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

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 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

March17, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

North Clear Zone open house planned for property owners, businesses

The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership held an open house March 10 to bring businesses and property owners up to speed on the impacts they face from a federal designation aimed at increasing public safety around military airfields.

A second open house is planned for April 4 in Lakewood City Council chambers (6000 Main St. SW) from 5 to 6 p.m. Affected property owners, as well as those just outside and adjacent to the safety area, are invited to attend.

The meeting will include discussion on a recently completed study that identifies a phased approach to acquiring property and relocating businesses in an area known as the North Clear Zone.

Located north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the federally designated safety area is split between the base and Lakewood city limits north of McChord Airfield. It spans just over 206 acres.

There are a number of businesses and privately-held properties that fall within the North Clear Zone designation. Federal safety guidelines call for clear zones to be undeveloped and free of people or flight obstructions – which makes the area in Lakewood incompatible with military runway operations, as well as poses a risk to public and flight safety should something happen.

Working with a team of consultants, SSMCP is developing an action plan expected to be presented to the Lakewood City Council at its April 10 study session.

Strategies to be evaluated in the plan include zoning changes, reconfiguration of McChord Airfield, land swaps, formal acceptance of risks, land acquisition, business relocation and others.

The changes won’t be made overnight. Instead it will take a phase approach over many years to achieve the federal safety goals.

Meeting notes from the March 10 meeting are available on the SSMCP website . SSMCP will also provide North Clear Zone property appraisals for those who ask and post a summary table of appraisals on the SSMPC website’s North Clear Zone project page .

 

Pierce College storm line flushing could impact Waughop Lake

If you visit Waughop Lake Monday morning don’t be alarmed if to see a containment boom around the outfall pipe that feeds the lake and a vactor truck nearby.

The college has scheduled a storm line jetting and flushing (weather permitting). Contractor Pro-Vac will have a crew on site around 9 a.m. and expect to begin work by 10 a.m.

Last month the college identified a cross connection between a sewer line and its storm drainage system that resulted in sporadic sewage spills into nearby Waughop Lake. The connection was capped to prevent the spills from happening again.

 

Support Lakewood students at Champions for Youth breakfast

Communities in Schools of Lakewood is hosting its annual fund raising Champions for Youth breakfast Thursday, March 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Old Country Buffet in Lakewood Towne Center.

The event is free, though guests are invited to make a donation during breakfast, and will feature guest speakers who have been directly impacted by various Communities in Schools of Lakewood programs. The program includes highlights of the program’s expansion into Clover Park High School.

To reserve a seat call the Communities in Schools of Lakewood office at (253) 589-7489 or email kidsandfamilies@cislakewood.org.

 

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.

March 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – CR Coachworks, Mr. Doug Graf and Ms. Julie Stacy
  • Business showcase - Aacres LLC, Mr. Mark Beagley, Regional Director
  • 2016 Year End Police Report
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park deck and docks
  • Bid award for Lakeview Avenue sidewalks from Kendrick Street to Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager –Review of Subarea Plan process and RFP

 

The March 27, 2017 Study Session is canceled.

 

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound 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
  • 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
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of Options and Alternative for creating Metropolitan Planning Organization (tentative), and Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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

March10, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Fort Steilacoom Park to host 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships

Lakewood is excited to share its Fort Steilacoom Park has been selected as the site of the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships.

“The cyclocross championship is the most contested bid for bicycle racing in the U.S.,” said Dean Burke, executive director of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission.

“The last time the event was in the Puget Sound area – the 1990s – it was only a small fraction of the size it is now.”

Cyclocross is a mostly off-road bicycle race that includes obstacles, hills, curves and mud. Racing season runs September to January and is open to men, women and includes a junior age bracket for young cyclists.

Fort Steilacoom Park is an ideal location for the competition, said Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson.

“It offers beautiful varied terrain, ample space for concessions, and is spectator friendly. It also has enough space to offer parking, as was demonstrated when the park was used as the primary parking location for the 2015 U.S. Open,” Anderson said.

Thousands of participants, including more than 2,000 racers from 50 states, spectators, volunteers and media are expected to descend on the 350-acre park in December 2019 for the 46th annual championship event.

Preliminary estimates suggest the event will generate $1.5 million for the region in direct spending by visitors and people associated with the event.

“Alongside all of our state and regional cyclocross partners we have been preparing for this for a long time,” Burke said. “The city of Lakewood has been a star for openly embracing cyclocross the way they have. Fort Steilacoom Park is an iconic venue for the sport in the Pacific Northwest.”

