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

March 24, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Celebrating Lakewood’s students and champions

The Old Country Buffet in Lakewood Towne Center was once again filled to capacity for the annual Communities in Schools of Lakewood Champions for Youth breakfast held March 23.

The 200 people in attendance generated more than $26,000 for services and programs at four Clover Park School District schools with Communities in Schools programs. The schools are: Four Heroes and Tillicum elementary schools, Lochburn Middle School and Clover Park High School.

An onsite coordinator at these schools focuses on supporting students at all levels of their life – academically and at home – so they come to school ready to learn.

The coordinator assesses student needs, makes a plan and coordinates intensive interventions for students most at risk for dropping out. The coordinator also provides services geared toward the entire school.

The results are quantifiable.

In his keynote speech, Clover Park High School principal Tim Stults said CPHS saw dramatic improvements in areas of course completion, attendance and graduation since partnering with Communities in Schools of Lakewood in 2015.

“It is no coincidence that graduation rates increased by 14 percent the year that CISL launched their partnership at the school,” Stults said.

The school also saw a 50 percent reduction in its course failure rate in 2016, he said.

Some of the morning’s most moving stories came from the students themselves.

CPHS senior Carlos Alvarez told the room without Communities in Schools he would not be headed to Pacific Lutheran University in the fall.

As a middle school student Alvarez pledged to be a college-bound scholar. When he shared the news with his father, his father told him: “Carlos I cannot pay for your college. This is a journey you have to take alone,” Alvarez recounted.

Devastated, Alvarez remained committed and saw as he became involved with the school district and Communities in Schools that “I was not alone.”

He is headed to PLU as an Act VI Scholar, something he said he embraces “because for me, that was a very large part of my new vision toward higher education and the new journey I’ll be taking on.”

After learning he was accepted to PLU, Alvarez’s father sat him down again.  

“My dad said ‘We’ll do anything we can to pay for it. We’ll sell everything, we’ll move into a cheaper place. We will do anything to give you a better education than what we had,” Alvarez told the crowd through tears.

“I don’t have words,” he said. “I want to thank you all for your impact on my journey.”

Next year’s breakfast will be held at the McGavick Center to accommodate more people. A plaque was presented to Old Country Buffet at the breakfast thanking the business for hosting the annual event for 15 years.

 

Lakewood student wins Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State Youth of the Year


Brianna Mitchell, a senior at Lakes High School, was named the Washington State Youth of the Year March 23 by the state Boys and Girls Club organization.

Last month Mitchell was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year.

Mitchell has belonged to the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club since she was in elementary school. Her ties to the club run deep – she became active in the drama program, mentors other students and has taken on leadership roles at the afterschool program.

At Lakes Mitchell played varsity basketball and volleyball and is a member of the Associated Student Body.

She competed against 12 other students from across the state for the Youth of the Year title, which was announced during a banquet at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. A day earlier she and other Youth of the Year recipients toured the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.

Next up for Mitchell is the regional Youth of the Year competition in July, which if she wins means she’ll move on to the national competition.

Lakewood is extremely proud of Mitchell and her recent accomplishment, which comes with a college scholarship. Way to represent #IamLakewood!


Attention Waughop Lake Trail users

The trail around Waughop Lake will close Monday, April 3 so crews can finish work on the trail improvements.

Work was halted earlier this year after weather became too wet and cold for new pavement to be installed. With warmer and drier temperatures on the horizon (fingers crossed!) work will resume.

The trail will remain closed to the public until the work is complete. Please stay off the trail until it reopens – your cooperation will reduce the project cost and allow us to finish faster.

Those worried about tree removal, don’t! Replacement trees will be planted in October. Find out more on the project page.

 

Lakewood Police 2016 year-end report

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro released the department’s year-end report in a presentation before the City Council March 20.

Highlights include an overall decline in calls for service, traffic stops and arrests and a slight decline in the number of person crimes – or crimes committed by a person against another person.

The total number of person crimes reported in 2016 was 1,563, which was a 1.7 percent decline from 2015.

One area that saw an uptick is the total number of property crimes, which were up 3.4 percent from 2015.

In 2016 the team shut down a large scale organized retail theft operation in the city that included an illegal business that paid people to shoplift from local stores and turn around and sell the items online. Shutting down the operation dramatically reduced the number of shoplifting cases in the city.

