July 31, 2015
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Launches at Lakewood's RP/6
As we all know, Lakewood is a military community – one that's been home to generations of military personnel, families and veterans of what’s now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
So it was only fitting that on Friday, Aug. 1, Lakewood became Ground Zero for the official launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) in Washington, a national effort by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to increase the number of educational and employment opportunities for veterans and their families at the community level.
Mayor Don Anderson was one of the featured speakers at the event that also featured Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison and Lourdes Alvarado Ramos, Director of the Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Fittingly, the event took place at RP/6 , a Lakewood-based center that serves transitioning members of the military and their families by providing a centralized location for resources and various services. Not only did Friday’s event mark the launch of VECI, but it also recognized a Memorandum of Understanding between RP/6 and the VA to help veterans and their families. Find out more here .
Lakewood Celebrates National Night Out on Aug. 4
Be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 4, when the community of Lakewood - including residents, the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Polie Department - will celebrate National Night Out.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.
If your neighborhood isn't already registered to participate and would like to host a community event for yourself and your neighbors, call the LPD front desk at (253) 830-5000 to find out how you can make it happen. It's a great opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors, as well as meet members of your local Police Department, City Council and West Pierce Fire & Rescue. They will be out that night, eager to meet, chat, laugh and celebrate with the community.
West Pierce: Brush Fires Numbers Soaring This Summer
(This message comes from West Pierce Fire & Rescue)
With the dry, hot conditions this summer, it's no surprise brush fire statistics have increased exponentially.
From June 1-July 20, 2014, WPFR responded to 14 brush fires. During that same time frame this year, crews responded to 102. It's not often fire departments see an increase of over 700 percent when talking about fire responses.
So far in 2015, West Pierce’s call volume is up by 8 percent and continuing to climb. With another hot streak in place this week through next, it is a reminder to be safe during this hot weather. While keeping well hydrated is essential, it is important to remember there is a burn ban in place not only throughout Pierce County, but in most of Washington State. Please be considerate of this burn ban, as the dry conditions are allowing what may normally be a small fire turn into something large and out of control very quickly.
FireComm, also known as the Steilacoom Boulevard branch of South Sound 911, is a regional fire dispatch center located at West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Station 21 in Lakewood. The increase in fires across the county has greatly impacted dispatch centers as well. Find out more here .
Habitat For Humanity Opens 'Home' Store in Lakewood
On Wednesday, July 29, Habitat For Humanity held a ribbon-cutting for its new home and furniture store at 6030 Main St. SW, next to Lakewood Towne Center.
"Habitat For Humanity has its own store?" you ask. That's right, and the best part is the dollars you spend at the Lakewood store go back into community.
And for reference, some of the new and refurbished homes benefitting hard-working families in Lakewood are Habitat homes. In the 1990's, the first Pierce County project the organization accomplished outside of Tacoma was in Lakewood. In Tillicum, for example, the organization has renewed or built some 30 homes.
"It has really been a game-changer in Tillicum," Mayor Don Anderson said.
Several City of Lakewood representatives attended the event held by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, including Mayor Anderson, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, Assistant City Manager David Bugher and Economic Development Manager Becky Newton. Check out photos of the event on the City’s Facebook page .
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 3, 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:
- Clover Park School District Report
- Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
- Appoint 2015-2016 Youth Council members and Lakewood’s Promise Youth Council Representative
- Public Hearing on vacating Bridgeport Way and Lakewood Drive R-O-W
- Public Hearing on vacating a portion of 100th Street SW R-O-W
- Approve agreement on Lakewood’s Promise program
- Approve a joint construction agreement with Century Link re: trenching on Lakewood Dr.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 10, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Proclamation recognizing 28th and 29th District Legislators
- Report on 2015 Legislative Session