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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/18/2014

April 18, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.

The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.

Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.

To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit http://shwks.com/2xed .

City Honored With AUSA Award

On April 12, the City of Lakewood received a big honor that recognized its support of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. At the AUSA Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, the City of Lakewood got the Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award for its service to soldiers, veterans and family members of 4-2, the City's former Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The City was recognized for its massive parade welcoming Raider Brigade soldiers home in 2013 and other efforts to support the brigade, which officially inactivated in March. The City of Lakewood's new Community Connector is 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

In addition to the City of Lakewood being recognized, the Lakewood Subchapter of AUSA recived the Major General (CA) Ronald H. Markarian Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success for its superior service to the City of Lakewood and the Raider Brigade.

The 4-2 also was recognized with the Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation for exceptional performance of combat and civic duty. including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, from June 2006 through March 2014.

Sister Cities International Festival

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities International Festival on April 25 to April 27.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The event will take place at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free, family-friendly event will honor the rich cultures of the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Activities will include cultural entertainment, art exhibits, and international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

  • A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
  • A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.

A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at www.lsca.us .

The Lakewood Sister Cities Festival - ArtsFest Celebration is proudly sponsored by Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Lakewood Family YMCA, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, The Ranger, KLAY Radio, City of Lakewood and Pierce College.

City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows

City is converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.

For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk. For more information, visit

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood held its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. More than 50 little fairies joined the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department at the Lakewood Activity Center.

After receiving their wings and tiaras, each Fairy spent her afternoon sipping tea and lemonade, snacking on cookies and making a butterfly magnet to showcase their future masterpieces! It was an enchanted evening of wings, wands and all things fairies.

Police

Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is offering the FREE boating education class required by law for people ages 41 and under that will allow them to operate motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater engines and learn about boating safety. The classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station, 94012 Lakewood Dr. SW, on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 27 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7 9:00 am to 5 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages – only a 30-minute lunch break will be offered, so they might want to bring a sack lunch.

Registration will be processed through the Parks/Rec Activenet system. The contact for registration is Dennis Higashiyama and his number is (253) 983-7835. Registration is FREE. After completing the class, participants will need to pay a $10 fee to Washington State Parks to obtain the actual Boaters Education card. (This class is not a Parks/Rec program – it is being presented by the Lakewood Police Department – we just help facilitate the registration.)

Parks & Recreation

Fort Steilacoom Park Playground, Shelter Closures

The Fort Steilacoom Park Playground and the two FSP shelters will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week – April 23, 24, 25, and 26, for renovation/restoration/repair to the playground . This project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and is a follow-up to their initial playground building/funding project in 2009. Please bring your families to the park at the end of the construction period to enjoy the newly restored facility.

Please remember, too, that the City has a small supply of playground fence slats for sale at a fee of $100 each and you can purchase a slat to surprise a child or grandchild or honor a family member. Each slat can be engraved with up to 22 letters and spaces and a minimum order of at least 10 slats must be submitted at one time for fabrication. Please contact the City at (253) 983-7887 to order a fence slat.

Economic Development

Lakewood United

Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady spoke at Lakewood United this week. She talked about City focus areas for development/redevelopment, projects completed and in the works, and provided a general overview on the state of the City.

Master Builders Forum

Councilmember Marie Barth and City employees attended the 2014 MBA Pierce County Housing forum. Topics covered included Real Estate Market Trends from 1969 to current times for Washington State and Pierce County, Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research, and Annual Forecasting. Attendees also learned about homeowner building and renovation plans, priorities, and motivations.

Legal

Booker-Hay Trains With Steilacoom

On April 16, Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay conducted training with Town of Steilacoom Police Officers. The training included a criminal law update, practical tips for incident report writing and an overview of the City’s prosecution efforts and charging standards.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation Teachers Appreciation week
  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase of Davinci Salon & Spa
  • Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
  • Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
  • Approve an agreement for a Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve a HOME loan agreement with Gravelly Lake Townhomes, LLC for redevelopment at 8919 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting with the State legislators on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Overview of 2014 Legislative Session

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of fleet and equipment plan.
  • Review of information technology plan.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments and sewer availability

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/11/2014

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day on Saturday

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood) at Clover Park High School, the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City. Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and others with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM, and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Dodsworth Receives Top WRPA Award

Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was recognized with the Honor Fellow Award at the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) annual conference in Seattle this week. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the state professional organization to an individual. It recognizes her dedication and achievement in her field over a minimum of 10 years. Mary has been recognized in the past with the Young Professional award in 1991, the Citation of Merit award in 2008 and served as the president of WRPA in 2008-09. We’ll have more on this huge recognition for Mary. Congratulations!

