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August 22, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Hearing on Vehicle Licensing Fee on Monday, Aug. 25

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Board of the Transportation Benefit District, will conduct a public hearing on whether to implement of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015. For more information, visithttp://goo.gl/UZCWrf  .

City Manager Wins “Award for Excellence”

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has accomplished plenty in his first 11 months with the City.

On Thursday night, he received a major honor bestowed by his peers.

At the Washington City/County Management Association conference at Suncadia Resort, the organization recognized Caulfield with its Award for Excellence for his work with the City of Lakewood.

The award recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. For the full story, visit http://goo.gl/GGMFjB  .

City Releases “Video Tour” on Homepage

Want to learn about Lakewood but don’t have the time? All you need to do is visit the City of Lakewood’s homepage  . That’s where the City released its new “Video Tour” of Lakewood. Filmed in May and produced by New York-based CGI Communications , the videos offer quick primers on living, working and playing in Lakewood. CGI has produced videos for thousands of communities across the country, including the last one from the City of Lakewood.

Employee Salary Information on Finance Division Page

The Finance Division of the City of Lakewood has posted salary and wage information  for its employees on its homepage. "We are dedicated to being as transparent and open an organization as possible," Assistant City Manager for Finance & Administrative Services Tho Kraus said. If you haven't checked out the Finance Division's homepage recently, it's a worth a look. The page offers a wealth of information and budget documents.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Original House of Donuts

The Original House of Donuts continues to do what it has done for decades: Make the best donuts in the world.

And where are the best donuts in the world made? Why, right here in Lakewood, at the same spot where generations of locals have trekked for sweet, sugary goodness.

In 1959, the Original House of Donuts (OHOD) started with a secret recipe guarded heavily by owners, Bob and Marilyn Cheatham. When Bob passed away in 2003, Marilyn carried on with the tradition. As time passed, and through a number of managers and staff, things took a donut downhill, and the products and property slipped. Then, in late 2012, Mrs. Cheatham decided it was time to pass the torch

Enter longtime donut-lover Tom Peterson. This Lakewood native, who moved out of state for a bit but returned and was looking for an opportunity, purchased the business, property and neighboring parcel in December 2012. A local with big dreams, Tom was looking for a new challenge, a way to make a difference for the community.

On Aug. 18, the Lakewood City Council honored Original House of Donuts as its Business Showcase. To read their full story, visit http://goo.gl/N6MMKo  .

MACNAK Construction Makes ‘Inc. 5000’ List

A Lakewood business made its way onto an impressive list this week.

MACNAK Construction – which prides itself as a Native American-owned, service disabled veteran-owned company that specializes in general construction Design-build and Design-bid-build projects – appeared on the “Inc.5000  ” list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

According to the magazine, MACNAK placed No. 1,199 out of 5,000 companies, with a 3-year growth of 366 percent. It has 23 employees, 13 of which have been added in the past three years. To learn more about MACNAK, visithttp://goo.gl/KMFiCw  .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Get Cars Check For Leaks at The Farmers Market

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Lakewood Farmers Market will partner with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and the Don't Drip and Drive campaign to offer free vehicle leak checks right at the market while you shop. Volunteers will be on-site to answer questions, test cars for leaks, and offer discounts to get them fixed. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/9qIFfE  .

Council Meetings

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Monday, August 25, 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:

  • Public Hearing on a proposed $20 annual vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 25, following the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review financial policies

The City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Comprehensive Plan Review (1 of 3)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 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
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Review financial policies
  • Approve US Justice Grant for Partnership between Mental Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Lakewood Water District to construct water mains along South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St. SW)

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, following the City Council regular meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects