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

Aug. 4, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Asian Film Fest: Showing times announced

Presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission, this year’s Asian Film Fest is Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Admission is free and the five films being shown won’t disappoint.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications now available

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

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

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

 

National Night Out celebrates community

On Aug. 1 neighbors came together to celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, barbecues and small parades.

The night was all about building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie between neighbors to make neighborhoods safer.

Officers from the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire and Rescue representatives and our City Council made stops around the city throughout the evening.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro visited the city of Fircrest's celebration to show support to LPD Officer Arron Grant's family. Grant, a Fircrest resident, died in April.

Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman recognized Grant and his family at the start of Fircrest's National Night Out event that included the release of white doves by Grant's family and others.

 

Western State Hospital Community Conversations

The public is invited to Western State Hospital’s quarterly Community Conversations education event Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The focus is education about mental illness. Community Conversations participants also gain a better understanding of symptoms, and leave knowing more about mental health care services.

Western State Hospital is located at 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood. The event will be held in the hospital’s Organizational Development, Building 10, near Sentinel Drive. Participant check-in is at 11 a.m., and lunch is provided. Sessions begin at noon. RSVP to Scott Mannering, mannesc@dshs.wa.gov

 

Lakewood Police: Second quarter report

The second quarter police report was reported to the City Council at the end of July. In total there were 16,513 calls for service, 169 felony arrests, three gross misdemeanor arrests, 262 misdemeanor arrests and 158 warrant arrests for the three month period between April 1 and June 30, 2017.

View the full report, including a breakdown of each patrol district and the most common calls for service.

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Project suspension was lifted July 31 for two consecutive nights for work at state Route 512 intersection. The job is suspended again; six poles need to be wired.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott installed curb and gutter along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive this week, and is began pouring driveways Aug. 4. RW Scott is also doing storm work on Mt. Tacoma Drive. The electrical subcontractor began pouring light pole bases this week; signal bases will be poured next week. Storm installation on Mt. Tacoma continues next week, as does pouring sidewalks on the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive.

 

Team Tillicum 5K

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

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

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

Register before Aug. 1 and pay $20 for adults, $5 children (6-12 years), 5 and under free. Cost: $25 adult ($35 day of race); $5 children 6-12 years. Registration is open.

 

Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

Aug. 7, 2017 regular meeting

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint 2017-2018 Youth Council members
  • Approve Gray & Osborne, Inc. agreement to design improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Awarding a bid for LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Awarding a bid for 150th Street sewer extension project
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of Megan Court final plat and Review of Comprehensive Plan amendment process

 

August 14, 2017 Study Session

  • Backflow prevention program update
  • Overview of 2017 Legislative Session
  • Review of Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion project
  • Economic Development update
  • Review WSDOT Memorandum of Agreement for maintenance on I-5 gateways

Read the agenda here.

July 28, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

National Night Out

Neighborhood block parties, barbecues and small parades are planned around Lakewood in celebration of National Night Out which is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The national event is focused on building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

Join us for two city-sponsored celebrations at American Lake Park and Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will also make visits to various neighborhoods.

 

 

No agreement on Capital Budget

The state Legislature was unable to reach agreement on the capital budget, which means there isn’t one for 2017-19.

The impact is significant for Lakewood, which had a number of items encompassed in the budget including: Transfer of ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to the city; and grant funding totaling $467,000 to help pay for improvements planned for Harry Todd Park.

The budget also included $2 million for the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership to help with the North Clear Zone process that includes the relocation of businesses from the designated 260-acre area north of McChord Field.

For now the city plans to carry these items into the 2018 Legislative session unless there is resolution later this summer or fall.

 

Team Tillicum 5K

Participate in the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s and help support youth and athletic programs in the Tillicum community.

The event takes place at scenic Harry Todd Park  next to American Lake. The course is flat and fast and gives runners and walkers a view of all Tillicum has to offer.
Organized by community residents, leaders and partners, the even raises awareness and visibility to Tillicum, engages the community through walking and running and encourages residents to grow as a safe, clean and healthy neighborhood.

