City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/18/2011

November 18, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Honors Volunteers: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated over 50 “Souper” volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on November 15th. The Center honored those special people who donated their time and talent over the last year. Throughout the year, volunteers serve on planning committees and the advisory board, teach classes, drive on trips, fold newsletter, organize the library and serve as Senior Ambassadors answering the phones and registering participants for programs. Special recognition was given to Joan Smith for starting the very popular and well-utilized library. The library was recently expanded under her leadership.
    Volunteers are the foundation of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.
  • LPD officer to be awarded at annual Candlelight Vigil for impaired driving emphasis: Lakewood Officer Mark Holthaus will be receiving a special award on November 18th for his dedication and efforts in making our roads safer, as he is a leader in apprehension of DUI offenders. The Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victim’s Impact Panel will hold their annual candlelight vigil in Fife to kick-off the impaired driving emphasis for the holiday season in our region.
  • SSMCP Elected Officials Council meets to review JBLM study work plan: The newly-established Elected Official Council, a result of the South Sound Military & Community Partnership, met on November 18th at CPTC in Lakewood, to review progress made and next steps of the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan. Representatives of Pierce and Thurston counties, as well as the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, Lacey, DuPont, Steilacoom, and Yelm were in attendance, along with CPSD and the Bethel school district. Several state legislators also attended, as well as representatives of our Congressional offices. Over $12 million in new grant money to deal with Interstate 5, school construction, and labor programs can be attributed to the regional coordination efforts.
  • State Legislators convene listening forum to hear about impact of recession on children and families. Lakewood’s legislators, Sen. Steve Conway and Rep Troy Kelley, joined Sen. Regala and Rep Darneille at a forum in Tacoma on November 15th to hear personal stories about the economic impact on families in our area as a result of the recession. The city manager joined the audience of about 100 as concerns were expressed by a number of speakers.
  • Employees of the Quarter recognized: At the employee recognition event on November 17th, the guiding principle of “Respect” was the subject, and a number of employees representing all City departments spoke to the assembly about their personal view of the importance of respect. The city manager dedicated the awards ceremony to the memory of Emmett Moore, the City’s housing repair coordinator in the CDBG program, who died earlier this week. The awards for employee of the quarter were given to John Unfred, who coordinates internal affairs in the Police department, and Doug Price, who is a code enforcement officer on the CSRT team.
  • Lakewood Senior Center Celebrates a Healthy Harvest “Move & Groove”: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated the season with a healthy brunch on November 10th. Sherrie Evenson, clinical exercise physiologist, gave a very informative presentation including a fresh perspective on the power of moving. She empowered and motivated the older adults to stay active and keep moving. Bridgeport Place provided a healthy meal for everyone after the presentation. Following the brunch, the older adults had the opportunity to “move & groove” and explore “Basic Moves” that left the older adults feeling refreshed and inspired.