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

Jan. 12, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Lakewood

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest.

Read more about the event.

 

City Hall closed Monday, Jan. 15

City Hall, and all city services, will be closed Monday in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. City operations will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, at regular business hours.

 

City sends letter to Federal Railroad Administration, state leaders

This week Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the City Council sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sound Transit board chairman Dave Somers urging the permanent suspension of Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance Bypass route in light of the Dec. 18, 2017 Amtrak Train 501 derailment.

The letter reads in part:

“Simply installing Postitive Train Control (PTC) systems is not the solution to the numerous public safety issues associated with the Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance route. This bypass route is not safe for high-speed rail and its passengers and poses a substantial risk to the communities through which the Amtrak trains travel.”

It goes on to cite the city’s 2013 lawsuit, concerns with the inadequate safety measures to protect the public – including two schools near the tracks, seven at-grade crossings in the city and the 250 school busses that cross the tracks each day – and notes the city speaks for its nearly 60,000 residents and will continue to advocate in the best interest of public safety.

Read the letter in full.

 

2018 Legislative session has begun

The 2018 Legislative session began Monday, Jan. 8. This session is the second year of the two-year legislative biennium and is scheduled to last 60 days, concluding March 8.

Bills that were introduced during the 2017 session will be alive for the 2018 session. Hundreds of bills were pre-filed and several were scheduled for public hearings this first week of session. The first cutoff deadline is Feb. 2, when policy bills need to be out of policy committees.

Late last week both the House and the Senate released new Capital budget bills. The bills are similar to the version released July 20, 2017 with minor adjustments. Language directing the transfer of Fort Steilacoom Park and $476,000 for Harry Todd waterfront improvements via Washington Wildlife Recreation Program grant are included in the new versions.

In order for the Legislature to approve a capital budget, 60 percent of each chamber must vote in favor of a bond authorization bill to fund the capital budget. 

Read the city’s complete state legislative agenda.

 

Lakewood’s financial forecast before City Council Tuesday

At its meeting Tuesday the City Council will receive an update from Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus about the city’s six-year financial forecast.

As part of the city’s financial policy, the city is required to prepare a forecast for six years to include the current budget period. This projection extends current operations to determine if the services are sustainable and to identify future funding gaps and their magnitude, where applicable.

This look into the city’s financial future allows for proactive planning and the ability to implement corrective measures with enough time to avoid sudden or drastic changes in services levels and/or revenues.

The original six-year forecast for 2017-2022 was finalized in October 2016 as part of the 2017-2018 biennial budget. The update Monday will focus on the General Fund – the city’s main operating fund -- and is in advance of the upcoming 2019-2020 biennial budget process. An update on all other funds will occur as part of the 2019-2020 biennial budget process.

Read the forecast.

 

Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. There is a tentative late April date to advertise for bids. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: Start of construction is estimated for late January. The contractor is still working to provide paperwork required prior to start of construction.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti began installing storm drainage infrastructure this week on this Safe Route to School project. This will continue into next week followed by the installation of the electrical for the new streetlights and preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect northbound lane closures during working hours.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti began work this week by saw cutting and starting to clear out the area. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect southbound lane closures during working hours.

 

Help support Lakewood kids in need

Caring for Kids is hosting its major fundraiser, the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction, Saturday Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard.

The nonprofit is also in need of donations for its silent and live auctions, and sponsors for the event. Contact Diane Formoso for more information, or to purchase tickets: (253) 279-9777, or email carekids@comcast.net .

This all-volunteer group helps thousands of Lakewood children each year by providing them new clothing, including jackets and shoes, toiletries, toys and educational materials.

For more information visit carekids.org

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has a 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 .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets Mondays at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW.  Agenda items include:

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions Work Plans
  • Approve an agreement for Council Chambers technology upgrades
  • Approve designating Woodbrook Hunt Club as a historic landmark
  • Reports by the City Manager - Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast

Jan. 16 agenda

The City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, with the Clover Park School District Board, beginning at approximately 7 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.  Agenda items include:

January 22, 2018 – Joint Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Meeting

  • City/School District Partnerships
  • CPSD Capital Projects update
  • CPSD Community Engagement Leadership Team update
  • City Economic Development update
  • City Infrastructure (Transportation and Parks) update

Jan. 5, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018. We’re excited to begin another year of serving you, the residents of Lakewood, and continuing with our plans to help new businesses move into our community, existing businesses with their operations and upgrade and improve things like our roads, parks and free family events.

