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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/6/2011

May 6, 2011
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood wins Municipal Excellence Award from Association of Washington Cities (AWC): The City of Lakewood will earn recognition through the 2011 Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Municipal Excellence Award in the “public safety” category. In February 2010, the City launched a pioneering program to merge the neighborhood policing and code enforcement programs into the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT). This award recognizes innovative and effective city programs that improve the quality of life in their communities. The award will be presented at the AWC annual conference in Spokane next month.
  • City manager meets with federal officials: The city manager participated in the 26th annual Washington-to-Washington Conference sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce this week. He presented information about the recently-completed Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Growth Coordination Plan in meetings on Capitol Hill with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and joined with County Executive Pat McCarthy and Council Chair Roger Bush in meetings with U. S. Representatives Adam Smith and Norm Dicks. In the Pentagon, meetings with the Ass’t Secretary of the Army Hammack (Installation, Environment, and Energy) and Ass’t Secretary of the Air Force Yonkers (Installations, Environment, and Logistics) were held to further coordinate the issues concerning JBLM and the community. Those discussions included highway construction projects, school improvement proposals, and clear zone property issues around the north end of the McChord runway.
  • Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial: The Pierce County Law Enforcement Annual Memorial was held at the Clover Park Technical College Sharon McGavick Student and Conference Center on May 5th. The ceremony honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to serve.
  • Chief throws first pitch at Relay for Life Night at Cheney Stadium: The Police Chief and his wife Cindy will be throwing out the first pitch at the Relay for Life Night at the Tacoma Rainier’s game on May 6th at 7:05 p.m. at the new Cheney Stadium. For the third straight year the Tacoma Rainiers are helping Relay For Life raise awareness to ensure that those lives lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
  • Court staff attends Misdemeanant Corrections Association Conference: Probation Officer Jeanette Matthews attended the annual Misdemeanant Corrections Association (MCA) conference April 18-20. She was recognized for her work on a committee that created the first set of state standards for probation departments in Washington. She was also nominated to serve as an education coordinator/MCA board member and if elected in July, she will serve the board for 2 years planning training sessions and conferences for probation officers throughout Washington State.
  • Executive Ass’t to be installed as IAAP chapter treasurer: Executive Ass’t Deanne Wegmann will be formally installed as treasurer for the Mount Rainier Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) for 2011- 2012. IAAP is a not-for-profit professional association for office professionals with approximately 28,000 members and affiliates and nearly 600 chapters worldwide. Their mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.
  • Lakewood Youths participate in Tacoma Kids Marathon: Fifteen 2nd and 3rd grade students from the Tyee Park After School program participated in the Tacoma Kids Marathon on Sunday May 1st. This program, funded through a grant by the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department and staffed by the City’s recreation staff, features healthy snacks, games and activities, and the opportunity to participate in events such as the marathon. All the participants must complete at least 25 challenges to be eligible to participate in the 1.2 mile race held in conjunction with the full marathon. The challenges include physical activity but also exercising good behavior, reading, helping with chores and eating healthy food.
  • LPD participates in Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Fundraiser: LPD Lt Steve Mauer participated in the Annual Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser on April 29th. A group of over 100 men (and women) participated in the walk and raised about $50,000 for the agency. Mauer raised the most money of any individual for this important cause.
  • CSRT participates in Disaster Preparation Day Event: On April 30th, CSO Gail Conelly and Lt Steve Mauer participated with West Pierce Fire in a Disaster Preparation Day event held in the Lakewood Lowes parking lot. The goal was to provide information to citizens about how to prepare themselves and their families for an emergency or disaster. Numerous local businesses donated portions of a family emergency kit that was raffled off in a participation drawing. The event was well attended and received.
  • Officers selected for Officer(s) of the Month Awards: Chief Farrar nominated Dave Butts and Ryan Hamilton for Officer(s) of the Month through Q13 Fox’s Washington’s Most Wanted. They were selected and presented with the awards this week at the Q13 news studios. They received the award for their proactive patrol work and specifically, their work on the case that helped Sgt. Rich Hall break open the Wards Lake homicide case. Their names are on a plaque at Q13 and they received two very nice awards. They were interviewed by David Rose from WMW and it will run on Q13 later this week. It will also be on the website at the link below. The Q13 weather person called in sick, so Dave and Ryan filled it to do the forecast…they both predicted rain. http://www.q13fox.com/mostwanted

