City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/23/08

May 23, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakewood University Enrollment: There are still a number of seats left for Lakewood University. Our two evening course runs from 5:30-9:00 pm on May 28th and June 4th (consecutive Wednesdays). Citizens who want to know more about how the City operates (parks, police, budget, economic development, permitting, budget, etc.), should consider signing up. Starting at 5:00 pm and throughout the evening, refreshments will be provided. Citizens should contact Melody Perrussel at 983-7769 or mperrussel@cityoflakewood.us to reserve a place.
  • FEMA Training: Lt Steve Mauer and Mayor Doug Richardson both participated in an Integrated Emergency Management class at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's training center in Emmitsburg, MD. They joined participants from agencies throughout the County. The session was sponsored and funded by FEMA.
  • Target Zero Achievements in Traffic Safety Award: The Lakewood Police Department received a Target Zero Achievements in Traffic Safety Award on May 21st from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in the category of Reducing Speed-Related Collisions for their "Speeding Pilot Project."
  • Lakefront Street Ends Update: City staff has drafted an initial report with recommendations pertaining to lakefront street ends. The recommendations and supporting documentation can be found on the front page of the City's website: www.cityoflakewood.us under "latest news and events." This report will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 27th in the Council Chambers. The meeting will end before 7:00 pm. It is anticipated that the PRAB will hold off on action regarding the recommendations in order to give the public time to review all new documentation related to the issue.
  • EDB Board meeting: The city manager attended the May 16th meeting of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, with a review of the effort to retain the Russell Company in Tacoma. A number of Russell employees are Lakewood residents.
  • "Care" Package for returning soldiers: This week, Councilmembers Helen McGovern and Pad Finnigan spearheaded a team of volunteers that assembled or staged nearly 1600 care packages for the "unaccompanied" soldiers of the redeploying 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers from the brigade picked up the packages this week. The generosity of the Lakewood Community has been very impressive. Donations of cash and time have come from as far away as the east coast as well as more local donations such as Girl Scouts in Olympia and the Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary among many others including Wal-Mart, America's Credit Union, City of Sumner, FireComm (911 dispatch), Kiwanis, Lakewood First Lions, Knight Lions, Lakewood Police Guild, City employees, Little Caesars, Kids at Hope and the Hope Academy (welcome home notes). At this point, we are still 388 packages short of our goal of 2000. We plan to meet or exceed that goal. People are welcome to drop off complete care packages or separate ingredients at City Hall. Separate ingredients still needed are: drinks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant, gum, and/or snacks (cookies, granola bars, etc.). We have enough of other items to complete packages. We need to have donations to City Hall by no later than June 3. There will be one more assembly session and volunteers will be needed. We will get the assembly time and place out when available. Please contact Melody Perrussel at 983-7769 or mperrussel@cityoflakewood.us for more info.