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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/25/2012

May 25, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • National Police Week Unity Tour Bicycle Ride: Police Investigator Michelle Hector rode 225 miles in the National Police Week Unity Tour Bicycle Ride. The ride began in Somerset, New Jersey on May 10th and ended in Washington, D.C. on May 12th. There were more than 1, 400 police officers involved and each had to raise $1,700 for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in order to qualify to ride. Along the bicycle routes, riders stopped at 14 Target ® stores to further the group’s mission of raising awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Several LPD personnel were in attendance for this year’s National Police Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. as well.
  • Pierce County Animal Response Team at Lakewood: Pierce County Animal Response Team (PCART) held a meet and greet at Lakewood City Hall on Saturday, May 19th. Over twenty pet advocates and potential volunteers learned about the history of the group and how they can become more involved. PCART is part of the Citizen Corps of Pierce County and dedicated to supporting coordinated community efforts before, during and after local disasters. This group has been instrumental in setting up animal shelters near human shelters during local disaster events. Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth was recognized for her support of this group and dedication to helping to establish a pet sheltering system in Pierce County.
  • American Lake homeowners meeting: At the annual meeting of the American Lake Improvement Club on May 22nd, the City made several presentations, including a report on city parks by Director Mary Dodsworth and marine services unit update by Sgt. John Fraser. The city manager provided an overview of the City’s coordination plans regarding the lake, and Councilmember Paul Bocchi was introduced. West Pierce Fire reported on the proposed new house numbering system to improve identification from the lake side during emergencies.
  • Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives: Sergeant John Unfred attended the Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives this week in Tumwater.
  • South Sound 911 Policy Board: The newly-formed South Sound 911 Policy Board held its first monthly meeting in its new location at Lakewood City Hall on May 23rd. The board is chaired by County Executive Pat McCarthy and includes eight elected officials representing the member agencies, including Mayor Doug Richardson. This meeting included action on approving the preliminary budget for radio system expenditures to enable the interoperability of public safety agencies throughout Pierce County, for both Police and Fire.
  • Computer Clubhouse 10th Anniversary: The Pierce College-sponsored Computer Clubhouse, located at the Harrison Preparatory School in Lake City, celebrated its tenth anniversary on May 22nd with a substantial turnout of young people who have been involved in the program presently and in past years. The City of Lakewood is a funding agency of the program. Speakers at the event were the city manager, Pierce College Chancellor Michelle Johnson, Senator Mike Carrell, and program director Kurt Sample.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park awarded “Best Dog Park” in the South Sound: At a South Sound Magazine Awards Ceremony on May 24th, Economic Development Manager Ellie Chamber-Grady accepted the award for Fort Steilacoom Park’s dog park, which was voted Best Dog Park in the South Sound by over 5,000 magazine readers.
  • Court Administrator attends annual DMCMA conference: Court Administrator Deana Wright attended the annual District Municipal Court Managers association (DMCMA) Conference in Cle Elum. The conference is attended by Court Administrators from around the State. Topics included Leading Courts in Times of Scarcity and Change, Developing and Training for High Performance Results and Radical Resiliency. There were many discussions of how to do more with less due to the current economic situation.
  • Kids Fish In Event: On Saturday, May 19th, approximately 225 kids participated in the Kids Fish-In Event at American Lake Park. Each participant received a rod and reel and a tee shirt. Puget Sound Anglers provided a fish-cleaning station, Trout Unlimited repaired rods and reels, Clover Park Kiwanis provided a hot dog lunch for the volunteers, and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary provided water safety information to all participants. The Fire Department gave first aid support and student volunteers from both Clover Park and Lakes high schools kept everyone with bait and ready to fish.
  • McLane Northwest recognized at City Council meeting: The City recognized McLane Northwest as part of our Business Showcase on May 21st. They are a food distribution company located in the Lakewood Industrial park. Established here in Lakewood in 1980, they support 90 jobs and service five states. Division Manager, Everett Boutwell and two team members were honored for their commitment to safety, community support, charitable contributions, and “spoiling their customers.”

