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

Feb. 2, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood receives excellence in financial reporting award

Last week the city was recognized for its popular annual financial report for FY 2016 . This week the city received another award from the Government Finance Officers Association, this time a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY 2016 for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

One of the areas judges look at when reviewing the comprehensive annual financial report is its ability to demonstrate a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the financial story and motivate people to read the financial document to learn more.

Lakewood FY 2016 comprehensive annual report.

 

Fort Steilacoom Park updates

We keep working to improve your experience out at Fort Steilacoom Park. Here’s the latest:

Sport Field Improvements: The dugouts were recently updated and a plaza paved between fields 1 and 2. A power pole was replaced and a new storage container will be installed soon to support pitching mounds, scoreboards and field maintenance equipment. Two new picnic shelters will be installed along with pathway improvements. Once the weather warms up we’ll add irrigation and landscaping around the new entry sign. The new soccer field, being built along Angle Lane is delayed due to some historical preservation activity and research needed to continue work in this area.

Pavilion in the Park: Bids will be opened this month. Once the City Council awards a contract construction could begin shortly after. This outdoor stage can also serve as an indoor venue and should be open and ready for use by SummerFEST in July. The City Manager will provide an update on this project at the Feb. 5 council meeting.

Pavement: Final planning documents are being prepared for repaving the road into the park; the project should be out to bid this month. The new road and adjacent parking areas will start at the park entry off 87th Street, head past the playground and barns and connect to the new parking lot near the off leash area and Waughop Lake Trail. Another portion of road leading up Angle Lane to the gravel parking lot near the soccer fields should also be completed in time for summer.  

 

Tillicum Preparedness workshop planned

The Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center will host a Tillicum Preparedness Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This workshop will provide the residents of Tillicum and Woodbrook with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those in their community following a major disaster. It’s always important to help our neighbors, but following a large-scale emergency it will be crucial for neighbors to help neighbors until outside assistance is available. 

Read more about the event.

 

Clover Park School District launches new initiative

The Clover Park School District is launching Together, for Students, an initiative focused on bringing community partners, residents and education supporters together to shift the way the school district and community support students.

The effort gets underway at a free public event Feb. 7 at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center at 6 p.m.

During the launch a 12-member Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) will be announced. This group will spearhead the Together, for Students effort.

Also at the event will be award-winning champion of public education and author of “Schools Cannot Do it Alone”, Jamie Vollmer and Lakes High School graduate and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Zach Banner. See the district’s website for more information.

 

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  ).

Meetings are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, noon-2 p.m.
  • 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

Patching Custer Road: The city’s operations and maintenance crew recently completed an emergency asphalt patch in the 7600 block of Custer Road. The crew used a backhoe to create a patch that measured 5 feet by 95 feet and took 14.5 tons of asphalt. It was sealed this week. The city will continue to monitor it. 

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The contractor began installing signal poles mid-week at the intersection of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives. Traffic control will be in place into the next two weeks as work continues to raise mast arms. Expect traffic delays when this happens with at least one police officer providing traffic control at the intersection. The signals are tentatively scheduled to go live the week of Feb. 5. Once the old signal is down, the job will be suspended until weather improves for paving.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

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: Start of construction is estimated for mid-February. The proper paperwork has been provided and is now being processed.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished setting the curb and gutter. The light pole bases are set and the existing asphalt ground. ROAD CLOSURE: The road will be closed to through traffic until completion of the road work.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished curb and gutter work and the grade was set for the sidewalks, which will be completed soon.

 

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 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report.
  • Clover Park School District Report.
  • Proclamation proclaiming February 4-10, 2018 as Washington State Toastmasters Week - Mr. Tim Motoh, President, Mr. Dennis Baker, Vice President of Public Relations, and Mr. Jordan Hoover, Member.
  • Amending an agreement with Ceccanti for the John Dower Safe Routes to School project.
  • Approve Human Services $10,000 undesignated funding reallocation.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small Cell Infrastructure update and franchise options update; Fort Steilacoom Park Pavilion update.

