Highlights from the weekly report (May 9) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
‚Ä¢ Code Enforcement Case Update: Community Development ended 2007 with a backlog of 213 code enforcement cases, which remained active. As of May 8th, 204 of the property owners with violations have been contacted — either by correction notice, citation or through the abatement process, and 53% of the violations have been corrected and the cases closed. The remaining case work is varied, with open violations including illegal dumping and garbage, junk vehicles, overgrown vegetation, illegal businesses in residential zoning districts, unsecured properties, and problems with recreational vehicles and mobile homes.
‚Ä¢ Public Records Forum in Lakewood: The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and the Washington Municipal Clerks Association are co-sponsoring a half-day forum on public records, specifically electronic records management at CPTC in Lakewood on June 25th from 9:00 am – Noon. This event is an opportunity to learn the “ins and outs” of state law regarding electronic records, and to hear from the Washington State Archives office about the new rules for using the Digital Archives services. The discussion panel will include the WA State Archivist; t Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC); and a representative of Foster Pepper PLLC law firm. The event is free to local government records management, clerks, and information services employees interested in electronic records management.
‚Ä¢ Clean-Up and Paint Over Graffiti Event: On Saturday, May 3rd, about 15 volunteers showed up (despite the drizzle) for Lakewood’s participation in the county-wide Safe Streets Paint Over Graffiti event. CSOs Dawn McGinnis and Melissa Wagner helped organize Lakewood’s event, which coincided with the Safe Streets event. The group spent about 3 hours painting several areas of graffiti on the back of the old Paldo World and the back of the 7-11 on South Tacoma Way, as well as the backside of several businesses along Lakeview. Much of the clean-up on the Sound Transit property in the Lakeview area has already been completed.
‚Ä¢ Domestic Violence Statistics for April 2008: A total of 23 domestic violence protection order petitions were submitted in April through the 3rd floor kiosk, and the City Attorney’s office filed 71 misdemeanor domestic violence cases.
‚Ä¢ Meeting with Sheriff about Jail: The police chief, court administrator, and city manager met with Sheriff Paul Pastor and Corrections Chief Rob Masko this week in City Hall to discuss booking policies and jail space availability for Lakewood. Mayor Doug Richardson and County Councilmember Dick Muri participated in the discussion about alternatives to incarceration and the City’s use of the Wapato Jail in Yakima County as a lower cost option.
‚Ä¢ Math/Science Career Day: Police Officers Russell and Novasky represented LPD on May 6th in the Math/Science Career Day hosted by CPTC. The officers gave a presentation to four groups of middle school students showing how math and science are important to the field of law enforcement and traffic investigations.
‚Ä¢ Fort Lewis Safety Day: Lakewood Police Motorcycle Officers will be participating in the Fort Lewis Safety Day on May 9th for the second consecutive year. The officers are available to answer questions related to traffic and motorcycle safety, as well as give demonstrations of proper riding techniques in slow speed patterns.
‚Ä¢ Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Emphasis: Lakewood Police will host the Pierce County Commercial Vehicle Task Force for the monthly enforcement emphasis on May 15th. This emphasis will take place along 95th St SW in the Lakewood Industrial Park. The emphasis focuses on commercial vehicle inspections to ensure the trucks comply with all equipment requirements and are safe to operate. The property management company supports this emphasis and has given permission to use 95th St SW for the checkpoint.
‚Ä¢ City Attorneys Spring Conference: The city attorney and two associate attorneys attended the 2008 Annual Spring Conference of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA). City attorney Heidi Wachter currently serves on the WSAMA Board as the First Vice-President, and she was named a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award to be presented at the WSAMA Fall Conference.