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City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 11/21/08

November 21, 2008
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Gambling policy included as AWC major Legislative Priority: The city manager participated this week as a boardmember in the establishment of AWC (Association of Washington Cities) priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Over 25 issues were debated and reviewed by five subcommittees of the AWC Legislative Committee. The proposal for cities' authority to zone or partially ban gambling facilities emerged as one of the AWC 7 major priorities.
  • DUI Victim’s Impact Panel awards Officer Dustin Carrell: Mayor Richardson will attend the annual candlelight vigil on November 21st in Fife to kick off the impaired driving emphasis for the holiday season in our region. The group will be honoring LPD Officer Carrell for his dedication and efforts in working to make our community safer.
  • Officers attend Active Shooter Training: About 30 officers from Lakewood, Fife and other cities in the Metro Cooperative Cities Group attended ten hours of Active Shooter training on November 19th at a training site sponsored by Clover Park Technical College. The training prepared officers for responding to an incident involving a suspect who is actively assaulting citizens with deadly force at a school, workplace or other location. The training included a classroom presentation on past active shooter incidents, police response and current tactics, techniques and procedures for resolving these incidents.
  • LPD Receives New Grant Funded Equipment: The Lakewood Police Department received the Monocular Night Vision Device F6015 Series that was awarded from the 2007 CEDAP grant application on November 19th. The equipment is valued at $10,000. This helmet-mounted equipment will be assigned to SWAT to assist in their low light operations.
  • Lakewood officers provide Thanksgiving meals to 18 families: The COPS (Community-oriented Police) unit of LPD, along with the Great American Casino and the Lakewood African-American Police Advisory Committee (LAAPAC) are joining forces to provide Thanksgiving meals to 18 families in need this Thanksgiving. The COPS unit reached out to the community to find the needy families, while the Great American Casino and LAAPAC are donating all of the meals.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 11/14/08

November 14, 2008
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Officers Deputized by U.S. Marshal: LPD Detective Ryan Larson and Investigator Ralph Rocco met with U.S. Marshal William Hawe on November 5th. As the Chief for the Western District of Washington, he administered the Oath of Office Special Federal Deputation so they can more effectively execute their duties, with limited authority, in association with the Federal "Pacific Northwest Innocence Lost Task Force." This is a two-year special deputation that Detective Larson and Investigator Rocco will put to use in investigating violation of the Federal Mann Act in association with juvenile prostitution and human trafficking.
  • Lakewood Officers assist City Of Orting with Officer Involved Shooting: LPD's Criminal Investigation Unit assisted the city of Orting with an officer- involved shooting on November 12th. The incident involved a woman who approached officers while holding a firearm. She was hospitalized after eventually surrendering to officers.
  • Court Staff attend District Municipal Court Management Association Conference: The annual District Municipal Court Management Association (DMCMA) conference was attended by Court Services Director Kathy Westerdahl and Senior Court Specialist Deana Wright last week. The conference focused on ethics, evaluation and performance management, improving court services to people in poverty, and key ingredients for well-balanced leadership. The conference is attended by court administrators from all over the state.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5th: Santa and his reindeer are coming to Lakewood, and all Lakewood residents are invited to the 13th annual Christmas tree lighting event on Friday December 5th, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall. The holiday festival includes tree decorating and lighting, children's crafts and holiday music featuring the Lakes High School Choir, the Greater Life Church Choir and Mann Middle School's Royal Blue Choir. Santa's reindeer will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. Lakewood's Christmas tree will be lighted at 4:30pm and refreshments will be served. Santa arrives at 4:45pm, escorted by Clover Park High School's Marching Band, and will visit with youngsters from 5 to 7 pm in City Hall.
  • Lakewood Senior Center assist with Medicare Sign-Up Day: 52 individuals select the best option for their prescription drug coverage at an event on November 10th at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, hosted by Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), and Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. The selection process can be confusing for seniors, as there are 59 Medicare Advantage plans, 48 Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans and 12 Medigap plans for individuals to choose from. Plans can vary by premium, deductible, coverage gap, co-pay, network and covered drugs and services. The Medicare Sign-Up event was intended to help individuals who lack computer skills.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Volunteers Honored: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center honored its 'Gold Medal' volunteers at an Olympic themed event on November 13th, and over fifty volunteers participated. They enjoyed food prepared by a chef from the Weatherly Inn and received door prizes donated by 14 local merchants including: Forza Coffee, Robert the Massage Guy, Heart Warming Care, Costco, Cascade Bagel and Deli, Classy Chassis, The Schooner Pub and Galley, Bed of Roses, Casa Mia, Lakewood Hardware and Paint, 100th Street Starbucks, Old Country Buffet, H & L Produce and Panera Bread. Mayor Richardson spoke to the guests and recognized their contribution of volunteer time and its importance in the success of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center and the Lakewood community. Volunteers at the center are involved in registration, event planning, library, book clubs, and facility tours.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/31/08

