City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/9/05

December 9, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting: The City’s 10th annual Christmas tree lighting was a big success.  Over 380 children along with family members and friends welcomed in the holidays while enjoying the music of the Lakes High School and Mann Middle School Choirs, watching the tree lighting ceremony, visiting with Santa, meeting Santa’s reindeer and browsing through the treasures at the craft fair. Special thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this happen, especially Sara Millbauer, Recreation Coordinator, and the Parks Department staff.
  • Award of $5M PWTF Loan for Sewer Project: The City’s Tillicum/American Lake Gardens sewer extension project received a major “shot in the arm” this week, with the award of a $5 million low interest loan (at ½ %) from the State’s Public Works Trust Fund. Councilmember Bill Harrison’s service on the PWTF Board was instrumental in the award.
  • Investigation and Search for Missing 10 Year Old Continues: The Lakewood Police Department’s investigation into the disappearance of Adre Anna Jackson, which is being coordinated by Sgt. Chris Lawler, is still going at full speed.  With the excellent assistance of the FBI, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Lewis, the Fire Department, the neighborhood, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit, new leads and witnesses are being checked and documented thoroughly.  Of particular assistance has been the Lakewood GIS Team, who has provided outstanding aerial maps and photos with overlays of the Tillicum and Woodbrook areas. The primary sonar and dive search of American Lake wrapped up late Thursday afternoon, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dive Team has been requested to conduct follow-on searches of the shoreline.
  • Incredible Support: The Lakewood Police Department is extremely appreciative for the incredible support we have received from the Tillicum community.  It has been awesome - hundreds of search volunteers, 24 hour support for coffee, hot soup and meals from the Tillicum Baptist Church, use of the Tillicum Elementary and associated office equipment at our command post, and comprehensive support to the victim family.