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

Nov. 3, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

The public is invited to two ceremonies honoring Veteran’s Day in Lakewood.

The first will happen Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, as part of the City Council’s meeting. The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, the official program beings at 2 p.m.

 

Help bring outdoor concerts to Lakewood

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We recently learned we are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If selected we would be the first from the Northwest to receive the grant.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why we need you to sign up and vote!

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Planning a downtown Lakewood

Want to have a say in how Lakewood's downtown is developed over time? We have three meetings coming up where you can learn more about the process and add your ideas.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW), hear the city's Youth Council present their ideas for a future downtown Lakewood.

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Be part of interactive discussions, see sketches and give your ideas.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. See how downtown plans have evolved and help critique them.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments. Can't make it? Provide your thoughts here: www.lakewooddowntownplan.org.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be held Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is especially significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Springbrook Connections holiday events

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for Springbrook neighbors is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centerforce. This event is open to all residents in Springbrook and offers a chance for neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Giveaway is planned for Dec. 16. Springbrook families are able to “shop” donated items for their children to ensure they have something under their tree to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to this event, or help with the Thanksgiving dinner contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

 

Thank you for participating in the Community Cleanup

Our first-ever free Community Cleanup held last weekend was a huge success. Nearly 800 cars passed through the gates of the Lakewood transfer station between Saturday and Sunday.

The city extends a heartfelt thank you to LeMay Pierce County Refuse for its partnership and opening its facility for the event, as well as a big thank you to Scott, the lone resident volunteer who signed up to help during the event.

Here’s a quick summary of the day’s success by the numbers:

  • Garbage collected: 76 tons
  • Junk tires collected: 648
  • Scrap metal collected: 2 tons
  • Mattresses collected: 125

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street:  Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished the pre-suspension paving Monday. Electric subcontractor G&G worked to stand light poles the end of this week and could do more early next week.  Traffic control will be in place while this is done. Suspension is anticipated once the poles are installed.

 

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 : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Dec. 18. 

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.

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Appoint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting, LLC contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic analysis
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Approve Revised SSMCP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation

November 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of marijuana options 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda

Nov. 6 Agenda

Oct. 27, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Make a Difference Day is Saturday

This summer 10-year-old Lakewood resident Malikhi Griffin walked into Lakewood City Hall with a sandwich bag filled with coins. Inside was $21.50.

He met with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and handed the bag over, telling her he was giving the money to the city to buy more plants for the city’s parks.

“I wanted to raise money for the city because I think it’s important to have things like parks and things like that so people can get into nature more,” the fifth grader said.

On Saturday Malikhi will be at Fort Steilacoom Park to help volunteers plant trees around Waughop Lake as part of the national Make a Difference Day event. One of the tress was purchased using his donation.

Malikhi loves the beauty of nature, he said, and wants to see “more plants added” in his community. His donation this summer is the second time he’s given his hard-earned savings to the city to help with beautification efforts.

The city appreciations Malikhi’s generosity and participation in our community events – he helped during Parks Appreciation Day in April, too. We can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young man and his continued involvement with Lakewood.

Want to help Malikhi Saturday? Head to Fort Steilacoom Park to help with tree planting or grave site restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Or head to The Little Church on the Prairie for other events requiring less manual labor. Full details here. 

 

Free Community Cleanup is Saturday/Sunday

Pierce County Refuse will open its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the first-ever free Fall Community Cleanup, hosted by the City of Lakewood and LeMay Pierce County Refuse.

A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

For items in good condition that aren't ready for the trash there will be a donation truck on site.

Address: Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW, Lakewood

More details. 

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Third Quarter crime statistics

Lakewood Police Assistant Chief John Unfred presented the third quarter crime statistics to the City Council at its Oct. 23 study session. Highlights include:

  • Total calls for service: 17,256
  • Total arrests:
    • Felony: 126
    • Gross misdemeanor: 4
    • Misdemeanor: 257
    • Warrants: 146
  • Violent crime numbers are down significantly for third quarter, including a noticeable decrease in reported aggravated assaults (49 percent drop).
  • Property crimes continue to decline, as do crimes against persons.
  • Motor vehicle thefts, which had been gradually on the rise, fell by 26 percent in the third quarter.
     

Save the date: Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

The public is invited to two ceremonies honoring Veteran’s Day in Lakewood.

The first will happen Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, as part of the City Council’s meeting. The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Participants include Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100th anniversary of JBLM.

 

Lakewood in the running to host outdoor concerts in 2018

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We recently learned we are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If we are selected we would be the first from the Northwest.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why in the coming week the city and Broadway Center will launch social media campaigns to raise awareness and encourage people to vote.

