City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/11/11

November 11, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

• Clean Audit of the City by the State Auditor’s Office:  City staff met with the State Auditor’s staff in an “exit conference” on November 10th, to review the results of the audit of the City for 2010.  The “clean” audit has no findings or management letters, and the State Auditor’s officers commented on the much improved status of Lakewood’s financial reporting and procedures. One discussion exit item reflected on the importance of the City’s upcoming cost allocation system to substantiate interfund charges and transfers.

• LPD Chaplain awarded 2011 Chaplain of the Year Award:  Chaplain Alvie Robbins was awarded the 2011 Chaplain of the Year Award at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplains Award Ceremony on October 29th, “in recognition and appreciation of your dedicated and committed service on behalf of the members of the Lakewood Police Department and greater Pierce County Community.” 

• South Sound 911 funding measure approved:  The city manager and the deputy county executive met on November 9th to acknowledge the successful ballot measure results for funding the new South Sound 911 emergency communications system, and to enable the City of Fife to join the agency. The steering committee will meet next week to develop implementation plans.

• ICMA Board meets in Oklahoma City:  The executive board of the Int’l City Management Association (ICMA) met on November 3-4, hosted by the city manager of Oklahoma City.  The City provided a tour of their newly-developed urban renewal areas, as well as the memorial to the 1995 bombing of the federal building there.  The focus of the board meeting was on future trends in the profession as well as ethics issues and training. The Lakewood city manager is the ICMA regional vice president representing the West Coast, and also serves on the Committee on Professional Conduct.

• Youth Council Member selected to be Daffodil Princess:  Youth Council member Cinthia Illan-Vazquez has been selected as this year’s Clover Park Daffodil Princess. She is the current chair of the Youth Council and has been the Junior Class Vice-President, the National Honor Society President and the Senior Enlisted Advisor for her JROTC class. She is an outstanding student maintaining a B+ average at both CPHS and through Running Start at Pierce College.