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/18/2012

May 18, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Kids Fish-In Event: Join the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department Saturday, May 19th for the Kids Fish-In Event. A fun event for kids ages 5 – 14 to learn to fish and get a rod and reel and up to two fish all for only $10. For more information about this event, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983–7887.
  • Police launch new Face book and Website pages: The Lakewood Police Department launched their brand new Face book page and new and improved website this week. The Face book page has already received well over 200 "likes" and is climbing daily, with a lot of feedback coming through from citizens via phone and email. The addition of a Face book page is the second part of a social media push that began with a Twitter account in 2010 and is an effort to disseminate information quickly and easily to the community using those forms of media that are proven to be the most far-reaching in today's society. Not only can people find information on the Police Department on FB and Twitter, but the Police Department can use these sites for information/assistance requests on active investigations and/or suspects.
  • New combined “Connections Newsletter and Recreation Guide”: In an effort to conserve resources, the City has combined the Lakewood Connections Community Newsletter and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Recreation Guide. Inside the new issue, you can read about city news as well as special activities for citizens to enjoy this summer. Check out the Spring/Summer Issue online at or for a paper copy visit City Hall.
  • Public Works receives grant from DOE: Public Works has been offered up to $976,573 in grant funds from the state Department of Ecology to replace the remaining obsolete storm water drywells in Lakewood. After negotiating a grant funding agreement this year, construction should take place in 2013.
  • Police chaplain graduates from Chaplains Academy: After completing 55 hours of training, Jason Woods graduated from the Police and Fire Chaplains Training Academy on May 10th. He has completed the basic requirements for the International Conference of Police Chaplains and the Federation of Fire Chaplains. Jason was one of four honor students selected to speak at the graduation ceremony.
  • Community-building Workshop: The Community Safety & Resource Team (CSRT) sponsored a community-building workshop on May 17th which was attended by about 40 citizens. The meeting provided an opportunity to explore avenues for community involvement and neighborhood problem-solving. Information tables were established with participation by about 18 departments and agencies to provide resource information to participants. Speakers included the mayor, the city manager, and Lt Mauer, who manages the CSRT. Special guest speaker was Cary Bozeman, the former mayor of both Bellevue and Bremerton, who spoke about community involvement.
  • Lakewood hosts PSRC bus tour of freeway congestion sites: Dan Penrose, the City’s project manager for the South Sound Military & Community Partnership, hosted a bus tour for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s transportation policy board to visit the Interstate 5 improvement project sites through the JBLM area. About 35 elected officials from the region participated. PSRC will play an important role in the prioritization of grant-funded transportation projects.
  • Oakbrook Golf Course and Restaurant now open to the public: Economic Development staff met with Ryan Moore Group (RMG) staff at Oakbrook this week. The golf course at Oakbrook is now open to the public as well as RMG subscribers. The restaurant, closed for a time to accomplish remodeling, has re-opened with the new name “Oakhouse.” The restaurant and bar are now open to the public, and patio seating will be available during the warm weather.
  • Black Bear opens second location: Black Bear Yogurt opened a second store in Lakewood this week. The drive-thru and walk-up location serving frozen yogurt and espresso is located at the corner of Bridgeport Way and Mt. Tahoma Drive.
  • MayFest at Lakewold Gardens: The Lakewood Arts Commission hosted a juried art exhibit during MayFest at Lakewold Gardens. Local artists including Marjorie Mankin, Doloris Martin, Cindi Baij, Shirley Petersen and Werner Dillenberger were recognized for their artwork. A reception was held on May 11th to meet the artists. The Arts Commission’s visual arts committee coordinated the art exhibit and produced a display of paintings.
  • Community Garden Ribbon Cutting: After over a year of planning, approximately 40 potential farmers attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 14th to mark the official opening of the Lakewood Community Garden. The garden is located in back of the building that previously served as the Lakewood Police Station. The First Baptist Church of Lakewood has purchased the facility and donated a section for a community garden. The garden wouldn’t be here today without the hard work and dedication of many including the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Clover Park School District, Clover Park Kiwanis Club, Emergency Food Network, Forterra and the community volunteers on our garden leadership team and those who filled the garden boxes with dirt and moved a lot of chips to create the garden pathways. The garden is a work in progress and we’re excited to watch this garden grow. As they said at the first meeting on April 12, 2011 “We are not just growing a garden. We are growing a community!” Persons interested in reserving a spot in the garden can contact the Lakewood Parks Department at (253) 983-7887.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/11/2012

