City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/23/05

September 23, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Day of Caring: Once a year, the City encourages employees to participate in “Day of Caring”, where we partner with local nonprofit organizations to build a stronger community. This year our team consisted of 13 City employees paired up with Dower Elementary students for their Literacy Fair from 9:00-12:00 by reading books to children. This was a wonderful opportunity to show the City’s support of local non-profit programs, and give back to our community.
  • Baseball Tomorrow Fund: The Parks and Recreation Department recently received a grant from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund in the amount of $10,688.  These funds will be used to purchase equipment and to fund 28 individual scholarships for our inaugural baseball/softball season which will take place in the spring of 2006.
  • Filipino-American Society: On Sunday, September 18th, the City Manager was the speaker at a meeting of Lakewood’s Filipino-American Society, discussing both the “State of the City” and our possible sister city relationship with the Municipality of Bauang Philippines.
  • Peer Support Training: Ten members of LPD concluded three days of training to act as Peer Support for the Department. That training included supporting this agency and the City in the event of a Line of Duty Death. Peer Support provides either one-on-one personal support as well as being the conduit in the event of a major critical incident to a Stress Management Team.
  • American Lake Boating Enforcement: Summer outcomes for American Lake have been very positive, and we have received numerous comments from citizens and lake property owners about the positive difference they have noticed on the lakes.  Marine Services Unit officers are also noticing a difference on how boaters are conducting themselves. There were no complaints in August about loud boats. Additionally the presence on the lakes made a large difference as shown in the fact no boats were stopped in August for speed violations and no complaints were made about speeding boats.  The MSU team  logged 264 man hours on American Lake. Our research indicates most of the violators now being contacted are lake property owners.
  • Lakewood Police and 7-11 Partnership: LPD and 7-11 Corporation partnered in training 7-11 employees in and around Lakewood on crime prevention topics. There are six 7-11 stores in Lakewood.  Twenty eight 7-11 employees attended this two hour training, which covered robbery prevention, preventing loitering, dealing with gangs, sexual assault prevention, preventing shoplifting, preventing gas drive off, police dispatching procedures, how to effectively communicate with the 911 call receivers, priority of 911 calls, and how to describe subjects and vehicles.  It is LPD’s intent to continue with this partnership to enhance the crime prevention efforts at local retail stores.
  • Temporary Repairs at Boat Launch: The City has received several calls from boaters and residents to report the problematic conditions at the American Lake Park boat launch and their ideas for temporary repair solutions.   Earlier this summer we closed a portion of the launch which was unsafe and not usable, and we have posted caution signs at the site. As the water level continues to drop the launch is getting harder and harder to use, and the City may need to temporarily close the launch entirely until the water level rises. Staff does check on the condition of the ramp daily.   We have checked with the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding implementing temporary measures that will make the launch more usable, and they have not approved these options. We have applied to the state for a grant to help with the cost of these improvements. More information regarding completing phase one of our master plan will be provided during the 2006 budget discussions. We currently refer and recommend that concerned boaters use the State managed launch near Camp Murray.
  • SRO Program for 2005/2006: As LPD wraps up support to park and lake safety, we transition back into the school resource officer program.  This is the second year we will have officers in the middle schools with the aim of engaging youth before they get into trouble as well as ensuring discipline for youth already acting disruptively.  This school year SRO’s will be engaged in the following youth programs:
    • ROY (Reclaiming Our Youth) is a special working committee formed by LPD in 2003 under the umbrella of Lakewood’s Promise for use intended to coordinate youth intervention programs for multiple risk youth.  Components include Law Enforcement Education Achievement and Prevention (LEEAP), Lakewood School-to-Home Program, and the Teen Youth Calendar Committee.
    • Police Explorers is learning for life career education program for young men and women who are 15 to 20 years old. The purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
    • Cops and Docs, Choices and Decisions is a classroom presentation to eighth graders on the medical and legal consequences of gun violence. The program is designed to prevent youth gun violence by educating the community, specifically young people, about the consequences-medical, legal and emotional-of youth gun possession and related gun violence.
    • Health Adventures is a mentoring program aligning multiple risk youth with mentors and then engaging them in a series of hands-on learning events associated with fire, police and health careers.  There are over 30 such youth currently enrolled in the program.
    • Leo Lions is a youth leadership program at Lochburn MS promoting community service.  There are over 60 youth enrolled in this program.
    • Woodbrook Late Night is aimed at the middle school students. The goal is to get them involved in constructive activities on Friday evenings during the school year.  Police officers, Park Department staff and volunteers run this program of fun and food. This is a Weed & Seed funded program.  All SRO’s will participate.
    • Pierce County Positive Steps Program (PRISM) is a community coalition team providing youth development and family support services.  A major focus of the program is reducing truancy
    • Communities in Schools is an organization dedicated to community partnerships that lead to student success. This involves parents, community and volunteers focusing to assist their children in achieving school success.  CIS is a major force in organizing and funding after hours programs.  They are also major sponsors of Diane Formoso’s Caring for Kids program.
    • Safe Schools Healthy Students of Greater Pierce County is a federally funded effort to build linkages among school and community-based services to enhance school safety and support healthy development for students.
    • Mock DUI program for HS Seniors is a program presented to Lakes and Clover Park seniors just prior to graduation. This is a mock traffic accident scene using volunteer students as actors.  The scene depicts a graphic two car fatal collision involving intoxicated teens. A narrator gives educational facts about drinking and driving and discusses the actions of emergency services as they respond to the scene.
    • Tobacco Education Programs are smoking enforcement program for teens with referrals through the municipal court for smoking education.  This is not in place but being explored.
    • Law Enforcement Youth Camp is a summer camp for selected youth
    • Parks at Schools Project is a program sponsored by the City Parks Department and supported by LPD to establish public parks on school property.
    • Boys and Girls Club: LPD participates on the boards of the local Boys and Girls club chapter and on the Tacoma/Pierce County Regional board.