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

?option=com_content&view=article&id=644

Feb. 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

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.

Fort Steilacoom Park Vandalized by Driver

According to Lakewood Parks and Recreation, on Feb. 10, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., someone drove into Fort Steilacoom Park and got onto the sports turf, inflicting major damage to the baseball and soccer fields. The vehicle entered the park illegally by driving through a ditch and over an embankment off Elwood Drive Southwest across from 92nd Street Southwest. They drove through the prairie fields and jumped the curb onto the sports turf. They did several "donuts" in the outfields off baseball fields No. 1 and No. 2, then drove down onto the outfields of baseball fields No. 3 and No. 4 to do some more donuts. After that, they drove down onto the soccer fields and tore up some more turf on the lower plateau, then went back up through the center field area of baseball No. 2 and did some more damage on the field before jumping the curb and exiting the park the same way they entered.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lakewood Police Department at (253) 830-5000.

See the damage firsthand in our video here: http://goo.gl/9Xn2cS  

Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase

On March 1 the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year to year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area and the year to year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill. For this last year the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.842% while the disposal fee charge increased 4.01%. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65 gallon toter with weekly service will now be $33.56 versus $32.65.

City Hall Closed for President’s Day

In observance of President's Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015. 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.

Registration Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Register now for the 4tj Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon! The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

You can register here: http://goo.gl/2bzuZ5

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

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/IKh5Ek

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. 16

  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

  • 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. 18

  • 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.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Thursday Open Computer Lab, 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20

  • 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.

For more information: http://goo.gl/6DbEp2  

Council Meetings

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
  • 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 the 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 street and sidewalk improvements
  • Review of City Council Rules

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 23, 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 Tacoma Public Utilities rates
  • Arts presentation by Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting