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

Jan. 9, 2018

From Sound Transit:

Southbound I-5 near Mounts Road will be reduced to a single lane of traffic overnight Tuesday, January 9 through Friday, January 12. Lane closures will be in effect Tuesday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 13. The on-ramp at Mounts Road to southbound I-5 will also be closed.

Sound Transit crews continue to repair metal brackets on the Point Defiance Bypass rail bridge.

Jan. 5, 2018

In 2006 the city of Bauang, one of the municipalities in the province of La Union in the Philippines, became one of Lakewood's sister cities through the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. 

The Mayor of Bauang and city officials have visited Lakewood previously to participate in our annual Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival. Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson visited Bauang with his family last year to attend their Baggak Festival.

Today the residents of Bauang once celebrated their annual Baggak Festival, which means morning star. This annual event recognizes the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul and is celebrated with colorful decorations and attire and lively activities.

Lakewood officials were unable to attend, but sent video messages to congratulate our sister city on yet another wonderful celebration.

 

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson

 

Lakewood Sister Cities Association members

 

Jan. 4, 2018

The next time you see Lakewood Police respond to a missing persons call don’t be surprised if you also see an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, hovering above helping with the search.

The department began using drone technology at the end of 2017. That’s when its Unmanned Aerial System program was established.

Before capturing bird’s eye view of Lakewood, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the devices will be used. The city’s public safety advisory committee helped draft the document.

The regulations were sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which vetted and reviewed them before ultimately issuing a Certificate of Authorization.

The city’s policies state drone technology can only be used for specific operations including:

  • Situational awareness: assessing damage in hazardous conditions.
  • Search and rescue: assist with missing persons investigations.
  • Tactical deployment: help provide awareness to support officers/equipment being sent into emergency situations (to extent possible this will be done with judicial approval).
  • Crime scene investigation: document, measure, locate and assist in investigation of a crime scene.
  • Traffic collision investigation: document, measure, locate and assist in collision investigations.
  • Search warrant: collect evidence of a crime under an approved judicial search warrant.

While using drones the department will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency and privacy. Each month the city will post the monthly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reports to the city’s website, which show how the device was used. Visit cityoflakewood.us/police for that information.

View the reports.

Lakewood Police Officers Michael McGettigan, Shawn Noble and Austin Lee use the department's drone during a recent practice run at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Jan. 3, 2018

Lakewood City Council Swearing in Ceremony

 

Recognizing Jan. 15, 2018 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History Month, and January as School Board recognition month.

The Lakewood City Council’s first meeting of 2018 started with the swearing in of four council members, all incumbents.

Council members Jason Whalen, Mary Moss and Mike Brandstetter were sworn in by Pierce County Superior Court Judge (and former Lakewood Municipal Court Judge) Grant Blinn, while Councilman John Simpson took the oath from Lakewood City Clerk Alice Bush.

Following the ceremonies the council voted on its Mayor and Deputy Mayor positions – selecting once again Don Anderson to serve as Mayor and Whalen to serve as Deputy Mayor. The positions are two-year terms.

Next up Mayor Anderson read a proclamation recognizing Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History Month. Anessa McClendon, a member of the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration committee, accepted the recognition.

Anderson encouraged everyone to attend the city’s 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, held this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW.

A second proclamation followed, this one declaring January 2018 as School Board recognition month. Clover Park School District board member Paul Wagemann was there to receive the recognition on behalf of the board.

Three city road projects were approved on the council’s consent agenda, including:

  • $2.14 million to Miles Resources, LLC for the construction of the Steilacoom Boulevard Safety Improvement project;
  • $551,331 to R.W. Scott Construction Company for the construction of the Military Road SW and 112th Street SW Intersection Improvement project;
  • $760,838 to Axum General Construction, Inc. for the construction of roadway safety improvements at 40th Avenue SW and 96th Street SW.

The next City Council meeting is a study session Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. Find the agenda here.

Jan. 5, 2018

Hot off the presses, the Winter 2018 Lakewood Connections magazine is here and should hit residents' mailboxes this week (if it hasn't arrived already).

The latest edition is chock full of information, including a look back at some of the city's accomplishments in 2017. 

Inside you'll also find information about:

  • The city's downtown planning efforts
  • A student essay by Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton, first place winner of the city's MLK Essay contest
  • Employee spotlight on Lakewood native Paul Candler
  • New businesses coming to Lakewood
  • Information from our community partners West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Clover Park School District
  • Road construction and park project updates
  • Lakewood Police updates: drone use, third quarter crime stats, recognition of Good Samaritans
  • A complete list of 2018 events
  • Class and program listings for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

Want to read the magazine online? You can view it and past editions here.

Didn't get your magazine in the mail? Extra copies are available at the Lakewood City Hall front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW.

 

Jan. 3, 2018

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

Students from Hudtloff and Woodbrook Middle Schools will read poetry, local singer and actor LaNita Walters will sing the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem and The Denny & Bill little big band will provide the musical prelude.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will also offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He is co-founder of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute of Washington and founding director of the Pacific Islander Student Commission at the University of Washington in Seattle, the First People’s Conference, the African American Leadership Conference and the Diversity & Equity in Hiring & Professional Development in Washington State. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest. The students were asked to write about what “The Dream Today” means to them. Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton was this year’s winner, followed by Clover Park High School seniors Anthony Grassi and Guadalupe Emanuel Ramos-Orozco, who received honorable mention.

 

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson reads a proclamation at the council's Jan. 2, 2018 regular meeting recognizing Jan. 15 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History Month.

From Sound Transit:

Jan. 2, 2018

Southbound I-5 near Mounts Road will be reduced to a single land of traffic overnight Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, January 5. Lane closures will be in effect Tuesday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 6. The on-ramp at Mounts Road to southbound I-5 will also be closed.

Sound Transit crews continue to repair metal brackets on the Point Defiance Bypass rail bridge.

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