By Andrew Neiditz, Lakewood City Manager
- Don’t miss Lakewood SummerFEST 2011: Don’t miss Lakewood SummerFEST 2011 at Fort Steilacoom Park. This event will kick off Saturday, June 25th at Noon. Admission is free and there are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy including live performances on two stages, over 100 food, art and crafts and service vendors, Army Strong Fitness Expo, a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by the Seattle Storm, Partners for Parks Car Show, KIDZ Zone attraction, a soccer tournament and so much more. We will end the day with our movie at dusk, presented by Comcast, this year we are showing “How to Train Your Dragon.” On Sunday will be Army Strong’s free 5K fun run. For more information check out www.lakewoodsummerfest.com or call (253) 983-7887.
- SHB Estates Project: The City has received an application for a proposed subdivision at 11604 and 11608 Interlaaken Drive SW (the “SHB Estates” project). The project site is zoned Residential Three (R3). The proposal will subdivide approximately seven acres into 33 single-family residential lots. The proposed lots range in size from 7,501 square feet to 9,851 square feet. A public hearing has been scheduled for July 6, 2011, before the City’s hearing examiner. The decision on this project will be made by the hearing examiner and may be appealed to the Superior Court; the matter will not be on the Council’s agenda.
- Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Meeting: Councilmembers Moss, Neary, and Whalen, along with the city manager, and assistant city attorney Mike Savage attended the AWC annual conference in Spokane this week with about 400 participants representing cities around the state. AWC has all 281 cities and towns in the State as members. Conference sessions covered numerous subjects ranging from civility in City Hall to community vision-setting to budget issues to public records. The city manager was a speaker with a presentation titled “When a Community Faces Tragedy — Leading the Healing Process”. The City of Lakewood also received a Municipal Excellence award for its CSRT (Community Safety & Resources Team) program.
- 2011 Support Staff Conference: The City was a sponsoring agency for a training conference on a wide variety of topics on June 22-23 at the CPTC. Sessions included the Importance of Teams, Success Habits, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service Skills, Meeting Minutes Made Easy. There were over 250 attendees from 14 other public entities, including six cities and counties.
- Senior Activity Center hosts vouchers for farmers markets: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center partnered with Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care to help distribute Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers. The program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture, State of Washington, and Pierce County. The check vouchers are valid at farmers markets and provide fruits and vegetables for lower income seniors and supports local farming by increasing the use of these farmers markets and roadside stands. The Center distributed 50 vouchers this year to seniors in our community.
- CSRT presents at Crime Free Housing Class and Rape Aggression Defense Training: CSRT member Randy Richards spoke at the Crime Free Housing Class on June 15th on the topic of code enforcement, including information on junk vehicles, property maintenance, sign code violations, business license enforcement and mandatory garbage service. The class is presented annually to new apartment managers and owners, and successful completion of the course results in certification of apartment complexes. Lt. Steve Mauer, and CSO Gail Conelly, along with Sr. Animal Control Officer Buck conducted RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Training for 18 students this week. This 12 hour/4 day class includes a Dynamic Simulation, where the students are able to practice their newly learned skills.
- Police station tour for Scouts: On June 13th CSRT Staff CSO Gail Conelly conducted a tour of the police station and assisted 14 Boy Scouts from Troop 148 complete their Fingerprinting Merit Badge. The Scouts learned about the different types of fingerprints, the difference between civil and criminal printing, the history of fingerprinting, as well as being fingerprinted themselves. The Scouts learned a lot, as did the parents who joined them.Staff attends assembly at Lakeview Hope Academy: CSRT Staff CSOs Gail Conelly and Mike Miller attended the end of year assembly on June 20th at Lakeview Hope Academy. During the assembly, they handed out certificates of appreciation to all Safety Patrol Team members, as well as photographs of the Safety Patrol Team. CSO’s Conelly and McGinnis assisted the Safety Patrol Advisor, Myra Johnson, in training the Safety Patrol Team at the beginning of the school year.