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

April 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Snapshot: First quarter crime stats

The crime stats are in for the first quarter and the numbers look good.

Total crime in Lakewood is down 5 percent compared to the same time last year and crimes against persons (or crimes committed by one person against another person) is down 8 percent. It is also the lowest it’s been in two years.

Property crimes have dropped significantly since the end of 2016. That’s attributed to the efforts of Lakewood PD, which busted a vehicle prowl/theft ring in January that was actively prowling the Lakewood Towne Center, as well as other areas up and down the Interstate 5 corridor. Lakewood was able to pinpoint more than 100 theft cases to this ring alone.

Chief Mike Zaro will present more details about the first quarter stats at the City Council’s study session Monday . It’s worth attending to see what else he has to say.

 

Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday

Itching to get outside? Join us and other volunteers Saturday (yes, April 22!) from 9 a.m. to noon to do some spring cleaning of our parks. See the Parks Appreciation Day event page for more information.

 

Parks and Rec is now on Facebook

Did you know our Parks and Rec department now has its own Facebook page? Check it out here , and “like” to stay up to date on the various events put on by our wonderful parks department.

 

 

Caution crews at work

A little warning to drivers who use 108th Street between Bridgeport Way and Main Street near the Lakewood Towne Center: FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES!

Road repaving began April 21 and will continue into next week – depending on weather. One lane will remain open at all times, but flaggers will be on site to alternate traffic. If you find yourself waiting, please be patient.

The road is being rebuilt because it was deemed structurally deficient. The sidewalks are also being improved because they did not meet ADA requirements and federal law requires anytime a road is rebuilt that the sidewalks be improved to current standards.

Upgrades are also planned for the traffic signal at Main and 108th streets.

 

Road project season gets underway in Lakewood

Speaking of Improvement projects the city is ready to go on a number of road projects to improve your drive. Improvements totaling $56.5 million are planned for Lakewood’s roads over the next six years. Between now and 2018 there are 30 projects slated for completion, totaling $28 million.

That’s a lot.

To help keep people informed the city created an interactive map that will live on the city’s website. It indicates completed (green), in progress (orange) and upcoming (gray) projects on the city’s 431 miles of roadway.

Here’s a look at some of the more visible projects:

  • South Tacoma Way: state Route 512 to 96th Street: Good news, this project is expected to wrap up by summer.
  • When finished South Tacoma Way will be wider with shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks. Also added: LED street lighting, updated traffic signals at state Route 512, 100th and 96th streets and new pavement. A gateway entrance sign with the neighborhood designation will be built in the island at 100th Street.
  • South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: road widening continues for shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutters, sidewalks, LED street lighting, new traffic signal at Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street intersection and new pavement. A second right turn lane will be added to Steilacoom Boulevard onto South Tacoma Way to make it safer and faster to pass through the intersection.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th Street to Bridgeport Way: This sidewalk project also adds curb and gutter to Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th Street to Bridgeport Way Once completed there will be continuous sidewalks on Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th Street to Bridgeport Way.
  • Lakewood Drive reconstruction/overlay: 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard: Pavement reconstruction planned from 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard. New curb and gutter and concrete sidewalks will be added to the western side of the road.
  • Sidewalks are coming to Lakeview Ave/112th St from Kendrick St to Steilacoom Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety as part of a state Department of Transportation-funded project to mitigate for the high-speed trains that will soon pass through the city.

2017-18 projects

  • 2017 chip seal program Oakbrook
  • Repave Onyx Drive SW from 87th to 89th streets
  • Military Road and 112th Street safety improvements
  • Safety improvements to 40th and 96th streets
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements Washington Boulevard to Nyanza
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements, 59th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Safe Routes to Schools: John Dower and Phillips roads
  • Dekoven Drive traffic calming project

 

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.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy.

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.

April 24, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Chambers Creek Trail Design update
  • Economic Development update
  • 1st Quarter 2017 Police Report

May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
  • Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
  • Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
  • Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro or Assistant Police Chief John Unfred
  • Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Approve City Manager contract.
  • Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Approve agreement with Habitat for Humanity for HOME down payment assistance loan for single-family dwelling
  • Approve agreement with Homeownership Center of Tacoma for HOME down payment assistance loan for four single-family dwellings
  • Reports by the City Manager – Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure

April 14, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Lakewood loses a legend

Retired Sergeant First Class Dan Figuracion passed away April 3 at 97 years old. He came to Lakewood in the 1960s while stationed at Fort Lewis and stayed to raise his family in the South Sound.

