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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/23/2014

May 23, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Young Receives United Way Leadership Award

Debra Young sees her leadership during the search for the United Way of Pierce County’s new CEO, as well as her tireless work on behalf of the nonprofit, as her biggest accomplishments during her yearlong tenure as Board Chair.

This week, the local United Way recognized Young – the City of Lakewood’s Human Resources Director for 18 years – with its Leadership Award, which recognizes those accomplishments and her leadership.

Young, who recently completed her year as Board Chair, was recognized at the nonprofit’s Annual Community Celebration in Tacoma, an event that drew some 500 people.

“I am extremely honored,” Young said in her Lakewood City Hall office this week. “I thoroughly enjoyed my year representing the Board for United Way. I’m very honored to have played a role in helping United Way with its mission.”

To read the full article, visit http://goo.gl/gZwqO7 .

Elected Officials at ‘Arlington Project’

On Thursday, Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter all attended the “Arlington Project” exhibit at Clover Park High School to honor fallen soldiers, airmen, guardsmen and Marines. The project – now in its eighth year – honors soldiers who have died in conflict. Highlights included:

  • A special viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance”
  • An Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) performance of a formal retreat ceremony and recreation of tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Student-created memorial displays of America’s conflicts (from the American Revolution to Somalia)
  • A “Wall of Remembrance”

In addition, more than 6,700 individually named markers – all honoring fallen warriors in the War on Terror – are located on the front lawn of Clover Park High School and will be on display through Memorial Day.

City Offices Closed For Memorial Day

In observance of the Memorial Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, May 26. 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.

Lakewood Farmers Market

We are less than two weeks out from the third season of the Lakewood Farmers Market! This year promises to be the best yet, thanks to presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday, from June 3 to Sept. 16. It will be located at Lakewood City Hall – 6000 Main St. SW – and will feature fresh food, arts, crafts and entertainment. No, the road next to the market will not be closed this year.

The City would also like to thank entertainment sponsor WSECU, as well as sponsors Port of Tacoma and Pierce County Planning & Land Services.

For more information, visit /farmersmarket .

Lakewood Housing Forum Video

Did you miss the City of Lakewood Housing Forum on May 15? The City has posted a highlight video on its YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/RdY-6u8hbZU .

If you'd like details on the presentations, visit /government/departments/economic-development/housing-forum .

Parks & Recreation

Waughop Lake Trail

Partners for Parks - a Citywide collaboration of Lakewood service organizations, community groups, educational institutions and businesses - presented to Lakewood City Council on Monday night. They provided history of the organization and shared successful partnership projects that have made improvements at Lakewood area parks.

They announced that after a year of study, they would like to work with the City and community to renovate the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. Visitors of all ages walk, run, or bike on the paved path around the lake for recreation. The lake trail is also used as a link to cross country and 5K races, as well as for fundraising walk-a-thon events. The City will host a community planning meeting in June to start the conversation.

American Lake Improvement Club Presentation

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Dodsworth and Police Sergeant John Frasier presented at the American Lake Improvement Club’s annual meeting this week. Director Dodsworth shared information regarding program impacts and changes affecting the American Lake boat launch and American Lake and Harry Todd Park sites. Sergeant Frasier reviewed the summer schedule for the Marine Services unit and how to ensure a safe boating season this summer.

Economic Development

2015 U.S. Open

Economic Development attended the Pierce County U.S. Open committee meeting this week. The group is working closely with media representatives and officials on how to best prepare. Local impacts during the event should be minimal to local businesses.

Interesting facts:

  • Between 60 percent and 70 percent of attendees come and go with the biggest names in golf (i.e. Tiger Woods)
  • Volunteer applications were taken in from 18 countries, and all U.S. states except for Rhode Island and South Dakota
  • Nearly 80 percent of the volunteers will be from Washington State.

Tickets go on sale October/November 2014. Visit: www.usopen.traveltacoma.com for information on the tournament.

Council Meetings

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 relative to the Oak Prairie Management and Restoration Program
  • Review of Municipal Code amendments relative to the Hearings Examiner processes

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

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 2, 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 recognizing Larry Humphrey
  • Youth Council Report and recognition
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set July 7, 2014 as public hearing date on Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)
  • Set June 16, 2014 as public hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt amending tax incentive urban use center and designation of a residential target area
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendments relative to the Hearings Examiner processes
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Pierce College for tree restoration
  • Approve architectural contract for the design of the Public Works O& M shop