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

September 9, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Asphalt Patching Contract: Work will continue as “night” work on the asphalt patching contract over the next two weeks.  The contractor will start night work (8 pm to 6 am) on Steilacoom Blvd (83rd to Custer) on Monday evening.  On Wednesday evening, they will move over to Gravelly Lake Drive (between Nyanza and Bridgeport Way).  Variable message signs will be set up at least 24 hours in advance of work.  Impacted businesses and residents will receive personal written notices.
  • Off Leash Dog Park: A meeting last week with the POP (Protect our Pets) group and the neighborhood group (Put People First) resulted in a compromise configuration of the off leash area so that its eastern boundary will be further removed from Elwood.  The park will extend further north and will retain its planned size.  Both groups appeared to be satisfied with the solution.
  • Lakewood Senior Center: As part of the City’s commitment to serving the older adult population in our community, the City assumed operation of the Lakewood Senior Center in July and will move to new quarters in the Lakewood Community Center after the first of the year.
  • Senior Summit: A ‘Senior Summit’ is to be held Friday, September 16th in the City Hall Council Chambers from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Providers of services who focus their programs on older adults will come together to share information about resources and programs.  Service providers who will participate in the summit include:  TACID; Catholic Community Services; Pierce County Aging & Long Term Care; Lakewood Fire & Police departments; Korean Women’s Association; HEROS; Lifeline; St. Clare Hospital; Senior Scene; Puget Sound Health Care; and  Patriots Landing.  Other agencies may also participate. Valuable information regarding the health, social, financial, medical and recreational needs of older adults will be shared so that resources can be coordinated.
  • Identity Theft Presentation: The Lakewood Senior Center will host an identity theft program at the Senior Center located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW on Wednesday, September 14th at 9:15 a.m.  This rising crime has long-term effects and the program will help senior citizens protect themselves.  Detective Conan Higgins of the Lakewood Police Department will present the information.
  • Street Sweeping and Storm Drainage Cleaning (Vactoring) Out to Bid: Request for proposals are out for street sweeping and storm drainage cleaning.  Proposals are due September 23rd and will be reviewed and compared to Pierce County maintenance contract prices.  If prices are favorable, contracts will be awarded sometime in October.
  • LPD Patrol “Play of the Week”: Officers Latimer and Johnson responded to a call of a possible stolen U-Haul at the Budget Inn.   One registered guest in the pertinent room had a felony warrant.  Upon contact, they discovered large numbers of fake ID, computers, photos , and items of paraphernalia surrounding an ID Theft operation.  The U-Haul truck had a broken window and punched out door lock.   Detectives  responded , and a warrant was served  and numerous other items of stolen property were located.
  • LPD CIU “Play of the Week”: Patrol officers and detectives collaborated to solve a double homicide that occurred behind the Schooner Tavern. A Fort Lewis soldier decided to rob another soldier and his friend, selected at random as they prepared to leave in their car.  The suspect shot both victims, then ran off.  Patrol officers did a great job of controlling a very chaotic crime scene, identifying witnesses, and coordinating the response by detectives. The detectives, led by Detective. Mike Zaro and Sgt Andy Estes, were able to identify the suspect within 24 hours, and an arrest came shortly afterward.
  • Sensitive SWAT Call Out: On Friday August 26th, LPD and the Pierce County Metro SWAT Team were called to a suicidal subject who was holding his wife and male child hostage at a local apartment complex. Beginning with Patrol Officer response the incident was handled with complete professionalism. The Metro SWAT negotiators were able to achieve the release of the wife and child after a few hours. The negotiators then continued to try and talk the subject out but he refused. After use of a video robot from the Port of Seattle Police Department and several hours of off and on negotiation the SWAT Team made entry taking the subject into custody. The team knowingly went into harm’s way and brought this incident to a successful conclusion.
  • LPD Family Picnic: On August 28th, the Lakewood Officers Family Network hosted a Family Picnic at Shoreline Park on American Lake for members of the Lakewood Police Department and their families.  The event was a success with great turnout from Department members and their families.  This event was spearheaded by the members of LOFN who put a great deal of effort into the preparations and manning the event.  Special thanks go out to Peggy Estes, Andrea Mauer, and Paige Osness who made this event such a success.
  • LPD Support to St. Frances Cabrini: On Saturday and Sunday August 27-28, St. Francis Cabrini held their annual Parish Festival. The Lakewood Community Policing Section participated with Neighborhood Policing Officers (NPO’s) and Community Service Officers (CSO’s) being present allowing members to sit in a police vehicle and handling out crime prevention material. NPO’s and CSO’s answered questions and at the request of citizens handcuffed attendees and took pictures of them.
  • DOJ Grant: The Bureau of Justice Assistance announced that Lakewood was awarded a second Body Armor Matching Grant, which provides 50% of the cost to purchase bullet-resistant vests for law enforcement officers.  The match amount available for Lakewood is $15,000.
  • LPD Explorer Camp Success: Lakewood Police Explorer Post 253 just returned from the 2005 Summer Washington Law Enforcement Explorers Academy. Ten Explorers attended this week-long Explorer Academy, which is a full-time training environment that mirrors the atmosphere at the real law enforcement Police Academy. Advisors and instructors from all around Washington State came together to provide top-notch instruction and training, and during the week of training, Explorers experienced aspects of police work firsthand. During the Academy, one Explorer attended Leadership Academy, two Explorers attended the Advanced Academy, and seven attended the Basic Academy. Several Explorers also won Awards: Explorer Krystelle Purkey won the Award of Merritt, Commander Jason Jennings won 3rd Overall Performance at the Academy, Explorer John Webley won 3 Drill Downs, Explorer Devan Nelson won the Fastest Obstacle Course Time, and Explorer Brianna Burroughs won 1 Drill Down.
  • Officer Elected to Board of Autism Society of Washington: Recently Lakewood Police Officer Charles Porche was elected to the Board of the Autism Society of Washington. This prestigious group works on issues, treatment, and the education of children with Autism. Officer Porche is one of the first law enforcement officers elected and associated with this group as a board member.  With the election of Officer Porche to this group it will provide the Board a law enforcement perspective and it will help the Police Department be at the forefront of working with children with Autism.
  • Congratulations to PRAB Member: Jim Senko, a Park and Recreation Advisory Board member, has been awarded a second place prize in the 2005 national Garden Crusader competition sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.    Mr. Senko was nominated for this award in recognition of his commitment to the development of Wards Lake Park, for which he donated numerous native plants and supervised their placement throughout the park property.  He has also supervised the clean up and beautification of Wards Lake at our Park Appreciation Day events.