Highlights from the weekly report (September 28) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Byrne Grant: The City of Tacoma and City of Lakewood Police Departments have been awarded a Byrne grant application to Target Violent Crime with Active Crime Data Monitoring (ACDM) in the amount of $385,272 to cover the 2008 fiscal year. The money will be used to establish a multi-jurisdictional response to violent crime and gangs and reduce violent crime by implementing a computerized system that manages data and facilitates analysis .The system will be developed by ESRI and disseminated by LESA. It is expected that the FBI and Homeland Security will find this tool to be a law enforcement advantage.
- Safe Streets Grant: The City of Lakewood and City of Tacoma under coordination of Safe Streets have been awarded a grant from the Department of Justice that will allow the City to focus on interdiction of organized gang methamphetamine distribution. The City of Lakewood will receive $19,800 to use for special task force emphasis, equipment and training in 2008-09.
- Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation: The City is working with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan. The DEM process has included Municipalities, Public Utilities, and any interested non-governmental entities. The goal is to have a plan that is county- wide and clearly outlines the hazards that each entity may face and possible steps to mitigate those hazards or steps to deal with them when they occur. The plan is very close to completion and should be presented early next year. If you are interested in what has been going on you can go to the Pierce County Emergency Management web site and click on Mitigation.
- International Visitors for Education and Trade: Our Economic Development Administrator represented the City this week during a City of Dupont dinner for a visiting delegation of business and government leaders from Poland. Dupont has an active government and educational relationship with selected areas of Poland. On Wednesday, business leaders from Lakewood’s Sister City, Okinawa City Japan, visited City Hall and also Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College. Okinawa city business investors are actively searching for investment opportunities in Lakewood and South Puget Sound. Okinawa City also has a large number of students attending the colleges.
- United Way Day of Caring: A number of City employees participated in a United Way Day of Caring event on September 21st at the South Yakima Ave Multicare Adult Day Health Center putting on a Puyallup Fair style carnival for senior and disabled individuals served there.
- Community Service Award from Boys & Girls Club: Chief Larry Saunders this week was awarded a special Community Service Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound at their annual luncheon at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. He was recognized for exemplary service to youth in the area.
- Lakefront Street Ends Meeting: About 140 citizens were in attendance this week at the first community workshop to provide input to the development of a city-wide strategy or plan for lake access and resolving the street ends issue. While there were a number of strong opinions and emotions on this long-standing issue, the meeting was a healthy first step in the process of assessment of the sites as part of an overall plan. A link for the City‚Äòs street end presentation is now available on the front page of the City’s website — www.cityoflakewood.us. The planning schedule for the process is also included as a link and is subject to change.
- Association of Washington Cities Board: The city manager attended the AWC Board meeting this week, representing Lakewood and the state city managers association. The agenda included the upcoming Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) process, the training agenda for elected and appointed officials, and the AWC insurance trust program.