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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.

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!

Municipal Court Now Serves Steilacoom

People cited for traffic infractions, misdemeanors and other non-felony violations in Steilacoom have been traveling to the next community over to handle their cases the past month.

On Oct. 1, Steilacoom officially entered into a contract with the Municipal Court of Lakewood and University Place. That means the enhanced services that come with the court – everything from a fully staffed, five-day-a-week front desk to prosecution and public defense to probation and electronic home monitoring – are now available to Washington’s oldest town. The contract includes everything but police and jail services.

“It’s a big benefit to Steilacoom residents,” Court Administrator Deana Wright said. “They get all of the services that come with our Municipal Court, which will create a cost savings for its residents. It’s also more convenient, seeing that we’re physically located just up the hill.”

Before, Steilacoom offered its own municipal court that took place only 1 ½ times per month. In 2012, the town had some 1,100 cases, 900 of which were related to traffic and parking violations.

In 2012, the Municipal Court of Lakewood and University Place handled more than 27,000 violations.

In Lakewood, almost 12,000 of those were photo-enforcement violations, while another 9,600 were issued for traffic infractions. Some 4,000 were misdemeanor cases.

In University Place, the court handled 649 traffic infractions and 735 misdemeanors.

The Municipal Court is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. It can be reached at (253) 512-2258.

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!

Celebrate Make a Difference Day Saturday in Lakewood

Help celebrate Make a Difference Day in the City of Lakewood by participating in this national day of community service this Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Kick-Off event will feature a food drive benefitting the Emergency Food Network (EFN), and all attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. The Kick-Off event will take place at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Refreshments will be served beginning 8 a.m.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome and an overview of the various projects by the Lakewood Youth Council. We will leave for the individual project sites by 8:50 a.m.

The event is hosted and coordinated by the Lakewood Youth Council and will feature community service projects at:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns Association
  • The West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch
  • The Lakewood Community Garden
  • A beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary

If you are a Clover Park School District student, these hours will count toward your community service hours as required by the International Baccalaureate Program. Help make a difference in our city by participating in this year’s event.