Voting opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 20. We hope people will take the time to sign up and vote so we can bring more free outdoor concerts to the South Sound. Learn more here.

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and set the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.    

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street:  Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Project is complete.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The parallel parking spaces in front of the businesses on Mt. Tacoma Drive were paved today (Friday). Work is being done to open the roads to traffic while the project is put on hold during the rainy season. The roads will be passable without delays during the pause.

 

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 : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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.

No meeting Monday, Oct. 30 because it is the fifth Monday of the month.

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project (tentative)
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Approve state government relations contract
  • Approve federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic impact
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation

 

November 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of marijuana options
  • Adult family homes/ESF update (tentative)

 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation and Six Year (2017-2022) Financial

Oct. 13, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood employees receive Guiding Principle Award

As part of its quarterly employee recognition, 14 City of Lakewood employees recently received the city’s Guiding Principle Award.

The award offers special recognition to those who consistently perform well in their regular job functions and demonstrate superior examples of any, or all, of the city’s guiding principles including:

Service

Teamwork

Integrity

Respect

Third quarter recipients of the award are:

Members of the Operations and Maintenance crew: Tom Cummins, Brad Ritterbush, Bob Toy, Jeff Cota, Justin Pierce-Powell, Stacy Hoekstra, Shelby King, Damien Sims and Adrian Powell

This team came together this summer to execute a pilot project aimed at addressing stretches of roadway throughout the city notorious for potholes. It was all hands on deck for four weeks while the city had the rental equipment. The team quickly learned the new protocols and patched nearly 10,000 square feet of roadway with 184 tons of asphalt.

Sgt. Jeff Carroll, Elizabeth Schied and Joe Kolp

This trio was largely responsible for coordinating retired Police Chief Bret Farrar’s memorial, held at First Baptist Church in Lakewood. That included coordinating arrangements with the church, sourcing food, programs, staff resource and other items needed for the service.

Sgt. Carroll helped coordinate with Farrar’s family on the final arrangements and acted as their driver/escort the day of the service.

Schied balanced her role as director of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center with planning the memorial service. She arrived hours before the ceremony to set up and stayed hours after to clean up.

Kolp served as Honor Guard commander for the ceremony and gathered Honor Guard members from other agencies to assist, as well as planned the honor portion of the ceremony, not an easy task.

Cameron Fairfield

Cameron was promoted to Recreation Coordinator within the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in June – one of the busiest times of year for the department. One of his new duties was taking charge of the city’s Camp Create, a summer camp that runs from June to August and sees up to 60 kids a day. During the summer Cameron started and ended his days at the camp, all the while doing other duties of his new job and his former position that had yet to be filled. His hard work made Camp Create a wonderful experience for the kids and staff.

Christina James

Christina James, office assistant with Lakewood Police, sits on the city’s Wellness Committee as its secretary. She played a key role in the city’s receipt of a $2,250 grant from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s worksite wellness grant program this year and helped make sure all the grant requirements were met. She stepped up and wrote the grant application again this year for 2018 funds and agreed to lead planned wellness activities for the city until other resources are available, should the city receive the grant again.

 

Partners for Parks wants to hear from you

Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

For more information please email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at   .  

 

Truck and Tractor Day is Saturday

This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

To save yourself from standing in line fill out the waiver in advance

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email .

 

Walk the “NEW” Waughop

Partners for Parks is hosting the second annual “Walk the NEW Waughop” fundraiser at Fort Steilacoom Park Sunday from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Walk the newly paved lake trail and raise money for two community projects on the horizon: Completion of the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail and restoration of H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

More info: partnersforparks.net

 

2017 Purchasing Forum draws a crowd

Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier welcomed over 200 attendees, including 21 agencies, to the annual Purchasing Forum at the McGavick Center this week.

Attendees learned about efforts by the state to increase access to government contracting for small, and minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, how to register on the MRSC Small Works roster, how to do business with various agencies, hiring incentives for business, and the impact initiative 1433 (minimum wage and paid sick leave) will have on the business community.

Patrick Hughes, of Hughes Group, delivered an engaging story about how he created a successful contracting business. It’s always a favorite event for all with great networking and connections to valuable resources.

 

Early Bird deadline fast approaching for the Triple the Fun Run series

The special $55 Early Bird discount for Lakewood’s Tripe the Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January – ends Monday, jumping to $75 Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Register herehttp://regtorace.com/event/299 . Read more about the races

 

Lakewood’s Free Community Cleanup is Oct. 28-29

The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event. A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

Click here to see what will be accepted. 

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.  

 

Let's put Lakewood on the map

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park - then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Last month the City initiated the final planned sanitary sewer extension along 150th Street. The contractor will be onsite over the weekend paving the roadway. The road is expected to reopen Monday, Oct. 16.