October 31, 2008
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Domestic Violence Innovation Unit Sponsors Informational Meeting: Members of the Lakewood Domestic Violence Innovation Unit (Judge Ernest Heller, Senior Court Specialist Deana Wright, Probation Counselor Jeanette Matthews, Victim Advocates Ann-Marie Evans and Rebecca Hendricks) hosted an informational meeting with Pierce County batterer treatment agencies on October 29th. This meeting was attended by over 25 providers from 14 agencies. City staff presented information on the Court Innovation project, and solicited information and encouraged cooperation from batterer treatment providers. The discussion focused on legal/Court processes, batterer assessment procedures, and the impact of domestic violence on children.
  • Fort Lewis community connector combat teams helps "Make a Difference Day" a success: The Youth Council coordinated 4 project sites to celebrate Make a Difference Day in Lakewood on past Saturday, October 25th. They had an overwhelming turnout from our community connector, the 4/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Lewis. The celebration began with a Kick-Off event at City Hall and a welcome by Mayor Richardson to an overflowing crowd of participants in the Council Chambers. Approximately 250 soldiers, spouses and children left from City Hall to the different project sites. They planted daffodil and tulip bulbs at Washington Park, planted Garry Oak trees, native bushes and replaced cemetery markers at Fort Steilacoom Park, spread wood chips, laid weed fabric and removed invasive plants at the Flett Creek Blueberry Farm and prepared "goody bags" for a children's event that would be held in the Springbrook neighborhood later the same day. Park cleanup was also done at the three park sites.
  • Lakewood Arts Commission Hosts Reception at Lakewood Playhouse: The Lakewood Arts Commission hosted a reception for guests and actors on October 24th during the opening night celebration of the Lakewood Playhouse production of Macbeth. Commission members secured art work for display in the lobby during the play's run, greeted and seated guests and prepared and served refreshments for this event. One of the goals of the Arts Commission is to continue to build partnerships with other organizations to promote the arts in Lakewood and this activity helped members meet that goal.
  • Tillicum Teen Center building permit issued: The Youth for Christ agency's project for a teen center in the building that was formerly Sig's Tavern in Tillicum received its building permit this week.
  • WSAMA 2008 Annual Fall Conference: City Attorney Wachter, Assistant City Attorney McKenzie and Associate City Attorney Kaser attended the 2008 Annual Fall Conference of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA). Wachter was presented with the Outstanding Service Award and currently serves on the WSAMA Board as the First Vice-President; she also served on a panel addressing the issue of executive authority in the Municipal Court.
  • CSO Participates In Annual Lakewood Fire Department Pumpkin Patch: There were over 500 participants in the annual Lakewood Fire Dept. Pumpkin Patch on October 25th, with support from our CSO Conelly. Brochures and coloring books were handed out and participants were directed to a Free Car Seat inspection next door. There were also opportunities for children and adults to purchase low-cost bicycle helmets, call 911 and talk to an operator, crawl through a "smoke house", try on life jackets, jump in a bouncy house, shoot water out of a fire hose, and take home a pumpkin for Halloween.
  • LPD attends Harvest Carnival at Oakbrook Elementary School: CSO Wagner and NPO Wurts attended a Harvest Carnival at Oakbrook Elementary on October 23rd, attended by about 500 kids and parents. Besides giving out the usual safety/community info, Wurts used his radar gun to clock the baseball throws of the kids...which was a huge hit.
  • Chambers Creek Toxic Algae Bloom: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised that there currently is a bloom of toxic algae in Chambers Creek that is coming from Lake Steilacoom. To prevent illness when toxic algae are present, the Health Department recommends these precautions in areas that have a heavy concentration of algae: keep children and pets away, don't swim and don't fish. Wildlife are can also be impacted by toxic algae. If sick or dead wildlife are noticed, please contact the Health Department at: (253) 798-6470

