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

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April 17, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Harry Todd Park Dock Removal

Users might notice a different look to the popular dock at Harry Todd Park. This week, the City had to remove the inner-most sections of both “L”-shaped docks because of damage over the years. Essentially, where previously the two docks connected to form a “U” shape from overhead, the two docks now look like two straight lines or “fingers.” Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth says the damaged sections are about 45 years old. “They have been patched, repaired, reconfigured and removed over the past 12 years,” she said. “Each year, the dock has been harder and harder to sustain.” Specifically, the metal and materials connecting the dock sections had been compromised, and each of the removed sections is significantly waterlogged. The wave action - caused by storms in the winter and boating in the spring and summer season - contributed to the ongoing wear-and-tear of the dock system. That created multiple safety issues, Dodsworth says. The City has developed a capital program to replace the dock sections, as well as create better access for all to the shoreline area of the park, although it’s not going to happen this year. “Prior to replacement, we’ll need to complete the necessary design, environmental and permitting work," Dodsworth said. "Safety is a priority for us and the main reason for needing to remove the dock sections this year.” “Unfortunately, based on the condition of the dock, we couldn’t wait any longer to remove the sections,” said added. “We appreciate residents’ concerns and will do our best to create a fun and safe place for our community to play.”

Parks Appreciation Day 2015

With ropes pulled taut, Boy Scout Troop 436 and several other volunteers raised the towering gate posts toward the sky. Lakewood has celebrated Park Appreciation Day for 14 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers every year are too numerous to list, but among this year’s festivities is the dedication of the Lakewood Community Garden’s new gate.

The construction of the gate was Levi Ott’s community project for his rise to Eagle Scout. He only has two more badges to go now. Ott, a 15-year-old freshman at Lakes High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 436, reached out to the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in September about building the gate. To read more about this story, as well as other opportunities for the upcoming Parks Appreciation Day, vist http://goo.gl/IQsrQS

Major Road Work Update, April 16, 2015

  • Lakewood Drive - 100th Street to 2000 ft north: Patch in front of Lakewood Family YMCA will be replaced in the NB lanes on Friday, April 17. Temporary lane closure during working hours (6 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will be required.
  • Lakewood Drive at 100th Street (NW Corner): The outside southbound lane of Lakewood Drive at 100th street will be closed during the day to facilitate completion of conduit work at the intersection on Friday, April 17.
  • Lakewood Drive at Bridgeport Way (NE Corner): The outside lanes of the NE corner of Lakewood Drive and Bridgeport will be closed during day time hours to facilitate completion of conduit and junction box work starting Monday, April 20 and continue for up to 3 days.
  • Steilacoom Boulevard – Hageness Drive to Lakeview Avenue (for Lakewood Water District): The WB outside lane will be ground and paved starting Thursday April 16 and continue through Friday April 17.  Work will continue continuously (24/7) for up to 36 hours through Friday, April 17, 2015, 6 p.m.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th:  Electrical work continues along this corridor (for street lights and signals). Temporary lane closures (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Final grind and overlay anticipated to be scheduled the first two weeks of May.  Most of the final paving work to be completed during evening hours with half street closures.

City Manager Out and About Tuesday

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield delivered the State of the City at Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday morning and presented at the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park Tuesday afternoon.

USGA Announces Parking and Spectator Guidelines for 115th U.S. Open

In its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship. To be held June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay, a municipal course in University Place, Wash., the 115th U.S. Open Championship will welcome an anticipated 250,000 weekly spectators. The course is located 9 miles west of Tacoma and 39 miles south of Seattle. Included in the 2015 Spectator Guide, found at usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo   , is a detailed transportation plan prepared in conjunction with the lead law enforcement agency, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and other local and state agencies. More than 21,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured in the local area, providing the public with free parking and complimentary shuttle service directly to the championship grounds.

“The transportation plan for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay is the result of countless hours and an 18-month collaboration with community officials,” said Hank Thompson, director of U.S. Open administration for the USGA. “We are confident, after hosting many championships in small communities, that this plan will minimize delays for local residents while ensuring safe and orderly parking and shuttle services for all attendees.”  

For the full press release from the USGA: http://goo.gl/osg4Sa

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Paint Tacoma Pierce Beautiful of Associated Ministries is looking for houses to paint and the volunteers to paint them this summer! Get your brushes ready, ‪#‎IamLakewood  ! Since 1985, the program has painted more than 2,000 houses for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners during the summer months. Homeowners pay nothing, and each house painted is a chance to transform neighborhoods and lives.

You can contact Amy Allison at    or (253) 426-1516 to apply your house for a paint job, or contact Wendy at (253) 383-3056 ext. 117 to volunteer. Applications can be also be found at www.paintbeautiful.org  .

Economic Development

Lakewood to Host Developers Forum

Mark your calendars for June 11! The City is hosting a free event at the McGavick Center, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for all those interested in residential and commercial development in Lakewood. As the second largest city in Pierce County and being that Lakewood is a "Core" city, population growth is expected to increase by several thousand residents over the next 15 years. While real estate is hot in Seattle right now, developers will be looking to the South Sound for the opportunities of the future, right here in Lakewood. Here’s a link to more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lakewood-developers-forum-tickets-11453266027?aff=ehomesaved

Wing Stop coming to Lakewood Towne Center

You read correctly! The popular Wing Stop is coming to Lakewood! Owned by former Seattle Seahawk and adamant wing-lover Sidney Rice, this is sure to be a great addition to our community. This is just a “taste” of what’s to come. Staff have been diligently working on several restaurants, hospitality and other amenities so stay tuned for more announcements soon. To learn more about Wing Stop, visit http://www.wingstop.com  .

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, April 20

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
    • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
    • Learn basic and advanced steps, techniques and choreography.
    • Mondays, April 20-June 1
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $7
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
    • Traditional yoga poses with a mix of Tai Chi and Pilates, with alternatives to accommodate mobility issues.
    • Mondays, April 20-June 1
    • Members: $28 Non-members: $41 Drop-in: $6

Tuesday, April 21

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
    • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
    • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
    • Enjoy conversation and a great cup of coffee. This is a fellowship time for men.
    • The second and third Tuesday of the month
    • Free!
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Every Tuesday
    • Free!

Wednesday, April 22

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
    • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3

Thursday, April 23

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
    • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
    • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31-May 7
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Sketching and Colored Pencils, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Have you always wanted to try your hand at drawing? This is your chance to explore sketching. Learn about tones and values, texture and pencil methods. We will use both colored pencils and a sketching pencil.
    • Thursdays, April 23-May 28
    • Call for supply list
  • Memory Social Hour: When Pigs Fly
    • Come celebrate National Pigs in a Blanket Day with us!
    • Join us for food, activities and fun! This is a support group for people with early stage memory loss and serves people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their caregivers and families. It gives everyone an opportunity to be themselves in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment while enjoying activities and entertainment.

Friday, April 24

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • This computer lab is open for use by older adults who would like to practice what they have learned in classes, work on special projects and get hands-on experiencing using the computer. Volunteers are available each month to share information and answer questions.
    • Fridays
    • Free!
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
    • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 30-May 8
    • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 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 recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase – Harold Allen Realty
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Public Hearing on 5 Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Approve 2015 Comprehensive Plan review and schedule
  • Approve Dept. of Ecology grant agreement for Stormwater Source Control Study

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 27, 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:

  • Economic Development update
  • US Open Update
  • National Night Out update
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise interlocal agreement
  • Review of business license code amendments