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

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October 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Agency of the Year: Lakewood Wins National Contest

TASER International  and PoliceOne  announced this week that the Lakewood Police Department won “Agency of the Year” in its RISE Awards competition  . Judges received more than 150 nominations nationwide for three award categories: Protect Life, Leadership and Agency of the Year. The RISE Awards are intended to highlight “the countless positive stories within law enforcement across North America,” according to the company’s website. In its comments, judges recognized the Lakewood Police Department – which took its first patrols in 2004, eight years after Lakewood became a city – for its “remarkable policing efforts, which has led to a 12-percent drop in person, property and society crimes in the last year.” Full story here: http://goo.gl/Z60uxG  .

John Simpson Speaks at Pierce College

This week, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson and state Rep. Tami Green spoke to about 100 Pierce College students in celebration of Constitution Day. Simpson, who teaches at Pierce College, gave historical context into the origins of the U.S. Constitution.

Lake Louise Boat Ramp

The Lake Louise boat ramp located off of Melody Lane Southwest in Lakewood will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays Oct. 6 through Dec. 7 while crews work on the sanitary sewer pump station located next to the ramp. Property owners who store their boats on the lake and those who launch from this ramp should plan accordingly. The portion of Melody Lane Southwest in front of the pump station will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day Oct. 6 through Dec. 7. Pedestrian access along Melody Lane Southwest will be available during the work. Full story here: http://goo.gl/AVVAFk  .

WSDOT Bike, Pedestrian Count

Fall is here, and it's time once again for the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project  . This week, volunteers stood at key intersections in cities around the state - including Lakewood - to count bicyclists and pedestrians as they rode and walked by. Last year, the state counted more than 66,000 bikes and pedestrians. This important project helps the state collect valuable bicycle and pedestrian data that informs state policy. Community participation is vital to the success of this project. Sign up to be a volunteer and encourage your friends to do the same.

Work on Interstate 5

Work that requires Interstate 5 to be reduced to one lane that’s redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange has been postponed. The work had been scheduled to occur Thursday and Friday nights, Oct. 2-3. A new date for the work will be announced as it is scheduled. The work was rescheduled due to delays in receiving necessary supplies and materials needed for that phase of construction.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 6, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Recognizing 2014-2015 Stormwater Outreach Calendar Winners
  • Proclamation DV Awareness month – Ms. Karin White, Deputy Director, YWCA
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax collection
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Presentation of the Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., beginning at the parking lot to the right of the main gain at Camp Murray.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room 3A, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015 Legislative Agenda
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 13, 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:

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of proposed 2015 fee schedule amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (City Council, City Manager, Finance & Administrative Services, Parks, Rec & Comm Svcs, Public Works)

The City Council may be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation