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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/11/10

June 11, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Search Warrants served in Lakewood for DEA: Lakewood Special Ops, working with Grays Harbor Drug TF, Thurston County Drug TF, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) served 20+ search warrants in the Puget Sound Region on June 9th. A total of four residences and a business were involved in the City of Lakewood. These warrants were the result of a year-long investigation. A very large quantity of narcotics and cash were seized, along with vehicles and other property. The DEA held a press conference releasing more details at the Federal Courthouse in Tacoma on June 10th.
  • Waughop Lake debrief: City staff met with representatives of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept, as well as Sen. Mike Carrell, Rep Tami Green, and a rep from Rep Troy Kelley's office, to review this week the algae conditions at Lake Waughop in Fort Steilacoom Park. The Health Dept agreed to revise the signage posted to advise persons fishing to "catch and release", and will also discuss with State Fish & Wildlife the question of whether to discontinue stocking the lake with fish. The concern over algae continues, and the City will be working with DSHS, Pierce County, and Pierce College over long-term options for treatment and funding strategies.
  • "Flame of Hope" for Special Olympics: On June 4th, over 50 runners delivered the "Flame of Hope" to the summer Special Olympics at JB Lewis-McChord. The torch was run through the City of Lakewood after leaving the station. Prior to the run, a medal of honor was presented to Kim Renninger for Mark Renninger's past contributions to the success of the torch run in Lakewood over the past 6 years. Three torches arrived at Lakewood to make one for the run on base. They came from Spokane, Tri Cities and the Peninsula.
  • Lakewood Relay for Life - Huge Success: Dozens of city staff members, their families and supporters participated in the American Cancer Society's 18-hour Relay for Life on June 4th and 5th. Dubbed "Show Me Your Hands! - Team Lakewood" in honor of Police Chief Bret Farrar and his wife, Cindy, the City's relay team raised more than $5,000 for cancer research in just two weeks. The whole event raised more than $144,000.
  • LPD Promotion: Sgt. Chris Lawler was promoted to Lieutenant on June 1st, 2010. Lt. Lawler will oversee the Criminal Investigations Unit and will also be the department's public information officer.
  • Soldiers' property recovered at motel: On May 31st, staff at the Rainier Inn Motel recognized behavior by new guests as suspicious, and suspected them of possessing stolen property. Through cooperative efforts between the motel staff, patrol officers, and investigative personnel the property was identified as that belonging to soldiers returning from Korea and stolen from a cargo shipping container. The property was recovered and will be returned to the soldiers and several subjects are in custody.
  • LPD and CSRT staff conducts Educational Safety Fair for Old Navy Store: On June 5th LPD and CSRT staff conducted an Educational Safety Fair for Old Navy. They handed out over 100 safety bags that included coloring books, crayons, sticker police badges, child size LPD Frisbees. Further information for adults was provided including child identification stickers for windows, gun locks for parents, ID theft pamphlets, boater safety info, maps, personnel safety tips, and child passenger safety cards. "Intoxication goggles" were used to provide an educational opportunity for young adults to experience the simulated impairment of intoxication.
  • CSRT Staff participate in Mock DUI Crash Education/Awareness Event: CSRT staff participated in a Mock DUI Crash education/awareness event on Friday June 11th. This event is held annually in conjunction with Lakewood Fire Dept, Mountain View Memorial Cemetery, and Lakes High School to educate our graduating senior class on the dangers of drinking and driving. It begins with a mock 2 car head-on crash, with both vehicles being full of students. The students are extricated and treated at the crash site, with one student dying. Police and Fire are on scene, and funeral directors from Mountain View remove the body of the student that has died. The entire event is narrated as it progresses. The day ends with a funeral being held for the student that died, with their family and favorite teachers speaking at the memorial service. The event is intended to raise awareness of the effects of underage drinking and driving, and the consequences.
  • CSRT presentation to community groups: Lt. Steve Mauer, Supervisor of the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT) presented at the Lakewood Collaboration meeting on June 9th. Over 55 human service providers were in attendance. He also presented this week at Lakewood United and the Coffee with the Mayor group on June 11th. The presentation focused on the efforts of the City to take a more concentrated and comprehensive approach to addressing the concerns of Lakewood citizens.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/4/10

June 4, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Open House at Lakewood Senior Activity Center: The open house on June 3rd was well attended by over 125, as participants were able to interact with agency representatives and also display their artwork and other features of the Senior Activity Center. About 25 service agencies presented information, including agencies specializing in senior services. CSRT staff presented a Safety Fair which provided information on burglary prevention, identity theft/fraud, vehicle prowl prevention, fireworks and neighborhood associations to attendees.