Local access to the apartment complex, homes and equestrian businesses directly east of Woodbrook Drive is only granted from the west — the most direct route. Flaggers will be onsite to regulate traffic during the paving work. Minimal delays are expected. The City recognizes this project is a significant inconvenience to those that live or frequent equestrian businesses off 150th Street and those that use the road to access I-5 from east Pierce County.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Work is expected next week, but there will be no traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished most of the sidewalk, and in-road patching (east side of Gravelly) was scheduled for Oct. 13. Patching behind the back of walk (east side of Gravelly) is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 16. The project is weather dependent, so some delays are anticipated as rain moves into the region.

 

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 : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Oct. 16. 

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.

The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.  Agenda items include:

  • Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program
    • Chip seal program
    • Streetlight design
    • Onyx Drive improvement options
    • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
    • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
    • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Legislative Priorities
    • State Legislative Priorities
    • Federal Legislative Priorities
    • Pierce County Legislative Priorities

 

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – AA Meats - Ms. Tammy Faelnar, owner
  • Presentation of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Smoke Detector Program – Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
  • Public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Adopt FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Adopt Civil Service authority
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small cell towers update

 

October 23, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2018 City Legislative Priorities
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • South Sound Military Community Partnership update

 

Oct. 16 agenda

Oct. 20, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Public input sought on barn restoration

Community group Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

For more information email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at  .

 

Tyee Park Elementary students honored

Each year the city’s Stormwater and Surfacewater Management team works with Clover Park School District students to put out an annual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar. This year the city partnered with Tyee Park Elementary School, requesting students to submit artwork for the calendar.

The project is two-fold, it allows the city to showcase our talented youth, while also teaching our children about the importance of not polluting our waterways.

The City Council recognized the students at a meeting Monday. In total 15 students’ artwork was chosen to comprise the calendar.

They are:

  • Ashyra Kinchen (4th grade)
  • Virginia Toailoa (4th grade)
  • Alana Clouthier (3rd grade)
  • Robert Coats (1st grade)
  • Keighlauna Eberly (3rd grade)
  • Luis Vaca (3rd grade)
  • Cassandra Bower (5th grade)
  • Kennedee Robinson (4th grade)
  • Tyler Koden (2nd grade)
  • Angela Sanchez (5th grade)
  • Arciniega Elian (5th grade)
  • Ashley Lagunez (3rd grade)
  • Carlos Salgado (2nd grade)
  • Yuihanis Torres-Quintero (3rd grade)
  • Joseph Ramos (1st grade)

 

Keeping drains and roads clear

After this week there’s no question, Fall storm season is upon us. Anticipating the winds and rain the city’s Operations and Maintenance team got to work inspecting storm drains and cleaning around them prior to the storm systems hitting the region. This proactive approach will continue through winter. 

The company under contract to sweep the city’s roads started this month and focused on neighborhoods known for lots of leaves. They will continue sweeping these neighborhoods every other week through January. This is in addition to their regular sweeping.  Click here for the map outlining street sweeping routes.

The sweeping contractor will run three sweepers at night Monday and Tuesday due to Thursday’s heavy wind and rain and the storm anticipated to hit the area Saturday.

 

Save the date: Make a Difference Day

Join your neighbors in Make a Difference Day, a national day of giving back. The event is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Here’s how to get involved:

Fort Steilacoom Park

Tree planting around Waughop Lake (City of Lakewood)

Restoring historic grave markers at FSP Cemetery (Grave Concerns Foundation)

Little Church on the Prairie

  • Operation Christmas Child: Packing boxes to be delivered to children in countries around the world who lack basic items like shoes and socks, and who may have never tasted candy! We will be making an item to send and writing a personal note.
  • LASA Box Wrapping: We will team with the Living Assistance Support Alliance (LASA) in Lakewood to help them wrap items for the holidays. Their headquarters is a few blocks from the church.
  • Moldova Girls: Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. Help cut fabric (bring scissors!) to be made into necessary items for girls ages 10-18. They will be delivered by the project leader when she goes there on a mission trip in 2018.

Contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield at cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us, (253) 983-7827 for more information.

 

Lakewood’s Free Community Cleanup is Oct. 28-29

The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event. A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

The city is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Click here for volunteer information .

Click here to see what will be accepted.   

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.   

 

Help put Lakewood on the map

We're up against some steep competition in King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington recognition program.

Our Fort Steilacoom Park needs your help to win. Voting closes Sunday, Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Click here  and look for Fort Steilacoom Park. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Previously closed while a sewer line extension was completed, the road reopened to traffic Oct. 15.

Work continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School. Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Three items were to be finished Oct. 20. No traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The project has been bogged down by weather this week. Pavers are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Once that is done the work will be put on hold until after the rainy season. The roads will be reopened without traffic impacts during the pause.

 

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 : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

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.

October 23, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2018 City Legislative Priorities
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • South Sound Military Community Partnership update

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project (tentative)
  • Appointing Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation and Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast

Oct. 23 Agenda

Oct. 6, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Rental Housing Safety Program: Accepting registration

The city’s Rental Housing Safety Program website went live this week, allowing rental property owners in the city to register their properties online.

The site includes video tutorials of how to use the website to register single family and multi-family properties, change taxpayer information, how to register multiple taxpayers and how to register as an inspector.

An informational meeting is also scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, for those who have questions or want to learn more.

At this training city staff will offer training and information on the new program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties in the city 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.

 

Two community events planned for Fort Steilacoom Park

Oct. 14: 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day

We’re one week away from the city’s big Fall festival. This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks 4 Kidz will be there with arts and craft activities, games and we’ll have a giant slingshot for hurtling pumpkins.

Live music will be provided by Seattle-based Squirrel Butter and Lakewood’s very own Original House of Donuts will be the main supplier of doughnuts for the fan-favorite “Doughnut on a String” game – join us to see just how hard it is to eat a doughnut with no hands!

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

We do ask people to sign a waiver for this event. To save yourself from standing in line fill it out in advance.  

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email .

Oct. 15: Walk the “NEW” Waughop

Partners for Parks is hosting the second annual “Walk the NEW Waughop” fundraiser at Fort Steilacoom Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

It will be an incredibly fun afternoon of walking the newly paved lake trail and raising money for two community projects on the horizon for Partners for Parks. One is to help complete the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail that will connect Lakewood with University Place and Pierce County and the other long term project is to restore one of the historic barns at Fort Steilacoom Park. This will be a multi-year project with multiple stakeholders providing input on how best to renovate this historic building.

Get involved: Walk the lake Oct. 15, send a donation or get pledges from family and friends. The Clover Park Kiwanis will provide a hot dog meal for sale or to those who become members. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event! Find more information at partnersforparks.net.

 

Register now for the Triple the Fun Run Series

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Lakewood is hosting the Tripe the Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January.

Held in our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park, these races are perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Now through Oct. 16 we are offering a special Early Bird discount for all three races for just $55. That price jumps to $75 on Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Registration includes takeaways from each race: crazy hat from the Oct. 29 Halloween Crazy Hat 5k/10k, t-shirt from the Dec. 9 Jingle Bell Rock 5k, and scarf from the Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day 5k. You’ll also receive a medal for completing all three races.

Register here.  Read more about the races.

 

Keep voting for Lakewood

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park, then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Last month the City initiated the final planned sanitary sewer extension along 150th Street. The initial completion date was not met because of unplanned factors. The contractor has worked 14-plus hour days to get the work done as fast as possible.

The pipe installation is expected to be complete this week. The pipe must then be tested to meet Pierce County’s requirements (the ultimate owner of the sewer line). After testing the road will be rebuilt. Estimated project completion is now Oct. 13.

Local access to the apartment complex, homes and equestrian businesses directly east of Woodbrook Drive is only granted from the west — the most direct route. The road and shoulder can adequately handle this limited traffic, including garbage trucks, postal vehicles, delivery trucks and trailers.

The City recognizes this project is a significant inconvenience to those that live or frequent equestrian businesses off 150th Street and those that use the road to access I-5 from east Pierce County.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The electrical subcontractor is expected to complete the last item at South Tacoma Way/SR512 signal over the weekend.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott and the electrical subcontractor installed the remaining roadway crossing for the Gravelly/Mt. Tacoma signal this week. Other work this week included landscaping and prep for remaining concrete sidewalk and asphalt on the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma. Next week, RW Scott will finish the sidewalk, and patch in the road and on driveway aprons along the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma.

 

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 : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Oct. 16. 

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.

October 9, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Jury Response Heat Map Presentation – Mr. Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator
  • Municipal Court update
  • Dangerous Building Abatement program update
  • Review of Civil Service authority

 

The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. 

Agenda items include:

Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program

  • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
  • Onyx Drive improvement options
  • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
  • Chip seal program
  • Streetlight design

Legislative Priorities

  • State Legislative Priorities
  • Federal Legislative Priorities

 

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – AA Meats - Ms. Tammy Faelnar, owner
  • Presentation of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Smoke Detector Program – Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
  • Public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Adopt FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Adopt Civil Service authority
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small cell towers update

Oct. 9 agenda