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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 7/13/2012

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.

Human Services Funding Available

The City of Lakewood is now accepting applications for Human Services funding. Funds will be available for services provided January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Lakewood City Council has identified priorities for funding in 2013 to be: Basic Needs, Safety, Health and Education. Applicants seeking to receive human services funding by the City of Lakewood for 2013 must provide core services to Lakewood citizens in one or more of the four priority areas. New applicants must create an eCImpact account. The registration and application process is accessed by clicking on this link: 2012 City of Lakewood Application for Funding. For additional information on the application process, please contact Kim Dodds, Human Services Coordinator at (253) 983-7756.

Coffee with the Mayor - July 13, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB) members will screen their video Preserving Our Heritage and will give a presentation.

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

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/29/2012

June 29, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SummerFest 2012 this weekend: SummerFest at Fort Steilacoom Park will run from 10am to 11pm on Saturday June 30th, and from 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Visit for detailed schedule information.
  • Lakewood’s first Triathlon: The City of Lakewood and Tacoma South Sound Sports are hosting a sprint triathlon in conjunction with our annual SummerFEST festival on Sunday, July 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. A triathlon sprint includes a ½ mile swim (at American Lake Park in Lakewood), a 14 mile bike ride (from American Lake park, to north fort JBLM, through Steilacoom, looping back around and ending at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for a 5K run (3.2 miles). Watch out for bikers along the triathlon route . SummerFEST begins at 11:00 a.m. with another full day of fun at Fort Steilacoom Park. Since not everyone can do a sprint triathlon we will host a FREE 5K starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Samoa Cultural Day is June 30th: The event will run from 8:30 am-5:00 pm in Clover Park High School’s Harry Lang Stadium. This free one-day event features a parade and welcome, traditional village dances/songs, native oratory speeches, Samoa traditional games, island food booths, Polynesian handicrafts and more...
  • Lake City code enforcement sweep: On June 26th, a team consisting of CSRT, Lakewood Police and the building department conducted a code enforcement sweep of a neighborhood in Lake City. The area has been a source of numerous, chronic issues including property maintenance, junk vehicles and overgrown vegetation. Complaints about eight residences and several vehicles which were illegally stored in the right of way were addressed. One of the residences has been identified as a candidate for abatement.
  • Mobile home park community meeting: This week CSO McGinnis and NPO Osness conducted a community meeting at a local mobile home park, with 22 citizens in attendance. The meeting which focused on personal safety, and the officers discussed how and when to call 911, prevention of vehicle thefts, reporting of suspicious people/vehicles, crime statistics, and fireworks.
  • CPR/First Aid Training: CSRT Staff CSO Conelly conducted CPR/AED/First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens training for City Staff as well as Counselors in Training with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on June 27th. Participants learned how to keep themselves and others safe in the event of an emergency, as well as how to care for someone who is injured. Participants were able to practice their skills in the class.
  • Staff support to Habitat Volunteer Build Team: City staff participated in the Lakewood’s first Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build Team on Saturday, June 23rd. Various departments joined forces with future homeowners choosing jobs at the two house sites, about a block apart. One house was getting millwork installed (moldings, door trims, etc.) while the other was less advanced, still having floor tiles and outside walkways created. This gave a variety of jobs using power and hand tools, or just plain shovels and strong backs. The Volunteers learned and progressed quickly, developing skills along the way. By the end of the day they were truly teams who worked cooperatively side by side, learning and teaching, and getting two new home owners a step closer to their dreams.
  • Birds in the Park: Fort Steilacoom Park’s amazing bird population is featured in Audubon Washington’s current Towhee newsletter. The story, about a recent birding field trip at the 340 acre park, includes many colorful bird pictures and can be read at: