By Andrew Neiditz, City Manager to City of Lakewood Mayor and Members of the City Council
- Final Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growth Coordination Plan Released: On Friday, December 17, 2010, the City released the final version of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growth Coordination Plan. The plan culminated a year of planning and involved regional stakeholders most affected by the recent growth of the military. The plan summarized the importance of the role of the base and personnel in the region’s economy and highlighted opportunities for improving services in the future. The plan can be accessed at www.jblm-growth.com/coordination-plan. Several media outlets have reported on the plan’s findings, including KIRO radio, KPLU, Business Examiner, Suburban Times, Lakewood Patch, MyNorthwest.com and the Puget Sound Business Journal. Implementation of the plan’s forty-six strategies will begin in early 2011.
- Soldier Killed in Afghanistan escorted home by LPD: On Sunday, December 12th, Sergeant Sean Collins was one of six soldiers from Ft. Campbell, KY killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. On Monday December 20th, the Lakewood Police Department, joined by the Patriot Guard Riders and the Motor Escort Unit, escorted the remains of Sergeant Collins to the Woodlawn Funeral home in Lacey. This is a continuing practice by Lakewood PD as a way to honor those soldiers who serve, work and live within our community. The family was very thankful for the support and the honor shown to Sergeant Collins.
- Public Works grant request on final approval list: Earlier this year, Public Works submitted two projects for possible grant funding through the State’s “Safe Routes to School” program and it appears one will be funded. Our approved project involves installing sidewalks, curb ramps, and flashing beacons along the entire frontage of John Dower Elementary School. It also involves pedestrian and bicycle safety classes. The grant would cover $257,000 of this estimated $277,000 project. The Dower project was ranked 21st of 29 recommended projects, which gives it a good chance of being funded.
- First Annual “Shop with an Officer” Program: On Saturday December 18, volunteer Officers from the LPD assisted the Lakewood Officers’ Charity in conducting the first annual “Shop with an Officer” program. Working with counselors from the Clover Park School District, the Officers’ Charity selected 13 children to participate. The children were picked up by Officers in their patrol cars and driven to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they shopped for their whole family. The presents were wrapped for them and all children in the family received a gift bag from Wal-Mart. Over 46 children and their parents will receive gifts through this program. This was funded by a grant from Wal-Mart and a matching grant from the Lakewood Officers’ Charity.
- Lakewood resident charged with animal cruelty/neglect: Animal Control learned of a resident’s guilty verdict last week on a cruelty/neglect 2nd degree charge (gross misdemeanor). Sentencing is in Jan 2011. The reporting party requested a welfare check on a dog that was living in poor conditions and was very thin. When LPD Animal Control Officers made contact with the owner, they found the dog deceased in its outside chain link kennel. The owner said she fed it 2 days earlier but could not tell them the last time she had seen the dog. Veterinarian Kelly Roberti did a pro bono necropsy and determined the dog had been starved to death.