Figuracion was a Bataan Death March survivor, POW, decorated World War II veteran and a Vietnam War veteran. He also was a national hero in his home country of the Philippines for his military service as a member of the U.S. Army Philippine Scouts.

His death marks the passing of the last living member of the 26th Cavalry Regiment, which conducted the last cavalry charge against an enemy in Army history.

Figuracion was one of 27 men that galloped on horses, pistols firing, into Japanese tanks and machine infantry to keep the Japanese from taking the city of Morong. They held off the Japanese until reinforcements arrived. Only three cavalrymen were injured.

He later escaped a POW camp, crawling through the jungle to a village. Little did he know he had arrived at the home of his future wife.

He is survived by wife Ely of 71 years, seven of his eight children and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Figuracion was laid to rest April 11 at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery. The city of Lakewood joins the community in mourning Figuracion's passing and offers its condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Figuracion, thank you for your service, your dedication to our veterans and your dedication to our country.

 

Parks appreciation day April 22

Calling all #IamLakewood  volunteers: Parks appreciation day is April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and we need your help!

Work parties are happening at five parks this year:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park: restoring historic cemetery grave markers, plantings, weeding, playground maintenance, trail cleanup.
  • Harry Todd Park: weeding, planting, ivy removal, beach cleaning.
  • Wards Lake Park: trail maintenance, invasive ivy removal, garbage clean up.
  • Springbrook Park: community garden plantnings, spread wood chips.
  • Lakewood Community Garden: preparing beds for growing season.

Bring your garden gloves and tools - we hope to see you there!

Register: Email Cameron Fairfield (cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us). Include name (or organization/school/church group name), number of volunteers, phone number and preferred site location.

 

Saturday lane closures on Interstate 5

Headed south at all between now and Saturday? If you're on I-5 you'll need to factor in this Point Defiance Bypass work:

Both directions of I-5 will be closed between 9 p.m. at 6 a.m. at the Mounts Road overpass in DuPont for final inspection and welding of the overpass.

Sign up for email updates on the Point Defiance Bypass Project atsoundtransit.org/subscribe .

 

 

 

Council preview

A snapshot at some of the items before the City Council Monday.

SSMCP North Clear Zone:

The council will review and vote on a resolution that approves the McChord Field North Clear Zone implementation plan.  

Last year and the start of this year the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) developed a plan of action to bring the McChord Field North Clear Zone (NCZ) into compliance with federal guidelines for public and air safety. T

he NCZ is a federally-designated 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the north end of the McChord Field runway. It is partly within Joint Base Lewis-McChord and partly within the city. The part in Lakewood includes many light industrial business uses on privately held properties.

Based on federal guidelines, these uses pose public and flight safety risks and are incompatible with runway operations. Some of these uses are currently allowed under Lakewood’s zoning code, and some are nonconforming uses. The businesses are valued community members and contribute to Lakewood’s economy.

Recognizing Nyah Hall

The council will present Clover Park sophomore Nyah Hall with a proclamation recognizing her recent accomplishment of being named the state Boys and Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year.

Hall joined the Boys and Girls Clubs at a nursery in Japan where her family was stationed. She has been a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Center for five years.

Hall is an honor roll student and a javelin thrower on the track and field team. During the Youth of the Year process, Hall talked about the impact of the Youth Center at JBLM and the source of encouragement it provides children from military families.

Youth of the Year is the highest honor Boys and Girls Club members can receive. Each year a representative is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competitions.

Winners are chosen first at a club level, then state, regional and national levels. This year’s regional competitions will be held over the summer in Los Angeles. Hall will compete in August.

Business showcase

The council will also recognize longtime Lakewood business the Lakewood Racquet and Sport Club at its meeting as the city’s April 2017 Business Showcase.

The member-owned, private club is more than just a place to play tennis – it’s a social club connecting people of all ages in the community.

Read the full agenda packet here.

 

Waughop Trail is now open

 

The Waughop Lake Trail is now OPEN! Go out and get your exercise on and enjoy the new trail around the lake - don't forget your raincoat. Still to come: trees, which will be planted in the fall. Thank you everyone for your patience while the trail was closed.

