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Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

This marks the first time since 2005 that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has recognized the City for its CAFR.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Only about 5 percent of cities nationwide receive the award.  Last year, only three cities in Pierce County and 37 cities in Washington State received a certificate.

“This is a tremendous honor for the City of Lakewood,” City Manager John Caulfield said. “It’s another indication that our employees are dedicating the highest quality, accuracy and transparency to their work on behalf of the citizens of Lakewood.”

The City’s Finance Division operates under the leadership of Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, who said she is especially proud of the division given that the City faced a tougher path to earning the designation because the City had not prepared a CAFR in eight years.

The preparation of the city’s 2014 CAFR will get underway shortly and expected to be completed later this summer. 

2015 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

The City of Lakewood will be accepting applications for privately initiated amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan through Friday, March 13, 2015.  Application forms, which include a list of the information that must accompany the application, are available at the Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department, 6000 Main St. SW, 2nd floor, Lakewood, Wash.  A minimum fee of $1,080 must accompany applications at the time of submittal.

Applications are subject to environmental review under established criteria and the State Environmental Policy Act.  The Lakewood Planning Commission will review the applications, and will take public testimony at a date to be set. All amendments are subject to final approval and adoption by the Lakewood City Council.

For additional information, contact Dan Catron, Long Range Planning Manager, at (253) 512-2261 or e-mail .

West Pierce: Explosion, Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 p.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to an explosion at 112th Street S / Steele Street S.  Multiple reports came in as a large explosion was heard and a fire had broken out at the Pick N Pull vehicle salvage yard, located at 2416 112th Street S.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the buildings on site, as well as multiple storage tanks.  It was reported that a gasoline vendor was there to pull gas out of the storage tank, which is routine. After he disconnected from the tank, a large explosion occurred from the tank behind the one he had previously been connected to. The vendor was blown 60 feet away from the tank and was able to get up and move his truck away from the fire. He was evaluated by medics at the scene and did not require medical treatment.

Crews shut down 112th Street from South Tacoma Way to Steele Street in order to keep drivers a safe distance away and give firefighters room to work. JBLM Fire Department assisted in the operations as well.  The Department of Ecology assisted with spilled materials during the explosion. 

There were no injuries reported during this incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

City Supports Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks with Flag Raising

Although Jermaine Kearse was 1,000 miles away preparing for the biggest showcase in professional sports, that didn’t stop him from relaying a direct message to his hometown of Lakewood.

On Friday, during one of hundreds of Blue Friday celebrations taking place throughout Western Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood ceremoniously raised its 12th Man Flag in front of City Hall, led by Mayor Don Anderson.

The day was also a chance for the 100 or so people who attended to celebrate Kearse, the Lakes High graduate and Seahawk whose overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship punched Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Throughout the crowd, people held up large signs bearing the Sports Illustrated cover that featured Kearse’s now-iconic catch. Others wore his jersey.

And in return, the crowd got to hear a customized message that Kearse himself offered to the City that Communications Manager Brent Champaco read aloud.

“First and foremost, I just want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to not only represent myself and my family, but to be able to represent the City of Lakewood all these years,” Kearse’s message started. “Truly an honor to say I am from the City of Lakewood.”

“Want to thank all my friends and family and all my supporters who believed in me from the get-go, and who continuously have my back, no matter any outcome. Just thankful and appreciative."

Kearse aside, the person who stole the show was the flag-raiser himself. No, not Mayor Anderson, although he did help. Instead, it was the Mayor’s grandson, Luke, who not only helped raise the flag but waved a Seahawk towel, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

To see pictures and videos of the flag-raising, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page .

One more time: #GoHawks #IamLakewood

Clover Park School District Releases Overview Video

The Clover Park School District (CPSD) has released a two-minute video that provides an overview of CPSD and its programs, staff and students

The video also features two testimonials from parents whose children currently attend CPSD schools. In addition to the video, interactive video clips in English and Spanish provide answers to frequently asked questions. The video and interactive clips provide useful information for current residents and families new to the Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord communities.

-Clover Park School District