City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/01/05

July 1, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Holiday Closure:   City Hall will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.
  • Lifeguards:  Lifeguards begin summer service July 2 at American Lake Park and Harry Todd Park.  They are on duty from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week unless inclement weather conditions dictate a cancellation of service.  The summer swim season ends following the Labor Day holiday.  Several of the lifeguards have worked previously for the City, so they are familiar with conditions associated with open water service.
  • Lakes/Parks Security Patrols Begin:  The Marine Unit began its formal patrol last week in the parks and lakes in Lakewood. The MSU Unit and Department Training Division held a State Certified Sound Meter Class on Friday June 24, 2005 that was attended by Clark County Sheriff's Office, Military Police, Camas Police Department, and Lakewood Officers. This provides state certification for the MSU Officers on sound meter readings.
  • Creekwood Update:  The Community Development Department has been in formal contact with the property owner at 6 Creekwood Lane SW.  City staff will be meeting with the owner to discuss business licensing and zoning requirements, to ensure there are no inappropriate activities scheduled at that location.  As of this writing, there are no violations to report.  This subject remains under investigation.
  • Clear Zone Update: The Community Development Department has received the McChord AFB Clear Zone appraisals.  A summary of the report shall be transmitted to the City Council at a future date.  Briefly, acquisition costs for the Clear Zone properties are estimated at $27,964,550
  • Joint Police/Fire Dive Unit Completes Training:  The MSU Unit and Lakewood Fire Department concluded underwater Dive Training with sound equipment and radio training.  They are now a fully integrated Dive Rescue and Recovery Team.  To the best of our knowledge, this is the only joint police/fire dive rescue and recovery team in the state.  Service to citizens and water safety are dramatically improved by this partnership.
  • WSH Escapee Training Exercise:  On Thursday 6/30/05 the Lakewood Police Department, Steilacoom Police, and Western State Hospital conducted a tabletop scenario exercise on a dangerous escapee from the WSH Forensics Sciences Unit for the criminally insane. The exercise was planned over a three month period by Sergeants Jeff Alwine and  Joe Kolp. The participants in the tabletop were all LPD Command Staff, Sergeants, and Senior Officers in Charge, as well as the Director of Public Safety at Steilacoom and Western State Hospital Security Supervisors. The event took about 2 hours to go through from beginning to end but provided valuable insight into the needs related to such an event in manpower, equipment, facilities, and public notification.
  • Mandatory Homeland Security Training Complete:  The Department of Homeland Security mandated that all public safety first responders, which includes all commissioned police officers, successfully complete a course that outlines the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by January, 2006.  The Lakewood Police Department achieved 100% certification six months early this week, when all of our officers had successfully taken and passed a rigorous online class and test.
  • Korean American Youth Police Adventure Camp 2005:  The camp was co-hosted by LPD and KAPAG (Korean American Police Advisory Group).   The youth camp was conducted at the police station between June 24 and 25.  The camp was designed for Korean American teens (between 14-18) in support of LPD’s Korean Community Out-reach vision.  Attendees received 11 hours of police related training and demonstration on various police related fields (Criminal Law, Traffic Law, K-9, Fire Prevention, First Aid, SWAT, Defensive Tactics, and Police Explorer).  Fifty people registered for this camp and 49 showed up on the first day.  All attendees, with an exception of one person, were Korean-Americans between 11-18 years of age.  On the second day, 53 teens showed up to the camp.  The certificates of completion were awarded to 48 students who attended both days of the camp.  All students were also given with the camp T-shirts (provided by KAPAG), City of Lakewood pins with the Mayor’s welcoming notes, and Lakewood Police pens.  KAPAG also provided lunch (pizzas) for the first day and dinner (double cheese burgers) for the second day.  Out of 54 total attendees, 12 were from Lakewood, 21 from Tacoma (both city and unincorporated Pierce County), 5 from UP, 1 from Graham, 1 from Olympia, 2 from Gig Harbor, 1 from Lacey, 3 from Puyallup, 2 from , and 6 from Federal Way.  Among the attendees, 39 were males and 15 were females.   Ten of the attendees have already asked for applications to our Police Explorer unit.
  • LPD Significant Training:  Officers Young, McLamore and Lavalley attended community oriented school resource officer training in Portland, OR.  The four day course was at no cost to the city.  FATS is on-going.  All of the detectives in our homicide/assault section attended a 2 day course on Investigating Officer Involved Shootings.
  • Lakewood’s Concerts in the Park:  This series begins Tuesday, July 5th at American Lake Park.  Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  A variety of musical styles will be represented during the season running through August 23rd.   No concert will be held August 2 due to the celebration of National Night Out.

7-5          High Rollers                                              Rhythm and Blues

7-12:       Deems Tsutakawa and Seattle Groove       Funky Jazz

7-19:       Incendio                                                           Latin guitar world fusion 

7-26:       Lakewood Idol                                                 Local Talent Competition Finals  

8-2          No concert                                                       National Night Out         

8-9:         I Corps Army Band                                         Traditional Patriotic Music

8-16:       Bruce Robertson and the Reverbs                   Golden Oldies

8-23:       Island Jamz                                                      Authentic Caribbean Steel Drums

  • Tennis Lessons:  The City is again offering tennis lessons for youngsters ages 8 through 15.  Seven four-day a week sessions begin following the holiday weekend and are scheduled according to age and ability levels.  Classes are offered at hourly intervals from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at the Clover Park High School tennis courts.  This is the third year tennis lessons have been provided by the City, and we already have many repeat students whose skill levels have improved significantly.