  • Echelon Apartments Open: The Community Development Dept has issued Certificates of Occupancy to FNW Inc, for a 254 unit apartment complex known as Echelon. The project is located at the northeast corner of Lakewood Dr SW and Steilacoom Blvd SW. The complex includes 17 different apartment buildings, a recreation center, gymnasium, exercise room, outdoor pool, two outdoor play areas for children and a large open space area among large mature Oak Trees. The mayor, city manager, several councilmembers and other City staff members attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26th.
  • Wal-Mart Stores Phase 2 ground-breaking: The mayor, city manager, and councilmembers Thomas and Moss, and other City staff, participated along with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, at the groundbreaking ceremony for Wal-Mart's Phase 2 addition of about 40,000 square feet. The addition, which will include a full grocery market, will be on the north side of the current facility.
  • Memorial Day Service at Mountainview: Mayor Richardson, along with Councilmembers Thomas, Moss, and Whalen, and the city manager, attended the special Lakewood Memorial Day Event on May 31st in the new Veterans Memorial Section. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord bugler were highlights of the ceremonies and the keynote speaker was Colonel Mike Johnson of the Washington National Guard.
  • Input to WSDOT for environmental assessment (EA) for Pt Defiance Bypass/Amtrak proposal: The City is coordinating efforts with neighboring cities of Dupont and Tacoma to ensure that concerns about impacts of the proposed project will be provided by all three cities in the on-going environmental assessment process.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/21/10

May 21, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Service: The official Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council Memorial Day Service will take place on Monday, May 31st at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. The Brass Quintet of the First Corps Army Band from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will highlight the ceremonies. Plenty of free parking and seating will be available. For more information, see
  • Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay - Phase 2 - 100th Street to Bridgeport Way - Construction Begins: Construction on Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay Phase 2 will begin on Monday, May 24th. The project includes replacement of driveways, curbs, sidewalks, and ramps to current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, pavement patching and repair, and hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay. The project construction will require temporary closures of lanes to facilitate construction. The project construction will take approximately 2 months
  • Employees of the Quarter: The theme of this week's quarterly employee recognition event was Integrity, one of our four guiding principles. The employee of the quarter was awarded to Diana Halar, for her accountability, reliability and respectful manner as a compliance inspector in the Public Works Stormwater division. The police employee of the quarter award went to Doug Strand, crime analyst, for his ability to gather and analyze information to assist the department's grant-writing efforts and to evaluate Lakewood crime.
  • Park Lodge Elementary - Safe Routes to Schools Project - Out to Bid: Advertisement for bids for Park Lodge Elementary Safe Routes to Schools project will start May 25th. This project provides for curb, gutter, sidewalk, cross-walk enhancements along Park Lodge Elementary frontage on 100th Street, Lexington Avenue, and Alfaretta Street. Project construction is scheduled to take place from mid-July through mid-September.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive and Pacific Highway - Sewer Construction: Northwest Cascade will be completing sewer extension construction at and near the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Pacific Highway for the next 1 ½ weeks. Work will be done during the day to facilitate utility relocations simultaneously. Work hours are proposed between 5 AM and 3 PM in order to avoid the evening peak traffic.
  • Pacific Highway - Gravelly Lake Drive to Bridgeport Way: Woodworth will be wrapping up most all of construction except for the hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay within the next week. The Contractor will return within the next 2-3 weeks to complete the overlay (weather dependent).
  • AIA Civic Design Awards: The city manager presented awards to civic projects as part of the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington chapter annual Civic Design Awards program in Seattle on May 20th. He participated on a 3-member "jury", which included professors of architecture from both UW and WSU. The awards included an "honor" award to Puyallup City Hall, designed by Mithun, and a citation award to the Tacoma Community College Science & Engineering Building, designed by Miller/Hull Partnership.
  • Final Woodbrook Late Nite: The final night of the popular Late Nite program will be Friday, May 21st and will feature a full-court basketball game of the "old guys" versus the "young guns". The old guys team will include assistant principal Greg Wilson, custodian Keith Smiley, school board members Marty Schafer and Walt Kellcy and staff from the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services department. The young guys will include students from the schools' basketball team and other Late Nite participants. A perpetual trophy will be displayed in the school for bragging rights.
  • Staff gives Sheltering And Emergency Management Program Presentation at Lakewood Lions Meeting: Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and CSRT Leader Lt. Steve Mauer gave a presentation on Lakewood's sheltering program, in conjunction with the City's emergency management program, at a recent Lakewood Lions meeting. They informed the group about how the sheltering would operate, and explained how civic organizations may be called upon to provide much needed assistance, such as food, in the event that a shelter is activated.
  • Annual "Operation Graffiti Cover-Up": CSRT members Steve Mauer, Mike Savage, Rebecca Hendricks, Doug Price, Randy Richards and Sandi Stauffer, along with several citizen volunteers, participated in the annual "Operation Graffiti Cover-Up" sponsored by Safe Streets on May 15th. The team painted over graffiti on fences and buildings at a number of sites throughout the City. Paint and supplies were donated by local businesses.
  • Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) holds monthly meeting: The Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) held its monthly meeting on May 18th at the Lakewood Police Department. The focus of this meeting was to introduce the Community, Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) and the services it can offer to the landlord community. There were 20 managers and/or owners in attendance. The LOCAL meets every 3rd Tuesday at 11:00am at the Lakewood Police Station.
  • CSRT and Court Combat Shopping Cart Blight: CSRT and the Lakewood Municipal Court work crew continue to work together to combat the blight caused by stray shopping carts.
  • CSRT staff attend North Lakewood Neighborhood Association Meeting: CSRT staff Gail Conelly, Doug Price, and Steve Mauer attended the semi-annual North Lakewood Neighborhood Association meeting, held on May 12th. The principal of Hudtloff Middle School updated the group on the plans for the new Hudtloff Middle School, and Officer Jeff Martin gave an update/presentation on the current gang trends in Lakewood. Lt. Mauer and CSO Conelly updated the group on the new CSRT and what resources are available to them. CEO Doug Price handed out information and gave an explanation on the most common code complaint areas, such as vehicle storage and property maintenance issues, and alerted the residents to the seasonal upsurge of peddlers going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, tree services, driveway coating, siding, steaks, and more. Lakewood Municipal Code regulates the operations of such peddlers and requires a background-check, bonding, and solicitor-peddler license for anyone selling things door-to-door, on the streets, in parking lots, etc.
  • Kids' Fish-In event: The Kid's Fish-In Event was held at American Lake Park on May 15th under blue skies and ideal temperature. Over 300 children participated with nearly everyone taking home at least one fish. Nearly 40 student volunteers from Lakes and Clover Park High Schools with volunteers from the First Baptist Church were key to the success of the event. The Go Outside Play Alliance of Washington is the new parent organization for this event with sponsorships from Cabelas, Kiwanis Club of Clover Park, Puget Sound Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services department coordinates the event with support from the Marine Services Unit of the Police Department and the Lakewood Fire Department. Each participant received a rod and reel, tee-shirt and two fish that they caught for the registration fee of $10.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/28/10

May 28, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Event: All citizens are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day event on Monday, May 31st at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord bugler will highlight the ceremonies along with Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Jones, and this year's keynote speaker, Colonel Mike Johnson of the Washington National Guard. Plenty of free parking and seating will be available. For more information, see
  • City Hall to observe Memorial Day: City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observation of Memorial Day.
  • "Show me your hands!" Team Lakewood on June 4th: Relay For Life is the main fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Employees of the City of Lakewood have formed a team called "Show Me Your Hands - Team Lakewood." All proceeds raised from the team will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Chief Bret Farrar and his wife, Cindy Salazar, both of whom have recently been diagnosed with cancer. This is an opportunity to provide them with moral support and to be part of a life-changing event. The event kicks off at 6pm on June 4th at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium and continues until noon the following day. Please visit to learn more, contribute, or participate.
  • Discovery Trail Dedication on June 5th: Join city officials on June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park to dedicate the Discovery Trail. This interpretive program recognizes the historic significance of Fort Steilacoom Park through markers, signage and interactive elements. Fort Steilacoom Park is 340 acres and played a significant role in the history of Washington State, provides active and passive recreation and is home to abundant native plants and wildlife. Visit for more information.
  • Safe Kids Coalition Information: CSRT staff participated in a monthly Safe Kids Coalition meeting and received training on "Kids and Car Seats" conducted by staff from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. A recent survey revealed that of the 719 elementary age children observed riding locally in vehicles, 120 were riding in the front seat. State Law states that children are required to ride in the back seat of a vehicle until the age of 13, unless it is impractical to do so.
  • JBLM Education Technical Site Visit: Program staff from the DoD's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) joined the Clover Park School superintendent, representatives of other school districts, and City staff in touring and reviewing schools on and around the military installation on May 24-25. The review is part of an assessment of the impacts of base growth, as well as recommendations for capital improvements in CPSD school facilities, in the OEA-funded, City-administered planning process. The JBLM growth coordination participant list includes numerous agencies and entities in both Pierce and Thurston counties.
  • General Barry McCaffrey Visits Lakewood: General (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey joined Mayor Richardson and the city manager on Monday to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Tacoma Treatment Solutions, located in Lakewood at 9500 Front Street. This clinic treats some of the most difficult cases of addiction. One of the speakers giving testimony that day, a woman in her 40's, recalled how she had been living on the streets addicted to heroin. She had no shoes at one point and was only focused on getting that day's fix; she had nearly lost her feet and legs to a MRSA infection and had to learn to walk and talk again. She credited the center with getting her life back in order. Her professional appearance belied any hints of that past. General McCaffrey, the former "Drug Czar" during President Clinton's administration, remarked that police are often the best group in a community to identify addicts and to steer them toward treatment

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/17/10

May 17, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Open House for Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay Project (Phase 2, 100th to Bridgeport) on May 20th: The City has invited adjacent businesses and property owners to attend an open house at City Hall on May 20th from 4:30pm to 6pm to get information about the upcoming project. The general public is also welcome.
  • Police Unity Tour: Our 4 officers on the Unity Tour arrived safely in Washington D. C. on May 12th for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Sergeants Mark Eakes and John Fraser and Officers Charles Porche and Michelle Hector rode their bicycles 320 miles, in honor of our four fallen officers, along with about 1,200 other riders from around the nation. It was the first Washington State participation in the event.
  • National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington DC: Lakewood was well represented at the 29th annual national law enforcement memorial service in the nation's capital on May 15th. The families of our four fallen officers were hosted by the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) foundation, and the City sponsored four escort officers and the four honor guard officers. The four officers who completed the Police Unity Tour were present, as well as a number of officers who took their own time off to participate at their own expense, so that over 20 officers were present. The mayor, deputy mayor, and city manager also attended. The President of the United States was the keynote speaker.
  • 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil: Simultaneous to the vigil on May 13th at Lakewood City Hall was the national vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC, with thousands of police officers and families from around the nation. The names of our four fallen officers had been etched on the memorial, along with the names of others from around the nation. The Attorney General of the United States was the keynote speaker, and he graciously mentioned Lakewood's tragedy in his remarks.
  • HR Director attends National Public Employers Labor Relations Academy: HR Director Debra Young attended the National Public Employers Labor Relations Academy in New Orleans after winning a free registration to the event. The conference focused on labor negotiations, investigations, legislative updates and employment law.
  • WSAMA Spring Conference: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Asst City Attorneys Mike McKenzie and Mike Savage attended the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Conference from May 5th -7th in Vancouver WA. Wachter finished her term as President and will now serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Savage facilitated a full session discussion on breaking municipal legal topics; both Savage and Wachter serve on the Civil Topics Committee.
  • LPD brings suspect to justice: The defendant in the homicide of Tyrone Tinsley, which occurred in March 2009, pled guilty to Manslaughter 1st Degree and received a sentence of 102 months. This case crossed state borders in order to catch the suspect and bring him to justice, and was truly a team effort, with great work on the part of Detective Jeff Paynter and all officers involved.
  • Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) hosts first Springbrook Neighborhood Apartment Manager Networking Meeting: CSRT member Gail Conelly hosted the first Springbrook Neighborhood Apartment Manager networking meeting on April 30th. Items on the agenda included the importance of networking among the neighborhood managers; communicating problems with residents and sharing creative ways to resolve issues; utilizing the CSRT and their available resources; and the importance of working with the police to document problems and issues in the apartment complexes. Also covered were other upcoming meetings, to include the monthly L.O.C.A.L. (Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords) meeting on May 18th. It was a good turnout with 13 apartment complexes represented.
  • Sewer Project Phase 2 night road closures: The Woodbrook ALG / Tillicum Sewer Phase 2 - Force main construction on Gravelly Lake Drive and Pac Hwy - continues night closures in the vicinity of Gravelly Lake Drive and Pac Hwy - Monday - Thursdays. No work will occur on Friday nights to accommodate I-5 lane closures between Bridgeport Way and Gravelly Lake Drive.