News Sun, 28 May 2017 12:14:46 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (City of Lakewood) Now open: H&L Produce doubles its size H&L Produce has come a long way from its start 25 years ago as a roadside stand.

Fresh produce and plants still dominate the selection of goods, but a recent expansion of the store nearly doubled its retail space.

The added square footage means the store is now a one-stop shop for customers.

“I’m thrilled,” store co-founder and operations manager Brian Lloyd said of the expansion that added space both indoors and out.

Extra room outside means more space for lush hanging baskets. Previously the store could support 130 baskets. That number is now at 500.

The decision to expand the store came after owners debated whether to build a new store in Tacoma – H&L Produce owns the Tacoma Boys store on Sixth Avenue.

“We talked about opening another store up north, but instead we wanted to give back to this community that has supported us for 20-plus years and give them a place to shop,” Lloyd said of Lakewood.

Inside nearly 4,000 square feet of new floor space allowed H&L to add 60 feet of reach-in refrigeration along the back wall.

There shoppers will find prepared foods, as well as a large selection of craft beers from across the Pacific Northwest.

The store also upped its freezer space from six freezers to 21, and underwent a complete overhaul of its meat department.

To the left of the front entrance stretched along the wall is the butcher shop, which includes 36-feet of retail space for meat and seafood.

The shop has a window where meat will be dry aged and available for preorder. Customers can see what’s being cured, order specific cuts and return to pick it up on predetermined pickup days, Lloyd explained.

Looking around the bustling store it’s hard to imagine when it first opened Lloyd worried about how to fill the space.

Watch as Lloyd gives a tour of the recent expansion:


]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 26 May 2017 09:30:14 -0700
Lakewood Police participate in simulated training When police officers arrive to the scene of an incident they don't always know what they're walking into. Is a person reaching for a cell phone, their identification or a gun?

Officers must make a split-second decision in these cases. You don't realize just how quick that is until you watch law enforcement professionals go through simulated training where they have to decide whether to use a gun, Taser or verbal commands to gain control of a situation.

Lakewood police were given this opportunity this week when a simulated training program was offered for members to brush up on their training. The simulated exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

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

The instructor is able to manipulate the situation based on how the trainee is responding. If they are using the correct verbal commands, the instructor can alter the scenario so that all parties leave the scene. The instructor can also alter it so that it escalates to present a high-stress environment for trainees to have to respond.

Chief Mike Zaro noted the benefit of participating in such training gives officers the opportunity to work through real-life situations in a learning environment where no one gets hurt.

Check out the video of Zaro participating in one of the active shooter scenarios.


]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Thu, 25 May 2017 15:57:25 -0700
Public invited to open house on Chambers Creek Canyon trail system An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

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

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

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

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: 253-983-7887,

Click image for more information.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Thu, 25 May 2017 10:28:44 -0700
ROAD ALERT: Paving South Tacoma Way at SR512 Paving of South Tacoma Way will occur Wednesday (May 24) and Thursday (May 25) at state Route 512 and 96th Street.

Expect traffic delays during the work, which will happen from 7 pm to 5 am both days. Access to SR512 will be closed between 11 pm and 5 am and detour routes will be in place.

This is the final paving of the project.

Click the letter for more information about road proejcts in Lakewood.

Interactive map of current and future road proejcts in Lakewood




]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 24 May 2017 14:45:34 -0700
Stay Back from the Tracks: Seahawk Doug Baldwin to be in Lakewood Sunday

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

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

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids. Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

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

Find more information about train safety here.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 24 May 2017 11:45:31 -0700
Watch: #swimbikerunSummerFEST Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon presented by St. Clare Hospital. The videos have aired since the end of April on the city’s YouTube channel, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight;



Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience;



Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports;



ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 19 May 2017 12:59:25 -0700
North Clear Zone agreement signed

Federal, state and local elected officials joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior leaders and South Sound business owners at the Eagles Pride Golf Course May 11, 2017 for the SouthSound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council meeting. 

The big moment came near the end when leaders from the state, JBLM, Pierce County and city signed an agreement signifying a commitment to executing a long range plan that will restore 206 acres of land known as the North Clear Zone north of McChord Field to an uninhabited state.

A portion of the North Clear Zone falls in city limits, and includes 16 buildings and businesses on privately owned property. The land does not comply with the federal government's guidelines for public and air safety. In the coming years the goal is to relocate the businesses, acquire the property and keep it free of people.




Click here to view photos from the event.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Thu, 11 May 2017 18:24:04 -0700
Lake data analysis shows little change to water quality among Lakewood's lakes Sixteen years ago the city initiated a volunteer effort led by the Pierce Conservation District to monitor the water quality of the city’s lakes to evaluate trends and compare the data against state water quality standards.

Initially only three of the city’s six lakes – American, Gravelly and Louise – were monitored annually. Lake Steilacoom was added to the list in 2004 and Waughop Lake was added in 2011.

Carp Lake is also monitored when it has water.

