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City Council Identifies Pavement Improvement Projects

On Monday, July 21, the Lakewood City Council, acting in its capacity as a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board, approved a motion to set Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, as the date for a public hearing on implementation 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 John Caulfield On 'Comcast Newsmakers'

Recently, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield appeared on a segment of "Comcast Newsmakers ."

Hosted by Sabrina Register and filmed at Lakewold Gardens, Caulfield discusses economic development in Lakewood, as well as the City's role in addressing congestion issues along the Interstate 5 corridor near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Caulfield isn't the only Lakewood official who has appeared on the show recently. In June, Lakewood City Councilman Mike Brandstetter, while in Spokane for the Association of Washington Cities' annual conference, spoke about military communities' connection to their respective installations .

You can watch Caulfield's interview at http://goo.gl/zVcC8d

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Back To School Drive

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is collecting school supplies to help local students. Donations can be made at Station 31 (3631 Drexler Drive West) or Station 20 (10928 Pacific Hwy SW) until noon, Aug. 20

Supplies that are needed:

  • Backpacks
  • 3 Ring Binders/Dividers
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pens
  • Crayons (24 count)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Bottles of Glue & Glue Sticks
  • Wide/College Rule Spiral Notebooks
  • Wide/College Rule Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pink Erasers
  • Boxes of Kleenex (100 plus count)
  • Rulers/Protractors
  • Folders with inside pockets

Students in need of supplies can attend the FREE Back to School event on Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at City of Faith Christian Center, 11011 Occident Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA.

Public Meeting On Waughop Lake Pathway

Attention Fort Steilacoom Park users: Do you want to hear about the future of the pathway around Waughop Lake?

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 22 at Fort Steilacoom Park to discuss improvements to the path.

The park is located at 8714 87th Ave SW in Lakewood.

The meeting will take place near the entrance to Waughop Lake from the park’s main gravel lot. Be sure to bring your own chair.

This public meeting will take the place of the Board’s regular monthly meeting, which was scheduled that same evening.

For more information, contact Lakewood Parks and Recreation at (253) 983-7887.

Speed Radar Trailer on Zircon Drive Getting Results

The City of Lakewood's speed radar trailer program seems to be as effective as ever, which is making Lakewood's streets safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

After introducing the radar trailer program on Onyx Drive Southwest in June, the City placed it in the 8200 block of Zircon Drive.

The results? Residents were ecstatic to see it, and some have noticed a drop in speeding.

Kudos to the City's Public Works Department on creating a successful program that residents appreciate.