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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/14/2014

March 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raider Brigade Honors City at Inactivation

On Friday, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord – conducted its inactivation ceremony. The Brigade thanked our community for its support, particularly during the 4-2’s three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. At a special ceremony, the Brigade recognized the City for organizing the community wide parade honoring the Raider Brigade in 2013.

The relationship between the City and the 4-2 – which lost 58 soldiers under its command – was more than an agreement. It was a living, personal connection that Lakewood will never forget. The City wishes all of the Brigade’s soldiers and their families good luck in whatever objective might await. As Brigade Com. Col. Jody Miller cheered for the last time Friday, “Raiders, to the objective.”

New School Named After Fallen Four

On March 9, the Clover Park School Board selected the names of three schools under construction. The name of one of them - a school that was part of a construction bond that voters approved in 2010 and will consolidate two other elementary schools - will commemorate the memories of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

The future school’s name: Four Heroes Elementary.

Four Heroes Elementary is scheduled to open by September 2015. The School District plans to recognize the name when it officially opens. For the full story, click here .

Residents Can Now Report ‘Eyesores’ Via E-mail

People can now simply send an e-mail whenever they spot graffiti and junk or an abandoned shopping cart in their neighborhood.

Here’s how it works:

  • If residents spot graffiti, junk, etc., in the public right-of-way of their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location.
  • If residents spot rogue shopping carts in their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location of the carts, as well as to which store they belong, i.e., “Target cart off Main Street and Gravelly Lake Drive.”

And that’s it! The e-mail will go directly to the CSRT – which is designed to solve problems that are unique to each neighborhood district in Lakewood. The CSRT will then work to address the problem cited in the e-mail as soon as possible.

WSDOT Tree Removal

As part of the state Department of Transportation’s SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project, contractor crews are removing selected trees along Interstate 5 between State Route 512 in Lakewood and State Route 510 in Lacey. This work is necessary to install and effectively operate seven new closed-circuit TV traffic cameras to manage traffic flow along I-5 through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor. A clear line of sight is needed for the new cameras to operate properly.
One of its primary goals in any construction project is to preserve as many trees as possible. A team of WSDOT staff, including the Olympic Region Landscape Architect, individually identified and marked each tree to ensure that only trees that posed an obstruction, and no others, will be removed. For PDF maps of which trees will removed, click here.

Police

Bone Marrow Drive on Monday

The Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler Seddon and others living with leukemia. Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at jnichols@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 830-5004. For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm .

Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Economic Development

Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual Meeting at CPTC

The Tacoma Pierce County Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual meeting was held this Thursday at the McGavick Center. The meeting was well-attended with representatives from throughout the County, including Economic Development. The tone of the meeting was upbeat with some solid accomplishments for 2013, as well as an optimistic view for the next two years. To read The News Tribune’s C.R. Roberts’ coverage, click here .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 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 on Pierce County READS
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Approve Joint Land Use Study contract

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 Section 108 Curbside loan agreement (tentative)
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update