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2014 Lodging Tax Grant Applications Accepted through August 22

The City of Lakewood is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in Lakewood, Washington. The source of monies from which projects will be funded is the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels within the City of Lakewood.

Beginning Thursday-August 1, 2013, application forms will be available on the city’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us and by contacting Melody at (253) 983-7769 or . The 2014 Lodging Tax Grant Application provides information regarding eligible uses of motel/hotel tax revenues and the process for proposal submission.

Grant application packets must be complete, signed, and received by the city’s third floor receptionist, or received in the mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday-August 22, 2013. Late or incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee which will make funding recommendations to the City Council. Final funding decisions for 2014 will be made by the Lakewood City Council in November-2013.

If you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact Melody at or (253) 983-7769.

Applications will be accepted by the third floor reception counter at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499 until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday-August 22, 2013. Please address your proposal application to the attention of Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.

Coffee with the Mayor- Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speakers will be Fire Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire and Rescue who will give a State of the Fire Department presentation and Parks and Recreation Coordinator Amanda Richardson who will give a presentation on the Farmers Market.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson
 

Permit Counter Closes at Noon on Wednesdays

Due to an acute staff shortage, the second floor counter for the Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments will be closed on Wednesday afternoons. This is expected to be a temporary measure, but may last a few months. The closure will allow the limited staff to process those permit applications that have been submitted. The second floor front counter will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 to Noon on Wednesdays. Thank you for your patience.

Effective June 26, 2013

Lakewood Selects John Caulfield as new City Manager

At its meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. Mr. Caulfield is currently serving as the city manager in Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, a job he has held since January 2006. He previously served as a deputy city manager in University Place and held various finance positions at the City of Federal Way. He is a graduate of Boston University (BS) and Seattle University (MBA). Caulfield was first introduced to the Lakewood community over twenty years ago while serving with the Army’s 2-75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis.

The Lakewood council was enthusiastic in discussing Caulfield’s qualifications before they cast their votes. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen stated that Caulfield “met all the attributes we were looking for in the ideal candidate.” Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant observed that he appeared to possess the shared strengths of Lakewood’s first two city managers. Other councilmembers referenced his strong leadership and his depth of experience in economic development and finance.

Mayor Don Anderson thanked the citizens and staff who participated in the hiring process and provided valuable insights to the Council. Mayor Anderson said it was reassuring that Caulfield was “currently successful in a city that wants to keep him. He is familiar with Lakewood and the military and will hit the ground running.”

On Friday morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.”

While his contract with Mountlake Terrace requires 60 days notice, the Lakewood Council is hopeful he can report earlier once they finalize a contract.

Pierce College Shares Science Dome for Tours and Community Access

The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Science Dome is revolutionizing science and astronomy education on the campus while also providing a learning opportunity for the community with science films offered for $6 for adults and $3 tickets for children ages three to 18-years-old.

The Science Dome is a 55-seat visualization theatre with a 38 foot dome-shaped screen. It provides an immersive and interactive experience to users as a planetarium for showing science films. Since January, approximately 250 Pierce College students have used the Science Dome during class – some more than once. Beyond the college students, 600 preschool to grade 12 students have utilized the dome along with 1,300 visitors from the public.

“Pierce College welcomes visitors to the Science Dome shows. Next year we will expand the opportunity for K-12 learning experiences in the Dome,” said the President of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Denise Yochum. “We are committed to developing interests in science, math and technology and to prepare students for further education and high wage, high demand careers.”

The Science Dome serves multiple curriculum purposes. In addition to students studying the sciences, design students have utilized the space to create a 180-degree movie and drama students have produced a theatrical performance in the space.

“The Pierce College Science Dome is a one of a kind community asset,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “It offers a unique destination and learning opportunity for area residents and regional tourism.”

This summer, the Science Dome is offering six shows and will be playing the movies on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:15 p.m. Beginning on June 26, there will be shows on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Adults are $6, children three to 18 are $3 and Pierce College students are $3. To learn more, visit: http://wp.pierce.ctc.edu/blog/sciencedome/ .