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Coffee with the Mayor - August 10, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, August 10, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the resource center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be Police Lieutenant Steve Mauer who will make a presentation on how to survive an active shooter situation.

If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Lakewood Community to Host Sixth Annual Disaster Preparedness Day

Would you and your family be ready if a disaster were to strike tomorrow? West Pierce Fire & Rescue, The City of Lakewood, Lakewood YMCA and the Lakewood Lowe’s will be hosting the sixth annual “Disaster Preparedness Day” on August 11th, 2012. The event will take place at the Lakewood Lowe’s located at 100th & Lakewood Drive SW from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come and join us for a day of learning how to take care of your family in a disaster! Some highlights of Disaster Preparedness Day:

  • Learn how to assemble a disaster kit
  • Learn about our own Community Emergency Response Team
  • American Red Cross will provide disaster preparedness education
  • Pierce County Department of Emergency Management will be providing educational materials and give tours of their Mobile Command vehicle
  • There will free raffle for disaster preparedness items

The first 100 families will receive some supplies to start a disaster kit of their own.

Come and join us for Disaster Preparedness Day! If you have questions or for more information please contact Colleen Adler at (253) 983-4564.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/20/2012

July 20, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police Awards Ceremony: The Police Department conducted its annual awards ceremony on July 19th which included commissioning for two new sergeants (Chris Westby and Matt Brown) and two new police officers (Phil Davis and Kevin Clark). Special recognition was given to a number of volunteers for their service, and also to the employees of the El Paraiso restaurant for their assistance in solving a major crime. The award for life-saving was presented to John Fraser for saving the life of a young girl choking in a restaurant, for Detective Ryan Larson for dedication on a robbery case, for Shirley MacLamore and Matt Brown for their dedication in resolving a pawn broker robbery case, Jason Catlett for competence in tracking down a major drug case, and to MacLamore, Larson, and Joe Kolp for dedication in resolving the bikini barista robbery and assault case. The chief’s commendation was awarded to Brea Wolfe for her work in administering federal grants.
  • City hosts first Special Adaptive Housing team meeting: The City of Lakewood’s first Special Adaptive Housing team meeting took place on July 18th. This effort, led by the City’s Human Services Coordinator, hopes to bring increased awareness of a large grant available to veterans or service members who are entitled to compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability. The grant currently provides $63,780 to eligible veterans or service members to: a) construct a home on land to be acquired; b) build a home on existing land suitable for specially adapted housing; c) remodel an existing home, or d) apply the fund against the unpaid principal mortgage balance. Additional information about this grant can be obtained by contacting John Temme at or (206) 341-8583.
  • Puget Sound regional city managers meet: The City of Issaquah hosted a meeting for city managers from King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on July 19th as an opportunity to provide updated information on issues of mutual concern, to include a presentation on the sustainability effort focused on new public building projects. Discussion of state funding issues is a high priority, with emphasis on the specific concern about the State discontinuing its distribution of Liquor Taxes to local governments.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/27/2012

July 27, 2012
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Emergency management training: Several City staff attended a three-day Emergency Operation Center training provided by FEMA. Many community partners, including West Pierce Fire, St. Clare Hospital, TPC Health Department and JBLM, also attended.  It is vital that this community wide support is in place when and if a major event occurs. 
  • Paving Murray Road and 150th Street: Crews will be paving 150th Street between Spring Street and Murray Road on Thursday, August 2nd. Murray Road between the JBLM Logistics Gate and I-5 will be paved on the night of Friday, August 3rd starting at 7:30pm and is expected to go into early Saturday morning. Delays in the vicinity of the Throne Lane Interchange at I-5 are expected both nights as crews prepare and complete the work. Construction within the corridor is expected to be completed in August.
  • City activates new traffic signal: The Public Works Department activated a new (replacement) traffic signal at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Dr and 100th St this week.  The new signal has many safety improvements including audible pedestrian push buttons, Braille pedestrian signage, countdown pedestrian heads, flashing yellow left turn arrows, signal head back plates with reflective tape and internally illuminated street name signs.  The contractor will construct new ADA crosswalk ramps within the next few weeks.
  • Awesome Artful Antics Camp:  Last week campers enjoyed an art-filled week learning about many different mediums of self-expression including music, dance, drawing, painting and theatre. They visited Lakewold Gardens, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass. The campers finished off the week with a talent show and art showcase.
  • Camp Create:  Over 50 campers enjoyed fun games, crazy crafts and a virtual safari at the City of Lakewood's $5/day Day Camp. Last week’s theme was "Silly Safari" and the campers, counselors and volunteers had a good time. This next week’s theme is "All the Places You’ll Go".  Campers will play games, make crafts and enjoy activities all based off the wonderful world of Dr. Suess.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/13/2012

July 13, 2012
To:    Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Opening Day at Lakewood Farmers Market a Huge Success: Over 500 people showed up to shop at the opening day of the first ever Lakewood Farmers Market. All of the 24 vendors were very happy with their sales and 15 more new vendors showed interest in joining the market. We had live entertainment with the 2011 Lakewood’s Brightest Star Sammi Bradley performing. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is still looking for a few hot food vendors to support the lunch time crowd. For more information about the Lakewood Farmers Market please call (253) 983-7887, go online to or visit the market Tuesdays, 7/17 to 8/28 from 11am to 3pm at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). We look forward to continued success this summer.
  • Lakewood Summer Concert Series: On Tuesday, July 10th, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department hosted the second week of the 2012 Summer Concert Series at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW). Peacemaker Nation played a compilation of songs paying ranging in genres from R&B, Hip Hop, to Doo Op and Reggae. The audience of over 50 enjoyed the great weather and sounds at American Lake Park. Join us next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for the finals of the Lakewood’s Brightest Star Competition.
  • City of Lakewood Hosts a $5/day Day Camp: The City of Lakewood’s $5/day Day Camp “CAMP CREATE” kicked off this week with the theme “Let the Fun Begin.” Campers enjoyed Water Works Tuesday, Wii Wednesday and Pick and Flick Friday along with hours of games, crafts and more! This day camp also included a nutritious lunch and snack provided by St. Leo’s Food Connections. Camp Create takes place Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm until August 17 at Tyee Park Elementary (11920 Seminole Rd SW). For more information call (253) 983-7887.
  • SummerFEST and Triathlon very successful: The City’s two-day SummerFEST festival concluded on Sunday evening July 1st around 6:00 p.m. The poor weather on Saturday morning made for a slow start but by evening the event was well attended. Although a few vendors chose not to display their wares in the rain, we had over 75 public market vendors and 22 food vendors. Over 980 children played in the kids’ zone and more people ran in the free 5K than we had last year. The movie Back to the Future was also well attended. The total two-day event attendance is estimated at 14,000 which is a bit higher than last year. A sunny Sunday along with a full day of SummerFEST activities brought the community back to the park. The big success of the weekend was the first ever inaugural SummerFEST triathlon. Mayor Richardson did the starting countdown to help125 athletes swim, bike and run to the finish line at Fort Steilacoom Park. There were athletes from throughout western Washington and Portland and all the way from British Columbia. Reports from the athletes have been extremely positive – we have been receiving e-mails and face book postings regarding how much they liked the course, how well organized the event was and that they can’t believe it was our first ever triathlon event. This will become a major Lakewood signature event.
  • Assistant City Attorney a speaker at Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association: Ass’t City Attorney Matt Kaser spoke at the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Mentor Meeting on July 12th about photo traffic infractions. Attorney Chris Torrone presented on photo infraction defense. About 24 people were in attendance.