City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/2/2011

December 2, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager


  • Lakewood’s 16th Christmas Tree Lighting Festival this evening: Santa is coming to town for the 16th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on December 2nd.  There will be lots of free activities for everyone to enjoy including a Kiddies Parade, crafts, games, refreshments and of course a visit with Santa.  Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Emergency Food Network.  The event is from 4 – 7pm at Lakewood City Hall.
  • Lakewood Police conducts 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive:  On November 29th, the Lakewood Police Department kicked off its 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive to benefit the Emergency Food Network (EFN).   Donations of food and money were accepted at the Police Station, all Forza Coffee locations, Pierce County Library branches and Lakewood Hardware from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, and will continue until the drive concludes on December 5th. So far, $22,525 and 30,126 pounds of food have been collected. This is the biggest one day food drive for EFN in 30 years.
  • Bridgeport Way Construction Work Update:   Starting next week, December 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., traffic at the north City Limits on Bridgeport Way SW will be reduced to two lane-two direction traffic. i.e., only one lane open in each direction.  However, all lanes will be open each night.  Delays should be expected when traveling through this area.
  • Safety training at coffee businesses: CSRT supervisor, Lt. Steve Mauer, and other CSRT team members gave a safety presentation on November 21st to 17 owners, managers and baristas of several stand-alone coffee businesses within the City.  The presentation was due to recent robberies of the coffee stands.  A security assessment was made of several of the buildings.  Suggestions were given on proper lighting, positioning of security cameras, strengthening of windows and doors and removal of signs and other items from the window area that obstruct vision inside and outside of the stands.  An emphasis was placed on awareness of customers and the immediate reporting of suspicious activities and individuals to the police.  Some basic self-defense techniques were shared with the employees as well.
  • Senior Center Visits Veterans Memorial Museum:  A group from the Lakewood Senior Activity Center traveled to Chehalis for a guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Museum.  This team of lively older adults was met by a docent eager to share information about the museum as well as insight on the displays throughout the museum.  This museum features a 9,000 square foot main gallery and hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. 
  • CSRT conducts crime prevention presentation to apartment residents:  CSRT member Gail Conelly recently conducted a crime prevention presentation for the residents of a north Lakewood apartment complex which has experienced a rash of vehicle prowls and burglaries. She presented ways for the residents to protect themselves and their property, as well as suggestions for increased protection of the apartments through actions of the management staff, such as better door locks and lighting.  There were about 25 people in attendance.