Register before Aug. 1 and pay $20 for adults, $5 children (6-12 years), 5 and under free. Adult registration increases to $25 on Aug. 1 and is $35 on race day.

Registration is open now.

 

Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms will be available for pick up Tuesday, Aug. 1 at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter.

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

 

Pavement Patching

Beginning Aug. 21 and continuing through Sept 15 city maintenance and operations crews plan to patch at least 2,633 square feet of pavement that has been identified as a high need – including a number of former potholes. 

In total there are 63 tasks to be completed and each task ranges in size from 1 square foot to upwards of 188 square feet. 

The tasks are based on areas city crews identified this past winter, coupled with roadways that scored low on the city’s 2016 pavement management report.

The city has never done this before, but if it is successful we will look to continue the program which would essentially allow the city to patch pavement year round – pending available funds.

 

Lakewood declared Purple Heart Community

Wednesday, July 26, Mayor Don Anderson welcomed members from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support, who stopped in Lakewood as part of the 2017 Purple Heart Run - a 8,500-mile journey across the nation to raise awareness and support for combat wounded veterans.

At the visit Anderson declared Lakewood a "Purple Heart Community", showing our continued support for our service men and women and their families.

The cross country journey is being done in a modified, mobility-equipped 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck, which is being driven exclusively by amputee veterans.

The run began at the foot of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. on July 1 and will end Aug. 13 in Dallas, Texas at the Military Order of the Purple Heart national convention.

That's also where the keys of the truck will be presented to Marine Sgt. (Ret.) Marshall Kennedy, a Purple Heart recipient from Arkansas who was selected as recipient of the truck. Kennedy was on his fourth deployment in 2011 when he lost his legs and severely wounded his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The city thanks the organizations for stopping in Lakewood and appreciates the opportunity to show its support for our veterans and active duty service members.

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): A project suspension that has been in place will lift Monday for two nights where work is scheduled at state Route 512 and South Tacoma Way. No closures are planned, but traffic control will be in place. Please avoid area if possible.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Mt. Tacoma Drive will be closed to all through traffic on Monday (7/31) Tuesday (8/1) and Wednesday (8/2) while contractor RW Scott does storm work. Local Access will be maintained to businesses.

RW Scott will also install curb and gutter along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive next week and G&G, the electrical subcontractor, will install signal/illumination foundations.

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

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 Meetings

There is no meeting Monday, July 31 because it is a fifth month. The next meeting is a regular meeting, Aug. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Aug. 7, 2017

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Appoint 2017-2018 Youth Council members
  • Awarding a bid for 150th Street sewer extension
  • Awarding a bid for LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approving Gray & Osborne design agreement for Steilacoom Blvd –Puyallup to Farwest
  • Awarding a bid for Ft Steilacoom Park soccer fields improvements
  • Approve WSDOT MOA agreement for maintenance on I-5 gateways
  • Reports by City Manager – Review of Megan Court final Plat

July 14, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

High-speed train testing Saturday and Sunday

Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will be testing all railroad crossings in the city of Lakewood this weekend, as well as every crossing along the Point Defiance Bypass route between DuPont and Tacoma.

That means passenger trains traveling at 50 miles per hour will bisect the city Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.

Drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for trains to come from either direction at various times throughout the day. People are reminded to stay off the tracks and practice good rail safety. Please see the recent Sound Transit release  for more information on the project. 

The track and signal tests are being done in preparation for the rerouting of Amtrak Cascades passenger trains from the railroad tracks that run along Puget Sound to inland tracks known as the Point Defiance Bypass. These high-speed trains are expected to begin running in a couple months and will be traveling at speeds up to 79 miles per hour.

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park

Join us for an effort to restore habitat around Waughop Lake in our beautiful, 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park.

Restoration efforts include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other restoration.

