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March 25, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Habitat For Humanity VP Visits Tillicum

 

On March 23, 2016, several representatives with the City of Lakewood met with Larry Gluth, Habitat for Humanity International Vice President for United States and Canada in the Tillicum neighborhood, site of a future redevelopment project .

Attendees included Mayor Don Anderson, City Manager John Caulfield, members of the City's Community Development Department and employees from Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. They discussed community development efforts in the Tillicum neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity's both in Lakewood and throughout the country, community focused redevelopment efforts and the organization's national initiatives.   

Gluth's visit provided an opportunity to engage in a great discussion about the positive changes that Lakewood has seen and will continue to see in the Tillicum neighborhood, including increased stability with the Tillicum Elementary School population, veteran and disabled housing and financing mechanisms Habitat is considering moving forward.  

March 18, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

PHOTOS: 2016 Star Wars Father Daughter Dance

The Force was strong with this one.

That's right, hundreds of fathers, daughters and family members trekked to the City of Lakewood 2016 Star Wars Father Daughter Dance on March 12. Whether you were on the Dark Side or not, there were plenty of activities and fun. You can view a photo album of the event on the City's Facebook page .

Lakewood Restaurants Featured in TNT

Did you check out the story in Thursday's Tacoma News Tribune from TNT Diner​'s Sue Kidd about some of her favorite steaming, sizzling dishes in the South Sound? As you would guess, included in the list were two Lakewood restaurants: Cho Dang Tofu​ and Tacoma Szechuan​, both of which are located in the Paldo World Tacoma​ shopping center. Definitely worth a read.

March 3, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

South Sound Named One of Best Military Communities in the U.S.

It’s official: The South Sound is one of the best regions in the country when it comes to supporting its military.

On Monday, Feb. 29, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) and the Defense Communities Caucus designated 10 communities across the nation as “Great American Defense Communities” for providing unwavering support to service members and military families.

Thanks to the collaborative leadership from the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, ADC recognized the South Puget Sound region - the only winner that represented a region rather than a single city.

Read the rest of the story

Feb. 19, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future”
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
  • WHAT ELSE: Everyone(media included) is invited to the City’s free 20-year celebration

The City of Lakewood invites the entire community to its official 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lakewood City Hall.

Twenty years ago, just a few months after voters approved Lakewood’s incorporation, the City opened its doors for business. Two amazing and successful decades later, Lakewood’s progress is visible throughout the community, from its new streets and sidewalks to its police and neighborhoods to its famous parks and lakes.

March 11, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Tillicum, Woodbrook Sewer Connections Update

More than 40 percent of the homes in the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods are now connected to the sanitary sewer system that the City of Lakewood began building in 2009.

The Lakewood Public Works Department reported at the Lakewood City Council meeting on March 7 that, to date, 148 out of the 352 properties that are adjacent to the constructed sewer systems have connected.

Twenty-eight properties are in the process of connecting. Another 42 properties are vacant and not required to connect.

The 148 properties already connected represent 394 Residential Equivalent Units, a unit of measure used for calculating sewer flows. Enough connections have been made that the sewer system has been fully operational (i.e., not needing supplemental water) for the past year.

Public Works says the City reached that particular milestone sooner than expected.

According to the City’s Municipal Code, use of interim septic systems is allowed for properties for up to 5 years from the date of the Notice of Availability of sewer. The first 73 properties will be coming due to connect to the sewer system on Nov. 1, 2016. There are a total of 134 properties due to connect between November 2016 and July 2018. The 134 properties include 115 single and multifamily residential properties totaling 449 dwelling units, and 19 commercial properties. Sewer will be made available to more properties when the next phase of Woodbrook construction is completed this year.

Call To Artists for Mayfest Event

Are you an artist who would like your piece on display during Lakewood's biggest art event of the year? Consider entering your work for Mayfest, 2016.

Artists are encouraged to enter a juried show to be exhibited during the Mayfest celebration, May 3-8 at Lakewold Gardens. This highly touted celebration is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission. Artists who are residents of Lakewood or who work within the Lakewood city limits are encouraged to enter.

All artistic media will be included in this event. Details are available on line at the City's website  or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

  • City of Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Attention: Dennis Higashiyama
  • 6000 Main Street SW
  • Lakewood, WA 98499

View a detailed flyer of the competition

WSDOT Nighttime, Weekend Traffic Detour: Exit 123, North Thorne Lane

Feb. 26, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Hundreds Gather for City's 20th Anniversary Celebration

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, the City of Lakewood celebrated two decades of successfully delivering municipal government services with its “20th Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future.”

More than 200 people visited Lakewood City Hall to celebrate and learn about the Lakewood’s progress since incorporation on Feb. 28, 1996. The event, held in partnership with the Lakewood Historical Society, featured some of the most notable figures from the City’s past and present, including Mayor Emeritus William “Bill” Harrison, former Mayor Claudia Thomas, former Mayor (and current Pierce County Council Chairperson) Doug Richardson and current Mayor Don Anderson. Andie Gernon, one of the staunchest proponents of incorporation and the community, also shared memories. The event also featured:

  • A 25-minute movie of images from Lakewood’s past that was displayed on two screens throughout the night
  • A 20th Anniversary Celebration photo booth that feature fun props
  • Several trivia questions in which winners earned City-branded merchandise
  • Free doughnuts courtesy of the (world-famous) Original House of Donuts and owner Tom Peterson
  • Commemorative items for visitors, including an official mug, coin and sticker
  • Cake, coffee and other refreshments

Feb. 12, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future”
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
  • WHAT ELSE: Everyone(media included) is invited to the City’s free 20-year celebration

The City of Lakewood invites the entire community to its official 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lakewood City Hall.

Twenty years ago, just a few months after voters approved Lakewood’s incorporation, the City opened its doors for business. Two amazing and successful decades later, Lakewood’s progress is visible throughout the community, from its new streets and sidewalks to its police and neighborhoods to its famous parks and lakes.

The Feb. 23 event – which is hosted by the City and the Lakewood Historical Society - is a chance to celebrate how far the community has come, as well as its limitless future.

The event will feature:

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