Highlights from the weekly report (April 11) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Care Packages for Redeploying Soldiers: Lakewood’s adopted brigade, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) will begin its redeployment to Fort Lewis next month. The brigade has had a very difficult and bloody – but profoundly successful – 15 month tour in Iraq. The 4-2 has about 2,000 “unaccompanied” Soldiers. That is, no immediate family to come home to at Fort Lewis. As a simple gesture of “thanks,” the City, through Councilmember Helen McGovern’s leadership, agreed to coordinate 2,000 care packages for these young warriors. Citizens are asked to bring the packages (about the size of a shoebox) to any receptionist at City Hall. Arrangements can be made for pick up by calling 253-380-6720. Staff will coordinate transportation to the brigade’s rear detachment at Fort Lewis. The packages will then be placed in individual barracks rooms. Suggested items: Packaged crackers and cheese, Energy drinks, juice, bottled water, soda, Discount coupons to movies or for pizza, gift cards, calling cards, goodies-gum, candies, chips, granola bars, etc., towel/washcloth, toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash, shampoo; deodorant; razor/shaving cream, bars of soap; foot cream, candles-they miss good smells, nail clippers/files, a personal note of “thanks”
- Loving Families Needed for Cats: The City has a restriction on the total number of cats and dogs allowed per home in a residential neighborhood – no more than five. One resident, who has gained some media coverage by caring for dozens of unwanted animals, is attempting to come into compliance with this law and needs good people to step forward and adopt them. If you might be interested in helping, please call Melody at City Hall (253) 589-2489 for more information.
- Bill Harrison Volunteer of the Year Award: If you know of someone who has made a significant contribution to our community through volunteer work, please consider taking the time to submit a nomination for this annual award. Submissions are due to Deanne Wegmann by Friday, May 23rd. The award will be announced and presented in June. Application forms can be downloaded from the City’s website: www.cityoflakewood.us.
- Lakewood University: If haven’t yet attended Lakewood University, mark your calendars now! Are you interested in learning more about how the City of Lakewood and other local governments operate on a day-to-day basis? Lakewood University offers a crash course in public safety, economic development, finance, parks, management, planning and permitting and much more. Attendance at both sessions is necessary to get a full overview. Wednesday, May 28th 5:30-9pm, Wednesday, June 4th 5:30-9pm. Refreshments will be served from 5-5:30. The main session will be conducted in the Lakewood City Council Chambers at 6000 Main Street SW. Space is limited, so please contact Melody Perrussel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 983-7769 to reserve a seat. All graduates will receive an honorary diploma and T-shirt. Refreshments will be served each evening from 5-5:30pm.
- Frontiers of Innovation Conference: Senior Planner Deborah Johnson attended last week’s “Frontiers of Innovation” conference held on by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation in Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The three-day event brought together academics, professionals, and government officials from all over the world. Topics included public sector ethics and accountability, citizen engagement in deliberative democracy, global health/neglected diseases, social justice, emergency management, and 21st Century management models. Held in Boston, the conference was fully hosted by the Institute and its partners, allowing Deborah to participate at no cost to the City.
- Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA): The City of Lakewood GIS team completed their Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA). The corrections made by City staff have gone to the US Census Bureau where they will be reviewed. When accepted by the Census Bureau, this will mean the addition of nearly two thousand addresses that the census’ Master Address File did not have, the deletion of over one thousand non-existent or duplicate addresses, and corrections to nearly four thousand other addresses. In all, nearly one in four records was affected during this update. All of this should help make the City of Lakewood’s 2010 census numbers more accurate.