April 6, 2018
A two-car collision that happened on Steilacoom Boulevard in front of Clover Park Technical College around 1 p.m. knocked out power to thousands of customers in Lakewood and beyond Friday afternoon.
Wires owned by Tacoma Public Utilities were knocked down, which also impacted Lakeview Light & Power customers. Lakewood is served by three utility companies, including TPU, Lakeview Light & Power and Puget Sound Energy.
Steilacoom Boulevard is closed while emergency crews respond. TPU crews secured the wires to make sure the scene was safe for police to conduct a traffic investigation. Initial information from Lakewood Police is that a driver experienced a medial condition while traveling on Steilacoom Boulevard and hit another car, causing the damage.
Steilacoom Boulevard is currently closed between Lakewood Drive SW and Lakeview Avenue SW. Drivers are asked to please avoid the area and find alternate routes. Drivers are also reminded to treat all dark intersections as four-way stops.
City Hall and other city services were not affected by the outage and continue to operate as usual. Residents without power can follow the progress of the restoration on the TPU website , or in real-time on the TPU Twitter page.
The News Tribune is updating its story on the TNT website as more information comes in.
April 5, 2018
April 3, 2018
At the start of the April 2, 2018 Lakewood City Council meeting Police Chief Mike Zaro introduced Tyee Park Elementary School fourth grader, Maddie Middleton.
Noting her toughness and resiliency, Zaro informed the public that he named Maddie the city's 2018 Honorary Police Chief. Maddie is the city's first-ever honorary chief, a title she is worthy of holding.
A true fighter, Maddie embodies what it means to never give up. Since birth she has battled a rare heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This means hear heart did not develop correctly and as a result does not pump oxygen-rich blood properly. For the last two years Maddie has needed an oxygen tank to compensate.
In her short life -- she is 10 years old -- Maddie has received four open heart surgeries, as well as other medical procedures. Through it all she has fought and remained determined to never give up.
The city of Lakewood is inspired by Maddie's perseverance, her determination and her strength. Welcome to the family Maddie, we're happy to have you on board!
April 2, 2018
The inside lanes of South Tacoma Way at its intersection with SR512 to its intersection with 100th Street will close TODAY at 1 p.m. for approximately one hour while crews repair the broken curb in the center of the roadway.
Please be careful when driving in the area and plan for slight delays.
April 3, 2018
Crime in Lakewood saw a 4 percent decrease in 2017. That’s according to the Lakewood Police Department 2017 year-end report released this month.
There was also an 8.5 percent decrease in total number of arrests made by Lakewood officers, down to 2,220 arrests in 2017 compared to 2,426 arrests in 2016. Also of note, is a decline in the need for officers to use force when arresting suspects.
Police Chief Mike Zaro presented these findings and the complete 2017 year-end report to the Lakewood City Council at its April 2, 2018 meeting.
The report details the various divisions and departments within the police department, as well as statistical data from the year.
It also highlights two new programs the department launched in 2017: Officer Phlebotomy Program (blood draw) and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program (or drone).
The addition of these programs, combined with the implementation of the Behavioral Health Contact Team in 2015, prove the Lakewood Police Department is one of the most innovative in the state.
The report concludes with a brief discussion about emergency management and response. Our officers responded to assist with two train derailments in 2017 – one on the water in Steilacoom and one on Interstate 5 in DuPont.
These were tragic, large-scale incidents that once again showed the need for our department to prepare and be ready for anything.
April 2, 2018
The eastbound lane closure currently in place on Steilacoom Boulevard at its intersection with 88th Street near Ardmore Drive will remain in place through tomorrow. Previously the plan was to reopen the lane April 3.
The contractor hit a water main this afternoon, which pushes back the ability to pave. Please continue to plan your commute accordingly. We will update the city website with more information once it is available.
March 30, 2018
At its meeting Monday, April 2, the Lakewood City Council will hold a public hearing on adult family homes and essential service facilities.
The City Council currently is reviewing city code to see where it can step up regulations around these types of facilities to address resident concerns about public safety and to ensure these homes are being used as originally intended under state law.
The ordinance before the council amends city code in the following ways:
- Defines an adult family home (AFH) as a Type 1 group home licensed pursuant to RCW 70.128.150;
- States AFHs shall serve those with functional disabilities and are not intended to serve those with a history of violence, including sex offenses;
- Requires an AFH to obtain a city business license;
- Prohibits the conversion of an AFH into an essential service facility.
It also adds a new section to Lakewood Municipal Code 18A.20.300 (M) that:
- Defines an Essential Service Facility (ESF) pursuant to RCW 70.97.010 (12);
- Requires an ESF to obtain a city business license;
- Allows an ESF in the NC2, TOC, CBD and C2 zoning districts subject to the approval of a conditional use permit and all applicable development permits;
- Prohibits an ESF in all other zoning districts within the city.
The public hearing is Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall. The council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance at its April 16 meeting.
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