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June 6, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Budget Amendments Strengthen City Finances

On Monday, June 9, the Lakewood City Council reviewed proposed amendments to its 2013-2014 budget, and the proposed numbers are good news for the public.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed biennial budget amendments at the City Council's regular meeting June 16. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the amendments July 7.

The most noteworthy change is the proposed adjustment calls for an increase to the City’s General Fund reserves.

City Manager John Caulfield says the proposed increase to the General Fund reserves is another sign that the City of Lakewood is committed to operating efficiently and effectively. It will establish a strong financial foundation from which the City can move forward on a number of initiatives, particularly roads, sidewalks, park improvements, public safety and economic development. Find out more here:


Madigan Access Improvement

The City is currently out to bid on Phase I of the Madigan Access Improvement project. This is the first phase of a three-phase construction project that’s scheduled for completion by the end of 2015. It is anticipated that the Phase I work will be completed by December of this year. Included in this phase are both the widening of Union Avenue from Berkeley Avenue to West Thorne Lane and the widening of Berkeley Avenue from the railroad tracks to Washington Avenue. At the Berkeley/Union intersection, the Union approach will be widened to four lanes to include three approach lanes (a right-turn lane, two left-turn lanes with an outside left-turn lane also accommodating traffic into Camp Murray) and one departure lane.

The westerly Berkeley approach at the intersection will be widened to three lanes, including one departure lane, one left-turn lane and one approach lane. Berkeley between the railroad tracks and the intersection will be widened to four lanes (two approach lanes and two departure lanes). As Union Avenue approaches the West Thorne Lane intersection, the four lanes at the Berkeley intersection will transition down to three lanes (a southwest thru lane, a northeast thru lane and a continuous, two-way left turn lane). Besides a new traffic signal at the Berkeley/Union intersection, concrete curbs & gutters will be installed on both Union Ave and Berkeley throughout the project limits along with cement concrete sidewalks. An LED streetlight system will be installed on both streets, and all the streets within the project limits will be overlaid. Total cost of this work is estimated around $900,000.

Mary Dodsworth on KLAY

On Monday, June 9, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was interviewed on the KLAY Morning Show with Ty Ray. Mary and Ty discussed SummerFEST, scheduled for July 12, and all the various activities planned for the day. Ty was interested in the Police, Fire and U.S. Army displays, as well as the finish line of the sprint triathlon. Mary shared her favorite part of the day – watching the Movie in the Park. This year we will show Jurassic Park at dusk. More information can be found at  .

City, ‘Mattress Ranch Guy’ Shoot SummerFEST Commercial

On Wednesday, June 11, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, along with our City Communications Manager, members of CSRT and St. Clare Hospital teamed up with the Lakewood Mattress Ranch to shoot a commercial promoting this year’s SummerFEST and Sprint Triathlon on July 12.

“We are so appreciative of (owner) Ted Sadtler and his Mattress Ranch team for presenting us with this opportunity!” said Arielle Carney, Recreation Coordinator.” This was a great opportunity to recognize our partners and market our event. Stay tuned – the commercial will be hitting the airwaves soon! #IamLakewood

2015 U.S. Open Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and scheduled for June 15-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, went on sale today, June 9.

This is the first time the U.S. Open will be held in the Pacific Northwest in its 115-year history and the fourth time the championship has been conducted at a publicly-owned course. Learn more here:

Economic Development

Government Contractor Training Day on June 27

On June 27, Pierce College will be hosting an all-day training for contractors. This is a comprehensive, free training for new and existing contractors. Get everything you need to know about government contract procurement. Register or get more information here:

Studio Fitness, Making Lakewood Healthier

Finding life after football isn’t always easy. It can be hard to move on after a career of crushing tacklers and reading the quarterback’s eyes.

But for Shane Simmons, it was a natural progression given his love of exercise, training and health. This Northwest native and standout linebacker at Western Washington University, who played in the NFL by the way, has transformed his passion into a successful business right here in Lakewood.

Shane is co-owner of Studio Fitness. He created Studio Fitness in September 2012 with the help of one of his biggest supporters: mother-in-law and fellow fitness aficionado Shelley Campbell. Read Shane’s story here:


Police Arrest Man Suspected of Stolen Firearm Possession

Investigators in the Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a subject named Michael Reid for trafficking in narcotics and possession of firearms. At the beginning of the investigation, it was discovered that Reid was in possession of a large number of firearms and was a convicted felon.

On June 6, 2014, the Special Operations Unit served a search warrant related to the case on an address in the 1100 block of 96th Street South. Drugs were recovered in that search, along with two firearms. One of the firearms was stolen from a reported home invasion robbery. As a result of that initial search, information was obtained that indicated more firearms were being stored at a house in the 11200 block of Clover Park Drive SW. Read the rest of what happened here:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 16, 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:

  • Business showcases H&L Produce and Studio Fitness
  • Sound Transit update
  • Public Hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Appointing a member to the Arts Commission
  • Amending the Municipal Code relative to religious holidays
  • Approve AFSCME contract
  • Tax incentive urban use center and residential target area (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 23, 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:

  • Community Safety Resource Team update.
  • Review of human services funding strategies
  • Review of 1st Quarter Financial Report
  • Communications Strategy
  • Review of City Council goals and priorities