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

Nov. 17, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood’s legislative priorities

The Lakewood City Council sat down with members of our state Legislative delegation Nov. 16, 2017 to discuss the city’s priorities heading into the 2018 short Legislative session.

The meeting offered the council the chance to highlight projects the city is working on – including some projects that didn’t get funded last year – and thank our state leaders for their work.

Lakewood has a strong working relationship with our local delegation and looks forward to continuing that as we head into the new year.

Here are some of the priorities for 2018 :

Pass the 2017-19 Capital Budget: The city has two requests that depend on passage of the budget: transfer of ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park and a $476,000 grant request from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation grant program for Harry Todd Park waterfront improvements.

Military Benefit Zone: The city supports legislation aimed at helping economic development for communities near military installations.

Expedite funding for Lake City sidewalk project: The city is scheduled to receive $270,000 in 2025 and $1.73 million in 2027 for sidewalk construction in the Lake City Business District. The city is asking the money come earlier to line up with the construction cycle for another sidewalk project scheduled for 2020 to limit impacts on businesses and traffic.

Spur development on Pacific Highway South:  The city is asking for the state to partner in the development of 25 acres along Pacific Highway South where a WSDOT maintenance facility is located. This is prime real estate for development that would benefit the state, county and city.

Capital Funding Requests: The city requested capital funding for Fort Steilacoom Park to help pay for park infrastructure improvements, including repaving the entryway into the park and extending water, sewer and electric utilities to buildings in the park.

It also asked for money to help with the Lakewood Colonial Plaza, which includes redevelopment of the Colonial Center and the creation of a central gathering place along Motor Avenue.

See a complete list of local, state and federal priorities here .

 

Train signal testing starts Saturday

Starting Saturday (Nov. 18, 2017), WSDOT will conduct final tests on the Point Defiance Bypass  railroad tracks. This route runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and DuPont. Those who cross these tracks should be prepared for minor delays that occasionally will occur as trains pass through intersections over the next several weeks.

Drivers and pedestrians should use extreme caution whenever near the railroad tracks, obeying all signals, pavement markings, and gates to ensure they are not in the path of an oncoming train.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 this train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains traveling up to 79 mph. Trains will travel in both directions and most will pass through this area 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.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. 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 

 

 

Kick off your holidays with us

We're counting down to Christmas with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony,  Dec. 1, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Come early to grab the perfect sport along 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center to catch candy and watch the holiday parade (5:45 p.m. start). Santa will make his grand entrance aboard the West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck at 6 p.m.

Join the celebration at City Hall where we'll have live entertainment inside and out. Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa is ready to meet your child and take a photo.

New this year is Candy Cane Lane, where visitors can stroll through boutique vendors with unique items for sale -- a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping early.

Inside City Hall children's Winter Wonderland LEGO creations will be on display. Register your child for the contest .

Enjoy family-friendly activities with "minute-to-win-it" games and arts and crafts.

Starbucks will provide hot drinks and holiday treats. Food vendors, including Stacks Burgers, will have food for purchase.

Own a business? Get in the holiday spirit by entering our Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. (Winners announced Dec. 5.)

Want to join the parade? Register by Nov. 22 .

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

 

Now open in Lakewood

New businesses are coming to Lakewood and the can’t get their doors open fast enough!

Family-friendly restaurant Hop Jack’s is preparing to open Nov. 20 in Lakewood Towne Center, mobile food truck Burger City recently found a home on 96th Street and we keep hearing great things about Smokin’ Zees BBQ and The Gyro Shack, which both recently opened.

We’re pleased to welcome these amazing new companies to our community, and can’t wait to share the news about other businesses looking to call Lakewood home.

For a complete list of who’s open and who’s next check out our updated Economic Development brochure online .

 

City hosts minimum wage forum

In 2016, Washington voters approved raising the state minimum wage and mandating companies of all sizes to provide 40 hours of paid sick leave to each employee. The rules have been finalized and are effective January 1, 2018.

On Nov. 16 Lakewood partnered with Pierce County and the Economic Development Board to host a forum on Initiative-1433. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen welcomed over 100 businesses from all over Pierce County. Labor and Industries experts as well as representatives from CONNECTHR LLC, and Ledger Square Law provided detailed answers to attendee questions. Click here  for more information on I-1433.

 

Vote! We need your help

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. We need as many votes as possible to get into the top 15.

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to honor our officers its purpose is to remember all who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Help your neighbors

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

Springbrook Connections: The annual Thanksgiving dinner is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at CenterForce. All residents of Springbrook are invited to come to this communal dinner to celebrate the start of the holidays.

This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas.  

If you would like to help at the dinner or donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email   or call (253) 279-9777.

  

Weekly transportation update

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott has eight light poles left to stand, which should be done by today (Nov. 17). The illumination system should be wired and activated by the end of next week. Once light poles are up work will stop until after the rainy season.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

Nov. 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Ed Selden Carpet One – Ms. Gayle Selden, Manager
  • Proclamation declaring November 25, 2017 as Small Business Saturday – Ms. Linda Smith, President, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Eric Forsythe, Mr. James Turbyfill and Mr. Omar Rodriguez
  • Approve SHB Estates final plat
  • Approve Municipal Court Judge contract
  • Adopt 2018 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Adopt 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2018 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Adopt 2018 human services funding allocations

 

Nov. 27, 2017 Study Session

  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of utility phone tax agreement
  • Review accounts receivable write-offs
  • Adult family homes/ESF update
  • Community clean-up recap

Nov. 20 Agenda

Nov. 10, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Veteran’s Day ceremony is Saturday

The public is invited to join us tomorrow at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers for a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

 Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program beings at 2 p.m.

Thank you to all of the veterans in our community and their family members for their sacrifices and service to our country.

 

 

Public input needed on downtown plan

We have three meetings this week to learn more about our downtown planning process.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments. Can't make it? Provide your thoughts here: www.lakewooddowntownplan.org. Don’t forget to take the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownLakewoodVision

 

Follow @cityoflakewoodwa on Instagram         

Starting Monday the city’s Instagram will be taking over the South Sound Proud Instagram account.

The takeover gives us a chance to show off our city, its beauty and some of the the great things that separate us from our neighbors.

Make sure you check the @south_sound_proud account throughout the week to see what we’re posting and like the posts to show your #IamLakewood pride. And, If you haven’t followed the city on Instagram yet, get on it!

 

Join Lakewood’s holiday parade

The deadline is getting close for people to register for the annual Lakewood Holiday Parade, held on Dec. 1.

This year’s parade will march down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center, ending at the roundabout where the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will occur.

You don’t need an elaborate float – a car, sign and Christmas lights will suffice!

Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 17. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities begin with caroling at City Hall, refreshments and a chance for kids to show off their LEGO building skills with the Winter Wonderland Brick Builders 4 Kidz LEGO contest. People are encouraged to line 59th Street to cheer on the parade participants, see Santa arrive by fire truck and catch candy. Everything you need to know about the night’s activities can be found here .

 

Help bring outdoor concerts to Lakewood

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If selected we would be the first from the Northwest to receive the grant. We're currently 23rd and need as many votes as possible to get into the top 15.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why we need you to sign up and vote!

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Springbrook Connections holiday events

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for Springbrook neighbors is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centerforce. This event is open to all residents in Springbrook and offers a chance for neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Giveaway is planned for Dec. 16. Springbrook families are able to “shop” donated items for their children to ensure they have something under their tree to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to this event, or help with the Thanksgiving dinner contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

  

Weekly transportation update

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott has eight light poles left to stand. This will occur early next week. In the meantime, the electrical sub-contractor wired the illumination system. Once light poles are up work will stop until after the rainy season.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

Nov. 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of SHB Estates final plat
  • Review of marijuana options

 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda

 

Nov. 20 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Ed Selden Carpet One – Ms. Gayle Seldon, Manager
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award – Mr. Eric Forsythe, Mr. James Turbyfill and Mr. Omar Rodriguez
  • Adopt SHB Estates final plat
  • Approve Municipal Court Judge contract
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Adopt 2018 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Adopt 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2018 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Adopt 2018 human services funding allocations

Nov. 13 Agenda

 

Oct. 27, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Make a Difference Day is Saturday

This summer 10-year-old Lakewood resident Malikhi Griffin walked into Lakewood City Hall with a sandwich bag filled with coins. Inside was $21.50.

He met with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and handed the bag over, telling her he was giving the money to the city to buy more plants for the city’s parks.

“I wanted to raise money for the city because I think it’s important to have things like parks and things like that so people can get into nature more,” the fifth grader said.

On Saturday Malikhi will be at Fort Steilacoom Park to help volunteers plant trees around Waughop Lake as part of the national Make a Difference Day event. One of the tress was purchased using his donation.

Malikhi loves the beauty of nature, he said, and wants to see “more plants added” in his community. His donation this summer is the second time he’s given his hard-earned savings to the city to help with beautification efforts.

The city appreciations Malikhi’s generosity and participation in our community events – he helped during Parks Appreciation Day in April, too. We can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young man and his continued involvement with Lakewood.

Want to help Malikhi Saturday? Head to Fort Steilacoom Park to help with tree planting or grave site restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Or head to The Little Church on the Prairie for other events requiring less manual labor. Full details here. 

 

Free Community Cleanup is Saturday/Sunday

Pierce County Refuse will open its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the first-ever free Fall Community Cleanup, hosted by the City of Lakewood and LeMay Pierce County Refuse.

A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

For items in good condition that aren't ready for the trash there will be a donation truck on site.

Address: Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW, Lakewood

More details. 

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Third Quarter crime statistics

Lakewood Police Assistant Chief John Unfred presented the third quarter crime statistics to the City Council at its Oct. 23 study session. Highlights include:

  • Total calls for service: 17,256
  • Total arrests:
    • Felony: 126
    • Gross misdemeanor: 4
    • Misdemeanor: 257
    • Warrants: 146
  • Violent crime numbers are down significantly for third quarter, including a noticeable decrease in reported aggravated assaults (49 percent drop).
  • Property crimes continue to decline, as do crimes against persons.
  • Motor vehicle thefts, which had been gradually on the rise, fell by 26 percent in the third quarter.
     

Save the date: Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

The public is invited to two ceremonies honoring Veteran’s Day in Lakewood.

The first will happen Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, as part of the City Council’s meeting. The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Participants include Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100th anniversary of JBLM.

 

Lakewood in the running to host outdoor concerts in 2018

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We recently learned we are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If we are selected we would be the first from the Northwest.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why in the coming week the city and Broadway Center will launch social media campaigns to raise awareness and encourage people to vote.

Voting opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 20. We hope people will take the time to sign up and vote so we can bring more free outdoor concerts to the South Sound. Learn more here.

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and set the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.    

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street:  Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Project is complete.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The parallel parking spaces in front of the businesses on Mt. Tacoma Drive were paved today (Friday). Work is being done to open the roads to traffic while the project is put on hold during the rainy season. The roads will be passable without delays during the pause.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

No meeting Monday, Oct. 30 because it is the fifth Monday of the month.

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project (tentative)
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Approve state government relations contract
  • Approve federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic impact
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation

 

November 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of marijuana options
  • Adult family homes/ESF update (tentative)

 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation and Six Year (2017-2022) Financial

Nov. 3, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

The public is invited to two ceremonies honoring Veteran’s Day in Lakewood.

The first will happen Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, as part of the City Council’s meeting. The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, the official program beings at 2 p.m.

 

Help bring outdoor concerts to Lakewood

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We recently learned we are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If selected we would be the first from the Northwest to receive the grant.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why we need you to sign up and vote!

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Planning a downtown Lakewood

Want to have a say in how Lakewood's downtown is developed over time? We have three meetings coming up where you can learn more about the process and add your ideas.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW), hear the city's Youth Council present their ideas for a future downtown Lakewood.

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Be part of interactive discussions, see sketches and give your ideas.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. See how downtown plans have evolved and help critique them.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments. Can't make it? Provide your thoughts here: www.lakewooddowntownplan.org.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be held Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is especially significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Springbrook Connections holiday events

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for Springbrook neighbors is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centerforce. This event is open to all residents in Springbrook and offers a chance for neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Giveaway is planned for Dec. 16. Springbrook families are able to “shop” donated items for their children to ensure they have something under their tree to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to this event, or help with the Thanksgiving dinner contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

 

Thank you for participating in the Community Cleanup

Our first-ever free Community Cleanup held last weekend was a huge success. Nearly 800 cars passed through the gates of the Lakewood transfer station between Saturday and Sunday.

The city extends a heartfelt thank you to LeMay Pierce County Refuse for its partnership and opening its facility for the event, as well as a big thank you to Scott, the lone resident volunteer who signed up to help during the event.

Here’s a quick summary of the day’s success by the numbers:

  • Garbage collected: 76 tons
  • Junk tires collected: 648
  • Scrap metal collected: 2 tons
  • Mattresses collected: 125

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street:  Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished the pre-suspension paving Monday. Electric subcontractor G&G worked to stand light poles the end of this week and could do more early next week.  Traffic control will be in place while this is done. Suspension is anticipated once the poles are installed.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Appoint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting, LLC contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic analysis
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Approve Revised SSMCP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation

November 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of marijuana options 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda

Nov. 6 Agenda

Oct. 20, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Public input sought on barn restoration

Community group Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

For more information email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at  .

 

Tyee Park Elementary students honored

Each year the city’s Stormwater and Surfacewater Management team works with Clover Park School District students to put out an annual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar. This year the city partnered with Tyee Park Elementary School, requesting students to submit artwork for the calendar.

The project is two-fold, it allows the city to showcase our talented youth, while also teaching our children about the importance of not polluting our waterways.

The City Council recognized the students at a meeting Monday. In total 15 students’ artwork was chosen to comprise the calendar.

They are:

  • Ashyra Kinchen (4th grade)
  • Virginia Toailoa (4th grade)
  • Alana Clouthier (3rd grade)
  • Robert Coats (1st grade)
  • Keighlauna Eberly (3rd grade)
  • Luis Vaca (3rd grade)
  • Cassandra Bower (5th grade)
  • Kennedee Robinson (4th grade)
  • Tyler Koden (2nd grade)
  • Angela Sanchez (5th grade)
  • Arciniega Elian (5th grade)
  • Ashley Lagunez (3rd grade)
  • Carlos Salgado (2nd grade)
  • Yuihanis Torres-Quintero (3rd grade)
  • Joseph Ramos (1st grade)

 

Keeping drains and roads clear

After this week there’s no question, Fall storm season is upon us. Anticipating the winds and rain the city’s Operations and Maintenance team got to work inspecting storm drains and cleaning around them prior to the storm systems hitting the region. This proactive approach will continue through winter. 

The company under contract to sweep the city’s roads started this month and focused on neighborhoods known for lots of leaves. They will continue sweeping these neighborhoods every other week through January. This is in addition to their regular sweeping.  Click here for the map outlining street sweeping routes.

The sweeping contractor will run three sweepers at night Monday and Tuesday due to Thursday’s heavy wind and rain and the storm anticipated to hit the area Saturday.

 

Save the date: Make a Difference Day

Join your neighbors in Make a Difference Day, a national day of giving back. The event is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Here’s how to get involved:

Fort Steilacoom Park

Tree planting around Waughop Lake (City of Lakewood)

Restoring historic grave markers at FSP Cemetery (Grave Concerns Foundation)

Little Church on the Prairie

  • Operation Christmas Child: Packing boxes to be delivered to children in countries around the world who lack basic items like shoes and socks, and who may have never tasted candy! We will be making an item to send and writing a personal note.
  • LASA Box Wrapping: We will team with the Living Assistance Support Alliance (LASA) in Lakewood to help them wrap items for the holidays. Their headquarters is a few blocks from the church.
  • Moldova Girls: Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. Help cut fabric (bring scissors!) to be made into necessary items for girls ages 10-18. They will be delivered by the project leader when she goes there on a mission trip in 2018.

Contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield at cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us, (253) 983-7827 for more information.

 

Lakewood’s Free Community Cleanup is Oct. 28-29

The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event. A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

The city is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Click here for volunteer information .

Click here to see what will be accepted.   

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.   

 

Help put Lakewood on the map

We're up against some steep competition in King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington recognition program.

Our Fort Steilacoom Park needs your help to win. Voting closes Sunday, Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Click here  and look for Fort Steilacoom Park. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Previously closed while a sewer line extension was completed, the road reopened to traffic Oct. 15.

Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Three items were to be finished Oct. 20. No traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The project has been bogged down by weather this week. Pavers are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Once that is done the work will be put on hold until after the rainy season. The roads will be reopened without traffic impacts during the pause.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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

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

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

October 23, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2018 City Legislative Priorities
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • South Sound Military Community Partnership update

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project (tentative)
  • Appointing Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation and Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast

Oct. 23 Agenda