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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.

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.

Truck and Tractor Day

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday– a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, on Saturday, October 19 at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3pm. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For More Information, Please Call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983 – 7887 or Visit Us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com.

Lakewood City Council Unanimously Opposes Proposition 1

The Lakewood City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing the City of Tacoma’s Proposition 1, a Nov. 5 ballot measure that would likely force some utility customers in Lakewood to pay for fixes to their neighboring city’s streets.

After residents voiced their opposition to the measure – which would levy a 2-percent earnings tax on electric, telephone and gas utilities that would likely result in customers in Lakewood and other neighboring communities paying more - Lakewood leaders agreed the proposal would not benefit their residents.

The City of Lakewood received almost 30 e-mails over the weekend from residents opposed to Proposition 1, and another 10 residents spoke at Monday night’s public hearing.

Their message was clear: Lakewood residents shouldn’t have to pay for street improvements in another city.

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen said the solution that the City of Tacoma has come up with, “unfortunately has a regional impact beyond the roads that Tacoma intends to repair.”

“We need to take care of our own first,” he added.

If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2-percent earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic, Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades.

Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.

The Lakewood City Council joined residents, neighboring communities, local business owners, as well as the Lakewood and Tacoma-Pierce County Chambers of Commerce, all of which say Proposition 1 is neither fair, nor is it good for local businesses.

Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Notice of Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Subject: The Lakewood City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.

The Lakewood City Council is opposed to any action which results in Lakewood residents paying an increased Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without the affirmative vote of a majority of Lakewood residents.

Place of Meeting, Date, & Time:

October 21, 2013 7:00 PM.

Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers

6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499

Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk at the address listed below or emailed to :

Alice M. Bush, MMC
City of Lakewood
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98498