 

 

 

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 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.

April 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Nyah Hall, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Military Youth of the Year.
  • Proclamation declaring April 22, 2017 as Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase - Lakewood Racquet Club - Mr. Bruce Dayton, General Manager/Director
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th St to Bridgeport Way
  • Awarding a bid for the 2017 Chip Seal Program
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting May 18, 2017 as Hearings Examiner hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Public Hearing on FY 2017 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Adopt domestic violence criminal related ordinances
  • Adopt vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Approve North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Approve 2016 Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Reports by City Manager –Review of development subsidy and down payment assistance HOME loans for Habitat for Humanity and the Homeownership Center of Tacoma and Marijuana update

 

April 24, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Chambers Creek Trail update
  • Economic Development update
  • 1st Quarter Police Report
  • Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers CIP Progress Report

 

March 31, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Lakewood ready to partner with South Sound leaders in case of emergency

This week South Sound leaders from Lakewood, Tacoma and University Place gathered in Maryland to develop the skills and awareness needed to carry out emergency plans, policies and procedures related to disaster response.

During the four-day emergency preparedness course, taught at FEMA’s emergency management institute in Emmitsburg, the group worked through various hazard scenarios and how to respond.

Classroom instruction and discussion led to the final day where participants were presented with a major disaster and expected to simulate a response.

Participants at the training came from the following agencies:

  • Federal emergency management institute
  • State Department of Emergency Management division
  • State Department of Ecology
  • Pierce County emergeny management
  • The cities of Tacoma, University Place and Lakewood
  • Tacoma Fire Department
  • West Pierce Fire and Rescue
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Port of Tacoma
  • Tacoma Public Utilities

Working in a group setting like this strengthens community partnerships and ensures similar teamwork will be used should we ever face a major disaster.

 

Councilman Michael Brandstetter awarded advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Lakewood City Councilman Michael Brandstetter recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Brandstetter completed more than 60 hours of training credits to earn this distinction and demonstrated valuable service to his community.

The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster community and staff relationships. To earn this certificate, the official attends a variety of AWC sponsored municipal workshops. The courses help mayors and councilmembers learn the essentials of municipal service and improve their ability to work with council colleagues, city staff and citizens.

Brandstetter has held the Position 2 seat on the City Council since 2010. He represents the city on the South Sound 911 policy board and the Tacoma/Pierce County Convention Center public facilities district and also represents the Chambers/Clover Creek Watershed on the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District advisory committee.

Brandstetter entered the United States Army in 1969 and moved to Lakewood in 1993 when he became the command sergeant major of the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis. During his career military assignments took him to Korea, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, Haiti, Panama and a variety of assignments in the United States.

He retired from the Army in 1999 and joined Bates Technical College, where he served as the Dean for Engineering, computer Science and Advanced Technologies.  

 

Clover Park High School student named state Boys and Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year

Clover Park sophomore Nyah Hall was recently named the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State Military Youth of the Year.

Hall joined the Boys and Girls Clubs at a nursery in Japan where her family was stationed. She has been a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Center for five years.

Hall is an honor roll student and a javelin thrower on the track and field team. During the Youth of the Year process, Hall talked about the impact of the Youth Center at JBLM and the source of encouragement it provides children from military families.

She joins Brianna Mitchell, who attends the Lakewood branch of the Boys and Girls Club, in holding the honor of being named youth of the year.

The Youth of the Year and Military Youth of the Year selections are the highest honor Boys and Girls Club members can receive. Each year a representative is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competitions.

Winners are chosen first at a club level, then state, regional and national levels. This year’s regional competitions will be held over the summer in Los Angeles. Mitchell will compete in June; Hall will compete in August.

As the new teen representatives for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington, Mitchell and Hall received $5,000 in college scholarships. Congratulations to both!

 

Pothole driving you crazy? Report it!

If you’ve driven around the city you’ve probably asked yourself “What’s up with all the potholes?”

The answer: The weather.

Continuous rain and freezing temperatures are a paved road’s worst enemy. That’s why after the February snow days we saw more roads with holes popping up seemingly out of nowhere.

The more water you have (think our record rainfall), the higher the chance for potholes.

The city places a high priority on its roads but we can’t fix every road at once. We also have to work around the weather.

That means right now while we're still working our way toward warmer spring weather, temporary patches are being used to fill holes until road crews can come back and overlay permanent fixes.

