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

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.

Secure your spot by registering today.

Feb. 12, 2018

From WSDOT:

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.

Ramp closures

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.

Tickets:

  • $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. 9, 2018

At its Feb. 5 meeting the City Council received an update on the progress of the Pavilion in the Park project, which would build an outdoor event facility at Fort Steilacoom Park near the playground and picnic shelter.

The city recently received six bids from companies interested in building the facility. Due diligence is now being done on those six proposals. The company with the lowest bid amount, or lowest responsive bid amount dependent on review, will be selected and presented to the City Council for review.

Once the council awards the bid, work will begin to move the project forward. The council is currently expected to review and make a decision on the contract award at its Feb. 20 regular meeting.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood approached the City Council in the spring of 2014 with a pledge of $300,000 to dedicate to a community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The proposal was to build an event venue at the park that could be used to host future outdoor concerts, community theater performances and other community-centric events.

Since the initial proposal various iterations of a public performance and event venue were proposed for the park. Finally, after a thorough public process including a series of public meetings where public input was gathered, the final design was crafted.

The Pavilion in the Park as designed will include a multipurpose room and performance area, storage rooms for things like chairs and tables and the option to one day incorporate small restrooms and a warming kitchen area.

The front will include a concrete platform and pads for lighting and speakers and a grass seating area with a landscaped block or concrete seat wall at the back.

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). 

Learn more about healthy communities and community planning

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.

Feb. 2, 2018

Last week the city was recognized for its popular annual financial report for FY 2016 . This week the city received another award from the Government Finance Officers Association, this time a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY 2016 for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

One of the areas judges look at when reviewing the comprehensive annual financial report is its ability to demonstrate a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the financial story and motivate people to read the financial document to learn more.

Lakewood FY 2016 comprehensive annual report.

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