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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/27/15

Feb. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Station at the Walkable Washington Symposium

The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond. The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.

For more information: http://goo.gl/g3NK9H

Lakewood Industrial Park Expansion

The Lakewood Industrial Park, the fourth largest private sector employer in Pierce County, is expanding. A new 136,000-square-foot building, the first of two planned structures, is nearly complete and already in the leasing process. The other new building, at 208,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Projects Throughout Lakewood

Per the Public Works Department, the following projects are underway in the City of Lakewood with associated impacts:

  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th: Continuous outside lane closures to facilitate construction of curb, gutter, sidewalks, streetlights. Patching next week (weather permitting) will allow portions of the travel lanes through the project to be re-opened. Project construction to continue through May 2015.
  • Bridgeport Way – 112th through 83rd (various spot locations): Completing modifications to junction boxes and addition of conduit for fiber optic cable installation. Temporary (work day) outside lane closures at spot locations required.  Work to continue through middle of March 2015.
  • Lakewood Drive – Bridgeport Way to 100th Street: Completing modifications to junction boxes and addition of conduit for fiber optic cable installation. Temporary (workday) outside lane required.  Work to continue through middle of March 2015.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – 87th to South Tacoma Way:  Aerial fiber optic cable installation.  NIGHT WORK (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and continuing through Friday, March 6, 2015.  Rolling outside lane closures required.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive through Lakeview Ave:  Lakewood Water District project – constructing a new water main.  Temporary (work day) lane closures (up to 1,000 feet long) will be required.  Work started February 25, 2015 and will continue through April 2015.

Lake Steilacoom Toxic Algae Advisory

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported a toxic algae bloom in Lake Steilacoom. Areas of the lake with algae are unsafe for people and pets. Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

For more information: http://goo.gl/eK2RlO

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/HK6J0M  

Registration Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Register now for the 4tj Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon! The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

You can register here: http://goo.gl/2bzuZ5

For more information: http://goo.gl/IX2qGR  

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

It's Lakewood in the other Washington this week. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Manager John Caulfield were in our nation's capital meeting with the City's Congressional delegation and advocating for federal agenda items that are in Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord's best interests.

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 2

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Cake Day, 1 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sketching and Colored Pencils, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/1qCrgx

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015, 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
  • Proclamation declaring Classified School Employees Week
  • Public Hearing on Residential Target Area designations in Lakeview area
  • Appoint individuals to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Create a Salary Commission
  • Amending the City Council Rules of Procedure
  • Resolution 2015-03 37100 100th Street property donation
  • City Manager Briefing – Food trucks regulations

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 9, 2015, 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 banking services agreement.
  • Review of 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of Motor Avenue concepts
  • Review of 2015 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Community Visioning update (tentative)

 

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/20/15

Feb. 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Leaders Tour the Lancer Brigade

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Col. Louis Zeisman with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division welcomed Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield to its headquarters to discuss leadership. The City of Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord lives by a unit motto: “Seize the High Ground.” In terms of leadership, as Col. Zeisman explains, that involves many things. For example, understanding how soldiers, particularly newly minted soldiers, have a different perspective than previous generations. The Army tries to recognize that. After the leadership discussion, City leaders observed how the Lancer Brigade is conducting its Expert Infantryman Badge testing. An EIB is quite the honor for an infantryman, as it tests your physical abilities, knowledge and attention to detail. More images to come regarding the EIB testing.

Check out our album of the tour here: http://goo.gl/fqnT8n  

MACNAK Construction Business Showcase

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Lakewood City Council recognized MACNAK Construction LLC as its Business Showcase. MACNAK has experienced a business boom since opening in 2007. It was named the No. 8 contract on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the Top 100 Fastest growing privately held companies in the Northwest for 2014 as well as being named to “Inc 5000” list of fastest growing privately held companies as No. 1,199 with a 3-year growth of 366 percent. Over the past four years, MACNAK has been recognized with several business awards, including the University of Washington “Rising Star Award” and the PSBJ’s Top 25 MBE’s. It has been featured in several articles, including in the Vetrepreneur Magazine and US Builders Review. “It’s been a lot of fun,” owner Terrence “TD” King says about the MACNAK explosion, “Just being part of such great success, seeing your business plan come to fruition.”

To learn more about MACNAK Construction LLC, visit the Business Showcase: http://goo.gl/JA9G9U

The City of Lakewood would again like to thank MACNAK Construction LLC for being such a great business in our community.

Clover Park School District First in State to Offer K-12 International Baccalaureate Programs

A round of applause for Clover Park School District, the first school district in the state of Washington to offer the International Baccalaureate program for grades K-12. Because in #IamLakewood , education is a step above. 
See the full story here: http://goo.gl/cd2ExR

EFN Names Director of Development and Communications

Congratulations to the Emergency Food Network for welcoming new Director of Development and Communications, Amy Wigstrom. EFN does great work around Pierce County, providing 15 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to over 60 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals.
Check out the Suburban Times story , or learn more about EFN here: http://www.efoodnet.org/  
Here's hoping Wigstrom and EFN can take it to the next level this year!

Improvement along the Bridgeport Corridor, New Lakewood Sign

The Lakewood City Council has a vision for the City and is working with community partners to make that vision become a reality.  This week Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) staff are helping to improve one of our commercial corridors by planting new trees and bushes in the recently approved areas adjacent to the Bridgeport interchange.  This is just one of the many changes you'll see in this area.  Soon new plants will be installed in the landscape islands and later this spring we'll install a new LAKEWOOD sign near Bridgeport Way and Pacific Highway.  First Impressions matter!

Harry Todd Park Docks Repair

The City is in the process of removing portions of the Harry Todd Park docks. Due to wave action from boat traffic and old age, portions of the end pieces are becoming a safety issue. As weather permits, we hope to remove those pieces by the end of next week. The docks are currently closed and should be back open for use by Sunday, March 1.

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/4v38N1   

Registration Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Register now for the 4tj Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon! The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

You can register here: http://goo.gl/2bzuZ5

For more information: http://goo.gl/B5vglp

City Hall Closed for President’s Day

In observance of President's Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station were closed Monday, February 16, 2015.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, Feb. 23

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Sumi Painting, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 26

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: Sweets and Treats, 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/T4mc40  

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, February 21 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Street and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Review of Rental Housing Inspections
  • Review of City Council Rules of Procedure
  • Review of Salary Commission
  • Review of Sanitary Sewers Agreement

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 23, 2015, 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 Tacoma Public Utilities rates
  • Review of Public Art Policy
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015, 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
  • Proclamation declaring Classified School Employees Week
  • Public Hearing on Residential Target Area designations in Lakeview area
  • Appoint individual(s) to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Resolution 2015-03 37100 100th Street property donation
  • City Manager Briefing – Food trucks and community gardens

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/6/2015

Feb. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

State Auditor’s Office Recognizes Lakewood’s Steps to Improve Finances

Six months ago, the City of Lakewood was one of 57 local governments that the Washington State Auditor’s Office determined were showing signs of declining financial condition. What a difference good leadership and a commitment to prudent fiscal management can make. This week, the Auditor’s Office published a case study  that focuses on the City of Lakewood’s immediate and positive steps to improve its financial standing titled “Becoming fiscally fit – The City of Lakewood makes a bold commitment .”

You can get the full story here: http://goo.gl/oZuQsf

You can also read The News Tribune's story on the case study: http://goo.gl/8nDkby  

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  • Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.

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.

For more information: http://goo.gl/R5ryb8

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chili Cook-Off at Clover Park Technical College's McGavick Conference Center. It was a real party. Competitors from all over Lakewood brought their unique chili recipes to be sampled by a huge crowd. When attendees had their fill of chili, it was time for some good ol' fashioned dance moves. At the end of the day, the City of Lakewood's chili recipe won the People's Choice Award! Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, the recipe's creator, and Mayor Don Anderson accepted the award. 

Check out our album of the event here: http://goo.gl/nkCV5l

Owl Released at Ft. Steilacoom Park

On Feb. 5, the City of Lakewood witnessed Sarah Rush, volunteer at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, release a barred owl at Fort Steilacoom Park. A resident brought the bird into the shelter after it was found on the road in Lakewood. Its injuries indicated some sort of trauma, like flying into a tree or being hit by a car.

Watch the video here: http://goo.gl/xA22xD

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Adnerson for Coffee with the Mayor on February 10, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Becky Newton, Economic Development Manager, who will give a City of Lakewood Economic Development Update.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or   .  I hope to see you there!

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   .

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/5Ja4QT

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Receives New Medic Unit

On Monday, Feb. 2, West Pierce Fire & Rescue brought a new medic unit into the fleet. A dedication ceremony was held Monday morning, where firefighters took ownership with a “push back” ceremony to officially put the medic unit in service. The ceremony began with a welcome and thanks to those in attendance, and then the Chaplains blessed the new unit, as well as the citizens and firefighters that will rely on it. This tradition began when pumpers were pulled by horses. When a new pumper was brought to the station for the first time, the horses were unharnessed and the water from the old pumper would be transferred into the new, spilling over the sides and wetting it down, or "christening" it. The firefighters would wash and dry the pumper down and then push it into the bay.

Permit Counter Hours Have Been Modified

Just a heads up, effective Feb. 6, permit counter hours on Floor 2 of Lakewood City Hall have been modified.  The permit counter will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Clients are also strongly encouraged to call in and make appointments.

