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

Sept. 22, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Save the date: Artist reception Monday, Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is this coming Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.

 

Private memorial this weekend for retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

Since the passing of retired Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar last week many people have reached out to express their sympathy to the police department, city and Farrar’s family. We appreciate the support and thank the public for its kindness.

At the request of the family a private memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lakewood.

The memorial is for family, friends and law enforcement.

If there are members of the public who would like to pay their respects, they are welcome to gather at the corner of 112th Street and Bridgeport Way.

A large police procession is not planned, however there will be a small procession with Farrar’s family expected to arrive at the church around 3:30 p.m. from Bridgeport Way to 112th Street.

Farrar’s family and the City of Lakewood extend their thanks to the community for its compassion and understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lakewood Officers Charity Fallen Officer Fund (P.O. Box 98298, Lakewood, WA 98496-8298).

 

Volunteers needed: Bicycle/Pedestrian Count

The Ninth Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count is open for volunteer registration. Join residents across the region to count people using active modes of transportation. Data collected by volunteers helps our local agencies estimate demand and benefits of bicycle and pedestrian investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. Previous years’ count data can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation data portal . These annual counts would not be possible without the public’s support.

This year’s count is happening Sept.  26, 27 and/or 28. Volunteers can choose a two-hour morning shift, (7-9 a.m.), or evening shift (4-6 p.m.). Register here .

 

First Rental Housing Safety Program informational meeting is next week

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Nominations due FRIDAY for Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood First Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, advocated for Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 29.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Three separate road projects in and around 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood have impacted drivers recently. At least one of those projects – the project by Joint Base Lewis-McChord that halted access to Perimeter Road – was scheduled to end by Sept. 22.

The city’s project on 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive that has the road closed while work is done on the final sewer extension project, is set to finish next week. The road will reopen after Sept. 30.

The third project is tied to the Tacoma Gateway project, a warehouse project across from Woodbrook Middle School. Traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street is affected while road widening, paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse are installed. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Substantial completion was issued this week. The electrical subcontractor has been working at S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal on punch list items. We should be wrapping this project up in the next couple weeks.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Due to weather, sidewalk and driveway work was pushed out to next week. Contractor RW Scott continued to prep for sidewalks this week. G&G Electric poured light pole foundations. By the end of week next week, all light pole and signal foundations should be poured. Sidewalk/driveways are scheduled to be poured on Friday (9/29). Other work scheduled for next week is landscape/irrigation rehabilitation behind back of new sidewalk.

 

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.

September 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies and proposed use of funds
  • Review of 2017-2018 funding strategies
  • Review of multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments

 

October 2, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • GFOA Distinguished Budget Award. – Mr. Ade’ Ariwoola, President of Washington Finance Officers Association/GFOA Representative
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • Pierce County Library District Strategic Plan – Ms. Georgia Lomax, Executive Director
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Arts Commission
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Reports by the City Manager – Banner program presentation and Community satisfaction survey update

Read agenda

Sept. 15, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

National Preparedness Month: Safe at Home event

September is National Preparedness Month and this Saturday (9/16) you'll have a chance to pick up a FREE emergency preparedness kit from Walmart on Bridgeport Way (while supplies last).

The event is from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Here's all you need to know: Puget Sound Energy and the American Red Cross are joining forces to get you prepared.

Drop by the Safe at Home event Saturday (9/16) at the Walmart Supercenter and pick up a FREE Ready America® emergency preparedness kit (while supplies last), receive important safety and preparedness tips, and learn more about the myPSE outage app.

The day will feature fun safety activities for the entire family. Participate in games and win prizes, get kid’s safety information, interact with KING 5 TV personalities and more. Plus, talk with local emergency response experts, PSE professionals, and American Red Cross representatives about assembling preparedness kits, making emergency plans, and being informed.

Are you prepared?

 

Save the date: Artist reception Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.

 

Remembering retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

The City of Lakewood and its Police Department are saddened to share the passing of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Bret passed away Sept. 12 in Arizona after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

“As much as Bret meant to the Police Department and the City of Lakewood, it pales in comparison to what he meant to his family,” Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro said. “They were extremely close and I can’t imagine the loss they are feeling.”

Bret had a long and successful career in law enforcement, with the majority of his time spent serving the citizens of Lakewood. Bret played a large role in the creation of the Lakewood Police Department and served as the chief from 2008 until his retirement in April of 2015.

Under Bret’s direction the police department continued to build its relationship in the community, a move that helped reduce crime across the board and made Lakewood a safer place to live.

His leadership was especially critical in 2009 when he was faced with leading the department through one of its worst tragedies – the shooting death of a sergeant and three of its officers.

Through it all, Bret united the department and reaffirmed the conviction of the Lakewood Police Department to serve and protect the city.

Bret will be missed by all of those who knew him. His influence and leadership are still felt by those who worked with him both at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood PD.

“Bret’s commitment to the community went above and beyond his role as Police Chief,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He cared about our community as demonstrated by his commitment to countless charities and service groups in Lakewood.

“The city expresses its sympathy to Bret’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Caulfield said. “His family should be proud of the legacy he left in Lakewood. He will be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bret’s family and close friends.

 

United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring was Friday (Sept. 15) and 10 city employees volunteered their morning to help the Emergency Food Network repack frozen corn.

In total the city employees repacked 4,350 pounds of frozen corn on the cob in just over two hours for the EFN distribution center, located in Lakewood.

The volunteers included:

  • Alla Dobrovidova (Public Works)
  • Nikki York (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Tammi Dove (Administrative Services/Finance)
  • Jessica Vanzant (Police)
  • Susan Adams  (Municipal Court)
  • Mary Dodsworth (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Svea Pitts (Police)
  • Mike Miller (Police)
  • Daniel Nego (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Jason Cannon (Police)

Thank you for your commitment to community and supporting our Lakewood neighbors. Check out a video of the morning

 

Rental Housing Safety Program launches soon

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Lakewood Community Collaboration philanthropic visit

This week three major players in the state’s philanthropic community came to Lakewood to speak to Lakewood Community Collaboration members.

They included Colette Ogle, program officer for the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Ken Ristine, with the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, and Jessica Case with the Medina Foundation.

These representatives spoke in a panel format, offering their experience to the collaboration members, many of whom represent nonprofit and community services organizations in the region.

 

Waughop Lake Trail dedication photos

Unable to make it to last week’s Waughop Lake Trail dedication? Don’t fret; you can view pictures from the evening on the city’s Facebook page. 

 

Nominations due Sept. 29 for Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood First Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, advocated for Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Sept. 29.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.

 

Weekly transportation update

Road improvements begin next week in the Woodbrook neighborhood and will impact traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street.

The work is part of the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project which is going up across the street from Woodbrook Middle School. The road improvements include road widening and paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse project on 146th Street and 150th Street. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. The project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewski, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program

 

September 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Review of human services 2018 allocations and funding strategy
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments

Read agenda

Sept. 1, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood will be closed to through traffic while work is done on the final sewer extension project in the area. The road will reopen after the Sept. 30 project completion date.

Cars will have to access 150th Street from the Thorne Lane/Murray Road side. Access from the east is closed because Joint Base-Lewis McChord is repaving Perimeter Road.

The road will be closed from Woodbrook Drive (Lakewood's project) to Military Road (JBLM's project). The JBLM project will conclude Sept. 22. During this overlap Barnes Gate and McChord Field commercial vehicle inspection point will be closed to traffic.

Unlike last year, the city’s project this year is only 600 feet long and will be less intrusive. Access to property will be maintained for local residents, but through traffic is not allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work quickly to get your roadway restored. Thank you for your patience.

 

Going to the State Fair this weekend?

Planning to visit Puyallup for the Washington State Fair but don’t want to mess with traffic? You can hop on a Pierce Transit shuttle from Lakewood Towne Center (see the schedule here ).

New this year you can use Pierce Transit’s PiercePay, which allows you to use your phone to pay your fare instead of having exact change. PiercePay is available through the Hopthru app, which is free and easy to set up (search for it in the Google Play store or on in the Apple store).

While you’re at the fair make sure you stop by Original House of Donuts, which has two locations this year:

  • Gold Gate serving its world famous handmade donuts and fresh brewed espresso
  • Orange Gate from its mobile food truck the Holy Roller where it will serve its donuts and drip coffee.

