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

Looking to make up after overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

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Sound Transit's contractor is planning to install a single right lane closure of I-5 Northbound and southbound from Monday, Nov. 14 starting at 8 p.m. until Friday morning at 5 a.m. The lane closures will be located just north of the North Throne Lane interchange (exit 123) to accommodate the directional boring underneath I-5 for the installation of the traffic signal conduits.

 

What to expect
  • This work will be occurring at night
  • Traffic signs will be in place 48 hours in advance
  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running and vacuuming gravel
  • Openings will be covered when work is not occuring

WSDOT has contracted with Sound Transit to deliver the track and signal work, including upgrading crossings, bridge rehabilitation and construction and retaining wall construction.

The Point Defiance Bypass project includes a new Amtrak passenger train station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square, new and upgraded track between Tacoma and DuPont and five reconstructed at-grade crossings, each with advanced warning and signal systems. When all work is complete in 2017 it will provide more frequent, reliable and faster Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in Washington.

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Drivers should expect lane closures as the contractor continues work associated with the sidewalk on the east side of South Tacoma Way between Great American Casino and Pal-Do World. Other areas scheduled for work next week include work associated with the signal upgrades at South Tacoma Way-100th Street Southwest and South Tacoma Way-96th Street, as well as curb/gutter/sidewalk work in front of Eagle Leather.

‚ÄčClick here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects

Here is a list of items scheduled for discussion and/or action at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Nov. 7, 2016:

  • Veterans Day Proclamation: The City Council will officially recognize Nov. 11, 2016 as Veterans Day, as well as recognize November as Veterans Appreciation month. As part of the recognition, the night will include a ceremony that will feature and recognize veterans, military personnel and representatives including and not limited to:
    • Lakes High School Choir
    • Clover Park High School JROTC
    • RallyPoint 6
    • 2-2 Stryker Brigade
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Lakewood Post
    • American Veterans Post 1
    • Disabled American Veterans
    • Veterans Service Officers, Washington State Department of Veterans
    • American Legion Post No. 187
  • Public Hearing on 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget: This is the date the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 Biennial Budget. The proposed budget amounts to $78,857,023 in 2017 and $90,079,932 in 2018. The General Government Budget totals $51,437,562 in 2017 and $51,094,503 in 2018. The City Council will also hold public hearings on the on the 2016 budget adjustments and the 2017 property tax levy.
  • Condemnation Ordinance: It is recommended that the Mayor and City Council adopt this Ordinance providing for the condemnation of a portion of six (6) tax parcels for the purpose of constructing Steilacoom Boulevard Safety Improvements. The ultimate goal of condemnation is to determine the just compensation due to a property owner for the acquisition of his or her property under a governed timeline.
  • Resolution regarding Lakewood Community Foundation Fund: It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution, recognizing the vital role and public purpose of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, operating as a donor advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, was formed to promote the enrichment, vitality and cultural heritage of community, with exclusive dedication to Lakewood, Washington. The collaboration of all parties to these ends are of mutual benefit to the City of Lakewood, its citizens, prospects and the community. In recognition of the public benefit achieved by the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, it is desirable to formally acknowledge the valued public purpose of the organization.
  • Streetlight Retrofit Agreement: It is recommended that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute a revised agreement with Intolight for the retrofit of 1,246 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) powered street lights in the City of Lakewood to LED fixtures for an amount not to exceed $344,994.75. On September 21, 2015 City Council authorized executing an agreement with Intolight for the retrofitting of 1,218 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) powered street lights to LED fixtures, with the work now complete 1,246 PSE powered street lights were actually converted

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

The Boulevard of Remembrance will become reality.

To celebrate, the public is invited to The Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony on Veterans Day. Speakers will include Rep. Dick Muri and Rep. Christine Kilduff, former Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, JBLM I Corps Deputy Commanding General for Operations Brigadier General Dany Fortin and Charlotte “Polly” Medlock.

Following an overwhelming show of support from the City of Lakewood and other local governments and organizations, the State Transportation Commission this month approved the naming of stretch of Interstate 5 near the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor.

The effort – intended to commemorate and honor of those who served in World War I, as well as the South Sound’s military heritage - involves the placement of a historical marker and preservation of surviving trees between the Mounts Road exit and the McChord exit.

Here are details on the event:

  • WHAT: Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony
  • WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW

 

History

In 1928, the Tacoma Garden Club established a plan to commemorate those who served in World War I. Individual citizens and organizations in Pierce County funded the placement of 500 Northern, Scarlet, English, and red oak trees along the Pacific Highway (now I-5) from the Nisqually River to Ponders Station.

Each tree memorializes an individual, organization, or military unit that served during World War I and many of the trees are visibly marked by a copper plaque set in stone recording the name of the honored person or organization.

On March 16, 1928, the “Boulevard of Remembrance” was formally dedicated by local and state leaders. In the decades that followed, however, a large portion of the memorial was destroyed by expanding roadways and freeway construction, thereby reducing the number of trees on the “Boulevard of Remembrance” from 500 to 66.

In the 1980s, a group of local preservationists, including Charlotte Medlock, born 1925, waged a successful campaign to save the 66 surviving trees and in 1989. Pierce County Resolution R89-164 recognized the importance of preserving the “Boulevard of Remembrance” as a visible commemoration of the sacrifices many bore in the defense of our nation. The 66 remaining trees located along I-5, from the Nisqually River to Ponders Corner and Fort Lewis, continue to honor our World War I veterans, organizations, and other individuals who contributed to the war effort.

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.

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.

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, the Lakewood City Council will present a proclamation officially recognizing Veterans Day 2016 and the month of the November as Veterans Appreciation month.

As part of the recognition, the night will include a ceremony that will feature and recognize veterans, military personnel and representatives including and not limited to:

  • Lakes High School Choir
  • Clover Park High School JROTC
  • RallyPoint 6
  • 2-2 Stryker Brigade
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Lakewood Post
  • American Veterans Post 1
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Veterans Service Officers, Washington State Department of Veterans
  • American Legion Post No. 187

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at the Lakewood City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

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