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Parks Appreciation Day 2012

Please save the date so you can join us at the City of Lakewood’s 11th annual Parks Appreciation Day celebration, Saturday, April 21, 2012. We are planning projects at Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, American Lake Park and Wards Lake Park. Join us between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon as we participate in a county-wide Parks Appreciation Day and jointly celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Parks Week.

You should dress appropriately for the weather; bring clearly-labeled hand tools from home (including such things as pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks) and your enthusiasm, smiles and energy! This is a FUN event in the outdoors and you’ll be able to help prepare our local parks for the busy spring/summer seasons.

Last year, over 400 volunteers participated in this event and planted hundreds of flowers; 28 bushes and rhododendrons; laid mulch on trails and flower beds; laid playground fall zone chips and filled dumpsters with debris. The list is endless for the projects we’ve completed on previous Parks Appreciation Days. This year, new projects are planned to improve our local parks. We need your help.

Join us on Saturday, April 21st . To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi Riley at (253) 983-7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

APRIL 21, 2012 - 9:00 A.M. TO NOON
Call (253) 983-7758 to sign up!

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/24/2012

February 24, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Year End Report available on City’s website: The 2011 Year End Report (as an edition of “Connections”) was mailed to citizens this week and is arriving in mailboxes now. The report is also available on the City’s website.
  • City celebrates 16th Birthday: The City of Lakewood celebrates its 16th birthday on February 28th. Please review the 2011 Year End Report to see how far the City has come in its short but productive history.
  • Lakewood Police serve search warrant at recycling center: On February 13th, LPD served a search warrant at a local scrap metal business. The team serving the warrant included representatives from CSRT, Washington State Department of Ecology, City of Lakewood Building Enforcement and Public Works, Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and West Pierce Fire and Rescue. Several months ago, officers began to note that there was a large amount of business being conducted at WOTC with subjects known to be involved in metal thefts and drug trafficking. The service of the search warrant resulted in the recovery of items that had been stolen from two different businesses. Police are continuing the investigation and will forward to prosecutors for potential criminal charges.
  • Worms and Fishing and Healthy Start After School Programs: The PRCS Department is collaborating with Tyee Park Elementary School on two projects that will start in February. The first is a recycling/composting project utilizing worm bins to educate students about the benefits of worms (how they produce castings to enhance soils at the same time reducing the amount of non-meat food waste). The healthy worms will be ready to be used as bait for the PRCS Kids Fish-In event in May. The second project is the Healthy Start program that promotes kids having a nutritious diet and to be physically active to combat the growing trend of childhood obesity. The program is funded by the City of Lakewood, Lakewood’s Promise, Communities in Schools, St. Clare Hospital and the Clover Park School District. Students play a wide variety of games and activities and receive fresh fruits and vegetables provided by local businesses. The program will extend hours on regularly scheduled school half-days to provide consistency and reduce childcare needs for parents. All Healthy Start participants will be invited to participate again this year in the Tacoma Kids Marathon.
  • Bridgeport Way – South of Flanegan Road: Tree removal and wall construction on the west side of Bridgeport Way south of Flanegan Road will start next week. The work is in preparation for the Bridgeport Way/North City Limits Roadway improvement project that will add bicycle lanes and sidewalks this summer. The construction will require temporary lane closures (during working hours only) and will last for six to eight weeks.
  • Refuse rate increase: The City refuse service rates will increase staring March 1st. The rate increases are associated with the annual automatic cost adjustment provisions contained within the City's contract with our refuse service provider. The automatic adjustment factors relate to the yearly change in our area Consumer Price Index and the change in the land fill “tipping fee.”. The CPI increase was 1.742%; while the tipping fee increased by $7.06/ton (or 5.827%). Because the tipping fee is only a component of the residential customer service charge, the net combined increase to our residential customer is 3.863%. This equates to a $1.14 per month increase to a residential customer with weekly pick up service of a 65 gallon bin with recycling.
  • CSRT provides personal safety training for Lakewood Area Shelter Association: CSO Mike Miller conducted two personal safety presentations this week for the Lakewood Area Shelter Association “Life Skills” classes held at Trinity Baptist Church. Approximately 30 people attended the classes, which included question and answer sessions.
  • CSRT conducts sign code presentation: Code Enforcement Officer Doug Price presented at this month’s LOCAL (Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords) meeting. CEO Price presented an overview of the recent sign code changes. 11 rental-housing owners and managers were in attendance, so the presentation was tailored to issues that impacted their sign usage.
  • CSRT assists Pierce College with Operation Child ID event: CSO Gail Conelly assisted the Pierce College Criminal Justice Program with their 7th Annual Operation Child ID event on February 15th. CSO Conelly operated a fingerprint station and fingerprinted 72 children at the event. Other services included DNA swabs, dental impressions, and video of the children, showing their personality and speech patterns.
  • CSRT provides safety tips to Lakewood fast food restaurants to thwart burglaries: Due to a recent spate of burglaries at local fast food restaurants, CSRT and LPD Neighborhood Patrol Officers are contacting Lakewood fast food restaurants with safety tips designed to help them prevent burglaries. CSOs and NPOs are also getting contact information to have on file to be able to quickly disseminate additional information to the businesses as it becomes available.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/17/2012