In addition to traditional favorites, OHOD will serve new offerings from a Fair Specialty Cake line that includes a lemon cake, blueberry cheesecake, orange creamsicle, cookies and cream and chocolate caramel coconut.

 

Toxic algae advisory issued for Lake Steilacoom

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Lake Steilacoom Aug. 29, 2017. That means there are areas of the lake with algae that are unsafe for people and pets.

The advisory means people and pets should avoid areas of the lake where algae is present.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Read more here.

 

Lakewood Fall Connections arriving soon

The Fall 2017 Lakewood Connections magazine hits mailboxes Labor Day weekend.

This edition includes:

  • Recognition of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on its recent centennial celebration
  • A reminder that fast trains are coming to Lakewood soon (December)
  • Information on our Fall Community Cleanup (scheduled for Oct. 28/29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Feature article on our recently established Veteran’s Treatment Court
  • Information on registering for the Rental Housing Safety Program
  • Updates on economic development, transportation and park improvements
  • Listing of upcoming events including the 11th annual Truck and Tractor Day, scheduled for Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

View the online version.

 

City Hall closed Monday

Lakewood City Hall and city services will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Business will open as usual Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

 

Waughop Lake Trail dedication

The trail was paved this spring but we waited to celebrate the recent improvements until the parking lot paving was complete. With both projects finished it’s time to celebrate the work of our partners and supporters who helped make the new trail around the lake possible.

A celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a “mix and mingle” at the shelter near the lake. Presentation and thank you to sponsors and partners will happen at 6 p.m. followed by trail walk around the lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone at the course donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email  .

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

Two roundtrips added to Lakewood Sounder service

Sound Transit is adding two new roundtrips to its popular south line Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood beginning Monday, Sept. 25. The new trains will provide more choices, more capacity and more frequent departures. With the addition of these two trains, there will be 13 daily roundtrips on the Sounder south line in South King and Pierce counties. 

During peak hours, Sounder trains will arrive as often as every 20 minutes. In the morning peak, an additional train will run between the first Lakewood departure at 4:36 a.m. and the 5:45 a.m. departure. This additional train will help ease congestion on the line’s most crowded trains. 

In the afternoon, the new schedule will provide earlier service to Lakewood during the traditional peak, and reduce the gap between the first and second trains to 40 minutes. To enable this earlier departure, the 2:35 p.m. southbound train will terminate in Tacoma, with connecting express bus service from Puyallup to Lakewood. The last evening trip will depart King Street Station 10 minutes later, at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, a third reverse-peak roundtrip will be added, allowing late morning travel to Tacoma and early afternoon travel to Seattle. To add capacity to the popular mid-day train Sound Transit launched last September, additional cars will be added. 

The new schedule and additional details found here.

 

Save the date: Greater Pierce County purchasing forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies

Learn how to access agency portals

Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 

Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers

Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck
; (253) 798-2335

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive this week, finishing storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked installing illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working their way south towards 100th Street. Sept. 5, paving will occur behind the back of walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons). Other work planned for next week include forming luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and pouring signal foundations.

Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

Road improvements:

Pilot road patching program: On Aug. 22 the city’s road crews began work with rented equipment to repair pavement identified throughout the city as high need. In the first week crews patched 4,100-square-feet of pavement with 69 tons of asphalt on 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood. The program will continue through Sept. 15, when the rental period. This is something the City has never undertaken in its history and if it works out, we will be looking to either lease or purchase equipment to continue this program to allow us to pavement patch essentially year round.  This is not a replacement for our regular pavement patching contract that we expect to let later this summer/early fall; that contract addresses larger size patches. 

 

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:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Six vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

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.

Monday’s meeting will be held Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment

Read the agenda.  

September 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Report

Sept. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Waughop Lake dedication is tonight

Have plans for tonight? Come join us out at Waughop Lake for our trail dedication.

Mix and mingle starts at 5:30 p.m. at the new picnic shelter followed by a short presentation at 6 p.m.

Then the newly paved trail is all yours to discover and walk from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be stations at different points around the lake trail for you to learn about the lake habitat, see how the trail has transformed and learn how invaluable our volunteers and community partners were in making the improvements happen.

There will also be live music by local musicians playing around the lake.

Park in the recently paved parking lot by the dog park and follow the signs to the new picnic shelter at Waughop Lake for the ceremony.

 

 

Team Tillicum 5K is Saturday

Be part of the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s happening this weekend. Proceeds support youth and athletic programs in the Tillicum community.

The event takes place at scenic Harry Todd Park  next to American Lake. The course is flat and fast and gives runners and walkers a view of all Tillicum has to offer.

Organized by community residents, leaders and partners, the even raises awareness and visibility to Tillicum, engages the community through walking and running and encourages residents to grow as a safe, clean and healthy neighborhood.

Cost: $25 adult ($35 day of race); $5 children 6-12 years. Registration is open.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause this Saturday

The Friends of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone at the course donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email  .

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

Lakewood recognized by Pierce Transit

At Monday’s City Council meeting the city was presented with a Commute Trip Program Award from Pierce Transit.

The award comes from the transit authority’s Pierce Trips Program and was given to recognize the work the city has done to encourage its employees to find alternatives to commuting alone.

Assistant civil engineer Tim Motoh is the city’s employer designated transportation coordinator and as such has worked hard to provide information and resources for city employees to encourage things like vanpools, ride sharing or bicycling to work.

Motoh was at Monday’s meeting to share in receipt of the award that was presented by Charmaine Riley, communications and marketing specialist, and Karen Henderson, employer services coordinator, from the Pierce Trips Program.

The state’s Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act is focused on improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and minimizing energy consumption. The act requires affected worksites to develop employer-based programs that encourage people to find alternatives to driving alone.

The act applies to all employers (public and private) that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single location. These “affected” employees are those working 35 or more hours a week and who work between 6 and 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for at least 12 continuous months.

 

Nominations due Sept. 29 for Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, advocated for Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Sept. 29.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.

 

Rental Housing Safety Program informational meetings planned

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. OR Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Sign up now for the Triple the Fun Run series

Triple the fun this holiday season and stay in shape while having a blast by signing up for the Triple the Fun Run series -- three races put on by Lakewood and held at our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park.

Save money by registering for all three races instead of registering individually.

And after you finish your last race you will walk (or run) away with a crazy hat, t-shirt and scarf, as well as a special medal for those who complete all three races!

Register here

Race details:

  • Triple the Fun Run Early Bird Special: $55 for all three races (on or before Oct. 16).
  • Triple the Fun Run Regular Fee: $75 for all three races (Oct. 17 to Oct. 29)

Individual race fee:

  • Halloween Crazy Hat 5k and 10k: Oct. 29, $35 (register )
  • Jingle Bell Rock 5k: Dec. 9, $15 (register )
  • New years Day 5k: Jan. 1, 2018, $35 (register )

Read more about the races here

 

Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

This week 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood closed to through traffic while work is done on the final sewer extension project in the area. The road will reopen after the Sept. 30 project completion date.

Cars will have to access 150th Street from the Thorne Lane/Murray Road side. Access from the east is closed because Joint Base-Lewis McChord is repaving Perimeter Road.

The road will be closed from Woodbrook Drive (Lakewood's project) to Military Road (JBLM's project). The JBLM project will conclude Sept. 22. During this overlap Barnes Gate and McChord Field commercial vehicle inspection point will be closed to traffic.

Unlike last year, the city’s project this year is only 600 feet long and will be less intrusive. Access to property will be maintained for local residents, but through traffic is not allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work quickly to get your roadway restored. Thank you for your patience.

 

Save the date: Greater Pierce County purchasing forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies

Learn how to access agency portals

Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 

Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers

Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck
; (253) 798-2335

 

Weekly transportation update

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Electrical subcontractor is working on the Illumination System. Once finished substantial completion will be issued. The electrical subcontractor is tentatively scheduled to start improvements on the S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal (punchlist) Sept. 13. Traffic control will be in place at the intersection of S. Tacoma Way/SR512. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott paved behind the back walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons) this week, and continued to demo on the east side of Gravelly for upcoming curb and gutter placement. Curb and gutter is scheduled to be installed on the east side of Gravelly Sept.14. Other work for next week includes excavation and forming for luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and on Mt. Tacoma Drive.

Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

Pilot road patching program: On Aug. 22 the city’s road crews began work with rented equipment to repair pavement identified throughout the city as high need. In the first week crews patched 4,100-square-feet of pavement with 69 tons of asphalt on 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood. They continued this week on Gravelly Lake Drive near Nyanza, patching problem locations.

The program will continue through Sept. 15, when the rental period. This is something the city has never undertaken in its history and if it works out, we will be looking to either lease or purchase equipment to continue this program to allow us to pavement patch essentially year round.  This is not a replacement for our regular pavement patching contract that we expect to let later this summer/early fall; that contract addresses larger size patches. 

 

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:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Six vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

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.

September 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Report

 

September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewska, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program

Read agenda

Aug. 25, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Volunteer Saturday to help restore Waughop Lake habitat

Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better!  Can you join us?

As you walk through the park, you may notice that destructive plants are taking over many areas. Scotch Broom, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry are the main culprits, but other invasive plants are also gaining a foothold. Left unchecked, these plants will steadily crowd out or smother our wonderful native plants. They will destroy the habitat that our local birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators, and small woodland animals rely on.

You can change this! Join us to help eradicate these invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We meet monthly on the fourth Saturday of every month, and would welcome your help whenever you are available. 

Join us from 9 am to noon.

What you need…

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 
  • Dress in layers for our changeable weather.
  • Bring sturdy shoes.
  • Leather work gloves are helpful.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Bring water.

Why do we volunteer?

  • Connect with your community.
  • Have fun.
  • Learn which native plants are best for a specific site.
  • See how to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
  • Learn about invasive plants and how to eradicate them.
  • Make the park better for future generations. Help make a lasting change!
  • Support improved water quality.
  • Gain community service hours and enhance your resume. Great for students.

Everyone is welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

The golf course is an all-volunteer run organization. Yes, that’s right. From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

This year’s tournament is being held in honor of former minor-league pitcher and Tacoma resident Stan Naccarato who died in 2016 and retired professional golfer and Friends board member Ken Still, who died earlier this year.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email .

 

Sewage spill advisory lifted from Waughop Lake

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted is sewage spill advisory from Waughop Lake Friday, following water quality tests that show the water quality has improved.

The health department posted the advisory earlier this year after storm lines from Pierce College drained into Waughop Lake. The College addressed the problem and worked to clean up the site.

Recent water quality samples from the lake showed the average E.coli levels below the health department’s threshold for requiring public notification of a sewage spill. The location near the outfall where the sewage drained from the college had one of the lowest results for E.coli.

The water quality results, in combination with the efforts by Pierce College led to the removal of the Sewage Spill Advisory.

An additional E.coli sampling will be taken following the next rain event to make sure residual sewage doesn’t impact the lake.

The toxic algae advisory remains in effect and areas with visible algae should be avoided.

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

City Council: Public health and unmanned aircraft

This week’s City Council study session will include a visit from Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, who will give an update on the agency.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro will provide an update on the department’s plans to use an unmanned aerial system in police searches for missing people, assessing damage in hazardous conditions or helping in the service of search warrants. A draft policy for how this would work was recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and with input from the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee with a focus on safety, transparency and privacy in mind. The goal is to have the program operational by the end of next month.

 

Three Farmers Markets left

Yes, that’s right the Lakewood Farmers Market season is already drawing to a close. Where did summer go?

The last market is Sept. 12, so if you haven’t made it yet you better hurry!

The Lakewood market has everything from fresh produce and handcut flowers, to homemade spa grade soaps and bath bombs, dried lavender, coldbrew coffee, wine from local wineries and artwork.

Join us for our final three Tuesdays in Town Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Weekly transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): Project punchlist is complete. Physical completion will be issued and closeout process will start after the last progress payment is issued next week. 

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed for future curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the east side of the roadway this week. RW Scott also put down asphalt in the roadway patch section on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday (8/26), RW Scott will likely finish installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive, which will finish storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked this week on signal improvements and trenching spare, illumination and interconnect on the east side of the road between Bridgeport and Mt. Tacoma Drive. Next week they will install illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working south toward 100th Street.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

 

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:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Five vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

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.

August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Unmanned aerial system update

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections

Read the agenda.