City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/30/06

June 30, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SummerFest Fort Steilacoom Park was the place to be last Saturday..  Approximately 9,000+ visited the park that day to enjoy the festivities, including car show, baseball tournament, Latino festival, entertainment, demonstrations, late night movie and informational booths and displays.   Special thanks should go to the Parks and Recreation Department staff (especially Sara Millbauer) who took the lead to coordinate all the event partners and set up and clean up the park.  We also appreciate the efforts of the Lakewood Police Department and Explorer Scouts who were on site to help with parking and traffic control.   We couldn’t have pulled off such a wonderful event without our community partners who helped make SummerFEST 2006 a great success.  Partners include Comcast, Partners for Parks, Lakewood Fire District, Lakewood United Latino Organization, Harold LeMay Enterprises, Select Baseball, Clover Park School District, Lakewood Historical Associations, Washington State Trail Running Club, AgriShop, Homestreet Bank, Panattoni Construction and numerous other volunteers and supporters.
  • Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force: At its June 27th meeting, the task force provided a series of preliminary recommendations on adult family homes.  These will be forwarded to the Planning Advisory Board for further review and discussion, and a report to the City Council is anticipated for August.  The task force is moving forward on other subjects with the emphasis on collecting background information on home-based businesses.
  • Planning Advisory Board: At its June 28th meeting, the PAB continued a public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending work release development regulations. There were about 40 people in attendance.  Testimony was received from Pierce County prosecutor Gerry Horne, Senator Mike Carrell, and Representative Tami Green.  With modifications, all three were in support of the City’s draft proposal.  Written testimony was provided by DSHS.  The hearing was continued a second time to July 13.
  • NNO Event Planned to include Fort Lewis: The Provost Marshal's Office at Fort Lewis will be sponsoring a National Night Out Against Crime event on post this year. On June 23rd, representatives from the PMO met with Mike and Sharron Kanter, Lakewood's own expert NNO coordinators, to kick-start their first NNO event.