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

September 19, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Vehicle Licensing Fee

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee beginning in March that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation projects throughout the community. The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million. That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020.

To learn more about Vehicle Licensing Fee, along witha list of vehicles it applies to, visit http://goo.gl/97Cu8e  .

September 12, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

'Lakewood Connections' Newsletter

The Fall edition of the City's official newsletter, "Lakewood Connections," will begin arriving in mailboxes this week. Highlights include the Lakewood Police Department's first Officer of the Year, an article on the Community Vision Plan and a feature on the Original House of Donuts. Look for it.

Mayor Anderson, Judge Blinn at Clover Park Rotary

On Sept. 10, Mayor Don Anderson gave a "State of the City" presentation at the Roary Club of Clover Park meeting at Carr's Restaurant. In addition, Judge Grant Blinn of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom was officially recognized as a club member.

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

August 29, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Street Work Scheduled For Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September:

  • Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street
  • Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching
  • Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required.

September 5, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

August 22, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Hearing on Vehicle Licensing Fee on Monday, Aug. 25

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Board of the Transportation Benefit District, will conduct a public hearing on whether to implement of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015. For more information, visithttp://goo.gl/UZCWrf  .