Feb. 14, 2018
The City of Lakewood is seeking job applicants for its Public Works Engineering Director position. The first round of applications will be reviewed March 2.
This position is a hands-on Director position that provides strong leadership and direction to the Public Works Engineering Department to achieve the City’s vision, working closely with employees to develop and implement innovative policies and programs, and challenging and supporting employees as they strive to reach their highest potential. The position involves administrative and executive leadership work to lead, direct and coordinate the operational aspects of the department in accordance with professional and administrative standards, municipal ordinances, and general policy established by the City Manager and City Council.
This position helps facilitate policy making and team building at the executive management level. Lakewood’s Public Works Engineering Director may represent the City at regional forums, meetings, and conferences.
Feb. 13, 2018
*Note: This information is being shared in partnership with West Pierce Fire & Rescue as part of an ongoing effort to help residents prepare for an emergency month by month.*
When disaster strikes, you may be at home, work, school or on the road and not with all the members of your household. Your first thoughts, though, will be with your loved ones and their well-being. After a disaster, local phone lines may not work due to the number of people trying to make local calls or the number of phones knocked off the hook which can affect local phone service. The importance of texting and the use of social media was discussed in January’s post , as well as the crucial need to have an out-of-area contact.
An out-of-area contact is someone who lives at least 100 miles away from you, as long distance phone calls are more likely to go through. This person will be the one who all family members contact to inform of their location and how they are doing. This limits the potential of having several people trying to make several phone calls that are unlikely to go through.
Make sure that your out-of-area contact knows you have designated them with this task and that all the other members of your family know how to contact them. Let your out-of-area contact also know the name of all the people you want contacted and informed of your situation. Practice is important! Conduct a communication drill to ensure your plan and all methods of communication are working.
Information that your out-of-area contact should collect:
- Who called
- The time they called
- Their current status. If they are injured, how are they injured?
- Their current location and if they intend on relocating
- When will they call back again to provide an update if needed
Put your out-of-area contact on a card that each member of your household carries at all times in their purse, wallet or backpack. This eliminates the need to remember this information at a time when millions of other things will be running through your mind.
The total cost in our 2018 resolution to “Prepare in a Year” is still at zero. Next month the focus will be on water. Two-liter, screw top plastic bottles work well for storing water, so if you already purchase beverages in these containers, keep them handy for your hour of disaster preparedness activity in March!
Feb. 12, 2018
Striping brings daytime lane closure on northbound I-5 near DuPont
If the weather cooperates, contractor crews building the I-5 – Mounts Rd. to Center Dr. – Auxiliary Lane Extension project will close the northbound I-5 auxiliary lane between Mounts Road and Center Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 for striping.
During the work, the Mounts Road on-ramp, the northbound I-5 exits to the weigh station and Center Drive exit #118, and the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close briefly to allow the paint truck to pass through.
Additional single and double lane closures may occur on northbound I-5 in the same location during overnight hours beginning at 8 p.m. each night for the week of Feb. 12. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. each following day. All work is weather dependent.
Weather permitting, the following ramps could close during overnight hours this week between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., and on Friday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.
- Mounts Road onramp to northbound I-5
- Northbound I-5 exit to the weigh station
- Northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive (exit #118)
- Center Drive onramp to northbound I-5
The ramps will close consecutively, not concurrently.
Advance information for highway construction and maintenance is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web page.
Feb. 9, 2018
The Lakewood Playhouse will hold its annual auction this year Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
This party not only serves as the kickoff to the nonprofit theater group’s historic 80th season, but it also serves as the second-annual fundraiser for the playhouse. Live and silent auction items include VIP tickets to the Rainiers with refreshments and a tour of the field, a private getaway to Cedarbrook Lodge, tickets to the Northwest premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, a luxury state at Snowater Resort at Mt. Baker, and more.
Light appetizers will be provided by Carr’s Restaurant and Catering. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the playhouse’s annual “Friends Fund” which helps keep theater costs down. Money from the auction will go toward upgrading the playhouse bathrooms and purchasing new body microphones for actors to wear during musicals.
- $25 (includes apps and apple cider);
- $50 (includes apps, apple cider and glass of wine);
- $75 (includes apps, apple cider and two glasses of wine).
- VIP tables also available for purchase, but are selling fast.
Purchase tickets online , or by calling (253) 588-0042. VIP table purchase by phone only.
Feb. 12, 2018
Are you a small business owner? Have you been thinking about trying to land a government contract for your business, but don’t know how? Now’s the time to learn!
Register for our upcoming FREE “Marketing to Government” forum, co-hosted with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Washington PTAC. At this workshop we’ll work with you to create the basic marketing tools you’ll need when meeting with government contracting officials.
The event is Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Chamber, 6310 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, Suite B.
Feb. 9, 2018
The City of Lakewood was recently notified by the Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department that its Rental Housing Safety Program and the work done to expand and upgrade Springbrook Park were awarded Healthy Communities Awards.
Lakewood is the only South Sound city to receive two awards -- both of them platinum.
The announcement from TPCHD:
Healthy Community Planning Projects Receive Recognition
TACOMA, Wash.—Healthier housing options. Better air quality. More walking opportunities. Six Pierce County cities and towns made these and other improvements last year. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department honored them for their forward-thinking approaches to improve the health of their residents.
The 2017 Healthy Communities Award winners took a comprehensive approach to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that make people healthy. They showed a commitment to incorporate health considerations when implementing comprehensive plans.
“People in the communities are the true winners,” said Amy Pow, principal planner. “They benefit from the upstream work of municipal leaders to make our communities better places to live, learn, work, and play,” she said.
And the winners are…
The cities and towns received platinum, gold, or silver awards for efforts to influence the health of their communities. The Health Department ranked them based on criteria such as public engagement, economic prosperity, and environmental stewardship. This year’s four platinum award winners:
Fircrest (Emerson Sidewalk Project)–Completed missing stretches of sidewalk for pedestrians to get around more safely. The improved connectivity encourages healthier lifestyles and independent living, particularly for the underserved populations. The project added trees along streets to improve air quality and appearance. Learn more.
Lakewood (Rental Housing Safety Program)—Establishes basic health and safety standards for residential rental properties to improve tenants’ living conditions. According to the State Department of Health, this program should be a model for cities statewide. Learn more .
Lakewood (Springbrook Park Redevelopment Project)—Started as a park redevelopment but evolved into a neighborhood revitalization. The project brought neighborhood groups together to regularly meet on other community issues and enhanced the sense of community. Learn more .
Puyallup (Active Transportation Plan)—Promotes human-powered transportation (walking, cycling, use of a wheelchair, etc.) to give residents a healthy way to get around the city. One immediate outcome: the successful and well-attended summer walking series. Learn more .
Gold awards: Fife (Benthien Loop Water Main Project) and Tacoma (Mall Subarea Plan).
Silver award—Steilacoom (Farmers Market-ETB Outreach Project).
About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of our mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. We are one of only 163 accredited health departments in the country and among six in the state to have met or exceeded the Public Health Accreditation Board’s quality standards. Learn more at www.tpchd.org .
Feb. 9, 2018
Drivers along Gravelly Lake Drive at its intersection with Bridgeport Way couldn’t miss the work being done this week on the Lakewood Colonial Center property.
The building, formerly home to FedEx, Multicare and at one time Ethan Allen, was torn down to make room for a 13,162-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. The project will include a drive-thru prescription window.
The city is in regular communication with the owners of the private shopping complex and hopes to be able to announce soon additional tenants under contract to open at the center.
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