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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/23/06

June 23, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • AWC Annual Conference: Councilmembers Finnigan and Neary, and Gov’t Relations Director Bock and the city manager attended the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Spokane this week. There were workshops on infrastructure funding, city “branding”, business retention, “green” building projects, the property rights initiative, sex offender registration policies, and others.
  • Public Works Trust Fund Loan Agreement: The City received the Public Works Trust Fund Loan agreements this week for the $5,000,000 associated with ALG/Tillicum sewer project.  This is the last critical element of the project funding package, and we will be proposing Council authorization as early as July 5th.  The loan is for 20 years at 0.5% interest rate.
  • Latino Gang Prevention Summit: On June 17th, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department hosted a Latino Gang Summit. Lakewood Police collaborated with them in the event which was focused on providing information to community members on Latino gangs and their prevalence in the area. About 40 people including community members, youth, service providers, and police attended the event. In October of 2006 the Lakewood Latino Police Advisory Board in conjunction with Centro Latino, Safe Streets, and several other service providers will present a Latino Youth Summit that will provide break out sessions to reach out to Latino Youth on education, drugs, teen issues, and a section on gangs.
  • Korean Youth Camp 2006: On June 17th, LPD and KAPAG (Korean American Police Advisory Group) put on the second Korean American Youth Police Adventure Camp. It was a complete success with 70 kids (between 6-12th grades) participating.  This camp is in support of Lad’s community out-reach efforts. The topics covered in this 8- hour course were, Orientation to a Law Enforcement Career, Criminal Law, Road Rage, Street Racing, Gang Awareness, Math Awareness, Calling 911, High Risk Vehicle Stop Demo, K-9 Demo, SWAT Demo, and Explorer Presentation.
  • New K-9 Dog: On June 18th, the Police Department obtained a new K9 partner currently named Astor. He is an 18 month old German Shepherd imported from Germany via a kennel in Ohio. Officer Jim Syler and Sergeant Andy Suver traveled last weekend to Ohio to seek out the new K-9 Officer, due to recently learned news that K-9 Titan has cancer. Titan was put to sleep last week as the pain from the cancer was becoming intolerable. Jim and Astor will begin full time training until both are certified and ready to hit the street full time. Astor is a Jet Black Shepherd and is very handsome.
  • Bar Sweep: On June 16th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board conducted a Bar Sweep. The following businesses and bars were checked: Great American Casino, Chips Casino, Bowlero, Oak Tree, Pounders, Bourbon Street and Schooner Tavern. Most bars are doing very well and were happy to see us.
  • LAAPAC Training on Simulator: During their regularly scheduled meeting on June 20th, 13 members of the Lakewood African American Police Advisory Council (LAAPAC) were allowed to train on the Fire Arms Training Simulator.  This training is laser/video integrated training - called "Shoot/No Shoot" - which puts officers through a series of simulated high-risk situations and then evaluates both the officer's decision to either engage fire (or not) against our policy on use of force and the accuracy of the fire.  The training is provided annually for free by our insurers, and we always offer options to our community partners to go through the simulations each year.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/16/06

June 16, 2006
To:          Mayor and Members of the Council
From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Housing Displacement Grant Award: Lakewood will be awarded a $30,000 grant from the Pierce County SHB 2060 and SHB 2163 Committee for Emergency Assistance Program to prevent homelessness by providing one-time assistance to 15-20 Lakewood residents who may be displaced from their homes through no fault of their own due to mobile home park closures. Lakewood's application also provided for a $10,000 General Fund local match in support of its commitment to the program for case management services.   State funding for the program is scheduled to be released in early September 2006.
  • PCRC Transportation Grant Approvals:  Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) last night approved the project grant funding list as recommended to them by the Transportation Coordinating Committee.  The list now goes to Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for formal approval later this fall.  Once adopted, grants monies would be available in October 2007.  The project list includes two Lakewood projects: Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay (112th St to Bridgeport) with a grant of $761,200 and total project cost of $880,000; and 100th St pedestrian/bicycle facilities improvements fromGravelly Lake Dr to 59th Ave with a grant of $667,000 and total project cost of $1,145,000.  The 100th St improvement project is not anticipated to start construction until 2010, and it is therefore eligible for another $290,000 in contingency grant funding.  All projects are on our 6-year TIP.
  • Cross Base Connector Road: With respect to the projects that were in competition for $53 million in PSRC regional grants funds, the Cross Base Connector Road (Gravelly Lake Drive to Thorne Lane) was one of PCRC’s six submitted projects but did not make the funding list.
  • Sounder Station Pedestrian Bridge Proposal: Pierce Transit’s proposed Kendrick St pedestrian bridge access project was also approved by PCRC for its design phase.  This would be a joint project with the City and Sound Transit.  The estimate of the design phase was $840,000 and the grant award was $400,000.
  • GREAT Grant Awarded: The US Department of Justice has awarded LPD $216,000 for a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program, which provides for a law enforcement officer to go into schools and teach gang-resistance to at-risk families.  GREAT, which is a companion program to DARE, has three parts; in school lessons for grades five and seven, after-school programs on parenting, and summer activities. Children and parents will be provided knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to resist the pressures of gangs.
  • Presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention: Community Service Officer Gail Conelly gave a presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention to 120 attendees of the Olympic Rental Association’s annual conference at the LaQuinta Hotel in Tacoma on June 10th.  The City of Lakewood was well represented with several attendees who own or manage property in Lakewood.
  • Eagle Point Home Owner's Assn meeting: Neighborhood Police Officer Angel Figueroa and Community Service Officer Mike Miller conducted a block-watch presentation to the Eagle Point Home Owner’s Association Members on June 7th, with about 25 residents in attendance.  Issues addressed were a recent burglary and trespass in the gated community. They discussed recent successes attained by the recent installation of stadium lighting in their locked RV parking lot, which has had zero prowls since the install, and also recognized that the drug/prostitution/loitering activity on the boat ramp road had come to a halt, again due to the lights.
  • State of the City presentation: The city manager presented a power-point program on the “state of the city” to Lakewood United this week. The program highlighted the priorities and challenges in Public Safety, Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations, and concluded with discussion about trust-building, improving communication, and community visioning.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/2/06

June 2, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Two Lakewood boys receive FBI and Lakewood Police Commendations: Manny Peters and Domonique Eason received awards from the head of the regional FBI office and Chief Saunders for discovering the remains of Adre’Anna Jackson, at the meeting of the Tillicum Neighborhood Association on June 1st.  The boys had been snake hunting in the field when they discovered some bones. They tried to get a few adults to help them but were refused. Finally an apartment manager was contacted who went with them to the area. Their contribution to the case was very significant.
  • Oprah Winfrey Show highlights Lakewood case: The 2004 case of the 8-year old Tillicum boy who was attacked in a domestic violence case was showcased on the TV show, with recognition to the City’s response to the 911 call that saved the boy’s life. Sgt. Mark Eakes was invited to participate on the show.
  • Arrest made in Double Homicide: A suspect for the double homicide in the Springbrook area on May 13th was arrested this week. A witness was located with the assistance of the Violent Crimes Task Force and Special Ops. She was brought in for an interview and explained how she witnessed the murders. She also picked the suspect out of a montage.
  • GFOA Certification for CPFO status: Connie Jones, the City’s financial operations manager, has completed the requirements for Certified Public Finance Officer and has been recognized by GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association of the U. S. and Canada) in their May newsletter.
  • Child ID Event: On May 26th, Officer Gail Conelly participated in a Child ID event in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Club at Pierce College. There were 100 children involved in the program, and she fingerprinted 63. The children were also videotaped, had dental impressions taken, and DNA swabs done. The packets were then given to the parents for safekeeping.
  • Seeley Lake Community Debrief: Police conducted a community meeting on May 17th regarding the Murder – Suicide that occurred at the Seeley Lake Apartment Complex. Officer Figueroa gave an overview of the incident, CSO McCann explained the need for Block Watches, and a guest speaker spoke on the importance of identifying and helping those in domestic violence situations.
  • K-9 Vest Recognition Ceremony: In conjunction with Communities in Schools, this ceremony was held on June 1st in the Council Chambers. Several groups and individuals were recognized for their efforts in raising over $4,000 to purchase canine ballistic vests for the Police K-9 program.
  • LAAPAC Town Meeting: On May 30th, the Lakewood African American Police Advisory Board hosted a town meeting to discuss domestic violence, with over 40 people attending, including Municipal Judge Heller and Councilmember Richardson. LPD and the Lakewood Partners against Domestic Violence provided awareness training on causes and nature of the crime, police response procedures and available victim support resources.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/9/06

June 9, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Transportation Grant-funded Projects: The regional Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) concurred today regarding the $15.48 million in available (2008-2010) County wide transportation grant funding to be recommended to the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) for grant funding. Two of the four project grant applications that Lakewood submitted scored competitively high enough to be included in the recommended project list.  The first project was the overlay of Gravelly Lake Dr from 112th St to Bridgeport Way, with an estimated total cost of $880,000 (recommended grant funds of $761,000).  The second project was sidewalk/bike facility improvements on 100th St (both sides) from Gravelly Lake Dr to 59th, with an estimated total cost of $1,145,000 (recommended grant funds of $667,000).  This project is also being placed on the contingency project list, which means it stands to get another $290,000 in grant funding should additional non-motorized grant monies become available. This project wouldn’t be under construction until 2010 so the likelihood of it receiving the balance of the grant funding is good.  The Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay project is proposed to under construction in 2007.  All these projects were identified in the City’s current 6-Year TIP. These recommendations now go to PCRC for their review.  It is important that our Council representative to PCRC attend the June 15th meeting to insure that our projects remain funded in the final PCRC recommendation.
  • “Coffee with a Cop”:  Neighborhood Policing Officer Austin Lee and Community Service Officer Cassey Jankowiak hosted a Coffee with a Cop event, which lasted two hours on June 6th at a local coffee shop.  The purpose of this community-focused event was to support LPD’s effort to mobilize community and make the department more accessible to the public.
  • CSO Receives award from Department of Corrections: Community Service Officer Mike Miller was the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award for the DOC Community Involvement Program, Southwest Region on June 6th; the award was for dedication to the community and offender accountability.
  • State of the City presentation: The city manager presented a power-point program on the “state of the city” at Lakewood Rotary today, and will be the program at Lakewood United on June 15th. The program highlights the priorities and challenges in Public Safety, Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations, and concludes.
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Association Clean Up: On June 3rd, the Lakeview Neighborhood Association held its first “Clean-it-Up” get together on June 3rd at the Northeast corner of 108th St SW and Lakeview Ave SW.  The Association has decided to have “Clean-it-up” parties throughout District 4, with the aim of bringing the community together to take back areas that have become overgrown or garbage ridden.  As a gateway into the Lakeview District, that location was the ideal starting place.  Volunteers donated their time and tools to cut back approximately 800 square feet of blackberry bushes.  Lowe’s donated the use of their dumpster, Pizza Hut donated pizza, and Starbucks donated coffee.  The effort at clearing more of the blackberry bushes there will continue on June 24th.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/26/06

May 26, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager>

  • Lakewood Senior Center Open House:  This week’s open house was attended by about 130 people, and about 20 vendors, including a number of senior and social service agencies, had information booths at the event. Over 26 senior volunteers also participated. It was a very positive acknowledgment of the new center at the new location and the City’s role in continuing the senior center operation.
  • West-side Communities Leadership Summit: The session on May 24th at University Place City Hall was attended by about 70 participants, including elected representatives from Lakewood, UP, Tacoma, Steilacoom, DuPont, Fircrest and Pierce County Five members of the Lakewood Council attended, including the mayor and city manager. Panel discussions covered the issues of transportation, economic development, and public safety.
  • Lakewood University Wrap Up: The Cityheld its third session of Lakewood University on May 10th and 17th. This most recent session was attended by approximately 40 citizens, most of who had never before participated in the program.  The two-night program featured presentations from most of the Departments including Police, Parks & Recreation, Economic Development and Finance.   For the first time, the program also included presentations by the Lakewood Fire District and Lakewood Water District. Lakewood University has been well received and those citizens who have attended were appreciative of the opportunity to learn more about their City.  After each session, every “student” is asked to provide feedback on the program, which has been consistently positive.  The most popular presentations this time were Water District, Police and Economic Development.  The number one suggestion for future session is to allow more time for questions and more time for presentations. Since we began offering this unique program, about 150 citizens have “graduated” from Lakewood University.
  • McChord Tudor Haus community debrief for double homicide: Police conducted a Community Debrief was held on  May 18th   at  Ponders Landmark Café in reference to the Double Homicide at the McChord Tudor Haus Apartments. 16 community members attended, and an overview of the homicide was conducted by Officer Figueroa, who also answered participants’ questions. A positive outcome was that new community members, including the Latino population of the apartment complex, came to the meeting. Language translation services were provided, and the meeting was interactive. Four citizens expressed interest in being block watch co-captains at two different locations.