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CITY MANAGER INFOBULLETS: Grants, Holiday Charity Drive, Tree Lighting, Jingle Bell 5K

Here's the weekly report from Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

  • City receives two grants from Nisqually Tribe: This past summer, the Nisqually Tribe invited the City of Lakewood and the West Pierce Fire District to apply for grants under the tribe’s 2012 Charitable Fund Program, specifically the local government support fund.  The Tribal Council reviews applications on a case-by-case basis.  Generally, the grants are used to support police, fire, emergency services, and other public safety needs.  Lakewood applied for two grants and the fire district applied for one grant.  At an awards banquet in Olympia on December 12th, Lakewood received a $20,000 grant for the City’s Healthy Start School program and a second grant for $40,000 to perform stream restoration on Clover Creek.   Lakewood and West Pierce Fire District officials in attendance included ass’t city manager Dave Bugher; parks, recreation & community services director Mary Dodsworth; and Troy Pokswinski, associate civil engineer.  During the first quarter of 2013, the Nisqually Tribe members will visit Lakewood, in part to introduce themselves to the greater Lakewood community.  The West Pierce Fire District also received an award in the amount of $30,000, to expand emergency medical services during peak demand periods.  This was the Lakewood community’s first attempt in making grant applications with the Nisqually Tribe. 
  • City meets with State Legislators: Members of the city council and senior staff met with three legislators on December 14th representing the two districts covering the City of Lakewood. From the 28th district, Senator Mike Carrell attended, and from the 29th district Representatives Steve Kirby and David Sawyer.  Issues of priority importance to the City were discussed, including concerns about shifts in state-shared revenues.
  • Public Works Department – Holiday Charity Drive – Phase 2: The Public Works Department and some of their vendors supported Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA) in their holiday gift-giving program.  Staff granted over 25 gift requests for LASA families ranging from: home supplies (like flatware and vacuums) to kid and teen gifts (like dolls, craft supplies, personal video game players, videos, and sports equipment).  In addition, they collected $650 in cash donations.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting: On December 7th, fourth grader and Southgate Elementary ASB Vice President Virginia Cabrera Horta flipped the switch to light up Lakewood’s tree and start the festivities for the 17th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.  Local families enjoyed a parade, live entertainment, refreshments, activities, crafts, a magician and a visit with Santa.  The Lakes High School Culinary Program provided 1,000 delicious cookies for all to enjoy and Forza brought free hot beverages. 
  • Jingle Bell Rock 5K: On Saturday, December 8th, the City of Lakewood hosted the inaugural Jingle Bell Rock 5K.  This was the first run to take place through “downtown” Lakewood and is sure to become a local community tradition to kick off the holiday season. Serious runners and festive walkers loved the course. There were many activities to enjoy before and after the run including a rock and roll band, crafts and games and refreshments. This event would not have been a success had it not been for the coordination and support of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Public Works and Police departments and the Lakewood Towne Center. The event’s title sponsor was St. Clare Hospital and was supported by many volunteers from McChord Air Force Base. Race results and photos are posted online at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com.

- Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz

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