The City of Lakewood was recognized for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada(GFOA). The GFOA presented the award to Tho Kraus, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Service and Chief Financial Officer at the City of Lakewood, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report . This award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, for providing accurate and transparent information in aiding the pursuit of financial well-being.
More background on the Certificate of Achivement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA:
The source of raw sewage that was flowing sporadically into Waughop Lake from nearby Pierce College was found at the end of January.
City stormwater management officials met with the college's contractor as they found where a sewer pipe was mistakenly connected to a stormwater pipe. The contractor dug up the pipe and capped it, preventing further sewage from spilling into the lake through an outfall pipe from the college.
The next step for the college is to flush the storm pipe downstream and clean the lake at the outfall. A date for when this will happen has not been set.
Previously the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department posted caution signs around the lake because of the sewage spill. The water may not be safe for people or animals to enter. The city continues to work with all local partners to create a safe and healthy environment.
The funeral procession to honor fallen Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez will be held December 9, 2016, beginning at approximately 10:30 AM. The procession will travel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord along South Tacoma Way to the Tacoma Dome.
The Tacoma Police Department asks that if you are required to drive through any of the affected areas to please seek an alternate route. Road closures and traffic congestion is expected throughout the day. Roads will be open along the procession route, prior to the procession start time. During the procession, the route will be closed to non-procession related traffic.
Businesses along the procession route should expect traffic congestion for several hours. The procession route is expected to be clear by 3 PM.
The procession route is as follows:
Leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord, North Gate, north on South Tacoma Way Extension.
(Right turn) North on South Tacoma Way (The procession will stop at South Tacoma Way and Pine Street to allow the Tacoma Police Department family to join the procession.)
(Right turn) East D Street, Tacoma
The memorial service will begin at 1 PM, at the Tacoma Dome (2727 E. D St.). The memorial service is open to the public. More information will follow regarding parking and transportation to the Tacoma Dome, as parking at the Tacoma Dome will be reserved for emergency response personnel.
The Tacoma Police Department is grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the community during this difficult time. For information regarding flowers, donations, and other details please refer to the Tacoma Police Department's press release .
On Tuesday, January 3rd, City Council recognized Becky Huber for her commitment to preserving and memorializing the history of Lakewood. She served as President of the Lakewood Historical Society for ten years, where she sought to celebrate Lakewood, and it's role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. Through the Society's work, she commemorated the landmarks and historical buildings that made up the community's identity. Becky Huber and the Lakewood Historical Society also hosted a variety of lectures, book talks, programming and other events. Lakewood City Council recognizes Becky Huber and thanks her for all her accomplishments.
The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood have planned for public investments in the neighborhood to improve residential and community life. The City wants its residents to feel confident in our commitment to creating better roads, more attractive parks, and a high standard of living for all residents.
Springbrook is located in the southeast portion of Lakewood, isolated by I-5. The neighborhood is a roughly triangular sector, bounded by Joint Base Lewis McChord to the south and to the east, and I-5 to the northwest. Historically, the Springbrook neighborhood has struggled with problems surrounding poverty; symptoms stem from a lack of transportation access into and out of the neighborhood, as well as a lack of supportive communal spaces that can sustain physical health, civic engagement, and community-building. New efforts by Parks and Public Works are intended to address those problems.
Springbrook Park is an open playfield and serves as a gathering space for residents. The park often hosts sports activities for children, community block parties and other events. The community quickly began to test the capacity of the park-- due to its small size, the park space could only support one activity at a time. To expand capacity, the City purchased additional land next to the park, expanding space by another an acre. Kids and adults can play soccer on the playfield now, which the previous baseball diamond did not support. A new misting structure allows kids playing in the summertime to stay cool without subverting the nearby sprinkler system. The design positions the playfields in the center of new playgrounds structures, new community garden space, a new picnic area, and parking compliant with ADA standards.
The park has historically been a community gathering place for a wide audience: from children and adults to organizations like First Lions, Kiwanis Club, St Leo Food Connection, Boys and Girls Club, and Springbrook Connection to name a few. The space supports a weekly food bank, seasonal community dinners and more. The new area will support more activities, more people and new educational programming on the environmental surroundings. Springbrook Park extends to Clover Creek and will connect to the north side of Springbrook over the water with a pedestrian bridge. This bridge will provide greater access to Lakewood Sound Transit to the north via 47th Ave SW, and to commercial spaces along Bridgeport Way.
Bridgeport Way serves as the artery to the neighborhood, not too far west from Springbrook Park. The roughly $3 million dollars in upgrades bolsters the capacity of the road to serve more people over a longer span of time. The design expands the access for people on foot or in their vehicles, and alleviates stress on the environment. New bicycle lanes, sidewalks, traffic signals and street lighting allow for non-motorized transportation to move through safely throughout the day. A continuous center lane for left-turning drivers helps to keep traffic moving forward, into and through the neighborhood. New curbs, gutters, landscaping and storm drainage anchor the right-of-way to keep the land and water clean. The improvement of this asset helps to support the residents of Springbrook in their daily life. The road supports community and civic engagements, and they support national security efforts from our military neighbor to our Southern perimeter, and they support investments from the private market.
As these improvements come online, we envision the local residential and civic culture sustained into the future. We know that these investments directly impact the social and economic aspects of the neighborhood. The Springbrook community has shown leadership and responsibility, and the City of Lakewood hopes that private business and development recognizes those efforts in the future as well.
On Friday, Dec. 2, the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:
- Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
- Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
- The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
- Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
- As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!
In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.
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