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 11/7/08

November 7, 2008
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Wards Lake Park Expansion: Since incorporation, the City has purchased several parcels of contiguous land, removed structures and developed the area now known as Wards Lake Park. Wards Lake Park, located in the northeast neighborhood of Lakewood, just grew by almost two acres this week. At 22 acres, Wards Lake Park is a natural wonder in a very densely populated area. In the middle of the park were two private land parcels which created private and public access issues. Purchase of the properties for public use ensures proper stewardship of the land and is a good solution to solving the access problems. The purchase was recommended in our park and recreation master plan and supported in the City's comprehensive plan. Staff applied to the Pierce County Conservation Futures Grant program for funding to purchase the property. The application was reviewed and ranked high enough to receive funding. The property was valued at $535,000 with the City of Lakewood paying less than 10% of the purchase price ($40,000). The City will remove the structure(s) on the property and open the area up for public use. The community will be invited to participate in a master planning effort next year.
  • Public Works applies for an Economic Development Agency (EDA) Grant: Public Works applied for an Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant for installing additional sanitary sewers, drainage facilities and road reconstruction in the American Lake Gardens (ALGs) area. This project would start where our existing project ends and completes the installation of sanitary sewers, drainage facilities and road reconstruction along all roads which front the 117 acres of industrial zoned properties within the ALGs area. The total estimated project cost is $3,240,000. The City applied for $1,600,000 with the match of $1,640,000 coming from the SWM fund. To date the project has made the first "cut" and is one of eight being presented on November 12th to PSRC's Economic Development District Board. The board acts as the clearing house for EDA grants within our 4 county region. As such their job is to establish a priorities ranking of these eight projects. If our project ranks high enough we will then be encouraged to apply directly to EDA for a grant. EDA awards about two million dollars in grant money to our 4 county regional each grant cycle.
  • Police Department Awarded Bullet Proof Vest Grant: The Police Department was awarded a Bullet Proof Vest grant from Bureau of Justice Assistance. $14,350 was granted for use over the next 22 months. Bullet Proof Vests are a mandatory piece of equipment for all police officers and must be replaced every five years according to industry regulations. A typical bullet proof vest costs the department $725. However, by employing leveraged purchasing strategies, the department can stretch the funds to support purchase of 44 vests, which is 20 more than we would have received as budgeted.
  • Basketball Registration Closes - Several Youth Benefit from Recreation Scholarship Program: The registration period for Lakewood Parks and Recreation's Youth Basketball Leagues closed on November 7th. Approximately 200 youth in grades K-7 are expected to participate in the winter basketball program. Nine children were awarded recreation scholarships to help cover a portion of the registration fee. These scholarships were made possible by the Recreation Scholarship Fund which is funded by individual community donations and SummerFEST fundraising activities.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Halloween Monster Bash: October 31st, there were 80 Witches, Fairies, Princesses and Goblins who flew in to the Lakewood Senior Activity Center for our annual Halloween Monster Bash. There were spooky decorations at each table, and everyone got to take home an extra "hand" (since a third one always comes in handy...), and to share the goodies with the big monster "Heads". When all the Mummies came out in their finest toilet paper wrappings, a contest was held for the most interesting. The food was "terrific" and enjoyed by all the participants, and there were many thanks to the committee who set it all up.
  • City Council Recognizes Veterans: The Council conducted a ceremony recognizing military veterans at its November 3rd meeting. The event began with posting of the colors from Boy Scout Troop 51, singing of the National Anthem by Harrison Prep student Brian Hoffmeister, a "Joint Base Lewis McChord" informational briefing, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presentations, and a proclamation of appreciation to senior representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The event was capped with a service song medley video.
  • Mayor Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve: Mayor Doug Richardson signed a Statement of Support with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) representatives. The statement acknowledges the City's commitment to meeting or exceeding federal requirements with respect to supporting employees engaged in reserve military service. The City Council also amended an Ordinance to provide a salary differential for employees who would take a cut in pay if mobilized for Federal military service.
  • City Manager Receives "Patriot Award.": Jim Sheppard, chairman of the Washington Committee of the ESGR presented the "Patriot Award" to Andrew Neiditz for his ongoing commitment to City employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The City currently has six employees serving in the reserve components of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Three City employees have deployed within the last few years.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/24/08