We do our best to get ahead of the problem or respond promptly when it’s brought to our attention. You can help by reporting potholes with the FREE MyLakewood311 mobile app, available for download from Google Play and the Apple iStore. 

 

Thanking Public Works

Lakewood engineer Troy Pokswinski, his team and the city were recently thanked in an email from a resident who wanted was happy to “finally” sidewalks and curbs installed on Gravelley Lake Drive between 59th Street and Steilacoom Boulevard.

“Even though it took three-plus months of barrels in the street, we had no problem getting into the driveway, and the flag ladies were very good about getting us in and out,” the woman wrote.

The addition of the sidewalks means a safer pedestrian experience for everyone, including young mothers pushing strollers and students walking to school, the woman said.

“Thanks again for a smooth operation – it makes such a difference.”

City note: More sidewalks are scheduled for construction along Gravelly Lake Drive in the next 12 to 18 months, and a street overlay will replace the aging pavement.

 

Reminder: Waughop Lake Trail closes Monday

The trail around Waughop Lake will close Monday, April 3 so crews can finish work on the trail improvements.

Work was halted earlier this year after weather became too wet and cold for new pavement to be installed.

The trail will remain closed to the public until the work is complete. Please stay off the trail until it reopens – your cooperation will reduce the project cost and allow us to finish faster.

Those worried about tree removal, don’t worry. Replacement trees will be planted in October. Find out more on the lake project pag e.

 

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

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

 

Upcoming City 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.

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year and Washington State Youth of the Year Recognition of Brianna Mitchell
  • Lakewood First Lions Club Youth Scholarship Award – Ms. DeAnne Bennett, Lakewood First Lions Club
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive SW improvements from 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd
  • Public Hearing vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Approve supplemental agreement with Ivar Gunderson for additional prosecutorial services
  • Reports by the City Manager – Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

April 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Municipal Court and Veterans Court Update
  • Review of North Clear Zone strategy and Action Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Review of domestic violence ordinances
  • Review of 2016 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance

April 7, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Golden Lion Motor Inn Demolished

This week crews from Northwest Abatement Services Inc. razed a motel that has been a problem for the city for more than a decade. 

The Golden Lion Motor Inn, located at 9201 South Tacoma Way, has seen its share of building code violations and a high number of police calls for service over the years. That's why Mark Stephens and Paul Peters with Northwest Abatement Services, Inc. requested Police Chief Mike Zaro get behind the controls of the giant excavator and participate in some "demolition therapy." Zaro (seen pictured) helped take down a part of the building.

In 2011 Lakewood police were called to the property at a rate of two times that of nearby motels. By mid-2011 the calls for police were the highest among all motels in the city, according to police statistics .

The city worked with the former property owner to clean up the property and reduce the amount of crime committed on site, but those improvements did not last.

Ultimately the city was forced to initiate its building abatement process after the former property owner refused to comply. A new property owner purchased the site and worked with the city to clean up the site.

The new owner plans to redevelop the now vacant land, though details of those plans are still in the works.

 

Poor road conditions bump up paving plans at Fort Steilacoom Park

Significant deterioration of the driveway into Fort Steilacoom Park prompted city staff to recommend moving up plans to pave the roadway as soon as possible .

Pending City Council approval later this month, additional money will be applied to the project. The allocation means a permanent fix could be made by the end of 2017.

In the interim hot mix asphalt patches will be applied to smooth the road until a permanent fix is possible.

On Monday the City Council will review the city’s 2016 year-end financial report and a proposed 2017 carry forward budget adjustment at its study session.

The city’s finances ended better than anticipated in 2016 largely because revenues came in higher than anticipated and because we realized some savings on expenses.

Most of the money carried over will cover previously approved projects from 2016 that will be completed this year, but some projects like the Fort Steilacoom Park driveway will receive additional funding.

The city shares and understands the frustration of park visitors who have to navigate the holes in the road. But before we can fix them, two other projects in the park must be completed: the Waughop Lake Trail and parking lot improvements.

We ask for patience while this work is completed.

 

Tree removal approved for Lakewood Colonial Center

If they haven’t already come down, six trees will be cut from the Lakewood Colonial Center.

Work was slated to begin Friday and continue Saturday .

The Westwood Financial Corporation was granted the permit April 5 to address hazard trees on its property located on the 9300 block of Bridgeport Way SW near its intersections with Gravelly Lake Drive and Motor Avenue.

In total there are 79 trees on the site; only six will be cut.

Of those, two are large Garry oak trees; the others are maples.

Westwood Financial submitted an arborist report with its permit request detailing the health of each tree on its property. The report determined the six trees slated for removal were hazardous and posed a public safety risk.

Along with removing the hazard trees, Westwood Financial also hired tree specialists to prune the existing trees on the property – which does not require a permit.

The tree removal and maintenance is being done as part of Westwood Financial’s plan to renovate its property and bring in new business.

Click here to read the permit application approval and full arborist report.

 

Recognizing Lakewood’s employees

On Wednesday a number of city employees were recognized for their dedication to the city and its residents.

They included:

Windy Guiberson and Darrell Knoedler from Municipal Court.

The pair took the lead on testing and implementing a paperless document system that will be used in Municipal Court.

Lakewood is the first court in Pierce County to go paperless. This new program will enhance the service abilities of the court, as well as create efficiencies through the use of a paperless system.

Guiberson and Knoedler took on the additional responsibilities of learning the program, customizing it for Municipal Court and training staff – all while maintaining their regular job duties. They demonstrated exceptional teamwork and a positive attitude during the significant transition.

 

Tom Cummins, Jay Anderson, Steve Bird, Brian Hinkle, Bob Toy, Stacy Hoekstra, Terrance Colvin, Ryan Oflaherty, Scott Turner, Jeremy Logan, Brad Ritterbush, Mike Nebeker and Kenny Harris from Operations and Maintenance.

The rough weather in 2016 and the start of 2017 - including record rainfall, wind storms with downed trees and road debris, snow and ice events – kept these folks busy.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes planning and preparing for these events and making sure staff is ready and available at all hours.

Many of these events required people to work overnight or expand their shifts to make sure roads were clear, parking lots open, transit centers available and that police and fire officials could get out of their stations.

These employees are dedicated, despite being tasked with dangerous jobs that keep them away from their families and force them to work in some of the worst conditions.

While we’re home safe and dry not thinking about getting to and from places, this group is on the road making sure we have safe passage when we head out.

For this they are recognized and applauded.

 

Troy Pokswinski from Public Works.

Troy Pokswinski is an engineer with the city who oversees the implementation of specific capital improvement projects.

One project he was assigned was the Madigan Access improvement project, which included working with the state Department of Transportation.

The project was complicated on many levels – including the scope of work to be done and the involvement of multiple agencies (13 total).

Pokswinski worked through the challenges, navigated the various bureaucracies and was able to get the necessary approvals to get the project done – within the budget allocated.

Thank you to all the employees who make Lakewood a great place to live and work.

 

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

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

 

Upcoming City 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.

April 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Municipal Court and Veterans Court Update
  • Review of North Clear Zone strategy and Action Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Review of proposed domestic violence criminal related ordinances
  • Review of 2016 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments

April 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring April 22, 2017 as Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase - Lakewood Racquet Club - Mr. Bruce Dayton, General Manager/Director
  • Bid award on improvements on Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th St to Bridgeport Way
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting May 18, 2017 as Hearings Examiner hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Public Hearing on FY 2017 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Adopt domestic violence criminal related ordinances
  • Adopt vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Approve North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Approve 2016 Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Reports by City Manager – Review of down payment assistance HOME loans for Habitat for Humanity and the Homeownership Center of Tacoma and Marijuana update

March 24, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Celebrating Lakewood’s students and champions

The Old Country Buffet in Lakewood Towne Center was once again filled to capacity for the annual Communities in Schools of Lakewood Champions for Youth breakfast held March 23.

The 200 people in attendance generated more than $26,000 for services and programs at four Clover Park School District schools with Communities in Schools programs. The schools are: Four Heroes and Tillicum elementary schools, Lochburn Middle School and Clover Park High School.

An onsite coordinator at these schools focuses on supporting students at all levels of their life – academically and at home – so they come to school ready to learn.

The coordinator assesses student needs, makes a plan and coordinates intensive interventions for students most at risk for dropping out. The coordinator also provides services geared toward the entire school.

The results are quantifiable.

