Officer Bill Mathies was chosen Class President at the Animal Control Academy and will be giving the graduation speech at his graduation Friday, March 23rd, 2007.
  • Youth and Law Forum Associate City Attorney Rocio Guerra volunteered at the Youth and Law Forum on Saturday March 17th. The forum is designed to expose middle- and high school students to the law and the legal system. The volunteers assist the students in a mock trial where they play different roles in a criminal prosecution.
  • DOC facility siting bill: Community Development Director Dave Bugher testified at the State Senate’s Government Operations Committee in support of HB 1733, and relayed the City’s position that Lakewood wants existing language modified to ensure our zoning laws will not be subordinated to DOC’s undrafted guidelines regarding “operational requirements.” The City Attorney is drafting proposed edits on this matter for primary sponsor, Representative Steve Conway.
  • Legislative Update on Hill Ward Building Funding and WSH: Lakewood’s State delegation in Olympia is on track to successfully secure over $1M for two high priority projects in Lakewood: clean up of the Hill Ward Building at Fort Steilacoom Park and Community Policing at Western State Hospital.