John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
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Sept. 9, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Monday, Sept. 12: Joint 9/11 Ceremony with West Pierce

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood/West Pierce Fire & Rescue Joint 9/11 Commemoration
  • WHEN: Noon, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW
  • WHO: The public is invited to attend this free event

To commemorate the tragic events of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will conduct a joint ceremony to remember those who sacrificed during and after the attacks.

The commemoration, which will take place outside of Lakewood City Hall, will feature comments from Mayor Don Anderson, Fire Chief Jim Sharp, Police Chief Mike Zaro and Col. Jerry Turner of 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event will also include a presentation from the West Pierce and Lakewood Police Honor Guards, as well as an invocation.

City Manager Inducted into JBLM Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield was one of two inductees into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord​ Hall of Fame.

Caulfield - who served in the U.S. Army as a Ranger in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at what was then known as Fort Lewis - received the LTG William H. Harrison Service Award. In 2015, the award was named after the City of Lakewood's first Mayor and Commander of I Corps from 1987 to 1989.

The base wrote about Caulfield, "John arrived to Lakewood (in 2013) and immediately sought to determine how Lakewood could best support JBLM via the Community Connection program and the unit with which the City was partnered."

"Mr. Caulfield was responsible for invigorating the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership - SSMCP​ by taking a direct leadership role and steering SSMCP activities towards areas of mutual interest and improvements to access roads and road infrastructure, improved school conditions for JBLM schoolchildren, increasing the amount and lowering the cost of suitable housing for military Families off-base, and enhancing mutual aid partnerships between Lakewood and JBLM.”

“Mr. Caulfield has also been intimately involved in the I-5 Corridor project, the Washington Military Alliance and the Real ID Compliance Act. Mr. Caulfield has proven to be a committed partner to ensure JBLM remains viable in the South Sound community, and as a Northwest joint force power projection platform.”

Caulfield received the LTG William H. Harrison Service Award with another inductee, John and Margaret Farrell, owners of Farrelli's Wood Fire Pizza, for their support.

"This is an amazing honor," Caulfield said.

 

Council Supports 'Boulevard of Remembrance and Remembrance Corridor'

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, the Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to support the naming of the “Boulevard of Remembrance and Remembrance Corridor ,” which will involve the placement of a historical marker, and the ongoing efforts to preserve surviving trees along the area of I-5 from the Mounts Road exit to the McChord exit.

The City Council’s support came after State Rep. Dick Muri and Rep. Christine Kilduff addressed the dais.

After they spoke, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen said, “I think this is a fantastic opportunity to appropriately memorialize” the men who served in World War I. One of those men was Whalen’s grandfather.

History

In 1928, the Tacoma Garden Club established a plan to commemorate those who served in World War I. Individual citizens and organizations in Pierce County funded the placement of 500 Northern, Scarlet, English, and red oak trees along the Pacific Highway (now I-5) from the Nisqually River to Ponders Station.

Each tree memorializes an individual, organization, or military unit that served during World War I and many of the trees are visibly marked by a copper plaque set in stone recording the name of the honored person or organization.

On March 16, 1928, the “Boulevard of Remembrance” was formally dedicated by local and state leaders. In the decades that followed, however, a large portion of the memorial was destroyed by expanding roadways and freeway construction, thereby reducing the number of trees on the “Boulevard of Remembrance” from 500 to 66.

In the 1980s, a group of local preservationists, including Charlotte Medlock, born 1925, waged a successful campaign to save the 66 surviving trees and in 1989. Pierce County Resolution R89-164 recognized the importance of preserving the “Boulevard of Remembrance” as a visible commemoration of the sacrifices many bore in the defense of our nation. The 66 remaining trees located along I-5, from the Nisqually River to Ponders Corner and Fort Lewis, continue to honor our World War I veterans, organizations, and other individuals who contributed to the war effort.

Through a collaborative effort of local and state leaders, a request has been made to the Washington State Department of Transportation to officially name the area of I-5 from mile post 116 (Mounts Road exit), to mile post 125 (McChord exit) the “Remembrance Corridor.”

 

Vacancy on Public Safety Advisory Committee

Interested in helping shape public safety in the City of Lakewood and with the Lakewood Police Department?

The Lakewood City Council is currently seeking volunteers to fill a vacancy on the Public Safety Advisory Committee .  Your assistance is being requested in identifying and reaching out to individuals in your neighborhood associations, civic groups, and community organizations who would be best suited to fill this volunteer position.  The term of the vacant position is to fill an unexpired term through August 6, 2018. 

The role of the Public Safety Advisory Committee is to provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies.  The Committee will report to the Council and will also assist the Council in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with City and department policies. 

The Committee meets on the first Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., at Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA.

Further information and application forms about the City Council advisory boards and committees can be found at www.cityoflakewood.us/city-council/advisory-boards   or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 983-7701,or emailing    Applications for the Public Safety Advisory Committee will be accepted through Monday, October 24, 2016.  

 

Improved Pierce Transit Service in Springbrook Begins Sept. 12

Beginning Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, Pierce Transit will be offering improved route service in the Springbrook neighborhood of the City of Lakewood via its 51 Route service.

Route 51 – Union Avenue now travels to McChord Drive and Bridgeport Way Southwest in the Springbrook neighborhood, providing connections to the Lakewood Transit Center at Lakewood Towne Center. The route no longer travels to the Lakewood Sounder Station.

For more information, visit piercetransit,org .

 

New, Mid-Day Sounder Train Between Lakewood, Seattle Begins Sept. 12

(This message is from Sound Transit )

Sound Transit is adding a mid-day Sounder train  to its popular south line service beginning Monday, Sept. 12th. The new train will provide flex-schedule workers and other riders an additional travel option for bypassing highway gridlock that now snarls traffic throughout the day.

The mid-day train will depart Lakewood at 10:18 a.m. and stop at all south line stations before arriving in Seattle at 11:31 a.m. The return train in the afternoon will depart King Street Station at 2:32 p.m. and arrive in Lakewood at 3:45 p.m.

This mid-day Sounder train will bring to eleven the number of daily trains serving the popular south line Monday through Friday. Eight of these trains will operate as northbound trips to Seattle starting from Lakewood at 4:41 a.m., with return trips leaving King Street Station beginning at 3:12 p.m. Two reverse-direction trains leave Tacoma for Seattle at 6:15 and 6:50 a.m. each weekday morning, and return to Tacoma at 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

The new mid-day train will start as a two-car train, and increase to seven cars when nine new Sounder coaches arrive early next year.

 

Point Defiance Bypass Construction Update: Pile-Driving, Lane Closure

(This message comes from Sound Transit on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Starting as early as Friday, September 9, pile driving is scheduled to occur at Clover Creek Drive along the track.  This work is being done in order to upgrade the rail crossing in that area.

Pile driving is a process that uses a large crane that forces the piles (poles) into the soil in order to provide foundational support for bridges or other large structures. 

What to expect
  • Individuals will hear a metal against metal hammering as piles are driven into the ground
  • Pile driving work can occur Friday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – if contractor is running behind schedule, nighttime pile driving may occur.
  • Equipment and materials will include a crane, trucks and piles
  • Earplugs are available upon request to Corrie Adams at  .

 

Clover Creek Drive Southwest Intersection Closure

Drivers can expect a full road closure at Clover Creek Drive Southwest and the rail crossing starting as early as Tuesday, September 13 and lasting until Sunday, September 18. Sound Transit’s contractor will be upgrading the old train tracks and completing civil improvements to the intersection at that intersection.

What to expect:
  • Neighbors, motorists and businesses can expect work along the existing railroad track route that includes:
  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running and vacuuming gravel, rail cutting, and general construction noise.
  • Access to residence and businesses will be maintained through Glenwood Avenue Southwest.
  • Work will take place during the day and night in order to

WSDOT has contracted with Sound Transit to deliver the track and signal work, including upgrading crossings, bridge rehabilitation and construction and retaining wall construction.

The Point Defiance Bypass project includes a new Amtrak passenger train station in Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, new and upgraded track between Tacoma and DuPont and five reconstructed at-grade crossings, each with advanced warning and signal systems. When all work is complete in 2017 it will provide more frequent, reliable and faster Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in Washington. 

