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

June 2, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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 5/26/06

May 26, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/12/06

May 12, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Alice Bush is elected to state-wide leadership post: City Clerk/General Services Director Alice Bush was elected as the next president of the Washington Municipal Clerks Association at their recent annual meeting.  WCMA is a statewide organization with over 350 municipal clerks and is dedicated to promoting professional development in local government in Washington State.
  • Sewer extension project to Tillicum/American Lake Gardens: The City has directed our consultant to proceed with ground survey and geotechnical work associated with the sewer project. We will be notifying by mail all 256 fronting property owners along the preferred sewer alignment, so they won’t be surprised by seeing survey crews or a drilling rig in their area.
  • Movie Theatre crime prevention training program: Lakewood Police Officer Austin Lee trained over 40 general managers and senior assistant managers of area theatres regarding crime prevention issues at movie theatres, at a seminar conducted at their annual general managers’ forum in Bellevue.  LPD was asked to provide the training because we have maintained a strong partnership with Regal Cinemas in Lakewood. This 90 minute training covered CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design), identifying and dealing with people with problems, and reacting to exigent circumstances.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/19/06

May 12, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Westside Communities Leadership Summit: Councilmembers are invited to join their fellow councilmembers from Tacoma, University Place, Gig Harbor, Fircrest, Steilacoom, Dupont, Ruston, and Pierce County at a collaboration meeting at UP City Hall on May 24th from 630pm to 930pm. Panel discussions will cover Transportation and Transit; Economic Development; Public Safety and Communications. There will be roundtable discussions to follow up on the panel topics, and the goal is to more effectively respond to regional issues. The Lakewood city manager will lead the panel on public safety and communications.
  • City receives Traffic Safety Grant: In May 2006, the City applied for a grant to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) on behalf of Police and Public Works, to cover installation of flashing yellow lights on all arterial roads (speed 30 MPH and up) not now covered by flashing yellow lights. The City had previously committed to fund these flashing lights and have them installed prior to the start of the 2006/2007 school year.   We were notified this week that the grant was approved, saving the City $49,000. Previously WTSC approved a grant to fund the installation of the 7 –to- 5 PM warning signs. When complete, WTSC informs us that LPD will be the only jurisdiction in Washington to have all school zones on arterial roads covered by flashing yellow lights. The 6 sites are:
    • Steilacoom Blvd in front of Lochburn 35mph
    • 83rd in front of Oakbrook Elementary 30mph
    • Lakewood Drive by the A-1 School 35mph
    • Steilacoom Boulevard by the A-1 School 35mph
    • 108th St by Lakeview Elementary 35mph
    • 112th St by Clover Park High 35mph
    • Military Road @ 112th Mann Middle School 35mph
  • Potential Special Operations/Vice Seizure Funds: The King County prosecutor’s office has been in negotiations with the suspects related to the joint King County/Lakewood Police investigation of Beautiful Companions Escort. The final offer is for the defendants to plead guilty to two counts of Promoting Prostitution 2nd Degree. As part of that agreement, there would be approximately $600,000 in total net seizure, of which Lakewood would stand to net $270,000.
  • National Forensic Academy: Lakewood’s own Detective Bryan Johnson has been selected for the January 2007 session of the National Forensic Academy.  The National Forensic Academy is at the University of Tennessee – Law Enforcement Innovation Center.  It is an intensive 10 week in-residence program that is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and only 16 applicants are selected nationally for each session.  LPD is the only Washington city other than Seattle PD to send a participant.   Congratulations Bryan!
  • New LPD Reserve Police Officers: New LPD Reserve Officers Michael Cox, Brandon Schaeffer, and Rick Melvin graduated from the Reserve Academy on May 13th.  One of the new officers, Rick Melvin, won the coveted “Top Gun” award for demonstrating the highest level of skill with a firearm. The new officers will soon begin on the job training with experienced Police Training Officers. Once they are fully trained, these reserves will augment the Patrol Response Unit.
  • Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association Meeting: LPD attended a meeting of the Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association on May 17th, and information on Block Watch was presented to a group of about 36 citizens.  The discussion included crime trends, methods for decreasing crime, and the importance of developing a good partnership with the police department.

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

May 5, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Parks Director elected to statewide leadership post:  Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth was installed last week as the upcoming president of the 1,200- member Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) at a joint Washington/Oregon parks and recreation conference in Vancouver WA.  Her tenure as president-elect will commence after a year as vice-president. WRPA represents parks and recreation professionals from around the State.
  • DoD “Responding to Change”: The city manager and Councilmember Richardson attended a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored BRAC-related conference this week, with attendees from military communities around the nation. The agenda items included coordinated planning, base realignment, encroachment, federal assistance, and managing growth and redevelopment.
  • City Hall Parking Lot Expansion: Work on expanding the City Hall parking lot is anticipated to start May 15th.  We will be seeking a cost from our contactor to expand the parking area in the triangle landscaped area adjacent to the existing easterly driveway.  We feel it would more cost effective to plant new versus to transplant, and we will be offering the landscape plants to the public for their salvage; with this approach, we believe our cost to develop this parking area will be less.  The City got a good price from the contractor on the original work (approx. $28,000) which is primarily asphalt paving work, and we are trying to move things along in order not cause him any delays.
  • LPD Training of Lakewood Banks: LPD conducted training for 17 employees of three local banks (Heritage Bank, Pacific International Bank, and Twin County Credit Union) on South Tacoma Way this week.  The program covered police dispatching procedures, police procedures during and after robbery, robbery prevention and recognizing casing, calling 911 and describing suspects and vehicles, and suspect tracking devices.
  • LPD Motel Sweep Summary: LPD Motel Sweep Team Members conducted motel sweeps last week. There are only currently three motels with call volumes warranting sweep emphasis.  Five individuals were arrested for outstanding warrants and drug possession/paraphernalia charges.
  • 1-37 Field Artillery Battalion Presentation: Officer Charles Porche presented a training program for two batteries of soldiers and some of their spouses.  This Battalion is shipping out to Iraq sometime in early summer.  The presentation covered personal, home, vehicle and other safety topics, and was well received by the Battery commander and 40-50 people in attendance.
  • Street Project Grant applications: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has a call out for projects associated with the $127 million in federal grant money available in the four county region thru 2010.   The Cross Base Highway GLD to Thorne Ln Connector was one of Pierce County’s allotted 6 projects submitted to compete for $54 million for regional wide projects.  Still outstanding is the call for county wide projects to compete for the balance of the funds.   This $73 million is first prorated among the 4 counties based on population for which projects within each respective county then compete for their county’s respective allotment.  Pierce County’s allotment is approximately $15,500,000.  Public Works will be submitting the following 4 projects:  Bridgeport Way – 75th St to N City limits (project costs $1,135,000, grant funding requested $794,500); 100th St SW – GLD to 59th Ave (project Costs $1,145,000, grant funding requested $957,000); Bridgeport Way – Steilacoom Blvd to 83rd St (total project cost $ 2,000,000, grant funding requested $800,000); and Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay 112th St to Bridgeport Way (project costs $880,000, grant funding requested $761,200).  The Bridgeport Way projects as well as the 100th St project are all for full improvements with pavement curb & gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting. The northerly Bridgeport Way project includes the remaining improvements not covered by the Wal-Mart development.  All projects are in the existing 6 Yr TIP.
  • Police Explorers Compete: The Lakewood Police Explorers attended the City of Vancouver Tactical Explorer Competition on April 29th. Explorer Commander Lisa Cree and Explorer Trevor Hinkle won first place on traffic stops. All the explorers did an exceptional job. The Lakewood Explorers are an excellent representation of our Police Department.
  • Missing Juvenile: A 14-year old Lakes High School student was reported to have not gotten off the school bus on Ft. Lewis Tuesday afternoon. The student is developmentally disabled and becomes confused easily, and has asthma and high blood pressure.  The bus driver said the missing subject did not get on the bus.  LPD responded to narrow possible locations and begin to search, and Ft. Lewis had several M.P. units looking for the subject on base.   Just after midnight, LPD Officer Jeremy Vahle found him behind the Block Buster Video on Steilacoom Blvd. He was lost and did not know how to get home. The officer took him to McDonalds and bought him some dinner, then transported him to the station where he was reunited with his mother.