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

(This message is from Sound Transit on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation)

The road closure at Clover Creek Drive will need to be extended from Sunday, Sept. 18 until Thursday, Sept. 22. Sound Transit’s contractor needs the additional time for the civil improvements that are being added to that intersection to increase the safety at the rail crossing.

  • Access to residence and businesses will be maintained through Nyanza Road Southwest and Glenwood Avenue Southwest.

 

North Thorne Lane closure and traffic detour: Exit 123 - North Thorne Lane Southwest

Beginning as early as Friday, Sept. 23, Sound Transit's contractor Stacy Witbeck will be closing the intersection of North Thorne Lane Southwest and the rail crossing in order to complete civil improvements at the rail crossing. The intersection will be closed to through traffic from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 6 a.m. Monday morning. The work will occur 24 hours per day for the duration of the closure.

Vehicle detour
  • Northbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn left onto Berkeley Street Southwest. Turn right on Union Avenue Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.
  • Southbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn right onto Berkeley Street Southwest. Turn right on Union Avenue Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.

Interested in helping shape arts in the City of Lakewood?

The Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Lakewood Arts Commission. The City is asking the community to identify and reach out to individuals in local neighborhood associations, civic groups, and community organizations who would be best suited to fill these volunteer positions. There are five (5) vacant positions with 3-year terms through October 15, 2019 and one (1) vacant unexpired term through October 15, 2017.   

The role of the Lakewood Arts commission is to assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. The Lakewood Arts Commission will do the following:

  • Promote the visual, performing and literary arts;
  • Encourage the creative contribution of local artists;
  • Make recommendations for Public Art to the City Council;
  • Support community-building events; and
  • Foster the City’s cultural heritage.

The Committee meets on the first Monday at 4:30 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA.

Further information and application forms about the City Council advisory boards and committees can be found at /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 983-7701,or emailing   Applications for the Arts Commission are accepted through Monday, October 31, 2016.

On Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue​ conducted a Joint 9/11 Remembrance ceremony.

Nearly 100 people gathered outside of Lakewood City Hall for the event, which featured a flag-raising, bagpipes, invocation, benediction and comments from Mayor Don Anderson, Police Chief Mike Zaro, West Pierce Fire Chief Jim Sharp and 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division​ Commander Col. Jerry Turner.

Officials in attendance included City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, Councilmember Mary Moss and Councilmember John Simpson, as well as State Rep. Dick Muri​ and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson​.

To view videos and photos of the event, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

Beginning Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, Pierce Transit will be offering improved route service in the Springbrook neighborhood of the City of Lakewood via its 51 Route service.

Route 51 – Union Avenue now travels to McChord Drive and Bridgeport Way Southwest in the Springbrook neighborhood, providing connections to the Lakewood Transit Center at Lakewood Towne Center. The route no longer travels to the Lakewood Sounder Station.

For more information, visit piercetransit,org .

(This message is being posted on behalf of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership )

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) is studying how to increase safety in the area known as the “McChord Field North Clear Zone” near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

Beginning Sept. 13, 2016, SSMCP will be contacting property owners located in the North Clear Zone. SSMCP will evaluate property appraisals and produce relocation estimates to determine the potential cost of bringing the North Clear Zone into compliance with federal safety guidelines through a strategy that may include acquiring properties and assisting businesses in moving out of the North Clear Zone.

SSMCP has identified five main objectives for the North Clear Zone Project:

  • Ensure public and air safety
  • Bring use of the North Clear Zone into Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense regulatory compliance
  • Preserve JBLM “Mission Assurance”
  • Maintain full operational capacity and capability
  • Implement the 2015 JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

 

Background

SSMCP works to address issues that affect military and civilian communities around JBLM and to foster outcomes that are mutually beneficial for the South Sound region.

As part of this work, SSMCP recently completed the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). One of the highest-priority recommendations that came out of the JLUS is to research strategies and develop an action plan to bring the North Clear Zone into compliance with Department of Defense guidelines for public and air safety. SSMCP recently hired a team of consultants to assist us in completing this project.

A Clear Zone is a federally-designated, 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the end of a runway. This area has the highest statistical possibility of aircraft accidents. Department of Defense guidelines call for Clear Zones to be undeveloped, meaning they should not contain any buildings, businesses, people or flight obstructions. This protects the public’s safety and the military’s ability to carry out its missions. The North Clear Zone does not currently meet these guidelines. SSMCP is studying a number of potential strategies to address this, including acquiring properties and providing assistance for businesses to relocate elsewhere in the vicinity.

SSMCP has hired Montro & Johnston, an independent appraisal firm, to develop cost estimates for property acquisition and business relocation assistance.  The firm will contact property owners and tenants in the North Clear Zone to discuss acquisition and relocation considerations and request a site visit in September or early October.

Initial research on potential strategies for the North Clear Zone will be completed this winter.

Questions can be referred to Col. (Ret.) William (Bill) Adamson, Program Manager for South Sound Communities & Military Partnership, (253) 983-7772.

Here is a list of items scheduled for discussion at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 :

  • Joint Meeting, Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: The Council will discuss, among other things, the Board’s 2016 Accomplishments and 2017 Work Plan
  • Waughop Lake Water Quality Management Plan update: The Council will discuss appropriate management options for Waughop Lake.
  • 2016 Quarterly Financial Report: The Council will receive the second quarter update on the 2016 Quarterly Financial Report

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

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Expect temporary lane closures in the northbound direction this week as the contractor installs water main improvements on the eastside of the road.  Work will begin at 96th Street and progress south to the end point approximately 300 feet north of SR 512. The contractor will also be doing some work on electrical service with Lakeview Light and Power  toward the end of the week approximately 300 feet north of SR 512 on the east side of the road
  • Temporary lane closures may also occur in the southbound direction as the contractor performs clean up and restoration work.

  • No work is anticipated in the right-of-way of SR 512 next week

Click here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects

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