6-Year Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

The City of Lakewood is proposing to amend its 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program(2015-2020) to include two recently-awarded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grants. A summary of the changes are as follows:

1.       Add Project 2.81Roadway Safety Improvements at 40th Ave. SW and 96th St. SW.

2.       Add Project 3.20 Military Rd. and 112th Safety Improvement.

3.       Modify project budget for 2.55 High Accident Location Safety Improvements.

Lakewood's City Council will hold a public hearing regarding these amendments at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2015 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

For more information: http://goo.gl/cUWnGM

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, Feb. 9

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

  • Men’s Coffee Hour
  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Welcome Wednesday , 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Valentine Friendship Luncheon, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Collage with Asian Papers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 9, 2015, 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 amendments to Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase - MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • This is the date set for a public hearing on the amendment to the Six Year TIP
  • Adopt the Six Year TIP amendments
  • Bid award Bridgeport Way south gateway
  • Approve Dept of Commerce agreement for LED street light retrofits
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for surface water management billing
  • Approve citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

Following the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, February 21 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall , located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Improvement Projects
  • Review of City Council Rules

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/13/2015

Feb. 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  •  Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.

Fort Steilacoom Park Vandalized by Driver

According to Lakewood Parks and Recreation, on Feb. 10, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., someone drove into Fort Steilacoom Park and got onto the sports turf, inflicting major damage to the baseball and soccer fields. The vehicle entered the park illegally by driving through a ditch and over an embankment off Elwood Drive Southwest across from 92nd Street Southwest. They drove through the prairie fields and jumped the curb onto the sports turf. They did several "donuts" in the outfields off baseball fields No. 1 and No. 2, then drove down onto the outfields of baseball fields No. 3 and No. 4 to do some more donuts. After that, they drove down onto the soccer fields and tore up some more turf on the lower plateau, then went back up through the center field area of baseball No. 2 and did some more damage on the field before jumping the curb and exiting the park the same way they entered.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lakewood Police Department at (253) 830-5000.

The City recorded an up-close video of the damage here: http://goo.gl/9Xn2cS

You can also check out The News Tribune's coverage of the incident .

Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase

On March 1, the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area and the year to year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill. For this last year, the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.842% while the disposal fee charge increased 4.01%. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65-gallon toter with weekly service will now be $33.56 versus $32.65.

City Hall Closed for President’s Day

In observance of President's Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Registration Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Register now for the 4tj Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon! The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

You can register here: http://goo.gl/2bzuZ5

For more information: http://goo.gl/B5vglp

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/5Ja4QT

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, Feb. 16

  •          Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  •         Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

  •         Men’s Coffee Hour
  •          Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  •          Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

  •         Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  •           Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  •          SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  •          Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19

  •          Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  •         Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  •         Thursday Open Computer Lab, 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20

  •          Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  •         Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  •          SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/FIPLQf

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase - MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • This is the date set for a public hearing on the amendment to the Six Year TIP
  • Adopt the Six Year TIP amendments
  • Approve Dept of Commerce agreement for LED street light retrofits
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for surface water management billing
  • Approve citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

Following the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of the Transportation Benefit District Annual Report

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, February 21 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of street and sidewalk improvements
  • Review of City Council Rules

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 23, 2015, 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 Tacoma Public Utilities rates
  • Arts presentation by Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/30/15

Jan. 30, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 12th Man 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, Jan. 3, 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. Find out what Kearse said .

#TGIBF at Senior Center

City Hall wasn't the only place that was jumping with #GoHawks pride on Friday. The Lakewood Senior Acivity Center members also sported their Seahawks pride. The News Tribune stopped by and took pictures in a story that's scheduled to appear in the Feb. 1 issue. The newspaper also produced this great video of our #TGIBF members showing some moves. Check it out!

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Hey Daughters and Dads , don’t forget to sign up for the Annual Father/Daughter Dance.

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/nasZdg

Registration Now Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Registration is officially open for the 4th Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older. The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

For more information: http://goo.gl/AyaoAd

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.

Annual City Employee Chili Cook-Off

The City of Lakewood held its annual employee chili cook-off Tuesday, Jan. 27. We chose our favorite recipe, produced by Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus herself, to enter the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chili Cook-Off. That's right, we're coming, and we're bringing our chili with us.

West Pierce: Explosion, Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 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. There were no injuries reported during this incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. For more information: http://goo.gl/TUlgGv

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2-2 SBCT presentation – Colonel Louis Zeisman, Commander, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting March 2, 2015 as a public hearing on RTA amendments
  • Adopt Substitute Ordinance No.  591 relative to subdivisions
  • Approve code amendments re: Planning Commission name change
  • Declare canine Koda as surplus property.
  • Approve a Greater Lakes mental health professional contract.
  • Authorize a settlement with Multicare

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 9, 2015, 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 amendments to Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans