City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/25/06

August 25, 2006
To:     Mayor and Members of the Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • First Annual Mayor’s (Soccer) Cup: The first Annual Mayor’s Cup was held at Fort Steilacoom Park on August 12th with Mayor Thomas presenting tournament trophies. The Korean Consul General was also present for part of the tournament, as were soccer teams from Vancouver, B.C., Chicago, South Korea, Washington and a Lakewood city employee.  The soccer games were the main draw for a Sister City fundraiser and were sponsored by the Korean Sister City Sub-committee of the Lakewood Sister City Association and the Korean-American Washington State Soccer Association. The event was to bring attention to the City’s ongoing effort to find a city in Korea that would be interested in becoming a sister city. For the first time out, the event brought in $9,000, which will go to funding activities such as cultural and student exchanges when a Sister City is established in Korea.
  • Neiditz elected WCMA Vice President:  Lakewood's city manager was elected Vice President of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), as announced at the group's annual conference this week in Blaine.  WCMA is the professional association for city managers and administrators around the State, and has about 250 members.  The association sponsors management training conferences on both a state-wide and Northwest regional basis, and WCMA presidents become ex-officio members of the AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Board.
  • Speeding Enforcement: The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission is sponsoring a speed enforcement project involving multiple police agencies due to begin in October 2006. This project utilizes the same task force model as the highly successful Pierce County DUI project. Officers from Lakewood and several other jurisdictions will be working overtime shifts within a specified corridor identified by analysts as a high accident area within Pierce County for the purpose of interdicting speed violations. The goal of this project is to educate the motoring public and enforce the speed limits via high profile patrol saturation. As many as twenty officers per eight hour shift will be participating from various agencies involved. The corridor for this project includes SR512 from I-5 to South Hill, SR161 from South Hill to 176th St E, and SR 7 (Pacific Avenue) inclusive of all roadways in between these boundaries.
  • Explorer Academy: Once again, Lakewood Police Explorers performed well at the Explorers Academy.  Officer Prante accompanied the Explorers to the Academy held at the Boy Scout Camp site located by Chinook Pass.  One of our new explorers, Josh Caron, who has only been with the post for a month, achieved the 1st place award for overall achievement; which includes the range, physical agility, academics and drill down. Krystal Purkey was elected to be the keynote speaker for the Advanced Class.
  • Community Policing Extends to the Middle East: Lakewood Police Department conducted a professional development training for senior leaders in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry, part of our community partner organization from Fort Lewis. They discussed community policing concepts and how they would enable community stabilization operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Cops and Docs: Please see the attached version of the soon to be published article regarding Cops and Docs.  It is a tribute to the work St. Clare and the Lakewood Police Department have done and continue to do for the youth of our community.