Highlights from the weekly report (May 18) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Police vs Fire Basketball Game: The third Annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game was played Saturday, May 19, at 6 pm at the Clover Park High School Gym. All proceeds go to the Life Safety Charity Fund benefiting the citizens of Lakewood.
- Lakewood Senior Activity Center Mother’s Day Tea: The Mother’s Day Tea at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center was a social success with 70 attending. Some of the ladies used this occasion to dress up in hats and summery dresses and made the event seem like a real Garden Party. Adding to this were the beautiful colors seen at every table with the decorations, the small flowering plants, and the extraordinary teapots and teacups, as each lady brought their favorites to use. We were treated to the panache of our male volunteers, who escorted each lady to her table with a grand flourish, and then kept their teapots full and helped out when they were needed. Thanks to the hard work and creative talent of all our wonderful volunteers, this Tea made Mother’s Day a very special day.
- Chamber’s Washington to Washington DC Trip: Councilmember McGovern joined over 30 other business and government officials from the region in the 23rd annual trip to Capitol Hill sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Meetings were scheduled with both Senators Murray and Cantwell, and several members of Washington State’s delegation in the House, including Adam Smith and Norm Dicks. Sessions with the Air Force and the Army included discussion about the BRAC-initiated joint-basing effort.
- Historic Building Rehabilitation Forum: Building Official Mark Nelson and Associate Planner Dan Penrose attended a workshop in Tacoma this week that focused on the 2006 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) and how it applies to the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The forum, sponsored by the Washington Association of Building Officials, the State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Building Code Council focused on code challenges and questions that arise when historic buildings are updated or adapted to new uses. The City of Lakewood expects to adopt the 2006 International Codes and amendments by July 1.
- Public Safety Boat House: The State of Washington and the Lakewood Fire Department have agreed to the terms of a lease for the Public Safety Boat House site on American Lake at the boat launch adjacent to Camp Murray. The lease will be signed by both parties in time for its commencement on June 1st. The permitting process is underway for this new facility to house both Fire Department vessels and the Dive/Rescue boat of LPD’s Marine Services Unit.
- DV Patrol Response: Lakewood Police Units responded to a domestic violence (DV) where the call was disconnected, and they located a female who had been strangled by her ex-boyfriend, losing consciousness and having a possible seizure. A gun was left at the scene but wasn’t in play. LPD located a vehicle leaving the area with a subject ducking down in the passenger seat; it was stopped and the passenger was our suspect.
- Implementing the Offender Reentry Program: Governor Gregoire signed the new law this week at Lakewood City Hall in a ceremony attended by a large number of city officials, police chiefs, and legislators. Chief Saunders attended a meeting hosted by the City of Tacoma to begin discussion on regional implementation of SB 6157.
- Lakes Safety and Enforcement: The mayor, city manager, police chief, and parks & recreation director all attended the American Lake Improvement Club’s annual meeting on May 15th and provided an update on City projects around the lake as well as a short summary of boating enforcement plans for 2007. On May 17th, the Police Department hosted representatives from all Lakewood lake improvement clubs, the American Lake Rowing Club, Fort Lewis, Lakewood Parks & Recreation, and Lakewood Fire to overview lakes enforcement plans for 2007.
- Memorial Service for PFC Anthony J. Sausto: The City has a “Community Connector” relationship with the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Lewis, which was deployed two weeks ago to Baghdad. Regretfully, they experienced their first casualty, PFC Anthony J. Sausto, who died of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment. The Brigade conducted a memorial ceremony in honor of their fallen Soldier on May 18th at the Evergreen Chapel on Fort Lewis. Mayor-emeritus Bill Harrison and Communications Director Jeff Brewster represented the City at the memorial service.
- Spring Alive with 5 & 5 Wellness Program: The City’s Wellness Committee is promoting AWC’s Spring Alive with 5 & 5 campaign emphasizing physical activity 5 days a week for 10 weeks, from May 14th through July 22nd, with 72 people from the City participating with a total 10 week goal of 135,800 minutes of physical activity.
- CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE & MAY 18, 2007 (Abatements & Business Licensing)
Case 06-1990 – Abatement Action, 95 West Shore, Partial compliance; 75% complete.
Case 07-2329 – Business Licensing, 8315 83rd Avenue SW, Non-compliance; business license revoked.
Case 07-2302 – Business Licensing, 6006 100th Street SW, Conditional business license issued. Appeal date begins May 19; compliance date, May 29.
Case 07-2326 – Abatement Action, 6704 111th Street SW, Appeal date begins May 7; compliance date, May 16. Prepare contract for service.
Case 07-2336 – Abatement Action, 8610 Nixon Avenue SW, Meth lab; abatement process initiated with multiple appeal dates. Next step, prepare contract for services.
Case 06-2228 – Abatement Action, 14514 Washington Avenue S, Contract for services pending.
Case 05-17772 – Abatement Action, 10116 47th Avenue SW, Non-compliance; awaiting bids
Case 06-2178 – Business Licensing, 8702 Veterans Drive SW, Non-compliance; appeal hearing, set for May 30.
Case 06-1963 – Abatement Action, 12505 Naomilawn Drive SW, Pending.
Case 07-2279 – Abatement Action, 8611 Veterans Drive SW, Pending.
Abatement Action, 7404 146th Street SW, Pending.
Case 06-2227 – Abatement Action, 14617 W. Thorne Lane SW, Change in ownership; clean up pending.
Case – 06-1828 – Abatement Action, 7610 Lakewood Dr SW, Awaiting court filing.
Case 06-1829 – Abatement Action, 7703 59th Avenue N, Awaiting court filing.