Lakewood Earns WellCity Award

This week, the City of Lakewood was one of 96 cities and government agencies in Washington that earned a 2014 WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust. The award is given to AWC members that meet nine best practice standards for employee health.

The distinction means the City of Lakewood will receive a 2-percent premium discount on all medical premiums for employees. The discount will be applied to 2014 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents.

A 2-percent premium discount is significant in today’s economy, and the reward is even bigger. WellCity award winners enjoy reduced costs and a culture of health at City Hall.

Police Unfurl Flag at Mariners Opener

On Tuesday, the Lakewood Police Department and others from the City played a starring role in the pregame ceremonies of the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field.

Approximately 40 members of the department and City got the honor of carrying the giant American flag onto the field and unfurling it in front of a sold-out crowd of 46,000 fans. Police's unfurling of the flag has become a tradition for the Mariners. They then got to watch the game, courtesy of the M’s.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Mariners organization for its continued support. Go M’s.

Police

Open House on Sunday

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department. The Lakewood Police Department is located at 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.

Parks & Recreation

Gateways Meeting

On April 8, the City hosted a community workshop to solicit feedback on the vision for Lakewood’s gateways. After review of the Gateway Stakeholder committee’s work-to-date, attendees were provided the opportunity to review and comment on four draft gateway concepts. The feedback received will be incorporated into two gateway concepts that will be presented to the community and planning team in May. Check the City’s webpage for updates on future meetings. If you would like to be added to the gateway e-mail group list, please send a note to

WRPA Honors Healthy Start

In addition to the award for Mary Dodsworth mentioned above, WRPA also recognized the Healthy Start after-school program as one of excellence in the health & wellness field. Originally funded by a Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department grant, this program provides fresh fruits & vegetables for snacks, participation in the Tacoma Kids Marathon, Regional Championships for Speed Stacking and ongoing games and activities to promote physical fitness in elementary school-age students. The tag line for this program is: “FUN, FIT & FUELED; when F’s are good in school”. This program supports the City’s mission to create a healthy and vibrant community.

Economic Development

Save the Date! Housing Forum

The Lakewood Housing Forum will be held May 15 from 9 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., at the McGavick Conference Center. Demand for housing is increasing, inventory is shrinking and the housing stock is aging. The opportunity is now! Topics to include:

  • Existing conditions
  • Statistics on the needs of JBLM and others
  • Lending patterns now and into the future
  • What’s possible for single-family, rehabilitation, new construction, mixed residential, multifamily and more…stay tuned.

Commercial Brokers Meeting

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady gave a project and activity update for the City of Lakewood this week at the Commercial Brokers Association (South) Meeting. Many of the brokers have worked on projects in the City and were interested to know more about specific projects, parcels in transition and the progress on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Toastmasters Area Speech Contest

Sandy Schaefer of the Lakewood Toastmasters hosted an area speech contest this week at City Hall. Winners from the contest will compete at the Division level at 5 p.m., April 21 at the University Place Library. Districts will be May 10, and the winners will qualify to compete at the Semifinal International Speech Contest in August at the International Convention, Kuala Lupur, Malaysia. One will be crowned Toastmasters World Champion. Maybe he or she will be from our district? If you are interested in Lakewood Toastmasters, join us Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in the Council Chambers. http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation Teachers Appreciation week
  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase of Da Vinci Salon & Spa
  • Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
  • Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
  • Approve an agreement for Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/28/2014

March 28, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

“Neighborhoods” To Feature Lakewood

With assistance from the sun, the Lakewood community showed off its beauty for the folks from Comcast on Monday.

A crew spent the day in Lakewood filming segments for an upcoming feature on the community for its On Demand show, "Neighborhoods ." The show is hosted by Sabrina Register.

Trust us. It's going to be a great one.

Comcast customers will be able to watch the segment on Lakewood as early as April 1.To access "Neighborhoods," simply tune to Channel 1 or select On Demand on your Comcast Digital Remote, then:

  • Select Get Local
  • Select Around the Sound
  • Select Neighborhoods

And that's it! Sit back and learn a little bit about the communities in the Puget Sound.

Soggy Doggy on Saturday

Rain or shine at 9:30 am., Saturday, the City of Lakewood will present the second annual Soggy Doggy Run at Fort Steilacoom Park! The on-site/day-of event registration fee has been reduced to $10 per participant over 14 years old. Younger children may accompany their parents and dogs at no cost for a 1-mile walk around Waughop Lake or a 5K run. Prizes for people and pets will be awarded! Join us on what may be a soggy day – the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services team will welcome you to this fun, family event.

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools of Lakewood celebrated with the Champions for Youth Breakfast at Old Country Buffet on Thursday.

This annual fundraising event was attended by more than 200 community members, including great representation from the City. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Mary Moss, Councilmember Marie Barth, Councilmember Paul Bocchi, Councilmember John Simpson, City Manager John Caulfield, City employees, as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson, attended the event. An inspiring keynote speech was given by local success story Brandon Stodgstill, recalling the encouragement and support he received from our community as he rebuilt his life .

Communities in Schools is recognized nationally for being one of the best organizations in preventing drop-outs and increasing the graduation rate in high schools. The funds raised at this event will help cover the expenses of programs that are being delivered in the Clover Park School District.

Police

Year-End Crime Report

This week, the Police Department presented its 2013 year-end report to the Lakewood City Council. The report covered plenty – everything from the number of incidents to the number of uses of force by officers to the number of times the department received awards and praise. Here are some highlights of the report:

  • Police responded to 59,909 calls for service in 2013, more than 2,500 of which resulted in bookings. More than 17,000 involved traffic stops
  • Officer use of force (90 in 2013) represented an 18 percent drop from the prior year. There were no complaints of excessive force, and taser use fell almost 70 percent
  • Officers used force on a sliver of a percent – 0.15 – of its contacts, and 3 percent of physical arrests required use of force
  • Police received 39 citizen letters of praise and 27 department awards.

Assistant Chief Mike Zaro told the City Council that determining whether Lakewood is a safer community compared to years past can be subjective. However, the number of Priority One calls for service has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, and the violent crime rate has dropped to its second-lowest mark since 2005.

To view the Police Department’s full report, click here . When prompted to the agenda, under “Items For Discussion,” select “2013 Year End Police Department Report.”

Economic Development

Hobby Lobby Holds Grand Opening

They didn't have to look very far to find the ribbon or the scissors.

On Monday, Hobby Lobby held its grand opening celebration for its new location in Lakewood, 5401 100th Street SW. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and other City officials attended the ribbon-cutting.

The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way

Once inside, visitors were treated to the new world - at least in Lakewood - of Hobby Lobby's offerings For a taste of what Hobby Lobby is about, click here to view our photo gallery on Facebook.

Tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks

On Thursday, City of Lakewood officials got an up-close tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks , a niche company that specializes in classic reproduction conversions of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Chief Engineer Doug Graf gave us a tour of the shop, located in the Lakewood Industrial Park. The finished products have been a hit at car shows across the country. For more information about CR Coachworks, visithttp://www.crcoachworks.com./

For a gallery of photos we snapped during the visit, click here .

 

Parks & Recreation

Community Gateways Meeting

Interested in making the entrances to the Lakewood community look even better?

The City is facilitating a stakeholders group made up of representatives from various advisory boards, community organizations and businesses. Although the purpose of this group is to improve the look of the Bridgeport-Pacific Highway gateway, they are also developing a City-wide vision that can be used for all Lakewood gateways.

Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, improved entries and positive image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development.

A community meeting to review several design options is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. All are invited to attend. A preferred design option will be shared with Lakewood City Council at the conclusion of this process, along with costs and funding and phasing options.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan consulting services
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Review of lodging tax guidelines

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/4/2014

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network named the City of Lakewood one of its Civic Partners, as part of its Corporate/Civic Partner Program. EFN Civic Partners have done three or more of the following within the past year:

  • Food drive
  • Donation drive
  • Donation of $1,000 or more
  • Auction sponsorship
  • Post a link to EFN’s homepage on official website
  • Have an employee serve on the EFN Board or on a committee
  • Other significant contribution of time, knowledge or funding.

The City will be honored at EFN’s Recognition Breakfast on April 16 in Tacoma.

