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

May 18, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood mourns passing of Claudia Thomas

The City of Lakewood was sad to learn of the passing of former Mayor Claudia Thomas on May 12, 2018.

Thomas made history while serving Lakewood: First as a member of the inaugural City Council in 1995 and again in 2006 when her peers voted her Mayor, making her the first female African-American mayor in Washington State.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Thomas served as Deputy Mayor from 1995 to 2003.

“The city was saddened to learn of Claudia’s passing over the weekend,” said Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, whose time on the City Council overlapped with Thomas. “It was great pleasure to serve with Claudia on the council. She was a tireless advocate for youth and education.”

Read more. 

 

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event is here

Head to American Lake Park Saturday (tomorrow) to give the youngsters in your life the chance to experience the elation that comes with reeling in a fish for the first (or second, or third, or fourth…) time.

Children are supplied poles, which they get to take home, and the chance to catch up to two fish. The event is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $15.

If you didn’t pre-register you can still come and pay upon arrival. Can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Armed Forces Day is Saturday: JBLM open to public

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will celebrate Armed Forces Day Saturday with the public.

Come see C-17s, C-130s, Strykers, Apache and Blackhawk helicopters, watch historical reinactments, splurge on fair food and enjoy a carnival and kids’ activities.

Festivities occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at McChord Field, Heritage Hill. Event is free. Find more at jblmarmedforcesday.com.

Non-Department of Defense cardholders should use the North Gate access off 11th Street and South Tacoma Way to access the base.

 

First Free Boating Class is Saturday

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card and the first class is Saturday.

State law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email Nicolette York ( ) or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.

 

ROAD ALERT: Gravelly Lake Drive detour planned

Work began this week on the planned non-motorized trail that spans just under 1 mile along Gravelly Lake Drive to increase pedestrian connectivity and safety in the neighborhood. As part of that work contractor NW Cascade took down a number of diseased trees along the roadway which were identified as public safety hazards. During removal cars were stalled while the lanes of travel were closed for safety precautions.

Drivers can expect additional delays starting Monday, May 21 when storm drainage installation begins. Please plan for extra drive times during this work.

A detour will be in place for westbound traffic while this work occurs. Drivers will be routed south on Nyanza Road, west on Gravelly Lake Drive and back to Washington Boulevard.

The eastbound lane will remain open.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we complete this important pedestrian safety project.

 

ROAD CLOSURE: 59th Avenue affecting Lakewood Towne Center

There will be nightly road closures Wednesday (May 23) and Thursday (May 24) on 59th Avenue, through Lakewood Towne Center while contractor crews rip up the existing roadway and prepare to repave it.

Closures will run from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road will be open during the day. Detours will be in place.

 

Second-annual You Matter Movement event

The second-annual You Matter Movement fundraising event is happening June 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park.

This year’s event features a 5k run/walk and a half marathon, plus family-friendly activities.

A live DJ will be there to keep the energy going during a free 1k kids’ dash, a visit by a video game truck, a bounce house and free post-race massages.

Money raised goes back into the community. Four, $500 scholarships will be awarded to benefit Steilacoom High School students, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority and Washington State Alliance of Black Student Educators.

Sign up here.

 

West Pierce Fire and Rescue Youth Academy

Have you ever been interested in a fire service career? See what it’s like during West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s 2018 Youth Academy.

The weekend will be filled with lots of hands-on learning (taught by WPFR personnel) and will allow students to understand how firefighters are trained to be prepared for any 911 call. There is no cost to attend.

This year’s academy is July 28-29. Application period closes May 25.

To view the eligibility requirements, please visit the WPFR website. Applications are also available online and must be filled out by May 25, 2018.

 

 

Final push to sell Veteran’s Memorial Commemorative bricks

Fifteen years ago the Veteran’s Memorial at Lakewood City Hall was dedicated to honor those whose contributions and sacrifices have secured our freedoms. Seven hundred commemorative bricks were permanently installed around the memorial.

Only 242 bricks remain for you to leave a permanent legacy to honor a veteran. Please consider engraving one of these bricks to help complete the memorial.

Click here for more information. You must fill out this form to reserve your brick(s). For more information call City Hall, (253) 589-2489, or email info@cityoflakewood.us.

 

Leadership Forum for students with disabilities

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is holding its 18th Youth Leadership Forum for high school students with disabilities July 22-27 at The Evergreen State College.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1. This exciting, fun, educational, five-night, six-day Leadership Program will accept approximately 35 to 50 high school students through a competitive process.

Students/parents will not be charged expenses to attend this forum.

To apply email Elaine Stefanowiz ( ) for an application, or call (360) 902-9362.

 

Pierce County Library offers teen volunteer program

Teens have an opportunity to give back, have fun and earn service hours this summer as a volunteer with the Pierce County Library System’s first-ever Teen Library Corps.

The Teen Library Corps is open to teens, ages 14-18, and is available at nine Pierce County Library locations, including the Lakewood branch on Wildaire Rd. Students will volunteer at a participating library from June 23 to Sept. 2. Through volunteering, students gain valuable skills and experience that will reflect well on a college application and resume.

Email for an application and apply today! Priority application deadline is June 15.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the library, visit volunteer.pcls.us .

 

Transportation updates

road work ahead signWe’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Steilacoom between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive: Two-way traffic resumed this week, however there could be intermittent eastbound lane closures while utilities are raised to final grade.

Steilacoom at Circle (Western State entrance): Intermittent lane closures are expected early next week while utilities are raised to final grade.

Steilacoom at Lakeview Avenue: Intermittent lane closures are expected early next week while utilities are raised to final grade.

Fort Steilacoom Park entrance road: All underground work is complete, along with excavation of the existing road and grading of the gravel base. Next week concrete curbing will be poured. Paving is expected to begin the end of May with a tentative reopen date of just after Memorial Day.

Military Road/112th Street: Contractor RW Scott anticipates pouring the curb and gutter next week. Travel will be limited to one lane in each direction until the curbs are in and the roadway patched.

Woodbrook: Road paving is complete. Remaining work includes driveway paving, landscaping, road striping and clean up.

Gravelly Lake Drive Non-motorized Trail: Contractor NW Cascade began tree removal of the diseased trees along the roadway, causing some periodic lane closures for public safety. Storm installation begins Monday. The westbound lane will be closed for this work with a detour in place. The detour will route drivers south on Nyanza Road, west on Gravelly Lake Drive and back to Washington Boulevard. The eastbound lane will remain open.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Traffic control will be in place next week while the utilities are raised and the illumination system installed.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): ADA ramps were poured this week. Nightly road closures are anticipated for Wednesday (May 23) and Thursday (May 24) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for grinding and paving of the roadway.

 

Join a community advisory board

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. /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies 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. Boards with openings:

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 3 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items include:

The City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers to review Council Chambers technology.

May 21, 7 p.m. Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pacific Machine, Mr. Jim Tschimperle, Owner
  • Approve MOU with Rotary Club of Lakewood regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Adopt moratorium on adult family homes – (Continued from the meeting of 5/7/18)
  • Adopt marijuana land use regulations
  • Adopt 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Adopt surface water management fee
  • Reports by the City Manager – Fee schedule amendment on building permit fees

 

May 29 (Tuesday) Study Session

  • Workforce Central update. – Ms. Linda Nguyen, CEO
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • Review of 2018 Comprehensive Plan amendments schedule
  • Review of Pierce County Library District ILA regarding Lakewood libraries
  • Review of pawn shops
  • Review of 2019-2020 human services funding strategies and process
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of Six Year TIP
  • Reports by the City Manager – Economic Development update

May 21 agenda

May 11, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Gravelly Lake Drive non-motorized trail project open house

An open house is planned May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW for people to learn more about the planned non-motorized trail project.

Construction begins Monday, May 14 and lasts through September 2018.

Residents may have noticed some trees marked with pink. This marking indicates these trees will be removed for the project. Approximately 15 larger Douglas fir trees just south of the Madera entrance are slated for removal. Most of the hedges along this stretch will be pruned, which means they will be bare until new growth comes in.

Expect some delays mid-week next week as the trees come down.

Improvements include a non-motorized path, sidewalks and street lighting along the length of the corridor, improved storm drainage conveyance and pavement restoration.

At the open house the construction management team will talk about the project, the project schedule and traffic impacts. Drop in any time to learn more about what we’re doing to improve pedestrian connectivity and our roadways. Staff will be available to answer questions.

For more information about the project contact civil engineer Eric Swanstrom, (253) 983-7795 or email .

 

Road Alert: Expect delays on Steilacoom Boulevard

Three different sections of Steilacoom Boulevard located will be impacted by road improvement projects starting as early as 6 a.m. Monday, May 14. Please plan your drive accordingly and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

Steilacoom between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive

Steilacoom will be closed both directions between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive (including the intersection of Ardmore) for paving. Both east and westbound will be detoured to/from Custer Road/Bridgeport Way. Work will begin at 6 a.m. and should wrap up before the evening commute. 

Steilacoom at Circle (Western State entrance)

Beginning Monday May 14 around 10 a.m. contractor Miles Resources will begin grinding the intersection. Traffic will be down to one lane each direction during grinding, which should wrap up mid-afternoon prior to the evening commute. Miles will pave this intersection Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 7 p.m. Traffic will be down to alternating one lane at times. Paving is anticipated to wrap up before midnight. There is no good detour route for this segment roadway, so please plan your drive accordingly and give yourself extra time.

Steilacoom at Lakeview Avenue

Grinding and paving at this intersection near Clover Park Technical College and Mountainview Memorial will begin Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Traffic will be down to one lane each direction during grinding, which is anticipated to be finished by midnight. Paving will immediately follow with traffic restricted to alternating one lane. Lakeview Avenue will be closed at the intersection of Steilacoom Boulevard and detours will be set up at both Steilacoom Blvd and South Tacoma Way to encourage alternate routes. Work should be completed prior to the morning commute.

 

Countdown to Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event

We’re eight days away from the family-favorite event held on the shoreline of American Lake Park.

Register today for this beloved event and give the youngsters in your life the chance to experience the elation that comes with reeling in a fish for the first (or second, or third, or fourth…) time.

Children are supplied poles, which they get to take home, and the chance to catch up to two fish. We ask that everyone please register in advance for the 30-minute fishing time slots.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $15. Register here.

Seeking volunteers: Do you have a Boy Scout troop looking to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills? This event a great opportunity to do just that. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact , (253) 983-7887.

 

Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card.

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email Nicolette York ( ) or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.

 

Final push to sell Veteran’s Memorial Commemorative bricks

Fifteen years ago the Veteran’s Memorial at Lakewood City Hall was dedicated to honor those whose contributions and sacrifices have secured our freedoms. Seven hundred commemorative bricks were permanently installed around the memorial.

Only 242 bricks remain for you to leave a permanent legacy to honor a veteran. Please consider engraving one of these bricks to help complete the memorial.

Click here for more information, including the form you must fill out to reserve your brick(s). For more information call City Hall, (253) 589-2489, or email info@cityoflakewood.us.

 

PSRC Survey: Planning for future growth

The central Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties) is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by the year 2050.

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050, a long-range growth plan, will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and will consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years, the Puget Sound Regional Council will work with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups, and the public to develop VISION 2050. Be heard! An online survey on issues and experiences in the central Puget Sound is now open. Responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Find it here. 

 

Leadership Forum for students with disabilities

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is holding its 18th Youth Leadership Forum for high school students with disabilities July 22-27 at The Evergreen State College.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1. This exciting, fun, educational, five-night, six-day Leadership Program will accept approximately 35 to 50 high school students through a competitive process.

Students/parents will not be charged expenses to attend this forum.

To apply email Elaine Stefanowiz ( ) for an application, or call (360) 902-9362.

 

Pierce County Library offers teen volunteer program

Teens have an opportunity to give back, have fun and earn service hours this summer as a volunteer with the Pierce County Library System’s first-ever Teen Library Corps.

The Teen Library Corps is open to teens, ages 14-18, and is available at nine Pierce County Library locations, including the Lakewood branch on Wildaire Rd. Students will volunteer at a participating library from June 23 to Sept. 2. Through volunteering, students gain valuable skills and experience that will reflect well on a college application and resume.

Email for an application and apply today! Priority application deadline is June 15.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the library, visit volunteer.pcls.us .

 

Transportation updates

We’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Fort Steilacoom Park entrance road: All underground work is complete, along with excavation of the existing road and grading of the gravel base. Next week concrete curbing will be poured. Paving is expected to begin the end of May with a tentative reopen date of just after Memorial Day.

Steilacoom Boulevard: See above for road impacts at three locations on Steilacoom Boulevard where improvements are underway.

Military Road/112th Street: Contractor RW Scott is continuing with preparations for curb and gutter. Expect lane restrictions for the duration of the project.

Woodbrook: Paving and landscape work continue. Paving was to be finished Friday (May 11). Remaining work includes completing the landscaping, paving driveways on Spring Street, and striping the road.

Gravelly Lake Drive Non-motorized Trail: Contractor NW Cascade is scheduled to begin work Monday, May 14. An open house scheduled in the City Hall Council Chambers on May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for people to learn more about this project. Expect lane closures mid-week when tree removal occurs.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Roadway paving was completed this week. Next up is raising utilities and minor electrical work. No road closures expected at this time.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Construction began May 7 and the contractor spent this week doing demolition work. New curb and gutter were poured at the end of the week at new pedestrian ramps. Next week the contractor will finish all concrete work. Heavy construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and is expected to begin next month.

 

Join a community advisory board

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. /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies 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. Boards with openings:

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online. /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items include:

May 14 Study Session

  • West-Pierce Fire and Rescue update – Fire Chief Jim Sharp
  • Engineering and pavement standards update
  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Review of MOU with Lakewood Rotary regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Review of surface water management fee

The City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers to review Council Chambers technology.

A regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m.

May 21 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pacific Machine, Mr. Jim Tschimperle, Owner
  • Adopt 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Adopt marijuana land use regulations
  • Adopt surface water management fee
  • Adopt moratorium on adult family homes – (Continued from the meeting of 5/7/18)
  • Approve MOU with Rotary Club of Lakewood regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Reports by the City Manager – Fee schedule amendment on building permit fees

May 14 Agenda

April 27, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Parks Appreciation Day is here

We hope you’ll join us Saturday as we work to restore and prepare four of our parks for the upcoming busy Spring and Summer season. Work will occur from 9 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.

2018 project sites:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW): We will restore our historic cemetery markers, planting flowers, paint gate to lake, fence work at the dog park and doing restoration around the new Waughop Lake trail.
  • American Lake (9222 Veterans Dr SW): Weeding, painting, ivy removal, laying bark in beds, cleaning the swimming beach and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will do underwater cleaning in our swim area. 
  • Wards Lake Park (2716 84th St S): Replace playground chips, trail maintenance, and invasive ivy removal, restroom painting.  
  • Springbrook Park (12601 Addison St SW): Preparing the beds for the growing season, building soil/compost bins, community garden plantings, and Clover Creek Stewardship projects, and general park cleanup.

Email to register.

 

Veteran Resource Fair is Saturday

Are you veteran looking for resources in the community? You don’t want to miss the Veteran Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

This free event includes information on:

  • Community services
  • VA benefits
  • Legal services
  • Homeless services/at-risk
  • Educational benefits
  • Medical screenings/dental resources
  • Justice involved reintegration services
  • Apprenticeship/training and vocational opportunities/jobs
  • Women veteran resources
  • Financial education/assistance
  • Housing and home ownership
  • Disability claims/benefits
  • Alternative therapies
  • Transition services

For more information visit nine9line.com .

 

Spring Community Cleanup is May 5/6

We’re just over a week away from our second Community Cleanup day. This time the event is happening over two days to accommodate people’s schedules. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

If you plan to attend make sure to come early and give yourself plenty of time. A photo ID or recently issued utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance please call (253) 875-5053.

Accepted items:

  • Home/garage/yard/attic clean outs and old or broken furniture.
  • Accepted for recycling/donation: dry mattresses, clothing, scrap metal, tires.

Items NOT accepted:

  • Yard waste: this can be recycled for free at the landfill or every other week with a curbside bin.
  • Hazardous waste.
  • TVs, computers and other electronics.
  • Paint.
  • Propane tanks and cylinders.
  • Automotive parts and accessories.
  • Commercial, construction and roofing material.
  • Regular garbage.

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, is hosting this event for residents. Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).

 

Lotus Blossom unveiled

Coinciding with Earth Day, Port Orchard artist Karsten Boysen unveiled his 2,500-pound bronze Lotus Blossom on April 22, 2018 at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Washington Boulevard for the public to see.

The piece is the city’s first public art piece and was commissioned by the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Arts Commission in 2017.

According to Boysen: “The sculpture honors the peacemakers and the peacekeepers of our community – especially the unsung heroes of every garden that graces the City of Lakewood.”

At 8 feet, the bronze sculpture is intended to be “an icon for the city where American, Gravelly and several other local lakes surround the area where Lakewold Gardens and many extensive landscapes abound,” Boysen said.

Boysen is a well-known Northwest artist with major commissions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington states. He currently has sculptures placed in Olympia, Belfair and Des Moines, Washington, as well as Lake Oswego and Hermiston, Oregon and Napa, California. His public art includes Petersburg, Skagway and Seward, Alaska, as well as the Kent Animal Control Shelter in King County.

“The City of Lakewood is reclaiming its heritage nurtured long ago by the community around Lakewood. The Public Art program for Lakewood enhances the cultural experience for local people and visitors,” Boysen said. “Increasingly art is contributing to the vitality of the city’s growth.”

The city paid for the $80,000 project with monies from its Art Fund. The city is allotted a certain number of days each year for the use of McGavick Conference Center which it makes available for public rental. Revenues from this usage go into the art fund to support efforts of the city's Arts Commission.

 

PSRC Survey: Planning for future growth

The central Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties) is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by the year 2050.

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050, a long-range growth plan, will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and will consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years, the Puget Sound Regional Council will work with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups, and the public to develop VISION 2050. PSRC wants to hear from you! An online survey on issues and experiences in the central Puget Sound is now open. Responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available online in six languages:

More information on VISION 2050 and ongoing opportunities to get involved is available online .  https://www.psrc.org/vision

What is PSRC? The Puget Sound Regional Council develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. PSRC is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

 

Onyx Drive Online Survey

Do you live in Oakbrook? We want to hear from you. Please take a minute to complete this online survey to help us determine what road improvements to make between 97th Avenue and Philips Road. The survey closes April 30.