February 12, 2018 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update – Dr. Marylouise Jones, Interim CEO.
  • Review of Dept. of Revenue contract regarding business licenses.
  • Information Technology Plan update.
  • 4th Quarter Police Report.
  • Banner program Phase II update.

Feb. 5 agenda

Jan. 26, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood recognized for its financial reporting

The city recently received the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for FY 2016 – the first year the city published this report. 

The report provides an overview of the city’s financial position including sources of revenue and expenditures as well as economic information about the community. It is published to increase public awareness around the city’s financial condition.

From GFOA:

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Report is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. In order to receive this award, a government must publish a Popular Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal. This award is valid for a period of one year only.

Lakewood will continue to produce this report and submit annually to GFOA to determine its eligibility for another award.

The city also received the following awards for first time submittals:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (starting with FY 2013 and received through FY 2015; FY 2016 currently under review).
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (2015/2016 biennial budget and 2017/2018 biennial budget).
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association (WPTA): Investment Policy Certification in 2015.

 

Lakewood’s economy is bustling

Building continues and Lakewood is pleased to welcome a number of new businesses. Here’s a sampling of what’s open and significant projects in the works.

Now open: New restaurants

  •         Firehouse Subs, 5700 100th St SW
  •         Jack in the Box, 11023 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Hop Jacks, 5821 Main St SW
  •         Happy Teriyaki, 6007 100th St SW
  •         Gyro Shack, 10519 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         MOD Pizza, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Chipotle Grill, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Smokin’ Zee’s BBQ, 8813 Edgewater Dr SW

Now open: Retail, hospitality, industrial, healthcare and wholesale

  •         Pacific Air, 8607 Durango St SW
  •         North Harbor Physical Therapy, 8524 Steilacoom Blvd SW
  •         Electrolux, 3401 96th St SW
  •         Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range
  •         Direct Export, 10903 South Tacoma Way
  •         Franciscan Orthopedic & Sports, 11311 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Marriott TownePlace Suites
  •         Evergreen Wholesale Tires, 8802 Durango St SW

The 467,000 square foot warehouse in Woodbrook is under construction. Completion is expected in April of this year. What else is new? Ft Steilacoom Park Pavilion, CPTC Advanced Manufacturing Technology building, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Tillicum, and a new middle school at the Alice Mann property are all upcoming projects for the City!

 

Happy Hearts dinner almost here

Local nonprofit Caring for Kids is hosting its major fundraiser, the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction, Saturday Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard.

Donations are needed for its silent and live auctions, and event sponsors.

This all-volunteer group helps thousands of Lakewood children each year by providing them new clothing, including jackets and shoes, toiletries, toys and educational materials.

For more information visit carekids.org or call Diane Formoso at (253) 279-9777.

 

Tillicum Preparedness workshop planned

The Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center will host a Tillicum Preparedness Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This workshop will provide the residents of Tillicum and Woodbrook with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those in their community following a major disaster. It’s always important to help our neighbors, but following a large-scale emergency it will be crucial for neighbors to help neighbors until outside assistance is available.  

Read more about the event.

 

Clover Park School District launches new initiative

The Clover Park School District is launching Together, for Students, an initiative focused on bringing community partners, residents and education supporters together to shift the way the school district and community support students.

The effort gets underway at a free public event Feb. 7 at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center at 6 p.m.

During the launch a 12-member Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) will be announced. This group will spearhead the Together, for Students effort.

Also at the event will be award-winning champion of public education and author of “Schools Cannot Do it Alone”, Jamie Vollmer and Lakes High School graduate and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Zach Banner. See the district’s website for more information.

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 ).

Meetings are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, noon-2 p.m.
  • 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. 

Start planning now for disaster

In partnership with our friends at West Pierce Fire and Rescue we are sharing information regarding emergency preparedness. You can also find this information at West Pierce's website .

