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Dec. 11, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Responds To, Braces For Weather Systems

This week's wind and rain affected several parts of the City. Here are some incidents Public Works and Parks responded to:

  • On Tuesday, due to the amount water over the road (about 2 feet deep), we had to close Union Ave between Maple and Orchard. Crews detoured traffic around to Washington. No bus stops were affected. The street remained closed Wednesday and was reopened Thursday.
  • Heavy winds toppled a couple of trees at Springbrook Park. Luckily, the park's fence, soccer goals and light pole escaped any harm.
  • There was also some flooding over the roadway at Pacific Highway South under the railroad (RR) bridge just north of the Lakewood Transit Center. The road was kept passable because Public Works brought in a portable pump and pumped the water directly into the existing storm water pumping station thereat. Once the water went down, Public Works called in ProVac to clean out the pipes and found that the pipe was plugged with a root ball.
  • Public Works reports that the traffic signal at 112th and Military suffered damage from the recent wind and rain and needs repair. Crews will continue to work on the signal, but stop signs remain in place.
  • By Thursday night, the City of Lakewood’s operations returned to normal operations. However, the City is preparing for another weather system beginning Friday. According to Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger, a strong, low-pressure system is forecasted to bring showers and windy weather to Western Washington today. That system will weaken as it moves to the Southern Washington Coastal area Friday afternoon. Then, another strong, low-pressure system will hit the area over the weekend. A more benign weather pattern is expected next week. In terms of what’s happening in the City of Lakewood, crews reopened Union Avenue between Maple and Orchard on Wednesday, but that could change given the squalls on Thursday, that could change. Given the forecasted weather, there is a possibility that other roads or streets will be restricted as crews clean grates and pump out areas that they can.

Dec. 4, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

19th Annual Tree Lighting Tonight

Tonight,  the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting .

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.

Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Check out the 100 entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band and Lakes High Studio Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

Here is the schedule of activities that we have planned:

  • 6 p.m. - Carols and Procession
  • 6:10 p.m. - Tree Lighting
  • 6:20 p.m. - Lego Contest Winners Announced (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Charisma Dancers Perform (Council Chambers)
  • 7:30 p.m. - p.m. - Mann Middle School Choir Performance (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Inside: Visit with Santa, crafts, minute to win it games, view lego creations, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Starbucks.

For more information, visit /communications/blog/1035-19th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-on-dec-4 .

Unfred Named Assistant Police Chief

This week, John Unfred was selected as Assistant Chief of the City of Lakewood Police Department. 

Police Chief Mike Zaro made the selection. Unfred has been with the Department since 2004, after almost seven years with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and has been an invaluable member of the Department ever since. He has a diverse career encompassing patrol, investigations, internal affairs, and emergency management. Unfred has been instrumental in developing the emergency management plan for the City of Lakewood and has assisted in management of major emergencies across the state, including the fires in Okanagan County and the Oso mudslide.

Unfred's dedication to the Department and the region, coupled with his genuine desire to help the citizens he serves, are just a few of the many reasons the City is proud to have him as a member of the Department and as the new Assistant Chief of Police for the Lakewood Police Department.

Nov. 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

19th Annual Tree Lighting on Dec. 4

Check it out - we are literally decking the halls (well, at least Lakewood City Hall) for the holiday season.

And in Lakewood, the season begins with our annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 4, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Here is the schedule of activities that we have planned:

  • 6 p.m. - Carols and Procession
  • 6:10 p.m. - Tree Lighting
  • 6:20 p.m. - Lego Contest Winners Announced (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Charisma Dancers Perform (Council Chambers)
  • 7:30 p.m. - p.m. - Mann Middle School Choir Performance (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Inside: Visit with Santa, crafts, minute to win it games, view lego creations, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Starbucks.

For more information, visit /communications/blog/1035-19th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-on-dec-4

Nov. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Appreciation Month Proclamation

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, the Lakewood City Council held a ceremony in which it issued a proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation Month.

The ceremony featured several veterans, as well as Jr. ROTC students from Clover Park High School (Air Force) and Lakes High School (Army).

The ceremony also featured an amazing medley of songs from each branch of the military performed by the Lakes High Studio Choir. (Video to come)

Mayor Don Anderson also read a proclamation that was accepted by Anne Sprute, CEO of RP/6 , a group dedicated to helping veterans and their families transition out of service and into civilian life.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank all of the veterans, students and volunteers who participated in the ceremony.

More importantly, the City of Lakewood would like to thank the men and women who serve in our military, as well as their families. We cannot express how truly, truly appreciative we are of your sacrifices. Thank you.

Nov. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 6th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place at the Lakewood Police Department. 

The annual event honors Lakewood's Fallen Four - Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards - as well as other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Officers and volunteers will be on-site to collect your donations, which benefit our neighbors who are struggling this year.

Volunteers - including members of the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and other agencies - accepted donations of food for 10 hours. They filled nearly two trucks full of food that benefits the Emergency Food Network.

Great work by everyone, and thank you, so much, to the community for its generosity.

Nov. 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

In all, 39 cities and nine counties across Washington State received this award for fiscal year 2014.

This is the latest in a slew of awards and honors the City has received over the last year and a half for its financial reporting, policies and practices. Other notable achievements include:

  • 2013 CAFR Award (last award was in 2005)
  • 2015/2016 Biennial Budget (last award was in 2007)
  • Investment Policy Certification (First certification)

City Manager John Caulfield credited the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting distinction - along with the City's strong financial management - to Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus and the members of the Finance Division:  Carolyn Whipple, Cathi Short, Eric Lowell, Valerie Bonner, Tammi Dove and Teresa Mattson.

Oct. 30, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Halloween, Lakewood

Going trick-or-treating this Halloween night? Check out these safety tips  courtesy of the Lakewood Police Department that will help you and your family enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween night! You can also get Chief Mike Zaro's tips on how to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween by watching the video below:

Lakewood to Survey Citizen Satisfaction

The City of Lakewood has questions and it’s turning to its residents for the answers. Beginning in November, a random selection of 1,400 City of Lakewood households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2015 National Citizen Survey, which measures eight aspects of community livability. The survey measures citizens’ satisfaction in eight areas:

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