City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/24/05

June 24, 2005
To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • GFOA Award  A press release has been issued from Chicago office of GFOA:

“The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Lakewood has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2005-06 Biennium Budget.  The award represents a significant achievement by the entity.  It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting…..”

  • Independence Day Celebration The Parks and Recreation Department will host Independence Day on the Plaza on Thursday, June 30th from noon to 2:00 p.m. in front of City Hall.   Please come enjoy good music, arts and crafts for the kids, refreshments and a children’s parade along Main Street at 1:00 p.m.  This is a good old-fashioned family-oriented event designed to kick off the holiday weekend.
  • Summer Youth Camp Summer Youth Camp begins Monday, June 27th at Tillicum Elementary School.  This program, funded by a federal Weed and Seed grant, a City of Lakewood Human Services grant, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, Clover Park School District and the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department, will run through August 19th and is free for children ages 6-18.  A free lunch is provided at noon during the 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. program.  Extended care before and after the program is available for a fee through the Boys and Girls Club.  This is a very popular program and is drawing large numbers of neighborhood children who will benefit from the safe and well supervised planned activities.
  • Come Out and Play Sports (COPS):  The Lakewood African-American Police Advisory Committee along with the Lakewood Police Department, the Lakewood Weed & Seed Program, Daniel "Chappie" James Lodge # 72, the Lakewood Neighborhood Associations, and Human Sports are proud to bring you, C.O.P.S. (Come Out & Play Sports).  This is an annual event that brings teens and Police together for a day of sporting activities and fun.  There will be free hot dogs, juice, and snacks available.  Events will include everything from Frisbee Football, 3 on 3 Basketball, Soccer, Volley Ball, Chess, Dominoes, an Obstacle Course, and so much more.  There will be prizes and gifts for all who attend and free literature about other events and positive things for teens throughout the Pierce County area.  The location of this event is Springbrook Park. This event is scheduled for July 9th and set to begin at 11:00 am and last until 5 pm. 
  • Youth Police Adventure Camp:  LPD and the Korean American Police Advisory Group will also be co-sponsoring a youth police adventure camp on June 24th and 25th at the police station.  Over 50 Korean-American youth have already signed up.  There has been extensive coverage on this in the Korean media and we expect News Tribune coverage as well.
  • AWC Annual Conference:   Deputy Mayor Helen McGovern, Government Relations Director Candice Bock, and the city manager attended the annual Association o Washington Cities conference in Kennewick this week, along with representatives from cities throughout the State.  There were workshops on City finances, economic development, “best practices”, public information marketing, and changing demographics and growth management.  The City of Lakewood received an AWC award for its Wellness program. 
  • SummerFest Success “Build a playground and they will come” – literally – by the thousands!  SummerFEST drew over 3000 people to Fort Steilacoom Park last weekend.  It was a very successful event, a great way to formally dedicate the new play structure and kick off the summer season.  We hope to expand SummerFEST to and all day event next year and include many more community partners.
  • KUDOS from the Prosecutor:  Lakewood Police Department recently received special recognition from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, regarding a case in which the defendant was a repeat violent felon with associated gang and drug trafficking history with multiple arrests in Lakewood.  It was about to be dropped due to material witnesses refusing to meet deposition appointments and respond to subpoenas.   LPD located and arrested the witnesses on very short notice and as a result the case successfully went to trial.  James Osborn was convicted and is looking at over 200 months in prison.
  • Firearms Simulation Training Simulator: There is still time for Council Members to sign up to try out the Firearms Training Seminar put on by Canfield & Associates’ (our insurers) June 27th through July 14th.   The training focuses on “shoot/no shoot” drills designed to help officers to become more proficient in responding to suspects with possible opposing weapons.  Training participants are judged on about decisions when to use deadly force.  They are provided a fully functional modified weapon which uses a laser detected on a screen to show marksmanship against a moving target.  Each participant will go through four scenarios and a debriefing with the instructor, which will take approximately 40 minutes. Please contact Charleen if interested. 
  • Meth Watch Training:  On Thursday 6/23/05 The Safe Streets Campaign provided Meth Watch training to LPD CSO's and NPO's.  The training provided awareness on the drain in a community imposed by this drug and the tragedy it places on a family, especially children. It also covered all the indicators of Meth use and manufacturing.  It was designed to prepare our NPO teams to give similar presentations for the community, and mobilize community support in locating the manufacturing labs and reducing drugs use.
  • Fireworks Suppression:  The LPD approach this year will be much more pro-active against the unlawful discharge of fireworks in the city.  Special officers will be detailed to a SPECIAL FIREWORKS EMPHASIS TEAM and are expected to quickly respond to all fireworks complaints.  They will also take enforcement action rather than warning whenever possible.  Additionally, the emphasis patrols will pro-actively look for unlawful possession, transport or discharge of fireworks, again taking enforcement action whenever possible. There will be extensive warnings distributed about the more aggressive approach prior to the holiday. 
  • Lakewood Water Safety Council:   A standing council on water safety was formed on June 21st from the work group developed to assist with recent changes to the water safety ordinance, initiated by Lakewood Police.  The group includes representatives from the improvement clubs of all four Lakewood lakes, the Fire Department, Fort Lewis military police, the rowing association and the Washington Power Boat Racing Association.   In the first meeting, members reviewed the changes in the ordinance, covered the adjusted fine structure for ordinance violations (which will be presented to Council on June 27th), satisfactorily resolved American Lake use for power racing boats and rowers, decided they would sponsor a special LPD/LFD lake safety day at each Lakewood lake in 2006, and received an orientation on LPD, military police, and citizen lake patrol enforcement plans for 2005. 
  • Reclaiming Our Youth (ROY):   Chief Saunders, Superintendent McEwen and associated primary staff of LPD and CPSD met June 23rd to outline concepts for revitalizing ROY.  This program for coordinating intervention strategies for multiple risk youth had slowed during the police transition between the City and the County, but very positive steps were taken to rekindle partnerships and programs designed to pull kids away from gang activity, chronic truancy and delinquency and into healthy lifestyles and civic activities. 
  • Street Survival Course:  Sergeant Andy Estes, Detective Steve Parr, and Officer Sean Conlon attended the week long “Street Survival” course hosted at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They received training in advanced street level investigations, officer safety tactics, and legal ramifications that they can apply to their roles in the Special Operations Section, as well as share with the rest of the Police Department. The training was at no cost to the City, since it was funded through a grant from the Pierce County Violent Crimes Task force.