We hope our residents will find it valuable and will take the time to make sure they are prepared, should disaster strike. We know it can be intimidating, overwhelming and at times cost prohibitive to try to do everything at once. That's why West Pierce Fire and Rescue broke down its preparedness planning tips by month, so people can take them on one task at a time.

January: The time is now to prepare for a disaster.

 

Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): Suspension was lifted mid week for the contractor to install signal poles at the intersection of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives. Traffic control will be in place into the next two weeks as work continues to raise mast arms. Expect significant traffic delays when this happens with at least one police officer providing traffic control at the intersection. The signals are tentatively scheduled to go live the week of Feb. 5. Once the old signal is down, the job will be suspended until weather improves for paving.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

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: Start of construction is estimated for mid February. The proper paperwork has been provided and is now being processed.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished saw cutting the curb. Subcontractor Amaya completed its electrical conduit installation. ROAD CLOSURE: The road will be closed to through traffic starting Monday morning when paving begins. Note: There will be no road closures.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished saw cutting the curb and subcontractor Amaya finished its electrical conduit installation.

 

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.

Note: There is no meeting Jan. 29 because it is a fifth Monday. The next meeting is Feb. 5.

February 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report.
  • Clover Park School District Report.
  • Proclamation proclaiming February 4-10, 2018 as Washington State Toastmasters Week - Mr. Tim Motoh, President, Mr. Dennis Baker, Vice President of Public Relations, and Mr. Jordan Hoover, Member.
  • Awarding a bid for Frot Steilacoom Park Pavilion (tentative).
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small Cell Infrastructure update.

 

February 12, 2018 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update – Dr. Marylouise Jones, Interim CEO.
  • Rental housing safety program progress update.
  • Review of Dept. of Revenue contract regarding business licenses.
  • Information Technology Plan update.
  • 4th Quarter Police Report.
  • Banner program Phase II update.

Jan. 12, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Lakewood

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest.

Read more about the event.

 

City Hall closed Monday, Jan. 15

City Hall, and all city services, will be closed Monday in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. City operations will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, at regular business hours.

 

City sends letter to Federal Railroad Administration, state leaders

This week Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the City Council sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sound Transit board chairman Dave Somers urging the permanent suspension of Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance Bypass route in light of the Dec. 18, 2017 Amtrak Train 501 derailment.

The letter reads in part:

“Simply installing Postitive Train Control (PTC) systems is not the solution to the numerous public safety issues associated with the Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance route. This bypass route is not safe for high-speed rail and its passengers and poses a substantial risk to the communities through which the Amtrak trains travel.”

It goes on to cite the city’s 2013 lawsuit, concerns with the inadequate safety measures to protect the public – including two schools near the tracks, seven at-grade crossings in the city and the 250 school busses that cross the tracks each day – and notes the city speaks for its nearly 60,000 residents and will continue to advocate in the best interest of public safety.

Read the letter in full.

 

2018 Legislative session has begun

The 2018 Legislative session began Monday, Jan. 8. This session is the second year of the two-year legislative biennium and is scheduled to last 60 days, concluding March 8.

Bills that were introduced during the 2017 session will be alive for the 2018 session. Hundreds of bills were pre-filed and several were scheduled for public hearings this first week of session. The first cutoff deadline is Feb. 2, when policy bills need to be out of policy committees.

Late last week both the House and the Senate released new Capital budget bills. The bills are similar to the version released July 20, 2017 with minor adjustments. Language directing the transfer of Fort Steilacoom Park and $476,000 for Harry Todd waterfront improvements via Washington Wildlife Recreation Program grant are included in the new versions.

In order for the Legislature to approve a capital budget, 60 percent of each chamber must vote in favor of a bond authorization bill to fund the capital budget. 

Read the city’s complete state legislative agenda.

 

Lakewood’s financial forecast before City Council Tuesday

At its meeting Tuesday the City Council will receive an update from Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus about the city’s six-year financial forecast.

As part of the city’s financial policy, the city is required to prepare a forecast for six years to include the current budget period. This projection extends current operations to determine if the services are sustainable and to identify future funding gaps and their magnitude, where applicable.

This look into the city’s financial future allows for proactive planning and the ability to implement corrective measures with enough time to avoid sudden or drastic changes in services levels and/or revenues.

The original six-year forecast for 2017-2022 was finalized in October 2016 as part of the 2017-2018 biennial budget. The update Monday will focus on the General Fund – the city’s main operating fund -- and is in advance of the upcoming 2019-2020 biennial budget process. An update on all other funds will occur as part of the 2019-2020 biennial budget process.

Read the forecast.

 

Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

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: Start of construction is estimated for late January. The contractor is still working to provide paperwork required prior to start of construction.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti began installing storm drainage infrastructure this week on this Safe Route to School project. This will continue into next week followed by the installation of the electrical for the new streetlights and preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect northbound lane closures during working hours.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti began work this week by saw cutting and starting to clear out the area. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect southbound lane closures during working hours.

 

Help support Lakewood kids in need

Caring for Kids is hosting its major fundraiser, the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction, Saturday Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard.

The nonprofit is also in need of donations for its silent and live auctions, and sponsors for the event. Contact Diane Formoso for more information, or to purchase tickets: (253) 279-9777, or email carekids@comcast.net .

This all-volunteer group helps thousands of Lakewood children each year by providing them new clothing, including jackets and shoes, toiletries, toys and educational materials.

For more information visit carekids.org

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has a 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 Mondays at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW.  Agenda items include:

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions Work Plans
  • Approve an agreement for Council Chambers technology upgrades
  • Approve designating Woodbrook Hunt Club as a historic landmark
  • Reports by the City Manager - Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast

Jan. 16 agenda

The City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, with the Clover Park School District Board, beginning at approximately 7 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.  Agenda items include:

January 22, 2018 – Joint Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Meeting

  • City/School District Partnerships
  • CPSD Capital Projects update
  • CPSD Community Engagement Leadership Team update
  • City Economic Development update
  • City Infrastructure (Transportation and Parks) update

Jan. 19, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Two Lakewood projects receive regional recognition

Lakewood recently learned it received two Healthy Communities Awards at the platinum level from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

The awards were for the improvements made at Springbrook Park and the city’s Rental Housing Safety Program, which is rolled out at the end of 2017 and will start in the near future. 

The Healthy Communities Awards recognize local jurisdictions that make special efforts to influence the health of their communities. The 2017 award recognized cities that showed a sincere intent and committed steps to promote health communities or health equity by either implementing policies/actions from their adopted comprehensive plan updates, or undertaking a project in response to a council initiative.

The awards will be presented as part of Pierce County Regional Council’s (PCRC) General Assembly Feb.  15, 2018

 

Capital Budget ready for Governor’s signature

Late Thursday evening the House and Senate passed the 2017-19 Capital budget and a bond bill to fund the $4 billion budget. The next step is for Gov. Jay Inslee to sign the bills, which he promised to do.

This is good news for Lakewood, which made passage of the budget a top legislative priority for this short session.

Two items included in the budget directly impact the city, including transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to the city and Pierce College and investment in the state wildlife and recreation grant program, which presently has $476,000 allocated for waterfront improvements at the city’s Harry Todd Park along American Lake.

 

Diane Formoso recognized for dedication to Lakewood children

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, awarded its inaugural Larry Saunders Service Award Tuesday night to Diane Formoso, founder and visionary leader of Caring for Kids.

The 2017 award was presented to Formoso, along with a $1,000 check, at the Lakewood City Council meeting Jan. 16, 2018.

Speaking of Caring for Kids, the nonprofit is hosting its major fundraiser, the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction, Saturday Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard.

