John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

July 14, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

High-speed train testing Saturday and Sunday

Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will be testing all railroad crossings in the city of Lakewood this weekend, as well as every crossing along the Point Defiance Bypass route between DuPont and Tacoma.

That means passenger trains traveling at 50 miles per hour will bisect the city Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.

Drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for trains to come from either direction at various times throughout the day. People are reminded to stay off the tracks and practice good rail safety. Please see the recent Sound Transit release  for more information on the project. 

The track and signal tests are being done in preparation for the rerouting of Amtrak Cascades passenger trains from the railroad tracks that run along Puget Sound to inland tracks known as the Point Defiance Bypass. These high-speed trains are expected to begin running in a couple months and will be traveling at speeds up to 79 miles per hour.

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park

Join us for an effort to restore habitat around Waughop Lake in our beautiful, 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park.

Restoration efforts include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other restoration.

Work parties occur the fourth Saturday of every month and will continue into the fall. It’s a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

July 22 is Pierce County Trails Day – a perfect time to come out and work on the trail with other active volunteers. Meet at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to    Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Aug. 26.

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

ROAD ALERT: Repairs coming to Oakbrook

Road improvements are planned for the Oakbrook community over the next couple of weeks. While work is being done you can expect delays up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

Monday (7/17) through Wednesday (7/19) the contractor will place the oil and chip seal, followed by a street sweeper Thursday (7/20).

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT: Wash your car; Water your front lawn; Water down your driveway. Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, obarron@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 

 

Biggest and best SummerFEST yet

It’s not technically official, but public response to last weekend’s SummerFEST celebration confirms what we already knew: This year’s celebration was the biggest and best the city has seen.

Tens of thousands of people visited Fort Steilacoom Park over the course of the 12-hour festival that had live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities, vendor booths, trampoline stunts, trapeze shows, stilt walkers and fire dancers.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make the event possible and everyone who helped us celebrate.

In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery and video with some of the sights and sounds of the day.

Click here for SummerFEST Triathlon results.

Lakewood SummerFEST July 8, 2017  

 

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play .

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 17-21:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): Contractor RW Scott relocated sections of the Lakewood Water District’s water mains and provided upgrades during the recent nightly closures. The impacted areas will be patched Monday (7/17) and Tuesday (7/18). Once complete work will resume installing storm drains and completing electrical work (installing lights, fiber and spare conduit).

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 24.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve interlocal agreement to create Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

July 24, 2017 Study Session

  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review of Pierce County ILA regarding law enforcement multi-jurisdictional specialty teams
  • Review of agreement to design Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

Read the full July 17 agenda .

July 7, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood Police lieutenant graduates FBI National Academy

Lakewood Police Department Lt. Jeff Alwine recently graduated from the FBI National Academy , becoming only the second Lakewood officer to participate and complete the rigorous program that includes 3,800 credit hours of coursework and regular physical fitness tests.

Police Chief Mike Zaro also graduated from the academy in 2010.

Based at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, the national academy is a professional course study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers.  

Over the course of the 10 weeks attendees take undergraduate and/or graduate classes focused on law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, intelligence theory, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science and health and fitness.

Alwine was one of 228 people to graduate June 7 as part of the 268th session. Classmates included law enforcement from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies and every branch of the military.

Alwine is the head of professional standards for the police department which oversees internal affairs, hiring and training.

 

Another busy Fourth for Lakewood Police

Here’s a snapshot of July 4 for Lakewood police:

232: Total number of calls for fireworks complaints (this doesn't include additional calls South Sound 911 received that didn’t meet criteria to pass along).

150: Average number of calls our police receive on a normal day. (Add those together and you'll see LPD had almost 400 calls for service on July 4).

Also of note: Police responded to numerous brush fires with West Pierce Fire & Rescue and two medical calls for people who had chest and hand burns from fireworks. Officers also responded to two fires at the Colonial Motel July 3 and 4; the cause is under investigation.

 

SummerFEST is Saturday

It’s finally here!

SummerFEST is Saturday and the weather looks like it will be perfect, so come out to Fort Steilacoom Park and help us celebrate the sunshine.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies, unless of course you’re participating in the triathlon presented by St. Clare Hospital. That starts with a cold jump into American Lake at 9 a.m. and ends with a 3-mile run through Fort Steilacoom Park. The awards ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. on the Geico main stage.

Our family-friendly festival won’t disappoint. Free activities for kids include Bubble Soccer, the chance to try out different sports like golf and baseball, or the chance to ride adaptive bikes for people of all abilities. Of course we’ll have festival favorites: face painting, live music and deeee-lish food offerings from a variety of food trucks.

We’ll also celebrate the rich cultural traditions that make Lakewood stand out in the South Sound at the Lakewood Sister Cities International Fair. Check out the full list of events – including the annual Car Show and additional display of BMWs and Minis from sponsor BMW Northwest and Northwest Mini – and consider staying into evening for the pet parade and movie at dusk: “The Secret Life of Pets” courtesy of sponsor Click Cable TV and America’s Credit Union.

 

Thank you for supporting Lakewood Healthy Bucks

The final count is in and Whole Foods Chambers Bay is giving Lakewood's Farmers Market $2,441.34 for its Healthy Bucks program.

The money comes from Whole Foods Market's community giving day, where they dedicated 5 percent of the net sales from June 22 to our program.

With this money we are able to give children ages 16 and under the opportunity to buy $2 worth of fruits and/or veggies from our market vendors. A recent visit to the market last week saw a number of children lined up to receive their healthy bucks.

But, before we let them walk out of the city's market booth with the free bucks they first have to draw/color their favorite fruits and veggies at our arts and crafts table. 

This is a great opportunity to teach youngsters about healthy food choices, as well as provide them with access to fresh fruit grown by local farmers.

Thank you to everyone who shopped at Whole Foods Chambers Bay last month - and thank you to Whole Foods for supporting healthy eating in our community.

We can't wait to see more children at our market using their Healthy Bucks!

 

Lakewood Police conduct active shooter training

Lochburn Middle School served as the backdrop for an active shooter training this week for local law enforcement – including Lakewood’s police force.

Trainers included members of the Metro SWAT team, who worked with officers to teach them how to respond to a live, mass shooting incident.

It’s a scenario we hope never plays out in Lakewood, but if it does our officers are ready.

Participants received instruction time before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.

The day ended with a “live” training that included the exchange of gun fire between police and the “bad guys”. Instead of real bullets officers fired paint-filled bullets from their guns, similar to paintball but with less paint and more impact because the bullets were fired from service weapons.

Every Lakewood officer is required to complete eight hours of active shooter of training annually. That’s in addition to simulated shooter training and other trainings.

 

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 10-14:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): INTERSECTION CLOSURE is planned for July 9 to 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Gravelly Lake Drive and Mount Tacoma Drive while sections of the water main are relocated. This work is being done by the Lakewood Water District because parts of the water main need to be moved and upgraded. The city’s portion of this project will be put on hold while this work is done. The intersection will be closed and detours will be in place.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Project is suspended. Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 17.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

July 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of purchasing policy amendments
  • Review agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan
  • Review of Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise

 

July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

Read the full July 10 agenda.

June 23, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Starting Saturday (6/24) and continuing the fourth Saturday of every month, people can come to Fort Steilacoom Park to help restore sections of the 350-acre park.

The first work party will focus on restoration work around the Waughop Lake Trail. 

Work will include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other work.

This will continue through the dry summer months - and is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

Saturday's meet up begins at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen - it's supposed to be a hot one!

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to . Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, July 22!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

June 2017 Business Showcase: Harborstone Credit Union

Monday night the City Council recognized Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase .

The council selected Harborstone for its commitment to the community. Here’s a snippet of the recognition: 

Whether it’s volunteering for street clean ups through the city’s Adopt a Street program, gathering supplies for a back to school drive, or participating in Operation Turkey Drop to deliver turkeys to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Harborstone Credit Union and its employees are dedicated to giving back to the community.

With administrative offices in Lakewood, Harborstone serves 80,000 members with branches in Pierce, Thurston and King Counties.

Founded in 1955 on then-McChord Air Force Base, the member-owned, not-for-profit organization served only the military at first.

By the mid-1990s the organization expanded membership to the general population.

Today its $1.2 billion in assets make it one of the largest credit unions in the state and affords it the ability to offer a full suite of services to members.

But don’t let Harborstone’s size fool you – at the heart of its operations is a commitment to community.  That’s why its employees volunteer and the credit union is a regular sponsor and supporter of community events – including  many in Lakewood.

It’s because of its longevity in the community and its commitment to making Lakewood and Pierce County a better place to live that the Lakewood City Council recognizes Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase.

 

Legislative Update

The State Legislature ended its second special session this past week; the third special session picked up where that left off Wednesday. The stalemate is around adoption of a 2017-2019 biennial budget and how to fund public education. Legislators must reach agreement on the budget - or other stop gap measures - by June 30 to avoid a state government shut down.

Historically when faced with this situation the Legislature has reached agreement in time, preventing the shutdown. Should this Legislature not follow that trend and no agreement is reached, the state government will shut down July 1, with the exception of essential services. Or the Legislature will adopt some variation of a short-term fix.

All eyes will be on Olympia next week to see what happens.

 

Lakewood Youth Council member receives Association of Washington Cities scholarship

Claudia Penney was the recent recipient of the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities scholarship.

She was one of six students across the state to receive the $1,000 scholarship. A total of 43 cities nominated students for the recognition.

Penney recently graduated from Harrison Prep and is a two-time member of the city’s Youth Council. She has set her sights on becoming an oncologist.

She was unable to accept the scholarship this week at the annual AWC conference because she is currently out of the country. Councilman Mike Brandstetter accepted the scholarship on her behalf.

Here is Penney’s acceptance speech:

“Quality communities; communities with quality people and places. The city of Lakewood is a quality community in which I am glad to have lived in for the past 7 years.

These past 7 years in Lakewood have taught me many valuable lessons about life and most importantly leadership. The citizens in Lakewood are extremely active in anything and everything service related which has most definitely had a large role to play in the superb quality of the community of Lakewood.

This has allowed me to instill values within myself concerning leadership and service. These values which I have obtained through my time in Lakewood have helped me be more successful in my endeavors and are ones I know will help me along my college journey.

I thank you all very much for the opportunities you have opened up for me through this scholarship and I hope that you have a wonderful day.”

 

Save the date: Asian Film Fest

We’re just over a month away from the fifth annual Asian Film Fest, held this year at Pierce College in Lakewood.

Presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission, this year’s event is Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Admission is free and the five films being shown won’t disappoint.

This year’s selection includes: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”; “Rabbit-proof Fence”; “Airlift”; “Like Father, Like Son”; and “Neerja”.

Along with these powerful films the event will include a juried art and photo exhibit, Bonsai display and live entertainment by flutist Jeannie Hill.

 

Lakewood SummerFEST is July 8

We are three weeks away from the city's biggest party of the year: Lakewood SummerFEST.

This year's event is all day Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather (fingers crossed), and participate in a wide array of events.

The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city on their bicycles until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and run through the trees and trails toward the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participantsRegister here

For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.

Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax. We'll have live music, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk.

The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.

Check out the full listing of events here.

The day starts at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies including Taiko Drummers and Dragon Dance at Fort Steilacoom Park. We hope to see you there!

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads next week:

108th (Main to Bridgeport): The contractor has one last item on the list to complete, which should happen next week. City staff will inspect the signal at 108th and Main streets to ensure everything is working as planned.  

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Striping began this week and will continue Monday (6/26) and Tuesday (6/27) nights.

Elsewhere on South Tacoma Way striping will occur Monday and Tuesday (6/26-27) on 100th, 96th and South Tacoma Way between 96th and 90th streets.

Detours will be in place, but expect delays. The city will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thanks residents and visitors for their patience while these improvements are completed.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Work continues to install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the road, as well as potholing to identify potential utility conflicts.

You may have noticed some demolition work on the west side of the road this past week. That was done to prepare for future curb, gutter and sidewalks.

Monday (6/26) the electrical subcontractor is expected to  begin installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under the area reserved for future sidewalk. Electrical work will begin at 100th Street (on the west side) and work its way north.

Lakeview Avenue: Closures are planned for today and Saturday (6/24) between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and 108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and  100th Street will close around midnight Saturday.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

June 26, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2017 Financial Report
  • Proposed 2017 Comprehensive Planning ordinance amendment RE: Pierce County property located in Springbrook

Read the full agenda .

The July 3 regular meeting is canceled. The council will return July 10 for a study session.

June 30, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Celebrating Independence Day safely

Fourth of July is Tuesday, which means some residents will set off fireworks to celebrate the holiday. According to Lakewood Municipal Code , fireworks are allowed between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on July 3-5.

If there is a code enforcement issue or concern related to fireworks, such as tall grass or improper sales, please contact West Pierce Fire & Rescue (253) 564-1623.

To report the use of illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates or times, please contact South Sound 911’s non-emergency dispatch line at (253) 798-4721.

Prefer to let the professionals put on the show? Here's information about where to watch:

JBLM Freedom Fest at Cowan and Memorial Stadiumsall day event July 3 (for military members and family); July 4 open to public, fireworks at 10 p.m.

Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July on Lafayette Street, Downtown

Tacoma’s Freedom Fair at the Ruston Way Waterfront

Adult supervision around fireworks is important. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches and lighters. Set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely. Use care in selecting the area for discharge of fireworks, and the type of fireworks appropriate for that area. Weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire, so be aware of your surroundings.

The following can be used in Lakewood:

  • Dipped sticks and sparklers
  • Ground and hand-held sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical or cone fountains
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Filter sparklers
  • Smoke devices
  • Helicopters
  • Roman candles
  • Mines or shells
  • Illuminating torches

These are not allowed:

  • Firecrackers
  • Sky rockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • M-80’s, M-100’s or larger cherry bombs
  • Tennis ball bombs
  • Pipe bombs
  • Tampered, altered or homemade fireworks.

 

Legislative Update

With just hours to go the State Legislature was expected to adopt its operating budget prior to midnight tonight (June 30), when the fiscal year ends. If that happens and Gov. Jay Inslee signs sign before midnight, they will avoid a partial state government shutdown.

As of Thursday an agreement amongst budget leadership was reached, but the 616-page budget document was still being reviewed by the larger Legislative body and the public Friday.

The agreement comes after three special sessions were called to find common ground on the adoption of the 2017-2019 biennial budget, including how to fund public education.

Details of where that funding will come from were still being made available Friday, but The News Tribune reported state budget leadership agreed to increase the state’s property tax to raise $1.6 billion over two years. At the same time a cap would be placed on local school levies, which could mean an overall decline to people’s property taxes, except in areas with existing high property values.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article159016509.html

 

Save the date: Asian Film Fest

Presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission, this year’s event is Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Admission is free and the five films being shown won’t disappoint.

Also on display: a special exhibit hosted by Lakewood-based Bonsai Kaihara. 

Owned and operated by Hank and Thelma Kaihara, the couple’s award winning Bonsai trees have been displayed at colleges and festivals throughout the state. 

Hank is a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran. When he was 8 years old he and his Japanese-American parents were placed in the Tule Lake Relocation Camp during World War II.

He vividly remembers getting paid $1 a day to pick flowers and vegetables with his grandmother while at the camp. Hank’s Tule Lake experience taught him perseverance, strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. 

Married more than 60 years, the couple have hundreds of trees in a wide range of styles. Thelma is the one working behind the scenes, potting, pruning and transforming the trees into living sculptures. The job keeps her busy year round.

Everyone is invited to stop and say "hello" to Hank and Thelma while at this year’s Asian Film Festival at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus.

Film line up includes:

  • “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
  • “Rabbit-proof Fence”
  • “Airlift”
  • “Like Father, Like Son”
  • “Neerja”

 

Lakewood SummerFEST is July 8

We are one week away from SummerFEST – the city’s biggest party of the year!

Spend your Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather and participate in a wide array of events.

The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city via bike until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and traverse the trails to the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participants . Register here

For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.

Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax.

We'll have live music from Spike and the Impalers, Tacocat and Kuinka, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk.

The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass, check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.

Are you a car enthusiast? Then you won’t want to miss our annual car show, as well as a chance to meet BMW PRO3 Driver Lance Richert who will be there with his PRO3 car – no. 35 – signing autographs.

Richert has raced BMWs since 1999 after years of lapping days with the Puget Sound BMW Club. His PRO3 car is one of the first four BMW E30s that raced in the first PRO3 season after it was converted from ITS specs.

By day Richert does residential architectural design, but on the course he is a force to be reckoned with. He held the lap record for PRO3 twice at Pacific Raceways.

So what is PRO3? It is the largest and arguably the most competitive race group in the PNW. It’s a spec racing class for BMW E30s which has an intent to create a restrictive formula for BMW cars that focuses on driver ability instead of design/preparation of the car. Typically 30 or more PRO3 cars compete in the International Conference of Race Car Clubs each year.

Come meet Richert and learn more about PRO3 racing at SummerFEST July 8!

See the full list of events here.

 

Playing around at the Lakewood Farmers Market

Lakewood’s Promise, a collaboration of youth-serving organizations in the city, had some fun this week at the Farmers Market – and so did its visitors.

The group was promoting its “5 Promises” for youth to thrive:

  1. Caring adults
  2. Safe places
  3. A healthy start
  4. Marketable skills (through education)
  5. Opportunities to give back to the community

Community partners, including Tacoma Community House, Lakewood Family YMCA, CHOICE coalition, St. Leo’s children’s meal program, Exceptional Families Network, Girl Scouts of Western Washington and the Lakewood Historical Society, will be at the Lakewood’s Promise booth at the Farmers Market so make sure to stop by and check them out. (Lakewood’s Promise will be at SummerFEST too, July 8).

Reminder: The July 4 market is canceled for the holiday but will resume July 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard outside City Hall.

Check out these great photos of kids and adults who stopped by the booth Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 3-7:

108th Street (Main to Bridgeport): Contractor has one minor item remaining. City staff inspected the signal at 108th/Main and gave a list for the electrical subcontractor to complete.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St.): Striping will be finished July 3 during the day. All that is left are a few arrows and bike symbols.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The contractor will resume work July 5 installing storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway and potholing to identify potential utility conflicts. Electrical subcontractor will continue installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under area reserved for future sidewalk on the west side of the roadway.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies. Deadline July 3.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies. Deadline Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline Aug. 14.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

The July 3 regular meeting is canceled. The council will return July 10 for a study session.

July 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of purchasing policy amendments
  • Review agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan
  • Review of Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

June 16, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Support Lakewood Farmers Market, shop at Whole Foods June 22

The city has partnered with Whole Foods Market in University Place to support its Farmers Market Healthy Bucks program.

Through the partnership Whole Foods Chambers Bay will dedicate 5 percent of its sales from June 22 to the city which will allow us to provide more Healthy Bucks to children in our community.

Through the Healthy Bucks program children 16 years old and under can purchase $2 worth of fruits and vegetables from market vendors. All they have to do is stop by the city booth at the market to pick up their Healthy Bucks, then walk around our market and pick out the fresh produce they want to buy.

Through this program we are not only providing our youth with the opportunity to buy fresh food, but we are teaching them the importance of healthy food choices.

This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors like Whole Foods Market. The city is honored and excited to be one of the groups selected as a partner for the Whole Foods Market Community Support Days, which only happen four times a year.

Please consider helping us achieve our goal of supporting our youth and providing them with healthy food by shopping at Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, 3515 Bridgeport Way W, University Place on June 22.

Thank you!

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park agreement before Council

For three years the city has worked with the Rotary Club of Lakewood to establish a community gathering space in Fort Steilacoom Park.

A series of public meetings were held, including a thorough community review process, which ultimately led to the design of a multi-use structure and a preferred location for the “Pavilion in the Park” project.

The proposed structure is roughly 1 acre and includes a stage, sound and lighting equipment and storage rooms. It also has access and park space to support exterior building needs, landscaping and spectator seating.

Estimated cost for developing this project is $750,000, of which $450,000 will come from the city’s lodging tax capital funds and $300,000 will come from cash and in-kind services from the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

The pavilion will provide a venue for community gatherings, ceremonies, performances, entertainment and special events.

