Highlights from the weekly report (May 11) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Offender Re-Entry Bill Signing: Governor Gregoire will sign the Offender Re-Entry Bill on Tuesday, May 15th; 11:30 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, Council Chambers. The Bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Carrell and Regala, ensures “equitable distribution” in the siting of Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. It requires DOC to site new work release facilities in populous counties that currently lack facilities and to notify cities and counties in advance of a need to site work release facilities. Criminal justice officials predict a long-term reduction in the Pierce County crime rate as a result of this legislation.
- New Safe Streets Coordinator Hired: Earl Echols was hired effective May 1st as the new Safe Streets Lakewood Community Mobilizer. Funding is provided from the recently awarded Milgard grant, and Mr. Echols will coordinate the Northeast Lakewood Weed and Seed project.
- Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Programs: Over 150 Lakewood area youth began playing games this past week as part of the City’s Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Program. Coed T-Ball players (ages 5-6) play at Fort Steilacoom Park while Coed Coach Pitchers (ages 7-8) play at Harry Todd Park. We also have one fast pitch team of 5th and 6th grade girls who play their games in University Place. The league has approximately 20 volunteer coaches.
- WEDA Board Election: Economic Development Administrator Joe Hannon was elected to the Washington Economic Development Association Board (WEDA). WEDA is a state-wide, non-profit association of private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments and other entities committed to enhancing the State’s climate for economic development. WEDA is recognized in Olympia as a united voice for economic development, with the ability to develop and utilize extensive coalitions on issues central to economic development.
- U.S. Census Bureau Local Update of Census Addresses Workshop: Information Services Manager Lane DeLarme, Troy Schlepp and Maria Sevier from GIS, and Deborah Johnson from Community Development attended the U.S. Census Bureau’s LUCA (“Local Update of Census Addresses”) Workshop in Tacoma this week. The LUCA process, to be undertaken nationally in late 2007, initiates the federal Census Bureau’s formal gear-up for the 2010 Census and is intended to ensure the Census Bureau has accurate location information for all housing units within all jurisdictions nationwide. This becomes particularly important as it relates to population-based tax revenue.
- Motorcycle Safety Day: The Lakewood Police Traffic unit participated in Motorcycle Safety Day at Madigan Army Medical Center on May 10th. Along with hospital staff and members of the Evergreen motorcycle safety council, our Motorcycle Officers met and talked with about 75 soldiers who stopped by throughout the day. The officers also handed out flyers promoting Lakewood’s first Motorcycle Safety Rally and Ride which will be held on June 23rd.
- Police Officer Memorial Ceremony: Chief Saunders, Mayor Thomas, and the city manager represented the City at the Pierce County Police Officer Memorial Service on May 3rd at McChord Chapel. LPD Officers participated in the ceremony as members of the Metro Cities Honor Guard.