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

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March 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Playground Build Day March 21

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build its new community playground from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21. This is a community led playground project to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. No skills are required, just your heart and hardworking hands to move materials, assemble the play equipment, construct lumber projects, and painting. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) and meals provided.

Register at meetup.com/we-are-lakewood  . For more information contact Tauna Shoemaker at (253) 460-8933 or

 

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 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/mGE2dO

March 24 Meeting to Address Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Council Hears South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Action Plan

On Monday, March 9, Program Manager Tiffany Speir of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership gave the Lakewood City Council an update on the SSCMP’s 2015-2016 work plan. The work plan reflects the expansion of the SSMCP to include all military presence in the South Sound, as well as the signification reductions in deployments. More than 8,500 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are expected to transition off active duty in 2015, and further drawdowns lie in the future. The work plan also looks to increase the participation of the private sector in the SSMCP.

For more information: http://goo.gl/myh6Yu  

City Leaders Attend United Way of Pierce County Meeting

Thursday morning, March 12, City Councilmember Mary Moss, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and others listened to United Way of Pierce County President and CEO Dona Ponepinto give her first year reflection.

Did You Know? In 2014, more than 600,000 people were helped through programs funded by United Way of Pierce County.

Lakewood Recognized as one of the ICMA’s 100 Inaugural Communities

The International City/County Management Association Center for Performance Analytics recognized Lakewood as one of its 100 Inaugural Communities. These early adopters and ICMA Insights are dedicated to improving their communities' performance while helping to build the fastest growing national comparative performance management database. If the ordinance is passed, the City Council will move onto the second matter: a resolution to designate some the area within the tax incentive urban use center as a residential target area. This would exempt eligible multifamily housing around the Lakewood Station from all value added property taxation for the exemption period.

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

Lakewood City Council to Discuss Housing Incentives for Lakewood Station Area

At the March 16 Lakewood City Council meeting, the Council will consider two new designations for the Lakewood Station on 11424 Pacific Hwy SW. The first ordinance would designate the area encompassing the Lakewood Station a tax incentive urban use center.

For more information, visit http://goo.gl/mdz7mJ

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Volunteers from the AmeriCorps NCCC were hard at work March 9-11, clearing ivy and debris from the trail around Wards Lake Park.

"We're hoping that with this work we're doing will inspire other people in the community to come out here and spend some time keeping up the work we're doing this week," said Melissa Buckingham, Pierce Conservation District Director of Water Quality Improvement and Monitoring. Buckingham worked alongside the NCCC team on the ground this week. Mounds of ivy have long choked the life out of the native plants and cluttered an otherwise beautiful park. The NCCC team consisted of 10 volunteers. They had done ivy removal on other sites, but the scale of ivy around the Wards Lake trails was new to them. The team performed admirably nonetheless. As of noon on March 11, the trail was an entirely different animal. Wide strips of soil have been opened up for native plantings.

You can see the different in the photos from when work began  and when the team was finished  .

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, March 16

  • 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, March 17

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 12 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 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, March 19

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

Friday, March 20

  • 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/vAgbzc

Council Meetings

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

  • Proclamation declaring March 1 – April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS – Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Designating the City’s official bank and approving banking services agreement
  • Set April 20, 2015 as Public hearing on 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Set May 4, 2015 as Public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeholme Road SW
  • Adopt Tax Incentive Urban Use Center
  • Adopt Residential Target Area in the Lakewood Station area

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

  • 2014 Police Report
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease update
  • Review of Washington eminent domain laws
  • Review of public art funding options