Highlights from the weekly report (October 12) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- LPD Officer “Caught in the Act”: Police Officer Austin Lee was selected by Lakewood’s Promise to be a recipient of their “Caught in the Act” for doing something important for kids. Austin was recognized for his sponsorship, along with the Korean Police Advisory Group, of the LPD Korean Youth Summer Camp. He received a standing ovation when the award was presented at the October 10th Human Services Collaboration meeting.
- United Way contribution by employees: City of Lakewood employees exceeded their contribution level from last year by over 24%, with a total of organizational effort at over $11,707. Special credit is due to co-chairs June Aguon and Erika Sullivan.
- 93rd Annual ICMA Conference: The city manager attended the national city management conference in Pittsburgh this week, with 3,312 attendees from all over the country. As WCMA president, he hosted a reception for the Washington delegation at the History Museum, which is associated with the Smithsonian Institute. The ICMA conference included workshops on citizen engagement, ethics, cost-cutting strategies, schools and cities partnerships, leadership, public safety, employee development, and ICMA’s Performance Measurement program. The city manager will be recommending that we participate in the growing consortium of Performance Measurement (CPM) cities in Washington State.
- Armed Robbery Arrest: Dayshift officers responded to an armed robbery this week. The victims, a male and a female, reported they were robbed at gunpoint about 45 minutes previously inside their motor home, which was parked at the address. The victim reported that a male subject wearing a ski mask entered the motor home after breaking the glass to the door and took their valuables (jewelry, laptop, cell phone) at gun point. Officers asked for neighbors to call if the suspect vehicle was seen again, and it did show up again. The suspect was found near the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. Several items taken from the robbery were located on the suspect and the suspect was booked into PC Jail for an armed robbery. The arrestee is a convicted felon.
- Meeting with CTED Director: Four city senior staffmembers are meeting today with Juli Wilkerson, the director of the State’s Community, Trade, and Economic Development Department (CTED), who is a member of the Governor’s cabinet, to discuss support to the City’s projects underway in economic redevelopment, infrastructure (sewer and road), and housing.
- LPD/Safe Streets Presentation to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission. Chief Saunders and Safe Streets Director Priscilla Lisicich were invited to present gang prevention and intervention programs to the GJJC, representing one of two agencies state-wide. They discussed the Lakewood Kids at Hope Intervention Project (formerly known as Reclaiming Our Youth, or ROY) and the DOJ “Meth Busters” and Gangs gang prevention grant in which Safe Streets, Pierce County Sheriff, Tacoma and Lakewood will all be participating.
- Animal Summit: The City hosted a successful shelter operations training session on October 6th for 23 community volunteers representing five neighborhood facilities and four public agencies. The purpose of this training was to develop a plan and train volunteers to support community needs during an emergency. The City is now ready to move forward with planning for the needs of people, pets and other animals during an emergency. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department together with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Humane Society and other animal support groups have created the Animal Care Alliance and are inviting the community to attend an Emergency Animal Shelter Summit on Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Lakewood City Hall. The summit will feature presentations by Pasado’s Safe Haven and workshops on emergency animal shelter planning, pet search and rescue in a disaster, shelter operations and shelter financing. For more information or to attend please RSVP to Daucie Willson at 253-798-2751.
- Lakewood Transit Station Update: Sound Transit and their general contractor, PCL, hosted a mid-project tour of the Lakewood Transit Station for city officials today. PCL and over 20 subcontractors have been working on the project since late March. The station is four months ahead of schedule with a projected completion date of mid-March 2008 for bus transit and the park-and-ride. The vast majority of concrete has been poured. The photos below were taken during the tour.