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

June 16, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Support Lakewood Farmers Market, shop at Whole Foods June 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

 

Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park agreement before Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly Transportation update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Third annual Developer’s Forum a success

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Marketing to the government

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand new to government contracting?

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

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 

 

Relay for Life

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

 

 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

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

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

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

 

June 26, 2017 Study Session

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

Read the full June 19 agenda.

June 9, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Relay for Life at Harry Lang Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The city of Lakewood also has a team participating.

 

Springbrook Park celebration

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

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

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

 

Open for business

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

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

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

Current development projects

 

Lakewood Developer’s Forum

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

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

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

 

Marketing to the government

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand new to government contracting?

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

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 

 

Weekly Transportation update

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

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

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

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

 

Saying thanks to the 2016/2017 Youth Council

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Farmers Market opening day

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this photo album from opening day.

2017 Lakewood Farmers Market opening day

 

Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

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

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

Check out this photo album of the day.

Lakewood Senior Activity Center 2017 open house  

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council meetings

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

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

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

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

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

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

Read the full agenda packet.

May 26, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail open house

An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on the effort. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

The open house is a drop-in format and will offer people a chance to chat with city and county staff about the project, learn the details of a recently created trail design report and share information about the next steps.

The meeting is at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street SW, University Place.

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

Click image for more information.

 

 

Seahawks wide receiver to visit Lakewood Sunday

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation 

has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

The train safety event will feature fun activities for kids and adults, including a LEGO play area, model train display, mini train rides for kids and information about the new train route through the city, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids.

Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

The event is free and will be held in the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SE.

Find more information about train safety here.

 

Weekly transportation update

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

Work was stalled after crews found stumps beneath the road that were causing a depression. The road was excavated an additional 5 to 7 feet so the stumps could be removed – no one knows how long they’ve been there. Their removal should fix the recurring pavement dip.   The road is expected to remain in its current state another 3 to 4 weeks – drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

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

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

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

Cruising down Lakewood Drive

 

 

 

Championing Lakewood in Washington, D.C.

 

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilwoman Mary Moss and City Manager John Caulfield spent two days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with elected leadership like Sen. Maria Cantwell (pictured).

The visit included back-to-back meetings with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and meetings with the Association of Defense Communities executive director, director of the Office of Economic Adjustment and House Armed Services Committee staff. The group also planned to meet with the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

The purpose of the short trip was to discuss development of the National Defense Authorization Act (including funding for Congressman Heck's Commute Act), military encroachment mitigation as it relates to the North Clear Zone at McChord Field, and continued funding in support of the Office of Economic Adjustment as it relates to the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership work.

 

 

Artist reception at Lakewood City Hall

The Lakewood Arts Commission coordinated its first artist reception May 22 at City Hall for local painter Carole Boughton.

Boughton’s artwork was recently hung on the first and third floors of the building as part of an effort to recognize and showcase the talent of local artists.

Approximately 60 attended the soiree and took tours of the building to view the watercolor pieces by Boughton hung for public viewing.

The bulk of Boughton’s work is displayed on the first floor near the elevator.

Read this Sub Times piece for more about Monday’s reception.

 

 

City Council holds joint meeting with planning commission

The City Council met with its planning commission at its study session May 22.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the commission about the various stages of projects it is working on.

Some items before the commission include an update to Title 18A – the section of city code dealing with development regulations. The majority of the updates will have an impact on developers within the city.

The commission is also preparing to embark on a public process to draft a sub area plan for the city’s Central Business District.

The city wants to hear from residents about their visions for a future Downtown Lakewood – do you want a downtown? How should it look? More information will be available about this process as public meeting dates are set.

 

Black bear strolls through city

In case you missed it, a black bear took a morning stroll through the city May 22.

The bear was spotted walking on Bridgeport Way before it found a field off the 8700 block of John Dower Road. Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue responded after people called 911 to report the unusual visitor.

The bear remained in the field while police and fire crews blocked off the area. State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded and brought Spencer, a Karelian bear dog who is trained to help officers corral the wild animals.

The bear climbed a tree, which allowed wildlife officials to shoot it with a couple of darts. They set up a tarp to break the bear’s fall. He sleepily tumbled out of the tree, onto the tarp and then the ground.

Officers moved him into a bear trap where he was kept until they could assess he had no injuries before releasing him into the wild – away from Lakewood.

A good reminder for this time of year: keep bird feeders, pet food and garbage cans inside, or in air tight containers so bears and other wild animals don’t come into your yard in their search for food.

 

Save the date: “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

It’s happening June 4 at 9 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park.

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

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

Click this link to register and learn more. 

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

 

Lakewood Police participate in simulated training

Lakewood police were given the opportunity this week to participate in a simulated training program to brush up on their training. The exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

Watch this video of Police Chief Mike Zaro running through one of the active shooter drills.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

No meeting Monday, May 29 – City Hall is closed in observation of Memorial Day.

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

 

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

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

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

 

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

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

Read the full agenda packet. 

June 2, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Paving Waughop Lake parking lot

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

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

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

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

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

 

“You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

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

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

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

Click this link to register and learn more. 

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

 

Farmers Market season is here

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

PSE paving in Oakbrook

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

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

 

Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

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

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

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

Call (253) 798-4090 for more information.

 

Dekoven Drive public meeting

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

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

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

 

Save the date: Springbrook Park celebration

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

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

The park is located at 12601 Addison St SW.

 

Register now: Lakewood Developer’s Forum

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

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

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

The event is free, but registration is required.

 

Weekly transportation update

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

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

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

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

 

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

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

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

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

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

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

 

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

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

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

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

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

Read the full agenda packet. 

May 19, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Transportation update: Roads to avoid

There are a number of road projects underway around the city, including on some of our busiest roadways.

To better help drivers navigate their way around the city – and avoid getting stuck in traffic – here’s just some of the work being done next week. Where possible please use alternate routes.

We thank our residents for their patience while this work is done to improve our roadways and make them safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Lakeview Ave from Steilacoom BLVD to Kendrick Street: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving and grinding Tuesday through Thursday (5/23 to 5/25).

Lakeview Ave at its intersection with 100th and 108th: These intersections will be under construction Wednesday (5/24) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., which will cause significant backups so please avoid if possible.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD: This busy roadway will remain in its current state of one lane in each direction for the next 3 to 4 weeks - FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

108th St. (Main to Bridgeport: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Monday (5/22) through Wednesday (5/24) and the road will be closed for striping. Local access only.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th) all work happening from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Grinding and patching Monday night (5/22) on east side of road. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Tuesday night (5/23) grinding and patching moves to west side of S Tacoma. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Wednesday night (5/24) overlay of outside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Thursday night (5/25) overlay of inside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Overlay work will impact access to SR512 from S Tacoma Way, detours will be in place.

Check out this interactive map of upcoming road projects. 

 

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event is Saturday

This annual event is tomorrow at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Guadalcanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

 

Clover Park High School: Arlington Project

Clover Park High School will present its annual Arlington Project, Wednesday at 5 p.m. to honor the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and America’s veterans.

In its ninth year, the Arlington Project honors service members killed in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today.

Over a four-day period Clover Park High School students will transform the school’s front lawn into memorial with thousands of white markers to honor the nearly 7,000 service members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The display is left up through Memorial Day weekend so as many visitors as possible have the chance to see it.

Opening ceremony details: Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW; program includes community Wall of Remembrance, choir and band performances, memorial displays, JROTC reenactments, viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance” and guest speaker Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret).

 

WATCH: #swimbikerunSummerFEST

Check out these videos promoting the upcoming Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, presented by St. Clare Hospital.

Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The videos have been airing on the city’s YouTube channel and posted to Facebook, Twitter and on the website.

Each person has their own reasons for competing; all their stories are compelling.

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight; Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience; Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports; and ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.

 

Business Showcase: J&J Autobody

Located on South Tacoma Way, J&J Autobody is one of Lakewood’s best kept secrets when it comes to collision repair businesses.

Owner Bill Jensen doesn’t advertise, instead he prefers word of mouth to generate business. Ask anyone who’s trusted their car to J&J Autobody, and they’ll tell you they won’t go anywhere else.

The employees are certified to the highest standards of collision repair, and the office management team views every car that comes through the door as its own.

J&J Autobody’s reputation for quality repairs and customer service is enough to make some people tow their cars from outside the South Sound (including Ocean Shores on the Washington Coast) to Lakewood.

It’s for these reasons the Lakewood City Council chose to recognize J&J Autobody as its May 2017 Business Showcase .

 

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.

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.

May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Reports by the City Manager: Pierce County Regional Council organizational structure

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

Read the full agenda packet.