In his keynote speech, Clover Park High School principal Tim Stults said CPHS saw dramatic improvements in areas of course completion, attendance and graduation since partnering with Communities in Schools of Lakewood in 2015.

“It is no coincidence that graduation rates increased by 14 percent the year that CISL launched their partnership at the school,” Stults said.

The school also saw a 50 percent reduction in its course failure rate in 2016, he said.

Some of the morning’s most moving stories came from the students themselves.

CPHS senior Carlos Alvarez told the room without Communities in Schools he would not be headed to Pacific Lutheran University in the fall.

As a middle school student Alvarez pledged to be a college-bound scholar. When he shared the news with his father, his father told him: “Carlos I cannot pay for your college. This is a journey you have to take alone,” Alvarez recounted.

Devastated, Alvarez remained committed and saw as he became involved with the school district and Communities in Schools that “I was not alone.”

He is headed to PLU as an Act VI Scholar, something he said he embraces “because for me, that was a very large part of my new vision toward higher education and the new journey I’ll be taking on.”

After learning he was accepted to PLU, Alvarez’s father sat him down again.  

“My dad said ‘We’ll do anything we can to pay for it. We’ll sell everything, we’ll move into a cheaper place. We will do anything to give you a better education than what we had,” Alvarez told the crowd through tears.

“I don’t have words,” he said. “I want to thank you all for your impact on my journey.”

Next year’s breakfast will be held at the McGavick Center to accommodate more people. A plaque was presented to Old Country Buffet at the breakfast thanking the business for hosting the annual event for 15 years.

 

Lakewood student wins Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State Youth of the Year


Brianna Mitchell, a senior at Lakes High School, was named the Washington State Youth of the Year March 23 by the state Boys and Girls Club organization.

Last month Mitchell was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year.

Mitchell has belonged to the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club since she was in elementary school. Her ties to the club run deep – she became active in the drama program, mentors other students and has taken on leadership roles at the afterschool program.

At Lakes Mitchell played varsity basketball and volleyball and is a member of the Associated Student Body.

She competed against 12 other students from across the state for the Youth of the Year title, which was announced during a banquet at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. A day earlier she and other Youth of the Year recipients toured the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.

Next up for Mitchell is the regional Youth of the Year competition in July, which if she wins means she’ll move on to the national competition.

Lakewood is extremely proud of Mitchell and her recent accomplishment, which comes with a college scholarship. Way to represent #IamLakewood!


Attention Waughop Lake Trail users

The trail around Waughop Lake will close Monday, April 3 so crews can finish work on the trail improvements.

Work was halted earlier this year after weather became too wet and cold for new pavement to be installed. With warmer and drier temperatures on the horizon (fingers crossed!) work will resume.

The trail will remain closed to the public until the work is complete. Please stay off the trail until it reopens – your cooperation will reduce the project cost and allow us to finish faster.

Those worried about tree removal, don’t! Replacement trees will be planted in October. Find out more on the project page.

 

Lakewood Police 2016 year-end report

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro released the department’s year-end report in a presentation before the City Council March 20.

Highlights include an overall decline in calls for service, traffic stops and arrests and a slight decline in the number of person crimes – or crimes committed by a person against another person.

The total number of person crimes reported in 2016 was 1,563, which was a 1.7 percent decline from 2015.

One area that saw an uptick is the total number of property crimes, which were up 3.4 percent from 2015.

In 2016 the team shut down a large scale organized retail theft operation in the city that included an illegal business that paid people to shoplift from local stores and turn around and sell the items online. Shutting down the operation dramatically reduced the number of shoplifting cases in the city.

Last year also marked a year of growth for the department which was able to hire 10 officers, one animal control officer and one evidence custodian. These hires were not additions to the department, but instead filled vacancies either because of recent retirements or promotions.

The department’s professionalism and dedication to the community was reflected in the 103 letters or emails received from residents complimenting their interactions with police. The Lakewood Police Department is grateful for the support it receives from the community.

Read the full report 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:

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, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

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

 

Upcoming City 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.

March 27, 2017 Study Session – canceled

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Washington state Youth of the Year Recognition of Brianna Mitchell
  • Lakewood First Lions Club Youth Scholarship Award – Ms. DeAnne Bennett, Lakewood First Lions Club
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St (tentative)
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Avenue
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Approving a supplemental agreement with Ivar Gunderson for additional prosecutorial services
  • Reports by the City Manager – Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update