By Andrew Neiditz, City Manager, City of Lakewood
* Police attend memorial service for fallen Lakewood NJ officer: Chief Bret Farrar, along with Officers Jeff Carroll and Mark Holthaus, traveled to Lakewood, New Jersey on January 19th, to attend the memorial service for Officer Christopher Matlosz, of the Lakewood (NJ) Police Department. Officer Maltosz was gunned down after stopping to speak to a man walking down the street on Friday, January 14. The suspect pulled a gun and shot the officer 3 times, killing him instantly. The suspect was found and arrested 38 hours later. Lakewood NJ not only shares our City name, but is of similar size with about 60,000 residents.
* Police attend memorial service for fallen Oregon Police Chief: On January 14, a contingent of Lakewood WA police officers attended the memorial service for Rainier Oregon Police Chief Ralph Painter, who was murdered on January 5. Chief Painter responded to a car theft call; when he arrived a struggle ensued between him and the suspect. The suspect was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The suspect then exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into custody. Several LPD marked cars drove down and participated in the funeral procession as well as attending the memorial service.
* CSRT hosts bar owners meeting: CSRT hosted a Lakewood bar owners meeting on January 6th. The meeting featured representatives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Seattle Police Department. JBLM has been administering a courtesy patrol program for the last six months and this meeting was to solicit feedback and answer questions about the program. Seattle PD presented Security Training for Nightlife Professionals. This training is sponsored by Seattle PD and is available at no cost to anyone wanting to attend. CSRT is exploring the possibility of having training in Lakewood for local bars to send their security staff. The meeting was attended by owners and managers of 10 Lakewood bars.
* Community Development Staff hold Shoreline Master Plan Public Meetings: The Community Development Department held the first of two public meetings to discuss a proposed draft Shoreline Master Program for American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, Gravelly Lake, Lake Louise, Waughop Lake, Chambers Creek and Clover Creek. The meeting was held on January 20th at City Hall. The City’s consultant, AHBL Inc., provided background information on the Shoreline Management Act requirements and progress made on the Shoreline Master Program Development Process. Discussion was held with the audience regarding the draft policies and regulations included with the draft document and input from the public provided the consultant and staff quality input and information to consider with the draft document. The draft Shoreline Master Program is located on the City’s website for individuals to download at their convenience. Copies of the document can be purchased at the Community Development Department at City Hall. The second meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 27th, at the Clover Park High School Performing Arts Center from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Questions regarding this project should be directed to Marc Amrine, Senior Planner at (253) 512-2261, ext. 7753, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Assistant Chief elected to Metro SWAT Team Commander position: Assistant Chief Mike Zaro is the Metro SWAT Team Commander effective the first of this year. This means he commands the entire Metro SWAT Team and reports directly to the Oversight Committee.
* CSRT provides training to Lakewood Senior Center staff and volunteers: On January 7th, CSRT Staff Gail Conelly provided Adult CPR/AED and First Aid training to 11 staff and volunteers at the Lakewood Senior Center. Training included lecture, video and skills practice, along with testing. Everyone passed their tests and the program was well received.
* CSRT provides safety briefing to St. Clare Hospital emergency room staff: CSRT lead Lt. Steve Mauer presented a safety briefing to three shifts of the emergency room staff of St Clare Hospital on January 10 – 12. Communications Officer Dave Lovrak from LESA Communications did a presentation on the 911 and dispatch system. The presentation was requested because policies in the ER and outside medical clinics are changing making the prescribing of narcotics much more restricted than in the past, and patients can sometimes become hostile due to the new restrictions. Lt. Mauer is communicating this issue to patrol so officers are also aware of the potential for increased problems in the ER.
* JBLM presents to Lakewood United: COL Tommy Brittain, joint base commander, and COL Kenny Weldon, deputy joint base commander at Joint Base Lewis McChord were the speakers at Lakewood United on January 20th. Several senior city staff attended the presentation. Reference was made to the recently completed JBLM Growth Coordination Plan, as well as the traffic study of Interstate 5 and the plans to improve school facilities for military children.
* Citizen committees review Fort Steilacoom Park plans: On January 18th, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) hosted a joint meeting with the Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB) and the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) to begin the review of the recently-completed Fort Steilacoom Park Planning and Feasibility Study. The recommendations on the golf course will be reviewed at next month’s meeting.
* CSRT organizes multi-agency apartment inspection: On January 13, CSRT organized a follow-up, multi-agency inspection of two local apartment complexes. Puget Sound Energy (PSE), building inspectors and the Lakewood Fire Department were all in attendance. This inspection was done with the cooperation of the owner in compliance with the conditional license agreement. Inspectors were able to check all units at both complexes. The results were very positive, with the owner having made concerted effort to remedy prior code, fire and building violations.