We have roughly $12.8 million worth of road projects planned for this year. That includes a focus on Lake City area roads with our chip seal program; overlaying 59th Street and Main Street to 100th Street in the central business district and Lakewood Drive from Fleet Creek to the north city limits; building sidewalks and bike lanes on John Dower and Custer Roads as part of a Safe Routes to School grant; initiating sidewalk projects along Gravelly Lake Drive, Bridgeport Way, Military Road and 112th Street and Steilacoom Boulevard and building a non-motorized trail along Gravelly Lake Drive and from 112th Street to Washington Boulevard, to name a few.

In our parks we’ll see the sports field improvements completed at Fort Steilacoom Park by this summer, the road into the park paved and new parking areas and the Pavilion in the Park finished. Other park improvements planned for the year include the first phase of waterfront improvements to Harry Todd Park, the first phase of the Chambers Creek Trail between Lakewood and University Place, the Edgewater Park dock, more expansions at Springbrook Park and the installation of new street banners around the city.

 

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Lakewood

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

Students from Hudtloff and Woodbrook Middle Schools will read poetry, local singer and actor LaNita Walters will sing the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem and The Denny & Bill little big band will provide the musical prelude.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will also offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest. The students were asked to write about what “The Dream Today” means to them. Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton was this year’s winner, followed by Clover Park High School seniors Anthony Grassi and Guadalupe Emanuel Ramos-Orozco, who received honorable mention.

 

Lakewood Connections Winter 2018 edition is here

Hot off the presses, the Winter 2018 Lakewood Connections magazine should hit residents' mailboxes this week (if it hasn't arrived already).

The latest edition is chock full of information, including a look back at some of the city's accomplishments in 2017. 

Inside you'll also find information about:

  • The city's downtown planning efforts;
  • A student essay by Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton, first place winner of the city's MLK Essay contest;
  • Employee spotlight on Lakewood native Paul Candler;
  • New businesses coming to Lakewood;
  • Information from our community partners West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Clover Park School District;
  • Road construction and park project updates;
  • Lakewood Police updates: drone use, third quarter crime stats, recognition of Good Samaritans;
  • A complete list of 2018 events;
  • Class and program listings for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Want to read the magazine online? You can view it and past editions here.

Didn't get your magazine in the mail? Extra copies are available at the Lakewood City Hall front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW.

 

Lakewood Police now using drones

The Lakewood Police Department began using drone technology at the end of 2017. That’s when its Unmanned Aerial System program was established.

Before capturing bird’s eye view of Lakewood, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the devices will be used. The city’s public safety advisory committee helped draft the document.

The regulations were sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which vetted and reviewed them before ultimately issuing a Certificate of Authorization.

While using drones the department will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency and privacy. Each month the city will post the monthly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reports to the city’s website, which show how the device was used. Visit cityoflakewood.us/police for that information.

View the reports.

 

Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. There is a tentative late April date to advertise for bids. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.

 

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 .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets Mondays at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW.  Agenda items for the meetings include:

January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club designation as a historic landmark
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review of Gravelly Lake Drive Non-Motorized Trail streetlight options
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of 2018 citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions work plans.
  • Review of City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards.

 

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Arts Commission
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions Work Plans
  • Approve an agreement for Council Chambers technology upgrades
  • Approve designating Woodbrook Hunt Club as a historic landmark
  • Reports by the City Manager - Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast and Strategic Work Plan update

Jan. 8, 2018 Agenda

Dec. 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

South Sound pulls together after Amtrak train derails

In light of Monday’s tragedy, it is hard to find the right words to explain everything our community experienced.

First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of the three men who lost their lives and those who were injured in Monday’s train derailment. We also offer our support to our neighbors in DuPont and our residents who are still trying to process what happened.

The South Sound community should be proud of how everyone came together to respond to this unspeakable tragedy. That includes the people who stopped their cars on Interstate 5 and ran to help train passengers out of the wreckage, to the first responders and law enforcement that raced to the scene and stayed to help reunite families and set up traffic detours, and to our medical professionals that were ready and waiting to treat patients at the trauma centers as they came in.

Thanks go to the crews that worked around the clock to remove the train cars and inspect the roadway to reopen I-5 and get traffic moving again through the region. Thanks also go to everyone impacted by the closure that were patient and adjusted their commutes and schedules to reduce the number of cars on the road.

The city was told Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) by the Governor's Office that Amtrak trains will not return to the Point Defiance Bypass route until positive train control is installed. This advanced system is designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur, including train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive train speed and train movements through misaligned track switches. 

We will continue to follow the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation closely and share any pertinent information on the city’s website as it becomes available.

 

Awarding the inaugural Lakewood Police Chief Commendation Award

Last week Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro visited Tillicum Elementary School where he awarded three students with his newly-created Chief’s Commendation Award.

The award was created to recognize elementary school students for community service and/or public safety by demonstrating one of the four applicable criteria:

Integrity: honesty and strong moral principles

Dedication: commits energy and time to an important project or idea

Teamwork: works in an effective and efficient way with others

Courage: shows strength in the face of adversity

Competence: successfully and/or efficiently accomplishes a task or role

Respect: shows admiration or deference toward a person or position

Nominations can be made quarterly, or as opportunities arise.

The Tillicum students recognized for the award were presented with a certificate at a school assembly by Chief Zaro. The recipients were:

  • Isaac Corona-Illan, third grade: Teacher Mr. Carrier wrote: “Isaac has all of the six characteristics of this award stated above. He always tells the truth. Also will work hard on any project as an individual or as a positive team member. If faced with a difficult task, he will always persevere. Finally, respect is his strongest quality.”
  • Yanzel Diaz-Guzman, fourth grade: Teacher Ms. Sheldon wrote: Yanzel is a model student. He is respectful to every student and teacher. He is hard working and can work with any student when doing group work.”
  • Jermaine Marston-Riley, fifth grade: Teacher Mr. Pelgrim wrote: “Jermaine has all the above qualities and is an outstanding role model. He cares about staff and students.”

Congratulations to the students and keep up the hard work!

 

Lakewood events make the perfect gift

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the father-daughter duo in your life?

Give them an experience they'll never forget: our Pixie & Pirate Father Daughter Dance!

Buy your tickets now , print, wrap and place them under the tree!

 

Lakewood Officers Charity: Shop with an Officer

Last weekend members of the Lakewood Police Department spent their morning shopping with 16 pre-selected families at the Lakewood Wal-Mart.

This annual event is held by the Lakewood Officer’s Charity Fund in partnership with Wal-Mart. It connects our officers with families in need. The families are nominated by various community groups.

During the shopping event the officers go throughout the store with the designated family member to select whatever they want/need for every member of the family. It is not uncommon to see even the youngest family members choose an item others might take for granted – like a pillow.

The event is a reminder of the importance of giving back during the holidays.

It also offered a great opportunity for the children to have positive interactions with police. Thank you to Wal-Mart and our community partners for making this year’s event another huge success.

 

New Year’s Day 5k & 1 mile run

Start 2018 off right by setting the tone for a healthy, active lifestyle in the New Year.

Our New Year’s Day 5k runs through Fort Steilacoom over paved and dirt trails. Runners of all speeds and abilities are welcome (so are strollers, but please be mindful of other runners on the narrow trail sections).

Walking more your speed? You can walk the 5k, or sign up for the free 1-mile walk/run, which is also great for kids and families.

Register . ($35 if registered before Dec. 31; $40 day-of registration).

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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 .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The next City Council meeting is Jan. 8, 2018.

January 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW

Agenda

Dec. 29, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

State Legislative short session starts January 8

Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget at the end of December with a focus on meeting the most recent Washington State Supreme Court’s order to fully fund basic education by 2018 and addressing gaps in the 2017-2019 budget due to unanticipated costs and caseload increases.

Highlights include:

Approximately $20 million for treatment and prevention for the opioid crisis; $613,000 for wildfire recovery efforts, and $3.1 million for mental health needs.

Nearly $162 million to cover anticipated shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to more than 1.8 million Washingtonians.

About $113 million to cover higher operating costs at the state’s psychiatric hospitals and to make changes to maintain federal funding for Western State Hospital. With that extra funding, 90 hospital staff will be hired to improve the quality of care. In addition, nearly 15 general maintenance staff will be hired to ensure the facility is safe and secure. The budget also dedicates $10 million for 45 new forensic beds at Western State Hospital.

The Governor called on the Legislature to pass a full Capital Budget early in the session. His $4.5 billion capital budget includes the city’s request to transfer ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to Pierce College and the City of Lakewood and has full funding for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Grant Program  which would allocate $476,000 to the city for waterfront improvements at Harry Todd Park. The short session begins Jan. 8.

As we head into the short legislative session Lakewood continues to work with our local delegation on our legislative agenda. Highlights include: (Lakewood state Legislative agenda )

  • Pass a final 2017-Capital Budget (with inclusion of transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park and funding the WWRP for Harry Todd Park waterfront improvements);
  • Military Benefit Zone;
  • Expedite funding to Lake City Business District project;
  • Spur economic development on Pacific Highway South;
  • Capital funding requests for Fort Steilacoom Regional Park improvements and the Lakewood Colonial Plaza project.

Upcoming special events:

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s 5k and 1 mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park, 10 a.m. (Register by Dec. 31 and pay only $35 ; day-of registration: $40; Park by dog park and register at barns).
  • Jan. 13: 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 10 a.m. – Noon, McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD.
  • Feb. 10: Father Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m. McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD; (Buy your tickets now ).

 

Happy New Year!

From our city family to yours, we wish you a Happy and safe start to the New Year! (Reminder, City Hall will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Regular business hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.).

 

Lakewood downtown plan moves forward

The downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission at the end of December 2017.

Big ideas for downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for the public, property owners and agencies to comment and help shape a preferred plan. Stay up to date on the process by signing up for email updates.

 

Road projects ready for 2018

Contracts for the following projects are scheduled for City Council review and consideration as part of the City Council’s Jan. 2 regular meeting. Once approved the projects will have the green light to move forward.

  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview;
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street;
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th.

Additionally work could begin as early as mid-January on the Dekoven Drive traffic calming project, which will add two small roundabouts to slow traffic, widen the road, add curb, gutter and striping along Dekoven Drive between Meadow Road SW and 100th Street SW.

 

Items before the City Council in early 2018

Adult Family Homes: The city wants to work proactively with the state and adult family home providers to make sure those who need help have the proper resources available to them, while also ensuring our residents – including those living in existing adult family homes – are safe. Draft legislation sent to the city’s planning commission for review also prohibits the location of Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs) in single family residential zones. Draft legislation will cover:

  • Density/dispersal requirements
  • Community outreach
  • Improved transparency
  • City business license requirements
  • Wage requirements for adult family home healthcare service workers
  • Assurances from the state that only those persons who are supposed to be in an adult family home, as defined under the Federal Fair Housing Act, are, in fact, placed in such a facility.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for the public to comment on the proposed regulations. See the notice here.

Marijuana: The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in tthe City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for people to comment on whether the city should ban marijuana retail businesses or provide guidance on where these businesses should locate in the city. Ultimately the commission will make a recommendation to City Council for review and discussion. The council will choose how to proceed, including whether it wants to hold additional public hearings, before taking action. Click here to see the public hearing notice.

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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 .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council holds its meetings Mondays beginning at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Meeting dates and agenda items:

January 2, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW

 

January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review Safe Built contract regarding rental housing safety program
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club as proposed historic landmark designation
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission work plans. – (Work Plans)
  • Review of 2018 City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards. 

Agenda

Dec. 15, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood Public Works employees maintain decade of giving back

This week the Lakewood Public Works Department delivered a truckload of toys to the Tillicum Community Center to be given to Tillicum families attending the center’s annual Christmas dinner.

The toys were purchased with money donated by employees of the department, former longtime Public Works director Don Wickstrom (who retired earlier this year), Pro Vac, Brian Fagernes with Cascade ROW Services and other contractors and friends.

The department has done something for the community around the holidays every year for the last decade. It started in 2007 when Public Works employees adopted a mom and her three daughters who were leaving an abusive situation and living in a low-rent apartment with next to nothing.

Since then the department has adopted families and fulfilled their holiday wish lists, collected food for food drives, worked with LASA to provide a Christmas for children that stay at the facility, donated to a toy drive for foster children, donated 20,000 pounds of dog and cat food to an area animal shelter, held a pajama and sock drive and last year donated to Toys for Tots.

“This year we wanted to reach as many children as possible,” said administrative assistant Karen Devereaux. “We always get construction themed stuff – that’s our deal.”

Other city departments giving back this year:

  • Lakewood Municipal Court staff collected a large number of new gloves and hats and donated them to Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare.
  • The city’s Human Resources staff is scheduled to volunteer Dec. 20 at the Emergency Food Network warehouse repacking food items.
  • The Lakewood Officer’s charity will hold its annual Shop with an Officer event Saturday (Dec. 16) at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. Sixteen families were identified who will get to shop with a Lakewood officer and choose items for everyone in their family with funds donated by the charity.

 

Countdown is over, fast trains arrive Monday

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

Fourteen daily passenger trains will travel in both directions, in addition to the Sound Transit Sounder commuter trains that already run through the city. The Sounder trains stop at Lakewood Station, the Amtrak trains will not stop in the city.

Most of the fast trains will pass through Lakewood between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night. There are times when trains will pass in both directions, which will prolong the amount of time the railroad crossing arms are down.

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

Click here to see a table of the Sounder and Amtrak train schedules.

 

Lakewood employee 4th quarter recognition

As part of its quarterly employee recognition, City of Lakewood employees recently received the city’s Guiding Principle Award.

The award offers special recognition to those who consistently perform well in their regular job functions and demonstrate superior examples of any, or all, of the city’s guiding principles including:

  • Service
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Fourth quarter recipients are:

  • Cathi Short, Finance Technician: Excellent collaborator, team player and provides valuable insight and expertise to city staff in her role in the Finance Department.
  • Sean Dunn, Court Compliance Officer: Dedicated to hard work and the guiding principles while serving as the work crew supervisor.
  • Sarah Luna, SSMCP Program Coordinator: She expanded SSMCP’s sphere of influence by growing membership through social media presence and facilitating ongoing regional health care, social services and education working groups.
  • Bill Mathies and Sandy Stauffer, Code Enforcement officers: These are “get ‘er done” people whose Code Enforcement work has brought many good changes to the city by gaining compliance from property owners on rundown properties and making sure all businesses are properly licensed.
  • Alice Bush, City Clerk & Daniel Nego, recreation leader: These two coordinated the city’s 2017 Veteran’s Day ceremony held on Saturday, Nov. 11, which was well organized and highlighted our commitment to supporting our military.
  • Rental Housing Safety Program Team: This team established the City’s new online Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP) and helped shepherd its rollout:
    • Courtney Casady, Assistant to the City Manager/Mgmt Analyst
    • Jeff Gumm, Housing Division Program Manager
    • Heather Holverstott, Administrative Assistant
    • Shannon Kelley–Fong, Assistant to the City Manager
    • Dondi Koester, Finance Supervisor
    • Martha Larkin, Program Coordinator
    • Troy Schlepp, GIS Analyst
    • Cathi Short, Finance Technician
    • Bucoda Warren, Graduate Intern
    • Ken White, IT Manager
    • Dave Bugher, ACM/CED Director

 

Update on Lakewood Downtown planning

The downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission at the end of December 2017.

Big ideas for Downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to Downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the Downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for public, property owner, and agency comment to help shape a preferred plan. See more, including a video, here.

 

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:

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Dec. 18. 

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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 .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meetings of Monday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 26 are canceled.

The next City Council meeting is Jan. 8, 2018.

January 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW (tentative)