City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/2/08

May 2, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • "Safe Routes to School" Grant Application for Park Lodge: In partnership with Clover Park School District and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the City submitted a Safe Routes to Schools grant application for Park Lodge Elementary School. The scope of the grant includes sidewalk and crosswalk improvements around the school, education programs to provide incentives to encourage students to walk/bike to school, and enforcement to provide additional targeted enforcement for speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians. Grant selection will take place later this year with funds becoming available in July 2009. Total grant requested is $321,000
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: The City hosted a breakfast at CPTC this week to honor its many volunteers who assist in most departments and serve on our citizen advisory committees. The theme was "Essential Piece" of the community, and there were about 100 in attendance.
  • State Attorney General visits City Hall: Attorney General Rob McKenna presented a workshop on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) to a group of about 50 area citizen advisory committee and city councilmembers at Lakewood City Hall on April 30th, at the invitation of Mayor Doug Richardson. He also presented a session on Identity Theft, which offered free document shredding services for interested citizens.
  • State Auditor visits City Hall: Auditor Brian Sonntag participated in a meeting with several city managers representing the State City Managers Association at Lakewood City Hall on April 30th, at the invitation of the Lakewood city manager, who is also the WCMA president. The discussion focused on communication about state auditing standards and the new initiative on performance audits.
  • Parks Director Receives Award: Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth received the Professional Citation of Merit award at the Washington Recreation and Parks Association conference last week in Kennewick. This is the second highest award given as part of WRPA's recognition program.
  • Fort Lewis: A Growth Installation forum: A workshop on the projected growth of Fort Lewis was sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County and Lakewood Chambers of Commerce on May 1st at the Clover Park Technical College student services center for about 200 attendees. Governor Gregoire was a keynote speaker, as was Patrick O'Brien, Director of the DoD Office of Economic Adjustment. The city manager was a speaker on the panel about transportation, and there were also panels on housing and education.
  • Soldiers' Care Package Update: City staff delivered the first 50 care packages to the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team's rear detachment, which is welcoming the brigade's advance party back to Fort Lewis on Saturday. Wal-Mart has generously agreed to pay $5,000 toward this effort and will present the check at the City Council meeting on May 5th. Additional resources (cash, materials/packages, and volunteers) are still needed. Call Melody at 983-7769.
  • Police Officer - Hero: Officer Dustin Carrell stopped traffic on April 28th to help a mother duck and her ducklings safely across SR-512. Since then his heroics have been featured on Channel 4 news, CNN, and in the News Tribune and have prompted dozens of phone calls and emails from around the world, including Italy and France.
  • Claudia Thomas Recognized: Councilmember Claudia Thomas was recognized by the Washington Association of School Administrators in Fife on April 25th. She was nominated by Supt Al Cohen of the Clover Park School District for her outstanding service to children and the youth education. She was also awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership in April from the Association of Washington Cities.
  • Agency Assist at Mt Tahoma High School: Tacoma PD requested our assistance in securing the outer perimeter at Mt. Tahoma H.S. while the school was in lockdown. They arrested a 15-year old male for possession of a loaded .32 caliber revolver. Other involved subjects were detained, but none had a gun. Supposedly, the subject with the gun brought it for use at a fight that was to happen at a Lakewood business after school.
  • Helping a Local Family in Need: CSO Dawn McGinnis of LPD and Mike Turner of Lakewood Fire took it on themselves to help out the family who was devastated by the fire on Addison two weeks ago. The father is a double amputee in a wheelchair. Dawn found them a new place to live with suitable wheelchair access. Mike sponsored a birthday party at Chuckie Cheese for the boy, who celebrated his 7th birthday about a week after the fire. Animal Control Officer Correne Buck found the family a small dog that would be suitable for their new home.