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/29/2011

April 29, 2011
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City has new computer kiosk: The City of Lakewood now has a computer kiosk available for use by customers visiting City Hall. It is located on the east side of the first floor front reception counter. The computer is limited to accessing the City’s website and applying for job opportunities through NeoGov. More functionality may be added later.
  • Flood Control Zone discussion: The mayor and city manager attended a meeting on April 29th hosted by County Executive Pat McCarthy and County Councilmember Joyce McDonald regarding options for moving the flood control zone agenda forward. Most of the cities in the county participated in an open discussion about flooding risks and proposed projects, organizational and governance alternatives, and other options for addressing the regional issue. The county officials committed to a continued open process for discussion and presentation before further steps are taken.
  • Mountain View First Responders Memorial: The mayor, city manager, and a number of Lakewood police officers and Fire Department personnel attended the unveiling April 28th of the new First Responders Memorial at Mountain View. The ceremony included very respectful honor paid to police officers, firefighters, and other public safety officers who have given their lives to serve and protect the community. Special recognition was paid to the survivors of the fallen heroes.
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership: The steering committee of the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan implementation process, chaired by the city manager, met on April 22nd to develop plans for the upcoming Elected Officials Council to be started in early June. The new board will be convened by the Lakewood mayor, the Pierce County Executive, and the chair of the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, and will play a regional role in reviewing and confirming the annual work plan, coordinating legislative strategies and outreach efforts for the priorities facing the region.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/15/2011

April 15, 2011
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City earns WellCity Award: The City of Lakewood recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust, one of 82 cities receiving the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on medical coverage for employee and spouses in 2012. AWC's Employee Benefit Trust provides health benefits to over 15,000 city employees in Washington.
  • Landlord/Tenant Training Workshop: Over 100 landlords and tenants attended the City's first Landlord/Tenant Basics Training workshop on April 14th, sponsored by the Housing Justice Project, supported by City staff in the Human Services and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) divisions The training included a panel of attorneys and agency representatives offering information regarding Fair Housing and the Mobile Home Landlord Tenant Act. Additional support and resource information was provided by the City's Building and Code Departments and the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT). The training was a pilot program that will be expanded elsewhere in the area.
  • Rebecca Drive Block Watch meeting: the Rebecca Drive Block Watch held its quarterly meeting, on April 9th with about 20 neighbors present at the home of co-captains. Alan Hart talked about several issues affecting the neighborhood and the City, and CSO Mike Miller informed the group on the community's first quarter crime statistics, creative ways to reduce/prevent crime in the area, and made a pitch about this year's National Night Out on August 2nd.
  • CSO's conduct personal safety presentation: CSOs Gail Conelly and Mike Miller conducted a personal safety presentation for the staff at a local addiction clinic on April 13th. The request for the presentation is due to increasing problems with patients who were attempting to verbally and physically intimidate staff, as well as increasing vehicle prowls on the property.
  • Telecare Evaluation & Treatment Facility: The city manager and ass't city manager toured the Telecare mental health crisis program facility on April 14th on the Western State Hospital campus. The Telecare program is a temporary facility that houses persons in crisis, and is leasing space from the State. They require an extended conditional use permit from the City to continue their operation. The program has complied with all City requirements for over a year.
  • 1st Annual Fairy Garden Tea Party: On Saturday, April 9th, the City of Lakewood's Parks, Recreation and Community Services department hosted its first Fairy Garden Tea Party, with a sold out crowd. Each little girl was taken through a fairy transformation where they received wings, wands, crowns and more. After that they were able to enjoy snacks, celebrate with old and new friends and create a beautiful craft. This event was so successful the City is planning a Mad HatterTea Party in the fall and another Fairy Garden Tea Party next spring.
  • Family of 6 relocated: Staff in Human Services with support from Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA) successfully relocated a single mother and five children into permanent housing this week. Utilizing grant funds, human services works to relocate qualified families displaced through no fault of their own. This family would have become homeless after they were evacuated from their apartment because of serious building code violations. Relocation assistance ensures low-income, self-sufficient residents do not incur homelessness during times that the City has to shut down complexes due to serious health and safety code violations.
  • April 16 is Parks Appreciation Day: Citizens are encouraged to join in on Saturday, April 16th at the City of Lakewood's 10th Annual Parks Appreciation Day celebration. Projects are planned at Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, Kiwanis Park and Wards Lake Park between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon. To register families, service organizations, school or church groups, please call Suzi Riley at (253) 983-7758.
  • 7th Annual Helmets vs. Shields Baseball Game on April 16: Saturday, April 16th is the 7th annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game between West Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. The game will be held at Pierce College, at 9401 Farwest Drive, at 6:00 p.m. This has been a great fundraiser for our two charities and all of the money raised is put right back into the community. Tickets are $5 at the door and children under 5 are free. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle and t-shirts for sale.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/22/2011