The first phase of the project will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues.

Take the online survey now.

 

Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card.

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email Nicolette York ( ) or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.

 

Leadership Forum for students with disabilities

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is holding its 18th Youth Leadership Forum for high school students with disabilities July 22-27 at The Evergreen State College.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1. This exciting, fun, educational, five-night, six-day Leadership Program will accept approximately 35 to 50 high school students through a competitive process.

Students/parents will not be charged expenses to attend this forum.

To apply email Elaine Stefanowiz ( ) for an application, or call (360) 902-9362.

 

Transportation updates

As spring nears we’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Steilacoom Boulevard: The contractor is pouring sidewalk for the next few days. Final paving is tentatively scheduled for the second week of May. The electrical contractor continues to work at the Circle Drive intersection as well as the Lakeview intersection.

Military Road/112th Street: Work will begin Monday, April 30. Lane closures are anticipated through the duration of the project.

Woodbrook: Contractor, Rodarte Construction, will be back out in the Woodbrook neighborhood next week to continue work on the road project around the new Panattoni warehouse.  They plan to pave 150th Street, Spring Street and 146th Street in the vicinity of the warehouse on Tuesday (May 1) and Wednesday (May 2).  In addition to paving, remaining work includes irrigation, landscaping and striping.     

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): Striping finished this week. This project is complete, minus a few minor items.

Gravelly Lake Drive Non-motorized Trail: NW Cascade was recently awarded the contract. They want to begin soon, but a firm start date has not been finalized. Work anticipated to begin in early to mid May.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Sidewalk and driveways were finished this week. Remaining sidewalk is scheduled for Monday, April 30. Electrical subcontractor is finishing underground work. Grinding/paving is tentatively scheduled for nights starting May 7 and will likely require closure of the road.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Preconstruction meeting is scheduled for May 4. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start May 7. Heavy construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.

Dekoven Drive: The project is currently suspended and additional work is being proposed. Final roadway striping and marking will be done once that work finished.

 

Looking to Volunteer?

Our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with our annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at American Lake Park. This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact  , (253) 983-7887.

 

Join a community advisory board

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

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 3 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

Special Meeting: April 30, Council Retreat, Mt. Rainier Conference Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall.

Agenda: 2019-2018 goal setting

May 7, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring May 7-11, 2018 as Certificated Employee Appreciation week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring May 20-26, 2018 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Paul Bucich, Public Works Engineering Director
  • Proclamation declaring May 13-19, 2018 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Proclamation declaring May 2018 as Building Safety Month. – Mr. Jeff Gumm, Program Manager, Program Manager, Community Development Department
  • Swearing-in of Police Officers – Melody Wright and Daniel Pyon
  • Police Award – Sergeant John Fraser
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve WSDOT quit claim deed on I-5
  • Approve Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Appoint members to the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Public Hearing on marijuana land use regulations
  • Public Hearing on surface water management fee
  • Public Hearing on the 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Adopt Comcast cable franchise renewal
  • Adopt of FY 2018 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations

April 30 Agenda

May 4, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Spring Community Cleanup is HERE

It’s here! The city’s second community cleanup is happening this weekend, Saturday May 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

If you plan to attend make sure to come early and give yourself plenty of time. A photo ID or recently issued utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance please call (253) 875-5053.

Accepted items:

Home/garage/yard/attic clean outs and old or broken furniture.

Accepted for recycling/donation: dry mattresses, clothing, scrap metal, tires.

Items NOT accepted:

  • Yard waste: this can be recycled for free at the landfill or every other week with a curbside bin.
  • Hazardous waste.
  • TVs, computers and other electronics.
  • Paint.
  • Propane tanks and cylinders.
  • Automotive parts and accessories.
  • Commercial, construction and roofing material.
  • Regular garbage.

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, is hosting this event for residents.

 

High-Speed train testing happening this weekend

From Sound Transit:

This weekend, Sound Transit will be testing a Sounder train on the section of tracks adjacent to I-5 between the Tacoma Dome and Nisqually. This activity is part of the ongoing implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems.

This notification serves as a reminder that passenger and freight trains may be operating on the corridor at any time of the day or night, and at speeds up to 79 mph, including days on which no passenger services are scheduled. Please remain clear of the tracks at all times. Signals should be obeyed at all train crossings.

Testing is expected to continue in the coming months.

For more information: soundtransit.org/point-defiance-bypass ; Sounder PTC testing: Blake Jones, (206) 398-5470 or  ; Amtrak Cascades service: Janet Matkin, (360) 705-7966 or  ; 24-hour construction hotline: (888) 298-2395.

 

Support Lakewood Baseball Club this weekend

Lakewood Baseball Club has partnered with Classy Chassis Car Washes to help support the program that strives to instill in our youth the belief in good sportsmanship, honesty, and loyalty.

Visit a Classy Chassis location Friday May 4 or Saturday May 5, and tell the cashier to credit your purchase toward the Lakewood Baseball Club fundraiser. Whether it’s a car wash and an iced coffee, or an oil change and new wipers, whatever you choose you’ll support the club and local youth.

For more information, visit the Lakewood Baseball Club website

 

Lakewood officer named Probation Officer of the Year

Municipal Court Compliance Officer Cameron Himes was named the Probation Officer of the Year by the Washington Misdemeanant Probation Association at its annual conference held on April 30 in Ocean Shores.

Himes has been a probation officer with Lakewood Municipal Court since 2015. As part of a staff reorganization he took on this additional responsibility while maintaining his duties as a Court Compliance Officer.

As a probation officer Himes regularly goes above and beyond. Instead of telling people what they need to do he works with them to accomplish their assigned tasks. If they don’t have transportation, Himes works to obtain bus passes. Recently he worked with the Lakewood Police Department to have bikes available for people to check out to get to their appointments.

“Cameron is a straight shooter, which is appreciated by his clients,” said Municipal Court Judge Susan Adams. “He demonstrates the utmost integrity, honesty and dedication to his position I’ve ever seen in my 20-plus years working in the court.”

Read more about Officer Himes’ recognition

 

Latest Lakewood Connections Magazine is out

Inside the city’s Spring/Summer 2018 edition you’ll find information about what’s happening in your city, including a complete guide to our annual SummerFEST celebration scheduled this year for July 14, 2018 once again at Fort Steilacoom Park. (Read it online here ).

The Connections is mailed to every home in Lakewood. If for some reason you do not receive your copy, please contact your local post office and request it be delivered. The magazines are sent bulk mail and mail carriers are responsible for delivering to residences.

Need additional copies? There is a limited quantity of extra copies available at the front desk of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW.

 

Gravelly Lake Drive non-motorized trail project open house

An open house is planned May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW for people to learn more about the planned non-motorized trail project.

Construction is expected to begin May 14 and last through September 2018.

Improvements include a non-motorized path, sidewalks and street lighting along the length of the corridor, improved storm drainage conveyance and pavement restoration.

At the open house the construction management team will talk about the project, the project schedule and traffic impacts. Drop in any time to learn more about what we’re doing to improve pedestrian connectivity and our roadways. Staff will be available to answer questions.

For more information about the project contact civil engineer Eric Swanstrom, (253) 983-7795 or email .

 

Final push to sell Veteran’s Memorial Commemorative bricks

Fifteen years ago the Veteran’s Memorial at Lakewood City Hall was dedicated to honor those whose contributions and sacrifices have secured our freedoms. Seven hundred commemorative bricks were permanently installed around the memorial.

Only 242 bricks remain for you to leave a permanent legacy to honor a veteran. Please consider engraving one of these bricks to help complete the memorial.

Click here for more information , and click here for the form you must fill out to reserve your brick(s). For more information call City Hall, (253) 589-2489, or email .

 

PSRC Survey: Planning for future growth

The central Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties) is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by the year 2050.

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050, a long-range growth plan, will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and will consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years, the Puget Sound Regional Council will work with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups, and the public to develop VISION 2050. We want to hear from you! An online survey on issues and experiences in the central Puget Sound is now open. Responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available online in six languages:

More information on VISION 2050 and ongoing opportunities to get involved is available online .  

What is PSRC? The Puget Sound Regional Council develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. PSRC is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

 

Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card.

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email  or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.

 

Leadership Forum for students with disabilities

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is holding its 18th Youth Leadership Forum for high school students with disabilities July 22-27 at The Evergreen State College.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1. This exciting, fun, educational, five-night, six-day Leadership Program will accept approximately 35 to 50 high school students through a competitive process.

Students/parents will not be charged expenses to attend this forum.

To apply email Elaine Stefanowiz ( ) for an application, or call (360) 902-9362.

 

Pierce County Library offers teen volunteer program

Teens have an opportunity to give back, have fun and earn service hours this summer as a volunteer with the Pierce County Library System’s first-ever Teen Library Corps.

The Teen Library Corps is open to teens, ages 14-18, and is available at nine Pierce County Library locations, including the Lakewood branch on Wildaire Rd. Students will volunteer at a participating library from June 23 to Sept. 2. Through volunteering, students gain valuable skills and experience that will reflect well on a college application and resume.

