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

March 9, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Flapjack Fundraiser is Saturday

The Lakewood Historical Society is hosting its second annual Flapjack Fundraiser Saturday (as in tomorrow!). Come with a hearty appetite for a morning filled with great food, good conversation, and lots of fabulous prizes.

Details: Flapjack Fundraiser at the Lakewood Towne Center Applebee’s, 10407 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW Lakewood, Saturday, March 10, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Tickets: $10

Phone: (253) 682-3480

 

Adding sidewalks to Lakewood streets

Earlier this year work began on two pedestrian safety projects in Lakewood that included adding sidewalks and lighted pedestrian crossings on two roadways near two Clover Park School District schools.

The city was able to make these safety improvements in large part from a federal Safe Routes to Schools grant, which is awarded to projects that make it safer for students to walk to and from school.

The schools that benefitted from this work are Dower Elementary and Hudtloff Middle schools.

Sidewalks, curb, gutter and new pedestrian crossings were added to John Dower Road between its intersection with Steilacoom Boulevard and Custer Road. The pavement was also replaced because it had deteriorated and it no longer made sense to continue to patch it with temporary fixes.

Over on Phillips Road the city also added curb, gutter, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and LED lighting between its intersection with Steilacoom Boulevard and Agate Drive.

The total project cost for both streets was just over $2 million. The city contributed $603,000 for the projects, which includes the cost to repave John Dower Road.

Work is expected to conclude in mid-March on both projects.

See what other road projects are planned between now and 2023.

 

Economic Development Board recognizes Lakewood business

At its annual meeting Thursday the Economic Development Board of Tacoma recognized the Panattoni project currently under construction in Lakewood’s Woodbrook Business Park as one of its “Excellent 10” recipients.

Each year the EDB highlights ten great economic development projects in Pierce County that were worked on or completed between January and December of the previous year. The projects on the list vary from industrial and office expansions to educational facilities to sewer infrastructure, or from hospitals to museums.

The Board evaluates projects that are key drivers of jobs, capital investment, or other important community development in our region.

The city was proud to see the private development project recognized.

 

Road improvements: Onyx Drive open house

An open house is planned for March 20 at Oakbrook Elementary in the library from 6-7 p.m. for Oakbrook residents to share their thoughts on planned street improvements for Onyx Drive.

The city has plans to improve Onyx between 97th Avenue and Phillips Road, but the first phase will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues. Public input is needed to shape the city’s plans.

 

Prepare in a Year: March: Water storage

Clean water is essential for life, both for hydration and to prevent the spread of disease, that’s why clean water storage is a top priority in disaster preparedness. As part of its ongoing effort to help residents prepare for an emergency by month, West Pierce CERT’s March preparedness tip is focused on water storage preparation.

Each person in a household requires one gallon of water per day for drinking and sanitation. FEMA recommends storing enough water for each member of a household for two weeks. While specialized barrels to store large amounts of water and tools to maintain water purity are available for purchase, it is not the only method in which you can store water.

Read more about water storage and emergency planning.

 

How well do you know Lakewood?

This week Pierce County released its video of former Lakewood Mayor and now Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson testing Councilwoman Marie Barth’s Lakewood historical knowledge.

The pair filmed a Pierce County Trivia piece for Pierce County that highlighted some of the great things we have to offer in Lakewood. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here.

 

Downtown Plan open house scheduled

We have entered the next phase of our downtown planning process. The draft downtown plan and draft planned action environmental impact statement will be presented to the public at an open house March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The city’s Planning Commission is hosting the meeting, which will have interactive displays and a chance for discussion. Refreshments will also be available. The plan will go up on the project website March 16 and from there a 30-day comment period will begin. Review the documents and provide your thoughts and comments online .

 

Save the date: Spring Community Cleanup

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, will host a spring community clean up for residents. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).

 

Free community event to discuss mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pierce County teamed up with Clover Park Technical College and The Healing Field to offer a free showing of the documentary Crazywise, a thought-provoking film that explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive, transformative experience.

The screening is Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood.  The event includes a panel-led community conversation immediately following the film. Mental health professionals from Greater Lakes Mental Health Care will also be available to answer questions.

More information

 

Calling all Boy Scouts

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with its Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, happening this year on May 19 at American Lake Park.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact Sally Martinez at   or call (253) 983-7887.

 

Transportation updates

As spring nears we’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The remaining project concrete work will occur Monday. Minor patching happened this week. Once patching is done the work will suspend until April.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): This week’s work consisted of potholing utilities and saw cutting. Next week, the contractor will begin installation of storm and electrical. Motorists should expect minor delays.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: The contractor installed the compact roundabouts and widened shoulders on Dekoven Drive at its intersections with 100th Street and Meadow Road. Intersections will permanently change to ALL YIELD control once permanent signs are installed. The project will be suspended until the weather improves to allow final marking and striping.

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished final paving this week. Only small work items remain. This Safe Routes to Schools grant-funded project added curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti completed most of the work, only small items remain.

Steilacoom Boulevard: CenturyLink will begin relocating its cable next week. Miles Resources hopes to start construction in early March.

 

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:

  • : Advises the City Council and city staff regarding the availability and delivery of the five promises within the city. Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: April 16.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

March 12 Study Session

  • Review of 2019-2020 Human Services funding strategies
  • Review of FY 2018 Consolidated Annual Action Play and amendments to FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan and proposed use of funds
  • Abatement program update
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • Strategic Plan update

 

March 19, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Appliance
  • Proclamation declaring March 11 – May 11, 2018 as Pierce County READS
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park road improvements
  • Awarding a bid for pavement patching
  • Adopt zoning code amendments relative to flea markets
  • Adopt Title 5 business license amendment relative to flea markets

March 12 agenda

March 2, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Housing in Lakewood

At its study session Feb. 26 the Lakewood City Council reviewed the city’s annual housing report, which provides data on new housing units built, remodels and additions, demolitions, pending residential projects and approved final plats.

The data shows what has been constructed and the amount and type of residential development anticipated over the next 24 months.

Housing by the numbers:

  • Number of new market rate single-family homes:  47
  • Number of single-family home demolitions:  26
  • Net new single-family homes in 2017 (47 – 26) = 21
  • Number of market rate residential additions/remodels:  537
  • Number of new affordable housing units:  0
  • Number of affordable residential additions/remodels:  13
  • Number of demolitions, all types:  53
  • Number of pending multi-family residential units:  566
  • New single-family residential lots created in 2017:  39
  • Number of single-family residential lots in the pipeline:  51

Lakewood is not keeping pace with the region’s housing demand. To meet current demand the city would need to permit 5,024 single- and multi-family units. Currently there are 657 units in the construction pipeline for Lakewood.

Read the full report.

 

Planning Commission recommends against marijuana

At its Feb. 28 meeting the city’s Planning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend an ordinance that prohibits marijuana businesses in Lakewood. 

The vote came after a public hearing and the review of more than 100 written comments submitted into the public record. Comments were varied and ranged in opinion.

The commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council, which is expected to take up the matter in April. Despite recommending against allowing marijuana businesses in the city, the commission included in its recommendation guidance to the City Council on what marijuana regulations could look like in the city, should the council choose to ignore its recommendation. The council is expected to review and discuss the recommendation at its April 23 study session.

 

City Manager, regional leaders meet with Senator Patty Murray

State Sen. Patty Murray invited a number of local leaders to attend a Feb. 16 discussion on infrastructure investment and needs in the South Sound.  She was interested in hearing how the federal government can be a good partner at the local level in addressing these needs and how she can help advocate for our needs in Washington, DC. 

Lakewood’s City Manager attended and addressed three areas:

  • Lakewood, as a relatively newly incorporated city, is still playing catch up from its unincorporated days and only roughly 20 percent of our community has sidewalks. Even less roadways have bike lanes. We have upwards of $100 million in immediate needs as it relates to city roads. 
  • More local tools from the federal government are needed to address traffic and congestion and finance road projects. Congressman Denny Heck’s COMMUTE Act and federal TIGER funding, would help local jurisdictions like ours tackle its transportation needs and should be supported.
  • While the city applauds Congresses’ efforts to implement positive train control on passenger trains, as it relates to the high-speed Amtrak trains coming through our city, much more is needed to keep our community safe. It can start by undertaking an environmental assessment unlike what previously occurred when the FRA exempted itself from addressing safety and mitigation requirements. 

 

Downtown Plan open house scheduled

We have entered the next phase of our downtown planning process. The draft downtown plan and draft planned action environmental impact statement will be presented to the public at an open house March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The city’s Planning Commission is hosting the meeting, which will have interactive displays and a chance for discussion. Refreshments will also be available. The plan will go up on the project website March 16 and from there a 30-day comment period will begin. Review the documents and provide your thoughts and comments online .

 

Save the date: Spring Community Cleanup

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, will host a spring community clean up for residents. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).

 

Take the Pierce County Library online survey

The Pierce County Library System is seeking the public’s input to identify top priorities for library services across the region and is keeping its online survey open until March 10.

Library leaders will share the public’s ideas with a community advisory committee, which the library system is forming to review and assess funding library services. The committee is expected to make a recommendation about funding for the library system to the Library’s Board of Trustees this summer.

Options to manage funding might include asking voters to increase property taxes to serve the area’s growing communities or further decreasing library services. 

 

Free community event to discuss mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pierce County teamed up with Clover Park Technical College and The Healing Field to offer a free showing of the documentary Crazywise, a thought-provoking film that explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive, transformative experience.

The screening is March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood.  The event includes a panel-led community conversation immediately following the film. Mental health professionals from Greater Lakes Mental Health will also be available to answer questions.

Complimentary tea and treats will be served. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase for $1 each with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit NAMI Pierce County. Tickets are free, but attendees must register for the event and show proof of registration to enter.

More information

 

Lakewood Institute of Theatre offers after school opportunities

The Lakewood Institute of Theatre is currently accepting registration for its spring camps and classes.

Productions include “We The People”, a chance for students to study the Constitution and then turn it into an original performance in the style of “Hamilton”; “Robin Hood” a six-week rehearsal twice a week after school for students in grades 1 to 6 to prepare for an April 25 performance; “The Three Musketeers” a six-week rehearsal for students in grades 7 to 12 to prepare after school twice a week for an April 28 performance.

There are also two “Preparing the Actor” stage combat programs for grades 5 to 12 and grades 10 to 12 held on Saturdays and  a six-week course for home school students ages 6 to 18.

More information

 

Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The Contractor prepped the site this week for the pouring of concrete in sidewalks and driveways in preparation of paving operations. The remaining concrete work is expected to happen Monday, March 5. Traffic control will be in place and minor delays are anticipated.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Construction began Feb. 26 and consisted of mobilization to the site, surveying, and erosion control. Minor traffic delays are expected.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: The contractor installed two compact roundabouts and curbing at Deokven’s intersections with 100th Street and Meadow Road. These intersections will remain ALL WAY STOPS until permanent signage and temporary markings are installed (likely next week). Intersections will change to a typical roundabout yield control once that is done.

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished the sidewalk work and is finalizing restoration to property behind the new sidewalks. The electrician is finishing installation of the flashing beacons at the cross walks. Final paving is expected March 8, weather and temperatures permitting. This Safe Routes to Schools grant-funded project adds curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti should complete restoring behind the new sidewalks next week. They are waiting on the removal of three light poles to finish the sidewalks.

Steilacoom Boulevard: CenturyLink will begin relocating its cable next week. Miles Resources hopes to start construction in early March.

 

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:

  • Community Services Advisory Board: Advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: March 5.
  • Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board : Advises the City Council and city staff regarding the availability and delivery of the five promises within the city. Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: April 16.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

March 5 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council report
  • Proclamation declaring March 12-18, 2018 as Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District report
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Pierce County, Lakewood and University Place for comprehensive planning, design and construction of the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail
  • Public hearing on zoning code amendments relative to flea markets

March 12 Study Session

  • Review of 2019-2020 Human Services funding strategies
  • Review of FY 2018 Consolidated Annual Action Play and funding recommendations
  • Abatement program update
  • Strategic Work Plan update

March 5 agenda

Feb. 16, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

City Hall Closed Monday

City Hall and city services will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, Feb. 20. Note: The City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW.

 

Pavilion in the Park contract before council

At its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20 the City Council will vote on whether to award a contract to Construct, Inc. for $816,377.20 to build the Pavilion in the Park project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The City Council most recently received an update on the project at its Feb. 5 meeting, where six bids were presented. After conducting due diligence city staff is recommending approval of the contract.

The Pavilion in the Park will serve as a facility at Fort Steilacoom Park near the playground and picnic shelter that will be available for public use. The Rotary Club of Lakewood approached the City Council in the spring of 2014 with a pledge of $300,000 for the community project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Once the council awards the bid, work will begin to move the project forward.

 

WSDOT: I-5 noise barrier planned for Tillicum

The city recently learned WSDOT is proposing to build a noise barrier wall in Tillicum as part of its I-5 Congestion Relief Project. This concrete wall is a mitigation requirement from the project’s environmental assessment. It will be between 8 and 18 feet tall and will be adjacent to I-5, stretching from 14405 to 14623 Union Avenue (Spruce Street to the Teriyaki House) for a total length of 1,440 feet.  

WSDOT is in the process of sending letters to property owners and tenants notifying them of the construction. An analysis estimates that 30 dwelling units will receive a noise reduction benefit from this wall between 3 and 8 dBA. Recipients of the letters are being asked to contact WSDOT with any questions. 

 

Calling all Boy Scouts

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with its Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, happening this year on May 19 at American Lake Park.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact Sally Martinez at or call (253) 983-7887.

 

Lakewood Playhouse kicks off 80th season with auction

The Lakewood Playhouse will hold its annual auction Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

This party not only serves as the kickoff to the nonprofit theater group’s historic 80th season, but it also serves as the second-annual fundraiser for the playhouse. Live and silent auction items include VIP tickets to the Rainiers with refreshments and a tour of the field, a private getaway to Cedarbrook Lodge, tickets to the Northwest premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, a luxury state at Snowater Resort at Mt. Baker, and more.

Light appetizers will be provided by Carr’s Restaurant and Catering. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the playhouse’s annual “Friends Fund” which helps keep theater costs down. Money from the auction will go toward upgrading the playhouse bathrooms and purchasing new body microphones for actors to wear during musicals.

Tickets:

  • $25 (includes apps and apple cider);
  • $50 (includes apps, apple cider and glass of wine);
  • $75 (includes apps, apple cider and two glasses of wine).
  • VIP tables also available for purchase, but are selling fast.

Purchase tickets online , or by calling (253) 588-0042. VIP table purchase by phone only.

 

Pierce County Library System wants to hear from you

The Pierce County Library System is seeking the public’s input to identify top priorities for library services across the region and has scheduled open houses in February to hear from the public. (Click here for library locations  ).

Upcoming meetings:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 17 locations; except Tillicum Pierce County Library at 1-3 p.m.

The library system is also asking for input via an online survey , now through March 10.

Library leaders will share the public’s ideas with a community advisory committee, which the library system is forming to review and assess funding library services. The committee is expected to make a recommendation about funding for the library system to the Library’s Board of Trustees this summer.

Options to manage funding might include asking voters to increase property taxes to serve the area’s growing communities or further decreasing library services. 

 

Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The new signal was activated Feb. 13 and the old signal taken down. The job is currently suspended but that could be lifted Feb. 20 so the contractor can form and pour the remaining concrete sidewalks/driveways in preparation for paving operations. Paving date still to come.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Construction will begin Monday, Feb. 26. Info will be distributed before construction to let businesses know what to expect. The first week will consist of mobilization to the site, survey, and removal of existing pavement.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 20 for the construction of two compact roundabouts at 100th Street and Meadow Road.

John Dower Road: The road remains closed to through traffic while both lanes are repaved as part of this Safe Routes to Schools project that adds curb, gutters and sidewalks. The contractor placed the base lift for the new road earlier this week. Next week they will continue to pour the sidewalk and run wire for new lights. The final life of asphalt is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, weather permitting.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti was expected to finish patching the road this week. Next week they are scheduled to pour the sidewalk and run wire for new lights.

