WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- 2007 DoD Growth Summit: The City was invited by the U. S Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment to participate in a conference on December 11-13 in St. Louis, and we were represented by Senior Planner Deborah Johnson. The “2007 Growth Summit- Communities Responding to Change” conference focused on growth issues in communities near military bases that are affected by BRAC actions and other activities associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conference was also attended by representatives from the Clover Park School District, the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Employment Consortium, and McChord and Fort Lewis.
- Sound Transit decides Lakewood route and elects Claudia Thomas: The board of directors of Sound Transit on December 13th approved the routing of Modified Alternative 3-Grade Separated over Pacific Avenue in Tacoma as the final step for authorizing the Lakewood-Tacoma connection for commuter rail service. The board also elected its new officers: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as Chair, and Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas as Vice-Chair.
- Lake Steilacoom Grant Award: Public Works has received notification from the State Department of Ecology that we were successful in our grant request for $50,000 to treat Lake Steilacoom with a granulated formulation of calcium hydroxide. If this experimental treatment is successful in reducing the lake’s phosphorus concentration then a complementary reduction in the toxic blue-green algae blooms should follow. The cost of the treatment is estimated at $169,000 for which the Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club is providing the match money.
- New Police Station Bid Process: The new Police Station is presently being advertised for bids. Bids will be received until 2:00 pm January 15th, and bids will be opened at 3:00 pm that day. Public Works is also presently advertising for bids for landscape maintenance services associated with some 20 different landscaped areas within the City’s road rights of way. Bids will be received until December 27th.
- Special Olympics Fund Raising Efforts: In 2007, the Lakewood Police Department raised $15,000 for Special Olympics and is a member of the Circle of Honor. The fund raising activities included: Krispy Kreme Roof Sit; Law Enforcement Torch Run and T-shirt sale; Golf Tournament; Jiffy Lube coupon books; and Red Robin Tip-a-Cop.
- Holiday Festival: Lakewood Parks and Recreation hosted the 12th annual Holiday Festival on December 7th at City Hall. About 500 children, along with their parents, enjoyed holiday musical entertainment and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree, made craft projects, got up close and personal with a live reindeer and visited with Santa Claus who gave each child a handmade toy. This event was made possible by support from Lakewood Senior Activity Center, Lake City Christian Church, Clover Park School District, Lakewood Police Explorers, Old Country Buffet, the Washington Corrections Center for Women, McNeil Island Corrections Center, citizen volunteer Carole Weir and numerous community volunteers.
- Holiday Craft Fair: Lakewood Parks and Recreation hosted the 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair on December 8th at Park Lodge Elementary. The event featured 31 craft vendors and live holiday entertainment, and 465 shoppers attended.
- Youth Basketball Leagues: 160 Lakewood youth began practices last week as part of Lakewood Parks and Recreation’s Youth Basketball Leagues. The leagues serve children in grades K-7 with support from nearly 30 volunteer coaches and 13 team sponsors. With the help of numerous individuals, scholarships were granted to several youth in need.
- Building Permit Valuation: Total 2007 building permit valuation through November came to $61,714,491. The Community Development department is averaging receipt of 155 building and 33 planning permits per month.
- Armed robbery arrests: Two victims called from a local motel last week to report they had been robbed at gunpoint. They said they were at a club in Lakewood where they met a male subject who told them about a female who would do a lap dance for them. The victims got the female’s phone number and she showed up at the motel room a short time later. When she got into the room she called another female friend that would be willing to join them. A few minutes later there was a knock at the door. When the victims opened the door they were met by male subjects with guns. The two victims were ordered to the floor and were robbed. All four subjects fled in a vehicle, but a Lakewood officer located the vehicle nearby and it was stopped. The subjects were positively identified and both guns used in the robbery were located in the vehicle. An officer located the victim’s wallet on the road where the suspect vehicle was first seen. Two of the suspects eventually confessed to the robbery, and all four suspects were booked for armed robbery. Two of the suspects are active duty Army and another one is a civilian that works on base. Both victims are attached to a medical unit after they were hit with an IED in Iraq.