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

Aug. 25, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Volunteer Saturday to help restore Waughop Lake habitat

Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better!  Can you join us?

As you walk through the park, you may notice that destructive plants are taking over many areas. Scotch Broom, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry are the main culprits, but other invasive plants are also gaining a foothold. Left unchecked, these plants will steadily crowd out or smother our wonderful native plants. They will destroy the habitat that our local birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators, and small woodland animals rely on.

You can change this! Join us to help eradicate these invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We meet monthly on the fourth Saturday of every month, and would welcome your help whenever you are available. 

Join us from 9 am to noon.

What you need…

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 
  • Dress in layers for our changeable weather.
  • Bring sturdy shoes.
  • Leather work gloves are helpful.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Bring water.

Why do we volunteer?

  • Connect with your community.
  • Have fun.
  • Learn which native plants are best for a specific site.
  • See how to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
  • Learn about invasive plants and how to eradicate them.
  • Make the park better for future generations. Help make a lasting change!
  • Support improved water quality.
  • Gain community service hours and enhance your resume. Great for students.

Everyone is welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

The golf course is an all-volunteer run organization. Yes, that’s right. From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

This year’s tournament is being held in honor of former minor-league pitcher and Tacoma resident Stan Naccarato who died in 2016 and retired professional golfer and Friends board member Ken Still, who died earlier this year.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email .

 

Sewage spill advisory lifted from Waughop Lake

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted is sewage spill advisory from Waughop Lake Friday, following water quality tests that show the water quality has improved.

The health department posted the advisory earlier this year after storm lines from Pierce College drained into Waughop Lake. The College addressed the problem and worked to clean up the site.

Recent water quality samples from the lake showed the average E.coli levels below the health department’s threshold for requiring public notification of a sewage spill. The location near the outfall where the sewage drained from the college had one of the lowest results for E.coli.

The water quality results, in combination with the efforts by Pierce College led to the removal of the Sewage Spill Advisory.

An additional E.coli sampling will be taken following the next rain event to make sure residual sewage doesn’t impact the lake.

The toxic algae advisory remains in effect and areas with visible algae should be avoided.

 

Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.

 

City Council: Public health and unmanned aircraft

This week’s City Council study session will include a visit from Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, who will give an update on the agency.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro will provide an update on the department’s plans to use an unmanned aerial system in police searches for missing people, assessing damage in hazardous conditions or helping in the service of search warrants. A draft policy for how this would work was recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and with input from the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee with a focus on safety, transparency and privacy in mind. The goal is to have the program operational by the end of next month.

 

Three Farmers Markets left

Yes, that’s right the Lakewood Farmers Market season is already drawing to a close. Where did summer go?

The last market is Sept. 12, so if you haven’t made it yet you better hurry!

The Lakewood market has everything from fresh produce and handcut flowers, to homemade spa grade soaps and bath bombs, dried lavender, coldbrew coffee, wine from local wineries and artwork.

Join us for our final three Tuesdays in Town Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Weekly transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): Project punchlist is complete. Physical completion will be issued and closeout process will start after the last progress payment is issued next week. 

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed for future curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the east side of the roadway this week. RW Scott also put down asphalt in the roadway patch section on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday (8/26), RW Scott will likely finish installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive, which will finish storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked this week on signal improvements and trenching spare, illumination and interconnect on the east side of the road between Bridgeport and Mt. Tacoma Drive. Next week they will install illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working south toward 100th Street.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

 

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:

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

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.Open until filled.

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.

August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Unmanned aerial system update

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections

Read the agenda.

Aug. 18, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Free concert at Fort Steilacoom Park

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off this Sunday at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band   will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.

 

Lakewood recognized for its 2017-2018 biennial budget

The City of Lakewood received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Presentation Award for its 2017/2018 Biennial Budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the city. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • policy document
  • financial plan
  • operations guide
  • communication device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

There were 1,541 governments awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. In Washington there were 45 recipients broken by entity types as follows:

  • Three counties
  • Three school districts
  • Five special districts
  • 34 municipalities

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budget. 

This recognition is a positive reflection upon Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, our finance team, department directors and all city employees. It is a reflection of the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial transparency. 

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park design 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.

Funding for the project will come from the city’s lodging tax capital funds and 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 a motion at its Monday meeting requesting approval of the design for the pavilion. If approved the next steps are to prepare construction drawings and other site development improvements as needed to apply for a building permit.

 

Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Next Saturday is the fourth Saturday of the month and you know what that means: Time to volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park !

Every fourth Saturday volunteers gather at the blue barn near the dog park to embark on a restoration effort of the Waughop Lake Trail.

Work includes pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and other restoration efforts.

This is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

Meet up at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves, water and sunscreen.

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to  . Don’t worry if you can’t make it this time, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Sept. 23!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!

 

Diversity Survey

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Take the survey here.

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications due Monday

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

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): City staff met with the contractor this week to discuss what needs to be completed to issue substantial completion. Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed behind the back of walk this week on the west side of the roadway. They also transitioned over to the east side of the roadway, demoing for future curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements.

RW Scott will put down asphalt and behind the back of walk/in driveway aprons on Monday (8/21) and Tuesday (8/22).

Electrical subcontractor G&G focused on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly this week. They will begin laying conduit on the east side of the roadway next week.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.

 

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:

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing 100 Year Anniversary of JBLM-McChord – Colonel Nicole Lucas,  JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Awarding bids for Ft. Steilacoom Park sports fields improvements
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Setting October 16, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Approve the Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion design

 

August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Review of Community Visioning
  • Unmanned aerial system update

 

Read the agenda.

Aug. 4, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Asian Film Fest: Showing times announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications now available

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

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

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

 

National Night Out celebrates community

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

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

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

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

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

 

Western State Hospital Community Conversations

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

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

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

 

Lakewood Police: Second quarter report

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

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

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

 

Team Tillicum 5K

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

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

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

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

 

Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

Aug. 7, 2017 regular meeting

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

 

August 14, 2017 Study Session

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

Read the agenda here.

Aug. 11, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Free Concert in the Park

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band  will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.

 

2017 Asian Film Fest

2017 Asian Film Fest kicks off today (Aug. 11). Here's all you need to know about what's playing:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Diversity Survey

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Take the survey here.

 

Kids day at the Market

This week the Lakewood Farmers Market celebrated the young artists, budding entrepreneurs and aspiring performers in our community with Kids Day at the Market.

Lakewood youth spent countless hours crafting, creating and perfecting their acts which were on display during our weekly farmers market. They offered everything from handmade jewelry and pot holders, to knit hats, painted rocks and “fidget foam”.

The city wants to thank all the talented youngsters who participated – we can’t wait to see what you bring next year.

 

 

Lakewood Lodging Tax applications now available

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

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The six remaining poles were wired on the project. The city is meeting with the contractor Aug. 18 to discuss what needs to be complete on the job to issue substantial completion.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott began installing sidewalk along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive this week. They will continue next week, along with installing storm drains on Mt. Tacoma Drive. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor poured light pole bases this week along the west side of Gravelly. They will be focusing on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly next week.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

August 14, 2017 Study Session

  • Backflow prevention device testing and inspections update
  • Overview of 2017 Legislative Session
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion project update
  • Economic Development update

August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa – Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Proclamation recognizing 100 Year Anniversary of JBLM-McChord – Colonel Nicole Lucas,  JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Awarding bids for Ft. Steilacoom Park sports fields improvements
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process

Read the agenda.

July 28, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

National Night Out

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

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

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

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

 

 

No agreement on Capital Budget

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

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

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

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

 

Team Tillicum 5K

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

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

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

Registration is open now.

 

Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pavement Patching

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

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

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

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

 

Lakewood declared Purple Heart Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

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

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

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

 

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

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Upcoming Meetings

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

Aug. 7, 2017

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