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

Sept. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Waughop Lake dedication is tonight

Have plans for tonight? Come join us out at Waughop Lake for our trail dedication.

Mix and mingle starts at 5:30 p.m. at the new picnic shelter followed by a short presentation at 6 p.m.

Then the newly paved trail is all yours to discover and walk from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be stations at different points around the lake trail for you to learn about the lake habitat, see how the trail has transformed and learn how invaluable our volunteers and community partners were in making the improvements happen.

There will also be live music by local musicians playing around the lake.

Park in the recently paved parking lot by the dog park and follow the signs to the new picnic shelter at Waughop Lake for the ceremony.

 

 

Team Tillicum 5K is Saturday

Be part of the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s happening this weekend. Proceeds support youth and athletic programs in the Tillicum community.

The event takes place at scenic Harry Todd Park  next to American Lake. The course is flat and fast and gives runners and walkers a view of all Tillicum has to offer.

Organized by community residents, leaders and partners, the even raises awareness and visibility to Tillicum, engages the community through walking and running and encourages residents to grow as a safe, clean and healthy neighborhood.

Cost: $25 adult ($35 day of race); $5 children 6-12 years. Registration is open.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause this Saturday

The Friends of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone at the course donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email  .

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

Lakewood recognized by Pierce Transit

At Monday’s City Council meeting the city was presented with a Commute Trip Program Award from Pierce Transit.

The award comes from the transit authority’s Pierce Trips Program and was given to recognize the work the city has done to encourage its employees to find alternatives to commuting alone.

Assistant civil engineer Tim Motoh is the city’s employer designated transportation coordinator and as such has worked hard to provide information and resources for city employees to encourage things like vanpools, ride sharing or bicycling to work.

Motoh was at Monday’s meeting to share in receipt of the award that was presented by Charmaine Riley, communications and marketing specialist, and Karen Henderson, employer services coordinator, from the Pierce Trips Program.

The state’s Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act is focused on improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and minimizing energy consumption. The act requires affected worksites to develop employer-based programs that encourage people to find alternatives to driving alone.

The act applies to all employers (public and private) that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single location. These “affected” employees are those working 35 or more hours a week and who work between 6 and 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for at least 12 continuous months.

 

Nominations due Sept. 29 for Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, advocated for Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Sept. 29.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.

 

Rental Housing Safety Program informational meetings planned

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. OR Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Sign up now for the Triple the Fun Run series

Triple the fun this holiday season and stay in shape while having a blast by signing up for the Triple the Fun Run series -- three races put on by Lakewood and held at our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park.

Save money by registering for all three races instead of registering individually.

And after you finish your last race you will walk (or run) away with a crazy hat, t-shirt and scarf, as well as a special medal for those who complete all three races!

Register here

Race details:

  • Triple the Fun Run Early Bird Special: $55 for all three races (on or before Oct. 16).
  • Triple the Fun Run Regular Fee: $75 for all three races (Oct. 17 to Oct. 29)

Individual race fee:

  • Halloween Crazy Hat 5k and 10k: Oct. 29, $35 (register )
  • Jingle Bell Rock 5k: Dec. 9, $15 (register )
  • New years Day 5k: Jan. 1, 2018, $35 (register )

Read more about the races here

 

Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

This week 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood closed to through traffic while work is done on the final sewer extension project in the area. The road will reopen after the Sept. 30 project completion date.

Cars will have to access 150th Street from the Thorne Lane/Murray Road side. Access from the east is closed because Joint Base-Lewis McChord is repaving Perimeter Road.

The road will be closed from Woodbrook Drive (Lakewood's project) to Military Road (JBLM's project). The JBLM project will conclude Sept. 22. During this overlap Barnes Gate and McChord Field commercial vehicle inspection point will be closed to traffic.

Unlike last year, the city’s project this year is only 600 feet long and will be less intrusive. Access to property will be maintained for local residents, but through traffic is not allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work quickly to get your roadway restored. Thank you for your patience.

 

Save the date: Greater Pierce County purchasing forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies

Learn how to access agency portals

Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 

Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers

Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck
; (253) 798-2335

 

Weekly transportation update

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Electrical subcontractor is working on the Illumination System. Once finished substantial completion will be issued. The electrical subcontractor is tentatively scheduled to start improvements on the S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal (punchlist) Sept. 13. Traffic control will be in place at the intersection of S. Tacoma Way/SR512. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott paved behind the back walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons) this week, and continued to demo on the east side of Gravelly for upcoming curb and gutter placement. Curb and gutter is scheduled to be installed on the east side of Gravelly Sept.14. Other work for next week includes excavation and forming for luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and on Mt. Tacoma Drive.

Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

Pilot road patching program: On Aug. 22 the city’s road crews began work with rented equipment to repair pavement identified throughout the city as high need. In the first week crews patched 4,100-square-feet of pavement with 69 tons of asphalt on 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood. They continued this week on Gravelly Lake Drive near Nyanza, patching problem locations.

The program will continue through Sept. 15, when the rental period. This is something the city has never undertaken in its history and if it works out, we will be looking to either lease or purchase equipment to continue this program to allow us to pavement patch essentially year round.  This is not a replacement for our regular pavement patching contract that we expect to let later this summer/early fall; that contract addresses larger size patches. 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Six vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies. Open until filled.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

September 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Report

 

September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewska, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program

Read agenda

Sept. 1, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood will be closed to through traffic while work is done on the final sewer extension project in the area. The road will reopen after the Sept. 30 project completion date.

Cars will have to access 150th Street from the Thorne Lane/Murray Road side. Access from the east is closed because Joint Base-Lewis McChord is repaving Perimeter Road.

The road will be closed from Woodbrook Drive (Lakewood's project) to Military Road (JBLM's project). The JBLM project will conclude Sept. 22. During this overlap Barnes Gate and McChord Field commercial vehicle inspection point will be closed to traffic.

Unlike last year, the city’s project this year is only 600 feet long and will be less intrusive. Access to property will be maintained for local residents, but through traffic is not allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work quickly to get your roadway restored. Thank you for your patience.

 

Going to the State Fair this weekend?

Planning to visit Puyallup for the Washington State Fair but don’t want to mess with traffic? You can hop on a Pierce Transit shuttle from Lakewood Towne Center (see the schedule here ).

New this year you can use Pierce Transit’s PiercePay, which allows you to use your phone to pay your fare instead of having exact change. PiercePay is available through the Hopthru app, which is free and easy to set up (search for it in the Google Play store or on in the Apple store).

While you’re at the fair make sure you stop by Original House of Donuts, which has two locations this year:

  • Gold Gate serving its world famous handmade donuts and fresh brewed espresso
  • Orange Gate from its mobile food truck the Holy Roller where it will serve its donuts and drip coffee.

In addition to traditional favorites, OHOD will serve new offerings from a Fair Specialty Cake line that includes a lemon cake, blueberry cheesecake, orange creamsicle, cookies and cream and chocolate caramel coconut.

 

Toxic algae advisory issued for Lake Steilacoom

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Lake Steilacoom Aug. 29, 2017. That means there are areas of the lake with algae that are unsafe for people and pets.

The advisory means people and pets should avoid areas of the lake where algae is present.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Read more here.

 

Lakewood Fall Connections arriving soon

The Fall 2017 Lakewood Connections magazine hits mailboxes Labor Day weekend.

This edition includes:

  • Recognition of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on its recent centennial celebration
  • A reminder that fast trains are coming to Lakewood soon (December)
  • Information on our Fall Community Cleanup (scheduled for Oct. 28/29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Feature article on our recently established Veteran’s Treatment Court
  • Information on registering for the Rental Housing Safety Program
  • Updates on economic development, transportation and park improvements
  • Listing of upcoming events including the 11th annual Truck and Tractor Day, scheduled for Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

View the online version.

 

City Hall closed Monday

Lakewood City Hall and city services will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Business will open as usual Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

 

Waughop Lake Trail dedication

The trail was paved this spring but we waited to celebrate the recent improvements until the parking lot paving was complete. With both projects finished it’s time to celebrate the work of our partners and supporters who helped make the new trail around the lake possible.

A celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a “mix and mingle” at the shelter near the lake. Presentation and thank you to sponsors and partners will happen at 6 p.m. followed by trail walk around the lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone at the course donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email  .

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

Two roundtrips added to Lakewood Sounder service

Sound Transit is adding two new roundtrips to its popular south line Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood beginning Monday, Sept. 25. The new trains will provide more choices, more capacity and more frequent departures. With the addition of these two trains, there will be 13 daily roundtrips on the Sounder south line in South King and Pierce counties. 

During peak hours, Sounder trains will arrive as often as every 20 minutes. In the morning peak, an additional train will run between the first Lakewood departure at 4:36 a.m. and the 5:45 a.m. departure. This additional train will help ease congestion on the line’s most crowded trains. 

In the afternoon, the new schedule will provide earlier service to Lakewood during the traditional peak, and reduce the gap between the first and second trains to 40 minutes. To enable this earlier departure, the 2:35 p.m. southbound train will terminate in Tacoma, with connecting express bus service from Puyallup to Lakewood. The last evening trip will depart King Street Station 10 minutes later, at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, a third reverse-peak roundtrip will be added, allowing late morning travel to Tacoma and early afternoon travel to Seattle. To add capacity to the popular mid-day train Sound Transit launched last September, additional cars will be added. 

The new schedule and additional details found here.

 

Save the date: Greater Pierce County purchasing forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies

Learn how to access agency portals

Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 

Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers

Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck
; (253) 798-2335

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive this week, finishing storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked installing illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working their way south towards 100th Street. Sept. 5, paving will occur behind the back of walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons). Other work planned for next week include forming luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and pouring signal foundations.

Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

Road improvements:

Pilot road patching program: On Aug. 22 the city’s road crews began work with rented equipment to repair pavement identified throughout the city as high need. In the first week crews patched 4,100-square-feet of pavement with 69 tons of asphalt on 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood. The program will continue through Sept. 15, when the rental period. This is something the City has never undertaken in its history and if it works out, we will be looking to either lease or purchase equipment to continue this program to allow us to pavement patch essentially year round.  This is not a replacement for our regular pavement patching contract that we expect to let later this summer/early fall; that contract addresses larger size patches. 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Six vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.Open until filled.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store   or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

Monday’s meeting will be held Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment

Read the agenda.  

September 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Report

Aug. 18, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Free concert at Fort Steilacoom Park

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off this Sunday at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band   will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.

 

Lakewood recognized for its 2017-2018 biennial budget

The City of Lakewood received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Presentation Award for its 2017/2018 Biennial Budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the city. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • policy document
  • financial plan
  • operations guide
  • communication device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

There were 1,541 governments awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. In Washington there were 45 recipients broken by entity types as follows:

  • Three counties
  • Three school districts
  • Five special districts
  • 34 municipalities

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budget. 

This recognition is a positive reflection upon Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, our finance team, department directors and all city employees. It is a reflection of the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial transparency. 

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park design before Council

For three years the city has worked with the Rotary Club of Lakewood to establish a community gathering space in Fort Steilacoom Park.

A series of public meetings were held, including a thorough community review process, which ultimately led to the design of a multi-use structure and a preferred location for the “Pavilion in the Park” project.

Funding for the project will come from the city’s lodging tax capital funds and cash and in-kind services from the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

The pavilion will provide a venue for community gatherings, ceremonies, performances, entertainment and special events.

The City Council is expected to review a motion at its Monday meeting requesting approval of the design for the pavilion. If approved the next steps are to prepare construction drawings and other site development improvements as needed to apply for a building permit.

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Next Saturday is the fourth Saturday of the month and you know what that means: Time to volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park !

Every fourth Saturday volunteers gather at the blue barn near the dog park to embark on a restoration effort of the Waughop Lake Trail.

Work includes pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and other restoration efforts.

This is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

Meet up at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves, water and sunscreen.

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to  . Don’t worry if you can’t make it this time, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Sept. 23!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

Diversity Survey

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Take the survey here.

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications due Monday

The city's lodging tax application period is open and the city is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in the city. Funding for the projects come from the city's share of taxes that are collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in city limits.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017. 

Find the application here,   along with more information about what is required to apply.

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): City staff met with the contractor this week to discuss what needs to be completed to issue substantial completion. Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed behind the back of walk this week on the west side of the roadway. They also transitioned over to the east side of the roadway, demoing for future curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements.

RW Scott will put down asphalt and behind the back of walk/in driveway aprons on Monday (8/21) and Tuesday (8/22).

Electrical subcontractor G&G focused on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly this week. They will begin laying conduit on the east side of the roadway next week.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Five vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing 100 Year Anniversary of JBLM-McChord – Colonel Nicole Lucas,  JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Awarding bids for Ft. Steilacoom Park sports fields improvements
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Setting October 16, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Approve the Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion design

 

August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Review of Community Visioning
  • Unmanned aerial system update

 

Read the agenda.

Aug. 25, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Volunteer Saturday to help restore Waughop Lake habitat

Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better!  Can you join us?

As you walk through the park, you may notice that destructive plants are taking over many areas. Scotch Broom, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry are the main culprits, but other invasive plants are also gaining a foothold. Left unchecked, these plants will steadily crowd out or smother our wonderful native plants. They will destroy the habitat that our local birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators, and small woodland animals rely on.

You can change this! Join us to help eradicate these invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We meet monthly on the fourth Saturday of every month, and would welcome your help whenever you are available. 

Join us from 9 am to noon.

What you need…

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 
  • Dress in layers for our changeable weather.
  • Bring sturdy shoes.
  • Leather work gloves are helpful.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Bring water.

Why do we volunteer?

  • Connect with your community.
  • Have fun.
  • Learn which native plants are best for a specific site.
  • See how to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
  • Learn about invasive plants and how to eradicate them.
  • Make the park better for future generations. Help make a lasting change!
  • Support improved water quality.
  • Gain community service hours and enhance your resume. Great for students.

Everyone is welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

The golf course is an all-volunteer run organization. Yes, that’s right. From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

This year’s tournament is being held in honor of former minor-league pitcher and Tacoma resident Stan Naccarato who died in 2016 and retired professional golfer and Friends board member Ken Still, who died earlier this year.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email .

 

Sewage spill advisory lifted from Waughop Lake

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted is sewage spill advisory from Waughop Lake Friday, following water quality tests that show the water quality has improved.

The health department posted the advisory earlier this year after storm lines from Pierce College drained into Waughop Lake. The College addressed the problem and worked to clean up the site.

Recent water quality samples from the lake showed the average E.coli levels below the health department’s threshold for requiring public notification of a sewage spill. The location near the outfall where the sewage drained from the college had one of the lowest results for E.coli.

The water quality results, in combination with the efforts by Pierce College led to the removal of the Sewage Spill Advisory.

An additional E.coli sampling will be taken following the next rain event to make sure residual sewage doesn’t impact the lake.

The toxic algae advisory remains in effect and areas with visible algae should be avoided.

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

City Council: Public health and unmanned aircraft

This week’s City Council study session will include a visit from Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, who will give an update on the agency.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro will provide an update on the department’s plans to use an unmanned aerial system in police searches for missing people, assessing damage in hazardous conditions or helping in the service of search warrants. A draft policy for how this would work was recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and with input from the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee with a focus on safety, transparency and privacy in mind. The goal is to have the program operational by the end of next month.

 

Three Farmers Markets left

Yes, that’s right the Lakewood Farmers Market season is already drawing to a close. Where did summer go?

The last market is Sept. 12, so if you haven’t made it yet you better hurry!

The Lakewood market has everything from fresh produce and handcut flowers, to homemade spa grade soaps and bath bombs, dried lavender, coldbrew coffee, wine from local wineries and artwork.

Join us for our final three Tuesdays in Town Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Weekly transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): Project punchlist is complete. Physical completion will be issued and closeout process will start after the last progress payment is issued next week. 

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed for future curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the east side of the roadway this week. RW Scott also put down asphalt in the roadway patch section on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday (8/26), RW Scott will likely finish installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive, which will finish storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked this week on signal improvements and trenching spare, illumination and interconnect on the east side of the road between Bridgeport and Mt. Tacoma Drive. Next week they will install illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working south toward 100th Street.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Five vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.Open until filled.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Unmanned aerial system update

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections

Read the agenda.

Aug. 11, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Free Concert in the Park

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band  will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.

 

2017 Asian Film Fest

2017 Asian Film Fest kicks off today (Aug. 11). Here's all you need to know about what's playing:

The event begins with box office blockbuster “Bridge on the River Kwai”, winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Musical Score.

The film airs at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 11) at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus, Cascade Building on the fourth floor. Admission and parking are free.

The films continue Saturday (Aug. 12) with the gripping Australian film “Rabbit Proof Fence” at 2 p.m., then Indian high voltage thriller “Airlift” shows at 7 p.m.

Sunday (Aug. 13) award-winning Japanese film “Like Father, Like Sun” airs at 2 p.m. The three-day event concludes at 7 p.m. and with the film “Neerja”, a breathtaking, true story of a young Indian flight attendant who risks her life to save passengers from terrorists on a hijacked airliner.

Along with these powerful films the event will include a juried art and photo exhibit, Bonsai display and live entertainment by flutist Jeannie Hill. 

 

Diversity Survey

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Take the survey here.

 

Kids day at the Market

This week the Lakewood Farmers Market celebrated the young artists, budding entrepreneurs and aspiring performers in our community with Kids Day at the Market.

Lakewood youth spent countless hours crafting, creating and perfecting their acts which were on display during our weekly farmers market. They offered everything from handmade jewelry and pot holders, to knit hats, painted rocks and “fidget foam”.

The city wants to thank all the talented youngsters who participated – we can’t wait to see what you bring next year.

 

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications now available

The city's lodging tax application period is open and the city is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in the city. Funding for the projects come from the city's share of taxes that are collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in city limits.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017. 

Find the application here,  along with more information about what is required to apply.

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The six remaining poles were wired on the project. The city is meeting with the contractor Aug. 18 to discuss what needs to be complete on the job to issue substantial completion.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott began installing sidewalk along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive this week. They will continue next week, along with installing storm drains on Mt. Tacoma Drive. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor poured light pole bases this week along the west side of Gravelly. They will be focusing on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly next week.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards  . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Five vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

August 14, 2017 Study Session

  • Backflow prevention device testing and inspections update
  • Overview of 2017 Legislative Session
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion project update
  • Economic Development update

August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa – Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Proclamation recognizing 100 Year Anniversary of JBLM-McChord – Colonel Nicole Lucas,  JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Awarding bids for Ft. Steilacoom Park sports fields improvements
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process

Read the agenda.