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City Manager


Dec. 29, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


State Legislative short session starts January 8

Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget at the end of December with a focus on meeting the most recent Washington State Supreme Court’s order to fully fund basic education by 2018 and addressing gaps in the 2017-2019 budget due to unanticipated costs and caseload increases.

Highlights include:

Approximately $20 million for treatment and prevention for the opioid crisis; $613,000 for wildfire recovery efforts, and $3.1 million for mental health needs.

Nearly $162 million to cover anticipated shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to more than 1.8 million Washingtonians.

About $113 million to cover higher operating costs at the state’s psychiatric hospitals and to make changes to maintain federal funding for Western State Hospital. With that extra funding, 90 hospital staff will be hired to improve the quality of care. In addition, nearly 15 general maintenance staff will be hired to ensure the facility is safe and secure. The budget also dedicates $10 million for 45 new forensic beds at Western State Hospital.

The Governor called on the Legislature to pass a full Capital Budget early in the session. His $4.5 billion capital budget includes the city’s request to transfer ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to Pierce College and the City of Lakewood and has full funding for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Grant Program  which would allocate $476,000 to the city for waterfront improvements at Harry Todd Park. The short session begins Jan. 8.

As we head into the short legislative session Lakewood continues to work with our local delegation on our legislative agenda. Highlights include: (Lakewood state Legislative agenda )

  • Pass a final 2017-Capital Budget (with inclusion of transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park and funding the WWRP for Harry Todd Park waterfront improvements);
  • Military Benefit Zone;
  • Expedite funding to Lake City Business District project;
  • Spur economic development on Pacific Highway South;
  • Capital funding requests for Fort Steilacoom Regional Park improvements and the Lakewood Colonial Plaza project.

Upcoming special events:

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s 5k and 1 mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park, 10 a.m. (Register by Dec. 31 and pay only $35 ; day-of registration: $40; Park by dog park and register at barns).
  • Jan. 13: 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 10 a.m. – Noon, McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD.
  • Feb. 10: Father Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m. McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD; (Buy your tickets now ).


Happy New Year!

From our city family to yours, we wish you a Happy and safe start to the New Year! (Reminder, City Hall will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Regular business hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.).


Lakewood downtown plan moves forward

The downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission at the end of December 2017.

Big ideas for downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for the public, property owners and agencies to comment and help shape a preferred plan. Stay up to date on the process by signing up for email updates.


Road projects ready for 2018

Contracts for the following projects are scheduled for City Council review and consideration as part of the City Council’s Jan. 2 regular meeting. Once approved the projects will have the green light to move forward.

  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview;
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street;
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th.

Additionally work could begin as early as mid-January on the Dekoven Drive traffic calming project, which will add two small roundabouts to slow traffic, widen the road, add curb, gutter and striping along Dekoven Drive between Meadow Road SW and 100th Street SW.


Items before the City Council in early 2018

Adult Family Homes: The city wants to work proactively with the state and adult family home providers to make sure those who need help have the proper resources available to them, while also ensuring our residents – including those living in existing adult family homes – are safe. Draft legislation sent to the city’s planning commission for review also prohibits the location of Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs) in single family residential zones. Draft legislation will cover:

  • Density/dispersal requirements
  • Community outreach
  • Improved transparency
  • City business license requirements
  • Wage requirements for adult family home healthcare service workers
  • Assurances from the state that only those persons who are supposed to be in an adult family home, as defined under the Federal Fair Housing Act, are, in fact, placed in such a facility.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for the public to comment on the proposed regulations. See the notice here.

Marijuana: The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in tthe City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for people to comment on whether the city should ban marijuana retail businesses or provide guidance on where these businesses should locate in the city. Ultimately the commission will make a recommendation to City Council for review and discussion. The council will choose how to proceed, including whether it wants to hold additional public hearings, before taking action. Click here to see the public hearing notice.


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Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council holds its meetings Mondays beginning at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Meeting dates and agenda items:

January 2, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW


January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review Safe Built contract regarding rental housing safety program
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club as proposed historic landmark designation
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission work plans. – (Work Plans)
  • Review of 2018 City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards.