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

January 6th, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Proclamation and Recognition for Becky Huber

On Tuesday, January 3rd, City Council recognized Becky Huber for her commitment to preserving and memorializing the history of Lakewood.  She served as President of the Lakewood Historical Society for ten years, where she sought to celebrate Lakewood, and it's role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. Through the Society's work, she commemorated the landmarks and historical buildings that made up the community's identity. Becky Huber and the Lakewood Historical Society also hosted a variety of lectures, book talks, programming and other events. Lakewood City Council recognizes Becky Huber and thanks her for all her accomplishments. 

 

Proclamation for MLK Jr Day and Black History MonthDeputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Brittany Higgins, Carolina Robles and Dennis Higashiyama

Tuesday night, City Council proclaimed February as Black History Month and Monday January 16th as the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.  Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen presented the proclamation to Brittany Higgins, Carolina Robles and Dennis Higashiyama on behalf of Jo Ethel Smith, Founder of the MLK Committee. The City of Lakewood will again honor the distinguished legacy of Dr. King during the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. You are invited to attend "The Dream in Person" with featured speaker Cinthia Illan-Vazquez (Daffodil Princess, Act Six Scholar, graduate of Clover Park High School and Whitworth University) and featured performers Morris Northcutt, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir, Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

When: Saturday. January 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Free admission, free parking

 

Proclamation declaring January as School Board Recognition Month

City Council also proclaimed this month as School Board Recognition Month. The School Board Directors align school district resources to goals, build collaborated relationships,  and sustain community oversight for student achievement. Clover Park School District continues to outline a vision of high levels of learning and achievement for all students in the jurisdiction. The City Council thanks all members of the Clover Park School District Board of Directors, for their dedicated service in preparing today's students for tomorrow's world. 


Looking for Active Residents to Serve on Community Advisory Boards

Are you an active member of the Lakewood community? The City of Lakewood is looking to fill a single vacancy on three boards. Board members typically have some experience or expertise in the subject, are able to meet on a monthly basis, and serve for a specific number of months or years. For more specific information on each of the vacancies and for questions on how to apply, please refer to the descriptions linked below.

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board. Members work to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the City’s historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities.
  • Community Services Advisory Board Members help to conduct public hearings, make recommendations to Council regarding community service fundings, among other responsibilities.
  • Arts Commission Members help to promote the visual, performing and literary arts and encourage the creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board Members make recommendations to Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities.

 

Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Testing

Testing of the new Point Defiance Bypass signals and tracks will occur in January and February 2017. Watch for trains traveling up to 79 mph between the Tacoma Dome Station and Nisqually, including the tracks that parallel Interstate 5 from South Tacoma, through Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis McChord and DuPont.

WSDOT wants to ensure you stay safe during this testing, so remember:

  • Trains will be traveling at speeds up to 79 mph
  • Trains may come from either direction, day or night
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before proceeding
  • Obey all signals at all times (pedestrians and vehicles)
  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • If police or flaggers are present, follow their directions

Orienteering Training & Race Tomorrow at Fort Steilacoom Park

You have a map, a compass, and a mission: To find all of the checkpoints (control markers) on your map in the least amount of time, relying on your own wits. Go solo or with a group: run, walk, it’s up to you! A perfect activity to get the whole family outdoors, finding checkpoints is like a treasure hunt. This activity also helps Scouts fulfill badge requirements. Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with Lakewood Parks and Rec to provide special newcomer instruction and training; followed by your choice of the beginner or intermediate course. Please bring your own compass if you would like to use it, compasses are optional and beginner and intermediate courses may be completed easily without one.

Where: Fort Steilacoom Park
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Time: Registration opens at 9:30 AM
Beginner course between 1-2.5K
Intermediate course between 2-3K
Pre-Register: http://cascadeoc.org/event/winter- series-wiol-5/
More information online in our flyer

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 9, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 9th, 2017 Study Session

  • Economic Development update
  • Pavement Management system update
  • Review of Adult Family Homes
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 17th, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting 

  • Business showcase - Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital – Ms. Mary Oberson, Manager

  • AMTRAK update – Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager, WSDOT

  • Adopt City Council Rules amendments

  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans

  • Reports by the City Manager – North Clear Zone Strategy and Action Plan update; and review of accepting donations ordinance

     

December 30th, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Orienteering Training & Race on January 7th

You have a map, a compass, and a mission: To find all of the checkpoints (control markers) on your map in the least amount of time, relying on your own wits. Go solo or with a group: run, walk, it’s up to you! A perfect activity to get the whole family outdoors, finding checkpoints is like a treasure hunt. This activity also helps Scouts fulfill badge requirements. Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with Lakewood Parks and Rec to provide special newcomer instruction and training; followed by your choice of the beginner or intermediate course. Please bring your own compass if you would like to use it, compasses are optional and beginner and intermediate courses may be completed easily without one.

