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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/16/2014

May 17, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Ideas, Momentum Build at Lakewood Housing Forum

On May 15, the City of Lakewood held its first Housing Forum - marking one of the first times the City, housing developers, brokers and others with an interest in Lakewood sat down in the same room and discussed opportunities.

Almost 100 people packed the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College for the event, which featured several speakers who covered off-base housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, housing and market trends in the Puget Sound, bank and credit union financing for projects and a developer's panel.

The City also discussed what it's doing to help developers in Lakewood, as well as what developers might expect when working with City Hall.

10th District Congressman Denny Heck offered the crowd perspective on what the federal government is trying to do to spur housing.

Afterward, those who attended got a chance to speak directly with City senior leadership. Many who attended and spoke said they like the direction in which Lakewood is headed and appreciate the fact that the City decided to hold the forum.

Raelene Rogers of McCament & Rogers - one of the forum's featured speakers – said this of Lakewood's opportunities and potential for housing, including senior housing and being one of the gateways to Chambers Bay Golf Course for the 2015 U.S. Open: "I think Lakewood has a lot of opportunities ... We've got great lakes here in Lakewood. They give a lot of opportunity for higher-end housing. We have the opportunity for multifamily building because you are right in the middle of DuPont and Tacoma. And you have some unique opportunities. You just need to think outside of the box."

One of the areas for opportunity is the development (and redevelopment) of affordable, single-family housing - which the City knows is its most pressing housing need.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the following speakers:

  • Judy Sak, Directorate of Public Works Housing Division, JBLM
  • Michael Luis, Luis and Associates
  • Todd Britsch, President of New Home Trends
  • Scott Beckwith, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Kevin Conklin, Columbia Bank
  • Bill Sager, Sager Family Homes
  • Chris DeWald, Rush Construction
  • Raelene Rogers, McCament & Rogers

The City has posted a photo gallery of the housing forum on its Facebook page . We will be posting a highlight video of the event, so check back for that.

For .pdf copies of the forum's slideshow presentations, visit http://goo.gl/zmKM5s .

Councilmember Simpson Delivers SOTC To Pierce College Board

On May 14, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson gave the “State of the City” presentation at the Pierce College Board of Trustees meeting at the college’s Puyallup campus.

The Trustees definitely knew of Simpson – who is a tenured history professor at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus. He has served as faculty president and is a 10-time winner of the “Outstanding Faculty Award.” Moreover, for the past 7 years he has served on the College Cabinet.

At the presentation, Simpson emphasized the parallel paths of the City and College, including its ties to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and military, its diverse populations and its goals of helping and empowering the people they serve.

And, in classic professorial fashion, Simpson stressed a particular message: "Quality education, quality City."

If you or your organization would like a presentation of the “State of the City,” please contact Lakewood City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

Mayor Speaks To Pierce College Students

As part of its Civics Week festivities, Pierce College welcomed Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson on Tuesday for an intimate presentation that was appropriately titled “Pizza & Politics.”

During his chat with some 60 students, the Mayor spoke specifically about the importance of volunteerism and becoming involved in one's community. For students who are attending Pierce College and aiming to build their educational and professional foundation, Anderson's words grabbed their attention and wouldn't let go.

“I heard a lot of inspiring things,” said Christopher Johnston, a music student and Student Government Committee Senator. “He touched on civic engagement. With me, being part of the student government, it really felt good to hear about that and hear that I’m on the right track.”

“I’d like to be a Mayor one day,” added Johnston, a Spanaway resident.

It also didn't hurt that there was free pizza, which was provided by Pierce College. With melting, cheesy goodness in their hands, the students fixated on Mayor Anderson, who shared some of his experiences as a volunteer, elected official, athlete and other roles.

Mayor Anderson left the students with the following message regarding his motto when it comes to volunteerism: “Pick up more than you dropped.”

As students and future leaders, these students found the comments great words to live by.

Diana Halar Plays “Puget Sounds Starts Here” Mascot at M’s Game

Last Saturday, the City of Lakewood's own Diana Halar from Public Works represented local jurisdictions at the Seattle Mariners' game by dressing up as Scoopy Doo!

This was part of the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign,which gives practical ways for people to protect Puget Sound. Diana has been the mascot at the Mariners’ PSSH night the past few years. For more information, visit http://www.pugetsoundstartshere.org/about-us/ .

Great job, Diana!

Parks & Recreation

Coming June 3: Lakewood Farmers Market

With all this sun and warm weather, the City of Lakewood wants to remind you that the third season of the Lakewood Farmers Market is coming up!

That's right, the market will take place outside of Lakewood City Hall. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday from June 3 to Sept. 16. This year, the market will feature some of the healthiest, freshest options for Lakewood families.

While the City is leading this project, we are partnering with community members and businesses to make it the best it can possibly be. That includes presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital, entertainment sponsor Washington State Employees Credit Union, and sponsors Port of Tacoma and Pierce County Planning and Land Services.

For more information, visit /farmersmarket

“Woodmen of the World” Presentation

City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services presented at the May meeting of the Washington Lodge Chapter 084 of the Woodmen of the World. Information on the park system’s growth over the past years, park improvements, development of the Legacy Plan, youth programming and City events was shared. Staff featured the upcoming Farmers Market beginning June 3, as well as SummerFEST 2014 on July 12. Special attention was given to the activities offered for residents 55 years and older who are enjoying social and learning programs offered at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Parks, Recreation and Community Services is always willing to share information with local citizens. If interested in a speaker for your organization, please call (253) 983-7887.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 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:

  • Public Hearing on amending the tax incentive urban use center
  • Appoint members to Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Approve Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Adopt the intention to amend the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire for emergency management coordinator services
  • Award a bid for Lakewood Traffic Signal Upgrades Traffic Management Center
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for railroad design work on Madigan Access project
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for consulting services on Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve a Sounder agreement relative to the 111th/112th Street improvement project
  • Adopt lodging tax guidelines
  • Amphitheater update (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, May 27, 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 Planning Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with Pierce College for Oak Prairie tree restoration
  • Review of Hearings Examiner Chapter 1.36 comprehensive code amendments

Following the May 27, 2014, City Council Study Session, a Transportation Benefit District Board meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Transportation projects funding options