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

May 26, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail open house

An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on the effort. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

The open house is a drop-in format and will offer people a chance to chat with city and county staff about the project, learn the details of a recently created trail design report and share information about the next steps.

The meeting is at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street SW, University Place.

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887, mdodsworth@cityoflakewood.us.

Click image for more information.

 

 

Seahawks wide receiver to visit Lakewood Sunday

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation 

has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

The train safety event will feature fun activities for kids and adults, including a LEGO play area, model train display, mini train rides for kids and information about the new train route through the city, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids.

Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

The event is free and will be held in the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SE.

Find more information about train safety here.

 

Weekly transportation update

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD remains down to one lane in each direction while new pavement is installed.

Work was stalled after crews found stumps beneath the road that were causing a depression. The road was excavated an additional 5 to 7 feet so the stumps could be removed – no one knows how long they’ve been there. Their removal should fix the recurring pavement dip.   The road is expected to remain in its current state another 3 to 4 weeks – drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting is planned for Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in council chambers for people to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

For more information contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847

Cruising down Lakewood Drive

 

 

 

Championing Lakewood in Washington, D.C.

 

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilwoman Mary Moss and City Manager John Caulfield spent two days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with elected leadership like Sen. Maria Cantwell (pictured).

The visit included back-to-back meetings with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and meetings with the Association of Defense Communities executive director, director of the Office of Economic Adjustment and House Armed Services Committee staff. The group also planned to meet with the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

The purpose of the short trip was to discuss development of the National Defense Authorization Act (including funding for Congressman Heck's Commute Act), military encroachment mitigation as it relates to the North Clear Zone at McChord Field, and continued funding in support of the Office of Economic Adjustment as it relates to the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership work.

 

 

Artist reception at Lakewood City Hall

The Lakewood Arts Commission coordinated its first artist reception May 22 at City Hall for local painter Carole Boughton.

Boughton’s artwork was recently hung on the first and third floors of the building as part of an effort to recognize and showcase the talent of local artists.

Approximately 60 attended the soiree and took tours of the building to view the watercolor pieces by Boughton hung for public viewing.

The bulk of Boughton’s work is displayed on the first floor near the elevator.

Read this Sub Times piece for more about Monday’s reception.

 

 

City Council holds joint meeting with planning commission

The City Council met with its planning commission at its study session May 22.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the commission about the various stages of projects it is working on.

Some items before the commission include an update to Title 18A – the section of city code dealing with development regulations. The majority of the updates will have an impact on developers within the city.

The commission is also preparing to embark on a public process to draft a sub area plan for the city’s Central Business District.

The city wants to hear from residents about their visions for a future Downtown Lakewood – do you want a downtown? How should it look? More information will be available about this process as public meeting dates are set.

 

Black bear strolls through city

In case you missed it, a black bear took a morning stroll through the city May 22.

The bear was spotted walking on Bridgeport Way before it found a field off the 8700 block of John Dower Road. Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue responded after people called 911 to report the unusual visitor.

The bear remained in the field while police and fire crews blocked off the area. State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded and brought Spencer, a Karelian bear dog who is trained to help officers corral the wild animals.

The bear climbed a tree, which allowed wildlife officials to shoot it with a couple of darts. They set up a tarp to break the bear’s fall. He sleepily tumbled out of the tree, onto the tarp and then the ground.

Officers moved him into a bear trap where he was kept until they could assess he had no injuries before releasing him into the wild – away from Lakewood.

A good reminder for this time of year: keep bird feeders, pet food and garbage cans inside, or in air tight containers so bears and other wild animals don’t come into your yard in their search for food.

 

Save the date: “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

It’s happening June 4 at 9 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The event includes a bounce house and other family-friendly activities and a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. 

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” Edwards said.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.

 

Lakewood Police participate in simulated training

Lakewood police were given the opportunity this week to participate in a simulated training program to brush up on their training. The exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

Watch this video of Police Chief Mike Zaro running through one of the active shooter drills.

 

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.

No meeting Monday, May 29 – City Hall is closed in observation of Memorial Day.

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

 

A joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

June 12, 2017 Joint Meeting with University Place City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update.
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report –Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council

 

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of code amendment regarding work crew eligibility criteria
  • Review of Chambers Creek properties MOU update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

Read the full agenda packet. 

May 19, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Transportation update: Roads to avoid

There are a number of road projects underway around the city, including on some of our busiest roadways.

To better help drivers navigate their way around the city – and avoid getting stuck in traffic – here’s just some of the work being done next week. Where possible please use alternate routes.

We thank our residents for their patience while this work is done to improve our roadways and make them safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Lakeview Ave from Steilacoom BLVD to Kendrick Street: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving and grinding Tuesday through Thursday (5/23 to 5/25).

Lakeview Ave at its intersection with 100th and 108th: These intersections will be under construction Wednesday (5/24) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., which will cause significant backups so please avoid if possible.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD: This busy roadway will remain in its current state of one lane in each direction for the next 3 to 4 weeks - FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

108th St. (Main to Bridgeport: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Monday (5/22) through Wednesday (5/24) and the road will be closed for striping. Local access only.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th) all work happening from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Grinding and patching Monday night (5/22) on east side of road. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Tuesday night (5/23) grinding and patching moves to west side of S Tacoma. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Wednesday night (5/24) overlay of outside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Thursday night (5/25) overlay of inside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Overlay work will impact access to SR512 from S Tacoma Way, detours will be in place.

Check out this interactive map of upcoming road projects. 

 

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event is Saturday

This annual event is tomorrow at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Guadalcanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

 

Clover Park High School: Arlington Project

Clover Park High School will present its annual Arlington Project, Wednesday at 5 p.m. to honor the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and America’s veterans.

In its ninth year, the Arlington Project honors service members killed in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today.

Over a four-day period Clover Park High School students will transform the school’s front lawn into memorial with thousands of white markers to honor the nearly 7,000 service members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The display is left up through Memorial Day weekend so as many visitors as possible have the chance to see it.

Opening ceremony details: Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW; program includes community Wall of Remembrance, choir and band performances, memorial displays, JROTC reenactments, viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance” and guest speaker Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret).

 

WATCH: #swimbikerunSummerFEST

Check out these videos promoting the upcoming Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, presented by St. Clare Hospital.

Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The videos have been airing on the city’s YouTube channel and posted to Facebook, Twitter and on the website.

Each person has their own reasons for competing; all their stories are compelling.

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight; Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience; Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports; and ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.

 

Business Showcase: J&J Autobody

Located on South Tacoma Way, J&J Autobody is one of Lakewood’s best kept secrets when it comes to collision repair businesses.

Owner Bill Jensen doesn’t advertise, instead he prefers word of mouth to generate business. Ask anyone who’s trusted their car to J&J Autobody, and they’ll tell you they won’t go anywhere else.

The employees are certified to the highest standards of collision repair, and the office management team views every car that comes through the door as its own.

J&J Autobody’s reputation for quality repairs and customer service is enough to make some people tow their cars from outside the South Sound (including Ocean Shores on the Washington Coast) to Lakewood.

It’s for these reasons the Lakewood City Council chose to recognize J&J Autobody as its May 2017 Business Showcase .

 

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.

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.

May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Reports by the City Manager: Pierce County Regional Council organizational structure

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

Read the full agenda packet. 

May 5, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Emergency Food Network Hunger Walk and 5k Run

The Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park the morning of May 20 for the 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run.

Registration and check in is at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m., the walk at 9:05 a.m. Money raised helps EFN provide food to the Pierce County community.

The event is part of a month-long effort focused on raising awareness about hunger in our community during the month of May, which is hunger awareness month.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Repacking bulk foods into smaller portions;
  • Helping at Mother Earth Farm, an 8-acre organic farm where food is grown for neighbors in need;
  • Sorting through food donations and packing it to go out to Pierce County food pantries;
  • Distributing food to people in need through the FISH/EFN mobile food bank;
  • Holding a food and fund drive at school, work or get-together;
  • Volunteering at the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 13, or the Hunger Walk May 20.

People can also donate on May 10 during GiveBIG day, an annual one-day online giving event for nonprofits in the region.

For more information, including race registration cost, visit the EFN website.

 

Lakewood’s lakes remain healthy

A recent analysis by an outside consultant of 16 years of lake monitoring data showed little change over time in the water quality of the city’s six lakes.

The city hired WEST Consultants, Inc. to review data gathered from 2000 to the present. The data was gathered by volunteers through an effort coordinated by the Pierce Conservation District.

The district also submits an annual report to the city with its findings.

A snapshot of the analysis shows a warming trend in the lakes during the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter – which is common.

It also found decreased oxygen levels in all the lakes, but no major variations in the levels from one year to the next. Decreased oxygen is an important indicator of the health of the water and its ability to support a balanced system of plants and fish.

Ultimately the analysis determined there were no clear trends regarding dissolved oxygen levels, dramatic changes in temperature or alkalinity, which measures a lake’s ability to neutralize acids.

Click here for more information.

 

Routine increase coming to waste collection bills

A routine, annual increase is set to take effect in Lakewood June 1, pending City Council review.

The increase is being proposed by Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. (also known as LeMay Pierce County Refuse) because of a 2.1 percent cost of living adjustment and a 5.24 percent disposal rate increase at the Pierce County Landfill that went into effect March 1.

The Pierce County Council previously approved the landfill rate increase.

The city contracts with LeMay for its waste collection service.

For the average residential customer who has a 65-gallon garbage can picked up once a week with recycling service, the rate will go up from $34.36 to $35.48.

For the average commercial business with a 2-yard container that is picked up weekly, the rate will go up from $172.17 to $177.73.

Click here to view the proposed 2017 rates.

Click here to view the 2016 rates.

The annual rate schedule can be found here.

 

Spring/Summer 2017 Lakewood Connections Magazine is here

Want to know where the City Council stands on expanding the city's housing opportunities? What about the latest transportation and parks projects?

Or how about details of our upcoming Farmers Market (opening June 6) and our annual SummerFEST party in Fort Steilacoom Park?

These stories and more are in the latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 edition.

Copies went out via U.S. Postal Service May 3.

 

Watch: City Council honors Bataan Death March survivor

Earlier this week the City Council honored Sgt. First Class Dan Figuracion, who died April 3 at 97 years old.

Figuracion was a decorated World War II veteran, Batan Death March survivor, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Philippine Scouts for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 26th Regiment Cavalry that conducted the last horse-mounted charge against armed troops in the Army's history.

Figuracion was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (then Fort Lewis) in the 1960s - his family joined him in Lakewood in 1968. After retiring from the Army Figuracion stayed in the community and remained active with veteran's groups. He was a national hero in the Philippines.

 

 

 

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.

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.

May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance

May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations (tentative)
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update

See the complete agenda packet here.

May 12, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

North Clear Zone action plan moves to implementation phase

Federal, state and local elected officials joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior leaders and South Sound business owners at the Eagles Pride Golf Course May 11, 2017 for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council meeting. 

The big moment came near the end when leaders from the state, JBLM, Pierce County and city signed an agreement signifying a commitment to execute a long range plan that will restore 206 acres of land known as the North Clear Zone north of McChord Field to an uninhabited state.

The signing was a milestone moment in the ongoing effort led by SSMCP to address public safety issues due to urban encroachment around the JBLM airfield.

A portion of the North Clear Zone falls in city limits and includes 16 buildings and businesses on privately owned property. The land does not comply with the federal government's guidelines for public and air safety.

With the agreement in place the next step is for the various jurisdictions to work together on the implementation of the relocation plan developed by SSMCP.

In the coming years the goal is to relocate the businesses, acquire the property and keep it free of people.

Representatives who signed the agreement:

  • Mark Barkley, assistant director local government division state Department of Commerce
  • Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive
  • Col. Dan Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Don Anderson, Mayor city of Lakewood
  • John Caulfield, chairman South Sound Military & Communities Partnership

Additionally Congressman Denny Heck, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of I Corps at JBLM, Col. Leonard J. Kosinski, commander of 62nd Airlift Wing at JBLM, and Pierce County Executive Dammeier addressed the crowd and spoke of the importance of community support of JBLM as we prepare for another review under the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Click here to see photos from the meeting.  

 

Gravelly Lake Drive Construction open house planned

An open house is scheduled for Tuesday (May 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW in the American Lake room for people to learn about planned construction along Gravelly Lake Drive between Bridgeport Way and 100th St SW.

Drop in any time to meet the design team, learn about traffic and business impacts and see the construction timeline. Work begins May 22.

See more here

 

Get active for a cause

Looking to get outdoors, be active AND support a good cause?

You’re in luck, there are some great events happening this month and next that benefit good causes, while also bringing our community together.

May 13: Healthy Start 5k

Saturday – yes THIS Saturday – is the Studio Fitness Healthy Start 5k.

Healthy Start is an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After snacks, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games, and nutrition lessons.

Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

Event details: Run/walk starts and ends at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr SW; Registratio is $40 and can be done at Studio Fitness or email shane@personaltrainingnw.com.

Learn more here.

May 20: 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run

Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park in the morning for the 

Registration and check in is at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m., the walk at 9:05 a.m. Money raised helps EFN provide food to the Pierce County community.

The event is part of a month-long effort focused on raising awareness about hunger in our community during the month of May, which is hunger awareness month.

Learn more here.

June 4: First annual “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run and free Kids Dash

Register by May 24th to secure a spot and race goodies like bib, medal and swag bag.

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

A runner herself, Edwards wants people to feel like they matter, feel important and “leave that 5k a different person with a new hope and maybe a new spark toward a goal in some area of their life that they didn’t have before.”

As part of the event Edwards will have a bounce house and other family-friendly activities. She also has planned a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. Edwards will have supplies on hand for people to make cards and write letters of inspiration to the girl and her family, which she plans to deliver to them at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” Edwards said.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.

 

The Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event for Kids 

This annual event is May 20 at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Gualdacanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

Register 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.

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.

May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update

 

May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract

See the full agenda packet here.

April 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Public invited to headstone dedication for Civil War soldiers Saturday

Two Union Civil War Soldiers buried at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park will receive a proper headstone dedication Saturday.

Sergeant Oliver W. Bean, Company D, 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Private Thomas Blanchard, Company I, 4th New York Heavy Artillery will be honored during the ceremony. 

Both graves were previously unmarked. 

Also, the headstone of Sergeant Charles Wesley Cooley, Company G, 49th Ohio Infantry will be rededicated.

Military funeral honors will be rendered during Saturday’s ceremony. That includes a three-volley rifle salute.  Residents in and around the park between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday could hear gunfire and should not be alarmed.

Saturday’s ceremony is the result of work by the Gov. Isaac Stevens Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), supported by Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve and local nonprofit Grave Concerns Association.

Read more here.

 

Math Relay exercises kids’ brains and bodies

Friday marked the annual Math Relay, put on by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in coordination with the Clover Park School District.

This year 11 elementary schools participated, signing up 16 to 17 teams. The teams were made up of 20 students (10 girls, 10 boys) from third, fourth and fifth grade.

During the relay students combine physical activity – jumping jacks, running, pushups and jumping rope – with math. Students must correctly answer five math equations before they can move on to the next physical activity to complete the relay. If they get an answer wrong they have to do a pushup.

The team with the fastest scores wins. Check out this video of the students showing off their brawn and their brains.

 

 

Saying goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom

On May 1 we will say goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom who will retire after 12 years with the city.

Previously he worked for 37 years for the city of Kent, where he also headed the Public Works Department.

Wickstrom saw nearly 200 projects complete while at the helm in Lakewood. He was instrumental in improving the city’s infrastructure. That includes raising the bar on baseline road condition expectations and thinking outside the box when obstacles presented themselves.

The city appreciates and thanks Wickstrom for his hard work and dedication to Lakewood.

The city has hired John Cunningham to serve as the interim Public Works Director for approximately six months. He begins May 2. HIs appointment will allow the city to undertake a thorough recruitment process to fill the position.

Cunningham is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer with a 38-year career that includes time in the communities of Tumwater, Olympia, DuPont and Sammamish. He also worked in the private sector followed by seven years serving in interim posts. Since retiring in 2010, Cunningham has served as interim public works director for several agencies, most recently the city of Bainbridge Island, Mason County and city of Sammamish. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the University of Washington. 

 

Coming to a mailbox near you

Keep your eye out next week for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine.

Expected to hit mailboxes on or around May 3, the latest publication features updates on transportation and parks projects, a breakdown of the City Council’s housing priorities, a feature article on Lakes High School student Brianna Mitchell’s recent Youth of the Year recognition and information about the upcoming Farmers Market season which opens June 6.

Inside you’ll also find a guide to the city’s annual SummerFEST – the biggest party the city throws each year – and upcoming classes at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.
 

 

Lakewood Index now available

Construction is happening around the city as new busineses move in and existing businesses expand.

Check out who's coming and who already opened, as well as the latest economic indicators in the April/May 2017 Lakewood Index.

 

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.

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.

May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
  • Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
  • Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
  • Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
  • Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Approve HOME agreement with Habitat for Humanity and Homeownership Center of Tacoma for acquisition and redevelopment of four single-family dwellings
  • Approve employment contract with John J. Caulfield as City Manager
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure

See the full agenda packet here.

 

May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance