Highlights from the weekly report (July 24) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Volunteers receive Police Department Awards: At the LPD awards reception last week, Chief Farrar and Asst Chief Zaro presented special awards to officers, employees, citizens and citizen volunteers for exemplary service. The Presidential Volunteer Award was presented to Robert Pack, Mike Kanter, Sharron Kanter, Kristy Kernen, Maddie Wivel and Alvie Robbins. Kristy Kernen also received the Lifetime Achievement award based on the overall 5,000 hours of service. Chaplain Walt Kellcy was given a plaque retiring his unit number 701 in appreciation for his service to Lakewood Police.
- National Night Out on August 4th: The Lakewood Observation Patrol will be hosting the National Night Out this year on August 4th. Council members are invited to attend the 3:30pm kick off at the Police Station.
- LPD to conduct Open Defensive Tactics Training for other cities: Lakewood Police Dept is running open Defensive Tactics (DT) training next week with officers from several agencies attending. Officer Barnard assisted DuPont PD with their DT training event, and Detective Jeff Paynter will be assisting Steilacoom PD next with their training event.
- AWC Board Retreat: The city manager participated this week with 20 other AWC boardmembers in the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) retreat to review the strategic plan and focus for the association and its new chief executive officer. AWC represents all 281 cities and towns in Washington State.
- Meeting with Health Director: The city manager met with the director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Dr. Anthony Chen, on July 16th to review areas of joint concern and cooperation between the City and the department. Discussion of the sewer line extension to Tillicum and Woodbrook as a means of improving environmental quality was discussed, as was the City’s proposed non-motorized transportation plan.
- TPU Franchise Reviews: The city manager met with the director of Tacoma Public Utilities on July 17th to review the status of franchise agreements for both water and power. TPU provides minimal water service to the northeast corner of the city, but is a major provider of electric power to about a third of the city.