Highlights from the weekly report (January 22) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Joint Base Lewis McChord Growth Coordination “Kick-off Workshop”: The City convened a workshop on January 22nd at CPTC with about 120 participants representing numerous governmental, business, social service, utility, and other entities from around the region in both Pierce and Thurston counties. The mayor, city manager, and Fort Lewis deputy garrison commander were speakers. Experts in various subject areas were present to lead panel discussions on economic impact, education, health, housing, plans and policies, public safety, quality of life, social services, transportation, utilities and infrastructure, and public relations. The process is funded by the City’s OEA (Office of Economic Adjustment) grant from the Department of Defense, to plan and coordinate the growth of our two military installations. Dan Penrose, senior planner, is our project manager for the OEA grants.
- Police Chief testifies at Legislative hearings. Chief Bret Farrar met this past week with two House committees (public safety, and ways & means) regarding law enforcement reforms. The proposed bills relate to bail reform, interstate compact regarding felony offender supervision, and survivor benefits associated with line of duty death of police officers. He was joined by family members of Lakewood’s fallen officers.
- HR director elected as officer of IPMA-HR association: Human Resources Director Debra Young has won election to the board of the local International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). She will be the Board Secretary for 2010.
- LPD Officer chosen for National Law Enforcement Accreditation Practices Committee: LPD Officer Jeff Carroll has been asked to serve as one of 10 subject matter experts on national law enforcement accreditation practices. The newly formed ad hoc committee will advise the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on possible restructuring of the accreditation program in order to offer more credentialing options for agencies in response to increasing demands and financial constraints. The first committee meeting will be next month in Fairfax, VA, for which CALEA will pay all expenses incurred.
- Pac Highway Groundbreaking: The groundbreaking ceremony on January 20th was successful as the Ponders realignment construction project was officially commenced. The project will improve Pacific Highway from Bridgeport to Gravelly Lake, with a new potential streetscape including curbs, gutter, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
- Puppy donated to Police: Following the tragic loss of our officers, a German Shepherd Breeder in Tacoma was moved to donate a puppy from a recent litter. The puppy will be housed with Officer Paul Osness until he is mature enough to be tested to see if he is a viable candidate to be a working dog for LPD. He is registered to the AKC as Lakewood Police Department’s “The Dance”. Officer Osness has chosen to name him “ROGeR”, which contains the last name initial of our four fallen.
- Dock improvements completed at Harry Todd Park: Wind, waves, ice, heat and heavy use have taken their toll on the 30 year old dock at Harry Todd Park. The parks and recreation department had to determine how to extend the life of the dock and make it safe for future users. In the past few months several improvements were made. The center section of the “U” shaped dock was not repairable so it was removed (assisted by the police department’s boat), which created two “L” shaped docks. Stronger brackets were added to the corners and new caps were put on the piles to protect them. The old gangways were replaced and additional swim ladders will be installed this spring before swimming season begins. The result is better access for park users, better access for emergency beach response as well as better access for lifeguards patrolling the area in the summer months.
- Sex Offender Policy Board: The city manager met this week as a member of the Sex Offender Policy Board as the board reviewed its legislative agenda proposing revision on laws coordinating registration requirements between Washington and other states.