Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

Oct. 10, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Proposed Biennial Budget

On Monday night, Oct. 6, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield presented the City’s 2015-16 Proposed Biennial Budget to the Mayor and City Council.

It is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability.

The budget also includes funding for several park improvement projects, including upgrades to the Waughop Lake Trail, expansion of Springbrook Park, replacement of playground equipment and new docks at Harry Todd Park, and trail improvements at the Chambers Creek Properties in partnership with the City of University Place and Pierce County. To read the rest, visit http://goo.gl/DUMsyx  .

October 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Agency of the Year: Lakewood Wins National Contest

TASER International  and PoliceOne  announced this week that the Lakewood Police Department won “Agency of the Year” in its RISE Awards competition  . Judges received more than 150 nominations nationwide for three award categories: Protect Life, Leadership and Agency of the Year. The RISE Awards are intended to highlight “the countless positive stories within law enforcement across North America,” according to the company’s website. In its comments, judges recognized the Lakewood Police Department – which took its first patrols in 2004, eight years after Lakewood became a city – for its “remarkable policing efforts, which has led to a 12-percent drop in person, property and society crimes in the last year.” Full story here: http://goo.gl/Z60uxG  .

September 19, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Vehicle Licensing Fee

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee beginning in March that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation projects throughout the community. The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million. That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020.

To learn more about Vehicle Licensing Fee, along witha list of vehicles it applies to, visit http://goo.gl/97Cu8e  .

September 5, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

Sept. 26, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop

The City of Lakewood has posted a video from its Community Visioning Workshop on its YouTube page:http://goo.gl/DF1AgR  .

The event took place Sept. 23, 2014 at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City is undergoing its Community Vision Plan process, which will help shape what the community looks like in the future. As part of the process, the City held the workshop to hear directly from residents. At the workshop, almost 100 attendees gathered in groups and, using pieces on a map, pieced together how Lakewood should grow and develop.

The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to get an update on the Community Vision Plan in October.

September 12, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

'Lakewood Connections' Newsletter

The Fall edition of the City's official newsletter, "Lakewood Connections," will begin arriving in mailboxes this week. Highlights include the Lakewood Police Department's first Officer of the Year, an article on the Community Vision Plan and a feature on the Original House of Donuts. Look for it.

Mayor Anderson, Judge Blinn at Clover Park Rotary

On Sept. 10, Mayor Don Anderson gave a "State of the City" presentation at the Roary Club of Clover Park meeting at Carr's Restaurant. In addition, Judge Grant Blinn of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom was officially recognized as a club member.

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

August 29, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Street Work Scheduled For Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September:

  • Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street
  • Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching
  • Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required.

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