Highlights from the weekly report (January 15) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- City Working On Lakewood’s 2010 Census Count: The Information Systems and Human Services division of the City of Lakewood are working collaboratively to ensure Lakewood’s 2010 Census count is accurate and representative of all citizens in Lakewood. Kimberly Dodds, Human Services Coordinator, met with Lilah Gael of the US Census Bureau on, January 4th to coordinate the City’s efforts to promote the 2010 census in Lakewood. Lane DeLarme, Information Systems Manager, spoke briefly at the Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association meeting last week to encourage participation in the Census and to answer questions. Both staff met with representatives from the Clover Park School District to identify areas where partnerships exist to effectively get the word out to all families about the importance of filling out and returning their Census forms. An accurate count is critically important to the City in regards to revenue distribution. Any organizations in Lakewood that would like to have a presentation about the census should contact Lane DeLarme.
- LPD receives Domestic Violence Grant: Lakewood PD received a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to fund a position in the Special Assaults Unit (SAU) to work with female victims of domestic violence and stalking in 2010. This will provide a person to work in the DV kiosk at the LPD during the week.
- Community Mentoring workshop: The city manager attended a community mentoring breakfast in Tacoma on January 14th with representatives of Communities in Schools/Lakewood and Lakewood’s Promise. Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and Superior Court Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson were the featured speakers. A number of City employees are currently mentoring young people in Lakewood.
- Pac Highway Ponders project groundbreaking: The official groundbreaking for the realignment and improvement of Pacific Highway from Bridgeport to Gravelly Lake Drive will take place on January 20th at 11:30am at 12588 Pac Hwy SW.