Highlights from the weekly report (October 23) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Lakewood Officer is Auto Theft “Detective of the Year”: Sergeant Jeff Alwine has been selected as the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) Auto Theft Detective of the Year. The awards presentation luncheon will be held at the WATPA 1st Annual Auto Theft Conference at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan on November 5th at noon. Both Sergeant Alwine and Investigator Rick Barnard will participate in this 3-day training event.
- Truck and Tractor Day: What’s better for a little kid than getting to spend a Saturday morning climbing onto, into and over a fire truck, garbage truck, tractor, army jeep or any other “big toy”? For 75 children and their parents, there was nothing better than the City’s 4th Annual Truck and Tractor Day event held last weekend in Fort Steilacoom Park. The rainy skies dried up and families enjoyed decorating pumpkins, taking a hay ride around Lake Waughop and getting ‘up close and personal’ with big trucks and tractors. We appreciate the support of Gene’s Towing, Lakeview Light and Power, LeMay, Ft. Lewis, Lakewood Police, Lakewood Fire, Dan Hess, and the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department staff and volunteers for helping with this event.
- Police Outreach to Youth in Lakeview and NE Lakewood: Officers Herritt and Vale and CSOs Pressel and McGinnis handed out stickers, coloring books, free Subway sandwiches, and stuffed animals to about 80 youth and 40 parents in the Lakeview area on September 23rd, a “Weed and Seed” event designed to build positive relationships with the youth of Lakewood. The same event was replicated on October 7th with Officer Figueroa and CSO McGinnis in northeast Lakewood where they contacted about 90 youth and 45 parents.
- Special Olympics Police Fundraiser at Seahawks Game: A team of Lakewood police officers including Andy Suver, Joe Kolp, Dennis Folk, Charles Porche and Andy Gildehaus, along with family and friends, sold programs at the Seattle Seahawks game on October 18th — as a Special Olympics fundraiser. 100% of the program sales went to the Special Olympics and was matched by the Paul Allen Foundation. The LPD team raised almost $4,000 and will be back at it again on November 8th when the Seahawks play the Detroit Lions. The total amount raised was about $30,000 for Special Olympics Washington.
- City Receives Grant for Bulletproof Vests: Lakewood Police were awarded $18,442 from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant, a federal grant which covers 50% of the cost for a new bulletproof vest for full and limited commission officers.
- Veterans Recognition Event on Nov 9: The City will conduct a military veterans recognition event at the City Council’s November 9th study session at 7pm. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion of the Point Defiance Bypass project (Amtrak) with WSDOT.
- Budget Schedule: The City’s final budget workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 26th at 7pm at the Lakewood Police Station. The public hearing for the budget is scheduled for the following Monday, November 2nd, at 7pm in the Council chambers. The Council is scheduled to vote on the 2010 budget and the mill levy rate during its November 16th meeting.
- Ass’t City Manager presents info to Southgate and Oakwood parents: Community Development Director/Asst City Manager David Bugher presented land use information on October 20th to a meeting of parents of Southgate Elementary School about railroad plans for both Sound Transit and possibly Amtrak, and also to Oakwood Elementary parents about the Air Corridor restrictions which apply to that neighborhood in NE Lakewood. Both schools are being reviewed as part of the Clover Park School District facilities planning process. Mayor Richardson moderated the meeting, which was attended by the school superintendent and the city manager.
- City Manager meets with Lakewood Sister Cities Association: On October 22nd, the city manager and Economic Development manager Ellie Chambers-Grady met with about 10 members of the Lakewood Sister Cities Association to discuss the City’s support and the need for an increase in membership and volunteer leadership. The city manager agreed to arrange meetings with our two colleges and the Lakewood chamber of commerce to pursue community resources.