City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/13/2013

December 13, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Nisqually Indian Tribe Awards $49,000 to City

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the Nisqually Indian Tribe generously awarded the City of Lakewood nearly $49,000 during its 2013 Charitable Fund Awards ceremony.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director David Bugher and Communications Manager Brent Champaco attended the event, in which programs and agencies from throughout the South Sound received charitable money from the tribe for various human and social services.

Here is the breakdown of Lakewood’s award money:

  • $12,176.45 Emergency housing relocation assistance under the City’s existing community development block program
  • $12,176.45 Healthy Start and/or Farmer’s Market
  • $12,176.45 LPD Explorer’s Post 253
  • $12,176.45 Lakewood Police Department

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Nisqually Indian Tribe for its generous support and commitment to improving our community.

Judge Blinn Sworn In

Grant Blinn the newly appointed Judge for the Municipal Court serving Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom took part in a swearing-in ceremony for all municipal court judges across the state of Washington, hosted by the state Supreme Court. Blinn attended with 23 other Municipal Court Judges from Washington cities, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen welcomed them all by personally introducing each of them.

The ceremony took place in the Supreme Court's Temple of Justice in Olympia, and after the administration of their oaths, all of the Judges gathered on the Court's steps for a group photo. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen had photos taken with each Municipal Court Judge.

Lakewood-Lakeview Joint-Use Fiber Optic Project

Lakeview Light & Power has started the underground conduit and vault modifications along Pacific Highway to accommodate the new fiber optic cabling. Work will continue into January and be followed by the cable installation early next year.

International District Banners

New International District cultural banners are being hung along our South Tacoma Way Corridor. Some of the banners, funded by a lodging tax grant, were hung yesterday and the remainder will be hung on Monday, December 16th. The banners will provide increased awareness of Lakewood’s large International District. The City plans to complement the banners with a tourism promotion and outreach program in the upcoming months to highlight the many cultural restaurants and shopping opportunities located in this District.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Appointing individuals to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appointment individuals to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2013 budget amendments.
  • Adopt the creation of $1,000 petty cash funds
  • Authorize Tacoma Housing Authority to develop Prairie Oaks Client Service Center in Lakewood City limits.
  • Adopt ILA Amendment for surface water management billing
  • Adopt ILA for street signs and pavement striping
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA

The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve $150,000 DOE grant agreement for Waughop Lake


Officers Are Your Friends at Oakwood

On December 4, 2013, Officers Mike Wiley and Paul Osness and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to Oakwood Elementary to speak to two separate head start classes. Each class room has 19 children (total 38). Every year we receive a call from the teacher requesting that we come out and speak with the children for “Officers are your friends.” Dawn makes up goodie bags with stickers, color books, crayons and small toys and the talks to them about what she (as a CSO) does in the community and then the Officers talk about what they do with an emphasis on the fact that they are their friends and not to be afraid if they see a police officer because they are working hard every day to keep them and their families safe. Officer Osness read both classes a story; this year the story was “Words are not for hurting.”

Economic Development

MultiCare Moves To New Location

MultiCare Urgent Care Clinic and Family Practice will open in their new location on Monday, December 16th at: 5700 100th St SW, Suite 510, Lakewood. The new location provides additional space, so they will be adding new Occupational Medicine services, including work injury care, physicals and screenings, drug and alcohol testing, immunizations, and workers compensation claims.

Business Retention, Expansion and Projects Around Town

The City and Ryan Petty from the Economic Development Board met this week with a steel fabrication company in Lakewood on a Business Retention Expansion meeting. The firm is has grown this year and is seeing a positive trend for their business. Economic Development currently has around 40 active projects in the works representing approximately 800 new jobs. Industries represented include retail trade, hospitality, food, construction, health care, manufacturing, warehousing, and storage. Additionally, we met with two new startups this week (food & technical services), a business (auto) expanding, a non-profit needing to expand due to increasing demand for services, and developers on two potential multifamily projects. We’re assistance a recruitment client with financing, and helped a new retail store, African Union to open its’ doors at 10606 Bridgeport this week. Hobby Lobby and Big Lots will share the former Kmart spot. Popeye’s will construct a new restaurant on Union Ave. in Tillicum, and Babblin’ Babs Bistro is officially coming to Lakewood from the Proctor District in Tacoma – set to open in Spring 2014 on Gravelly Lake Drive.

American Lake Veterans Golf Course Featured in South Sound Magazine

Pick up the latest South Sound Magazine and you’ll find a four-page spread dedicated to this non-profit Lakewood golf course. This “center for camaraderie” is a place where veterans can conquer their limitations, and learn to focus again. The article is filled with history and delightful personal stories of life-long positive changes.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 9-13, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 89 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 72 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.