Email for an application and apply today! Priority application deadline is June 15.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the library, visit volunteer.pcls.us .

 

Looking to volunteer in Lakewood?

Our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with our annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at American Lake Park. This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact , (253) 983-7887.

 

Transportation updates

We’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Steilacoom Boulevard: The contractor anticipates finishing the curbs and sidewalks by the middle of next week. Final paving is scheduled for the week of May 14. Once final paving is complete, the contractor will open at least one lane in each direction.

Military Road/112th Street: Contractor RW Scott started April 30 and is working on the installation of the new signal foundations. Next up is prepping for curb and gutter. Expect lane restrictions for the duration of the project.

Woodbrook: Contractor Rodarte Construction will be back out in the Woodbrook neighborhood to continue work on the road project around the new Panattoni warehouse. Paving will happen on 150th Street, Spring Street and 146th Street in the vicinity of the warehouse. Remaining work includes irrigation, landscaping and striping.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): This project is complete, minus a few minor items.

Gravelly Lake Drive Non-motorized Trail: Contractor NW Cascade is scheduled to begin work Monday, May 14. An open house scheduled in the City Hall Council Chambers on May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for people to learn more about this project. 

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The guardrail was installed and driveways were paved this week. Road paving will begin Monday (May 7) and will occur nightly from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. During this time the road will be closed. Detours will be in place. Access will be made available for local traffic only. Read more.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Construction begins Monday, May 7. Heavy construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.

 

Join a community advisory board

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. Boards with openings:

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items include:

May 7 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring May 7-11, 2018 as Certificated Employee Appreciation week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring May 20-26, 2018 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Paul Bucich, Public Works Engineering Director
  • Proclamation declaring May 13-19, 2018 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Proclamation declaring May 2018 as Building Safety Month. – Mr. Jeff Gumm, Program Manager, Program Manager, Community Development Department
  • Swearing-in of Police Officers – Melody Wright and Daniel Pyon
  • Police Award – Sergeant John Fraser
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve WSDOT quit claim deed on I-5
  • Approve Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Appoint members to the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Public Hearing on marijuana land use regulations
  • Public Hearing on surface water management fee
  • Public Hearing on the 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Adopt Comcast cable franchise renewal
  • Adopt moratorium on adult family homes
  • Adopt of FY 2018 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations

May 14 Study Session

  • West-Pierce Fire and Rescue update – Fire Chief Jim Sharp
  • Engineering and pavement standards update
  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Review of MOU with Lakewood Rotary regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Review of marijuana land use regulations (if needed)

May 7 Agenda

April 20, 2018
Weekly Info Bulletin
To: Mayor and members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
 

Lotus Blossom dedication is Sunday

The public is invited to a dedication of the recently installed public art piece at Gravelly Lake Drive and Washington Boulevard.
The dedication ceremony is Sunday, April 22 at 9 a.m. at the traffic island. People should park in the nearby Lakewood Water District parking lot at 11900 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.
Designed and produced by artist Karsten Boysen, the Lotus Blossom was commissioned by the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Arts Commission in 2017.
The city paid for the $80,000 project with monies from its Art Fund. The city is allotted a certain number of days each year for the use of McGavick Conference Center which it makes available for public rental. Revenues from this usage go into the art fund to support efforts of the city's Arts Commission.
The artwork is bronze and weighs more than 2,500 pounds. The dedication ceremony coincides with Earth Day.
 

Downtown Plan open house

An open house is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at noon at City Hall for people to learn more about the planned actions and the draft ordinance around the city’s downtown planning process.
The meeting will be held in the Mt. Rainier Room on the third floor of City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
City staff and project consultants will be available during the meeting to provide general information about planned actions and the draft ordinance.
For more information, please visit the project website, lakewooddowntownplan.org, or contact Tiffany Speir, Planning Manager, Special Projects, at or (253) 983-7702.
 

Onyx Drive Online Survey

Do you live in Oakbrook? We want to hear from you. Please take a minute to complete this online survey to help us determine what road improvements to make between 97th Avenue and Philips Road.
The first phase of the project will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues.
Take the online survey now.
 

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun at the Lakewood branch YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr. SW for its annual Healthy Kids Day event. See below for details:
When: Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE! This event is open to the community.
Activities:

  • Games, Crafts, and Demos
  • Special Guests
  • Bounce House
  • Performances
  • Touch-a-truck
  • Register for summer programs
  • Local vendors and interactive community partner booths
  • Healthy snacks
  • Join the Y - 100% off joining fees all day!‚Äč

Join West Pierce Fire & Rescue for the annual Disaster Preparedness Day which will be held in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day! Learn how to prepare your household for a disaster, how to build a disaster kit and much more! Custom-fit helmets and life jackets will also be available for purchase (cash only, please. Prices range from $7-14.