Community Health Care Luncheon

More than 500 people attended the Community Health Care for Pierce County fund-raising luncheon Wednesday, including several representatives from the City of Lakewood.

City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and Councilmember Mary Moss; City Manager John Caulfield; City Attorney Heidi Wachter; Assistant City Manager David Bugher; Assistant City Manager Tho Kraus; Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth; Economic Development Director Ellie Chambers-Grady; Court Administrator Deana Wright; and Human Resources Director Debi Young all attended.

Community Health Care is a private, non-profit organization created in 1987 when the clinical system moved from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department after several years of operation by that organization. CHC operates six medical and two dental clinics.

Mayor Part of 62nd Airlift Wing Fly-Away Tour

On March 28, Mayor Don Anderson was one of 24 civic leaders who were invited to participate in the McChord Civic Leaders Fly-away tour, courtesy of 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro.
As part of the 62nd Airlift Wing's tour, the Mayor and other civic leaders got to fly with a C-17 crew to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California for the day. Along the way, they learned about the airlift wing and got an up-close look at how it conducts its mission.
Check out the 62nd Airlift Wing's coverage of the Fly-away tour here: http://goo.gl/JJ1JhU

Badger Joins Oso Mudslide Recovery Effort

West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger, has been deployed to the Oso/SR 530 mudslide in Snohomish County to assist in the recovery effort.

Christine has worked for West Pierce Fire & Rescue since 2011, as part of a cooperative emergency management program between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood. This position is primarily grant-funded, and the costs are shared between the City and the Fire District. Prior to her arrival at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Christine had many years of experience in Snohomish County, working for both the County and the City of Arlington. She was specifically asked to help with this event because she was the incident commander for the 2006 slide in the same area. For this incident, she is initially attached to Fire Chief Travis Hotts as his assistant.

This joint emergency management program has been highly successful, improving the ability of West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood to prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters such as the Oso Mudslide. Christine has coordinated several drills in Lakewood that have given members of many different community organizations the opportunity to work with each other prior to an incident occurring. She has also worked to identify resources in Lakewood which can be utilized in response and recovery efforts should such as disaster occur in our community.

Shortly after the incident command center was established, a request was made for Christine to assist in the emergency management operations. She is expected to be on site throughout the recovery efforts.

According to Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield, “We feel fortunate to have Christine’s expertise here in our community, and we are very glad she is able to provide assistance to the recovery efforts in Oso.”

Parks & Recreation

Parks Appreciation Day

Park Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Lakewood for 13 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season..

The 2014 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 26, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park — the major project is pulling scotch broom! This is not particularly fun or exciting project, but it is really crucial this year to prepare for the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament and we need more volunteers than ever before to help us remove this invasive plant.
  • Also at the FSP site, a group of volunteers will be tasked to help with restoration of historic cemetery grave markers and cemetery clean –up. The playground is receiving repairs and will need volunteers to help wrap up the project on Saturday.
  • American Lake Park – the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up the swimming area, and volunteers will help remove the underwater materials collected by the crew.
  • General clean up of the American Lake Park beachfront sand will coordinate with the water clean-up.
  • Wards Lake Park – trail maintenance and sign installation.

If a community/church group is interested in a specific park site and can provide the numbers of volunteers adequate to take on a project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate with them directly to develop site specific projects to spread chips under playground equipment. The City will provide the chips and some gardening tools for these groups. Firm commitment by volunteers would be necessary for these individual group projects.

Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9:00 am. To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi at 253‐983‐7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood will hold its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party!
The festivities start with a fairy transformation, followed by tea, snacks, a beautiful craft and a special visitor. Each little girl will get her wings at this fun-filled fairy event.
The tea party runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.
Last day to register is Friday, April 11 (There are only 44 spaces left!) To register online, click here .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code
  • Approve lodging tax personnel/administrative costs
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan consulting services
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Review of lodging tax guidelines

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/21/2014

March 21, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

4-2 Raider Brigade Inactivation

On Friday, March 14, the Army conducted the official inactivation ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

And with it, Lakewood officially said goodbye to its longtime Community Connector to the base.

The ceremony marked the end of a remarkable relationship between the City and the Raider Brigade. The two were intertwined, as much as a community and brigade could be.

When the 4-2 returned from deployment and rejoined their families and friends, the City celebrated. When they lost a soldier, the City mourned. Lakewood was mentioned multiple times on the official Army video about the Brigade, which can be viewed on the City of Lakewood's hompage .

