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

Dec. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lobbying for Lakewood

Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield spent three days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with our Congressional leaders and other federal representatives to discuss the city’s federal legislative priorities. They were joined by Bill Adamson, program manager for South Sound Military and Communities Partnership.

The short trip included back-to-back meetings with representatives from the Association of Defense Cities, Office of Economic Adjustment, Office of the Air Force and staff from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Additionally the trio met with the offices of U.S. Reps. Adam Smith, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

The city’s federal legislative priorities focus on:

- Improving transportationin the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord;

- Maintaining federal funding for community development programs aimed at helping our vulnerable populations and expansion of the low-income housing tax credit;

- Funding critical military infrastructure needs and increased funding for the Office of Economic Adjustment to help communities impacted by military facilities plans for force reductions or expansions.

The city is also focused on solving the urban encroachment problem around JBLM’s north McChord Field and requests federal support to help relocate businesses in the area and acquire the land to ensure it remains unoccupied.

Finally the city supports green stormwater infrastructure efforts led by Reps. Heck and Kilmer aimed at improving water quality in Puget Sound.

See the complete list of Lakewood’s federal legislative priorities.

 

Recognizing LeMay Pierce County Refuse for Community Cleanup

The City Council recognized Larry Meany, District General Manager, LeMay Pierce County Refuse & LeMay Transportation Services, at its Dec. 4, 2017 meeting with a proclamation thanking the organization for its outstanding work on the city’s first-ever Fall Community Cleanup.

The two-day event at the end of October saw nearly 800 vehicles with stuff to be thrown away. That included 648 junk tires, 125 mattresses and other waste. In total 76 tons of garbage were collected that may have otherwise been left along the side of the road, or private property.

The city would not have been able to put on the event without LeMay’s expertise or its staff, which manned the Lakewood Transfer Station to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

Because of its huge success the city plans to offer this free opportunity to residents twice a year in 2018 – once in the spring and again in the fall. More information will be available as those events are finalized. Additionally we’ll be looking for community volunteers to help us make sure everything runs smooth.

 

Items before the City Council

The City Council’s Monday study session includes a report by BERK Consulting, the firm hired to complete the city’s subarea plan for creating a future Downtown Lakewood.

A series of public outreach and engagement efforts occurred this fall for residents to share their vision for Lakewood's future. Activities and events were designed to promote meaningful dialogue within the city’s diverse community of businesses and residents to ensure the Downtown Plan reflects local desires and needs, and lays a foundation to create a future commercial core that will serve as a central gathering place for the community.

Here are just a few of the key themes the public outreach identified:

  • More entertainment venues and restaurants;
  • More retail choices, both Mom & Pop and brand stores;
  • Well-designed housing for seniors and disabled and mixed-use (housing/commercial together) within walking distance of work, shopping and buses;
  • Pedestrian friendly street design, well-maintained and safe roads;
  • Family activities and gathering spaces including outdoor recreation like sprayparks, climbing walls, skating rink, etc., and indoor cultural facilities like a children’s museum or expanded library.

View the full report.

Also on Monday's agenda is an update on the work the city is doing around adult family homes and ensuring the adult family homes in the city are being used as intended. The council will review a recommendation by the city’s legal and community and economic development teams that three ordinances aimed at offering additional public protection be studied by the planning commission and council for future consideration.

 

Fast trains are coming

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

This train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains that will travel in both directions. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

Watch this PSA put together by Joint Base Lewis-McChord to educate its residents about train safety. The message applies to everyone who lives in Lakewood.

 

 

Inaugural Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest winners

The winner of the first-annual Holiday Store Front Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is…

Robi’s Camera Center.

Vital Family Chiropractic and Burs Restaurant tied for second place.

Thank you to all the local businesses that submitted entries. All were fabulous and put a tremendous amount of time and effort into decorating! Thank you!

  • AA Meats
  • Drangsholt Orthodontics
  • The Gyro Shack
  • Lakewood Racquet & Sports Club
  • The Pet Doctor
  • The Sock Peddlers

We plan to make this an annual event and can’t wait to see what people have in store for 2018.

 

 

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade saw record participation

Thank you to everyone who came out Dec. 1, 2017 to help us kick off the holidays with our 21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade.

Participation in this year’s parade grew exponentially and we can’t wait to continue to see increased community involvement in the coming years to make it one of the best parades in the South Sound.

Once again Santa arrived by West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck and helped Mayor Don Anderson and the crowd count down to the tree lighting. The Clover Park High School Marching Band kicked off the parade and played holiday jingles around the tree with the Lakes High School Choir.

We saw more than 30 LEGO Brick Builderz contest entries where local children designed their “Winter Wonderland” using LEGOs and showcased them for everyone to see. They did a great job.

The Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus regaled families waiting to get their pictures taken with Santa, and then performed for everyone to close out the evening.

We had a great time celebrating with everyone. Visit Facebook to see photos from the event.

 

Lend a hand this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

  • Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.
  • Caring for Kids: The Caring for Kids at Holiday Fairis Saturday at Hudtloff Middle School. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466.
  • Lakewood Historical Society: Celebrate the holidays by helping the Lakewood Historical Society preserve and celebrate our local history. The society is putting on “A Christmas Carol” fundraiser, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center BLVD SW. Tickets: $20. Available for purchase from the Historical Society Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr. SW or by calling (253) 682-3480.

  

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 18. 

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.

December 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma Public Utilities Power and Water Meter Upgrade/AMI update
  • Downtown Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Adult Family Homes/Enhanced Service Facilities update

Dec. 11 Agenda.

Dec. 1, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Amtrak service begins Dec. 18

Passenger trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin to use the railroad tracks through Lakewood on Monday, Dec. 18.

A total of 14 trains will run through the city daily as they travel between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The city has eight railroad crossings where cars and people will be in close proximity to the trains as they speed by. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

Because these tracks previously were used by slower freight trains, residents should be prepared for the more frequent and faster trains. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both as pedestrians and when in vehicles
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing.

 

Keeping Lakewood neighborhoods safe

Public safety and keeping our neighborhoods safe is a top priority in Lakewood. That’s why the City Council is pursuing legislation to make sure adult family homes in our community operate in the way they were originally intended.

The state’s recent attempt to release a violent offender into an adult family home unequipped to handle his care into our Oakbrook neighborhood is one example of how adult family home use as evolved beyond what the program was originally intended.

The city wants to work proactively with the state and adult family home providers to make sure those who need help have the proper resources available to them, while also ensuring our residents – including those living in existing adult family homes – are safe.

The council recently reviewed draft legislation addressing adult family homes as follows:

  • Density/dispersal requirements
  • Community outreach
  • Improved transparency
  • City business license requirements
  • Wage requirements for adult family home healthcare service workers
  • Assurances from the state that only those persons who are supposed to be in an adult family home, as defined under the Federal Fair Housing Act, are, in fact, placed in such a facility. 

The draft legislation also prohibits the location of Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs) in single family residential zones. The council will continue its discussion around adult family homes in early 2018.

 

Economic Development updates

  • Hop Jack’s Lakewood location opened Nov. 20 in Lakewood Towne Center. Additional economic development highlights can be found in the November 2017 Economic Development brochure
  • Three open houses were held at the end of November for the public to weigh in on its vision for a future central commercial gathering place in Lakewood. The outreach included an online survey that saw nearly 400 participants. The results of the survey and concept plans for a “Downtown Lakewood” will be presented at the City Council’s Dec. 11 study session. Review of the existing conditions report and scoping will begin that week by the Council and the city’s planning commission.

 

Road project updates

Traffic Alert: Tacoma Power is scheduled to do work in the area of Gravelly Lake Drive and School Street Sunday/Monday (Dec. 3-4). The traffic signal at Gravelly Lake Drive and School Street will be dark from approximately 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Police will be on site to offer traffic control. Single lane closures may occur.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project at 40th & 96th streets: We are accepting bids until Dec. 19. The City Council is tentatively set to award the bid at its Jan. 2, 2018 regular meeting.

Dekoven Drive: The City Council awarded the contract for the Dekoven Drive traffic calming project to Iversen and Sons, Inc. Work will begin as early as Jan. 2, 2018. Once complete a compact roundabout, curb and gutter will be added to the intersections of Dekoven Drive/Meadow Road and Dekoven Drive/100th Street. This project will also improve roadway striping and signage. The goal of this project is to reduce speeding on Dekoven Drive in the vicinity of the project boundaries.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): This project was suspended Nov. 20 for the winter. When better weather returns work will resume. Right turns from Mount Tacoma Drive to Gravelly Drive are allowed for all vehicles, except large trucks.

Woodbrook/Tillicum sewer completion: The state Public Works Board officially declared the city’s sewer extension project to the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods complete. The projects extended sewers to these neighborhoods, allowing residents to connect to sewers and stop using failing septic systems – which ultimately cleans the runoff into American Lake and the water feeding the underground aquifers. The project was funded with a $500,000 public works assistance account.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive: Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive Nov. 29.

At the event 7,285 pounds of food were collected, enough for 5,800 meals.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by retired Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to honor our officers its purpose is to remember all who serve.

 

Help your neighbors this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

  • Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.
  • Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email     or call (253) 279-9777.
  • Lakewood Historical Society: Celebrate the holidays by helping the Lakewood Historical Society preserve and celebrate our local history. The society is putting on “A Christmas Carol” fundraiser, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center BLVD SW. Tickets: $20. Available for purchase from the Historical Society Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr. SW or by calling (253) 682-3480.

 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 18. 

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. 

December 4, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation recognizing Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. – Mr. Larry Meany, District General Manager
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • AMTRAK and Point Defiance Rail Bypass update. – Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager and Janet Matkin, Communications Manager, WSDOT
  • Appoint member to serve on Community Services Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid for citywide electric repairs project
  • Approve Hearings Examiner contract
  • Approve contract for prosecution services
  • Approve 2017 accounts receivable write-offs
  • Approve telephone utility tax audit agreement
  • Approve Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County contract for animal sheltering
  • Reports by the City Manager - Neighborhood Traffic Control Program update, 2017 Prosecution services report and Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

 

December 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma Public Utilities Power and Water Meter Upgrade/AMI update
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Downtown Central Business District Subarea Plan update

Dec. 4 Agenda

Nov. 17, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Lakewood’s legislative priorities

The Lakewood City Council sat down with members of our state Legislative delegation Nov. 16, 2017 to discuss the city’s priorities heading into the 2018 short Legislative session.

The meeting offered the council the chance to highlight projects the city is working on – including some projects that didn’t get funded last year – and thank our state leaders for their work.

Lakewood has a strong working relationship with our local delegation and looks forward to continuing that as we head into the new year.

Here are some of the priorities for 2018 :

Pass the 2017-19 Capital Budget: The city has two requests that depend on passage of the budget: transfer of ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park and a $476,000 grant request from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation grant program for Harry Todd Park waterfront improvements.

Military Benefit Zone: The city supports legislation aimed at helping economic development for communities near military installations.

Expedite funding for Lake City sidewalk project: The city is scheduled to receive $270,000 in 2025 and $1.73 million in 2027 for sidewalk construction in the Lake City Business District. The city is asking the money come earlier to line up with the construction cycle for another sidewalk project scheduled for 2020 to limit impacts on businesses and traffic.

Spur development on Pacific Highway South:  The city is asking for the state to partner in the development of 25 acres along Pacific Highway South where a WSDOT maintenance facility is located. This is prime real estate for development that would benefit the state, county and city.

Capital Funding Requests: The city requested capital funding for Fort Steilacoom Park to help pay for park infrastructure improvements, including repaving the entryway into the park and extending water, sewer and electric utilities to buildings in the park.

It also asked for money to help with the Lakewood Colonial Plaza, which includes redevelopment of the Colonial Center and the creation of a central gathering place along Motor Avenue.

See a complete list of local, state and federal priorities here .

 

Train signal testing starts Saturday

Starting Saturday (Nov. 18, 2017), WSDOT will conduct final tests on the Point Defiance Bypass  railroad tracks. This route runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and DuPont. Those who cross these tracks should be prepared for minor delays that occasionally will occur as trains pass through intersections over the next several weeks.

Drivers and pedestrians should use extreme caution whenever near the railroad tracks, obeying all signals, pavement markings, and gates to ensure they are not in the path of an oncoming train.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 this train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains traveling up to 79 mph. Trains will travel in both directions and most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

 

 

Kick off your holidays with us

We're counting down to Christmas with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony,  Dec. 1, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Come early to grab the perfect sport along 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center to catch candy and watch the holiday parade (5:45 p.m. start). Santa will make his grand entrance aboard the West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck at 6 p.m.

Join the celebration at City Hall where we'll have live entertainment inside and out. Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa is ready to meet your child and take a photo.

New this year is Candy Cane Lane, where visitors can stroll through boutique vendors with unique items for sale -- a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping early.

Inside City Hall children's Winter Wonderland LEGO creations will be on display. Register your child for the contest .

Enjoy family-friendly activities with "minute-to-win-it" games and arts and crafts.

Starbucks will provide hot drinks and holiday treats. Food vendors, including Stacks Burgers, will have food for purchase.

Own a business? Get in the holiday spirit by entering our Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. (Winners announced Dec. 5.)

Want to join the parade? Register by Nov. 22 .

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

 

Now open in Lakewood

New businesses are coming to Lakewood and the can’t get their doors open fast enough!

Family-friendly restaurant Hop Jack’s is preparing to open Nov. 20 in Lakewood Towne Center, mobile food truck Burger City recently found a home on 96th Street and we keep hearing great things about Smokin’ Zees BBQ and The Gyro Shack, which both recently opened.

We’re pleased to welcome these amazing new companies to our community, and can’t wait to share the news about other businesses looking to call Lakewood home.

For a complete list of who’s open and who’s next check out our updated Economic Development brochure online .

 

City hosts minimum wage forum

In 2016, Washington voters approved raising the state minimum wage and mandating companies of all sizes to provide 40 hours of paid sick leave to each employee. The rules have been finalized and are effective January 1, 2018.

On Nov. 16 Lakewood partnered with Pierce County and the Economic Development Board to host a forum on Initiative-1433. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen welcomed over 100 businesses from all over Pierce County. Labor and Industries experts as well as representatives from CONNECTHR LLC, and Ledger Square Law provided detailed answers to attendee questions. Click here  for more information on I-1433.

 

Vote! We need your help

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. We need as many votes as possible to get into the top 15.

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to honor our officers its purpose is to remember all who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Help your neighbors

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

Springbrook Connections: The annual Thanksgiving dinner is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at CenterForce. All residents of Springbrook are invited to come to this communal dinner to celebrate the start of the holidays.

This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas.  

If you would like to help at the dinner or donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email   or call (253) 279-9777.

  

Weekly transportation update

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott has eight light poles left to stand, which should be done by today (Nov. 17). The illumination system should be wired and activated by the end of next week. Once light poles are up work will stop until after the rainy season.

 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 18. 

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. 

Nov. 20, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Ed Selden Carpet One – Ms. Gayle Selden, Manager
  • Proclamation declaring November 25, 2017 as Small Business Saturday – Ms. Linda Smith, President, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Eric Forsythe, Mr. James Turbyfill and Mr. Omar Rodriguez
  • Approve SHB Estates final plat
  • Approve Municipal Court Judge contract
  • Adopt 2018 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Adopt 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2018 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Adopt 2018 human services funding allocations

 

Nov. 27, 2017 Study Session

  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of utility phone tax agreement
  • Review accounts receivable write-offs
  • Adult family homes/ESF update
  • Community clean-up recap

Nov. 20 Agenda

Nov. 22, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

The City of Lakewood wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Please have a safe holiday.

Reminder, City Hall and city services are closed Friday, Nov. 24. Normal business hours resume Monday, Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

 

Fast trains are coming Dec. 18

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

This train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains that will travel in both directions. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

 

Kick off your holidays with us

We're counting down to Christmas with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony,  Dec. 1, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Parade starts at 5:45 p.m.; Santa arrives by fire truck at 6 p.m.

Line the parade route down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center then join the celebration at City Hall where we'll have live entertainment inside and out. Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa can’t wait to meet your child and take a photo.

New this year is Candy Cane Lane, where visitors can stroll through boutique vendors with unique items for sale -- a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping early.

Inside City Hall children's Winter Wonderland LEGO creations will be on display. Register your child for the contest .

Enjoy family-friendly activities with "minute-to-win-it" games and arts and crafts.

Starbucks will provide hot drinks and holiday treats. Food vendors, including Stacks Burgers, will have food for purchase.

Own a business? Get in the holiday spirit by entering our Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. (Winners announced Dec. 5.)

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

  

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to honor our officers its purpose is to remember all who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Helping neighbors this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas.  

If you would like to help at the dinner or donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email   or call (253) 279-9777.

  

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 18. 

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. 

Nov. 27, 2017 Study Session

  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of telephone utility tax audit agreement
  • Review 2017 accounts receivable write-offs
  • Adult family homes/Enhanced Service Facilities update
  • Community clean-up recap

Nov. 10, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Veteran’s Day ceremony is Saturday

The public is invited to join us tomorrow at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers for a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

 Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program beings at 2 p.m.

Thank you to all of the veterans in our community and their family members for their sacrifices and service to our country.

 

 

Public input needed on downtown plan

We have three meetings this week to learn more about our downtown planning process.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments. Can't make it? Provide your thoughts here: www.lakewooddowntownplan.org. Don’t forget to take the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownLakewoodVision

 

Follow @cityoflakewoodwa on Instagram         

Starting Monday the city’s Instagram will be taking over the South Sound Proud Instagram account.

The takeover gives us a chance to show off our city, its beauty and some of the the great things that separate us from our neighbors.

Make sure you check the @south_sound_proud account throughout the week to see what we’re posting and like the posts to show your #IamLakewood pride. And, If you haven’t followed the city on Instagram yet, get on it!

 

Join Lakewood’s holiday parade

The deadline is getting close for people to register for the annual Lakewood Holiday Parade, held on Dec. 1.

This year’s parade will march down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center, ending at the roundabout where the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will occur.

You don’t need an elaborate float – a car, sign and Christmas lights will suffice!

Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 17. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities begin with caroling at City Hall, refreshments and a chance for kids to show off their LEGO building skills with the Winter Wonderland Brick Builders 4 Kidz LEGO contest. People are encouraged to line 59th Street to cheer on the parade participants, see Santa arrive by fire truck and catch candy. Everything you need to know about the night’s activities can be found here .

 

Help bring outdoor concerts to Lakewood

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If selected we would be the first from the Northwest to receive the grant. We're currently 23rd and need as many votes as possible to get into the top 15.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why we need you to sign up and vote!

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.

 

Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

 

Springbrook Connections holiday events

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for Springbrook neighbors is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centerforce. This event is open to all residents in Springbrook and offers a chance for neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Giveaway is planned for Dec. 16. Springbrook families are able to “shop” donated items for their children to ensure they have something under their tree to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to this event, or help with the Thanksgiving dinner contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

  

Weekly transportation update

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott has eight light poles left to stand. This will occur early next week. In the meantime, the electrical sub-contractor wired the illumination system. Once light poles are up work will stop until after the rainy season.

 

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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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 Dec. 18. 

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.

Nov. 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of SHB Estates final plat
  • Review of marijuana options

 

The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda

 

Nov. 20 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Ed Selden Carpet One – Ms. Gayle Seldon, Manager
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award – Mr. Eric Forsythe, Mr. James Turbyfill and Mr. Omar Rodriguez
  • Adopt SHB Estates final plat
  • Approve Municipal Court Judge contract
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Adopt 2018 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Adopt 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2018 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Adopt 2018 human services funding allocations

Nov. 13 Agenda