Highlights from the weekly report (July 13) from City of Lakewood Assistant City Manager, Dave Bugher to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Seeley Lake Apartments: Officers responded to three subjects breaking into cars at the complex. When officers arrived two of them fled on foot. While chasing them a van drove out of the complex with no lights on. An officer put the license plate out to incoming units. Officers stopped the van as it exited the complex. Officers also caught one of the suspects who fled on foot. The other subject was tracked by K-9 but unfortunately he was not located. There were six more subjects in the van which had several stolen stereos and other victim’s personal property in it. Two females in the van cooperated fully and gave statements. We located a total of five victims whose cars were broken into. One of them will be an attempted MVTR. A total of three adults and two juveniles were arrested. Most of the property was returned to the victims. Excellent work by everyone involved
- Officer representing LPD and CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) at International Conference in Montreal: Officer Jeff Carroll has been asked to be an Ambassador at the CALEA conference in Montreal. Officer Carroll will introduce guest speakers and instructors to the audience and distribute/ collect course evaluations. Jeff will represent LPD and the NWPAC well.
- July 4th LPD Fireworks Update: On July 4th, the City of Lakewood had 244 police calls for service which is about twice the normal number. Seventy nine or 32.5% were fireworks related calls. Two criminal citations, and six notices of infraction were issued, in addition to two juvenile referrals. In 2006, LPD received 276 calls for service, with 78 fireworks related, so total calls came down, but fireworks calls remained constant.
- From July 3rd through the 5th, there were a total of 151 fireworks related calls for service. Two extra patrol cars were on call from 8 PM to 12 PM, and specific to July 4th, LPD had four extra patrol cars on overtime plus two cars staffed by police administrators, for a total of six. The police department responded to 141 of the calls; the remainder likely occurred before or after the fireworks emphasis patrols. There were some ‚Äòhiccups’ with the fireworks ordinance. Police staff will present some possible amendments to the ordinance at an upcoming Council study session.
- Pierce County Striping Crews: Pierce County paint striping crews are starting this week. They should be in town from now through August.
- Bridgeport Way & McChord Drive to I-5 street lights: The City worked with Lakeview Light and Power to install street lights along this section of Bridgeport Way. This is the number one location currently on the street light request list. The street lights will be installed economically on wood poles with overhead power service. This is in anticipation of future development in this area which will ultimately provide frontage improvements. Work should begin next Monday, July 16.
- National tournament comes to Lakewood: The U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championship will kick off on July 23 at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood, and organizers are confidant the event will continue to feed Pierce County’s reputation as a national-caliber golfing destination with the new course at Chambers Bay and in DuPont. The national-level tournament will feature 156 girls from 10 countries. Tom Hosea, director of government relations for Key Bank and member of the club, said that club member Pat Lesser Harbottle actually won the tournament in 1950, and Tacoma Country and Golf Club’s hosting of three past U.S. Girls Junior Championships led to the club’s selection as this year’s venue. For more information, visit 2007usgirlsjunior.org.
- City Code Enforcement: The City’s Code Enforcement Division issued Notice and Orders of Abatement on two properties, conducted an emergency abatement to secure a methamphetamine contaminated house from unauthorized entry, and entered into a contract for a complete abatement of the same house. The licenses of two motels were revoked, following revocation of their State licenses and multi-agency inspections that found them to be dangerous. A business, whose license was revoked for numerous violations of state and local laws, withdrew their appeal of the Lakewood license revocation after their State business registration was also revoked.
- Great Northwest Planning Conference: Lakewood planners Alexandra Bilderback and Deborah Johnson are serving as committee members for this year’s Great Northwest Planning Conference sponsored by the Washington and Oregon chapters of the American Planning Association. The conference is a three day event being held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on October 3rd through the 5th. The conference is expected to attract planners from around the Northwest. Alex is serving on the Program Committee, which selects and develops themes and topics for the conference program. This year’s theme is Planners without Borders, and the program will include presentations from planners with a national and international focus. Deborah is serving on the Host Committee and will be representing the City of Lakewood in a mobile workshop being held in conjunction with Jeff Brown and BCRA Architects that will present BCRA’s plan for redevelopment of the Tillicum community.