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WildSide Pets Relocates for New Beginning with Local Lakewood Community

WildSide Pets, a full-service pet store, recently relocated from Puyallup to the City of Lakewood, bringing exotic animals and specialty services.

In 2004, Cindy Taylor took her 40 years of passion and love for animals to open WildSide Pets with her daughter, Cari Aida. WildSide Pets is a 100 percent women-owned business and has been family-owned and operated for nearly ten years.

Earlier this year, Taylor and Aida moved the business into the heart of Lakewood where they provide a selection of exotic animals as well as various supplies and services. The new location was selected based on its proximity to the military community, visibility and the building’s character.

“My mom and I have always had a passion for working with animals and we are very fortunate to have this business together,” says co-owner Aida. “We are excited to grow our presence in Lakewood and we look forward to continuing to share our animal knowledge, pets, education and services with the community.”

WildSide Pets is USDA licensed to carry and sell an array of exotic animals such as sugar gliders, squirrels, hedgehogs, prairie dogs as well as common domestic pets such as puppies, kittens, reptiles and fish. WildSide Pets receives praise for its high industry standards in cleanliness, customer outreach, and most importantly, the responsible and appropriate care of animals. For example, WildSide offers free aquarium water analysis and habitat design to ensure quality care. Products carried at the store are holistic and natural with many organic options.

WildSide is engaged with the community through educational services and discounts including a military discount on dry goods. The store offers a free classroom pet program that allows teachers to borrow pets and receive supplies at a discounted price for their class animals.

“Lakewood welcomes unique businesses such as WildSide Pets,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “WildSide is the only store of its type in the state making it a regional destination for its distinctive inventory and staff expertise.”

Take a trip to WildSide Pets located at 3615 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Suite #101 in Lakewood. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit:

City of Lakewood Adopts Legislative Policy Manual, Agenda

The Lakewood City Council has always made clear what it hopes to get out of every Legislative session.

Now, the City has a roadmap to determine exactly what it supports, opposes and why.

This week, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted the City’s first Legislative Policy Manual , which will serve as a framework for the City in developing a legislative agenda and evaluating legislative policy. It focuses heavily on City Council priorities.

(The manual is available online here: /government/city-council/legislative-policy-manual )

The policy manual emphasizes the City of Lakewood’s stance on everything from congestion relieve in the I-5 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Corridor to traffic cameras to public records and open meetings:

Community, Economic Development, Transportation and Infrastructure

  • I-5 JBLM Corridor
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership & Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Economic Development Tools
  • Boundary Review Board
  • Local Authority for Land Use and Planning
  • Public Works Trust Fund
  • Parks, Recreation & Urban Forestry
  • Local Transportation Funding
  • State Route 167/State Route 509 Puget Sound Gateway Project


  • State-Shared Revenues
  • General Fund Revenue
  • Unfunded Mandates & Other State & Federal Budget Impacts

Public Safety

  • Authority to Appoint Municipal Court Judges
  • Traffic Enforcement Cameras
  • Jail and Court Costs

General Government

  • Public Records & Open Meetings

The City Council also adopted the 2013-14 Biennial Legislative Agenda, which contains the following four items:

  • Transportation Funding: I-5 JBLM Corridor Improvements (If not adopted in 2013): Lakewood requests that the state adopt a transportation revenue package that includes full funding for improvements to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord I-5 Corridor (I-5 Mounts Road Interchange on the south to I-5 Bridgeport Interchange on the north) to relieve congestion and allow for the future economic development of the City of Lakewood and the surrounding communities. The City also requests that a transportation revenue package include a direct distribution of funding to cities for local street maintenance and operations.
  • Capital Funding Request: Towne Green: Lakewood request $500,000 in capital funding to foster a sense of community and spur economic development in the Lakewood Towne Center. With state and local funds, the City plans to construct a town green in an area of Lakewood Towne Center to attract a greater number of people into the Towne Center.
  • Mitigation Funding Request: Point Defiance Bypass: The Point Defiance Bypass Project proposes routing passenger trains through South Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont at the cost of $89 million. When completed, the project will bring a total of seven daily round trip passenger trains through Lakewood intersections, with an average crossing time of 7 seconds per intersection, 45 seconds total with guard rails and a maximum speed of 79 mph. This routing bifurcates the community and negatively affects residents and businesses by generating additional traffic congestions, increased noise and vibrations and an impact on economic development. The City requests that a portion of the $89 million allocated to WSDOT Rail for the project be allocated to projects that mitigate theses negative impacts on Lakewood residents and businesses.
  • Maintain Funding for the Western State Hospital Community Policing Program: The 2013-15 State Operating Budget contains $462,000 for a highly effective neighborhood policing team (through LPD) to respond to hundreds of calls for police service at Western State Hospital. The City of Lakewood requests that this funding remain included in the budget, and that it be re-appropriated in the 2015-17 Operating Budget.

Lakewood Residents Have Options For Yard Waste Disposal

So you know not to sweep your fallen leaves into the streets and drains.

But the next question: How do I get rid of my yard waste?

There are options for Lakewood residents. You can sign up through Lemay/Pierce County Refuse for yard waste services and receive a 95-gallon tote to keep during the season. The cost is $7.25 per month and pick-up at your home is every other week, just like your regular recycling.

Contact LeMay at (253) 588-1705 and press "6" for customer service questions.

If you want to dispose of organic debris and yard waste on your own for free, you can fill a truck bed or bag it up, then drive it to the Pierce County Landfill at Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Ave. E, Puyallup. It can be reached at (253) 847-7555. Reminder: If you bring bagged leaves, you will have to empty the bags and dispose of only the leaves!

Again, please do not sweep yard waste into the streets, where the leaves will likely clog storm drains and cause flooding on busy streets.

Thanks for the help!

City of Lakewood To Honor Veterans With Special Recognition

They served. They fought. They sacrificed - all in the name of protecting our country.

Now, the City of Lakewood wants to offer its small token of gratitude to our nation’s veterans.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Lakewood City Council will recognize all veterans during a special presentation of a proclamation declaring the month of November as “Veterans Appreciation Month” to members of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the City’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Expected to attend are Col. Jody Miller, the Raiders’ Brigade Commander, and Command Sgt. Major Oscar L. Vinson.

Mayor Don Anderson is scheduled to make a special proclamation honoring men and women serving or who have served in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces. Anderson, himself, is a veteran who served overseas as a U.S. Navy JAG officer from 1979-1981.

The presentation will take place toward the start of the City Council’s study session meeting, which will begin 7 p.m., Tuesday at Lakewood City Hall, City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW.

The City is asking all veterans to attend and be recognized for their service and sacrifices. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Clearing Drains of Leaves Helps Prevent Neighborhood Flooding

Pumpkins. Sweaters. Football. It must be fall.

But this time of year also means that leaves are falling to the ground. If not maintained properly, those leaves can cause neighborhood flooding and other problems.

The City of Lakewood asks that you help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by clearing leaves and other debris from the storm drains and ditches near your home. Our maintenance crews do their best to keep the city’s many drains clean, but it’s nearly impossible to clear off all of those fallen leaves before the rain starts.

You can help out by doing a little fall cleaning of your own. By using a shovel, rake or brush-broom to clear away the leaves and debris, you can quickly solve the problem. Bag your yard waste or put the yard waste in your yard waste container, as it is better for the environment and potentially less expensive for you. Voila! That’s it.

Also, the City ramps up its street-sweeping operations around this time each year. We have identified 10 areas throughout Lakewood as “High Organic Debris Areas.” Beginning this month and continuing through January, the streets in those areas are swept every other week. The goal of this emphasis is to clean up leaf litter and other debris before it enters and clogs the storm drainage system.

For the map illustrating the streets that are swept, including the ramped-up areas between October and January, click on the following link and, under “Related Documents,” click on “Street Sweeping Routes”: /government/departments/public-works/operations-and-maintenance-division

For more information, contact the city’s Public Works Department at (253) 983-7795.

Thanks for your help!