Lakewood is ready to show off its beloved Fort Steilacoom Park, Anderson said.

“I can assure you USA Cycling will have Lakewood’s support, including that of our Parks and Recreation staff which has the expertise to support such an event. We will do everything we can to make the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships a great event.”

The Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission led the group bidding to bring the week-long event to the region. The nonprofit that develops amateur athletic events and promotes Pierce County as a destination for amateur sporting events was selected by USA Cycling over groups from major cities like the Utah Sports Commission, Oregon Sports Authority and San Diego Sports Commission.

 

Dangerous buildings, marijuana discussion planned for upcoming City Council study session

Monday’s study session includes two items that may be of interest to the public: Dangerous building abatements and a discussion around marijuana.

From dilapidated motels to foreclosed homes, the list of properties that need to be cleaned up continues to grow citywide.

The increase isn’t necessarily because there are more, but because after a decade of operating its Dangerous and Nuisance Property Abatement Program the city has become efficient at identifying problem properties and making sure they get cleaned up.

In 2016 the city completed 15 projects; of those 13 were classified as dangerous buildings. All but five of the problem properties were fixed by the property owner. When the owner didn’t step in, the city did the work.

Already in 2017 the city has completed three dangerous building abatements. Another 10 are under abatement complaint or order and city staff is monitoring 12 additional dangerous buildings.

Another item on the March 13 study session agenda of public interest is a planned discussion on marijuana businesses, which was added to the agenda at the council’s request.

 

Waughop Lake management plan approved

The Lakewood City Council took a step forward in the cleanup of Waughop Lake March 6 when it approved a lake management plan aimed at restoring the water quality of the 30-acre lake.

The plan outlines two options for addressing recurring toxic algae blooms in the lake: applying alum or dredging the lake bottom.

Adding alum treatments is a temporary solution that could last nearly a decade. If added to the lake it would stop the toxic blue-green algae that have plagued the lake for as long as anyone can remember.

Dredging the lake is a permanent solution, but comes with a multi-million dollar price tag.

The council did not commit to any form of dredging cleanup of the lake at its March 6 meeting. Instead council members said they were open to more studies to determine whether dredging is realistic given potential environmental limitations and fiscal restrictions.

Adopting the plan improves the city’s ability to pursue local, state, and federal grants to address the water quality issues and gives city staff the ability to add the proposed work to the 2018 stormwater management capital improvement plan and consider it as part of an upcoming stormwater rate analysis. 

 

Lakewood’s approach to housing affordability and homelessness highlighted in recent publication

The the Municipal Research and Service Center’s recently published homelessness and housing toolkit for cities included a piece on Lakewood’s innovative collaboration with area nonprofits to tackle these issues in the community.

Lakewood has a multifaceted approach to how it tackles these issues.

One percent of the city’s general fund is allocated to support human and social services annually. That includes funding housing assistance and housing relocation programs.

The city also partners with Greater Lakes Mental Health to embed a mental health professional with a Lakewood police officer to serve as a resource for people battling substance abuse or who have been diagnosed with mental illness and need treatment instead of jail time.

In 2016 this team helped 200 people by directing them to available community resources.

Other partnerships include Living Access Support Alliance (LASA), Habitat for Humanity, Western State Hospital, and the Tacoma Methadone Clinic.

The city contributed nearly $1 million to LASA to support its shelter that opened in 2015. It also helped Habitat for Humanity fund the construction of new homes for low-income, first-time homebuyers. The program has built 21 homes in Tillicum with another 12 scheduled for construction.

Lakewood is also a partner with Continuum of Care, a consortium with Pierce County and the city of Tacoma that qualifies for federal money to support other programs that address homelessness countywide.

See the complete toolkit 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 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 13, 2017 Study Session

  • Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County update – Mr. Bruce Kendall, President & CEO
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of 2017 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Review of proposed LID for street improvements on 150th St SW, Spring Street and 146th ST SW
  • Marijuana discussion

March 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – CR Coachworks, Mr. Doug Graf and Ms. Julie Stacy and Aacres LLC, Mr. Mark Beagley, Regional Director
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park docks
  • Bid award for Lakeview Drive from Kendrick Street to Steilacoom Blvd.
  • 2016 Year End Police Report
  • Reports by the City Manager –Review of Subarea Plan process and RFP