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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/27/2015

March 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 Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014. Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com . At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report. The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent. For more information: http://goo.gl/acm2Xc

Harrison Prep School’s Grand Opening

On Thursday, March 26, the Clover Park School District celebrated the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School. The guest of honor was, of course, Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, â€ªLakewood's first mayor. Mayor Emeritus Harrison thanked those in Lakewood who helped support the effort to build new schools in our community. He also said he was "honored and humbled" that a building bearing his name will be located next to the future Four Heroes Elementary School, which honors the Lakewood Police Department's Fallen Four. Several representatives from the City of Lakewood attended the celebration, including Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, City Councilmember Mary Moss, City Manager John Caulfield and Judge Grant Blinn.

You can find photos of the event here: http://goo.gl/WmciIn   

State of the City Presentation

On Tuesday night, March 24, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield delivered the State of the City presentation to the Lakewood Knights Lions Club. 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting

On Tuesday, March 24, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting on behalf of the Lakewood City Council to discuss the idea of creating a performance space or community gathering area at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Due to concerns regarding anticipated weather, the meeting was moved from the shelter at the park to Lakewood City Hall.  Approximately 50 people attended the meeting at City Hall, but several people arrived at the park and waited. Some expressed frustration that the meeting didn’t occur. Mary Dodsworth, Parks Director, acknowledged that although the meeting change was posted in several locations at the park and through various media channels, the City didn’t provide adequate signage at the park shelter and apologized.  If anyone would like to contact her directly regarding the meeting and future meetings, please do so at (253) 589-2489.

Meeting notes will be posted soon, and the next meeting regarding these ideas will occur following the next Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall.

YMCA’s New Park, Courtesy of KaBOOM!, Disney and the Community

It was billed as a community build day. It undoubtedly delivered. This past Saturday, March 21, the community – more than 200 volunteers, by some accounts  – converged on the Lakewood Family YMCA to build playground children and families throughout the community could enjoy. Despite unpredictable weather conditions, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels scurried to make the playground a reality. You can see our photo album of the volunteers hard at work here: http://goo.gl/v53NkQ

Park Lodge Elementary School Tours Municipal Court

On Thursday, March 25, 17 Park Lodge Elementary School students visited Lakewood City Hall to learn about the City. They spoke to a number of guests, including:

  • Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, who spoke about their work with the City, as well as their respective day jobs.
  • Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn, who spoke about making good decisions. The students got to watch a few court proceedings live.
  • Lakewood WA Police Department officers. The students got to tour a real police car and motorcycle.

You can see photos of the field trip here: http://goo.gl/XOf4v5

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

This week's photo of the week is an image from the aforementioned Park Lodge field trip.Thanks again for visiting, everyone!

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 30

  • 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 31

  • 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, April 1

  • 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, April 2

  • 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.

Friday, April 3

  • 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.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 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
  • National Sport Stacking Competition Presentation
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 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:

  • Municipal Court Update
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Review of proposed Comcast franchise agreement
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/20/2015

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

March 24 Meeting to Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Amendment to Fort Steilacoom Park’s Lease

At the Lakewood City Council meeting at 7 p.m., March 23, the City Council will discuss a proposed amendment to Lakewood’s lease of Fort Steilacoom Park. The City Council will discuss extending the lease to 2040 and removing language that assigns financial responsibility to Pierce County if Lakewood somehow couldn’t meet the lease requirements.

For more information on the lease and its amendment: http://goo.gl/9hKO8o

Pierce County READS Proclamation

On March 16, the Lakewood City Council made a proclamation declaring March 1, 2015 to April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS. On hand to accept the proclamation from Councilmember John Simpson was Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager of the Pierce County Library.

City Council Passes Tax Incentive Measures

The Lakewood City Council unanimously passed two measures related to tax-incentive programs near the Lakewood Station on 11424 Pacific Hwy SW at its March 16, 2015 meeting. The first ordinance designated the area encompassing the Lakewood Station a tax incentive urban use center. The new designation establishes a multifamily tax exemption program in area. The exemption applies to the new housing improvement portion of the property taxes. Owners who make eligible housing improvements will be exempt from any tax increases related to those improvements for a period of 8 to 12 years. Next, the City Council passed a related resolution to designate some the area within the tax incentive urban use center as a residential target area. The resolution adds a tax exemption for eligible multifamily housing around the Lakewood Station from all value added property taxation for the exemption period.

For more information: http://goo.gl/l7X9dX

State of the City Presentation

On Wednesday, March 18, City Manager John Caulfield presented the 2015 State of the City for the first time. Speaking to the Clover Park Rotary Club, Caulfield gave an overview of the City's progress and performance in 2014, including its financial strength, its improvements in public safety, parks and other areas, as well as what residents should look forward to in 2015. The underlying message? "The State of our City is strong. Our future is bright."

Collections Amnesty from the Municipal Court

For a limited time the collections agency of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and Dupont, AllianceOne Receivables, is offering to settle accounts for less than what is owed. You need to contact AllianceOne at (253) 620-2222 or (800) 456-8838 to see if you qualify for amnesty. DO NOT WAIT as this program is only being offered for a short time.

Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Steilacoom, American Lake Lifted

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisories for Lake Steilacoom and American Lake. The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea.

If you see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, please contact: Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 (  ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530 (  ), or visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website at www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae  

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

From the St. Patrick's Day Festival held by the Lakewood Senior Activity Center yesterday, March 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Decked out in their finest greenery, the older residents of ‪#‎IamLakewood  celebrated the holiday in style. Party-goers enjoyed a potluck buffet of healthy and delicious snacks. The festival also held a rousing game of "people bingo," where attendees had to match a table of different experiences and traits to their fellow party-goers. Players sniffed out who among their number had been born in Hawaii, traveled through all 50 states or been to Woodstock. Many a bingo was left just shy of success, when no one would admit to using plastic covers for their furniture.

The party was free for all the Center's members, and $3.28 for anyone else who wanted to swing by.

For more photos of the celebration: http://goo.gl/pqNU3e

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 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, March 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, March 25

  • 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.

Thursday, March 26

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Principles of Photography, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: St. Patrick’s Day, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 27

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Woodcarving, 9 a.m.-12 p.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/afZJSn   

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 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:

  • 2014 Police Report
  • Review of public art funding options
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease update
  • Bridgeport Way Gateway project update
  • Proposed Resolution supporting a transportation package

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 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
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd. and Gravelly Lake Dr.
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/6/2015

March 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar to Retire

After nearly three decades of serving and protecting the Lakewood community, Police Chief Bret Farrar has announced that he will retire in April. One of the most recognizable faces and personalities in the community, Chief Farrar will end his law enforcement career where it started. He began as a Patrol Deputy in Lakewood for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 1988, before the City’s incorporation. He rose through the ranks, elevating from Patrol Deputy to Detective, then Detective Sergeant to Lieutenant. In 2006, two years after Lakewood officially formed its own department, Chief Farrar was promoted to Assistant Chief. In February 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. Under Chief Farrar’s leadership, crime has fallen across the board in Lakewood. Both tangibly and intangibly, Lakewood has become a safer community because of its police department and its leadership.

For the full story: http://goo.gl/c76kM9

Lakewood City Manager Appoints Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has announced the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief effective April 7, 2015. The appointment follows the announcement from Police Chief Bret Farrar that he is retiring after 27 years in law enforcement, the last six years as Police Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. Zaro, who has more than 20 years in law enforcement, has been with the Lakewood Police Department since its inception in 2004. He has served as Lakewood's Assistant Chief since 2008.

"Mike Zaro has served as the City’s Assistant Police Chief since 2008 and is the ideal person to lead the police department during the upcoming transition," Caulfield said. "His background and command experience make him well-qualified to serve in the interim police chief role." Caulfield added about Zaro: "I appreciate his willingness to take on this task. I look forward to working with Assistant Chied Zaro to continue providing high quality public safety services to our City." Caulfield said the City will begin a search for a permanent police chief in the coming weeks.

Innovation Award at the Walkable Washington Symposium

Last week we shared that the Lakewood Station Connection Project is going to be recognized at Feet First's Walkable Washington Symposium for its contribution in making Lakewood a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. Over the weekend, we learned the Lakewood Station Connection is also going to receive the symposium's Innovation Award, one of three projects in the state to win this prestigious award!

Let's give a big hand to the City of Lakewood's Public Works Department and everyone who worked on the Lakewood Station!

For more on the Walkable Washington Symposium: http://goo.gl/2XRXrB

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on March 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 Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director who will discuss "Fort Steilacoom Park- What's Next?" If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or  .  I hope to see you there!

Leave Your Old Flame Behind—Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Wood Stove

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has received limited grant funding and is offering up to $350 to Pierce County residents who recycle old, but working wood stoves. Previously, this incentive had only been available to residents living within Pierce County's designated Smoke Reduction Zone. Now this opportunity applies to any resident of the greater Pierce County area. However, the offer is limited to the first 100 qualified applicants who live outside the Smoke Reduction Zone. Applicants must include a photo of their old wood stove or insert.

Eligible devices include wood stoves and fireplace inserts. They must be in working order but can be installed or un-installed, and be of any age.

Indoor barrel stoves and trash burners are not eligible for the reward.

To see if you qualify and for more information, visit their website  .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Responds to Hazardous Material Incident in Lakewood

Just before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, West Pierce firefighters had a citizen walk into the station to report an odor coming from his home at the 8600 block of Moreland Ave SW.  The man described coming home and finding both his cat and his bird dead and a strange odor coming from the house. Specialized equipment monitored the air inside the structure and found traces of a hazardous material.  At this point the Pierce County Hazardous Incident Team was called, along with the Hazardous Materials Team from Joint Base Lewis McChord, the 10th Civil Support Team from Camp Murray and the Department of Ecology. This incident included Hazardous Materials Technicians from West Pierce, Gig Harbor, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Graham Fire & Rescue.

The initial investigation identified a carpet cleaner as the likely cause of the incident, but Pierce County Health Department ruled the investigation as inconclusive.

The News Tribune’s latest article on the incident: http://goo.gl/8EjKJX

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Tuesday, March 3, City of Lakewood Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama, Management Analyst/Assistant to the City Manager Adam Lincoln and Lakewood Police Officer Jeremy Prater spoke to Park Lodge Elementary students about the importance of reading as part of Read Across America.

They talked about how reading is part of their day-to-day duties, as well as why the students should make it a priority from an early start.

Parks and Recreation

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/odZlDK  

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 9

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Oil Painting for Fun, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12:30 pm.-3:30 p.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 10

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 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.
  • Welcome Wednesday and Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Friday, March 13

  • 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/6ivheg

Council Meetings

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 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of 2015 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Review of Motor Avenue concepts
  • Review of banking services agreement

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 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:

  • Proclamation declaring March 1 – April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS – Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Set April 20, 2015 as Public hearing on 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Adopt RTA amendments
  • Designating the City’s official bank and approving banking services agreement
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way entryway

 

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/13/2015

March 13, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Playground Build Day March 21

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build its new community playground from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21. This is a community led playground project to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. No skills are required, just your heart and hardworking hands to move materials, assemble the play equipment, construct lumber projects, and painting. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) and meals provided.

Register at meetup.com/we-are-lakewood . For more information contact Tauna Shoemaker at (253) 460-8933 or

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 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/SRJ5sJ

March 24 Meeting to Address Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Council Hears South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Action Plan

On Monday, March 9, Program Manager Tiffany Speir of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership gave the Lakewood City Council an update on the SSCMP’s 2015-2016 work plan. The work plan reflects the expansion of the SSMCP to include all military presence in the South Sound, as well as the signification reductions in deployments. More than 8,500 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are expected to transition off active duty in 2015, and further drawdowns lie in the future. The work plan also looks to increase the participation of the private sector in the SSMCP.

For more information: http://goo.gl/z7jUyS

City Leaders Attend United Way of Pierce County Meeting

Thursday morning, March 12, City Councilmember Mary Moss, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and others listened to United Way of Pierce County President and CEO Dona Ponepinto give her first year reflection.

Did You Know? In 2014, more than 600,000 people were helped through programs funded by United Way of Pierce County.

Lakewood Recognized as one of the ICMA’s 100 Inaugural Communities

The International City/County Management Association Center for Performance Analytics recognized Lakewood as one of its 100 Inaugural Communities. These early adopters and ICMA Insights are dedicated to improving their communities' performance while helping to build the fastest growing national comparative performance management database. If the ordinance is passed, the City Council will move onto the second matter: a resolution to designate some the area within the tax incentive urban use center as a residential target area. This would exempt eligible multifamily housing around the Lakewood Station from all value added property taxation for the exemption period.

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

Lakewood City Council to Discuss Housing Incentives for Lakewood Station Area

At the March 16 Lakewood City Council meeting, the Council will consider two new designations for the Lakewood Station on 11424 Pacific Hwy SW. The first ordinance would designate the area encompassing the Lakewood Station a tax incentive urban use center. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/mFsxET .

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Volunteers from the AmeriCorps NCCC were hard at work March 9-11, clearing ivy and debris from the trail around Wards Lake Park.

"We're hoping that with this work we're doing will inspire other people in the community to come out here and spend some time keeping up the work we're doing this week," said Melissa Buckingham, Pierce Conservation District Director of Water Quality Improvement and Monitoring. Buckingham worked alongside the NCCC team on the ground this week. Mounds of ivy have long choked the life out of the native plants and cluttered an otherwise beautiful park. The NCCC team consisted of 10 volunteers. They had done ivy removal on other sites, but the scale of ivy around the Wards Lake trails was new to them. The team performed admirably nonetheless. As of noon on March 11, the trail was an entirely different animal. Wide strips of soil have been opened up for native plantings.

You can see the different in the photos from when work began and when the team was finished .

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 16

  • 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 17

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 12 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 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, March 19

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

Friday, March 20

  • 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/YIO5ed

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 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:

  • Proclamation declaring March 1 – April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS – Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Designating the City’s official bank and approving banking services agreement
  • Set April 20, 2015 as Public hearing on 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Set May 4, 2015 as Public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeholme Road SW
  • Adopt Tax Incentive Urban Use Center
  • Adopt Residential Target Area in the Lakewood Station area

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 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:

  • 2014 Police Report
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease update
  • Review of Washington eminent domain laws
  • Review of public art funding options

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)