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City Offices Closed For Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Street Work Scheduled For September in Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September

Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street

Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.

Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching

Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Retains Class 3 Rating

The following is from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, which serves the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, as well as the Town of Steilacoom:

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating.

Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities.  The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications.  Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.

Starting in 2013, West Pierce began providing fire protection service to the Town of Steilacoom.  Due to this contract, the fire protection class rating for the Town of Steilacoom improved from a 6 to a 3.  This is a very significant improvement in their rating and may even have an impact on insurance premiums.  The WSRB recommends Steilacoom residents and business owners contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings as a result of this change. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue are the only Class 3 fire departments in Pierce County. 

Clover Park School District Begins New Year

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Clover Park School District kicked off the 2014-15 school year.

Schools in Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcomed back thousands of students from summer break. At Lakeview Hope Academy, the school celebrated with a "Tunnel of Hope" ceremony.

To see video highlights of the first day of school, visit http://goo.gl/DXpPDt .

The City of Lakewood would like to wish Clover Park School District students and employees, as well as other students, the best of luck this year. There's no doubt that you all have the ability to accomplish great things! #IamLakewood

Get Cars Checked For Leaks at The Farmers Market

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Lakewood Farmers Market will partner with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and the Don't Drip and Drive campaign to offer free vehicle leak checks right at the market while you shop.

Volunteers will be on-site to answer questions, test cars for leaks, and offer discounts to get them fixed. What you need to know about the leak check:

  • Volunteers will test your vehicle while you are shopping at the farmers market. Your results will be ready when you return to your car.
  • Volunteers will place a drip sheet under your car while it is parked.
  • Volunteers will not need to start your car or open the hood.
  • Volunteers will tell you whether your car has a fluid leak. •Leak results are confidential.
  • Everyone who gets their car tested will receive a voucher for a free professional leak inspection and a discount on repairs.

Don’t Drip and Drive is a campaign to help people fix their leaking cars. Our cars drip 7 million quarts of oil into the Puget Sound each year. The campaign is supported by nonprofit organizations, cities, counties and state agencies in Washington State.

Stop by the market for some fresh produce, live entertainment from the Renegade Train and participate in our Don’t Drip and Drive event!

The Lakewood Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, through Sept. 16, outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.