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

July 11, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood SummerFEST is Saturday!

On Saturday, July 12, Lakewood SummerFEST – the community’s largest and most activity packed celebration of the year – takes place at Fort Steilacoom Park. It begins early with the annual Lakewood Triathlon, and it simply gets better throughout the day with music, vendors, entertainment, fun for the kids and outdoor movie. A full schedule of events and offerings is listed here  .

But in case you’re still not convinced, here are 10 reasons why you should attend Lakewood SummerFEST this Saturday.

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Independence Day

Here’s to a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday, Lakewood. Just a reminder that in observance of Independence Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, July 4. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

June 20, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sterling Norris Chalks Lakewood Police Department

Leading up to Thursday, budding Lakewood chalk artist Sterling Norris was a little skeptical and even more intimidated by police officers. My, what some pizza, a bag of goodies and a giant canvas can do for a soon-to-be fourth-grader such as herself. Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar invited Sterling - a Custer Elementary student - her family and some of her friends to the station for a drawing job she isn't likely to forget anytime soon. The Chief welcomed Sterling and Co. with a pizza party. Each of the seven children got a bag full of goodies, including stickers, pencils and, to their delight, bubbles. Then, the real fun began for Sterling and her friends when - armed with chalk - they created their own artistic expressions on the entryway outside of the station. Within minutes, the once-blank pavement started to sprout colorful creations. The young artists produced hearts of all shapes and colors. One girl drew an American flag. Another wrote "Chalk The' followed by Earth and two adorable Labrador puppies. (At least that's what it looked like, anyway). To read the rest of the story, visit http://goo.gl/vyxjSu  .

May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Economic Development E-Newsletter

On Tuesday, the City of Lakewood launched its first Economic Development e-newsletter! It's called the "Lakewood Index," and it's full of information, news and stats from our Economic Development Department. This inaugural issue covers the City's first Housing Forum, a feature on H&L Produce and more. For you numbers people, the City is also providing the latest Economic Indicators to help guide your decisions and keep you informed, including information on real estate, income, business activity and more. Click here to view the newsletter  . Click here to sign up for it online  .

June 27, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Finance Offers Wealth Of Budget Information Online

If you’ve noticed more information on the City of Lakewood’s Finance Division webpage  lately, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

As part of the City’s mission to operate transparently with citizens, the Finance Division has worked the past year to create a one-stop shop for budget and finance-related material.

On the Finance Division page  , visitors could already find the City’s biennial budget documents. Now, they can find detailed budget adjustment information, financial reports and breakdowns on taxes and fees. In each of those documents is a wealth of information on the City’s finances.

Police, Agencies Conduct Active Shooter Training

On Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department conducted an active shooter training that involved West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Town of Steilacoom, Bonney Lake Police, Clover Park School District and other agencies. This wasn't the first time the City's Police Department has conducted a multi-agency simulation of a gunman (or woman) who has fired shots inside of a school building, but Thursday's approach was a bit nuanced. As Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro explained, the simulation implemented the "Warm Zone" tactic, which allows victims to get medical help quicker. To read the rest of the article, visit http://goo.gl/xvyz2z  .

June 6, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Budget Amendments Strengthen City Finances

On Monday, June 9, the Lakewood City Council reviewed proposed amendments to its 2013-2014 budget, and the proposed numbers are good news for the public.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed biennial budget amendments at the City Council's regular meeting June 16. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the amendments July 7.

The most noteworthy change is the proposed adjustment calls for an increase to the City’s General Fund reserves.

City Manager John Caulfield says the proposed increase to the General Fund reserves is another sign that the City of Lakewood is committed to operating efficiently and effectively. It will establish a strong financial foundation from which the City can move forward on a number of initiatives, particularly roads, sidewalks, park improvements, public safety and economic development. Find out more here: http://goo.gl/V89sZy

May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

It’s Finally Here – Lakewood Farmers Market Begins June 3

Join the City of Lakewood for Opening Day at the Lakewood Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 3! We will kick off our third season at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, live entertainment featuring the Blackberry Bushes at 11 a.m., reusable market tote giveaways and, of course, those delicious, fresh, local food options! The market runs every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through Sept. 16 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Note: This year, the City will not be closing Main Street Southwest – the road next to market.

June 11 Open House on I-5/JBLM Congestion Relief Study

Commuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord are invited to comment and learn more about a study on relieving congestion along the I-5 corridor during an informal open house June 11 south of DuPont.

State transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions at the event and discuss potential options to improve traffic flow through the area. Officials representing the Washington State Department of Transportation, area metropolitan transportation planning organizations, JBLM and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly host the open house at the Eagles Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course. For details, visit http://goo.gl/0vS6Re  .

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