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

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Feb. 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Leaders Tour the Lancer Brigade

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Col. Louis Zeisman with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division welcomed Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield to its headquarters to discuss leadership. The City of Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord lives by a unit motto: “Seize the High Ground.” In terms of leadership, as Col. Zeisman explains, that involves many things. For example, understanding how soldiers, particularly newly minted soldiers, have a different perspective than previous generations. The Army tries to recognize that. After the leadership discussion, City leaders observed how the Lancer Brigade is conducting its Expert Infantryman Badge testing. An EIB is quite the honor for an infantryman, as it tests your physical abilities, knowledge and attention to detail. More images to come regarding the EIB testing.

Check out our album of the tour here: http://goo.gl/fqnT8n  

MACNAK Construction Business Showcase

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Lakewood City Council recognized MACNAK Construction LLC as its Business Showcase. MACNAK has experienced a business boom since opening in 2007. It was named the No. 8 contract on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the Top 100 Fastest growing privately held companies in the Northwest for 2014 as well as being named to “Inc 5000” list of fastest growing privately held companies as No. 1,199 with a 3-year growth of 366 percent. Over the past four years, MACNAK has been recognized with several business awards, including the University of Washington “Rising Star Award” and the PSBJ’s Top 25 MBE’s. It has been featured in several articles, including in the Vetrepreneur Magazine and US Builders Review. “It’s been a lot of fun,” owner Terrence “TD” King says about the MACNAK explosion, “Just being part of such great success, seeing your business plan come to fruition.”

To learn more about MACNAK Construction LLC, visit the Business Showcase: http://goo.gl/CFGpdg  

The City of Lakewood would again like to thank MACNAK Construction LLC for being such a great business in our community.

Clover Park School District First in State to Offer K-12 International Baccalaureate Programs

A round of applause for Clover Park School District, the first school district in the state of Washington to offer the International Baccalaureate program for grades K-12. Because in #IamLakewood , education is a step above. 
See the full story here: http://goo.gl/cd2ExR

EFN Names Director of Development and Communications

Congratulations to the Emergency Food Network for welcoming new Director of Development and Communications, Amy Wigstrom. EFN does great work around Pierce County, providing 15 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to over 60 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals.
Check out the Suburban Times story , or learn more about EFN here: http://www.efoodnet.org/  
Here's hoping Wigstrom and EFN can take it to the next level this year!

Improvement along the Bridgeport Corridor, New Lakewood Sign

The Lakewood City Council has a vision for the City and is working with community partners to make that vision become a reality.  This week Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) staff are helping to improve one of our commercial corridors by planting new trees and bushes in the recently approved areas adjacent to the Bridgeport interchange.  This is just one of the many changes you'll see in this area.  Soon new plants will be installed in the landscape islands and later this spring we'll install a new LAKEWOOD sign near Bridgeport Way and Pacific Highway.  First Impressions matter!

Harry Todd Park Docks Repair

The City is in the process of removing portions of the Harry Todd Park docks. Due to wave action from boat traffic and old age, portions of the end pieces are becoming a safety issue. As weather permits, we hope to remove those pieces by the end of next week. The docks are currently closed and should be back open for use by Sunday, March 1.

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/SRJ5sJ  

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/jS9uCk  

City Hall Closed for President’s Day

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

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

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. 23

  • 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. 24

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Sumi Painting, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 26

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: Sweets and Treats, 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/MLl13J  

Council Meetings

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 Rental Housing Inspections
  • Review of City Council Rules of Procedure
  • Review of Salary Commission
  • Review of Sanitary Sewers Agreement

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
  • Review of Public Art Policy
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 2, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation declaring Classified School Employees Week
  • Public Hearing on Residential Target Area designations in Lakeview area
  • Appoint individual(s) to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Resolution 2015-03 37100 100th Street property donation
  • City Manager Briefing – Food trucks and community gardens