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

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Nov. 7, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Veterans Proclamation

On Monday night, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council honored the heroes  who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council recognized the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The City Council recognized Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor; Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of AUSA; and Anne Sprute, Founder and CEO of Rallypoint/6, Washington’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning service members, veterans and their families located in Lakewood. Finally, the City Council proclaimed November as Veterans Appreciation Month. For more information: http://goo.gl/sReh30 .

Traffic Impacted by Gas, Water Main Construction

Lakewood drivers should prepare for potential traffic impacts beginning the week of Nov. 9. Several gas and water main replacement projects are scheduled throughout the city, weather permitting:

  • Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza (south): PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza Road (south) the evening of Nov. 9, 2014. Daytime work in the area may continue during the week. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Pacific Highway at 108th: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Pacific Highway at 108th Street starting the evening of Nov. 9, 2014 and continuing through Thursday night. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • 108th Street at Halcyon: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing utility work on 108th Street at Halcyon one evening between Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2014. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th Street: The contractor will be continuing with the water main replacement during the day. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.

Lakewold Gardens Nominated for National Historic Register

Widely acclaimed for the beauty of its landscape architecture, another aspect of Lakewold Gardens could soon garner some national recognition: its historical significance. Lakewood’s own historic estate has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation announced this week. The 10-acre complex – which is canvassed with rare and native plants, State Champion trees, more than 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary – was also re-listed in the Washington Heritage Register. For more information: http://goo.gl/jKWV07 .

Open House on South Tacoma Way Improvements

The City of Lakewood is hosting an Open House on Nov. 18 in the Rainier Room of the Pierce Transit Training Center to educate citizens and business owners about the South Tacoma Way Improvements project. Attendees will be able to meet the design team behind the improvement project and check out exhibits showcasing the future changes. A project fact sheet and schedule will also be available, so citizens can know exactly what to expect during construction. For more information: http://goo.gl/cgbYfH .

I-5 Road Work Begins Friday

Weather permitting, construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install roadway data loops from Friday, Nov. 7, to Wednesday, Nov. 12, as part of the Interstate 5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management  project. Data loops embedded into the pavement are used by WSDOT to calculate speeds and congestion levels of traffic, and allow WSDOT to better manage traffic and communicate traffic conditions to the public. For more information: http://goo.gl/sCTrqY .

City Offices Closed for Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Tuesday, November 11. 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 Picture of the Week

As the last photo for the Veterans Proclamation, the City Council invited all the veterans at the event—from all five major branches of the military—to step forward for a group photo. Almost 30 vets joined the Council in squeezing together in front of the dais with Mayer Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison near the center.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock … Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them. But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater  is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 6. The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell. For more information, visit: http://goo.gl/NXaxOS .

Lakewood Trails Featured at Conference

Last week, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board attended the Pierce County trails conference where two potential Lakewood projects - Waughop Lake Trail and the Chambers Creek Trai - were featured in the “State of Pierce County Trails” presentation. Other presentations included updates on expansion of community trail programs, how to work with volunteers and various stewardship programs. An interconnected trail system will contribute to a healthy and vibrant community!

Police

5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served. In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years. For more information: http://goo.gl/ojQsB4 .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 10, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of proposed 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Review of proposed 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Review of Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments (3 of 3 reviews)
  • Review of 2015-2020 Six Year Financial Forecast
  • Review of Municipal Court capacity analysis
  • Review of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Police Department for the 2014 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award.
  • Business showcase. – Boo Han Market
  • Appoint an individual to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2015-16 biennial budget
  • Adopt 2015 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Adopt 2015 funding allocations for human services
  • Adopt 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation

Following the City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will hold a meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Adopt a Transportation Benefit District budget