April 22, 2011
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Field visit to Wapato Jail: City staff -- including probation officer Darrell Knoedler, SGT John Fraser and court compliance officer George Schmalhofer -- visited Wapato jail in Yakima County to view the jail facility, discuss transport issues and the possibility of Wapato increasing their inmate housing numbers. The staff was taken to Toppenish jail which is eight miles from Wapato to view that facility as another potential contract with the City of Lakewood for overflow beds when Wapato is at capacity. Lakewood staff was enthusiastically greeted by Toppenish hoping to result in a joint merger to house Lakewood defendants at alternative jails at a savings of $36 per day.
  • Training Day for Pro Tem Judges: Judge Heller facilitated a training class for the Pro Tem Judge's utilized by the Municipal Court with assistance from court administrator Deana Wright on April 13th. Manuals were distributed with Court policies and procedures, alternative sentencing options were reviewed in addition to law updates, and recent appellate decisions regarding trial procedure.
  • Wal-Mart Phase II: Wal-Mart has received approval for occupancy of its Phase II grocery sales addition. The grocery portion involved construction of a 42,000 sq. foot addition to the original 150,000 sq. foot building. The project also included a "make-over" of the exterior elevations of the building with Wal-Mart's updated logos, signage, and color scheme.
  • PSE's upgrade of transmission lines: The City's Hearing Examiner conducted a public hearing on April 20th to consider a proposal by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to upgrade a portion of its existing transmission network. The would include removing a portion of the existing transmission system that is located primarily on private property, and replacing it with a new segment located along public right-of-way. The Community Development Department has recommended approval of the project. The Hearing Examiner will issue a decision within 10 days.
  • JBLM Growth Coordination Plan Briefing to CABC's: A power-point presentation was provided to over 25 members of the City's citizen advisory boards and committees regarding the recently-completed federally-funded JBLM growth coordination plan. Dan Penrose, the project administrator for the planning effort, made the presentation, hosted by the Planning Advisory Board; the meeting included representatives of the Public Safety Advisory Committee, the Redevelopment Advisory Board, the Landmarks & Heritage Board, the Human Services Funding Advisory Board, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
  • Parks Appreciation Day: Over 400 volunteers participated in Lakewood's 10th annual Parks Appreciation Day event on Saturday, April 16th and enjoyed dry weather while working at five park sites in the community. They accomplished multiple tasks at Fort Steilacoom Park, Wards Lake Park, Kiwanis Park, Harry Todd Park and Primley Park. . Statistics for the day were:
    • 1 10 yard dumpster filled with debris at HTP
    • 2 30 yard dumpsters filled to capacity at FSP and Wards Lake Park
    • 5 yards of debris/weeds/branches removed from Primley Park
    • 1 vintage tractor prepped for display at FSP
    • 720 annuals planted at all park entry points
    • 3 trees planted
    • 16 burning bushes and 12 rhododendrons planted at Kiwanis Park
    • 32 fruit orchard trees cleaned at FSP
    • 1 set of barn doors rebuilt at FSP
    • 150 yards of mulch laid on trails at Wards Lake Park
    • 5 yards of mulch laid in flower beds at Kiwanis Park
    • 40 yards of playground fall zone chips laid at Kiwanis Park
    • Removal of invasive Scotch Broom plants at FSP
    • Water and beachfront cleaned at Harry Todd Park

