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

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Nov. 18, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Tree Lighting Will Feature New Parade Route

In case you needed another reason to attend the City of Lakewood's 20th Annual Tree Lighting on Dec. 2 , we have another one.

This year's event will feature a new route for the parade - yes,the same one that ends with a visit from Santa Claus himself. Unlike previous years, the parade - which begins at 5:30 p.m., and lasts about 15 minutes - will run along 59th Street Southwest at Lakewood Towne Center.

It will begin toward the area next to 24-Hour Fitness and end at the roundabout near Lakewood Towne Center, where the annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place.

The City of Lakewood encourages event-goers to watch the parade along 59th Street and to wave "Hi" to everyone featured in the parde.

Of course, there will be plenty of other opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.

Click Here to View The Flyer

 

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

Mark those calendars for a worthy cause - the 7th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive takes place Nov. 28-Dec. 2. Awesome effort by Lakewood Police Department Lakewood Officers' Charity benefitting Emergency Food Network

 

 

 

Draft Waughop Lake Management Plan

Waughop Lake is the centerpiece of Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. The park is on state-owned land that is leased to the City. Waughop Lake has a long history of toxic blue-green algae growth that severely limits use of the lake.

The City Lakewood has made the protection of Waughop Lake a high priority. In 2013, the City received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop a lake management plan for Waughop Lake. The City contracted with the consulting firm of Brown and Caldwell to prepare the plan. 

The draft lake management plan  is now available for review and comment. A copy of a presentation  provided to the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council on November 16, 2016, by Brown and Caldwell and the University of Washington Tacoma staff is also available for review. 

Please direct questions or comments to Greg Vigoren, Surface Water Manager for the City of Lakewood, by December 31, 2016.  Email:  ; phone: (253) 983-7771; or mail: City of Lakewood, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood, WA  98499.

 

Draft Waughop Lake Management Plan

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 2

On Friday, Dec. 2, the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.

Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

 

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.

Click Here to View The Flyer

 

 

 

Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run

Looking to make up for overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

Register Online

 

 

 

 

Waughop Lake Trail Project Construction

(This message comes from Erin Meinershagen with Bruce Dees & Associates, landscape architect for the Waughop Lake Trail project )

Construction began on the Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park late October.

Fort Steilacoom Park is a 350-plus-acre site located in the northwest portion of Lakewood. More than 1 million people visit the park each year for active and passive recreational opportunities.

Improvements include the renovation of the trail around Waughop Lake by creating a new accessible mile-long asphalt perimeter path, adding benches, a picnic shelter, and a viewing platform. Other site amenities include interpretive signage, ADA parking, and habitat enhancements such as native plant restoration.

The City of Lakewood retained Landscape Architect Bruce Dees & Associates to create the design along with community input through a series of public and ad hoc meetings. The construction is headed by Ceccanti, Inc. Due to the importance of the park and trail to the community, the City of Lakewood is committed to completing construction as soon as possible to keep the impact on users to a minimum. Construction is expected to be completed in four months.

Once complete, Waughop Lake Trail will be a safer, more accessible asset to the community.

 

 

Council Advisory Board and Commission Vacancies

Interested in helping shape policy in the City of Lakewood?

The Lakewood City Council is currently seeking volunteers to fill vacancies for several Commission and Boards:

  • Planning Commission (3 vacancies) 5-year term. DUE: 11/21/16
  • Community Services Advisory Board (2 vacancies) 4-year term. DUE: 11/21/16

​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  .

 

 

City Offices Closed For Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving, Lakewood City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

 

 

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Oct. 27, 2016, several seventh- and eighth-grade students from St. Francis Cabrini visited the City of Lakewood to learn about the jobs we do. The students got to meet Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember John Simpson, as well as Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Eakes, who gave them a tour of the police cruiser. Check out these photos:

 

 

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, November 21, 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:

November 21, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Hess Deli & Bakery
  • Proclamation recognizing Terry Hayes, CEO, Goodwill
  • Adopt 2016 Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments
  • Adopt 2017-2018 Biennial Budget
  • Adopt 2017 property tax levy
  • Adopt property tax levy declaration of substantial need for 2017.
  • Adopt 2016 budget amendments
  • Adopt 2017 fee schedule amendments
  • Approve 2017 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve 2017 human services funding allocations

 

Following the regular City Council meeting of November 21, 2016 that begins at 7:00 p.m., the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 21, 2016 Transportation Benefit District (following Council Regular Meeting)

  • Approval of claims vouchers
  • Adopt 2017-2018 Transportation Benefit District budget
  • Assumption of the City of Lakewood Transportation Benefit District

 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 28, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room located at the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 28, 2016 Study Session – Police Multi-Purpose Room

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review Springbrook Apartments Multi-Family Tax Exemption Credits