April 21, 2017
Weekly Info Bulletin
To: Mayor and members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Snapshot: First quarter crime stats
The crime stats are in for the first quarter and the numbers look good.
Total crime in Lakewood is down 5 percent compared to the same time last year and crimes against persons (or crimes committed by one person against another person) is down 8 percent. It is also the lowest it’s been in two years.
Property crimes have dropped significantly since the end of 2016. That’s attributed to the efforts of Lakewood PD, which busted a vehicle prowl/theft ring in January that was actively prowling the Lakewood Towne Center, as well as other areas up and down the Interstate 5 corridor. Lakewood was able to pinpoint more than 100 theft cases to this ring alone.
Chief Mike Zaro will present more details about the first quarter stats at the City Council’s study session Monday . It’s worth attending to see what else he has to say.
Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday
Itching to get outside? Join us and other volunteers Saturday (yes, April 22!) from 9 a.m. to noon to do some spring cleaning of our parks. See the Parks Appreciation Day event page for more information.
Did you know our Parks and Rec department now has its own Facebook page? Check it out here , and “like” to stay up to date on the various events put on by our wonderful parks department.
Caution crews at work
A little warning to drivers who use 108th Street between Bridgeport Way and Main Street near the Lakewood Towne Center: FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES!
Road repaving began April 21 and will continue into next week – depending on weather. One lane will remain open at all times, but flaggers will be on site to alternate traffic. If you find yourself waiting, please be patient.
The road is being rebuilt because it was deemed structurally deficient. The sidewalks are also being improved because they did not meet ADA requirements and federal law requires anytime a road is rebuilt that the sidewalks be improved to current standards.
Upgrades are also planned for the traffic signal at Main and 108th streets.
Road project season gets underway in Lakewood
Speaking of Improvement projects the city is ready to go on a number of road projects to improve your drive. Improvements totaling $56.5 million are planned for Lakewood’s roads over the next six years. Between now and 2018 there are 30 projects slated for completion, totaling $28 million.
That’s a lot.
To help keep people informed the city created an interactive map that will live on the city’s website. It indicates completed (green), in progress (orange) and upcoming (gray) projects on the city’s 431 miles of roadway.
Here’s a look at some of the more visible projects:
- South Tacoma Way: state Route 512 to 96th Street: Good news, this project is expected to wrap up by summer.
- When finished South Tacoma Way will be wider with shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks. Also added: LED street lighting, updated traffic signals at state Route 512, 100th and 96th streets and new pavement. A gateway entrance sign with the neighborhood designation will be built in the island at 100th Street.
- South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: road widening continues for shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutters, sidewalks, LED street lighting, new traffic signal at Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street intersection and new pavement. A second right turn lane will be added to Steilacoom Boulevard onto South Tacoma Way to make it safer and faster to pass through the intersection.
- Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th Street to Bridgeport Way: This sidewalk project also adds curb and gutter to Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th Street to Bridgeport Way Once completed there will be continuous sidewalks on Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th Street to Bridgeport Way.
- Lakewood Drive reconstruction/overlay: 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard: Pavement reconstruction planned from 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard. New curb and gutter and concrete sidewalks will be added to the western side of the road.
- Sidewalks are coming to Lakeview Ave/112th St from Kendrick St to Steilacoom Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety as part of a state Department of Transportation-funded project to mitigate for the high-speed trains that will soon pass through the city.
- 2017 chip seal program Oakbrook
- Repave Onyx Drive SW from 87th to 89th streets
- Military Road and 112th Street safety improvements
- Safety improvements to 40th and 96th streets
- Gravelly Lake Drive improvements Washington Boulevard to Nyanza
- Gravelly Lake Drive improvements, 59th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard
- Safe Routes to Schools: John Dower and Phillips roads
- Dekoven Drive traffic calming project
Volunteer with Lakewood
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:
Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board. Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.
Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy.
Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .
Upcoming Council meetings
All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.
April 24, 2017 Study Session
- Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
- Chambers Creek Trail Design update
- Economic Development update
- 1st Quarter 2017 Police Report
May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting
- Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
- Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
- Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
- Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
- Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro or Assistant Police Chief John Unfred
- Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
- Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
- Youth Council Report
- Clover Park School District Report
- Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
- Approve City Manager contract.
- Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
- Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
- Approve agreement with Habitat for Humanity for HOME down payment assistance loan for single-family dwelling
- Approve agreement with Homeownership Center of Tacoma for HOME down payment assistance loan for four single-family dwellings
- Reports by the City Manager – Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure