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

May 26, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail open house

An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on the effort. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

The open house is a drop-in format and will offer people a chance to chat with city and county staff about the project, learn the details of a recently created trail design report and share information about the next steps.

The meeting is at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street SW, University Place.

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887, mdodsworth@cityoflakewood.us.

Click image for more information.

 

 

Seahawks wide receiver to visit Lakewood Sunday

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation 

has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

The train safety event will feature fun activities for kids and adults, including a LEGO play area, model train display, mini train rides for kids and information about the new train route through the city, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids.

Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

The event is free and will be held in the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SE.

Find more information about train safety here.

 

Weekly transportation update

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD remains down to one lane in each direction while new pavement is installed.

Work was stalled after crews found stumps beneath the road that were causing a depression. The road was excavated an additional 5 to 7 feet so the stumps could be removed – no one knows how long they’ve been there. Their removal should fix the recurring pavement dip.   The road is expected to remain in its current state another 3 to 4 weeks – drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting is planned for Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in council chambers for people to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

For more information contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847

Cruising down Lakewood Drive

 

 

 

Championing Lakewood in Washington, D.C.

 

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilwoman Mary Moss and City Manager John Caulfield spent two days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with elected leadership like Sen. Maria Cantwell (pictured).

The visit included back-to-back meetings with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and meetings with the Association of Defense Communities executive director, director of the Office of Economic Adjustment and House Armed Services Committee staff. The group also planned to meet with the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

The purpose of the short trip was to discuss development of the National Defense Authorization Act (including funding for Congressman Heck's Commute Act), military encroachment mitigation as it relates to the North Clear Zone at McChord Field, and continued funding in support of the Office of Economic Adjustment as it relates to the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership work.

 

 

Artist reception at Lakewood City Hall

The Lakewood Arts Commission coordinated its first artist reception May 22 at City Hall for local painter Carole Boughton.

Boughton’s artwork was recently hung on the first and third floors of the building as part of an effort to recognize and showcase the talent of local artists.

Approximately 60 attended the soiree and took tours of the building to view the watercolor pieces by Boughton hung for public viewing.

The bulk of Boughton’s work is displayed on the first floor near the elevator.

Read this Sub Times piece for more about Monday’s reception.

 

 

City Council holds joint meeting with planning commission

The City Council met with its planning commission at its study session May 22.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the commission about the various stages of projects it is working on.

Some items before the commission include an update to Title 18A – the section of city code dealing with development regulations. The majority of the updates will have an impact on developers within the city.

The commission is also preparing to embark on a public process to draft a sub area plan for the city’s Central Business District.

The city wants to hear from residents about their visions for a future Downtown Lakewood – do you want a downtown? How should it look? More information will be available about this process as public meeting dates are set.

 

Black bear strolls through city

In case you missed it, a black bear took a morning stroll through the city May 22.

The bear was spotted walking on Bridgeport Way before it found a field off the 8700 block of John Dower Road. Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue responded after people called 911 to report the unusual visitor.

The bear remained in the field while police and fire crews blocked off the area. State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded and brought Spencer, a Karelian bear dog who is trained to help officers corral the wild animals.

The bear climbed a tree, which allowed wildlife officials to shoot it with a couple of darts. They set up a tarp to break the bear’s fall. He sleepily tumbled out of the tree, onto the tarp and then the ground.

Officers moved him into a bear trap where he was kept until they could assess he had no injuries before releasing him into the wild – away from Lakewood.

A good reminder for this time of year: keep bird feeders, pet food and garbage cans inside, or in air tight containers so bears and other wild animals don’t come into your yard in their search for food.

 

Save the date: “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

It’s happening June 4 at 9 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The event includes a bounce house and other family-friendly activities and a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. 

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” Edwards said.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.

