Highlights from the weekly report (April 24) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- “Lakewood 101”: We are revamping the former Lakewood University program into a one-evening session, entitled “Lakewood 101”; it will be conducted by city staff on the evening of June 3rd at our new Police Station at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. This year’s theme is “Setting the Conditions for Prosperity” with a focus on economic development and public safety. Doors will open at 5pm with refreshments. Interested participants should RSVP by calling (253) 589-2489 or, preferably, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Towne Center owners coordination: The city manager and senior staff convened a meeting this week with owners of Towne Center properties to discuss updates on properties, needs, and new development potential. 15 participants representing 10 properties were in attendance, joined by the city manager, assistant city manager for development, economic development manager, and police chief. Issues of parking, signage, and coordinated marketing were discussed, as well as the need to review underlying covenants that may discourage new business development in the Towne Centre.
- City Clerk on state association board: General Services Director/City Clerk Alice Bush was recently appointed to the position of Board Member of the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) after serving as Past President of that Association this last year. WMCA is comprised of over 325 members performing the duties of municipal and county clerk.
- Pierce County Auditor meets in Lakewood City Hall: Jan Shabro, the new county Auditor, met with the city manager on April 17th to discuss animal control mutual aid provisions, as well as support to the City in elections and recording.
- DUI conviction in municipal court: Associate City Attorney Matt Kaser obtained a favorable verdict in a DUI jury trial on April 22nd. The defendant was observed by Officer Brian Wurts speeding and exhibiting signs of intoxication, and admitted consuming a pitcher of alcohol at a local bar. She was arrested and processed for DUI, supplying samples in excess of twice the legal limit. The jury took about 30 minutes to return a guilty verdict, and returned a special finding that she had a BAC of over .15% which resulted in an enhanced sentence and which will result in a 1 year license suspension.