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

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June 24, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

SummerFEST: July 9

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Annual SummerFEST
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 9
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 97th Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA
  • COST: Free

Oh, you thought the big summer parties in the City of Lakewood were finished? Not even close.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the City of Lakewood will hold its 20th Annual SummerFEST celebration, presented by CHI Franciscan, America’s Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union.

The event will feature an entire day’s worth of activities, entertainment, food and fun:

  • As always, the  day will kick off with the SummerFEST Sprint Triathlon
  • Performances from a number of entertainers including Seattle-based Tacocat, one of the hottest acts around, Eurodanceparty USA, violinist Geoffrey Castle, BubbleMan and children’s band The Not-Its!
  • An array of athletic activities for the entire family, including trapeze classes, an Orienteering race, “Yoga in the Park,” football, baseball, outdoor bowling, golf, ping pong, ladder ball, a fitness challenge and obstacle course; Event-goers can obtain a “Passport to Sports”
  • An array of arts-related activities, including a glass flameworking demonstration by the Museum of Glass, print making, chalk art, Lego competition, community art mural, face painting, Henna tattoos and clay creations; Event-goers will be able to obtain a “Passport to Arts”
  • Food trucks throughout the day
  • Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival, including performances representing cultures of Korea, Native Americans, Mexico/Latin America, Russia, Philippines, Hawaii and Guam
  • Partners For Parks Car Show
  • The party will end with the annual Movie at Dusk. This year’s feature: Minions!

For more details and to see the full lineup of fun at the City of Lakewood's 20th Annual SummerFEST, visit the City of Lakewood's website .

Public Hearing for Rental Housing Program is July 5, 2016

It came to the City's attention that a June 17 article posted on the The Suburban Times​ lists an inaccurate date for a public hearing on a proposed Rental Housing Program.

THE CORRECT DATE FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM IS JULY 5, 2016, AT 7 P.M., AT LAKEWOOD CITY HALL.

Below is the correct notice , which has been posted on the City’s website for weeks:

The City of Lakewood is considering authorizing a Rental Housing Program and seeks input from members of the public before proceeding with legislation. Since a public hearing is not required for this proposal testimony taken at the hearing will be fully considered along with other input and information.

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or soon thereafter, the Lakewood City Council will hear public testimony and receive additional information regarding the City of Lakewood’s proposed Rental Housing Program. All persons will have an opportunity to present their oral comments at the hearing. The City Council
meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington.

If you have concerns about this matter and want those concerns to be known and considered, they may be presented at the hearing or written comments can be submitted to the City Clerk, 6000 Main Street SW, 3rd floor, Lakewood, WA 98499, prior to the hearing. Comments may also be emailed to abush@cityoflakewood.us
For further information about the program, please call Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager of Development Services, (253) 983-7739. Information on the proposed Rental Housing Program can be viewed on the City’s website at /community-development/rental-housing-safety-program or examined at the City of Lakewood, Community Development Department, 6000 Main Street SW, 2nd floor, Lakewood, Washington.

American Lake Park Boat Launch to Open at 5:30 a.m.

In order to better accommodate residents and fishermen, the City of Lakewood will open the gate to the American Lake Park boat launch at 5:30 a.m.

The park's gates and restrooms will continue to open at 7 a.m. As always, boat launch fees are $15 per day, or users can purchase a season pass at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Only vehicles with trailers are allowed to park in the boat launch parking lot – any single vehicles must park in the adjacent lot at the park.

More information regarding American Lake Boat Launch can be found at /parks-and-recreation/parks/american-lake-park

South Tacoma Way Construction Schedule, June 27-30

The following is a schedule of work related to the City of Lakewood's South Tacoma Way Project :

  • Monday, June 27: Water main connections on the west side of S. Tacoma Way, Storm Drain Installation on west side of S. Tacoma Way between SR512 and 96th St S, Electrical conduit installation in Southwest corner of S. Tacoma Way and 100th St SW, Paving Utility crossings on S. Tacoma Way between SR 512 and 100th St SW will occur starting at 7 pm and require lane closures – likely two lanes at a time will be closed in the evening/ nighttime hours
  • Tuesday, June 28: Water main connections on the west side of S. Tacoma Way, Storm Drain Installation on west side of S. Tacoma Way between SR512 and 96th St S, Electrical conduit installation in Southwest corner of S. Tacoma Way and 100th St SW
  • Wednesday, June 29: Water main connections on the west side of S. Tacoma Way, Storm Drain Installation on west side of S. Tacoma Way between SR512 and 96th St S, Electrical conduit installation in Northwest corner of S. Tacoma Way and 100th St SW
  • Thursday, June 30: Water main connections on the west side of S. Tacoma Way, Storm Drain Installation on west side of S. Tacoma Way between SR512 and 96th St S, Electrical conduit installation in Northwest corner of S. Tacoma Way and 100th St SW

Point Defiance Bypass: Steilacoom Boulevard Lane Closure, 6/28-7/1

(This message comes from Sound Transit)

Sound Transit is doing construction work along the Point Defiance Bypass project in order to install permanent trenching along the alignment.

The night work may begin as early as Tuesday, June 28 and is scheduled to last through Friday, July 1.

Drivers can expect night-time lane closures at Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest and 100th Street Southwest, starting as early as Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28.  The traffic lanes will be closed starting as early as 8 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning. 

Drivers can expect a full closure at 108th Street Southwest and the rail crossing starting as early as the night of Thursday, June 30.  

The traffic lanes will be closed starting as early as 8 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.  This work is anticipated to last one week.

City Hall Front Desk Closing Early June 29

To allow employees to attend the quarterly recognition event, the front desk of Lakewood City Hall will close at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 29. We're sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

20th Anniversary Letter-Writing Competition, Student Murals Book

The City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Summer Event  on June 4 celebrated the community’s future – its youth – by showcasing its many talents.

The community got a glimpse of that talent via the event’s official letter-writing competition – which asked students their vision for City’s future - and student murals. The letter-writing competition winners, as well as artwork submitted by students, were on display during the event.

In case you missed any of it, the City of Lakewood has posted a .pdf of the official booklet on its website .

Again, the City of Lakewood thanks all of the youth who participated and congratulates those included in the book. As the event’s slogan alludes to, Lakewood truly does have a dynamic future.

Summer School Schedule

Classes have let out for the summer, but Summer school for Clover Park School District is about to start (see schedule ). Please drive cautiously!

New Municipal Court Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, June 6, 2016, the Municipal Court Serving Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and DuPont will offer new hours of operation. The change is taking place as more residents and users access the courts online and more convenient methods.

The new hours of operation:

  • Counter & Payments: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 9:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Bite Me! Inc.

The City of Lakewood would like to recognize Bite Me! Inc. as its June 2016 Business Showcase .

The sweet, buttery, melt-in-your mouth creations of Bite Me! Inc. can be found in grocery stores and shops nationwide.

But the passion that goes into every cookie – from Flower Power shortbread to Butter Grahams to football-shaped Seahawk cookies - can be found nearly every day here in Lakewood. That’s where owner Deborah Tuggle and her staff of nearly 20 people produce the treats that many of us buy at Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods and other popular stores.

Bite Me! specializes in sweet and simple. Currently, crews work with three different cookie companies that she owns. However, each cookie is then specialized for the customer. According to Tuggle, that simple approach is the foundation of her company’s quality.

“We don’t skimp on anything,” she said recently while chatting with the City of Lakewood in her office at 3827 100th St., Bite Me’s headquarters since 2015. “We use only the best domestic nuts. We use only the best butter. We use only made- from- scratch cookie dough.”

“I won’t compromise the product.”

Read the rest of the Business Showcase

 

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 27 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:

June 27, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2016 Financial Report
  • Review of Six Year Property Management Plan
  • Review of fee schedule amendments relative to rental housing fees

 

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 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:

July 5, 2016 (Tues) Regular Meeting

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Public hearing on rental housing program code
  • Approve amendment to agreement with Lakewood Playhouse