May 11, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Business Outreach in Lakewood: Staff continues to ramp up efforts to reach out to local businesses. This week’s visits included a local grocer, two additional retailers, and two communications companies. This year we’ve visited with 51 existing businesses so far, several startup companies, and have provided resources for business support and expansion. One can contact our economic development department to find out more about how the city of Lakewood can help businesses succeed.
  • Human services “return on investment”: Staff analyzed the cash investment in Lakewood for human services programs funded in 2011 to present information to the Lakewood City Council at its April 23rd meeting. The results indicated that Lakewood’s investment of $366,000 in programs leveraged funds and contributed another $7,255,946 into the community. When factoring in donations to programs, the total investment into Lakewood by funded programs for 2011 was $10,674,928.
  • Invista in Lakewood: The City’s economic development manager and the city manager attended the “launch” of the Invista Performance Solutions program on May 1st at Clover Park Technical College. Invista is a one-stop organization for corporate training which provides customized employee training programs.
  • Lakewood United speaker: The city manager was the speaker at the regular meeting of Lakewood United on May 10th. The subject was an update on the City’s operations as characterized by the four guiding principles of Service, Integrity, Teamwork, and Respect.
  • Community Health Care event: A number of City staff and councilmember s joined in sponsoring a table at the fund-raising event for Community Health Care on May 8th in Tacoma. The large audience was entertained by a stand-up comedy act featuring a very engaging comedian who has cerebral palsy. CHC operates medical and dental clinics in Lakewood and throughout the region.
  • CPTC Joint Advisory Committee workshop: The president of Clover Park Technical College hosted their first annual joint session on May 8th with all 34 of the college’s program advisory committees, consisting of subject matter experts in the various vocational fields. The city manager is a member of the president’s College Advisory Council.
  • Lakewood Hosts Training by Washington State Archives: On May 3rd, the Washington State Archives Office provided training sessions on Electronic Records Management and Scan and Toss Requirements/Records Schedule Revisions at Lakewood City Hall. Several Lakewood Records Committee Coordinators attended the training sessions along with other municipal government staff from western Washington.

City of Lakewood Hosting Community Building Workshop

The City of Lakewood is hosting a Community Building Workshop on May 17, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall. The workshop goal is to provide support for neighborhood groups and the broader community to assist in leveraging their efforts to improve their neighborhoods and to make Lakewood an even better place to live, work and play. The workshop will feature keynote speaker Cary Bozeman, who as Mayor of Bremerton and as a councilmember and Mayor of Bellevue was instrumental in planning and implementing changes that led to managed growth and community-based urban centers for both cities.

The workshop is sponsored by Lakewood's Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT), and team leader Lt. Steve Mauer will present on how citizens and community-based groups can effectively work with the City. Lt. Mauer will request feedback from attendees about hot issues in their neighborhoods and what the City can do to help. Booths from City and other community-based groups will open for the first hour of the workshop before the speaking part of the program starts at 6 p.m. with introductory remarks from Mayor Douglas Richardson and City Manager Andrew Neiditz. The booths will provide information on what is going on in Lakewood and how citizens might be able to get involved in Lakewood from groups such as CSRT, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Public Works and Keep Lakewood Beautiful.

City Manager Andrew Neiditz said "this event gives the City the chance to open its doors to citizens and to talk about how we can continue to connect with the community in a manner that will empower neighborhood and other groups to benefit the community." Light refreshments will be served.

Coffee with the Mayor - May 11, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, May 11, 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 Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth who will discuss the Lakewood's Farmer's Market kick-off and other upcoming events like SummerFEST 2012.  She will also talk about community services projects.

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