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

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

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.

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.

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. 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. 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.

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