Donations are needed for its silent and live auctions, and event sponsors.

This all-volunteer group helps thousands of Lakewood children each year by providing them new clothing, including jackets and shoes, toiletries, toys and educational materials.

For more information visit carekids.org .

 

Economic Development update

Building continues and Lakewood is pleased to welcome a number of new businesses. Here’s a sampling of what’s open and significant projects in the works:

New Restaurants: Now Open!

  •         Firehouse Subs, 5700 100th St SW
  •         Jack in the Box, 11023 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Hop Jacks, 5821 Main St SW
  •         Happy Teriyaki, 6007 100th St SW
  •         Gyro Shack, 10519 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         MOD Pizza, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Chipotle Grill, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Smokin’ Zee’s BBQ, 8813 Edgewater Dr SW

Other Retail, Hospitality, Industrial, Healthcare and Wholesale companies now open in Lakewood:

  •         Pacific Air, 8607 Durango St SW
  •         North Harbor Physical Therapy, 8524 Steilacoom Blvd SW
  •         Electrolux, 3401 96th St SW
  •         Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range
  •         Direct Export, 10903 South Tacoma Way
  •         Franciscan Orthopedic & Sports, 11311 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Marriott TownePlace Suites
  •         Evergreen Wholesale Tires, 8802 Durango St SW

The 467,000 square foot warehouse in Woodbrook is under construction. Completion is expected in April of this year.

What else is new? Ft Steilacoom Park Pavilion, CPTC Advanced Manufacturing Technology building, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Tillicum, and a new middle school at the Alice Mann property are all upcoming projects for the city.

 

Tillicum Preparedness workshop planned

The Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center will host a Tillicum Preparedness Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This workshop will provide the residents of Tillicum and Woodbrook with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those in their community following a major disaster. It’s always important to help our neighbors, but following a large-scale emergency it will be crucial for neighbors to help neighbors until outside assistance is available.  

Read more about the event.

 

Local artist reception happening Jan. 22

Join us Monday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Hall lobby for our Winter Artist Reception featuring local artist Gail Janes.

The evening includes a meet and greet with the artist and tour of the first and third floors of City Hall where Janes' work is displayed.

Janes grew up in Spokane and received a BA in art education from Whitworth University. She previously taught art at the elementary and high school levels for Tacoma Public Schools for nine years and taught a special gifted program at McCarver Elementary School, in addition to offering private lessons. She also previously worked for the Tacoma Art Museum as its curator of education, giving educational tours, training docents and installing exhibitions in the children's gallery.

She worked for TAM for 12 years before joining MetroParks Tacoma, where she taught drawing and painting classes for adults and children.

Her art has been displayed at invitational exhibitions at Annie Wright School, Gallery VI, Village Art Gallery, Handforth Gallery, White Dove Gallery and Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard. Her work has also been displayed in Olympia, Bainbridge Island, Federal Way, Renton, Cannon Beach, Ore. and the Frye Museum in Seattle.

Janes has received numerous awards in juried art shows throughout the Northwest. She is an active member of the Pacific Gallery Artists organization and supporter of the arts in the community.

 

Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

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: Start of construction is estimated for early February. The contractor is still working to provide paperwork required prior to start of construction.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished installing storm drainage infrastructure on this Safe Route to School project. Subcontractor Amaya started installing electrical conduit. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect northbound lane closures during working hours.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished installing storm drainage infrastructure and subcontractor Amaya started installing conduit. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect southbound lane closures during working hours.

