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

June 30, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Celebrating Independence Day safely

Fourth of July is Tuesday, which means some residents will set off fireworks to celebrate the holiday. According to Lakewood Municipal Code , fireworks are allowed between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on July 3-5.

If there is a code enforcement issue or concern related to fireworks, such as tall grass or improper sales, please contact West Pierce Fire & Rescue (253) 564-1623.

To report the use of illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates or times, please contact South Sound 911’s non-emergency dispatch line at (253) 798-4721.

Prefer to let the professionals put on the show? Here's information about where to watch:

JBLM Freedom Fest at Cowan and Memorial Stadiumsall day event July 3 (for military members and family); July 4 open to public, fireworks at 10 p.m.

Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July on Lafayette Street, Downtown

Tacoma’s Freedom Fair at the Ruston Way Waterfront

Adult supervision around fireworks is important. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches and lighters. Set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely. Use care in selecting the area for discharge of fireworks, and the type of fireworks appropriate for that area. Weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire, so be aware of your surroundings.

The following can be used in Lakewood:

  • Dipped sticks and sparklers
  • Ground and hand-held sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical or cone fountains
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Filter sparklers
  • Smoke devices
  • Helicopters
  • Roman candles
  • Mines or shells
  • Illuminating torches

These are not allowed:

  • Firecrackers
  • Sky rockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • M-80’s, M-100’s or larger cherry bombs
  • Tennis ball bombs
  • Pipe bombs
  • Tampered, altered or homemade fireworks.

 

Legislative Update

With just hours to go the State Legislature was expected to adopt its operating budget prior to midnight tonight (June 30), when the fiscal year ends. If that happens and Gov. Jay Inslee signs sign before midnight, they will avoid a partial state government shutdown.

As of Thursday an agreement amongst budget leadership was reached, but the 616-page budget document was still being reviewed by the larger Legislative body and the public Friday.

The agreement comes after three special sessions were called to find common ground on the adoption of the 2017-2019 biennial budget, including how to fund public education.

Details of where that funding will come from were still being made available Friday, but The News Tribune reported state budget leadership agreed to increase the state’s property tax to raise $1.6 billion over two years. At the same time a cap would be placed on local school levies, which could mean an overall decline to people’s property taxes, except in areas with existing high property values.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article159016509.html

 

Save the date: Asian Film Fest

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.

Also on display: a special exhibit hosted by Lakewood-based Bonsai Kaihara. 

Owned and operated by Hank and Thelma Kaihara, the couple’s award winning Bonsai trees have been displayed at colleges and festivals throughout the state. 

Hank is a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran. When he was 8 years old he and his Japanese-American parents were placed in the Tule Lake Relocation Camp during World War II.

He vividly remembers getting paid $1 a day to pick flowers and vegetables with his grandmother while at the camp. Hank’s Tule Lake experience taught him perseverance, strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. 

Married more than 60 years, the couple have hundreds of trees in a wide range of styles. Thelma is the one working behind the scenes, potting, pruning and transforming the trees into living sculptures. The job keeps her busy year round.

Everyone is invited to stop and say "hello" to Hank and Thelma while at this year’s Asian Film Festival at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus.

Film line up includes:

  • “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
  • “Rabbit-proof Fence”
  • “Airlift”
  • “Like Father, Like Son”
  • “Neerja”

 

Lakewood SummerFEST is July 8

We are one week away from SummerFEST – the city’s biggest party of the year!

Spend your Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather and participate in a wide array of events.

The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city via bike until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and traverse the trails to the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participants . Register here

For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.

Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax.

We'll have live music from Spike and the Impalers, Tacocat and Kuinka, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk.

The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass, check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.

Are you a car enthusiast? Then you won’t want to miss our annual car show, as well as a chance to meet BMW PRO3 Driver Lance Richert who will be there with his PRO3 car – no. 35 – signing autographs.

Richert has raced BMWs since 1999 after years of lapping days with the Puget Sound BMW Club. His PRO3 car is one of the first four BMW E30s that raced in the first PRO3 season after it was converted from ITS specs.

By day Richert does residential architectural design, but on the course he is a force to be reckoned with. He held the lap record for PRO3 twice at Pacific Raceways.

So what is PRO3? It is the largest and arguably the most competitive race group in the PNW. It’s a spec racing class for BMW E30s which has an intent to create a restrictive formula for BMW cars that focuses on driver ability instead of design/preparation of the car. Typically 30 or more PRO3 cars compete in the International Conference of Race Car Clubs each year.