Raider Brigade soldiers were seen throughout the community, whether it was volunteering at a community festival, thanking a business owner or speaking to elementary school students about the importance of Veterans Day.

On Friday, the 4-2 recognized the City for its support and gave Lakewood an award for organizing a community parade when the Brigade returned from deployment in 2013. It also recognized former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Douglas Richardson with the highest civilian honor for his support of the Brigade during his tenure.

The ceremony had special meaning for Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who as a journalist embedded twice with the Brigade while overseas, something for which he said was an honor.

He added that while Friday marked the end of Lakewood's relationship with the 4-2, the community can reflect on the unique connection it had to the Raider Brigade.

"This is a good day," Simpson said. "It marks the end of a great chapter in Lakewood's history."

Again, the City thanks every member of the Raider Brigade and their families for our relationship, which Lakewood will never forget. We also can't wait to start a new relationship with our new Community Connector, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division .

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery of Friday's festivities.

Hobby Lobby Opening

Hobby Lobby, the craft superstore, opened this week at the former location of K-Mart.

Hobby Lobby will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, March 24, at 9 a.m. The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way.

The store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public. Local dignitaries, ambassadors from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders will attend the celebration.

Council Approves JLUS Study

The City of Lakewood took a major step this week in charting the region's future growth and development with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council awarded a contract for professional services to AECOM Technical Services, Inc., to assist the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in completing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for JBLM and surrounding communities.

The purpose of the JLUS is to create a long-term planning partnership that balances the protection of the health, safety, quality of life, and economic prosperity of local communities while ensuring the continuation of the military missions of the area. The study will emphasize ways to promote coordination, maintain the positive economic impact of the installations, and preserve critical civilian and Department of Defense investments.

The JLUS is a cooperative process among state, county, and local governments, the public and JBLM. The study examines land use, growth trends, and civilian and military activities in a region that hosts a diverse range of critical military operations, highly urbanized and growing population centers, and uniquely valuable environmental assets. The study area consists of portions of Thurston and Pierce Counties, the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place, Roy, Yelm, Lacey, DuPont, and Steilacoom, the Nisqually Indian Tribe Reservation, JBLM, and Camp Murray.

The project will officially begin in April 2014 and will include multiple opportunities for public participation and comment. The projected completion date for the study is September 2015.

If you would like additional information, please contact Mary Huff, Program Coordinator for SSMCP, at 253-983-7774or at mhuff@cityoflakewood.us.

Lakewood Police Department Open House

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department.

Police

Blood/Bone Marrow Drive

On Monday, March 17th, we were able to register 37 blood donors and 14 bone marrow donors. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and donated/joined and showed their support of this great cause. According to Puget Sound Blood Center, our donations on Monday will help 90 patients in the coming days! We want to note, really quickly, that the Puget Sound Blood Center supports ALL the cancer hospitals in Western Washington, and since our focus for this whole drive was the bone marrow registry for children diagnosed with Leukemia, such as Tyler, it warms our hearts to know that we helped those exact patients in every way possible Monday. And yes, because so many of you have asked, we WILL do another one in the future!

Economic Development

Housing Forum

Save the Date! Lakewood is hosting a housing forum at the McGavick Center on May 15th. Developers, builders, real estate brokers, lenders, investors or anyone interested in what’s possible in the area of revitalization, new housing, lending patterns, and JBLM off-base housing needs should plan to attend. We’re keeping an eye on what’s possible in the South Sound.

Parks & Recreation

Shield Recognized at CPTC

Elizabeth Shied, Recreation Coordinator at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, along with other speakers from across the State, was honored at a luncheon last week at Clover Park Technical College. The event was the conclusion of a yearlong research project which collected a series of personal interviews from prominent public speakers . A world premiere of the video trailer was also shown. The project included excerpts of interviews where the speakers were asked a series of questions including how do people become great public speakers, how do you overcome fear and stage fright and what advice would they give to someone preparing for a speech. Students at CPTC and around the country will be able to benefit from expertise, insights and advice shared by the speakers. The full video will be available soon on the CPTC website.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 24, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting
  • 2013 Year End Police Department Report
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments.
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services.
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Approve a $100,000 Sounder agreement for their participation in 111th/112th Street improvement project (tentative)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments