City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/20/06

October 20, 2006
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • The NRPA congress in Seattle: Several Lakewood Parks and Recreation department staff members attended the National Parks and Recreation Association Congress and exposition last week in Seattle. Over 6,000 delegates from throughout the United States attended this annual event. Scott Williams, Park Supervisor coordinated two national playground safety training institutes and Mary Dodsworth, Director, supported a panel discussion regarding effective plans and strategies for the future.
  • Lakes Council: Representatives from the homeowners/improvement clubs from American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, Gravelly Lake, and Lake Louise met this week with the police chief, parks & recreation director, and city manager to review progress made over the summer months on lake safety matters. Also in attendance were representatives of Fort Lewis, Lakewood Fire, and the State. There was overall consensus that the City’s new ordinances on noise and speed were appropriate, and that the overall Marine Services Unit (MSU) coverage in 2006 was effective. Commitments were made for training and orientation for boaters at each lake prior to summer.
  • Monthly City Managers Economic Development Discussion: The city manager facilitated the meeting on economic development at the monthly Pierce County CAO’s meeting this week, with the city managers present from Tacoma, Fife, Puyallup, Fircrest, Orting and Bonney Lake, as well as economic development staff from the cities and Pierce County.
  • Freedom Bridge Sign Dedication: The City’s new sign at the Freedom Bridge (Berkeley interchange) in Tillicum will be unveiled October 27th at 11:00am.
  • 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Training at Fort Lewis: On October 18th, Ann-Marie Dvorak, Victim Advocate attended the 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Training at Fort Lewis. Nationally recognized speaker, Jackson Katz, made the keynote presentation, “Learning Exemplary Leadership: Best Practices Building a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence at Fort Lewis, Washington.” Following the keynote address, Mr. Katz facilitated a discussion about wrap around services. Ann-Marie was able to glean information about how to best assist clients who are wives or girlfriends of soldiers.