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

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Jan. 8, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City to Fly Flags at Half-Staff To Honor Retired Police Chief Larry Saunders

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfied has ordered all City Flags to be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the passing of retired Police Chief Larry Saunders, as well as honor his role as a prominent citizen of the Lakewood community.

The time period will be Thursday, January 7, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016. 

Lakewood residents, businesses, schools and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

When flown at half-staff, the US flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

The City of Lakewood issued the following statement regarding Saunders' passing on Jan. 7, 2016:

The City of Lakewood is saddened to announce the loss of a pillar in our community and founding father of the Lakewood Police Department.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Jan. 6, 2016, Retired Police Chief James (Larry) Saunders was found deceased in Fort Steilacoom Park. It appears that Saunders suffered a medical condition while running and collapsed on the trail.

Saunders' dedication to his country, community and family was unmatched and through his service he has had an immeasurable positive impact on his community and those who knew him. Saunders was the City of Lakewood's first Police Chief when the Lakewood Police Department began operations in 2004.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry’s wife and family. He will be sorely missed.

Memorial Fund for Larry Saunders

A fund in memory of (Ret.) Lakewood Police Chief Larry Saunders has been established at Heritage Bank.

Those who wish to make donations can visit any Heritage Bank and let the bank know they would like to contribute to the "Larry Saunders Memorial Fund."

Donations will be used for memorial expenses, with any residual funds going toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, for which Larry served as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Governors.

If you are unable to donate at a Heritage Bank location, contact Jillian Klingenberg at Heritage Bank, (253) 671-0840, for alternate donation methods.

MyLakewood311 Mobile App

This month, the City of Lakewood has launched its official mobile app: MyLakewood311.

MyLakewood311 will serve as the official platform for residents to access their government via cell phone or tablet.

The mobile app builds on the City of Lakewood’s recently revamped website and award-winning social media presence, and it’s part of an overall effort by the City to stay connected to residents. In fact, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals is a commitment to “honest, open, and transparent government.”

With the “MyLakewood311” app, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones and online. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find 
information about events, public meetings and view City news.

Once requests are submitted, the relevant staff redirects and responds to requests through a customized workflow management system.

The City will also use the system to provide residents with real-time status updates and comments on submitted requests.

“MyLakewood311” is an application launched in partnership between the City of Lakewood and PublicStuff. This is a free service and will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search “MyLakewood311” in the stores to download.

13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Lakewood is again coming together to celebrate the legacy of one of our society’s most transformative figures and civil rights leaders, as well as the voices, backgrounds and stories of the people that make our community strong.

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m., to noon, Jan. 16, 2016. The event takes place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!”

Mayor Don Anderson will deliver the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker will be Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College.

As always, the celebration will feature several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest will be announced.

For more information, click on the official flyer.

I-5 Lane Reduction in Lakewood for Girder Setting

(This is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Overnight lane closures are planned for Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street in Lakewood on Jan. 14 and 18 so contractor crews working for the City of Lakewood on the Interstate 5 – Madigan Access Improvements project can set new bridge girders. During the closure, crews will reduce one direction of I-5 to one lane and redirect that one lane through the Berkeley Street/I-5 interchange.

Lane closure specifics

Southbound I-5 - Thursday, Jan. 14
  • During the overnight hours of Thursday, Jan. 14, a single lane will close on southbound I-5 at Berkeley Street at 8 p.m. followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. At 11:59 p.m., crews will reduce southbound I-5 to one lane and redirect that one lane through the I-5/Berkeley Street interchange. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.
Northbound I-5 - Monday, Jan. 18
  • During the overnight hours of Monday, Jan. 18, a single lane will close on northbound I-5 at Berkeley Street beginning at 8 p.m., followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. At 11:59 p.m., crews will reduce northbound I-5 to one lane and redirect that one lane through the I-5/Berkeley Street interchange. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations during the closures.

Re-Elected Councilmembers Sworn-In

On Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, three Lakewood City Counilmembers who were re-elected took their official oaths of office.

Councilmember Marie Barth, Councilmember Paul Bocchi and Mayor Don Anderson were all sworn into office by Judge Grant Blinn. Councilmembers Barth and Bocchi took their oaths in person at the Lakewood City Council Chambers.

Mayor Don Anderson - who is on a trip to the Philippines - took his oath via video conference.

After the oaths, the Lakewood City Council unanimously re-elected Mayor Anderson and Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen to their respective offices.

You can view a photo gallery of the City's Facebook page .

Council Recognizes MLK Day of Service, Black History Month

On Monday Jan. 4, 2016, the Lakewood City Council also presented a proclamation declaring January 18, 2016 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February 2016 as Black History Month.

JoEthel Smith, founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, accepted the award along with members Becky Huber, Dennis Higashiyama and Phil Raschke. View a photo gallery of the presentation on the City's Facebook page .

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  is scheduled for 10 a.m., to noon, Jan. 16, 2016.

The event takes place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!” Mayor Don Anderson will deliver the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker will be Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College. As always, the celebration will feature several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest will be announced.

Economic Development

Back for 2016: What Should Go Here?

Back by popular demand - the City of Lakewood has posted the first edition of "What Should Go Here? " of 2016 on its Facebook page.

We want to hear from you to find out what you'd like to see in our vacant commercial spaces. Just like before, we'll post a picture of an empty storefront or property in Lakewood. We’ll provide a map, along with other information. In the comment section, users tell us what they’d like to see. The City will pass along suggestions to the owner of the building or property. Who knows? Your suggestion could spark what ultimately ends up there.

Today, we are highlighting another highly visible spot in the City's Central Business area. It's the restaurant space at 11126 Gravelly Lake Dr., known to many as the former Kimberly's Cafe location.

While there has been plenty of speculation as to what might move into the location, the 1,700-square-foot space (with another 1,300 square feet available for additional space) has sat empty since its previous tenant closed in 2014.

Since 2005, when the former Mimi's Kitchen restaurant closed its doors, five tenants have occupied the space, which is located in the Clover Park Shops shopping area and across from Clover Park High School.

Now it's your turn to provide feedback. Tell us in the comment section  what you think should go here.

City Council

The City Council will be conducting a tour on Saturday, January 9, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m., departing from Lakewood City located at 6000 Main Street SW.  The purpose of the tour is to view various cottage housing developments in Redmond, Kirkland and Shoreline.

January 9, 2016 (Saturday), 8:00 AM, Council tour

  • Cottage housing tour

 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 11, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 11, 2016 Study Session

  • Review of Title 18A Land Use and Development code amendments to improve structure & organization
  • Review of Chapter 3.64 Tax Incentive Urban Use Center Development code amendments
  • Review of 2016 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees

 

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 19, 2016 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Adopt Chapter 3.64 Tax Incentive Urban Use Center Development code amendments
  • Adopt the Six Year Transportation Improvement Program amendments
  • Expressing support for the CPSD levy
  • Approve KPG agreement to survey improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup Street to Phillips Road
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of public safety benefit cost analysis and City’s 20th anniversary update