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/8/2011

April 8, 2011
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • LPD presents the flag at Seattle Mariners' Opening Night game: About 30 members of the Lakewood Police Department, joined by the chief and the city manager, are carrying and presenting the large flag on the field at the opening ceremony of the Mariners' game on April 8th against the Cleveland Indians.
  • Saturday April 16 is Parks Appreciation Day: Citizens are encouraged to join us on Saturday, April 16th at the City of Lakewood's 10th Annual Parks Appreciation Day celebration. Projects are planned at Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, Kiwanis Park and Wards Lake Park between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon. This is a regional effort associated with a county-wide Parks Appreciation Day and celebrations of Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Parks Week. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring clearly labeled hand tools from home, including such things as pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels and small pitch forks. Participants will be able to help prepare our local parks for the busy spring/summer seasons and have fun as well. To register families, service organizations, school or church groups, please call Suzi Riley at (253) 983-7758.
  • 7th Annual Helmets vs. Shields Baseball Game on April 16: Saturday, April 16th is the 7th annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game between West Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. The game will be held at Pierce College, at 9401 Farwest Drive, at 6:00 p.m. This has been a great fundraiser for our two charities and all of the money raised is put right back into the community. Tickets are $5 at the door and children under 5 are free. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle and t-shirts for sale.
  • Police Officers participate in Special Olympics "Tip a Cop" Program: On Saturday, March 26th, eight Lakewood police officers participated in the Special Olympics "Tip a Cop" program at the Lakewood Red Robin Restaurant. The officers helped wait tables and serve food, soliciting tips as donations. The officers ended up raising $4,000 for Special Olympics.
  • Ass't city manager presents to APA Federal Planning Conference: Ass't city manager David Bugher is attending the American Planning Association's Federal Planning Division Training Conference this week in Boston to present the region's experience in planning for growth at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He is on a panel with other regional representatives and officials from the Office of Economic Adjustment of the Defense Dept, and costs are covered by the City's OEA grant.
  • Police train JBLM Human Resources staff on self defense: On March 25th, the JBLM Human Resources Office hosted a training session with the Lakewood Police Department on Self Defense. Associates learned how to be aware of their surroundings, how to react, what to say and the importance of the word " NO". In great exchange spirit, McChord had 57 associates attend and stay for the class, while at least 15 more observed. LPD Lt Steve Mauer taught the importance of self awareness and the proper stance. He demonstrated different defense techniques that can be used by anyone to get themselves out of a bad situation. JBLM plans on having more in classes the future.
  • Burglary case resolved: On March 30th, police officers investigating a burglary in the area near Lake Steilacoom found the suspect vehicle at a residence near Fort Steilacoom Park. Investigating officers obtained a search warrant, and recovered a large amount of stolen property linked to at least two burglaries. Meth and heroin was also recovered. Officers also noted several building issues and large amounts of discarded trash piling up in the back yard as well as a number of junk vehicles. Officers called in Building Department staff who posted the house as unsafe to occupy. Code Enforcement directed the property owner to remove the trash and junk vehicles. The owner is currently in the process of cleaning up the property.
  • Homicide Detectives arrest murder suspects: Lakewood Homicide Detectives made two arrests this week in a quick resolution to the murder case that occurred at Wards Lake Park on March 31st. Detectives learned that the victim had been lured to the park by a female, who had planned to rob him of his money with help from her boyfriend. Once the female got the victim to the park, the boyfriend came out of hiding and began to assault the victim with a handgun. The victim fought back and tried to run away, but the boyfriend fired two shots at the victim, who later died from the gunshot wound. The suspects took the victim's money and belongings and fled on foot. Both were arrested and charged with Murder in the 1st degree and Robbery in the 1st degree.
  • Lakewood to host Washington State Archives training session on public and electronic records management: On April 15th, Lakewood is again hosting another Washington State Archives training session on the basics of Public Records Management and Electronic Records Management in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall. These two half-day sessions are designed for state and local government agencies in public records management.
  • City Clerk appointed to IIMC committee: Lakewood's City Clerk was recently appointed to serve on the 2011-2012 International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Education and Professional Development Committee. The committee's goals and objectives are to identify resources for existing on-line and on-land educational opportunities, to recommend new online course topics, and to provide feedback on educational concerns such as new trends in education, unmet educational needs and certification celebration models and questions from the membership.
  • Staff to present at Washington Association of Public Records Officers Spring Training in Yakima: On April 13th, Legal/City Clerk and Information Systems staff will be presenting at the Washington Association of Public Records Officers Spring training in Yakima. Staff will be speaking on "Litigation and the Public Records Act - What Happens after They Sue" and the "Nuts and Bolts: Exemption Logs, Records Tracking, Redaction and Other Basics for Public Records Officers."

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