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

Dec. 29, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

State Legislative short session starts January 8

Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget at the end of December with a focus on meeting the most recent Washington State Supreme Court’s order to fully fund basic education by 2018 and addressing gaps in the 2017-2019 budget due to unanticipated costs and caseload increases.

Highlights include:

Approximately $20 million for treatment and prevention for the opioid crisis; $613,000 for wildfire recovery efforts, and $3.1 million for mental health needs.

Nearly $162 million to cover anticipated shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to more than 1.8 million Washingtonians.

About $113 million to cover higher operating costs at the state’s psychiatric hospitals and to make changes to maintain federal funding for Western State Hospital. With that extra funding, 90 hospital staff will be hired to improve the quality of care. In addition, nearly 15 general maintenance staff will be hired to ensure the facility is safe and secure. The budget also dedicates $10 million for 45 new forensic beds at Western State Hospital.

The Governor called on the Legislature to pass a full Capital Budget early in the session. His $4.5 billion capital budget includes the city’s request to transfer ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to Pierce College and the City of Lakewood and has full funding for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Grant Program  which would allocate $476,000 to the city for waterfront improvements at Harry Todd Park. The short session begins Jan. 8.

As we head into the short legislative session Lakewood continues to work with our local delegation on our legislative agenda. Highlights include: (Lakewood state Legislative agenda )

  • Pass a final 2017-Capital Budget (with inclusion of transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park and funding the WWRP for Harry Todd Park waterfront improvements);
  • Military Benefit Zone;
  • Expedite funding to Lake City Business District project;
  • Spur economic development on Pacific Highway South;
  • Capital funding requests for Fort Steilacoom Regional Park improvements and the Lakewood Colonial Plaza project.

Upcoming special events:

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s 5k and 1 mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park, 10 a.m. (Register by Dec. 31 and pay only $35 ; day-of registration: $40; Park by dog park and register at barns).
  • Jan. 13: 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 10 a.m. – Noon, McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD.
  • Feb. 10: Father Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m. McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD; (Buy your tickets now ).

 

Happy New Year!

From our city family to yours, we wish you a Happy and safe start to the New Year! (Reminder, City Hall will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Regular business hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.).

 

Lakewood downtown plan moves forward

The downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission at the end of December 2017.

Big ideas for downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for the public, property owners and agencies to comment and help shape a preferred plan. Stay up to date on the process by signing up for email updates.

 

Road projects ready for 2018

Contracts for the following projects are scheduled for City Council review and consideration as part of the City Council’s Jan. 2 regular meeting. Once approved the projects will have the green light to move forward.

  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview;
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street;
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th.

Additionally work could begin as early as mid-January on the Dekoven Drive traffic calming project, which will add two small roundabouts to slow traffic, widen the road, add curb, gutter and striping along Dekoven Drive between Meadow Road SW and 100th Street SW.

 

Items before the City Council in early 2018

Adult Family Homes: The city wants to work proactively with the state and adult family home providers to make sure those who need help have the proper resources available to them, while also ensuring our residents – including those living in existing adult family homes – are safe. Draft legislation sent to the city’s planning commission for review also prohibits the location of Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs) in single family residential zones. Draft legislation will cover:

  • Density/dispersal requirements
  • Community outreach
  • Improved transparency
  • City business license requirements
  • Wage requirements for adult family home healthcare service workers
  • Assurances from the state that only those persons who are supposed to be in an adult family home, as defined under the Federal Fair Housing Act, are, in fact, placed in such a facility.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for the public to comment on the proposed regulations. See the notice here.

Marijuana: The planning commission will hold a public hearing January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in tthe City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, for people to comment on whether the city should ban marijuana retail businesses or provide guidance on where these businesses should locate in the city. Ultimately the commission will make a recommendation to City Council for review and discussion. The council will choose how to proceed, including whether it wants to hold additional public hearings, before taking action. Click here to see the public hearing notice.

 

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 holds its meetings Mondays beginning at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Meeting dates and agenda items:

January 2, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW

 

January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review Safe Built contract regarding rental housing safety program
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club as proposed historic landmark designation
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission work plans. – (Work Plans)
  • Review of 2018 City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards. 

Agenda

Dec. 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

South Sound pulls together after Amtrak train derails

In light of Monday’s tragedy, it is hard to find the right words to explain everything our community experienced.

First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of the three men who lost their lives and those who were injured in Monday’s train derailment. We also offer our support to our neighbors in DuPont and our residents who are still trying to process what happened.

The South Sound community should be proud of how everyone came together to respond to this unspeakable tragedy. That includes the people who stopped their cars on Interstate 5 and ran to help train passengers out of the wreckage, to the first responders and law enforcement that raced to the scene and stayed to help reunite families and set up traffic detours, and to our medical professionals that were ready and waiting to treat patients at the trauma centers as they came in.

Thanks go to the crews that worked around the clock to remove the train cars and inspect the roadway to reopen I-5 and get traffic moving again through the region. Thanks also go to everyone impacted by the closure that were patient and adjusted their commutes and schedules to reduce the number of cars on the road.

The city was told Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) by the Governor's Office that Amtrak trains will not return to the Point Defiance Bypass route until positive train control is installed. This advanced system is designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur, including train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive train speed and train movements through misaligned track switches. 

We will continue to follow the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation closely and share any pertinent information on the city’s website as it becomes available.

 

Awarding the inaugural Lakewood Police Chief Commendation Award

Last week Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro visited Tillicum Elementary School where he awarded three students with his newly-created Chief’s Commendation Award.

The award was created to recognize elementary school students for community service and/or public safety by demonstrating one of the four applicable criteria:

Integrity: honesty and strong moral principles

Dedication: commits energy and time to an important project or idea

Teamwork: works in an effective and efficient way with others

Courage: shows strength in the face of adversity

Competence: successfully and/or efficiently accomplishes a task or role

Respect: shows admiration or deference toward a person or position

Nominations can be made quarterly, or as opportunities arise.

The Tillicum students recognized for the award were presented with a certificate at a school assembly by Chief Zaro. The recipients were:

  • Isaac Corona-Illan, third grade: Teacher Mr. Carrier wrote: “Isaac has all of the six characteristics of this award stated above. He always tells the truth. Also will work hard on any project as an individual or as a positive team member. If faced with a difficult task, he will always persevere. Finally, respect is his strongest quality.”
  • Yanzel Diaz-Guzman, fourth grade: Teacher Ms. Sheldon wrote: Yanzel is a model student. He is respectful to every student and teacher. He is hard working and can work with any student when doing group work.”
  • Jermaine Marston-Riley, fifth grade: Teacher Mr. Pelgrim wrote: “Jermaine has all the above qualities and is an outstanding role model. He cares about staff and students.”

Congratulations to the students and keep up the hard work!

 

Lakewood events make the perfect gift

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the father-daughter duo in your life?

Give them an experience they'll never forget: our Pixie & Pirate Father Daughter Dance!

Buy your tickets now , print, wrap and place them under the tree!

 

Lakewood Officers Charity: Shop with an Officer

Last weekend members of the Lakewood Police Department spent their morning shopping with 16 pre-selected families at the Lakewood Wal-Mart.

This annual event is held by the Lakewood Officer’s Charity Fund in partnership with Wal-Mart. It connects our officers with families in need. The families are nominated by various community groups.

During the shopping event the officers go throughout the store with the designated family member to select whatever they want/need for every member of the family. It is not uncommon to see even the youngest family members choose an item others might take for granted – like a pillow.

The event is a reminder of the importance of giving back during the holidays.

It also offered a great opportunity for the children to have positive interactions with police. Thank you to Wal-Mart and our community partners for making this year’s event another huge success.

 

New Year’s Day 5k & 1 mile run

Start 2018 off right by setting the tone for a healthy, active lifestyle in the New Year.

Our New Year’s Day 5k runs through Fort Steilacoom over paved and dirt trails. Runners of all speeds and abilities are welcome (so are strollers, but please be mindful of other runners on the narrow trail sections).

Walking more your speed? You can walk the 5k, or sign up for the free 1-mile walk/run, which is also great for kids and families.

Register . ($35 if registered before Dec. 31; $40 day-of registration).

 

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 next City Council meeting is Jan. 8, 2018.

January 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW

Agenda

Dec. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lobbying for Lakewood

Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield spent three days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with our Congressional leaders and other federal representatives to discuss the city’s federal legislative priorities. They were joined by Bill Adamson, program manager for South Sound Military and Communities Partnership.

The short trip included back-to-back meetings with representatives from the Association of Defense Cities, Office of Economic Adjustment, Office of the Air Force and staff from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Additionally the trio met with the offices of U.S. Reps. Adam Smith, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

The city’s federal legislative priorities focus on:

- Improving transportationin the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord;

- Maintaining federal funding for community development programs aimed at helping our vulnerable populations and expansion of the low-income housing tax credit;

- Funding critical military infrastructure needs and increased funding for the Office of Economic Adjustment to help communities impacted by military facilities plans for force reductions or expansions.

The city is also focused on solving the urban encroachment problem around JBLM’s north McChord Field and requests federal support to help relocate businesses in the area and acquire the land to ensure it remains unoccupied.

Finally the city supports green stormwater infrastructure efforts led by Reps. Heck and Kilmer aimed at improving water quality in Puget Sound.

See the complete list of Lakewood’s federal legislative priorities.

 

Recognizing LeMay Pierce County Refuse for Community Cleanup

The City Council recognized Larry Meany, District General Manager, LeMay Pierce County Refuse & LeMay Transportation Services, at its Dec. 4, 2017 meeting with a proclamation thanking the organization for its outstanding work on the city’s first-ever Fall Community Cleanup.

The two-day event at the end of October saw nearly 800 vehicles with stuff to be thrown away. That included 648 junk tires, 125 mattresses and other waste. In total 76 tons of garbage were collected that may have otherwise been left along the side of the road, or private property.

The city would not have been able to put on the event without LeMay’s expertise or its staff, which manned the Lakewood Transfer Station to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

Because of its huge success the city plans to offer this free opportunity to residents twice a year in 2018 – once in the spring and again in the fall. More information will be available as those events are finalized. Additionally we’ll be looking for community volunteers to help us make sure everything runs smooth.

 

Items before the City Council

The City Council’s Monday study session includes a report by BERK Consulting, the firm hired to complete the city’s subarea plan for creating a future Downtown Lakewood.

A series of public outreach and engagement efforts occurred this fall for residents to share their vision for Lakewood's future. Activities and events were designed to promote meaningful dialogue within the city’s diverse community of businesses and residents to ensure the Downtown Plan reflects local desires and needs, and lays a foundation to create a future commercial core that will serve as a central gathering place for the community.

Here are just a few of the key themes the public outreach identified:

  • More entertainment venues and restaurants;
  • More retail choices, both Mom & Pop and brand stores;
  • Well-designed housing for seniors and disabled and mixed-use (housing/commercial together) within walking distance of work, shopping and buses;
  • Pedestrian friendly street design, well-maintained and safe roads;
  • Family activities and gathering spaces including outdoor recreation like sprayparks, climbing walls, skating rink, etc., and indoor cultural facilities like a children’s museum or expanded library.

View the full report.

Also on Monday's agenda is an update on the work the city is doing around adult family homes and ensuring the adult family homes in the city are being used as intended. The council will review a recommendation by the city’s legal and community and economic development teams that three ordinances aimed at offering additional public protection be studied by the planning commission and council for future consideration.

 

Fast trains are coming

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

This train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains that will travel in both directions. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

Watch this PSA put together by Joint Base Lewis-McChord to educate its residents about train safety. The message applies to everyone who lives in Lakewood.

 

 

Inaugural Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest winners

The winner of the first-annual Holiday Store Front Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is…

Robi’s Camera Center.

Vital Family Chiropractic and Burs Restaurant tied for second place.

Thank you to all the local businesses that submitted entries. All were fabulous and put a tremendous amount of time and effort into decorating! Thank you!

  • AA Meats
  • Drangsholt Orthodontics
  • The Gyro Shack
  • Lakewood Racquet & Sports Club
  • The Pet Doctor
  • The Sock Peddlers

We plan to make this an annual event and can’t wait to see what people have in store for 2018.

 

 

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade saw record participation

Thank you to everyone who came out Dec. 1, 2017 to help us kick off the holidays with our 21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade.

Participation in this year’s parade grew exponentially and we can’t wait to continue to see increased community involvement in the coming years to make it one of the best parades in the South Sound.

Once again Santa arrived by West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck and helped Mayor Don Anderson and the crowd count down to the tree lighting. The Clover Park High School Marching Band kicked off the parade and played holiday jingles around the tree with the Lakes High School Choir.

We saw more than 30 LEGO Brick Builderz contest entries where local children designed their “Winter Wonderland” using LEGOs and showcased them for everyone to see. They did a great job.

The Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus regaled families waiting to get their pictures taken with Santa, and then performed for everyone to close out the evening.

We had a great time celebrating with everyone. Visit Facebook to see photos from the event.

 

Lend a hand this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

  • Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.
  • Caring for Kids: The Caring for Kids at Holiday Fairis Saturday at Hudtloff Middle School. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466.
  • Lakewood Historical Society: Celebrate the holidays by helping the Lakewood Historical Society preserve and celebrate our local history. The society is putting on “A Christmas Carol” fundraiser, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center BLVD SW. Tickets: $20. Available for purchase from the Historical Society Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr. SW or by calling (253) 682-3480.

  

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

December 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma Public Utilities Power and Water Meter Upgrade/AMI update
  • Downtown Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Adult Family Homes/Enhanced Service Facilities update

Dec. 11 Agenda.

Dec. 15, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood Public Works employees maintain decade of giving back

This week the Lakewood Public Works Department delivered a truckload of toys to the Tillicum Community Center to be given to Tillicum families attending the center’s annual Christmas dinner.

The toys were purchased with money donated by employees of the department, former longtime Public Works director Don Wickstrom (who retired earlier this year), Pro Vac, Brian Fagernes with Cascade ROW Services and other contractors and friends.

The department has done something for the community around the holidays every year for the last decade. It started in 2007 when Public Works employees adopted a mom and her three daughters who were leaving an abusive situation and living in a low-rent apartment with next to nothing.

Since then the department has adopted families and fulfilled their holiday wish lists, collected food for food drives, worked with LASA to provide a Christmas for children that stay at the facility, donated to a toy drive for foster children, donated 20,000 pounds of dog and cat food to an area animal shelter, held a pajama and sock drive and last year donated to Toys for Tots.

“This year we wanted to reach as many children as possible,” said administrative assistant Karen Devereaux. “We always get construction themed stuff – that’s our deal.”

Other city departments giving back this year:

  • Lakewood Municipal Court staff collected a large number of new gloves and hats and donated them to Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare.
  • The city’s Human Resources staff is scheduled to volunteer Dec. 20 at the Emergency Food Network warehouse repacking food items.
  • The Lakewood Officer’s charity will hold its annual Shop with an Officer event Saturday (Dec. 16) at the Lakewood Wal-Mart. Sixteen families were identified who will get to shop with a Lakewood officer and choose items for everyone in their family with funds donated by the charity.

 

Countdown is over, fast trains arrive Monday

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

Fourteen daily passenger trains will travel in both directions, in addition to the Sound Transit Sounder commuter trains that already run through the city. The Sounder trains stop at Lakewood Station, the Amtrak trains will not stop in the city.

Most of the fast trains will pass through Lakewood between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night. There are times when trains will pass in both directions, which will prolong the amount of time the railroad crossing arms are down.

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

Click here to see a table of the Sounder and Amtrak train schedules.

 

Lakewood employee 4th quarter recognition

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

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

  • Service
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Fourth quarter recipients are:

  • Cathi Short, Finance Technician: Excellent collaborator, team player and provides valuable insight and expertise to city staff in her role in the Finance Department.
  • Sean Dunn, Court Compliance Officer: Dedicated to hard work and the guiding principles while serving as the work crew supervisor.
  • Sarah Luna, SSMCP Program Coordinator: She expanded SSMCP’s sphere of influence by growing membership through social media presence and facilitating ongoing regional health care, social services and education working groups.
  • Bill Mathies and Sandy Stauffer, Code Enforcement officers: These are “get ‘er done” people whose Code Enforcement work has brought many good changes to the city by gaining compliance from property owners on rundown properties and making sure all businesses are properly licensed.
  • Alice Bush, City Clerk & Daniel Nego, recreation leader: These two coordinated the city’s 2017 Veteran’s Day ceremony held on Saturday, Nov. 11, which was well organized and highlighted our commitment to supporting our military.
  • Rental Housing Safety Program Team: This team established the City’s new online Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP) and helped shepherd its rollout:
    • Courtney Casady, Assistant to the City Manager/Mgmt Analyst
    • Jeff Gumm, Housing Division Program Manager
    • Heather Holverstott, Administrative Assistant
    • Shannon Kelley–Fong, Assistant to the City Manager
    • Dondi Koester, Finance Supervisor
    • Martha Larkin, Program Coordinator
    • Troy Schlepp, GIS Analyst
    • Cathi Short, Finance Technician
    • Bucoda Warren, Graduate Intern
    • Ken White, IT Manager
    • Dave Bugher, ACM/CED Director

 

Update on Lakewood Downtown planning

The downtown plan team presented visioning outreach and design charrette results to the City Council and Planning Commission at the end of December 2017.

Big ideas for Downtown include:

  • 2 to 4-acre park near City Hall
  • Green street loop with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Site for additional civic uses near City Hall
  • Improved public street grid in the Towne Center
  • Gateways along major arterials at the entrance to Downtown
  • Road diet and multi-use path on Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Catalyst sites for redevelopment
  • Connection to active park
  • Motor Avenue Improvements
  • Restore Seely Lake Park

Options for the Towne Center along with the “big ideas” across the Downtown will be evaluated in a Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement anticipated the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the City of Lakewood will host additional opportunities for public, property owner, and agency comment to help shape a preferred plan. See more, including a video, here.

 

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:

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

The City Council meetings of Monday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 26 are canceled.

The next City Council meeting is Jan. 8, 2018.

January 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW (tentative)

Dec. 1, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Amtrak service begins Dec. 18

Passenger trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin to use the railroad tracks through Lakewood on Monday, Dec. 18.

A total of 14 trains will run through the city daily as they travel between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The city has eight railroad crossings where cars and people will be in close proximity to the trains as they speed by. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

Because these tracks previously were used by slower freight trains, residents should be prepared for the more frequent and faster trains. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both as pedestrians and when in vehicles
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing.

 

Keeping Lakewood neighborhoods safe

Public safety and keeping our neighborhoods safe is a top priority in Lakewood. That’s why the City Council is pursuing legislation to make sure adult family homes in our community operate in the way they were originally intended.

The state’s recent attempt to release a violent offender into an adult family home unequipped to handle his care into our Oakbrook neighborhood is one example of how adult family home use as evolved beyond what the program was originally intended.

The city wants to work proactively with the state and adult family home providers to make sure those who need help have the proper resources available to them, while also ensuring our residents – including those living in existing adult family homes – are safe.

The council recently reviewed draft legislation addressing adult family homes as follows:

  • Density/dispersal requirements
  • Community outreach
  • Improved transparency
  • City business license requirements
  • Wage requirements for adult family home healthcare service workers
  • Assurances from the state that only those persons who are supposed to be in an adult family home, as defined under the Federal Fair Housing Act, are, in fact, placed in such a facility. 

The draft legislation also prohibits the location of Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs) in single family residential zones. The council will continue its discussion around adult family homes in early 2018.

 

Economic Development updates

  • Hop Jack’s Lakewood location opened Nov. 20 in Lakewood Towne Center. Additional economic development highlights can be found in the November 2017 Economic Development brochure
  • Three open houses were held at the end of November for the public to weigh in on its vision for a future central commercial gathering place in Lakewood. The outreach included an online survey that saw nearly 400 participants. The results of the survey and concept plans for a “Downtown Lakewood” will be presented at the City Council’s Dec. 11 study session. Review of the existing conditions report and scoping will begin that week by the Council and the city’s planning commission.

 

Road project updates

Traffic Alert: Tacoma Power is scheduled to do work in the area of Gravelly Lake Drive and School Street Sunday/Monday (Dec. 3-4). The traffic signal at Gravelly Lake Drive and School Street will be dark from approximately 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Police will be on site to offer traffic control. Single lane closures may occur.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project at 40th & 96th streets: We are accepting bids until Dec. 19. The City Council is tentatively set to award the bid at its Jan. 2, 2018 regular meeting.

Dekoven Drive: The City Council awarded the contract for the Dekoven Drive traffic calming project to Iversen and Sons, Inc. Work will begin as early as Jan. 2, 2018. Once complete a compact roundabout, curb and gutter will be added to the intersections of Dekoven Drive/Meadow Road and Dekoven Drive/100th Street. This project will also improve roadway striping and signage. The goal of this project is to reduce speeding on Dekoven Drive in the vicinity of the project boundaries.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): This project was suspended Nov. 20 for the winter. When better weather returns work will resume. Right turns from Mount Tacoma Drive to Gravelly Drive are allowed for all vehicles, except large trucks.

Woodbrook/Tillicum sewer completion: The state Public Works Board officially declared the city’s sewer extension project to the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods complete. The projects extended sewers to these neighborhoods, allowing residents to connect to sewers and stop using failing septic systems – which ultimately cleans the runoff into American Lake and the water feeding the underground aquifers. The project was funded with a $500,000 public works assistance account.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive: Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive Nov. 29.

At the event 7,285 pounds of food were collected, enough for 5,800 meals.

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

 

Help your neighbors this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

  • Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.
  • Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email     or call (253) 279-9777.
  • Lakewood Historical Society: Celebrate the holidays by helping the Lakewood Historical Society preserve and celebrate our local history. The society is putting on “A Christmas Carol” fundraiser, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center BLVD SW. Tickets: $20. Available for purchase from the Historical Society Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr. SW or by calling (253) 682-3480.

 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

December 4, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation recognizing Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. – Mr. Larry Meany, District General Manager
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • AMTRAK and Point Defiance Rail Bypass update. – Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager and Janet Matkin, Communications Manager, WSDOT
  • Appoint member to serve on Community Services Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid for citywide electric repairs project
  • Approve Hearings Examiner contract
  • Approve contract for prosecution services
  • Approve 2017 accounts receivable write-offs
  • Approve telephone utility tax audit agreement
  • Approve Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County contract for animal sheltering
  • Reports by the City Manager - Neighborhood Traffic Control Program update, 2017 Prosecution services report and Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

 

December 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma Public Utilities Power and Water Meter Upgrade/AMI update
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Downtown Central Business District Subarea Plan update

Dec. 4 Agenda