City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/19/06

May 12, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Westside Communities Leadership Summit: Councilmembers are invited to join their fellow councilmembers from Tacoma, University Place, Gig Harbor, Fircrest, Steilacoom, Dupont, Ruston, and Pierce County at a collaboration meeting at UP City Hall on May 24th from 630pm to 930pm. Panel discussions will cover Transportation and Transit; Economic Development; Public Safety and Communications. There will be roundtable discussions to follow up on the panel topics, and the goal is to more effectively respond to regional issues. The Lakewood city manager will lead the panel on public safety and communications.
  • City receives Traffic Safety Grant: In May 2006, the City applied for a grant to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) on behalf of Police and Public Works, to cover installation of flashing yellow lights on all arterial roads (speed 30 MPH and up) not now covered by flashing yellow lights. The City had previously committed to fund these flashing lights and have them installed prior to the start of the 2006/2007 school year.   We were notified this week that the grant was approved, saving the City $49,000. Previously WTSC approved a grant to fund the installation of the 7 –to- 5 PM warning signs. When complete, WTSC informs us that LPD will be the only jurisdiction in Washington to have all school zones on arterial roads covered by flashing yellow lights. The 6 sites are:
    • Steilacoom Blvd in front of Lochburn 35mph
    • 83rd in front of Oakbrook Elementary 30mph
    • Lakewood Drive by the A-1 School 35mph
    • Steilacoom Boulevard by the A-1 School 35mph
    • 108th St by Lakeview Elementary 35mph
    • 112th St by Clover Park High 35mph
    • Military Road @ 112th Mann Middle School 35mph
  • Potential Special Operations/Vice Seizure Funds: The King County prosecutor’s office has been in negotiations with the suspects related to the joint King County/Lakewood Police investigation of Beautiful Companions Escort. The final offer is for the defendants to plead guilty to two counts of Promoting Prostitution 2nd Degree. As part of that agreement, there would be approximately $600,000 in total net seizure, of which Lakewood would stand to net $270,000.
  • National Forensic Academy: Lakewood’s own Detective Bryan Johnson has been selected for the January 2007 session of the National Forensic Academy.  The National Forensic Academy is at the University of Tennessee – Law Enforcement Innovation Center.  It is an intensive 10 week in-residence program that is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and only 16 applicants are selected nationally for each session.  LPD is the only Washington city other than Seattle PD to send a participant.   Congratulations Bryan!
  • New LPD Reserve Police Officers: New LPD Reserve Officers Michael Cox, Brandon Schaeffer, and Rick Melvin graduated from the Reserve Academy on May 13th.  One of the new officers, Rick Melvin, won the coveted “Top Gun” award for demonstrating the highest level of skill with a firearm. The new officers will soon begin on the job training with experienced Police Training Officers. Once they are fully trained, these reserves will augment the Patrol Response Unit.
  • Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association Meeting: LPD attended a meeting of the Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association on May 17th, and information on Block Watch was presented to a group of about 36 citizens.  The discussion included crime trends, methods for decreasing crime, and the importance of developing a good partnership with the police department.