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

Oct. 13, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood employees receive Guiding Principle Award

As part of its quarterly employee recognition, 14 City of Lakewood employees recently received the city’s Guiding Principle Award.

The award offers special recognition to those who consistently perform well in their regular job functions and demonstrate superior examples of any, or all, of the city’s guiding principles including:

Service

Teamwork

Integrity

Respect

Third quarter recipients of the award are:

Members of the Operations and Maintenance crew: Tom Cummins, Brad Ritterbush, Bob Toy, Jeff Cota, Justin Pierce-Powell, Stacy Hoekstra, Shelby King, Damien Sims and Adrian Powell

This team came together this summer to execute a pilot project aimed at addressing stretches of roadway throughout the city notorious for potholes. It was all hands on deck for four weeks while the city had the rental equipment. The team quickly learned the new protocols and patched nearly 10,000 square feet of roadway with 184 tons of asphalt.

Sgt. Jeff Carroll, Elizabeth Schied and Joe Kolp

This trio was largely responsible for coordinating retired Police Chief Bret Farrar’s memorial, held at First Baptist Church in Lakewood. That included coordinating arrangements with the church, sourcing food, programs, staff resource and other items needed for the service.

Sgt. Carroll helped coordinate with Farrar’s family on the final arrangements and acted as their driver/escort the day of the service.

Schied balanced her role as director of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center with planning the memorial service. She arrived hours before the ceremony to set up and stayed hours after to clean up.

Kolp served as Honor Guard commander for the ceremony and gathered Honor Guard members from other agencies to assist, as well as planned the honor portion of the ceremony, not an easy task.

Cameron Fairfield

Cameron was promoted to Recreation Coordinator within the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in June – one of the busiest times of year for the department. One of his new duties was taking charge of the city’s Camp Create, a summer camp that runs from June to August and sees up to 60 kids a day. During the summer Cameron started and ended his days at the camp, all the while doing other duties of his new job and his former position that had yet to be filled. His hard work made Camp Create a wonderful experience for the kids and staff.

Christina James

Christina James, office assistant with Lakewood Police, sits on the city’s Wellness Committee as its secretary. She played a key role in the city’s receipt of a $2,250 grant from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s worksite wellness grant program this year and helped make sure all the grant requirements were met. She stepped up and wrote the grant application again this year for 2018 funds and agreed to lead planned wellness activities for the city until other resources are available, should the city receive the grant again.

 

Partners for Parks wants to hear from you

Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

For more information please email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at   .  

 

Truck and Tractor Day is Saturday

This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

To save yourself from standing in line fill out the waiver in advance

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email .

 

Walk the “NEW” Waughop

Partners for Parks is hosting the second annual “Walk the NEW Waughop” fundraiser at Fort Steilacoom Park Sunday from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Walk the newly paved lake trail and raise money for two community projects on the horizon: Completion of the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail and restoration of H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

More info: partnersforparks.net

 

2017 Purchasing Forum draws a crowd

Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier welcomed over 200 attendees, including 21 agencies, to the annual Purchasing Forum at the McGavick Center this week.

Attendees learned about efforts by the state to increase access to government contracting for small, and minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, how to register on the MRSC Small Works roster, how to do business with various agencies, hiring incentives for business, and the impact initiative 1433 (minimum wage and paid sick leave) will have on the business community.

Patrick Hughes, of Hughes Group, delivered an engaging story about how he created a successful contracting business. It’s always a favorite event for all with great networking and connections to valuable resources.

 

Early Bird deadline fast approaching for the Triple the Fun Run series

The special $55 Early Bird discount for Lakewood’s Tripe the Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January – ends Monday, jumping to $75 Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Register herehttp://regtorace.com/event/299 . Read more about the races

 

Lakewood’s Free Community Cleanup is Oct. 28-29

The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event. A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

Click here to see what will be accepted. 

 

Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.  

 

Let's put Lakewood on the map

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park - then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Last month the City initiated the final planned sanitary sewer extension along 150th Street. The contractor will be onsite over the weekend paving the roadway. The road is expected to reopen Monday, Oct. 16.