Last year also marked a year of growth for the department which was able to hire 10 officers, one animal control officer and one evidence custodian. These hires were not additions to the department, but instead filled vacancies either because of recent retirements or promotions.

The department’s professionalism and dedication to the community was reflected in the 103 letters or emails received from residents complimenting their interactions with police. The Lakewood Police Department is grateful for the support it receives from the community.

Read the full report 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:

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

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

 

Upcoming City 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.

March 27, 2017 Study Session – canceled

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Washington state Youth of the Year Recognition of Brianna Mitchell
  • Lakewood First Lions Club Youth Scholarship Award – Ms. DeAnne Bennett, Lakewood First Lions Club
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St (tentative)
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Avenue
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Approving a supplemental agreement with Ivar Gunderson for additional prosecutorial services
  • Reports by the City Manager – Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

March17, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

North Clear Zone open house planned for property owners, businesses

The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership held an open house March 10 to bring businesses and property owners up to speed on the impacts they face from a federal designation aimed at increasing public safety around military airfields.

A second open house is planned for April 4 in Lakewood City Council chambers (6000 Main St. SW) from 5 to 6 p.m. Affected property owners, as well as those just outside and adjacent to the safety area, are invited to attend.

The meeting will include discussion on a recently completed study that identifies a phased approach to acquiring property and relocating businesses in an area known as the North Clear Zone.

Located north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the federally designated safety area is split between the base and Lakewood city limits north of McChord Airfield. It spans just over 206 acres.

There are a number of businesses and privately-held properties that fall within the North Clear Zone designation. Federal safety guidelines call for clear zones to be undeveloped and free of people or flight obstructions – which makes the area in Lakewood incompatible with military runway operations, as well as poses a risk to public and flight safety should something happen.

Working with a team of consultants, SSMCP is developing an action plan expected to be presented to the Lakewood City Council at its April 10 study session.

Strategies to be evaluated in the plan include zoning changes, reconfiguration of McChord Airfield, land swaps, formal acceptance of risks, land acquisition, business relocation and others.

The changes won’t be made overnight. Instead it will take a phase approach over many years to achieve the federal safety goals.

Meeting notes from the March 10 meeting are available on the SSMCP website . SSMCP will also provide North Clear Zone property appraisals for those who ask and post a summary table of appraisals on the SSMPC website’s North Clear Zone project page .

 

Pierce College storm line flushing could impact Waughop Lake

If you visit Waughop Lake Monday morning don’t be alarmed if to see a containment boom around the outfall pipe that feeds the lake and a vactor truck nearby.

The college has scheduled a storm line jetting and flushing (weather permitting). Contractor Pro-Vac will have a crew on site around 9 a.m. and expect to begin work by 10 a.m.

Last month the college identified a cross connection between a sewer line and its storm drainage system that resulted in sporadic sewage spills into nearby Waughop Lake. The connection was capped to prevent the spills from happening again.

 

Support Lakewood students at Champions for Youth breakfast

Communities in Schools of Lakewood is hosting its annual fund raising Champions for Youth breakfast Thursday, March 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Old Country Buffet in Lakewood Towne Center.

The event is free, though guests are invited to make a donation during breakfast, and will feature guest speakers who have been directly impacted by various Communities in Schools of Lakewood programs. The program includes highlights of the program’s expansion into Clover Park High School.

To reserve a seat call the Communities in Schools of Lakewood office at (253) 589-7489 or email kidsandfamilies@cislakewood.org.

 

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 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.

March 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – CR Coachworks, Mr. Doug Graf and Ms. Julie Stacy
  • Business showcase - Aacres LLC, Mr. Mark Beagley, Regional Director
  • 2016 Year End Police Report
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park deck and docks
  • Bid award for Lakeview Avenue sidewalks from Kendrick Street to Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager –Review of Subarea Plan process and RFP

 

The March 27, 2017 Study Session is canceled.

 

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year Recognition of Brianna Mitchell
  • Lakewood First Lions Club Youth Scholarship Award – Ms. DeAnne Bennett, Lakewood First Lions Club
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Avenue
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of Options and Alternative for creating Metropolitan Planning Organization (tentative), and Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 3, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Lakewood Police make history

All eyes are on the Lakewood Police Department as it embarks on a new program geared toward reducing the number of impaired drivers on the city’s roads.

The department is the first in the state to offer a phlebotomy, or blood draw, program where officers are certified to draw blood from a suspected impaired driver. The blood draw will occur in a designated room at police headquarters with the same equipment and procedures that would be found in a hospital.

Three factors drove the decision to pursue an in-house program:

  • A desire to increase driving under the influence convictions
  • Reduce DUI test refusals
  • Reduce the number of DUI cases that go to trial

“Over three years statistics show approximately 17 percent of drivers arrested for DUI refused a breath test,” Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro said of state statistics.

That number is higher in Lakewood, Zaro said, noting in the last three years Lakewood officers pursued blood draws on average 63 times a year.

That means arresting officers must obtain a search warrant and take the person to a hospital to have blood drawn to prove a person drove while intoxicated.

In some instances suspected drunk drivers, or those driving under the influence of drugs, aren’t tested because they refuse the breath test and hospital staff is unavailable to collect blood samples quickly after an arrest is made.

Breathalyzer tests only register a person’s blood alcohol content, not drugs. A blood test is the easiest way to determine a person’s level of drug intoxication.

“A significant amount of people are being brought to our area hospitals for the sole purpose of drawing blood,” Zaro said.

Lakewood Police hope by having certified officers on duty area emergency rooms will see a reduction in requests for blood draws, freeing medical staff up to respond to emergencies.

Read more here and watch the YouTube video of Chief Zaro demonstrating the blood draw .

 

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

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

 

Lakewood Police honored

Last week 11 police officers were sworn into duty at Lakewood City Hall during an evening ceremony for family and friends.

New recruits were sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Susan Adams, and some existing officers were sworn into new roles after receiving promotions.

Following the swearing in, Chief Mike Zaro recognized various officers for work they did in 2016.

In his speech Zaro noted there were countless acts of bravery and quick-thinking among Lakewood’s 100 employed law enforcement agents during the past year, but those honored at the Feb. 24 ceremony were recognized because their acts rose to the top.

The following officers received the Police Chief’s Commendation recognition:

  • Steve Parr
  • Jeremy Vahle
  • Brian Markert
  • Vince Sivanko
  • Joel Pettit
  • Anthony Bucat
  • Jacob Veenker
  • Russ Martin
  • Court Compliance officer Cameron Himes
  • Sgt. Pete Johnson
  • Sgt. Rich Hall
  • Detective Bryan Johnson
  • Detective Les Bunton

The following officers received the Life Saving Pin:

  • Mike Russel
  • Sgt. John Fraser

The following officers received the Medal of Distinguished Service:

  • Sgt. Andy Suver
  • Eric Bell
  • Nick McClelland
  • Mike Russel
  • Paul Osness
  • Jeremy Vahle
  • Steve Parr
  • Oscar Maysonet
  • John Henterly
  • Anthony Bucat
  • Jim Lofland
  • Andy Hall
  • Keith Czuleger

The following officers received the Medal of Valor:

  • Max Criss
  • Angel Figueroa
  • Karen Herritt
  • Vince Sivankeo
  • Darrin Latimer
  • Ryan Moody
  • Jon Anderson
  • Jeremy James
  • Sgt. Jeff Paynter

 

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.

March 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Proclamation declaring March 5 through April 28, 2017 as Pierce County READS. - Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt code amendments to imprest funds RE: SSMCP memberships
  • Adopt code amendments re: purchasing and contracting authority of the City Manager
  • Adopt city boundary line adjustments to include portions of Tacoma Mall Boulevard
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park parking lot improvements
  • Adopt alarm code amendments
  • Approve fee schedule amendments relative to alarm fees
  • Approve purchasing policies
  • Adopt Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Marketing Analysis Report

March 13, 2017 Study Session

  • Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County update – Mr. Bruce Kendall, President & CEO
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of 2017 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Review of proposed LID for Street Improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St.
  • Marijuana discussion

March10, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Fort Steilacoom Park to host 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

Lakewood is excited to share its Fort Steilacoom Park has been selected as the site of the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships.

“The cyclocross championship is the most contested bid for bicycle racing in the U.S.,” said Dean Burke, executive director of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission.

“The last time the event was in the Puget Sound area – the 1990s – it was only a small fraction of the size it is now.”

Cyclocross is a mostly off-road bicycle race that includes obstacles, hills, curves and mud. Racing season runs September to January and is open to men, women and includes a junior age bracket for young cyclists.

Fort Steilacoom Park is an ideal location for the competition, said Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson.

“It offers beautiful varied terrain, ample space for concessions, and is spectator friendly. It also has enough space to offer parking, as was demonstrated when the park was used as the primary parking location for the 2015 U.S. Open,” Anderson said.

Thousands of participants, including more than 2,000 racers from 50 states, spectators, volunteers and media are expected to descend on the 350-acre park in December 2019 for the 46th annual championship event.

Preliminary estimates suggest the event will generate $1.5 million for the region in direct spending by visitors and people associated with the event.

“Alongside all of our state and regional cyclocross partners we have been preparing for this for a long time,” Burke said. “The city of Lakewood has been a star for openly embracing cyclocross the way they have. Fort Steilacoom Park is an iconic venue for the sport in the Pacific Northwest.”

Lakewood is ready to show off its beloved Fort Steilacoom Park, Anderson said.

“I can assure you USA Cycling will have Lakewood’s support, including that of our Parks and Recreation staff which has the expertise to support such an event. We will do everything we can to make the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships a great event.”

The Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission led the group bidding to bring the week-long event to the region. The nonprofit that develops amateur athletic events and promotes Pierce County as a destination for amateur sporting events was selected by USA Cycling over groups from major cities like the Utah Sports Commission, Oregon Sports Authority and San Diego Sports Commission.

 

Dangerous buildings, marijuana discussion planned for upcoming City Council study session

Monday’s study session includes two items that may be of interest to the public: Dangerous building abatements and a discussion around marijuana.

From dilapidated motels to foreclosed homes, the list of properties that need to be cleaned up continues to grow citywide.

The increase isn’t necessarily because there are more, but because after a decade of operating its Dangerous and Nuisance Property Abatement Program the city has become efficient at identifying problem properties and making sure they get cleaned up.

In 2016 the city completed 15 projects; of those 13 were classified as dangerous buildings. All but five of the problem properties were fixed by the property owner. When the owner didn’t step in, the city did the work.

Already in 2017 the city has completed three dangerous building abatements. Another 10 are under abatement complaint or order and city staff is monitoring 12 additional dangerous buildings.

Another item on the March 13 study session agenda of public interest is a planned discussion on marijuana businesses, which was added to the agenda at the council’s request.

 

Waughop Lake management plan approved

The Lakewood City Council took a step forward in the cleanup of Waughop Lake March 6 when it approved a lake management plan aimed at restoring the water quality of the 30-acre lake.

The plan outlines two options for addressing recurring toxic algae blooms in the lake: applying alum or dredging the lake bottom.

Adding alum treatments is a temporary solution that could last nearly a decade. If added to the lake it would stop the toxic blue-green algae that have plagued the lake for as long as anyone can remember.

Dredging the lake is a permanent solution, but comes with a multi-million dollar price tag.

The council did not commit to any form of dredging cleanup of the lake at its March 6 meeting. Instead council members said they were open to more studies to determine whether dredging is realistic given potential environmental limitations and fiscal restrictions.

Adopting the plan improves the city’s ability to pursue local, state, and federal grants to address the water quality issues and gives city staff the ability to add the proposed work to the 2018 stormwater management capital improvement plan and consider it as part of an upcoming stormwater rate analysis. 

 

Lakewood’s approach to housing affordability and homelessness highlighted in recent publication

The the Municipal Research and Service Center’s recently published homelessness and housing toolkit for cities included a piece on Lakewood’s innovative collaboration with area nonprofits to tackle these issues in the community.

Lakewood has a multifaceted approach to how it tackles these issues.

One percent of the city’s general fund is allocated to support human and social services annually. That includes funding housing assistance and housing relocation programs.

The city also partners with Greater Lakes Mental Health to embed a mental health professional with a Lakewood police officer to serve as a resource for people battling substance abuse or who have been diagnosed with mental illness and need treatment instead of jail time.

In 2016 this team helped 200 people by directing them to available community resources.

Other partnerships include Living Access Support Alliance (LASA), Habitat for Humanity, Western State Hospital, and the Tacoma Methadone Clinic.

The city contributed nearly $1 million to LASA to support its shelter that opened in 2015. It also helped Habitat for Humanity fund the construction of new homes for low-income, first-time homebuyers. The program has built 21 homes in Tillicum with another 12 scheduled for construction.

Lakewood is also a partner with Continuum of Care, a consortium with Pierce County and the city of Tacoma that qualifies for federal money to support other programs that address homelessness countywide.

See the complete toolkit 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:

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board  . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission  . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board  . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 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.

March 13, 2017 Study Session

  • Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County update – Mr. Bruce Kendall, President & CEO
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of 2017 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Review of proposed LID for street improvements on 150th St SW, Spring Street and 146th ST SW
  • Marijuana discussion

March 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – CR Coachworks, Mr. Doug Graf and Ms. Julie Stacy and Aacres LLC, Mr. Mark Beagley, Regional Director
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park docks
  • Bid award for Lakeview Drive from Kendrick Street to Steilacoom Blvd.
  • 2016 Year End Police Report
  • Reports by the City Manager –Review of Subarea Plan process and RFP

February 24, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Trains

Train testing resumes this weekend (Feb. 25-26) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This time the trains will travel the full 79 miles per hour. Previously they were running at 50 mph.

Drivers are reminded to use caution and make sure they never stop on the tracks. During testing last week there was at least one incident where a truck made it over the track but its trailer did not and was caught by the train crossing signal.

Train facts:

  • It can take up to a mile for a train to stop when it’s going full speed.
  • At 79 mph will take the trains just shy of 5 minutes to travel through Lakewood city limits.
  • Average time gates will be down at each crossing is 45 seconds.
  • Most trains will travel through Lakewood at 79 mph.
  • Train Length: Amtrak Cascades trains are 650-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood 12 times a day; Coast Starlight trains are 1,100-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood twice a day.

 

Thank you volunteers

It started as a giant mud pit, but by the end of the week out of the mud rose a blue and green all abilities playground at Springbrook Park.

S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT and Lakewood Parks and Rec staff at Springbrook Park

The new playground equipment was installed over the course of the week by dedicated volunteers including members of the Springbrook community and its Springbrook Connections group and members of the S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. City parks and recreation and facilities employees also did some heavy lifting.

This is the latest phase in the expansion and redevelopment of the city-owned park in Springbrook.

The city is investing nearly $1 million into the project, allowing the park to more than double in size, make way for new walking trails, picnic tables, a second picnic shelter and the new playground equipment and expansion of the community garden.

Completed work includes installing a bridge over Clover Creek to provide pedestrian access to the park from an isolated area of the community off 47th Avenue Southwest, restoring the Clover Creek shoreline and relocating and expanding the community garden at the park.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park is planned for April 22, Parks Appreciation Day. More information on that event will follow.

 

Economic Development

Cranes around town are a signal of strong economic growth and Lakewood has its fair share happening now. So who is under construction and what is opening soon?

Restaurants opening this year:

  • Chipotle Grill
  • MOD Pizza (next to Panda Express in Lakewood Towne Center),
  • Chronic Taco
  • Hop Jacks
  • Black Bear Diner
  • Chick-fil-A

Business under construction:

  • Advanced Auto Parts and Harbor Freight will occupy the vacant land between Mazatlán and Candlewood Suites on South Tacoma Way.
  • Marriott TownePlace Suites, Comfort Inn, and Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range are going in along Pacific Highway.
  • Lee Medical Building is being built in our International District.

Industrial

  • Two buildings a 220,000 square foot building at 96th and South Tacoma Way and 470,000 square foot building in the new Woodbrook Business Park are in the works.

Check out our Winter Quarter activity brochure for a list of projects, priorities, key demographics, and to find out why businesses are choosing Lakewood.

Lakewood is proud to be featured the February issue of a prominent North American publication, Business In Focus . The story begins on page 144. You can also access the brochure on our website.

 

COUNCIL MEETINGS:

Agenda items:

February 27, 2017 Study Session

  • United Way of Pierce County presentation – Ms. Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County
  • Review of Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Review of purchasing policies update
  • Review alarm code and fee schedule amendments
  • Lakewood population projections report

March 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring March 5 through April 28, 2017 as Pierce County READS. - Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt code amendments to imprest funds RE: SSMCP memberships
  • Adopt code amendments re: purchasing and contracting authority of the City Manager
  • Adopt city boundary line adjustments to include portions of Tacoma Mall Boulevard
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park parking lot improvements
  • Adopt alarm code amendments
  • Approve fee schedule amendments relative to alarm fees
  • Approve purchasing policies
  • Adopt Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Marketing Analysis Report