Last year the city hired WEST Consultants, Inc. to analyze the conservation district’s data collected since 2000. The purpose was to determine whether the makeup of the lake water has changed over time.

Overall the data showed little change in the water quality from prior years, according to the report.

Each of the city’s six lakes showed a warming trend during the summer, when temperatures are hotter, and cooler temperatures in the winter, which is to be expected.

The lakes also registered decreased oxygen levels, and saw year-to-year increases in water clarity, but overall there were no clear annual trends regarding dissolved oxygen levels, temperature fluctuations or alkalinity, according to the report.

A number of factors like size and depth, as well as rainfall and runoff from nearby properties affect the quality of our lake water.

Findings from the report included:

  • Alkalinity remains relatively uniform in most lakes, but are significantly decreasing in American and Waughop Lakes. Alkalinity is a measure of a lake’s ability to neutralize acids – which is important as it relates to aquatic plant and animal life.
  • Overall chlorophyll_a decreases in American Lake, Gravelly Lake, Lake Louise and Carp Lake are statistically significant. Chlorophyll_a is a measure of the amount of algae growing in the water.
  • Dissolved oxygen levels are statistically uniform in all lakes, and show no year-to-year variations. Dissolved oxygen (DO) is an important indicator of the health of the water and its capacity to support a balanced system of plants and fish.
  • Total phosphorus levels are statistically uniform in the lower reaches and upper reaches of all the lakes, except for a weakly significant decrease in the upper reaches of Gravelly Lake. Phosphorus is an essential element for aquatic plant life, but if there is too much it can speed up the aging of a lake.
  • Ammonia levels are significantly decreasing in the lower reaches of American, Gravelly, Louise and Steilacoom Lake.  Levels are also weakly increasing (marginal significance) in the upper reaches of American Lake, but significantly decreasing in the upper reaches of Louise and Steilacoom Lakes. Too much ammonia is harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms.
  • Transparency is slightly trending (marginal significance showing either increasing or decreasing) in American Lake, Gravelly Lake, Steilacoom Lake, Lake Louise and Waughop Lake, and increasing in Carp Lake (although the data set for Carp Lake is small). Transparency measures water clarity – the clearer the water the better.
  • The depth of thermal stratification is remaining constant in all lakes. Water temperature changes at the thermal stratification layer in lakes. Denser, colder water is near the bottom of the lake; less dense, warmer water is near the surface. Thermal stratification is most prevalent in the summer months.

The lakes were tested twice a month between May and October from 2000 to 2004. Then in 2005 monitoring decreased to once a month during the same period.

Review the 2016 Lake report from Pierce Conservation District here.

Review the Pierce Conservation District 2016 data summary spreadsheet here.

Review the Pierce Conservatoin District 2016 data here.

Review West Consultants, Inc. analysis report here.

Review West Consultants, Inc. appendices here.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Fri, 05 May 2017 14:33:42 -0700
Routine increase coming to waste collection bills A routine, annual increase is set to take effect in Lakewood June 1, pending City Council review.

The increase is being proposed by Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. (also known as LeMay Pierce County Refuse) because of a 2.1 percent cost of living adjustment and a 5.24 percent disposal rate increase at the Pierce County Landfill that went into effect March 1. The Pierce County Council previously approved the landfill rate increase.

The city contracts with LeMay for its waste collection service.

For the average residential customer who has a 65-gallon garbage can that is picked up once a week with recycling service, the rate will go up from $34.36 to $35.48.

For the average commercial business with a 2-yard container that is picked up weekly the rate will go up from $172.17 to $177.73.

Click here to view the proposed 2017 rates.

Click here to view the 2016 rates.

The annual rate schedule can be found on the city website under Public Works, related documents.

]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:09:27 -0700
Spring/Summer 2017 Lakewood Connections is here

Want to know where the City Council stands on expanding the city's housing opportunities? What about the latest transportation and parks projects? Or how about details of our upcoming Farmers Market (opening June 6) and our annual SummerFEST party in Fort Steilacoom Park?

These stories and more are in the latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 edition.

Copies went out via U.S. Postal Service May 3.

You can also view the publication online by clicking here.


]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 03 May 2017 13:40:23 -0700
Watch: City Council honors Bataan Death March survivor At Monday's City Council meeting the council honored Sgt. First Class Dan Figuracion, who died April 3 at 97 years old.

Figuracion was a decorated World War II veteran, Batan Death March survivor, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Philippine Scouts for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 26th Regiment Cavalry that conducted the last horse-mounted charge against armed troops in the Army's history.

He and other Philippine Scouts rode their horses, guns firing, at Japanese tanks and machine infantry in an attempt to stop the Japanese from taking over a city. They were successful and held them at bay until reinforcements arrived.

Figuracion was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (then Fort Lewis) in the 1960s - his family joined him in Lakewood in 1968. After retiring from the Army Figuracion stayed in the community and remained active with veteran's groups. He was a national hero in the Philippines.



]]> (Brynn Grimley) Blog Wed, 03 May 2017 11:16:03 -0700