Lakewood Historical Society: Head in the Clouds

Don't miss the Lakewood Historical Society's April 24 program at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Learn about the fascinating story of Harold Bromley, the first pilot who attempted to fly over the Pacific in 1929, leaving from what is now McChord Field. Presented by noted historic preservationist, Michael Sullivan, this event is free to the public. For more information visit: www.lakewoodhistorical.org


Parks Appreciation Day is April 28

Come out to one of our many park sites and help with beautification projects. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season.
2018 project sites:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW): We will restore our historic cemetery markers, planting flowers, paint gate to lake, fence work at the dog park and doing restoration around the new Waughop Lake trail.
  • American Lake (9222 Veterans Dr SW): Weeding, painting, ivy removal, laying bark in beds, cleaning the swimming beach and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will do underwater cleaning in our swim area. 
  • Wards Lake Park (2716 84th St S): Replace playground chips, trail maintenance, and invasive ivy removal, restroom painting.  
  • Springbrook Park (12601 Addison St SW): Preparing the beds for the growing season, building soil/compost bins, community garden plantings, and Clover Creek Stewardship projects, and general park cleanup.

Email for a volunteer registration form.
 

Free public forum on homelessness

The League of Women Voters is hosting a public forum Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Convention Center for people to learn more about homelessness.

The purpose of the conference is to educate the community about this countywide problem and to inspire community action to mitigate the effects of poverty.

At this event people can expect to learn more about what causes homelessness, alternatives to homelessness and how to become part of the solution.

Visit the website for more information   and secure your free tickets .


Train testing continues in Lakewood

From Sound Transit: In the past month, periodic train testing activity has continued on the section of tracks adjacent to I-5 between Lakewood and DuPont. Train testing in the area is part of the ongoing implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems and is expected to continue in the coming months.

Be aware of Sounder and/or other test trains periodically operating during day and nighttime hours at speeds up to 79 mph. Freight and passenger service is also active on the corridor. Please be mindful of potential train activity and remain clear of the tracks at all times. Signals should be obeyed at all train crossings.

If you have any questions about Sounder PTC testing please contact Blake Jones at (206) 398-5470 or   . For more information on Amtrak Cascades service, please contact Janet Matkin at (360) 705-7966 or  .

 

Looking to Volunteer?

Our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with our annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at American Lake Park. This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.
For more information or to sign up a troop, contact , (253) 983-7887.
 

Save the date: Spring Community Cleanup

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, will host a spring community clean up for residents. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 
Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).
 

Transportation updates

We’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.


Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): Striping should finish up tonight, April 20th. Gravelly will be closed between 100th and Bridgeport from 7 p.m.- 5 a.m. Following the striping, Contractor will be issued a project punch-list prior to physical project completion.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): A portion of the sidewalk was poured this week and the remaining sidewalk is scheduled to be poured on Monday, April 23rd. 
59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Construction is tentatively scheduled for early May. Heavy construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses. 
Dekoven Drive: The project is currently suspended until permanent pavement marking and striping can be done, which is weather dependent.

Fort Steilacoom Park Road Closure

  • Construction on the main road will begin on Monday, April 23rd. Although access to the parking lot near the baseball fields will be maintained for most of the construction period, the main roadway (from Dresden Lane to Waughop Lake) will be closed. We are closing the road to expedite the work and complete the construction as quickly as possible. We anticipate the project lasting 50 days.
  • Temporary Park Entry will be relocated to the southeast end of the park and vehicles will be using Angle Lane at Elwood Drive to access the main parking lot near the dog park and lake trail. If you are a pedestrian – please use care and caution around Angle Lane Road.
  • The playground, restroom building(s) and RC fly area will remain open but the parking lots associated with these activity areas will be closed during road construction. Individuals will need to park in designated areas and walk to these park activity areas.
  • Construction of The Pavilion in the Park, a new soccer field, and paving the soccer field parking lot are also occurring so some portions of Angle Lane near the park maintenance shop may be closed too at times for safety.


Join a community advisory board

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

  • Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 3 positions. Deadline: May 21.
  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21
  • Youth Council: Deadline: May 11. 

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .
 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?
All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.
Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .


Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
 
April 23, 2018 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Marijuana land use regulations update
  • Surface Water Management Fee update
  • Review of 2017 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report

 
The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, April 30, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Mt. Rainier Conference Room located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:
 
April 30, 2018, 7:00 PM, City Council Retreat, Mt. Rainier Conference Room

  • 2019-2020 Goal Setting