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Oct. 24, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Launches Commercial Property Listings Feature

Looking for available commercial property space in Lakewood? Look no further than cityoflakewood.us .
The City’s Economic Development Department, working with Officespace.com , has launched a feature that lists available commercial property in Lakewood  that’s up for sale or for lease. No more searching different real estate sites or placing faith in ones that you’ve never heard of.

And it’s good for those selling or leasing property, too. Brokers and property owners can list their properties in Lakewood for free by simply registering withOfficespace.com  .
Each listing on the City of Lakewood’s website includes information such as:

  • Building Name/Address
  • Sale price/lease rate
  • Square footage
  • Year built/renovated
  • Number of buildings
  • Number of floors
  • Parking ratio
  • How long space has been on the market

Economic Development Manager Becky Newton says the feature is simply another way the City can help anyone who wants to or may be interested in investing in the community.
“We really want people to see the kinds of investment opportunities that are available in Lakewood,” she said. “We want to give people a one-stop shop to find opportunities, as well as to let them know that the City is here to assist them.”
To view the new feature, visit cityoflakewood.us/economic-development/available-commercial-properties .

Oct. 16, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Michael Zaro Appointed Police Chief

Michael Zaro has been appointed Police Chief for the City of Lakewood.

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield made the appointment, which took effect Oct. 16, 2015. 

Chief Zaro has served as Interim Police Chief since April 2015, as part of the transition when former Police Chief Bret Farrar retired. Even before his term as Interim Police Chief, he had been in charge of the Police Department on several occasions as Acting Police Chief the past three years.   

“I’ve had the opportunity to observe Mike’s performance as Interim Police Chief the last six months and I have been very pleased," City Manager John Caulfield said. “His calm demeanor, demonstrated leadership and proven track record will serve the Lakewood community well.” 

“I’ve also gotten many compliments from the community and our City employees about Mike," the City Manager added. “It is evident he has earned the support and trust from many in the community."

Read more here.

Truck and Tractor Day 2015: Oct. 17

On Saturday Oct. 17  , the City of Lakewood will throw the hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 9thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  .

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

Oct. 2, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Major Road Work

Below is a list of major road work scheduled for the week beginning Oct. 1 in the City of Lakewood per the Public Works Department:

  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive to South Tacoma Way – Overlay
    • Oct. 1-2, 5 - Days: Utility lids will be adjusted to grade. Temporary lane closures will be required.
    • October 5-6 – Nights (weather dependent): Striping and pavement markings.  Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction.
  • Bridgeport Way – Pacific Highway to 112th - Overlay
    • Oct. 1-2, 5 - Days: Utility lids will be adjusted to grade. Temporary lane closures will be required.
    • Oct. 7-8 – Nights (weather dependent): Striping and pavement markings. Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction.
  • Veterans Drive (area) Phase 4 – Water Main Replacement (Lakewood Water District Project)

Sept. 18, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lower Clover Creek Dam Removal Project

The City of Lakewood completed construction on a project this week that will allow Clover Creek to flow smoother and improve fish passage.

City crews removed a small, man-made “dam” this week, bridging the Clover Creek over a small falls (See “Before” and “After” pictures).

A $40,000 grant from the Nisqually Indian Tribe paid for the project, which was a cooperative effort between Lakewood and Pierce County Public Works. The County prepared the project design, submitted initial permits and provided a biologist for construction. The City handled construction.

Lakewood actually tabled the job for a year because the creek was flowing so fast in 2014, and it would have overtaken the bypass pipe that allows crews to work.

This year was a different case because the creek, according to Surface Water Division Manager Greg Vigoren, has “been completely dry off and on for the past couple of weeks, which made for favorable construction conditions.”

“All in all, it was a successful project,” he added.

Now all Clover Creek needs to flow freely again is, well, water. That will most likely increase in the fall, winter and spring months.

Oct. 9, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Truck and Tractor Day 2015: Oct. 17

On Saturday Oct. 17  , the City of Lakewood will throw the hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 9thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  .

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

Pumpkin Picking
  • What is the best part of October? The pumpkins, of course. The City knows this, which is why kids who attend will take home a free pumpkin while supplies last.  Volunteers will help carve the gourds and provide decorations for children to adorn their pumpkins. Kids will also get free hard hat. Get there early!

Halloween Doughnut Game

  • If you have ever tasted the delicious doughnuts from Lakewood’s own Original House of Doughnuts, you won’t want to miss this game where you try to eat the doughnut, with your hands behind your back, while it dangles from a string! It’s a whole new twist on eating treats!
A Smashing Gourd Time
  • In Lakewood, we have a favorite fall tradition: We like to smash things to bits. This year, you can take control of our pumpkin-chunkin’ launchers and blast those pumpkins across Fort Steilacoom Park, just like they used to do in the ol’ days. (Note: We have yet to confirm with the Lakewood Historical Society whether this actually happened in the ol’ days, but for convenience sake we’ll assume it did).
Hit the Hay
  • Enjoy free hayrides through Fort Steilacoom Park. This 340-acre gem is the largest in the City and a regional attraction. Enjoy a trip around Lake Waughop with the fall leaves crunching underneath those tractor tires.

Read more here .

Sept. 25, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Wins (Another) Budget Award

The City of Lakewood received yet another accolade for its financial management.

This week, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (  GFOA) announced that the City has received its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s 2015/2016 Biennial Budget.

This year marked the first time the City of Lakewood has won the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award since 2007. Read more

McDonald's 'Family' Rises Above Tillicum Apartment Fire

For their quick-thinking and compassion during the Union Crest Apartments fire, the City of Lakewood thanks and commends General Manager Jesseca Martinez and the Tillicum McDonald’s.

A quartet of calls to Jesseca Martinez’s cell phone around 4 a.m., June 15 shocked her out of bed.

The general manager at the Tillicum McDonald’s tried to listen to each of her employees on the other line, piecing together the fact that something was wrong at the nearby Union Crest Apartments.

On one of the calls, the voice on the other end faded into garble, then the line went dead. A few minutes later, Martinez came to the realization: the apartment complex where many of her employees and customers live was on fire.

Sept. 11, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Four Heroes Elementary School Grand Opening

On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Lakewood‬ community gathered to celebrate the opening of Four Heroes Elementary School.

After an in-depth selection process, the Clover Park School District Board decided the new school's collective namesake should honor Lakewood's Fallen Four - Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronald Owens. The four officers were gunned down on the morning of Nov. 29, 2009 while filling out paperwork

Four Heroes Elementary School is named in their honor to commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice public servants make every day. Lakewood-area voters approved a $92 million bond in 2010 to build Four Heroes Elementary School and Harrison Preparatory School and rebuild Hudtloff Middle School. A committee comprised of staff and community members came up with the “Four Heroes” name which was approved by the Clover Park School District Board of Directors in March 2014.

On Thursday, hundreds of people gathered to see their new school, as well as learn about the heroes that the school pays tribute to.

"It is more than just the name of a school to us," Interim Chief Mike Zaro said.

The City has posted a photo album of the event on its Facebook page .

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