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

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Feb. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

State Auditor’s Office Recognizes Lakewood’s Steps to Improve Finances

Six months ago, the City of Lakewood was one of 57 local governments that the Washington State Auditor’s Office determined were showing signs of declining financial condition. What a difference good leadership and a commitment to prudent fiscal management can make. This week, the Auditor’s Office published a case study   that focuses on the City of Lakewood’s immediate and positive steps to improve its financial standing titled “Becoming fiscally fit – The City of Lakewood makes a bold commitment  .”

You can get the full story here: http://goo.gl/9n2vX6 

You can also read The News Tribune's story on the case study: http://goo.gl/8nDkby   

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  • Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This marks the first time since 2005 that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has recognized the City for its CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Only about 5 percent of cities nationwide receive the award.

For more information: http://goo.gl/2B4p84

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chili Cook-Off at Clover Park Technical College's McGavick Conference Center. It was a real party. Competitors from all over Lakewood brought their unique chili recipes to be sampled by a huge crowd. When attendees had their fill of chili, it was time for some good ol' fashioned dance moves. At the end of the day, the City of Lakewood's chili recipe won the People's Choice Award! Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, the recipe's creator, and Mayor Don Anderson accepted the award. 

Check out our album of the event here: http://goo.gl/nkCV5l

Owl Released at Ft. Steilacoom Park

On Feb. 5, the City of Lakewood witnessed Sarah Rush, volunteer at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, release a barred owl at Fort Steilacoom Park. A resident brought the bird into the shelter after it was found on the road in Lakewood. Its injuries indicated some sort of trauma, like flying into a tree or being hit by a car.

Watch the video here: http://goo.gl/xA22xD

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Adnerson for Coffee with the Mayor on February 10, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Becky Newton, Economic Development Manager, who will give a City of Lakewood Economic Development Update.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or    .  I hope to see you there!

2015 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

The City of Lakewood will be accepting applications for privately initiated amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan through Friday, March 13, 2015.  Application forms, which include a list of the information that must accompany the application, are available at the Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department, 6000 Main St. SW, 2nd floor, Lakewood, Wash.  A minimum fee of $1,080 must accompany applications at the time of submittal. Applications are subject to environmental review under established criteria and the State Environmental Policy Act.  The Lakewood Planning Commission will review the applications, and will take public testimony at a date to be set. All amendments are subject to final approval and adoption by the Lakewood City Council.

For additional information, contact Dan Catron, Long Range Planning Manager, at (253) 512-2261 or e-mail    .

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com   or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/4AH9K8

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Receives New Medic Unit

On Monday, Feb. 2, West Pierce Fire & Rescue brought a new medic unit into the fleet. A dedication ceremony was held Monday morning, where firefighters took ownership with a “push back” ceremony to officially put the medic unit in service. The ceremony began with a welcome and thanks to those in attendance, and then the Chaplains blessed the new unit, as well as the citizens and firefighters that will rely on it. This tradition began when pumpers were pulled by horses. When a new pumper was brought to the station for the first time, the horses were unharnessed and the water from the old pumper would be transferred into the new, spilling over the sides and wetting it down, or "christening" it. The firefighters would wash and dry the pumper down and then push it into the bay.

Permit Counter Hours Have Been Modified

Just a heads up, effective Feb. 6, permit counter hours on Floor 2 of Lakewood City Hall have been modified.  The permit counter will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Clients are also strongly encouraged to call in and make appointments.

6-Year Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

The City of Lakewood is proposing to amend its 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program(2015-2020) to include two recently-awarded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grants. A summary of the changes are as follows:

  1. Add Project 2.81Roadway Safety Improvements at 40th Ave. SW and 96th St. SW.
  2. Add Project 3.20 Military Rd. and 112th Safety Improvement.
  3. Modify project budget for 2.55 High Accident Location Safety Improvements.

Lakewood's City Council will hold a public hearing regarding these amendments at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2015 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

For more information: http://goo.gl/sdej0B

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, Feb. 9

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

  • Men’s Coffee Hour
  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Welcome Wednesday , 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Valentine Friendship Luncheon, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Collage with Asian Papers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 9, 2015, 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 amendments to Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 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 showcase - MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • This is the date set for a public hearing on the amendment to the Six Year TIP
  • Adopt the Six Year TIP amendments
  • Bid award Bridgeport Way south gateway
  • Approve Dept of Commerce agreement for LED street light retrofits
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for surface water management billing
  • Approve citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

Following the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, February 21 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall , located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Improvement Projects
  • Review of City Council Rules