Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

Feb. 2, 2018

John Dower Road is currently closed to through traffic as a part of the road improvement project currently in progress. Only people accessing their residences will be granted access while the paving work is done.

The current closure stretches between Patton Avenue SW and Okanagan Avenue SW.

Road improvements include adding curb, gutter, sidewalks and storm drainage improvements to John Dower as part of a Safe Routes to School grant-funded project. The city also included paving the northbound lane to the project, because it was in poor condition.

The City Council is set to review an amendment to the contract at its Feb. 5 meeting to authorize an additional $160,000 to pave the southbound lane of John Dower Road between Steilacoom Boulevard and Custer Road. If approved this would authorize the contractor to repave the entire road, as opposed to just one direction. The additional work only covers the roadway and not additional improvements to curb, gutter, sidewalk or storm drainage.

Jan. 26, 2018

The city recently received the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for FY 2016 – the first year the city published this report. 

The report provides an overview of the city’s financial position including sources of revenue and expenditures as well as economic information about the community. It is published to increase public awareness around the city’s financial condition.

From GFOA:

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Report is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. In order to receive this award, a government must publish a Popular Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal. This award is valid for a period of one year only.

Lakewood will continue to produce this report and submit annually to GFOA to determine its eligibility for another award.

The city also received the following awards for first time submittals:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (starting with FY 2013 and received through FY 2015; FY 2016 currently under review).
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (2015/2016 biennial budget and 2017/2018 biennial budget).
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association (WPTA): Investment Policy Certification in 2015.

Jan. 22, 2018

The suspension that has been in place for the road improvement project along Gravelly Lake Drive between 100th Street and Bridgeport Way will be lifted Wednesday (Jan. 24, 2018) so that contractor RW Scott can begin installation of the new signal at Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives.

The installation is expected to take up to two weeks. Construction will occur between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic delays can be expected during this time.

Once the work is complete the project will return to its suspended status until the weather improves.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Paul Candler at (253) 983-7776, or .

Jan. 12, 2018

City Hall, and all city services, will be closed Monday in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. City operations will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, at regular business hours.

Jan. 23, 2018

In partnership with our friends over at West Pierce Fire and Rescue we are sharing information regarding emergency preparedness. You can also find this information at West Pierce's website .

We hope our residents will find it valuable and will take the time to make sure they are prepared, should disaster strike. We know it can be intimidating, overwhelming and at times cost prohibitive to try to do everything at once. That's why West Pierce Fire and Rescue broke down its preparedness planning tips by month, so people can take them on one task at a time.

From WPFR:

2017 was a year where many dealt with major disasters and their aftermath. From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to the recent train derailment in our own backyard, the importance of being able to sustain oneself after a major disaster is essential.

West Pierce CERT’s resolution for the New Year is to help the community to “Prepare in a Year”. As with any goal, preparing for a disaster can seem like a monumental task. This series was created to guide you in completing this important task. The goal is for this to be easy and as inexpensive as possible. Each month will focus on one aspect of disaster preparedness and assist you in one hour of a disaster preparedness activity.


January: Make a Plan

The task for the month of January is to create your emergency action plan. What is the importance of having a plan? Developing and practicing an emergency action plan can save countless lives throughout the community during an emergency or disaster.

STAY INFORMED: The first step in developing your emergency action plan is to become aware of what potential emergency or disasters can occur in your area, such as earthquakes, power outages, train derailments and volcanoes. One way to stay informed is to sign up for Pierce County Alert . This is a free service which sends notifications about emergencies occurring in your area and other important community news. Alerts include information on severe weather, flooding, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You can receive these alerts in the manner most convenient for you, whether that be at your home, business, via text messages or email, or all of the above. This tool will help keep you informed with vetted and reliable information in addition to any information you hear on the radio, television or social media. You can sign up for Pierce County Alerts here .

FOCUS ON FAMILY: The second step in developing your emergency action plan is to determine the specific needs of those in your household. This will enable you to prepare and accommodate for any special needs that are required. These needs may include having enough diapers and formula available for infants, or having food, leashes, kennels for pets, and any necessary accommodations for disabled family members or those who require specific medications or medical care.

DEVELOP YOUR PLAN: Now that you have collected this information, you are ready to develop your emergency action plan. Review the layout of your house and determine two ways to exit each room in the event of an emergency. You will also need to pick two meeting locations outside of your home. The first location should be close to your house, such as by the mailbox or the large tree across the street. The second location should be outside of your neighborhood in case it is not safe to be near your home.

Making a phone call to local friends and loved ones may not be possible after a disaster. Plan to communicate with others by text messages or social media. Having an out-of-area contact is also crucial and will be the focus of next month. Be sure to develop and practice your plan with each member of your household. Knowledge and practice helps muscle memory engage during an emergency or disaster when denial, panic or paralysis can set in.

So far, no money has been spent on this 2018 “Prepare in a Year” resolution. In February, the focus will be on designating an out-of-area contact.

Jan. 17, 2018

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, awarded its inaugural Larry Saunders Service Award Tuesday night to Diane Formoso, founder and visionary leader of Caring for Kids. The 2017 award was presented to Formoso, along with a $1,000 check, at the Lakewood City Council meeting Jan. 16, 2018.




Jan. 12, 2018

On Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018) Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the City Council sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sound Transit Board chairman Dave Somers urging the permanent suspension of Amtrak rail along the Point Defiance Bypass route in light of the Dec. 18, 2017 Amtrak Train 501 derailment.

The letter was shared with federal, state and local leaders.

Read the letter.


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