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City Releases 'Video Tour' on Homepage

Want to learn about Lakewood but don’t have the time? All you need to do is visit the City of Lakewood’s homepage.

That’s where the City released its new “Video Tour” of Lakewood. Filmed in May and produced by New York-based CGI Communications , the videos offer quick primers on living, working and playing in Lakewood. CGI has produced videos for thousands of communities across the country, including the last one from the City of Lakewood.

To view the Tour Book, visit our homepage at www.cityoflakewood.us , and choose your option on the right side.

#IamLakewood

Public Hearing on Vehicle Licensing Fee on Aug. 25

  • WHAT: Public hearing on $20 Vehicle Licensing Fee to fund badly needed pavement, transportation projects

  • WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Board of the Transportation Benefit District, will conduct a public hearing on whether to implement of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015.

The TBD Board was established in August 2012, and by state law, it is comprised of Lakewood City Councilmembers who serve in an independent capacity as the TBD governing Board. The Board is authorized to fund transportation projects using a Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) of up to $20 as provided by state law. The TBD cannot impose any other fees or taxes without first obtaining approval from voters. The Board is also authorized to select specific projects for funding, provided that the projects meet state law requirements.

The projects funded by the VLF are:

Project

Cost

  • Lakewood Drive – 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd

$900,000

  • Lakewood Drive – Flett Creek to North City Limits

$1,155,000

  • Main Street – Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street

$331,000

  • 59th Avenue – Main Street to 100th Street

$496,000

  • 59th Avenue – 100th Street to Bridgeport Way

$276,000

  • 108th Street – Bridgeport Way to Pacific Highway

$661,000

  • 108th Street – Main Street to Bridgeport Way

$743,000

  • Custer Road – Steilacoom Blvd to John Dower Rd

$540,000

  • 88th Street – Steilacoom Blvd to Custer Road

$300,000

  • 100th Street – 59th Avenue to Lakeview Avenue

$1,115,000

  • Chip seal program – local access roads

$495,000

  • New LED street lights

$975,000

  • Signal projects, neighborhood safety projects, minor capital projects and engineering services

$932,000

  • Complete existing projects
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood to west of South Tacoma Way
    • Pacific Highway – 108th St. to State Route 512
    • 100th St. – Lakeview Ave. to South Tacoma Way

$221,000

Total

$9,140,000

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/15/2014

August 15, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Night Closures, Slowdowns on I-5

Drivers on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 will encounter several nights of double and triple lane closures and rolling slowdowns next week in Lakewood, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Drivers entering I-5 will be temporarily delayed at on-ramps near the work zones during the rolling slowdowns. Crews will install sign bridges for “smart highway” devices. The devices help WSDOT manage traffic and relay roadway information to the public. To view a schedule of the work, visit http://goo.gl/jN1omA .

City Councilmember Snaps JBLM Photo

Check out this great picture snapped by photographer extraordinaire and Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson. He titled the shot, "Army and Lakewood Strong." #Hooah #IamLakewood

Sewer Extension Grant

The City was formally notified that it was selected to receive a $750,000 grant from Pierce County for the Woodbrook Public Sanitary Sewer Extension Phase II project. The sewer project would extend the existing sewer line in 146th Street from its present terminus, just short of Woodbrook Road, easterly to Woodbrook, and then southeasterly on Woodbrook to 150th Street, and then westerly on 150th Street to about 800 feet westerly of Woodbrook. In doing so, sanitary sewer service would then be readily available to all industrially zoned properties (approximately 112 Acers) within the Woodbrook Area. Total cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.

Senior Activity Center Barbecue

Lakewood ...we have liftoff.

Few would mistake our community for Cape Canaveral, but the Lakewood Senior Activity Center was the site of its own out-of-this-atmosphere party this week, as the seniors held their annual summer barbecue.

With a theme of "3,2,1 ... Blastoff," the 80 or so people in attendance got a space-age experience that included barbecue food cooked by Parks, Recreation and Community Services employees, music by the group Community Blend and rocket-themed party favors.

"We had an amazing time," said LSAC Coordinator Elizabeth Scheid. "The seniors had so much fun and the whole outer-space feel was great."

To view a photo gallery of the barbecue, visit the Senior Activity Center's Facebook page .

Tuskegee Airman From Lakewood

The City of Lakewood sends its condolences to the loved ones of Lt. Col. Edward Drummond, longtime Lakewood resident and member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. (Read The News Tribune’s story of his passing here: http://t.co/63BP6UwqEr ) The City is honored that Drummond called Lakewood home.

Economic Development

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

Organizations submitted a total of 18 lodging tax grant applications by this week’s deadline. The next step in the grant process is for Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to review the 2015 applications and make funding recommendations. The City Council will evaluate the recommendations and make final funding decisions this November/December.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase – House of Donuts
  • Appoint 2014-2015 Youth Council members and Lakewood’s Promise Representative
  • Sewer connection policies relative to subdivisions (Briefing by the City Manager)

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Public Hearing on a proposed $20 annual vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 25, following the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review financial policies

The City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Comprehensive Plan Review (1 of 3)

Pierce College Parks Appreciation Day Video

Want to learn what Parks Appreciation Day is all about in the City of Lakewood? Then check out this cool video that  Pierce College Service Learning students posted on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Al2R3iR-mXg .

The video covers Parks Appreciation Day projects throughout Lakewood on April 26, 2014 at Fort Steilacoom Park. The video features interviews with:

  • Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director
  • Emily Wood, Director of the Center for Engagement and Learning at Pierce College
  • Christopher Wallace, Lodge No. 72
  • Doris Johnson

Lakewood Senior Activity Center BBQ Blasts Off

Lakewood ...we have liftoff.

Few would mistake our community for Cape Canaveral, but the Lakewood Senior Activity Center was the site of its own out-of-this-atmosphere party this week, as the seniors held their annual summer barbecue.

With a theme of "3,2,1 ... Blastoff," the 80 or so people in attendance got a space-age experience that included barbecue food cooked by Parks, Recreation and Community Services employees, music by the group Community Blend and rocket-themed party favors.

"We had an amazing time," said LSAC Coordinator Elizabeth Scheid. "The seniors had so much fun and the whole outer-space feel was great."

To view a photo gallery of the barbecue, visit the Senior Activity Center's Facebook page .