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Jan. 15, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Memorial for (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, some 600 people filled the Lewis North Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to remember Army Col. and Lakwood Police Chief Larry Saunders, who passed away earlier this month.

Family, friends and colleagues spoke to Saunders' leadership, whether in an Army or Lakewood Police Department uniform.

Former Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz was the MC for the event, which saw reprsentatives from several neighboring communities paying their respect to Saunders,who was a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a tireless advocate of improving Lakewood.

All members of the Lakewood City Council, as well as City Manager John Caulfied, Police Chief Mike Zaro and current City employees who knew Saunders attended the ceremony.

"Lakewood today is a better place thanks to Larry Saunders," Neiditz said. "Lakewood today is a safer place thanks to Larry Saunders."

The City of Lakewood extends its condolences and support to the family of Larry Saunders, the City's first Police Chief.

Jan. 8, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City to Fly Flags at Half-Staff To Honor Retired Police Chief Larry Saunders

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfied has ordered all City Flags to be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the passing of retired Police Chief Larry Saunders, as well as honor his role as a prominent citizen of the Lakewood community.

The time period will be Thursday, January 7, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016. 

Lakewood residents, businesses, schools and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

When flown at half-staff, the US flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

The City of Lakewood issued the following statement regarding Saunders' passing on Jan. 7, 2016:

Dec. 18, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Council Honors City Clerk Alice Bush With 20-Year Recognition

On Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, the Lakewood City Council honored City Clerk Alice Bush, Lakewood’s longest-tenured employee, with a 20-year employment recognition.

Bush has served as Lakewood’s City Clerk with distinction since its incorporation in 1996. In fact, she actually began working for the City before it opened its doors. After voters approved Cityhood a year earlier, the Lakewood resident joined the “Transition Team” of volunteers that formed the blueprints of future City services departments – a job that required research, gathering data, crunching numbers and talking with other cities and residents to formulate recommendations for a new city. The then-employee with the City of Tacoma was Co-Chairperson of Lakewood’s general administration team.

Her first official day as Clerk for the City of Lakewood was Nov. 20, 1995, and she is affectionately known around the City of Lakewood as “Employee No. 1.”

Bush’s leadership and influence extends beyond the City of Lakewood. She served as President of the Washington Municipal Clerk’s Association (WMCA) in 2008 and was recognized for her career contributions in 2013 when she was selected by her peers as City Clerk of the Year. 

She has earned the trust and confidence of elected officials, her co-workers and citizens alike during her tenure. The City of Lakewood thanks Bush for her years of service and commitment to improving our community.

Dec. 4, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

19th Annual Tree Lighting Tonight

Tonight,  the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting .

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 6 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:

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Check out the 100 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 and Lakes High Studio Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

Here is the schedule of activities that we have planned:

  • 6 p.m. - Carols and Procession
  • 6:10 p.m. - Tree Lighting
  • 6:20 p.m. - Lego Contest Winners Announced (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Charisma Dancers Perform (Council Chambers)
  • 7:30 p.m. - p.m. - Mann Middle School Choir Performance (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Inside: Visit with Santa, crafts, minute to win it games, view lego creations, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Starbucks.

For more information, visit /communications/blog/1035-19th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-on-dec-4 .

Unfred Named Assistant Police Chief

This week, John Unfred was selected as Assistant Chief of the City of Lakewood Police Department. 

Police Chief Mike Zaro made the selection. Unfred has been with the Department since 2004, after almost seven years with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and has been an invaluable member of the Department ever since. He has a diverse career encompassing patrol, investigations, internal affairs, and emergency management. Unfred has been instrumental in developing the emergency management plan for the City of Lakewood and has assisted in management of major emergencies across the state, including the fires in Okanagan County and the Oso mudslide.

Unfred's dedication to the Department and the region, coupled with his genuine desire to help the citizens he serves, are just a few of the many reasons the City is proud to have him as a member of the Department and as the new Assistant Chief of Police for the Lakewood Police Department.

Dec. 31, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Coming Jan. 1: MyLakewood311 Mobile App

On Jan. 1, 2016, the City of Lakewood will launch its official mobile app: MyLakewood311.

MyLakewood311 will serve as the official platform for residents to access their government via cell phone or tablet.

The mobile app builds on the City of Lakewood’s recently revamped website and award-winning social media presence, and it’s part of an overall effort by the City to stay connected to residents. In fact, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals is a commitment to “honest, open, and transparent government.”

With the “MyLakewood311” app, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones and online. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find 
information about events, public meetings and view City news.

Once requests are submitted, the relevant staff redirects and responds to requests through a customized workflow management system.

The City will also use the system to provide residents with real-time status updates and comments on submitted requests.

“MyLakewood311” is an application launched in partnership between the City of Lakewood and PublicStuff. This is a free service and will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search “MyLakewood311” in the stores to download.

Dec. 11, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Responds To, Braces For Weather Systems

This week's wind and rain affected several parts of the City. Here are some incidents Public Works and Parks responded to:

  • On Tuesday, due to the amount water over the road (about 2 feet deep), we had to close Union Ave between Maple and Orchard. Crews detoured traffic around to Washington. No bus stops were affected. The street remained closed Wednesday and was reopened Thursday.
  • Heavy winds toppled a couple of trees at Springbrook Park. Luckily, the park's fence, soccer goals and light pole escaped any harm.
  • There was also some flooding over the roadway at Pacific Highway South under the railroad (RR) bridge just north of the Lakewood Transit Center. The road was kept passable because Public Works brought in a portable pump and pumped the water directly into the existing storm water pumping station thereat. Once the water went down, Public Works called in ProVac to clean out the pipes and found that the pipe was plugged with a root ball.
  • Public Works reports that the traffic signal at 112th and Military suffered damage from the recent wind and rain and needs repair. Crews will continue to work on the signal, but stop signs remain in place.
  • By Thursday night, the City of Lakewood’s operations returned to normal operations. However, the City is preparing for another weather system beginning Friday. According to Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger, a strong, low-pressure system is forecasted to bring showers and windy weather to Western Washington today. That system will weaken as it moves to the Southern Washington Coastal area Friday afternoon. Then, another strong, low-pressure system will hit the area over the weekend. A more benign weather pattern is expected next week. In terms of what’s happening in the City of Lakewood, crews reopened Union Avenue between Maple and Orchard on Wednesday, but that could change given the squalls on Thursday, that could change. Given the forecasted weather, there is a possibility that other roads or streets will be restricted as crews clean grates and pump out areas that they can.

Nov. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 6th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place at the Lakewood Police Department. 

The annual event honors Lakewood's Fallen Four - Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards - as well as other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Officers and volunteers will be on-site to collect your donations, which benefit our neighbors who are struggling this year.

Volunteers - including members of the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and other agencies - accepted donations of food for 10 hours. They filled nearly two trucks full of food that benefits the Emergency Food Network.

Great work by everyone, and thank you, so much, to the community for its generosity.

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