Local access to the apartment complex, homes and equestrian businesses directly east of Woodbrook Drive is only granted from the west — the most direct route. Flaggers will be onsite to regulate traffic during the paving work. Minimal delays are expected. The City recognizes this project is a significant inconvenience to those that live or frequent equestrian businesses off 150th Street and those that use the road to access I-5 from east Pierce County.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Work is expected next week, but there will be no traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished most of the sidewalk, and in-road patching (east side of Gravelly) was scheduled for Oct. 13. Patching behind the back of walk (east side of Gravelly) is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 16. The project is weather dependent, so some delays are anticipated as rain moves into the region.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Oct. 16. 

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.  Agenda items include:

  • Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program
    • Chip seal program
    • Streetlight design
    • Onyx Drive improvement options
    • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
    • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
    • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Legislative Priorities
    • State Legislative Priorities
    • Federal Legislative Priorities
    • Pierce County Legislative Priorities

 

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – AA Meats - Ms. Tammy Faelnar, owner
  • Presentation of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Smoke Detector Program – Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
  • Public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Adopt FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Adopt Civil Service authority
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small cell towers update

 

October 23, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2018 City Legislative Priorities
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • South Sound Military Community Partnership update

 

Oct. 16 agenda

Oct. 6, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Rental Housing Safety Program: Accepting registration

The city’s Rental Housing Safety Program website went live this week, allowing rental property owners in the city to register their properties online.

The site includes video tutorials of how to use the website to register single family and multi-family properties, change taxpayer information, how to register multiple taxpayers and how to register as an inspector.

An informational meeting is also scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, for those who have questions or want to learn more.

At this training city staff will offer training and information on the new program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties in the city to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years. The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Two community events planned for Fort Steilacoom Park

Oct. 14: 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day

We’re one week away from the city’s big Fall festival. This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks 4 Kidz will be there with arts and craft activities, games and we’ll have a giant slingshot for hurtling pumpkins.

Live music will be provided by Seattle-based Squirrel Butter and Lakewood’s very own Original House of Donuts will be the main supplier of doughnuts for the fan-favorite “Doughnut on a String” game – join us to see just how hard it is to eat a doughnut with no hands!

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

We do ask people to sign a waiver for this event. To save yourself from standing in line fill it out in advance.  

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email .

Oct. 15: Walk the “NEW” Waughop

Partners for Parks is hosting the second annual “Walk the NEW Waughop” fundraiser at Fort Steilacoom Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

It will be an incredibly fun afternoon of walking the newly paved lake trail and raising money for two community projects on the horizon for Partners for Parks. One is to help complete the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail that will connect Lakewood with University Place and Pierce County and the other long term project is to restore one of the historic barns at Fort Steilacoom Park. This will be a multi-year project with multiple stakeholders providing input on how best to renovate this historic building.

Get involved: Walk the lake Oct. 15, send a donation or get pledges from family and friends. The Clover Park Kiwanis will provide a hot dog meal for sale or to those who become members. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event! Find more information at partnersforparks.net.

 

Register now for the Triple the Fun Run Series

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Lakewood is hosting the Tripe the Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January.

Held in our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park, these races are perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Now through Oct. 16 we are offering a special Early Bird discount for all three races for just $55. That price jumps to $75 on Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Registration includes takeaways from each race: crazy hat from the Oct. 29 Halloween Crazy Hat 5k/10k, t-shirt from the Dec. 9 Jingle Bell Rock 5k, and scarf from the Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day 5k. You’ll also receive a medal for completing all three races.

Register here.  Read more about the races.

 

Keep voting for Lakewood

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park, then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Last month the City initiated the final planned sanitary sewer extension along 150th Street. The initial completion date was not met because of unplanned factors. The contractor has worked 14-plus hour days to get the work done as fast as possible.

The pipe installation is expected to be complete this week. The pipe must then be tested to meet Pierce County’s requirements (the ultimate owner of the sewer line). After testing the road will be rebuilt. Estimated project completion is now Oct. 13.

Local access to the apartment complex, homes and equestrian businesses directly east of Woodbrook Drive is only granted from the west — the most direct route. The road and shoulder can adequately handle this limited traffic, including garbage trucks, postal vehicles, delivery trucks and trailers.

The City recognizes this project is a significant inconvenience to those that live or frequent equestrian businesses off 150th Street and those that use the road to access I-5 from east Pierce County.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The electrical subcontractor is expected to complete the last item at South Tacoma Way/SR512 signal over the weekend.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott and the electrical subcontractor installed the remaining roadway crossing for the Gravelly/Mt. Tacoma signal this week. Other work this week included landscaping and prep for remaining concrete sidewalk and asphalt on the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma. Next week, RW Scott will finish the sidewalk, and patch in the road and on driveway aprons along the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. 

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Oct. 16. 

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

October 9, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Jury Response Heat Map Presentation – Mr. Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator
  • Municipal Court update
  • Dangerous Building Abatement program update
  • Review of Civil Service authority

 

The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. 

Agenda items include:

Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program

  • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
  • Onyx Drive improvement options
  • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
  • Chip seal program
  • Streetlight design

Legislative Priorities

  • State Legislative Priorities
  • Federal Legislative Priorities

 

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – AA Meats - Ms. Tammy Faelnar, owner
  • Presentation of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Smoke Detector Program – Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
  • Public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Adopt FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Adopt Civil Service authority
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small cell towers update

Oct. 9 agenda

Sept. 22, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Save the date: Artist reception Monday, Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is this coming Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.

 

Private memorial this weekend for retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

Since the passing of retired Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar last week many people have reached out to express their sympathy to the police department, city and Farrar’s family. We appreciate the support and thank the public for its kindness.

At the request of the family a private memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lakewood.

The memorial is for family, friends and law enforcement.

If there are members of the public who would like to pay their respects, they are welcome to gather at the corner of 112th Street and Bridgeport Way.

A large police procession is not planned, however there will be a small procession with Farrar’s family expected to arrive at the church around 3:30 p.m. from Bridgeport Way to 112th Street.

Farrar’s family and the City of Lakewood extend their thanks to the community for its compassion and understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lakewood Officers Charity Fallen Officer Fund (P.O. Box 98298, Lakewood, WA 98496-8298).

 

Volunteers needed: Bicycle/Pedestrian Count

The Ninth Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count is open for volunteer registration. Join residents across the region to count people using active modes of transportation. Data collected by volunteers helps our local agencies estimate demand and benefits of bicycle and pedestrian investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. Previous years’ count data can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation data portal . These annual counts would not be possible without the public’s support.

This year’s count is happening Sept.  26, 27 and/or 28. Volunteers can choose a two-hour morning shift, (7-9 a.m.), or evening shift (4-6 p.m.). Register here .

 

First Rental Housing Safety Program informational meeting is next week

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Nominations due FRIDAY for Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Three separate road projects in and around 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood have impacted drivers recently. At least one of those projects – the project by Joint Base Lewis-McChord that halted access to Perimeter Road – was scheduled to end by Sept. 22.

The city’s project on 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive that has the road closed while work is done on the final sewer extension project, is set to finish next week. The road will reopen after Sept. 30.

The third project is tied to the Tacoma Gateway project, a warehouse project across from Woodbrook Middle School. Traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street is affected while road widening, paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse are installed. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Substantial completion was issued this week. The electrical subcontractor has been working at S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal on punch list items. We should be wrapping this project up in the next couple weeks.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Due to weather, sidewalk and driveway work was pushed out to next week. Contractor RW Scott continued to prep for sidewalks this week. G&G Electric poured light pole foundations. By the end of week next week, all light pole and signal foundations should be poured. Sidewalk/driveways are scheduled to be poured on Friday (9/29). Other work scheduled for next week is landscape/irrigation rehabilitation behind back of new sidewalk.

 

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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20.

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

September 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies and proposed use of funds
  • Review of 2017-2018 funding strategies
  • Review of multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments

 

October 2, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • GFOA Distinguished Budget Award. – Mr. Ade’ Ariwoola, President of Washington Finance Officers Association/GFOA Representative
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • Pierce County Library District Strategic Plan – Ms. Georgia Lomax, Executive Director
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Arts Commission
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Reports by the City Manager – Banner program presentation and Community satisfaction survey update

Read agenda

Sept. 29, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Save the date: Truck and Tractor Day is Oct. 14

We’re two weeks away from the city’s big Fall festival: The 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park.

This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks 4 Kidz will be there with arts and craft activities, games and we’ll have a giant slingshot for hurtling pumpkins.

Live music will be provided by Seattle-based Squirrel Butter and Lakewood’s very own Original House of Donuts will be the main supplier of doughnuts for the fan-favorite “Doughnut on a String” game – join us to see just how hard it is to eat a doughnut with no hands!

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

We do ask people to sign a waiver for this event. To save yourself from standing in line fill it out in advance

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email smartinez@cityoflakewood.us.

 

Springbrook Park featured at Seattle breakfast

Lakewood’s Springbrook Park was one of two parks featured at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition’s annual breakfast, held at the Westin in Seattle Sept. 27.

The theme of this year’s breakfast was “Together We Can” – which is exactly what Lakewood and its various community partners, residents and statewide organizations did, they came together to see the Springbrook Park expansion realized.

The state’s Recreation and Conservation Office contributed nearly $200,000 in grant funding to the expansion project, helping the city get the ball rolling on the much-needed park improvements in Springbrook.

The spirit of community was highlighted at the breakfast, which was attended by Gov. Jay Inslee. The event included the presentation of the inaugural Evans & Lowry Distinguished Leadership Award to former governors Dan Evans and Mike Lowry, who died earlier this year.

Inslee and state Sen. Hans Zeiger presented the award which recognized their extraordinary collaboration to preserve the state’s outdoors, ensure public access for future generations and in their words “to leave a better campsite.”

Springbrook resident Jamese Williams also spoke at the breakfast, sharing her story about the importance of open space and having a place to go outside and play based on her experiences growing up and now living in Lakewood.

It was an honor for our park to be recognized at such a great event.

 

Register now for the Triple Fun Run series

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Lakewood is hosting the Tripe Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January.

Held in our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park, these races are perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Now through Oct. 16 we are offering a special Early Bird discount for all three races for just $55. That price jumps to $75 on Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Registration includes takeaways from each race: crazy hat from the Oct. 29 Halloween Crazy Hat 5k/10k, t-shirt from the Dec. 9 Jingle Bell Rock 5k, and scarf from the Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day 5k. You’ll also receive a medal for completing all three races.

Register here

Read more about the races

 

Save the date: Rental Housing Safety Program informational meeting

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss the upcoming informational meeting planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend the meeting at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

City staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years. The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Vote for Lakewood

It's time to show your #IamLakewood pride!

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park - then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!

 

Weekly transportation update

150th Street: The completion deadline for the city’s project on 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive has been bumped to Oct. 13.

A number of factors contributed to the delay, including weather, unforeseen/unmarked utilities and drivers who are disobeying road closed signs and driving through the construction zone causing trenches to slide.

The contractor has worked 14-hour days since work began and is trying to finish as soon as possible. To help that happen the city reminds people to please obey all road closure signs and do not drive through unless you are a local residents accessing your home.

Crews are seeing 100 cars per hour during peak commute times ignore the road closures and drive through to get to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or Spanaway. JBLM is ticketing people who disobey the signs.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and ask for your patience while work is complete.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The electrical subcontractor continues to work at the South Tacoma Way/SR512 signal on punchlist items. We should be wrapping this project up in the next couple weeks.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott prepped and poured sidewalk this week on the east side of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives. This will continue into next week. RW Scott will also be prepping driveways for paving on the east side of Gravelly and Mt. Tacoma next week. G&G Electric poured light pole/signal foundations this week and will continue into next week.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Community Services Advisory Board: Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20. /city-council/advisory-boards/community-services-advisory-board

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

October 2, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • GFOA Distinguished Budget Award. – Mr. Ade’ Ariwoola, President of Washington Finance Officers Association/GFOA Representative
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • Pierce County Library District Strategic Plan – Ms. Georgia Lomax, Executive Director
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Arts Commission
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate with Two Ironmen, LLC to construct a 30-unit multi-family residential project at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Reports by the City Manager – Banner program presentation and 2017 Community satisfaction survey update

 

October 9, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Jury Response Heat Map Presentation – Mr. Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator
  • Municipal Court update
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of Civil Service authority

 

The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. 

Agenda items include:

Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program

  • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
  • Onyx Drive improvement options
  • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
  • Chip seal program
  • Streetlight design

Legislative Priorities

  • State Legislative Priorities
  • Federal Legislative Priorities

Read the Oct. 2 agenda

Sept. 15, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

National Preparedness Month: Safe at Home event

September is National Preparedness Month and this Saturday (9/16) you'll have a chance to pick up a FREE emergency preparedness kit from Walmart on Bridgeport Way (while supplies last).

The event is from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Here's all you need to know: Puget Sound Energy and the American Red Cross are joining forces to get you prepared.

Drop by the Safe at Home event Saturday (9/16) at the Walmart Supercenter and pick up a FREE Ready America® emergency preparedness kit (while supplies last), receive important safety and preparedness tips, and learn more about the myPSE outage app.

The day will feature fun safety activities for the entire family. Participate in games and win prizes, get kid’s safety information, interact with KING 5 TV personalities and more. Plus, talk with local emergency response experts, PSE professionals, and American Red Cross representatives about assembling preparedness kits, making emergency plans, and being informed.

Are you prepared?

 

Save the date: Artist reception Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.

 

Remembering retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

The City of Lakewood and its Police Department are saddened to share the passing of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Bret passed away Sept. 12 in Arizona after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

“As much as Bret meant to the Police Department and the City of Lakewood, it pales in comparison to what he meant to his family,” Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro said. “They were extremely close and I can’t imagine the loss they are feeling.”

Bret had a long and successful career in law enforcement, with the majority of his time spent serving the citizens of Lakewood. Bret played a large role in the creation of the Lakewood Police Department and served as the chief from 2008 until his retirement in April of 2015.

Under Bret’s direction the police department continued to build its relationship in the community, a move that helped reduce crime across the board and made Lakewood a safer place to live.

His leadership was especially critical in 2009 when he was faced with leading the department through one of its worst tragedies – the shooting death of a sergeant and three of its officers.

Through it all, Bret united the department and reaffirmed the conviction of the Lakewood Police Department to serve and protect the city.

Bret will be missed by all of those who knew him. His influence and leadership are still felt by those who worked with him both at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood PD.

“Bret’s commitment to the community went above and beyond his role as Police Chief,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He cared about our community as demonstrated by his commitment to countless charities and service groups in Lakewood.

“The city expresses its sympathy to Bret’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Caulfield said. “His family should be proud of the legacy he left in Lakewood. He will be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bret’s family and close friends.

 

United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring was Friday (Sept. 15) and 10 city employees volunteered their morning to help the Emergency Food Network repack frozen corn.

In total the city employees repacked 4,350 pounds of frozen corn on the cob in just over two hours for the EFN distribution center, located in Lakewood.

The volunteers included:

  • Alla Dobrovidova (Public Works)
  • Nikki York (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Tammi Dove (Administrative Services/Finance)
  • Jessica Vanzant (Police)
  • Susan Adams  (Municipal Court)
  • Mary Dodsworth (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Svea Pitts (Police)
  • Mike Miller (Police)
  • Daniel Nego (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Jason Cannon (Police)

Thank you for your commitment to community and supporting our Lakewood neighbors. Check out a video of the morning

 

Rental Housing Safety Program launches soon

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.

 

Lakewood Community Collaboration philanthropic visit

This week three major players in the state’s philanthropic community came to Lakewood to speak to Lakewood Community Collaboration members.

They included Colette Ogle, program officer for the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Ken Ristine, with the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, and Jessica Case with the Medina Foundation.

These representatives spoke in a panel format, offering their experience to the collaboration members, many of whom represent nonprofit and community services organizations in the region.

 

Waughop Lake Trail dedication photos

Unable to make it to last week’s Waughop Lake Trail dedication? Don’t fret; you can view pictures from the evening on the city’s Facebook page. 

 

Nominations due Sept. 29 for Larry Saunders Service Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly transportation update

Road improvements begin next week in the Woodbrook neighborhood and will impact traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street.

The work is part of the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project which is going up across the street from Woodbrook Middle School. The road improvements include road widening and paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse project on 146th Street and 150th Street. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. The project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

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

Descriptions of boards with openings:

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

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

 

Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

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

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

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewski, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program

 

September 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Review of human services 2018 allocations and funding strategy
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments

Read agenda