 

South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Sept. 12, 2016

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Expect temporary lane closures in the northbound direction this week as the contractor installs water main improvements on the eastside of the road.  Work will begin at 96th Street and progress south to the end point approximately 300 feet north of SR 512. The contractor will also be doing some work on electrical service with Lakeview Light and Power  toward the end of the week approximately 300 feet north of SR 512 on the east side of the road
  • Temporary lane closures may also occur in the southbound direction as the contractor performs clean up and restoration work.

  • No work is anticipated in the right-of-way of SR 512 next week

Click here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects

 

Abatement Program Update

According to a presentation from the City of Lakewood, nearly 30 structures are under abatement, in the process of being abated or pending potential abatement so far this year.

It was all part of a presentation made to the Lakewood City Council on Monday, Aug. 21, 2016. Program Manager Jeff Gumm offered a summary of the City's efforts to address potentially dangerous and nuisance buildings identified in Lakewood's abatement program. Some highlights from this year:

  • Lakewood has seen completed 10 abatements in 2016, nine of which consisted of dangerous buildings and another was a rental relocation. Of this year's abatements, seven were completed by the owner, and the City completed the other three. The work has been worth nearly $27 million
  • Lakewood has eight structures that are under an abatement complaint or order
  • Lakewood has 11 potentially dangerous buildings the City is currently monitoring or pending abatement action

The 10 structures where the abatements have taken place in 2016 are located at:

  • 8118 Washington Boulevard Southwest
  • 7222 Bridgeport Way West
  • 7324 150th Street Southwest
  • 11014 Lakeview Avenue Southwest
  • 11010 Lakeview Avenue Southwest
  • 7305 146th Street Southwest, No. 2-3
  • 3611 112th Street Southwest, B208
  • 7604 Lakewood Drive Southwest
  • 7610 Lakewood Drive Southwest
  • 8316 Wildwood Avenue Southwest

To view the complete slideshow presentation, visit the City of Lakewood's website .

 

Improvements to Bridgeport Way

Take a look at this picture that shows major improvements on Bridgeport Way Southwest between Interstate 5 and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The improvements include new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, sharrows, street lighting, street reconstruction and overlayfrom McChord Drive to the Interstate 5 ramps.

This is a great project for the neighborhood and drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who use the neighborhood

For more information on this and other Public Works projects, visit Public Works Project page .

 

Economic Development

Apartment Rental Survey

The surveys are in and, as suspected, the Lakewood rental market is strong.

 Out of 11 Market Rate apartment communities surveyed and 1882 units, there were only 32 vacant apartments representing a 98-percent occupancy rate. The Market Rate Affordable is 99-percent occupied with only 10 vacant apartments out of 10 communities surveyed and 1216 apartment homes. SEE FULL REPORT .

All site representatives unanimously agreed that the market is strong. Respondents also chimed in on whether or not they were seeing any trends on people working in Seattle and living in Lakewood.  Three managers in the Market Rate communities said yes. They felt it was due to the Sounder train being the first stop, and affordability is significantly better in Lakewood. Everyone has seen an increase in rents this year. However, out of 32 vacant apartments, the dollar per square foot in Lakewood is even lower than Tacoma.  One reason might be that Lakewood has not seen any new product in several years, until now, as several projects are being considered and a few have submitted for permitting. 

 

Multifamily Tax Exemption

Two of those aforementioned projects are taking advantage of Lakewood’s Multifamily Tax Credit (MFTE). MFTE is offered in the residential target areas of the Central Business District, Sounder Station District, and Springbrook. 

What is MFTE?

It allows the project owner to be exempt from property taxes for a period of 8 years (for a market rate project) or 12 years (for a project that includes at least 20-percent affordable housing).  To find out more about this great opportunity in Lakewood, please contact or .  

 

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 12, 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:

September 12, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Waughop Lake Water Quality Management Plan update.
  • Review of 2nd Quarter Financial Report

 

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, September 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:

September 19, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Hess Bakery & Deli
  • Vacating a portion of Bridgeport Way and Lakewood Drive
  • Resolution regarding Sound Transit 3 ballot proposition
  • Approve Transpo agreement for signal design at Military Road and 112th Street
  • Approve BCRA agreement for safe routes to school at Phillips Road, John Dower and Gravelly Lake Drive trail