City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/16/2011

December 16, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Officer Sievers to perform for Fallen Officer Food Drive: On Saturday, December 17th, Officer Gene Sievers will be performing at the DuPont Forza from 7pm to 9:30pm, and he will be accepting food donations during his performance for the Fallen Officer Food Drive. This is the last event connected to the Fallen Officer Food Drive and will effectively close the donation period for this year’s drive. We will be able to give updated totals before the holiday. As of right now we stand at: 41,919 pounds and $40,175.
  • Meeting in Governor’s office regarding Interstate 5 JBLM congestion: Representative Connie Ladenburg of the 29th district arranged a meeting with Governor Gregoire on December 13th to discuss the critical importance of funding IJR’s (Interchange Justification Reports) for the JBLM-related freeway interchanges between Lakewood and Lacey. Dan Penrose, project administrator for the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan process, provided information from the Defense Department-funded traffic analyses, and represented the newly-established South Sound Military & Communities Partnership.
  • Police and CSRT lead effort to clean up an abandoned property: LPD advised CSRT in early December that there was a house abandoned due to foreclosure on 92nd Street South. CSRT investigated neighbor complaints of trespassers, vagrants, squatters and trash at the house. CSRT discovered the house was unlocked; full of trash, and that it was evident that squatters were breaking into the house. CSRT contacted the bank that owned the property and worked with them to clean and secure the property in only twelve days. This is an example of LPD and CSRT working with the private sector to help clean up the community.
  • Waughop Lake Reduced to Caution Status: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported that the amount of toxic algae in Waughop Lake has declined significantly and they reduced the toxic algae advisory from a warning to a caution status last week. Waughop Lake, located in Fort Steilacoom Park, is a small kettle lake, fed by storm water runoff and precipitation with no outfall. Less daylight and cooler temperatures are likely contributors to the reduced levels. If the amount of toxic algae continues to decline as predicted, the TPCHD may be able to lift the caution advisory and, for the first time in several years, NOT have a toxic algae advisory for Waughop Lake.
  • Candy Cane Lane at the Senior Activity Center: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its “Candy Cane Lane” event on December 8th, with more than 55 older adults enjoying food and fellowship and caroling. A repertoire of festive musical entertainment was provided throughout the event by Tom and Rene Brooks, a great way to kick off the holiday season.
  • LPD distributes meals to families in need: The Lakewood Police Department distributed Holiday Meals at John Dower Elementary School on December 15th. 150 meals were passed out to needy families throughout Lakewood. The families were all part of the Head Start Program which is coordinated through the Clover Park School District (CPSD). The families were also fed pizza, cookies and juice compliments of CPSD.
  • Youth Council assists Caring for Kids with Holiday Fair: The Lakewood Youth Council assisted Diane Formoso and Caring for Kids with the Holiday Fair which was held on Saturday, December 10th. The Fair provides gifts and presents to families that cannot afford to purchase their own. 650 families attended the Fair this year. The Youth Council along with many of their peers helped with the setup of the event the night before and then returned the following day to help distribute gifts.