Come meet Richert and learn more about PRO3 racing at SummerFEST July 8!

See the full list of events here.

 

Playing around at the Lakewood Farmers Market

Lakewood’s Promise, a collaboration of youth-serving organizations in the city, had some fun this week at the Farmers Market – and so did its visitors.

The group was promoting its “5 Promises” for youth to thrive:

  1. Caring adults
  2. Safe places
  3. A healthy start
  4. Marketable skills (through education)
  5. Opportunities to give back to the community

Community partners, including Tacoma Community House, Lakewood Family YMCA, CHOICE coalition, St. Leo’s children’s meal program, Exceptional Families Network, Girl Scouts of Western Washington and the Lakewood Historical Society, will be at the Lakewood’s Promise booth at the Farmers Market so make sure to stop by and check them out. (Lakewood’s Promise will be at SummerFEST too, July 8).

Reminder: The July 4 market is canceled for the holiday but will resume July 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard outside City Hall.

Check out these great photos of kids and adults who stopped by the booth Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 3-7:

108th Street (Main to Bridgeport): Contractor has one minor item remaining. City staff inspected the signal at 108th/Main and gave a list for the electrical subcontractor to complete.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St.): Striping will be finished July 3 during the day. All that is left are a few arrows and bike symbols.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The contractor will resume work July 5 installing storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway and potholing to identify potential utility conflicts. Electrical subcontractor will continue installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under area reserved for future sidewalk on the west side of the roadway.

 

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:

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies. Deadline July 3.

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.

The July 3 regular meeting is canceled. The council will return July 10 for a study session.

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
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

June 23, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Starting Saturday (6/24) and continuing the fourth Saturday of every month, people can come to Fort Steilacoom Park to help restore sections of the 350-acre park.

The first work party will focus on restoration work around the Waughop Lake Trail. 

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

This will continue through the dry summer months - and is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours 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 - it's supposed to be a hot one!

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, July 22!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

June 2017 Business Showcase: Harborstone Credit Union

Monday night the City Council recognized Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase .

The council selected Harborstone for its commitment to the community. Here’s a snippet of the recognition: 

Whether it’s volunteering for street clean ups through the city’s Adopt a Street program, gathering supplies for a back to school drive, or participating in Operation Turkey Drop to deliver turkeys to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Harborstone Credit Union and its employees are dedicated to giving back to the community.

With administrative offices in Lakewood, Harborstone serves 80,000 members with branches in Pierce, Thurston and King Counties.

Founded in 1955 on then-McChord Air Force Base, the member-owned, not-for-profit organization served only the military at first.

By the mid-1990s the organization expanded membership to the general population.

Today its $1.2 billion in assets make it one of the largest credit unions in the state and affords it the ability to offer a full suite of services to members.

But don’t let Harborstone’s size fool you – at the heart of its operations is a commitment to community.  That’s why its employees volunteer and the credit union is a regular sponsor and supporter of community events – including  many in Lakewood.

It’s because of its longevity in the community and its commitment to making Lakewood and Pierce County a better place to live that the Lakewood City Council recognizes Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase.

 

Legislative Update

The State Legislature ended its second special session this past week; the third special session picked up where that left off Wednesday. The stalemate is around adoption of a 2017-2019 biennial budget and how to fund public education. Legislators must reach agreement on the budget - or other stop gap measures - by June 30 to avoid a state government shut down.

Historically when faced with this situation the Legislature has reached agreement in time, preventing the shutdown. Should this Legislature not follow that trend and no agreement is reached, the state government will shut down July 1, with the exception of essential services. Or the Legislature will adopt some variation of a short-term fix.

All eyes will be on Olympia next week to see what happens.

 

Lakewood Youth Council member receives Association of Washington Cities scholarship

Claudia Penney was the recent recipient of the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities scholarship.

She was one of six students across the state to receive the $1,000 scholarship. A total of 43 cities nominated students for the recognition.

Penney recently graduated from Harrison Prep and is a two-time member of the city’s Youth Council. She has set her sights on becoming an oncologist.

She was unable to accept the scholarship this week at the annual AWC conference because she is currently out of the country. Councilman Mike Brandstetter accepted the scholarship on her behalf.

Here is Penney’s acceptance speech:

“Quality communities; communities with quality people and places. The city of Lakewood is a quality community in which I am glad to have lived in for the past 7 years.

These past 7 years in Lakewood have taught me many valuable lessons about life and most importantly leadership. The citizens in Lakewood are extremely active in anything and everything service related which has most definitely had a large role to play in the superb quality of the community of Lakewood.

This has allowed me to instill values within myself concerning leadership and service. These values which I have obtained through my time in Lakewood have helped me be more successful in my endeavors and are ones I know will help me along my college journey.

I thank you all very much for the opportunities you have opened up for me through this scholarship and I hope that you have a wonderful day.”

 

Save the date: Asian Film Fest

We’re just over a month away from the fifth annual Asian Film Fest, held this year at Pierce College in Lakewood.

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.

 

Lakewood SummerFEST is July 8

We are three weeks away from the city's biggest party of the year: Lakewood SummerFEST.

This year's event is all day Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather (fingers crossed), and participate in a wide array of events.

The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city on their bicycles until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and run through the trees and trails toward the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participantsRegister here

For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.

Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax. We'll have live music, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk.

The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.

Check out the full listing of events here.

The day starts at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies including Taiko Drummers and Dragon Dance at Fort Steilacoom Park. We hope to see you there!

 

Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads next week:

108th (Main to Bridgeport): The contractor has one last item on the list to complete, which should happen next week. City staff will inspect the signal at 108th and Main streets to ensure everything is working as planned.  

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Striping began this week and will continue Monday (6/26) and Tuesday (6/27) nights.

Elsewhere on South Tacoma Way striping will occur Monday and Tuesday (6/26-27) on 100th, 96th and South Tacoma Way between 96th and 90th streets.

Detours will be in place, but expect delays. The city will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thanks residents and visitors for their patience while these improvements are completed.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Work continues to install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the road, as well as potholing to identify potential utility conflicts.

You may have noticed some demolition work on the west side of the road this past week. That was done to prepare for future curb, gutter and sidewalks.

Monday (6/26) the electrical subcontractor is expected to  begin installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under the area reserved for future sidewalk. Electrical work will begin at 100th Street (on the west side) and work its way north.

Lakeview Avenue: Closures are planned for today and Saturday (6/24) between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and 108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and  100th Street will close around midnight Saturday.

 

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. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

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.

June 26, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2017 Financial Report
  • Proposed 2017 Comprehensive Planning ordinance amendment RE: Pierce County property located in Springbrook

Read the full agenda .

The July 3 regular meeting is canceled. The council will return July 10 for a study session.

June 9, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Relay for Life at Harry Lang Stadium

The annual Relay for Life event kicks off June 9 at 6 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium.

This year 29 teams are participating in the event , which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

How it works: Teams come together to raise money, then take turns walking around a track or designated path over a 24-hour period. Each team must have a member on the track at all times, which signifies that cancer never sleeps.

The event begins with a survivor lap, where cancer survivors and people current affected by cancer walk around the track and are cheered and encouraged by those in attendance. Next is the caregiver lap which recognizes those who give support to loved ones during cancer treatment.

Once those laps are complete teams fill the track and begin the relay. Activities are set up around the stadium, which is also where people set up their camp sites for the night. People interact, support each other and build community.

By nightfall a ceremony is held where luminarias are lit to honor people who lost their battle with cancer.

The event wraps the following day with a closing ceremony where volunteers are recognized for putting the event together, as well as the teams that pulled together to walk through the night.

Right now the team with the top fundraising is Team Madigan, with $6,028 followed by the Harborstone Cruisers with $4,321 and then Team St. Clare with $4,239.

The city of Lakewood also has a team participating.

 

Springbrook Park celebration

Join us TOMORROW from 2 to 4 p.m. at Springbrook Park.

We'll be celebrating the recent improvements out there, including new and improved community garden space, new playground for children of all abilities, a pedestrian bridge over Clover Creek, new shelter and expanded room to play.

There will be live entertainment, food and fun and games for children and adults. Hope to see you there: 12601 Addison St SW.

 

Open for business

Welcher’s Gun Shop and Shooting Range officially opened this week at 11701 Pacific Highway. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Other stores recently opened in the city include Advance Auto parts, 10620 Pacific Highway and Chronic Taco, 5720 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. (by Target).

And of course if you haven’t seen the newly expanded H&L Produce at 7320 Lakewood Drive it’s fantastic! 

Current development projects

 

Lakewood Developer’s Forum

Don’t forget to register for the June 15 event at the McGavic Center. Who should attend? Anyone interested in development opportunities.  