Where: Fort Steilacoom Park
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Time: Trainings begin at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM
Beginner course between 1-2.5K
Intermediate course between 2-3K
Pre-Register: http://cascadeoc.org/event/winter- series-wiol-5/
More information online in our flyer

Parks Special Events: Save the Date! Martin Luther King J Celebration, Father Daughter Dance

Lakewood's 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, "The Dream in Person" with featured speaker Cinthia Illan-Vazquez (Daffodil Princess, Act Six Scholar, graduate of Clover Park High School and Whitworth University) and featured performers Morris Northcutt, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir, Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

When: Saturday. January 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Free admission, free parking
More information online at our special events page flyer for MLK Jr Day.  

The Boots 'n Bling Father Daughter Dance: Get your dancing boots on and create memories with your daughter on this wonderful night! Country western theme with casual or semi-formal attire. Snacks, photo booth, DJ and dancing. Register now at active.com

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 
More information online at the special events flyer for the dance .

Snow and Ice Response Priorities

Winter is here! When cold weather comes, take extra time and planning to reach your destination safely. Lakewood Public Works will be working to keep your daily commute free of hazards. Take a moment to review your route on our priority response map for snow and ice(PDF) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springbrook Park Improvements

The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood are continuously working to make better infrastructure, attractive environments, and ensure a sustainable and high standard of living for all residents. Some of this work includes expansion of Springbrook Park and installation of new equipment, as well as work on new sidewalks, lighting, signals and lanes on Bridgeport Way. Learn more about the City's efforts work to-date in this blog post and find photos  of what's in store.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 beginning at 7:00pm in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 3, 2017 (Tues) Regular Meeting 
•    Proclamation recognizing Becky Huber
•    Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
•    Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Appointing members to Arts Commission
•    Appointing member to Public Safety Advisory Committee 
•    Approve amendments to Legacy Plan
•    Approve agreement with Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare for mental health services  
•    Reports by the City Manager - Review of 2017 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees; and review of City Council Rules amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 9, 2017, beginning at 7:00pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 9th, 2017 Study Session 
•    Economic Development Update
•    Pavement Management Index Report
•    Review of citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Review of Central Business District Marketing Analysis (tentative)
•    Review of Adult Family Homes(tentative)

January 17th, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting 
•    Business showcase
•    AMTRAK Update - Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager, WSDOT
•    Adopt City Council Rules amendments
•    Adopt citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Reports by the City Manager - North Clear Zone Strategy and Action Plan Update; review of accepting donations ordinance; and 2017 City Council Retreat

January 23rd, 2017 Study Session
•    Chambers Creek Master Plan update
•    Parks CIP Progress Report
•    Legacy Plan Progress Report
•    Review of sponsorship guidelines
•    Adult Family Homes Update (tentative)

 

December 16th, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Senior Activity Center Rally for Seahawks Football

Tuesday December 13th – As part of the 12 Days of Goodness -- Touching Hearts of Seniors over the Holidays-- the Senior Activity Center held a special Seahawks rally with a special appearance from NFL Alumni and Seahawks fans! The Seahawk Rooster, the Chef and former pro baller Hillary Butler stopped by to spread a little cheer and raffle off prizes to our senior community. Find more photographs from the rowdy event on the City of Lakewood Facebook page . Thanks to South Sound Seahawkers and Visiting Angels and the rest of the volunteers for their generosity.   

Springbrook Annual Toy Giveaway

Springbrook Connections is accepting items for its annual holiday gift giveaway, including gifts, especially for preteens, and holiday decorations. This year, the event takes place Saturday December 17, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Centerforce building, 5204 Solberg Drive SW . To donate items contact Alyce Brame-Galyean at bramegalyean@yahoo.com or call (253) 861-0192.

Springbrook Park Improvements

The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood are continuously working to make better infrastructure, attractive environments, and ensure a sustainable and high standard of living for all residents. Some of this work includes expansion of Springbrook Park and installation of new equipment, as well as work on new sidewalks, lighting, signals and lanes on Bridgeport Way. Learn more about the City's efforts work to-date in this blog post and find photos  of what's in store.

December 23rd, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Orienteering Training & Race on January 7th

You have a map, a compass, and a mission: To find all of the checkpoints (control markers) on your map in the least amount of time, relying on your own wits. Go solo or with a group: run, walk, it’s up to you! A perfect activity to get the whole family outdoors, finding checkpoints is like a treasure hunt. This activity also helps Scouts fulfill badge requirements. Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with Lakewood Parks and Rec to provide special newcomer instruction and training; followed by your choice of the beginner or intermediate course. Please bring your own compass if you would like to use it, compasses are optional and beginner and intermediate courses may be completed easily without one.

Where: Fort Steilacoom Park
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Time: Trainings begin at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM
Beginner course between 1-2.5K
Intermediate course between 2-3K
Pre-Register: http://cascadeoc.org/event/winter-series-wiol-5/
More information online in our flyer

Parks Special Events: Save the Date! Martin Luther King J Celebration, Father Daughter Dance

Lakewood's 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, "The Dream in Person" with featured speaker Cinthia Illan-Vazquez (Daffodil Princess, Act Six Scholar, graduate of Clover Park High School and Whitworth University) and featured performers Morris Northcutt, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir, Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

When: Saturday. January 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Free admission, free parking
More information online at our special events page flyer for MLK Jr Day.  

The Boots 'n Bling Father Daughter Dance: Get your dancing boots on and create memories with your daughter on this wonderful night! Country western theme with casual or semi-formal attire. Snacks, photo booth, DJ and dancing. Register now at active.com

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 
More information online at the special events flyer for the dance .

Snow and Ice Response Priorities

Winter is here! When cold weather comes, take extra time and planning to reach your destination safely. Lakewood Public Works will be working to keep your daily commute free of hazards. Take a moment to review your route on our priority response map for snow and ice(PDF) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Activity Center Rally for Seahawks Football

Tuesday December 13th – As part of the 12 Days of Goodness -- Touching Hearts of Seniors over the Holidays-- the Senior Activity Center held a special Seahawks rally with a special appearance from NFL Alumni and Seahawks fans! The Seahawk Rooster, the Chef and former pro baller Hillary Butler stopped by to spread a little cheer and raffle off prizes to our senior community. Find more photographs from the rowdy event on the City of Lakewood Facebook page . Thanks to South Sound Seahawkers and Visiting Angels and the rest of the volunteers for their generosity.   

Springbrook Park Improvements

The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood are continuously working to make better infrastructure, attractive environments, and ensure a sustainable and high standard of living for all residents. Some of this work includes expansion of Springbrook Park and installation of new equipment, as well as work on new sidewalks, lighting, signals and lanes on Bridgeport Way. Learn more about the City's efforts work to-date in this blog post and find photos  of what's in store.

Safer Shopping Tips This Holiday Season

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro has a few suggestions on how to have a fun and enjoyable holiday season while you're out shopping.

City Council

December 27, 2016 Tuesday Study Session - Cancelled

January 3, 2017 (Tues) Regular Meeting 
•    Proclamation recognizing Becky Huber
•    Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
•    Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Appointing members to Arts Commission
•    Appointing member to Public Safety Advisory Committee 
•    Approve amendments to Legacy Plan 
•    Approve agreement for gateway signs at GLD & Washington Blvd & Ft. Steilacoom Park  
•    Approve agreement with Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare for mental health services  
•    Reports by the City Manager - Review of 2017 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees

January 9th, 2017 Study Session 
•    Economic Development Update
•    Pavement Management Index Report
•    Review of citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Review of Central Business District Marketing Analysis (tentative)
•    Review of Adult Family Homes(tentative)

January 17th, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting 
•    Business showcase
•    AMTRAK Update - Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager, WSDOT
•    Adopt City Council Rules amendments
•    Adopt citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Reports by the City Manager - North Clear Zone Strategy and Action Plan Update; review of accepting donations ordinance; and 2017 City Council Retreat

 

 

December 9th, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run

Looking to make up for overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

TOMORROW! The City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

Register Online

 

Snow and Ice Response Priorities

Winter is here! When cold weather comes, take extra time and planning to reach your destination safely. Lakewood Public Works will be working to keep your daily commute free of hazards. Take a moment to review your route on our priority response map for snow and ice(PDF) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Tacoma Way Improvements Between SR-512 and 96th St S on hold

The roadway improvement project on South Tacoma Way (between SR-512 and 96th St S), will be on hold until after winter.  If motorists notice safety concerns with the project they should contact Paul Candler – Project Manager with the City of Lakewood. You can read more about current projects at City of Lakewood Public Works  online.