Steilacoom Boulevard: Tacoma Public Utilities continues to set new transmission poles along Steilacoom Boulevard.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board: Advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: March 5.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

February 20, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Northwest Abatement Services, Inc., Mr. Mark Stephens, President
  • Approve Washington State Department of Revenue agreement for business licensing services
  • Approve FCS Group contract regarding utility rate studies
  • Approve an Anchor QEA agreement for the Harry Todd Park Waterfront Phase I project
  • Approve an amendment to an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire & Rescue for emergency management coordinator services
  • Authorizing Investment of City of Lakewood monies in the Local Government Investment Pool
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Reports by the City Manager – Class Action Pharmaceutical update

 

February 26, 2018 Study Session

  • Stormwater utility rate study update
  • Review of zoning code amendments relative to flea markets
  • Rental housing safety program progress update
  • 2017 Annual housing report

Feb. 20 agenda

Feb. 23, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Council approves Pavilion in the Park contract

Work will begin in the coming months on the Pavilion in the Park project planned for Fort Steilacoom Park.

At its Feb. 20 meeting the Lakewood City Council unanimously supported awarding a contract to Construct, Inc. for $816,377 to build the outdoor event facility in the park near the playground and picnic shelter.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood approached the City Council in the spring of 2014 with a pledge to dedicate $300,000 through in-kind and cash contributions to a community project in the city.

Ultimately it was decided that a community gathering space be created at Fort Steilacoom Park to further enhance the offerings at the 350-acre park that offers both passive and active recreation opportunities.

The total cost to build the project is estimated at $1.3 million.

Read more

 

Lakewood snow day

Our maintenance and operations crews were busy the end of this week working to make sure Lakewood’s roads and sidewalks were safe for residents to travel after Wednesday’s late snowfall.

Crews answered the call at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, reporting to work right away. They worked non-stop until noon when they were forced to take a break so they could do some equipment maintenance and plan for the next round of weather.

They drove the city’s snow routes Thursday using a combination of plows and sand/salt to help breakup the snow and ice so that drivers could safely reach their destinations. They shoveled the side walk before sunrise at the Lakewood Station so commuters could safely walk from the parking lot to the train platform.

By afternoon the warmer temperatures and sun melted and dried most of the city’s streets, except for those in the most wooded areas. Crews remained ready Friday morning and into the day, waiting for the snow that was expected to fall before 4 p.m.

According to the Lakewood Police Department there were only seven collisions Thursday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. due to weather, a testament to the hard work of our road crews.

Read more

 

February Business Showcase: Northwest Abatement Services, Inc.

At its meeting Tuesday the Lakewood City Council recognized Lakewood small business Northwest Abatement Services, Inc. as its February 2018 Business Showcase.

Lead by Mark Stephens, the company has been in Lakewood since its formation in 1994. It has expanded to include indoor air quality services (air duct cleaning), a fire and water restoration division, a container division and the award-winning Stetz Construction division which does everything from home remodels to large-scale projects like the recent construction of the Yelm Community Center.

Northwest Abatement Services, Inc. makes a point to give back to the community, offering its services and expertise to help with local projects at no cost.

Read more

 

Prepare in a year: February, identify out of area contact

*This information is being shared in partnership with West Pierce Fire & Rescue as part of a year-long initiative to help residents prepare for an emergency.

When disaster strikes, you may be at home, work, school or on the road and not with all the members of your household. Your first thoughts, though, will be with your loved ones and their well-being.

After a disaster, local phone lines may not work due to the number of people trying to make local calls or the number of phones knocked off the hook which can affect local phone service. The importance of texting and the use of social media was discussed in January’s post , as well as the crucial need to have an out-of-area contact.

An out-of-area contact is someone who lives at least 100 miles away from you, as long distance phone calls are more likely to go through. This person will be the one who all family members contact to inform of their location and how they are doing. This limits the potential of having several people trying to make several phone calls that are unlikely to go through.

Read more

 

Last Pierce County Library public meeting is Tuesday

The Pierce County Library System is seeking the public’s input to identify top priorities for library services across the region. Its last open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17 locations. In Tillicum the open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

The library system is also asking for input via an online survey , now through March 10.

Library leaders will share the public’s ideas with a community advisory committee, which the library system is forming to review and assess funding library services. The committee is expected to make a recommendation about funding for the library system to the Library’s Board of Trustees this summer.

Options to manage funding might include asking voters to increase property taxes to serve the area’s growing communities or further decreasing library services. 

 

Free community event to discuss mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pierce County teamed up with Clover Park Technical College and The Healing Field to offer a free showing of the documentary Crazywise, a thought-provoking film that explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive, transformative experience.

The screening is March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood.  The event includes a panel-led community conversation immediately following the film. Mental health professionals from Greater Lakes Mental Health will also be available to answer questions.

Complimentary tea and treats will be served. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase for $1 each with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit NAMI Pierce County. Tickets are free, but attendees must register for the event and show proof of registration to enter.

More information

 

Lakewood Institute of Theatre offers after school opportunities

The Lakewood Institute of Theatre is currently accepting registration for its spring camps and classes.

Productions include “We The People”, a chance for students to study the Constitution and then turn it into an original performance in the style of “Hamilton”; “Robin Hood” a six-week rehearsal twice a week after school for students in grades 1 to 6 to prepare for an April 25 performance; “The Three Musketeers” a six-week rehearsal for students in grades 7 to 12 to prepare after school twice a week for an April 28 performance.

There are also two “Preparing the Actor” stage combat programs for grades 5 to 12 and grades 10 to 12 held on Saturdays and  a six-week course for home school students ages 6 to 18.

More information

 

Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The contractor will return to finish up work once we have weather that will allow for the formation and pouring of the remaining concrete sidewalks and driveways for paving operations. A date for paving has not been set.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Construction will begin Monday, Feb. 26. Information was delivered to affected businesses to explain how they will be impacted. The first week will consist of mobilization to the site, survey, and removal of existing pavement.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: Work began this week to prepare Dekoven Drive for the construction of two compact roundabouts at 100th Street and Meadow Road.

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti is finishing pouring the sidewalk and restoring behind the sidewalk. The electrician continues to pull wire for the lighting. Final paving is dependent on weather and warmer temperatures – outside temp must by 45 degrees to place the final asphalt lift. This could bump the completion date. This Safe Routes to Schools grant-funded project adds curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished patching the road and is restoring property behind the walkway. They are waiting on utilities to be relocated to the new utility poles before they can finish the sidewalks. Crosswalk lights and lighting are finishing up.

Steilacoom Boulevard: Tacoma Public Utilities continues to set new transmission poles and should be finished by next week. Miles Resources hopes to start construction in early March.

 

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:

  • Community Services Advisory Board: Advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: March 5.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

February 26, 2018 Study Session

  • Stormwater utility rate study update
  • Review of zoning code amendments relative to flea markets
  • Review of Title 5 businses license amendment relative to flea markets
  • Rental housing safety program progress update
  • 2017 Annual housing report

March 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council report
  • Proclamation declaring March 12-18, 2018 as Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District report
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Pierce County, Lakewood and University Place for comprehensive planning, design and construction of the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail
  • Public hearing on zoning code amendments relative to flea markets

Feb. 26 agenda

Feb. 9, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park

At its Feb. 5 meeting the City Council received an update on the progress of the Pavilion in the Park project, which would build an outdoor event facility at Fort Steilacoom Park near the playground and picnic shelter.

The city recently received six bids from companies interested in building the facility. Due diligence is now being done on those six proposals. The company with the lowest bid amount, or lowest responsive bid amount depending on review, will be selected and presented to the City Council for review.

Once the council awards the bid, work will begin to move the project forward. The council is currently expected to review and make a decision on the contract award at its Feb. 20 regular meeting.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood approached the City Council in the spring of 2014 with a pledge of $300,000 to dedicate to a community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. Read more.

 

Work begins on CVS building

Drivers along Gravelly Lake Drive at its intersection with Bridgeport Way couldn’t miss the work being done this week on the Lakewood Colonial Center property.

The building, formerly home to FedEx, Multicare and at one time Ethan Allen, was torn down to make room for a 13,162-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. The project will include a drive-thru prescription window.

See pictures.

 

Register for 'Marketing to Government' forum

Are you a small business owner? Have you been thinking about trying to land a government contract for your business, but don’t know how? Now’s the time to learn!

Register for our upcoming FREE “Marketing to Government” forum, co-hosted with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Washington PTAC. At this workshop we’ll work with you to create the basic marketing tools you’ll need when meeting with government contracting officials.

The event is Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Chamber, 6310 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, Suite B.

Secure your spot by registering today.

 

Lakewood Playhouse kicks off 80th season at annual auction

The Lakewood Playhouse will hold its annual auction this year Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

This party not only serves as the kickoff to the nonprofit theater group’s historic 80th season, but it also as the second-annual fundraiser for the playhouse. Live and silent auction items include VIP tickets to the Rainiers with refreshments and a tour of the field, a private getaway to Cedarbrook Lodge, tickets to the Northwest premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, a luxury state at Snowater Resort at Mt. Baker, and more.

Light appetizers will be provided by Carr’s Restaurant and Catering. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the playhouse’s annual “Friends Fund” which helps keep theater costs down. Money from the auction will go toward upgrading the playhouse bathrooms and purchasing new body microphones for actors to wear during musicals.

Tickets:

  • $25 (includes apps and apple cider);
  • $50 (includes apps, apple cider and glass of wine);
  • $75 (includes apps, apple cider and two glasses of wine).
  • VIP tables also available for purchase, but are selling fast.

Purchase tickets online , or by calling (253) 588-0042. VIP table purchase by phone only.

 

Lakewood recognized by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The City of Lakewood was recently notified by the Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department that its Rental Housing Safety Program and the work done to expand and upgrade Springbrook Park were awarded Healthy Communities Awards.

Lakewood is the only South Sound city to receive two awards -- both of them platinum.

From TPCHD: The 2017 Healthy Communities Award winners took a comprehensive approach to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that make people healthy. They showed a commitment to incorporate health considerations when implementing comprehensive plans. 

“People in the communities are the true winners,” said Amy Pow, principal planner. “They benefit from the upstream work of municipal leaders to make our communities better places to live, learn, work, and play,” she said. 

Read more.

 

Pierce County Library System wants to hear from you

The Pierce County Library System is seeking the public’s input to identify top priorities for library services across the region and has scheduled open houses in February to hear from the public. (Click here for library locations ).

Upcoming meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 17 locations; except Tillicum Pierce County Library at 1-3 p.m.

The library system is also asking for input via an online survey , now through March 10.

Library leaders will share the public’s ideas with a community advisory committee, which the library system is forming to review and assess funding library services. The committee is expected to make a recommendation about funding for the library system to the Library’s Board of Trustees this summer.

Options to manage funding might include asking voters to increase property taxes to serve the area’s growing communities or further decreasing library services. 

 

Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The new signals are scheduled to go live Tuesday, Feb. 13. Once the old signal is down, the job will be suspended until weather improves for paving.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February. Fliers will be distributed ahead of construction to let businesses know what to expect during the work.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. There is a tentative late April date to advertise for bids. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 20 for the construction of two compact roundabouts at 100th Street and Meadow Road.

John Dower Road: The road remains closed to through traffic while both lanes are repaved as part of this Safe Routes to Schools project that adds curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti installed roadway crossings this week to minimize traffic impacts. Sidewalk paving is scheduled to begin Feb. 12.

Steilacoom Boulevard: New transmission poles will be set by Tacoma Public Utilities through the weekend, so expect some delays.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board: Advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: March 5.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

February 12, 2018 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update – Dr. Marylouise Jones, Interim CEO
  • Review of state Dept. of Revenue agreement for business licensing services
  • 4th Quarter Police Report
  • Banner program Phase II update

February 20, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Northwest Abatement Services, Inc., Mr. Mark Stephens, President
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Approve state Dept. of Revenue agreement for business licensing services
  • Approve FCS Group contract regarding stormwater utility rate study
  • Approve an Anchor Environmental agreement for the Harry Todd Park Phase I
  • Approve an amendment to an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire & Rescue for emergency management coordinator services
  • Authorizing Investment of City of Lakewood monies in the Local Government Investment Pool
  • Reports by the City Manager – Class Action Pharmaceutical update

Feb. 12 agenda