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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/27/2013

December 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Charity Delivers 150 Toys

From December 19-20, the Lakewood Officers Charity visited several apartments and homes and delivered more than 150 toys to children.

The officers met with apartment managers, who provided a list of the families that really needed some help. This event, according to CSO Dawn McGinnis, is so much fun because it’s random. The families have no idea that they were selected. “We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys. The look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt “Thank You’s.”

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

New Year’s Day closures

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Short Movie Filmed in Lakewood, JBLM Hits Internet

A just released short film, based on the Legend of Zelda video games, was partially shot at Lakewold Gardens, JBLM, and a couple other nearby locations. In its first week of release, it already has had about 300,000 views on YouTube.

YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlyUt0RIGlo

Link to an article about it in a popular video game blog:

http://kotaku.com/the-creepiest-legend-of-zelda-character-gets-his-own-li-1488552256

The link to a behind the scenes video, mentioning the locations that they shot at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCQp32MFqm0

Thornewood Castle Makes 425 Magazine

Thornewood Castle is featured in the January-2014 issue of 425 Magazine, a sister publication of South Sound Magazine.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 61 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 58 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

City Hall Closed New Years Day

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Treecycling

(The following message comes courtesy of Pierce County)

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

Residents may also recycle their tree free of charge at Pierce County’s transfer stations. For locations, visit www.piercecountywa.org/treecycle .

To treecycle, remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples. Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day. The tree must fit into the closed container, so cut the tree into pieces if necessary. If your tree isn’t in the cart, you may be charged for the additional pick up.

“All trees collected are composted into PREP Compost, a beneficial soil amendment that is popular with home and commercial gardeners,” said Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator. “The compost created enhances soil quality, saves water, and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers. Treecycling also helps save valuable landfill space.”

The cities of Milton, Tacoma, Puyallup and Ruston have special collection programs for households within their city limits. Contact your city hall or local garbage hauler for more details.

For more information about getting ready for winter, visit www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise .

Christmas Toys

Here's a special Christmas poem, on behalf of the Lakewood Officers Charity, which delivered more than 150 toys to children in apartments and homes Dec. 19-20:

Twere the days before Christmas, and all through Lakewood
There were children who needed gifts, all of them good
The Lakewood Officers Charity worked to see who was first
District One, District Two, District Three – they were first
The makeshift sled was filled with toys
For the littlest to the biggest – they would surely bring joy!
This year’s goal was mighty, the charity small,
Working with apartment managers, they came one, they came all
Hoping to surprise all of the children along the way
And see their faces light up, this special holiday
Because, the Charity was chosen to be the one indeed,
Who would bring the Christmas spirit to those in need
All was Merry, kids and parents were pleasant
By day’s end, more than 80 boys and girls got special presents
And the Jolly One was there, with laughter abound,
They heard Santa's voice in the distance, almost a faint sound
“’Making A Difference’ is what we do!”
“Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas, to all of you!”

"This event is so much fun, as it is random and the families have no idea that they were selected," said Community Service Officer Dawn McGinnis. "We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys and the look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt 'Thank You's' were heard over and over. Love this event."

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/20/2013

December 20, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Pack Meals

On Thursday, December 19, Lakewood Police Officers and volunteers converged on Dower Elementary for a response that required speed, agility and coordination.

But this response wasn’t about crime. They were there because someone needed help, and this time of year, it’s the type of help some Lakewood families need the most.

Coordinated by the Lakewood Officers Charity, about 20 or so volunteers packed holiday meal bags for 150 families in the Lakewood area.

Led again by Officer Ryan Moody - something he has done the past 10 years now - they stuffed bags with everything from canned corn to stuffing to cranberry sauce. Parkland Market Place generously donated all of the food, something that inspired the Charity and that it greatly appreciated.

Amazingly, the goods were sorted, packed and ready for the families within 20 minutes. Afterward, while most of the officers returned to their shifts or their days off, the families received their meals.

Kudos to the Lakewood Officers Charity for, once again, sacrificing to help others.

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

Shop With A Cop

While most kids wish for toys and video games for Christmas, some simply want some kitchen supplies for mom and dad, or some clothes for their brothers and sisters.

That was one of the remarkable things Lakewood Police Officers noticed on Sunday, December 15, when the Lakewood Officers’ Charity held its 5th Annual Shop with an Officer event, in which the charity helps 20 struggling families from Lakewood.

With the help of a generous grant from Walmart, the event allowed officers to give back by allowing a child - with the help of a Lakewood Police Officer – to buy items for his or her family. An Officer picked up the child in a police car and drove to Walmart, where the shopping begins.

This year, the shopping began in earnest, according to Sgt. John Unfred, with some of the children prepared with a detailed gift list and others who decided to simply shop on the fly. Each shopper is given a set amount of money to spend on each member of the family. Once they took care of everyone on the list, the children got to visit Santa Claus while their presents were wrapped by volunteer employees from Walmart, who also donated gift bags, snacks and cupcakes for the kids.

But the most amazing thing, Unfred said, is that most shoppers didn’t head directly to the toy aisles when shopping.

“Instead many headed straight to the housewares for mom and dad or to the clothing section for siblings,” he said. “We hope this truly makes a Difference in their lives.”

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

SSMCP Members Sign Agreement

On Friday, December 20, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership took a big step in giving more control to locals regarding the region's future.

Officials from jurisdictions from across the South Sound gathered at the American Lake Conference Center to sign a Memorandum of Agreement in support of the SSMCP.

This agreement continues their commitment to help the region grow and develop effectively, along with its installations.

Click here to learn more and view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/N7JfVp

Council Meetings

The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Police

Officers Speak To Library About Marijuana

On December 13, 2013, Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to the Lakewood Library to speak with 20 employees on the medical marijuana enforcement and dealing with the mentally ill. The branch manager has been very concerned about people smoking marijuana in the parking lot and in the bathrooms, and the staff was unsure how to deal with these issues.

Officer Markert spoke for over an hour and handed out information on the RCW’s, as well as answered several questions and concerns from the staff. The staff was very appreciative and felt that the presentation was very informative. They stated that they really appreciate the Lakewood Police Department and the wonderful work that we do. The branch manager was eager to schedule a class/presentation with a representative from our mental health staff and also wants to include Tillicum and Steilacoom library staff, as they are having the same kind of problems. Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis were awesome in their presentation and provided a much needed training session to the Library.

Economic Development

McGavick Conference Center

Economic Development convened a meeting with Cal Erwin-Svoboda, the new McGavick Center Director of Student Programs and Conference Services, and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) this week. The purpose was to discuss CPTC’s new focus for the center, as well as how the partnership with the TRCVB could help it expand their marketing and outreach to attract more association and other types of meetings that could grow the tourism base in Lakewood.

Business Activity

The City met with three companies/individuals looking to do some new development in the Springbrook area (construction contractor, housing and retail). We also met with an individual looking to create a nonprofit national research institute, as well as three existing businesses to learn about market trends in their particular industries, how we might help them and to thank them for doing business in Lakewood. It was part of our weekly business outreach program to help us better understand our clients and to continually improve customer service. We also met with a national transportation company who has a location in Lakewood. They are looking to find better ways to partner with JBLM and to hire veterans here and across the United States.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 16-20, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 148 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 104 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

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