Work parties occur the fourth Saturday of every month and will continue into the fall. It’s a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

July 22 is Pierce County Trails Day – a perfect time to come out and work on the trail with other active volunteers. Meet at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to    Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Aug. 26.

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

ROAD ALERT: Repairs coming to Oakbrook

Road improvements are planned for the Oakbrook community over the next couple of weeks. While work is being done you can expect delays up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

Monday (7/17) through Wednesday (7/19) the contractor will place the oil and chip seal, followed by a street sweeper Thursday (7/20).

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT: Wash your car; Water your front lawn; Water down your driveway. Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, obarron@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 

 

Biggest and best SummerFEST yet

It’s not technically official, but public response to last weekend’s SummerFEST celebration confirms what we already knew: This year’s celebration was the biggest and best the city has seen.

Tens of thousands of people visited Fort Steilacoom Park over the course of the 12-hour festival that had live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities, vendor booths, trampoline stunts, trapeze shows, stilt walkers and fire dancers.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make the event possible and everyone who helped us celebrate.

In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery and video with some of the sights and sounds of the day.

Click here for SummerFEST Triathlon results.

Lakewood SummerFEST July 8, 2017  

 

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

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 .

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 17-21:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): Contractor RW Scott relocated sections of the Lakewood Water District’s water mains and provided upgrades during the recent nightly closures. The impacted areas will be patched Monday (7/17) and Tuesday (7/18). Once complete work will resume installing storm drains and completing electrical work (installing lights, fiber and spare conduit).

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 24.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

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

July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve interlocal agreement to create Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

July 24, 2017 Study Session

  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review of Pierce County ILA regarding law enforcement multi-jurisdictional specialty teams
  • Review of agreement to design Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

Read the full July 17 agenda .

July 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Saturday is Pierce County Trails Day

Celebrate by volunteering to restore habitat around Waughop Lake in our beautiful, 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park.

Work will include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other restoration.

While Saturday’s work party is being done in conjunction with the countywide trail celebration, the habitat restoration work around the lake is part of ongoing work parties at the park that occur the fourth Saturday of every month.

It’s a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours to help around the city.

Saturday's meet up begins at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen.

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to  .

Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Aug. 26.

Thank you for helping us keep our park beautiful!

 

ROAD ALERT: Oakbrook work nearing completion

The final leg of road work in Oakbrook is set to conclude early next week. Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT:

  • Wash your car
  • Water your front lawn
  • Water down your driveway

Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, obarron@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 

 

Save the date: Asian Film Fest

The fifth annual Asian Film Fest is nearing.

Presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission, this year’s event is Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Admission is free and the five films being shown won’t disappoint.

This year’s selection includes: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”; “Rabbit-proof Fence”; “Airlift”; “Like Father, Like Son”; and “Neerja”.

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

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 .

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 24-28:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way: Upcoming work for the next two weeks includes installing storm mains and electrical work (installation of illumination, fiber, and spare conduit).

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Substantial completion will be issued once six light poles are stood. This work is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 24.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

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

July 24, 2017 Study Session

  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review of Pierce County ILA regarding law enforcement multi-jurisdictional specialty teams
  • Review of agreement to design Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

July 7, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood Police lieutenant graduates FBI National Academy

Lakewood Police Department Lt. Jeff Alwine recently graduated from the FBI National Academy , becoming only the second Lakewood officer to participate and complete the rigorous program that includes 3,800 credit hours of coursework and regular physical fitness tests.

Police Chief Mike Zaro also graduated from the academy in 2010.

Based at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, the national academy is a professional course study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers.  

Over the course of the 10 weeks attendees take undergraduate and/or graduate classes focused on law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, intelligence theory, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science and health and fitness.

Alwine was one of 228 people to graduate June 7 as part of the 268th session. Classmates included law enforcement from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies and every branch of the military.

Alwine is the head of professional standards for the police department which oversees internal affairs, hiring and training.

 

Another busy Fourth for Lakewood Police

Here’s a snapshot of July 4 for Lakewood police:

232: Total number of calls for fireworks complaints (this doesn't include additional calls South Sound 911 received that didn’t meet criteria to pass along).

150: Average number of calls our police receive on a normal day. (Add those together and you'll see LPD had almost 400 calls for service on July 4).

Also of note: Police responded to numerous brush fires with West Pierce Fire & Rescue and two medical calls for people who had chest and hand burns from fireworks. Officers also responded to two fires at the Colonial Motel July 3 and 4; the cause is under investigation.

 

SummerFEST is Saturday

It’s finally here!

SummerFEST is Saturday and the weather looks like it will be perfect, so come out to Fort Steilacoom Park and help us celebrate the sunshine.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies, unless of course you’re participating in the triathlon presented by St. Clare Hospital. That starts with a cold jump into American Lake at 9 a.m. and ends with a 3-mile run through Fort Steilacoom Park. The awards ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. on the Geico main stage.

Our family-friendly festival won’t disappoint. Free activities for kids include Bubble Soccer, the chance to try out different sports like golf and baseball, or the chance to ride adaptive bikes for people of all abilities. Of course we’ll have festival favorites: face painting, live music and deeee-lish food offerings from a variety of food trucks.

We’ll also celebrate the rich cultural traditions that make Lakewood stand out in the South Sound at the Lakewood Sister Cities International Fair. Check out the full list of events – including the annual Car Show and additional display of BMWs and Minis from sponsor BMW Northwest and Northwest Mini – and consider staying into evening for the pet parade and movie at dusk: “The Secret Life of Pets” courtesy of sponsor Click Cable TV and America’s Credit Union.

 

Thank you for supporting Lakewood Healthy Bucks

The final count is in and Whole Foods Chambers Bay is giving Lakewood's Farmers Market $2,441.34 for its Healthy Bucks program.

The money comes from Whole Foods Market's community giving day, where they dedicated 5 percent of the net sales from June 22 to our program.

With this money we are able to give children ages 16 and under the opportunity to buy $2 worth of fruits and/or veggies from our market vendors. A recent visit to the market last week saw a number of children lined up to receive their healthy bucks.

But, before we let them walk out of the city's market booth with the free bucks they first have to draw/color their favorite fruits and veggies at our arts and crafts table. 

This is a great opportunity to teach youngsters about healthy food choices, as well as provide them with access to fresh fruit grown by local farmers.

Thank you to everyone who shopped at Whole Foods Chambers Bay last month - and thank you to Whole Foods for supporting healthy eating in our community.

We can't wait to see more children at our market using their Healthy Bucks!

 

Lakewood Police conduct active shooter training

Lochburn Middle School served as the backdrop for an active shooter training this week for local law enforcement – including Lakewood’s police force.

Trainers included members of the Metro SWAT team, who worked with officers to teach them how to respond to a live, mass shooting incident.

It’s a scenario we hope never plays out in Lakewood, but if it does our officers are ready.

Participants received instruction time before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.

The day ended with a “live” training that included the exchange of gun fire between police and the “bad guys”. Instead of real bullets officers fired paint-filled bullets from their guns, similar to paintball but with less paint and more impact because the bullets were fired from service weapons.

Every Lakewood officer is required to complete eight hours of active shooter of training annually. That’s in addition to simulated shooter training and other trainings.

 

 

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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.

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Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 10-14:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): INTERSECTION CLOSURE is planned for July 9 to 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Gravelly Lake Drive and Mount Tacoma Drive while sections of the water main are relocated. This work is being done by the Lakewood Water District because parts of the water main need to be moved and upgraded. The city’s portion of this project will be put on hold while this work is done. The intersection will be closed and detours will be in place.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Project is suspended. Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 17.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

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

July 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of purchasing policy amendments
  • Review agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan
  • Review of Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise

 

July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

Read the full July 10 agenda.