The City Council is expected to review and vote on an agreement at its Monday meeting outlining the partnership with the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the plan moving forward to develop the pavilion.

 

Weekly Transportation update

South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: Night work is planned next week to do a number of items. Here’s the breakdown of what work is planned and road closures:

Grinding/Paving: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  South Tacoma Way will be closed between its intersection with 90th and 86th streets. Detour signs and business open signs will be posted to help people navigate the construction. Flaggers will be on site to help get customers to the businesses. The city is working with the contractor to also see the installation of two new traffic signals during these three nights to minimize the impact on businesses and traveling public.

Striping: Wednesday, Thursday and Monday (6/26) nights. One lane is expected to remain open in each direction during this work.

We will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thank everyone for their patience while these improvements are completed.

Lakeview Avenue: Will be closed Friday (6/23) and Saturday (6/24) between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and  108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and  100th Street will be closed around midnight Saturday.

108th Street (Main to Bridgeport): Work is substantially complete. The contractor is doing punch list items out of the roadway this week and next week.

Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th to Bridgeport: Contractor continues to install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway.

 

Third annual Developer’s Forum a success

Developers, property owners and those interested in doing business in Lakewood attended the city's third annual Developer's Forum June 15 at the McGavick Center.

The morning included presentations by three developers currently building projects in the city - Seth Borman, Travis Hale and James Guerrero - as well as information from city building staff about work the city is doing to improve the permitting and building process to make it easier for developers to do business in Lakewood.

While detailing the various project's his architecture group has done in the city, architect James Guerrero said Lakewood was "significantly easier to work with" that other jurisdictions he’s worked with in Pierce County.

Guerrero noted in the past he would have put another city at the top of his list as the easiest to work with, but Lakewood has since clinched that position.

See the presentations from the forum and what the city is doing to entice redevelopment and new development.

 

No Police Chief Zaro doesn’t want you to video your neighbors

The city learned earlier this week that a letter impersonating Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro was recently sent to some residents.

The contents of the letter identify a specific house as a drug house and encourage residents to take a stand against the activity.

This letter is fraudulent. The city of Lakewood and Lakewood Police Department would never send a letter like this.

If you have received this letter, please disregard and take no action based on its contents.

The city does mail information to residents from time to time, but information is always sent using official city letterhead or postcards. If the city needs to get a mass message out to residents it would be on official letterhead and accompanied by social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and would be written in a professional manner.

The city encourages people to report suspicious activity or perceived criminal activity to the Lakewood Police Department tip line at (253) 830-5049.

If residents have a question about the validity of communication from the city, please call City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

 

Marketing to the government

You’re in front of a contracting officer. Now what????

Washington PTAC and the City of Lakewood have teamed up to present a hands-on workshop for area small business owners.

In this interactive class we will work with you to create the basic marketing tools that you will need when meeting with government contracting officials. You will learn:

  • How to create an effective Capability Statement
  • How to network effectively
  • How to craft a 30 second elevator speech
  • Finding appropriate networking events

Who should attend: Small business owners who are trying to sell to government agencies. Registered attendees will receive a Capability Statement template prior to class. Laptops are encouraged.

Details: July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW (in Council Chambers)

Brand new to government contracting?

Register for the Laying the Groundwork workshop  before attending this workshop: Friday, June 30. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Thurston EDC, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 

 

Relay for Life

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the annual Relay for Life event last week at Harry Lang Stadium.

 

 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase - Harborstone Credit Union – Mr. Phil M. Jones, President/CEO
  • Lakewood Lakes Water Quality Analysis Report update – Ms. Isabel Ragland, Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager, Pierce Conservation District
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Adopt 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Approve Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan
  • Approve Rotary Club of Lakewood MOU relative to Ft. Steilacoom Pavilion
  • Approve American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collective bargaining agreement

 

June 26, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2017 Financial Report
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update (tentative)
  • Reports by the City Manager – Proposed 2017 Comprehensive Planning ordinance amendment RE:  Pierce County property located in Springbrook

Read the full June 19 agenda.