Highlights from the weekly report (January 29) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Staff conducts one night count of homeless in Lakewood: Kim Dodds, our Human Services Coordinator, worked in collaboration with the Lakewood Area Shelter Association to perform the One Night Count of homeless individuals in Lakewood on January 28th. The team went door-to-door throughout Lakewood area motels identifying individuals who have no permanent residence. Over 100 individuals self-reported that they were homeless during this process. Individuals living in motels and on the streets of Lakewood will be combined with others currently living in shelters and in transitional housing to develop a total count of homelessness in Pierce County.
- HB 2873 regarding house-banked social card game businesses: Councilmember Jason Whelan testified this week at the House Labor and Commerce committee in support of a bill that would authorize cities to limit the card game businesses (mini-casinos) to current number of businesses in the city. The proposed legislation is also supported by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
- AWC Cities Legislative Action Conference: Lakewood participated along with over 300 other representatives from cities around the State in the annual meeting of AWC (Association of Washington Cities) in Olympia on January 27th to interact with State officials and legislators, and to discuss the State budget and the implications for local government. Speakers included the Governor, legislative leaders from both parties, and several key department heads.
- Public Records 101: The City Manager welcomed over 300 members of the Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) at the McGavick Center on January 26 attending a training session on the Public Records Act and electronic records management. Members representing public agencies from cities, counties, State agencies, utility and transit districts, law enforcement, housing authorities and health agencies throughout the State attended this all-day training. City Clerk Alice Bush, WAPRO’s President-Elect and Matt Kaser, Associate Attorney participated in presenting this all-day event. Also in attendance were Administrative Assistant Tes Ongoco, Paralegal Rebecca Hendricks and Assistant City Attorney Mike Savage.
- City attorneys involved in state-wide issues: Assistant City Attorney Matt Kaser, on behalf of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA), through the amicus committee, recently co-authored, with Ramsey Ramerman, City of Everett, and Peter Ruffatto, City of Bellingham, a briefing on public disclosure issues to Division II of the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington in Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Guild v. Kitsap County v. The Kitsap Sun Newspaper. Last week members of the Legal Department served on planning committees for the upcoming WSAMA Spring Conference. Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay sits on the Criminal Topics Committee and City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Assistant City Attorney Mike Savage sit on the Civil Topics committee. Heidi Wachter is President of WSAMA.
- Everett PD and Roadhouse Grill present City with check: On January 25th, the Everett PD and the Roadhouse Grill presented Chief Farrar with a check for $13,400 along with additional checks from individual citizens who attended the Roadhouse Grill fundraiser back in December. Everett PD’s mascot, Colby the Crime Prevention Dog, greeted everyone with a high-five as they came out to the lobby and was happy to pose for a group shot. The contribution is intended for the special fund established for the children of our four fallen officers.