 

Lakewood Police participate in simulated training

Lakewood police were given the opportunity this week to participate in a simulated training program to brush up on their training. The exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

Watch this video of Police Chief Mike Zaro running through one of the active shooter drills.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

No meeting Monday, May 29 – City Hall is closed in observation of Memorial Day.

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

 

A joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

June 12, 2017 Joint Meeting with University Place City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update.
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report –Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council

 

Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of code amendment regarding work crew eligibility criteria
  • Review of Chambers Creek properties MOU update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

Read the full agenda packet. 

May 19, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Transportation update: Roads to avoid

There are a number of road projects underway around the city, including on some of our busiest roadways.

To better help drivers navigate their way around the city – and avoid getting stuck in traffic – here’s just some of the work being done next week. Where possible please use alternate routes.

We thank our residents for their patience while this work is done to improve our roadways and make them safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Lakeview Ave from Steilacoom BLVD to Kendrick Street: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving and grinding Tuesday through Thursday (5/23 to 5/25).

Lakeview Ave at its intersection with 100th and 108th: These intersections will be under construction Wednesday (5/24) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., which will cause significant backups so please avoid if possible.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD: This busy roadway will remain in its current state of one lane in each direction for the next 3 to 4 weeks - FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

108th St. (Main to Bridgeport: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Monday (5/22) through Wednesday (5/24) and the road will be closed for striping. Local access only.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th) all work happening from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Grinding and patching Monday night (5/22) on east side of road. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Tuesday night (5/23) grinding and patching moves to west side of S Tacoma. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Wednesday night (5/24) overlay of outside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Thursday night (5/25) overlay of inside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Overlay work will impact access to SR512 from S Tacoma Way, detours will be in place.

Check out this interactive map of upcoming road projects. 

 

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event is Saturday

This annual event is tomorrow at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Guadalcanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

 

Clover Park High School: Arlington Project

Clover Park High School will present its annual Arlington Project, Wednesday at 5 p.m. to honor the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and America’s veterans.

In its ninth year, the Arlington Project honors service members killed in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today.

Over a four-day period Clover Park High School students will transform the school’s front lawn into memorial with thousands of white markers to honor the nearly 7,000 service members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The display is left up through Memorial Day weekend so as many visitors as possible have the chance to see it.

Opening ceremony details: Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW; program includes community Wall of Remembrance, choir and band performances, memorial displays, JROTC reenactments, viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance” and guest speaker Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret).

 

WATCH: #swimbikerunSummerFEST

Check out these videos promoting the upcoming Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, presented by St. Clare Hospital.

Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The videos have been airing on the city’s YouTube channel and posted to Facebook, Twitter and on the website.

Each person has their own reasons for competing; all their stories are compelling.

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight; Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience; Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports; and ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.

 

Business Showcase: J&J Autobody

Located on South Tacoma Way, J&J Autobody is one of Lakewood’s best kept secrets when it comes to collision repair businesses.

Owner Bill Jensen doesn’t advertise, instead he prefers word of mouth to generate business. Ask anyone who’s trusted their car to J&J Autobody, and they’ll tell you they won’t go anywhere else.

The employees are certified to the highest standards of collision repair, and the office management team views every car that comes through the door as its own.

J&J Autobody’s reputation for quality repairs and customer service is enough to make some people tow their cars from outside the South Sound (including Ocean Shores on the Washington Coast) to Lakewood.

It’s for these reasons the Lakewood City Council chose to recognize J&J Autobody as its May 2017 Business Showcase .

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board . Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Reports by the City Manager: Pierce County Regional Council organizational structure

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

Read the full agenda packet. 

May 5, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Emergency Food Network Hunger Walk and 5k Run

The Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park the morning of May 20 for the 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run.

Registration and check in is at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m., the walk at 9:05 a.m. Money raised helps EFN provide food to the Pierce County community.

The event is part of a month-long effort focused on raising awareness about hunger in our community during the month of May, which is hunger awareness month.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Repacking bulk foods into smaller portions;
  • Helping at Mother Earth Farm, an 8-acre organic farm where food is grown for neighbors in need;
  • Sorting through food donations and packing it to go out to Pierce County food pantries;
  • Distributing food to people in need through the FISH/EFN mobile food bank;
  • Holding a food and fund drive at school, work or get-together;
  • Volunteering at the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 13, or the Hunger Walk May 20.

People can also donate on May 10 during GiveBIG day, an annual one-day online giving event for nonprofits in the region.

For more information, including race registration cost, visit the EFN website.

 

Lakewood’s lakes remain healthy

A recent analysis by an outside consultant of 16 years of lake monitoring data showed little change over time in the water quality of the city’s six lakes.

The city hired WEST Consultants, Inc. to review data gathered from 2000 to the present. The data was gathered by volunteers through an effort coordinated by the Pierce Conservation District.

The district also submits an annual report to the city with its findings.

A snapshot of the analysis shows a warming trend in the lakes during the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter – which is common.

It also found decreased oxygen levels in all the lakes, but no major variations in the levels from one year to the next. Decreased oxygen is an important indicator of the health of the water and its ability to support a balanced system of plants and fish.

Ultimately the analysis determined there were no clear trends regarding dissolved oxygen levels, dramatic changes in temperature or alkalinity, which measures a lake’s ability to neutralize acids.

Click here for more information.

 

Routine increase coming to waste collection bills

A routine, annual increase is set to take effect in Lakewood June 1, pending City Council review.

The increase is being proposed by Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. (also known as LeMay Pierce County Refuse) because of a 2.1 percent cost of living adjustment and a 5.24 percent disposal rate increase at the Pierce County Landfill that went into effect March 1.

The Pierce County Council previously approved the landfill rate increase.

The city contracts with LeMay for its waste collection service.

For the average residential customer who has a 65-gallon garbage can picked up once a week with recycling service, the rate will go up from $34.36 to $35.48.

For the average commercial business with a 2-yard container that is picked up weekly, the rate will go up from $172.17 to $177.73.

Click here to view the proposed 2017 rates.

Click here to view the 2016 rates.

The annual rate schedule can be found here.

 

Spring/Summer 2017 Lakewood Connections Magazine is here

Want to know where the City Council stands on expanding the city's housing opportunities? What about the latest transportation and parks projects?

Or how about details of our upcoming Farmers Market (opening June 6) and our annual SummerFEST party in Fort Steilacoom Park?

These stories and more are in the latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 edition.

Copies went out via U.S. Postal Service May 3.

 

Watch: City Council honors Bataan Death March survivor

Earlier this week the City Council honored Sgt. First Class Dan Figuracion, who died April 3 at 97 years old.

Figuracion was a decorated World War II veteran, Batan Death March survivor, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Philippine Scouts for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 26th Regiment Cavalry that conducted the last horse-mounted charge against armed troops in the Army's history.

Figuracion was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (then Fort Lewis) in the 1960s - his family joined him in Lakewood in 1968. After retiring from the Army Figuracion stayed in the community and remained active with veteran's groups. He was a national hero in the Philippines.

 

 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board . Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance

May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations (tentative)
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update

See the complete agenda packet here.

April 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Snapshot: First quarter crime stats

The crime stats are in for the first quarter and the numbers look good.

Total crime in Lakewood is down 5 percent compared to the same time last year and crimes against persons (or crimes committed by one person against another person) is down 8 percent. It is also the lowest it’s been in two years.

Property crimes have dropped significantly since the end of 2016. That’s attributed to the efforts of Lakewood PD, which busted a vehicle prowl/theft ring in January that was actively prowling the Lakewood Towne Center, as well as other areas up and down the Interstate 5 corridor. Lakewood was able to pinpoint more than 100 theft cases to this ring alone.

Chief Mike Zaro will present more details about the first quarter stats at the City Council’s study session Monday . It’s worth attending to see what else he has to say.

 

Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday

Itching to get outside? Join us and other volunteers Saturday (yes, April 22!) from 9 a.m. to noon to do some spring cleaning of our parks. See the Parks Appreciation Day event page for more information.

 

Parks and Rec is now on Facebook

Did you know our Parks and Rec department now has its own Facebook page? Check it out here , and “like” to stay up to date on the various events put on by our wonderful parks department.

 

 

Caution crews at work

A little warning to drivers who use 108th Street between Bridgeport Way and Main Street near the Lakewood Towne Center: FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES!

Road repaving began April 21 and will continue into next week – depending on weather. One lane will remain open at all times, but flaggers will be on site to alternate traffic. If you find yourself waiting, please be patient.

The road is being rebuilt because it was deemed structurally deficient. The sidewalks are also being improved because they did not meet ADA requirements and federal law requires anytime a road is rebuilt that the sidewalks be improved to current standards.

Upgrades are also planned for the traffic signal at Main and 108th streets.

 

Road project season gets underway in Lakewood

Speaking of Improvement projects the city is ready to go on a number of road projects to improve your drive. Improvements totaling $56.5 million are planned for Lakewood’s roads over the next six years. Between now and 2018 there are 30 projects slated for completion, totaling $28 million.

That’s a lot.

To help keep people informed the city created an interactive map that will live on the city’s website. It indicates completed (green), in progress (orange) and upcoming (gray) projects on the city’s 431 miles of roadway.

Here’s a look at some of the more visible projects:

  • South Tacoma Way: state Route 512 to 96th Street: Good news, this project is expected to wrap up by summer.
  • When finished South Tacoma Way will be wider with shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks. Also added: LED street lighting, updated traffic signals at state Route 512, 100th and 96th streets and new pavement. A gateway entrance sign with the neighborhood designation will be built in the island at 100th Street.
  • South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: road widening continues for shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutters, sidewalks, LED street lighting, new traffic signal at Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street intersection and new pavement. A second right turn lane will be added to Steilacoom Boulevard onto South Tacoma Way to make it safer and faster to pass through the intersection.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th Street to Bridgeport Way: This sidewalk project also adds curb and gutter to Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th Street to Bridgeport Way Once completed there will be continuous sidewalks on Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th Street to Bridgeport Way.
  • Lakewood Drive reconstruction/overlay: 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard: Pavement reconstruction planned from 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard. New curb and gutter and concrete sidewalks will be added to the western side of the road.
  • Sidewalks are coming to Lakeview Ave/112th St from Kendrick St to Steilacoom Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety as part of a state Department of Transportation-funded project to mitigate for the high-speed trains that will soon pass through the city.

2017-18 projects

  • 2017 chip seal program Oakbrook
  • Repave Onyx Drive SW from 87th to 89th streets
  • Military Road and 112th Street safety improvements
  • Safety improvements to 40th and 96th streets
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements Washington Boulevard to Nyanza
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements, 59th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Safe Routes to Schools: John Dower and Phillips roads
  • Dekoven Drive traffic calming project

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

April 24, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Chambers Creek Trail Design update
  • Economic Development update
  • 1st Quarter 2017 Police Report

May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
  • Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
  • Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
  • Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro or Assistant Police Chief John Unfred
  • Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Approve City Manager contract.
  • Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Approve agreement with Habitat for Humanity for HOME down payment assistance loan for single-family dwelling
  • Approve agreement with Homeownership Center of Tacoma for HOME down payment assistance loan for four single-family dwellings
  • Reports by the City Manager – Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure

May 12, 2017

 

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

North Clear Zone action plan moves to implementation phase

Federal, state and local elected officials joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior leaders and South Sound business owners at the Eagles Pride Golf Course May 11, 2017 for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council meeting. 

The big moment came near the end when leaders from the state, JBLM, Pierce County and city signed an agreement signifying a commitment to execute a long range plan that will restore 206 acres of land known as the North Clear Zone north of McChord Field to an uninhabited state.

The signing was a milestone moment in the ongoing effort led by SSMCP to address public safety issues due to urban encroachment around the JBLM airfield.

A portion of the North Clear Zone falls in city limits and includes 16 buildings and businesses on privately owned property. The land does not comply with the federal government's guidelines for public and air safety.

With the agreement in place the next step is for the various jurisdictions to work together on the implementation of the relocation plan developed by SSMCP.

In the coming years the goal is to relocate the businesses, acquire the property and keep it free of people.

Representatives who signed the agreement:

  • Mark Barkley, assistant director local government division state Department of Commerce
  • Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive
  • Col. Dan Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Don Anderson, Mayor city of Lakewood
  • John Caulfield, chairman South Sound Military & Communities Partnership

Additionally Congressman Denny Heck, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of I Corps at JBLM, Col. Leonard J. Kosinski, commander of 62nd Airlift Wing at JBLM, and Pierce County Executive Dammeier addressed the crowd and spoke of the importance of community support of JBLM as we prepare for another review under the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Click here to see photos from the meeting.  

 

Gravelly Lake Drive Construction open house planned

An open house is scheduled for Tuesday (May 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW in the American Lake room for people to learn about planned construction along Gravelly Lake Drive between Bridgeport Way and 100th St SW.

Drop in any time to meet the design team, learn about traffic and business impacts and see the construction timeline. Work begins May 22.

See more here

 

Get active for a cause

Looking to get outdoors, be active AND support a good cause?

You’re in luck, there are some great events happening this month and next that benefit good causes, while also bringing our community together.

May 13: Healthy Start 5k

Saturday – yes THIS Saturday – is the Studio Fitness Healthy Start 5k.

Healthy Start is an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After snacks, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games, and nutrition lessons.

Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

Event details: Run/walk starts and ends at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr SW; Registratio is $40 and can be done at Studio Fitness or email shane@personaltrainingnw.com.

Learn more here.

May 20: 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run

Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park in the morning for the 

Registration and check in is at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m., the walk at 9:05 a.m. Money raised helps EFN provide food to the Pierce County community.

The event is part of a month-long effort focused on raising awareness about hunger in our community during the month of May, which is hunger awareness month.

Learn more here.

June 4: First annual “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run and free Kids Dash

Register by May 24th to secure a spot and race goodies like bib, medal and swag bag.

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

A runner herself, Edwards wants people to feel like they matter, feel important and “leave that 5k a different person with a new hope and maybe a new spark toward a goal in some area of their life that they didn’t have before.”

As part of the event Edwards will have a bounce house and other family-friendly activities. She also has planned a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. Edwards will have supplies on hand for people to make cards and write letters of inspiration to the girl and her family, which she plans to deliver to them at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” Edwards said.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.

 

The Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event for Kids 

This annual event is May 20 at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Gualdacanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

Register here

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board . Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update

 

May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract

See the full agenda packet here.

April 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

 

Public invited to headstone dedication for Civil War soldiers Saturday

Two Union Civil War Soldiers buried at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park will receive a proper headstone dedication Saturday.

Sergeant Oliver W. Bean, Company D, 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Private Thomas Blanchard, Company I, 4th New York Heavy Artillery will be honored during the ceremony. 

Both graves were previously unmarked. 

Also, the headstone of Sergeant Charles Wesley Cooley, Company G, 49th Ohio Infantry will be rededicated.

Military funeral honors will be rendered during Saturday’s ceremony. That includes a three-volley rifle salute.  Residents in and around the park between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday could hear gunfire and should not be alarmed.

Saturday’s ceremony is the result of work by the Gov. Isaac Stevens Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), supported by Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve and local nonprofit Grave Concerns Association.

Read more here.

 

Math Relay exercises kids’ brains and bodies

Friday marked the annual Math Relay, put on by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in coordination with the Clover Park School District.

This year 11 elementary schools participated, signing up 16 to 17 teams. The teams were made up of 20 students (10 girls, 10 boys) from third, fourth and fifth grade.

During the relay students combine physical activity – jumping jacks, running, pushups and jumping rope – with math. Students must correctly answer five math equations before they can move on to the next physical activity to complete the relay. If they get an answer wrong they have to do a pushup.

The team with the fastest scores wins. Check out this video of the students showing off their brawn and their brains.

 

 

Saying goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom

On May 1 we will say goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom who will retire after 12 years with the city.

Previously he worked for 37 years for the city of Kent, where he also headed the Public Works Department.

Wickstrom saw nearly 200 projects complete while at the helm in Lakewood. He was instrumental in improving the city’s infrastructure. That includes raising the bar on baseline road condition expectations and thinking outside the box when obstacles presented themselves.

The city appreciates and thanks Wickstrom for his hard work and dedication to Lakewood.

The city has hired John Cunningham to serve as the interim Public Works Director for approximately six months. He begins May 2. HIs appointment will allow the city to undertake a thorough recruitment process to fill the position.

Cunningham is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer with a 38-year career that includes time in the communities of Tumwater, Olympia, DuPont and Sammamish. He also worked in the private sector followed by seven years serving in interim posts. Since retiring in 2010, Cunningham has served as interim public works director for several agencies, most recently the city of Bainbridge Island, Mason County and city of Sammamish. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the University of Washington. 

 

Coming to a mailbox near you

Keep your eye out next week for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine.

Expected to hit mailboxes on or around May 3, the latest publication features updates on transportation and parks projects, a breakdown of the City Council’s housing priorities, a feature article on Lakes High School student Brianna Mitchell’s recent Youth of the Year recognition and information about the upcoming Farmers Market season which opens June 6.

Inside you’ll also find a guide to the city’s annual SummerFEST – the biggest party the city throws each year – and upcoming classes at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.
 

 

Lakewood Index now available

Construction is happening around the city as new busineses move in and existing businesses expand.

Check out who's coming and who already opened, as well as the latest economic indicators in the April/May 2017 Lakewood Index.

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board . Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
  • Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
  • Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
  • Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
  • Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Approve HOME agreement with Habitat for Humanity and Homeownership Center of Tacoma for acquisition and redevelopment of four single-family dwellings
  • Approve employment contract with John J. Caulfield as City Manager
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure

See the full agenda packet here.

 

May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance

April 14, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

 

Lakewood loses a legend

Retired Sergeant First Class Dan Figuracion passed away April 3 at 97 years old. He came to Lakewood in the 1960s while stationed at Fort Lewis and stayed to raise his family in the South Sound.

Figuracion was a Bataan Death March survivor, POW, decorated World War II veteran and a Vietnam War veteran. He also was a national hero in his home country of the Philippines for his military service as a member of the U.S. Army Philippine Scouts.

His death marks the passing of the last living member of the 26th Cavalry Regiment, which conducted the last cavalry charge against an enemy in Army history.

Figuracion was one of 27 men that galloped on horses, pistols firing, into Japanese tanks and machine infantry to keep the Japanese from taking the city of Morong. They held off the Japanese until reinforcements arrived. Only three cavalrymen were injured.

He later escaped a POW camp, crawling through the jungle to a village. Little did he know he had arrived at the home of his future wife.

He is survived by wife Ely of 71 years, seven of his eight children and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Figuracion was laid to rest April 11 at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery. The city of Lakewood joins the community in mourning Figuracion's passing and offers its condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Figuracion, thank you for your service, your dedication to our veterans and your dedication to our country.

 

Parks appreciation day April 22

Calling all #IamLakewood  volunteers: Parks appreciation day is April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and we need your help!

Work parties are happening at five parks this year:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park: restoring historic cemetery grave markers, plantings, weeding, playground maintenance, trail cleanup.
  • Harry Todd Park: weeding, planting, ivy removal, beach cleaning.
  • Wards Lake Park: trail maintenance, invasive ivy removal, garbage clean up.
  • Springbrook Park: community garden plantnings, spread wood chips.
  • Lakewood Community Garden: preparing beds for growing season.

Bring your garden gloves and tools - we hope to see you there!

Register: Email Cameron Fairfield (cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us). Include name (or organization/school/church group name), number of volunteers, phone number and preferred site location.

 

Saturday lane closures on Interstate 5

Headed south at all between now and Saturday? If you're on I-5 you'll need to factor in this Point Defiance Bypass work:

Both directions of I-5 will be closed between 9 p.m. at 6 a.m. at the Mounts Road overpass in DuPont for final inspection and welding of the overpass.

Sign up for email updates on the Point Defiance Bypass Project atsoundtransit.org/subscribe .

 

 

 

Council preview

A snapshot at some of the items before the City Council Monday.

SSMCP North Clear Zone:

The council will review and vote on a resolution that approves the McChord Field North Clear Zone implementation plan.  

Last year and the start of this year the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) developed a plan of action to bring the McChord Field North Clear Zone (NCZ) into compliance with federal guidelines for public and air safety. T

he NCZ is a federally-designated 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the north end of the McChord Field runway. It is partly within Joint Base Lewis-McChord and partly within the city. The part in Lakewood includes many light industrial business uses on privately held properties.

Based on federal guidelines, these uses pose public and flight safety risks and are incompatible with runway operations. Some of these uses are currently allowed under Lakewood’s zoning code, and some are nonconforming uses. The businesses are valued community members and contribute to Lakewood’s economy.

Recognizing Nyah Hall

The council will present Clover Park sophomore Nyah Hall with a proclamation recognizing her recent accomplishment of being named the state Boys and Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year.

Hall joined the Boys and Girls Clubs at a nursery in Japan where her family was stationed. She has been a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Center for five years.

Hall is an honor roll student and a javelin thrower on the track and field team. During the Youth of the Year process, Hall talked about the impact of the Youth Center at JBLM and the source of encouragement it provides children from military families.

Youth of the Year is the highest honor Boys and Girls Club members can receive. Each year a representative is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competitions.

Winners are chosen first at a club level, then state, regional and national levels. This year’s regional competitions will be held over the summer in Los Angeles. Hall will compete in August.

Business showcase

The council will also recognize longtime Lakewood business the Lakewood Racquet and Sport Club at its meeting as the city’s April 2017 Business Showcase.

The member-owned, private club is more than just a place to play tennis – it’s a social club connecting people of all ages in the community.

Read the full agenda packet here.

 

Waughop Trail is now open

 

The Waughop Lake Trail is now OPEN! Go out and get your exercise on and enjoy the new trail around the lake - don't forget your raincoat. Still to come: trees, which will be planted in the fall. Thank you everyone for your patience while the trail was closed.

 

 

 

Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

 

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

April 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Nyah Hall, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Military Youth of the Year.
  • Proclamation declaring April 22, 2017 as Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase - Lakewood Racquet Club - Mr. Bruce Dayton, General Manager/Director
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th St to Bridgeport Way
  • Awarding a bid for the 2017 Chip Seal Program
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting May 18, 2017 as Hearings Examiner hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Public Hearing on FY 2017 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Adopt domestic violence criminal related ordinances
  • Adopt vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Approve North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Approve 2016 Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Reports by City Manager –Review of development subsidy and down payment assistance HOME loans for Habitat for Humanity and the Homeownership Center of Tacoma and Marijuana update

 

April 24, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Chambers Creek Trail update
  • Economic Development update
  • 1st Quarter Police Report
  • Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers CIP Progress Report

 

Subcategories

The City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin is a roundup of news items, happenings and other items of note for the City of Lakewood.

Lakewood's recognizes strong and longstanding local businesses with its Business Showcase.