City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 6/6/08

June 6, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakewood represented on the State’s new Sex Offender Policy Board: Lakewood’s city manager was appointed as the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) representative on the Sex Offender Policy Board, as one of13 voting members from various agencies and associations around the State. The board was recently established by the Legislature as a body to review best practices related to risk assessment and supervision, to conduct case reviews, to develop benchmarks, and to provide a forum for discussion of issues related to coordination and interagency communication. The board is supported by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission and is tasked with reporting to the Governor and Legislature on its work plan by December 1, 2008.
  • Lakewood University: The City conducted a two-evening session of Lakewood University at City Hall during the evenings of May 28th and June 4th. The program is a “Local Gov’t 101” approach to a basic understanding of the City and its governmental partners. This was the fifth class, with 20-25 students, and the course evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.
  • American Lake Gardens/Tillicum Sewer Project Update: Public Works gave an update on the ALGs/Tillicum Sewer project at the June 5th Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood association meeting. The emphasis was to prepare for the upcoming 18-month construction phase of the project which is anticipated to start later this fall. The group was given a synopsis of what to expect regarding the construction activities, the sequencing of construction work, how the City was proposing to manage the project and who would be their first line of contact. Once a contractor is actually selected, another meeting will be held with all the property owners and tenants who front along the project.
  • Meeting with Fort Lewis Garrison Command Staff: The city manager and senior city staff met this week with the deputy garrison commander as well as the public works director, public affairs officer, and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office of Fort Lewis this week at City Hall. The agenda included discussion of transportation issues, housing, Tillicum and American Lake Gardens redevelopment efforts. The City and Fort Lewis will meet regularly to coordinate efforts to resolve mutual concerns.
  • Camp Murray coordination: The city manager met this week with Adjutant General Tim Lowenberg to review matters of mutual interest between the City and Camp Murray. The redevelopment effort in Tillicum is of major interest to Camp Murray, as are traffic issues around the Berkeley interchange and other key access points around the installation.
  • Thank you letters for the PD: Chief Bret Farrar received a letter from the St. Clare Emergency Department commending Officers Brian Weekes and Jeremy Prater on their teamwork and professionalism during an infant death investigation last month. After the officers’ arrival at the hospital, it quickly became evident that the situation had occurred in Tacoma, but hospital staff were especially grateful to both officers for staying and assisting the Tacoma Police Department with what became an extremely volatile situation. Chief Farrar also received thanks from Bonney Lake PD for sending Detective Bryan Johnson to assist with Forensics during a shooting incident there on June 2nd. The mutual aid assistance was truly appreciated and is an example of our cooperative cities approach and what we can achieve together.
  • 4th Stryker Brigade 2nd Infantry Division presentation: Mayor Douglas Richardson will host the 4th Stryker Brigade 2nd Infantry Division at “Coffee with the Mayor” on Friday, June 13th at 7:30 am, at the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital. Our guest speakers will be Major Daniel Dudek and Major Chad Sundem who will talk about the brigade’s deployment to Iraq.