Highlights from the weekly report (February 12) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Emergency Shelter Training Offered: The Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department along with support from the Lakewood Police Department offered emergency shelter training on Saturday, January 30th at Lakewood City Hall. Forty-five people interested in learning how they can support their community during a disaster attended. Topics included an overview of the City’s emergency management system, how the sheltering program works and personal preparedness. Participants were able to tour the mobile shelter support trailer and listen to presentations by representatives of the Washington Community Chaplain Corps, Pierce County Animal Response Team and the Lakewood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The City’s Emergency Sheltering Program has been developed over the past three years and was called into action during the January 2009 floods. Additional trainings will be offered throughout 2010. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the City at 253-983-7758, if they’re interested in supporting emergency sheltering efforts.
- Council Members attend the AWC Elected Officials Essentials Workshop: Council Members Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter and Jason Whalen attended the Association of Washington Cities Elected Officials Essentials Workshop on February 12th and 13th in Tacoma. The 1.5 day workshop gives newly elected officials a strong foundation for starting office and also serves a refresher for current officials who want to sharpen their leadership skills.
- Tillicum Youth & Family Center visit: The city manager joined other interested citizens in a site visit and open house at the new youth “drop-in” center on February 9th, at the site of the former “Wander In” Tavern in Tillicum. The facility has been operational since last September, and hosts about 35 young people on a daily basis. The program assists with school work and other life skills training, and is providing an important link in a neighborhood somewhat isolated from other community programs. The program is sponsored by the Tacoma area Youth for Christ agency.
- City manager is speaker at Lakewood Rotary: The city manager presented a “state of the city” update to the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood on February 12th, with about 100 members in attendance.
- City staff attends New Year New You Safety Fair: CSO Gail Conelly attended a “New Year New You” safety fair at St. Clare Hospital, for hospital employees. There were 16 vendors and approximately 200 attendees. Information on vehicle prowls, motor vehicles thefts, identity theft and child passenger safety was provided.
- City staff attends Operation Child ID Event: CSO Conelly attended an Operation Child ID event sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club at Pierce College on February 9th. The event was attended by 50 children and their parents. The parents were provided with an ID kit for each child, containing fingerprint cards, DNA samples, video interviews of their children, and bite impressions for each child. This is an annual event that provides a great service to parents in our community.
- Council participates in Annual Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off: The Lakewood Chamber’s Annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction took place at the Great American Casino on February 4th. There were 12 teams competing to see who could make the best chili. Although “Team Chili Hall” did their best, the St. Clare Hospital team was chosen the winner. Proceeds from the auction that followed the Cook-Off will be used for the “Business Students of the Year” Scholarship fund.