 

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 will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, with the Clover Park School District Board, beginning at approximately 7 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

 

January 22, 2018 – Joint Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Meeting

  • City/School District Partnerships
  • CPSD Capital Projects update
  • CPSD Community Engagement Leadership Team update
  • City Economic Development update
  • City Infrastructure (Transportation and Parks) update

Jan. 22 agenda

 

The City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda includes:

February 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation proclaiming February 4-10, 2018 as Washington State Toastmasters Week - Mr. Tim Motoh, President, Mr. Dennis Baker, Vice President of Public Relations, and Mr. Jordan Hoover, Member
  • Reports by the City Manager – Strategic Work Plan update and Small Cell Infrastructure update

Jan. 5, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018. We’re excited to begin another year of serving you, the residents of Lakewood, and continuing with our plans to help new businesses move into our community, existing businesses with their operations and upgrade and improve things like our roads, parks and free family events.

We have roughly $12.8 million worth of road projects planned for this year. That includes a focus on Lake City area roads with our chip seal program; overlaying 59th Street and Main Street to 100th Street in the central business district and Lakewood Drive from Fleet Creek to the north city limits; building sidewalks and bike lanes on John Dower and Custer Roads as part of a Safe Routes to School grant; initiating sidewalk projects along Gravelly Lake Drive, Bridgeport Way, Military Road and 112th Street and Steilacoom Boulevard and building a non-motorized trail along Gravelly Lake Drive and from 112th Street to Washington Boulevard, to name a few.

In our parks we’ll see the sports field improvements completed at Fort Steilacoom Park by this summer, the road into the park paved and new parking areas and the Pavilion in the Park finished. Other park improvements planned for the year include the first phase of waterfront improvements to Harry Todd Park, the first phase of the Chambers Creek Trail between Lakewood and University Place, the Edgewater Park dock, more expansions at Springbrook Park and the installation of new street banners around the city.

 

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Lakewood

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

Students from Hudtloff and Woodbrook Middle Schools will read poetry, local singer and actor LaNita Walters will sing the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem and The Denny & Bill little big band will provide the musical prelude.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will also offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest. The students were asked to write about what “The Dream Today” means to them. Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton was this year’s winner, followed by Clover Park High School seniors Anthony Grassi and Guadalupe Emanuel Ramos-Orozco, who received honorable mention.

 

Lakewood Connections Winter 2018 edition is here

Hot off the presses, the Winter 2018 Lakewood Connections magazine should hit residents' mailboxes this week (if it hasn't arrived already).

The latest edition is chock full of information, including a look back at some of the city's accomplishments in 2017. 

Inside you'll also find information about:

  • The city's downtown planning efforts;
  • A student essay by Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton, first place winner of the city's MLK Essay contest;
  • Employee spotlight on Lakewood native Paul Candler;
  • New businesses coming to Lakewood;
  • Information from our community partners West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Clover Park School District;
  • Road construction and park project updates;
  • Lakewood Police updates: drone use, third quarter crime stats, recognition of Good Samaritans;
  • A complete list of 2018 events;
  • Class and program listings for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Want to read the magazine online? You can view it and past editions here.

Didn't get your magazine in the mail? Extra copies are available at the Lakewood City Hall front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW.

 

Lakewood Police now using drones

The Lakewood Police Department began using drone technology at the end of 2017. That’s when its Unmanned Aerial System program was established.

Before capturing bird’s eye view of Lakewood, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the devices will be used. The city’s public safety advisory committee helped draft the document.

The regulations were sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which vetted and reviewed them before ultimately issuing a Certificate of Authorization.

While using drones the department will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency and privacy. Each month the city will post the monthly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reports to the city’s website, which show how the device was used. Visit cityoflakewood.us/police for that information.

View the reports.

 

Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

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.

 

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 Council Meetings

The City Council meets Mondays at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW.  Agenda items for the meetings include:

January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club designation as a historic landmark
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review of Gravelly Lake Drive Non-Motorized Trail streetlight options
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of 2018 citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions work plans.
  • Review of City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards.

 

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Arts Commission
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions Work Plans
  • Approve an agreement for Council Chambers technology upgrades
  • Approve designating Woodbrook Hunt Club as a historic landmark
  • Reports by the City Manager - Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast and Strategic Work Plan update

Jan. 8, 2018 Agenda