Highlights from the weekly report (May 30, 2008) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Fishing Derby at American Lake Park: The Kids’ Fishing Event was held in on May 17th at American Lake North Park, and about 500 youngsters received a rod and reel, T-shirt and fish (up to 2) that they caught for only $5. It was very much a family event as many kids caught their very first fish. The fish were provided by Trout Lodge. Partners in offering this event included CAST for Kid’s, Pierce County Parks, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Clover Park Kiwanis Club who provided lunch to our volunteers. Also assisting with the event was Puget Sound Anglers, the Police Department and their Explorers, and Lakewood Fire Department who provided our first aid station. The City’s offender work crew assisted with the setup and takedown of the event.
- Lakewood University: The fifth class of this “City Gov’t 101” education program was started this week with a class of 30, and the concluding session is scheduled for June 4th. Presenters include Lakewood Fire, the Clover Park School District, Lakewood Water District, as well as City staff from several departments.
- State Archives Grant: The City was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Secretary of State Archives Division to secure temporary help to inventory and create a master index of the City’s permanent building permit files. There are approximately 7,500 building permit files from 1995 to 2003, and since 2003 approximately 6,000 additional building permit files will eventually need to be added to the existing archives. Once a master index is created, the City intends to pursue a subsequent grant request for digital imaging of these records for electronic access and storage.
- Street Ends Report to Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB): The PRAB reviewed a staff report and recommendations regarding the Waterfront Street Ends, to reflect the completion of the initial analysis and evaluation of sites using consistent criteria. The report and appendices can be found on the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us The PRAB will continue to discuss the matter at its June 24th meeting.
- Railroad Improvement Project Coordination: WSDOT Rail Division has merged the over-lapping portion of its railroad improvement project (76th St to Nisqually) with Sound Transit rail reconstruction project from Tacoma to Bridgeport Way. As a result, one bid will be let for the improvement of the rail road tracks from M Street in Tacoma to Bridgeport Way in Lakewood. The bid date is set for this coming August.
- Code Enforcement Abatement Status Report: 13 abatement cases have been initiated in 2008, and two abatements are currently under contract and the cleanups have been done. Five abatement cases are currently in the notification process, and one abatement case is on appeal. Several cases should go out for bid in the next two weeks 11 abatements are in a monitoring status as the owners are in the process of correcting violations.
- Armed Robbery on at 84th and Tacoma Mall Boulevard: A male entered the Shell Station and approached the clerk to buy a box of cigarettes. When the clerk opened the cash drawer for change, the suspect grabbed for the cash drawer. The clerk grabbed his hand and was told “this is a robbery”. The clerk backed away and let the suspect take the drawer. The suspect indicated he was armed with a knife, and he also made statements that he didn’t want to have to shoot anyone. No gun was seen or displayed. During the suspect’s hasty retreat to a get-away car in the casino parking lot, he dropped most of the estimated $50 he had taken and the knife he used during the incident.
- Vehicle prowls: A witness called in reporting three male subjects breaking into cars and he was following them west on 108th. Several units arrived in the area and located three subjects who matched the description. They all fled on foot after dropping a bag full of stolen items. One of the suspects was tazed which had no effect. He tried to walk away and took a swing at an officer. He was tackled and continued to resist for several more seconds. Another suspect was captured and the third suspect was not located.
- Suspicious Persons: A K-9 officer was driving around looking for the third suspect in the vehicle prowls when he noticed 3 male subjects walking across Bridgeport heading towards the 7-11. As they got closer to the store, the subjects covered their faces with bandanas. They then noticed an officer driving by and lowered the bandanas. The officer contacted them and located a gun on one of them. The gun and bandanas were recovered and placed into evidence.