Hear from Congressman Denny Heck who will speak about federal housing priorities and Financial Services Committee legislation and talk with Lakewood development staff. Information will be provided about current projects in the city and opportunities that are available. This is a great chance to network.

The event is free, but registration is required. Event is from 8 to 10 a.m.

 

Marketing to the government

You’re in front of a contracting officer. Now what????

Washington PTAC and the City of Lakewood have teamed up to present a hands-on workshop for area small business owners.

In this interactive class we will work with you to create the basic marketing tools that you will need when meeting with government contracting officials. You will learn:

  • How to create an effective Capability Statement
  • How to network effectively
  • How to craft a 30 second elevator speech
  • Finding appropriate networking events

Who should attend: Small business owners who are trying to sell to government agencies. Registered attendees will receive a Capability Statement template prior to class. Laptops are encouraged.

Details: July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW (in Council Chambers)

Brand new to government contracting?

Register for the Laying the Groundwork workshop before attending this workshop: Friday, June 30. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Thurston EDC, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 

 

Weekly Transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): This project is largely complete. The contractor is now doing punchlist items on the roadway but no major traffic impacts are expected.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th):  Work on the project is being put on hold starting today (June 9) because the asphalt needs to cure for 21 days before striping is applied.

Striping work is tentatively planned to begin the week of June 19. All work will be done at night to lessen the impact on drivers.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The contractor will install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway in the next week. On Monday (June 12), the electrical subcontractor is expected to begin installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under the area reserved for future sidewalk. Electrical work will begin at 100th Street and work its way north.

 

Saying thanks to the 2016/2017 Youth Council

On June 5 the City Council recognized the 2016/2017 Lakewood Youth Council by presenting its members with certificates of recognition. The students also presented this video to the City Council to share what they learned over the year.

Some are off to college next year, while others will return.

We appreciate the time they took to get to know their community and city better, and the volunteerism and leadership they demonstrated. These are our future leaders. 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Market opening day

The weather couldn't have been better and the crowds were fantastic for the opening day of the 2017 Lakewood Farmers Market presented by St. Clare Hospital.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce was there to do its Blue Ribbon cutting, officially kicking off our market season.

The courtyard outside City Hall was filled with vendors selling everything from fresh produce and hand cut flowers to handmade soap, sweet wine, mead, kettle corn and other speciality items found only at the market.

Lunch hour was especially busy as people hit up the various food trucks, wood-fired pizza oven, authentic barbecue and food booths set up around the market. And considering it was so hot (temperatures exceeded 80 degrees that day) people also made a point to visit our new market vendor Claddagh Coldbrew Co, which was pouring its cold brew coffee over a scoop of ice cream.

We can't wait to see more people every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - and don't forget to Lunch in Lakewood, Tuesdays in Towne Center.

Check out this photo album from opening day.

2017 Lakewood Farmers Market opening day

 

Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

This week the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its annual open house for people to conenct with resources and learn more about the great offerings at the center.

Regular participants at the center demonstrated their various expertise - from singing to artwork and socializing. The Senior Activity Center is a great place to be!

Check out this photo album of the day.

Lakewood Senior Activity Center 2017 open house  

 

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. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report – Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council

June 12, 2017 Study Session – Following Special Meeting at approximately 7 p.m.

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of Municipal code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Plan update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase - Harborstone Credit Union
  • Lakewood Lakes Water Quality Report update – Ms. Isabel Ragland, Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager, Pierce Conservation District
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Adopt 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Approve Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Plan
  • Approve Lakewood Rotary MOU relative to Ft. Steilacoom Pavilion
  • Approve American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collective bargaining agreement

Read the full agenda packet.

June 16, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Support Lakewood Farmers Market, shop at Whole Foods June 22

The city has partnered with Whole Foods Market in University Place to support its Farmers Market Healthy Bucks program.

Through the partnership Whole Foods Chambers Bay will dedicate 5 percent of its sales from June 22 to the city which will allow us to provide more Healthy Bucks to children in our community.

Through the Healthy Bucks program children 16 years old and under can purchase $2 worth of fruits and vegetables from market vendors. All they have to do is stop by the city booth at the market to pick up their Healthy Bucks, then walk around our market and pick out the fresh produce they want to buy.

Through this program we are not only providing our youth with the opportunity to buy fresh food, but we are teaching them the importance of healthy food choices.

This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors like Whole Foods Market. The city is honored and excited to be one of the groups selected as a partner for the Whole Foods Market Community Support Days, which only happen four times a year.

Please consider helping us achieve our goal of supporting our youth and providing them with healthy food by shopping at Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, 3515 Bridgeport Way W, University Place on June 22.

Thank you!

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park agreement before Council

For three years the city has worked with the Rotary Club of Lakewood to establish a community gathering space in Fort Steilacoom Park.

A series of public meetings were held, including a thorough community review process, which ultimately led to the design of a multi-use structure and a preferred location for the “Pavilion in the Park” project.

The proposed structure is roughly 1 acre and includes a stage, sound and lighting equipment and storage rooms. It also has access and park space to support exterior building needs, landscaping and spectator seating.

Estimated cost for developing this project is $750,000, of which $450,000 will come from the city’s lodging tax capital funds and $300,000 will come from cash and in-kind services from the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

The pavilion will provide a venue for community gatherings, ceremonies, performances, entertainment and special events.

The City Council is expected to review and vote on an agreement at its Monday meeting outlining the partnership with the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the plan moving forward to develop the pavilion.

 

Weekly Transportation update

South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: Night work is planned next week to do a number of items. Here’s the breakdown of what work is planned and road closures:

Grinding/Paving: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  South Tacoma Way will be closed between its intersection with 90th and 86th streets. Detour signs and business open signs will be posted to help people navigate the construction. Flaggers will be on site to help get customers to the businesses. The city is working with the contractor to also see the installation of two new traffic signals during these three nights to minimize the impact on businesses and traveling public.

Striping: Wednesday, Thursday and Monday (6/26) nights. One lane is expected to remain open in each direction during this work.

We will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thank everyone for their patience while these improvements are completed.

Lakeview Avenue: Will be closed Friday (6/23) and Saturday (6/24) between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and  108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and  100th Street will be closed around midnight Saturday.

108th Street (Main to Bridgeport): Work is substantially complete. The contractor is doing punch list items out of the roadway this week and next week.

Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th to Bridgeport: Contractor continues to install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway.

 

Third annual Developer’s Forum a success

Developers, property owners and those interested in doing business in Lakewood attended the city's third annual Developer's Forum June 15 at the McGavick Center.

The morning included presentations by three developers currently building projects in the city - Seth Borman, Travis Hale and James Guerrero - as well as information from city building staff about work the city is doing to improve the permitting and building process to make it easier for developers to do business in Lakewood.

While detailing the various project's his architecture group has done in the city, architect James Guerrero said Lakewood was "significantly easier to work with" that other jurisdictions he’s worked with in Pierce County.

Guerrero noted in the past he would have put another city at the top of his list as the easiest to work with, but Lakewood has since clinched that position.

See the presentations from the forum and what the city is doing to entice redevelopment and new development.

 

No Police Chief Zaro doesn’t want you to video your neighbors

The city learned earlier this week that a letter impersonating Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro was recently sent to some residents.

The contents of the letter identify a specific house as a drug house and encourage residents to take a stand against the activity.

This letter is fraudulent. The city of Lakewood and Lakewood Police Department would never send a letter like this.

If you have received this letter, please disregard and take no action based on its contents.

The city does mail information to residents from time to time, but information is always sent using official city letterhead or postcards. If the city needs to get a mass message out to residents it would be on official letterhead and accompanied by social media posts on Facebook and Twitter and would be written in a professional manner.

The city encourages people to report suspicious activity or perceived criminal activity to the Lakewood Police Department tip line at (253) 830-5049.

If residents have a question about the validity of communication from the city, please call City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

 

Marketing to the government

You’re in front of a contracting officer. Now what????

Washington PTAC and the City of Lakewood have teamed up to present a hands-on workshop for area small business owners.

In this interactive class we will work with you to create the basic marketing tools that you will need when meeting with government contracting officials. You will learn:

  • How to create an effective Capability Statement
  • How to network effectively
  • How to craft a 30 second elevator speech
  • Finding appropriate networking events

Who should attend: Small business owners who are trying to sell to government agencies. Registered attendees will receive a Capability Statement template prior to class. Laptops are encouraged.

Details: July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW (in Council Chambers)

Brand new to government contracting?

Register for the Laying the Groundwork workshop  before attending this workshop: Friday, June 30. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Thurston EDC, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 

 

Relay for Life

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the annual Relay for Life event last week at Harry Lang Stadium.

 

 

 

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. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

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.

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase - Harborstone Credit Union – Mr. Phil M. Jones, President/CEO
  • Lakewood Lakes Water Quality Analysis Report update – Ms. Isabel Ragland, Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager, Pierce Conservation District
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Adopt 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Approve Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan
  • Approve Rotary Club of Lakewood MOU relative to Ft. Steilacoom Pavilion
  • Approve American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collective bargaining agreement

 

June 26, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2017 Financial Report
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update (tentative)
  • Reports by the City Manager – Proposed 2017 Comprehensive Planning ordinance amendment RE:  Pierce County property located in Springbrook

Read the full June 19 agenda.

June 2, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Paving Waughop Lake parking lot

Work begins Monday to pave the gravel parking lot near the Waughop Lake Trail and off-leash dog park.

For public safety reasons the parking lot will be closed until construction is complete.

The off-leash dog area and the lake trail will remain open – but people will need to find alternative places to park. With 350-plus acres at the park, we know that shouldn’t be a problem and appreciate people’s willingness to steer clear of the construction.

The crews have 90 days to do the work, however it is anticipated it won’t take that long.

Thank you for your patience and please remember to use caution when around an active construction site.

 

“You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

Head to Fort Steilacoom Park Sunday at 9 a.m. for the inaugural You Matter Movement 5k Walk/Run.

The event includes a bounce house and other family-friendly activities and a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. 

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” said event organizer Jamicka Edwards.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.

 

Farmers Market season is here

Join us Tuesday, June 6 for our opening day of our Farmers Market season.

The market runs every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sept. 12 in the courtyard surrounding City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Presented by St. Clare Hospital, this year’s market will once again showcase local farmers and artists, food trucks, local breweries and winery and live entertainment on the WSECU stage. (Read the full vendor list here , and more about the market here , including how to register for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program).

We’ll have tote bag giveaways on opening day and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. in front of the WSECU market stage.

Come join us and remember: Lunch in Lakewood, Tuesdays in Towne Center!

 

 

PSE paving in Oakbrook

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be doing paving work in the Oakbrook neighborhood beginning Thursday, June 8.  This is to permanently repair the roadways where they replaced the gas mains in winter. 

Expect delays in this area during construction, and exercise caution when traveling through construction sites.

 

Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

The public is invited to a free open house at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, Thursday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year’s theme draws on country western, so wear your cowboy boots and hat and get ready for a big old shindig.

Festivities include vendors and information about community resources, music, refreshments, activities and prizes. The senior center is located at 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW. Construction work has Lakewood Drive restricted, but you can still access the center.

Call (253) 798-4090 for more information.

 

Dekoven Drive public meeting

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in council chambers for people to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

For more information contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847 

 

Save the date: Springbrook Park celebration

The public is invited to a celebration of the newly upgraded and expanded Springbrook Park.

Festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. A formal presentation will happen at 3 p.m. Come play in the park, check out the new equipment that is accessible to children with all abilities, view the new community gardens and enjoy getting to know your neighbors.

The park is located at 12601 Addison St SW.

 

Register now: Lakewood Developer’s Forum

Interested in developing property in Lakewood? What about selling or investing? If you answered yes, then you won't want ot miss the third annual Lakewood Developer's Forum.

This year's event is Thursday, June 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the McGavick Center.

Hear from Congressman Denny Heck who will speak about federal housing priorities and Financial Services Committee legislation and talk with Lakewood development staff. Information will be provided about current projects in the city and opportunities that are available. This is a great chance to network.

The event is free, but registration is required.

 

Weekly transportation update

108th Street (Main Street to Bridgeport Way): Work is predominately complete. Final items are being reviewed with the contractor but no more roadway impacts are anticipated.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The overlay work was completed this week. Next up: the  contractor will raise the valve boxes, manholes, and catch basins to meet the roadway. Work will likely stop on June 6 to give time for the road to cure before the striping can be applied. Striping is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of June 19 and will occur at night.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor began work this week. They are currently clearing and removing bushes and trees that are in the path of the improvements. No major traffic impacts are expected, yet.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD remains down to one lane in each direction while new pavement is installed. Please find alternate routes.

 

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on an effort to build a continuous trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon from Kobayashi Park in UP to Chambers Creek Road. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

There will be three trailhead access points in Lakewood. Read the report .

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887, mdodsworth@cityoflakewood.us.

 

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. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

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.

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments and review of memorandum of understanding with Lakewood Rotary regarding Fort Steilacoom Park pavilion

 

joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

June 12, 2017 Joint Meeting with University Place City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update.
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report –Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of code amendment regarding work crew eligibility criteria
  • Review of Chambers Creek properties MOU update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

Read the full agenda packet.