October 24, 2008
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Bridgeport Project Out to Bid: The Bridgeport Way (59th Ave to Steilacoom Blvd) Street Improvement project is out for construction bids with a bid opening date of November 12th. The project includes pavement widening, an asphalt overlay, bike lanes, curb and gutter, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, storm drainage and associated traffic signal systems.
  • Veterans Recognition at November 3rd Council Meeting: All citizens are encouraged to attend the November 3rd City Council meeting at 7pm in Council Chambers to honor our nation's military veterans. November 11th, 2008 is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One, the original "Armistice Day." The council program will include:
    • Singing of the National Anthem by Brian Hoffmeister (Harrison Prep student)
    • Presentation by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR Office from Camp Murray)
    • Presentation by our military neighbors on "Joint Base Lewis-McChord"
    • Veterans Davy Proclamation to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps representatives
    • Armed Forces Service Song Medley (video)
  • Third Annual Truck and Tractor Day A Success: The third annual Truck and Tractor Day held Saturday October 18th was a huge success. Lakewood Parks and Recreation hosted 250 children, along with their parents and grandparents. We had great weather and community participation. Children were able to climb through 15 trucks, tractors and strykers, decorate a pumpkin, receive a hard hat and take a ride on the hayride around Waughop Lake. Lakewood Refuse, Ft. Lewis, Lakewood Police, Lakeview Light and Power, Lakewood Fire, and Gene's Towing contributed.
  • Police Complete Personnel Protective Equipment Survey: In the spring of 2008, Lakewood PD completed a survey administered by Seattle PD related to personnel protective equipment. The results of the survey awarded Lakewood PD 120 Millennium gas masks, 120 canisters, 120 carriers and 24 voice amplifiers, amounting to $37,869 in equipment.
  • Police Officers Awarded Certificates of Appreciation: On October 22nd, Community Policing Unit Sergeant John Unfred and Community Service Officer Mike Miller were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by the Lakewood Observation Patrol. These certificates acknowledge the long-term support, guidance, and professionalism shown by Sgt. Unfred and CSO Miller in the continuing development of this valuable citizen-driven community observation patrol group. Sgt. Unfred is further recognized for accepting a position on the Lakewood Observation Patrol Board of Directors. The LOP/LPD partnership supports community members' involvement with block watch and mobile observation patrol operations, providing 'eyes and ears' in the neighborhood, and focusing police and government services to rapid, efficient and effective responses. These motivated, well trained, and disciplined citizen volunteers provide a vital link to ongoing community issues and concerns.

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