February 17, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police Sergeant saves life of little girl: Sergeant John Fraser, while eating dinner at Koto Teriyaki on 100th Street on February 15th, saw a young girl choking at a table while the female Korean owner was saying that she was choking. The young girl (around 10 years old) was not breathing and grabbing at her throat. She was standing up, but stiff and unable to breathe or speak. Fraser moved quickly and positioned himself behind her to perform a Heimlich maneuver. He tried several attempts to free the obstruction and finally…the food obstruction came out! The young girl started breathing again, due to the quick life saving efforts by Sgt. Fraser. No one else in the restaurant, including the mother, knew what to do in that situation.
  • SSM&CP Steering Committee: The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership steering committee met on February 17th to review progress made on state funding for Interchange Justification Reports (IJR’s) along the Interstate 5/JBLM corridor. The IJR’s are a prerequisite to freeway improvements to deal with the traffic congestion. The agenda also included a JBLM presentation on transition services by the JBLM director of human resources and CEO of the Operation Military Family.
  • South Sound 911 transition: Planning efforts continued by the administrators from Pierce County, City of Tacoma, West Pierce Fire, and City of Lakewood on a transition plan to stand up the newly-authorized South Sound 911 communication agency. The transition plan will be presented to the Policy Board of elected officials for their review and approval at a meeting in March.
  • Emergency Response Planning Cell meeting: The ERPC meeting on February 16th served as a refresher course on the Incident Command System model.

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City of Lakewood Opposes Proposed E-Verify Legislation

City of Lakewood Opposes Proposed Legislation that would Halt the Use of its E-Verify Program

The City of Lakewood was the first City in the State of Washington to pass legislation requiring that E-Verify be used by contractors doing business with the City. A bill has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature (HB 2568) that would halt the use of E-Verify for programs like Lakewood’s. On February 6, 2012 Lakewood City Council unanimously (7-0) passed a resolution formally opposing that bill.

Since June 2009, Lakewood has required contractors to sign affidavits stating they will use the E-Verify program and not hire anyone who is not legally entitled to work in the United States. E-Verify is a Federal electronic database that examines Social Security and Homeland Security records to make this determination.

“We passed the legislation to protect legal workers and to ensure fair wages in the labor market," said Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson. “The proposed bill not only would thwart those goals, it also is inconsistent with statutory authority that gives cities the broad authority to govern their own affairs.”

For these reasons, Lakewood City Council passed Resolution 2012-08 formally opposing the bill. The resolution states that “E-Verify has proven successful in helping prevent identity theft, stolen social security numbers, and serves the citizens of Lakewood by protecting jobs for legal residents and returning veterans.” Lakewood has made its opposition to the bill part of its legislative agenda.