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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/16/15

Jan. 16, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 17

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Army Listening Session Jan. 21

Join South Sound Military & Communities Partnership at the Army listening session on Jan. 21, 2015, 10 a.m. to noon. Senior Army leaders will discuss and listen to citizen input about a proposal to eliminate up to 11,000 combined military and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The session will be held at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center.

For more information: http://goo.gl/RU3q10

Municipal Court Judge Sworn In

On Tuesday January 13, 2015 Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn was sworn in as the Judge for the newly formed DuPont Municipal Court by Mayor Grayum. DuPont is contracting with the City of Lakewood for Municipal Court services as of January 1, 2015.  Mayor Grayum commented on the savings the contract will provide to the taxpayers of DuPont, as well as the convenience of Lakewood’s proximity and ease of parking.  Mayor Grayum had positive remarks on the extensive professional and community experience that Judge Blinn brings to the bench.

Lakewood Gets $1.6 Million in Federal Grants

The City of Lakewood will get almost $1.6 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds that will pay for two projects intended to make our roadways safer. The two projects are part of $48 million worth of projects across Washington that received federal funding, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced last week. The Lakewood projects are:

  • Safety improvements (Military Road & 112th Street), $788,500
  • Roadway safety improvements (40th Avenue and 96th Street), $823,350

For more information: http://goo.gl/5QzZo2

Lakewold Gardens Named to the National Register of Historic Places

It's official: Lakewold Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lakewold Gardens was added to the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation in December. The City first brought news of the local landmark’s nomination  late last year.

The City got official word of Lakewold’s inclusion on the National Register this week. The 10-acre complex – which is canvassed with rare and native plants, State Champion trees, more than 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and a stunning statuary – is also recognized by the Washington Heritage Register.

For more on Lakewold Gardens: http://goo.gl/lHafSS

City Hall Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015. 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.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Respond to Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Jan. 13, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to fire at 8118 Washington Boulevard SW in Lakewood. Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke and flames coming from the building. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from an abandoned building. The building was unoccupied and the fire is currently under investigation.

Police

Lt. Dave Guttu Retirement 

Lt. Dave Guttu retired from the Lakewood Police Department on Friday, Jan. 9, after 31 years of law enforcement service. He began as a Reserve Officer for the City of Fife before becoming a Deputy with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 1983. Lt. Guttu was one of the very first hires for the Lakewood Police Department and was instrumental in the hiring process, as our Background Investigator and Polygrapher, for the first 100 officers who began serving the citizens of Lakewood in September 2004.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 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 February 1-7, 2015 as Toastmasters International Week
  • Setting Tuesday, February 17, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on amending the Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Approve property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Approve an agreement with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Approve an agreement for indigent defense
  • Approve ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail
  • Approve agreement with Humane Society for animal sheltering

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 26, 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:

  • Overview of CDBG, HOME, NSP and Section 108 programs
  • Review RTA, RTA2 and RTA3 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Ordinance 591 subdivision code re: sewers
  • Review of Pacific Highway redevelopment fiscal analysis
  • Review of Lakewood Towne Center site development

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/09/2015

January 9, 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 Wins Competitive Grant to Build New Playground

Disney Club Penguin , along with KaBOOM! , announced that it is awarding a grant to the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a new playground. Local children helped design the playground of their dreams, which engineers will make a reality.

“We are very excited to be chosen and to be able to provide a high quality play structure for local children to enjoy,” said Clayton DeNault, executive director of the Lakewood Family YMCA. “This new playground will serve as another way we can strengthen our community.”

Several City of Lakewood officials attended Thursday’s announcement at the Lakewood Family YMCA. They included Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mary Moss. City Manager John Caulfield, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Public Works Director Don Wickstrom were also on hand.

For more information: http://goo.gl/83XeJ5

To see our photo album of the event: http://goo.gl/sRhl97

First City Council Meeting of 2015

The first Lakewood City Council Meeting of 2015 on Monday, Jan. 5, started off strong for education. The City Council received reports from the Youth Council and Clover Park School District Board. It also read proclamations declaring January 2015 as National Mentoring Month and School Board Recognition Month. Councilmember Marie Barth read another proclamation recognizing Lakes High School teacher Tracy Fortune for her accomplishments in arts education. The meeting also included a proclamation to declare Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. For pictures and more from the first City Council meeting of the year, check out our album: http://goo.gl/OjtNpx

12th Annual MLK Celebration

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

For more on the celebration: http://goo.gl/kBLeZO

Martin Luther King, Jr. Proclamation

On Monday, Jan. 5, the Lakewood City Council read a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. Mayor Don Anderson recognized the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and invited Ms. JoEthel Smith, the committee founder, to speak at the meeting.

Traffic Impacted by Construction, Pavement Patching

Lakewood drivers should expect an impact on traffic in the coming weeks from a number of different projects:

  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th: Construction continues on this project which will require temporary lane closures. Anticipate delays. Construction will continue through Spring of 2015.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza South; Pacific Hwy at 108th Street; 108th Street at RR Crossing: PSE Gas Main Replacement – Pavement Restoration: Starting Monday evening, Jan. 12, and continuing through the week, crews will be completing permanent pavement patching during the evenings (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.). (weather permitting)

Coffee with the Deputy Mayor—January 13, 2015

Please join Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen for Coffee with the Deputy Mayor on January 13, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Tiffany Speir, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Program Manager who will discuss the January 21, 2015 Community Listening Session on Army Force Reductions. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Respond to RV Fire in Lakewood

On Jan. 7, at 11:39 a.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a trailer fire, located at 6929 52ndAve. W in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find the trailer engulfed in flames, parked between two homes. Due to its location, a garage of a nearby home was exposed to the fire. The fire was under control in less than 15 minutes from the time crews arrived to the scene. There were no injuries during this incident and the cause is currently under investigation.

JBLM Resident on American Idol

Desiree Flores, a resident of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is auditioning for the upcoming season of American Idol. Flores has been all around as a self-described "Army brat," but she's here now, so let's show our support! #IamLakewood Read the News Tribune story here: http://goo.gl/eS5hmC

Police

Lakewood Officers’ Charity, Fallen Officers Food Drive

Great job by the Police Department and the Lakewood Officers' Charity, which raised $1,300 this holiday season to help feed 150 families in Lakewood and bought Christmas gifts for even more children. The department also raised $14,327 and 10,220 pounds of food through the Fallen Officers Food Drive. To put this into perspective, that is the equivalent of 184,000 (yes THOUSAND) meals which could feed 42 families of four, three meals a day, for an entire year!!! Emergency Food Network stated it distributed the food to the 60-plus food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County. The generosity of our community at this food drive helped to bring happiness and hope into the lives of so many families during this holiday season.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 12, 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:

  • Property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Economic Development update
  • Review ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 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 February 1-7, 2015 as Toastmasters International Week
  • Approve property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Approve agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Approve an agreement for indigent defense
  • Approve ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail
  • Approve agreement with Humane Society for animal sheltering

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/26/2014

Dec. 26, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Police Mascot Gets Name: Sergeant LEO Huggs

We have a winner! Well, two actually... Earlier this month, the Lakewood Police Department solicited names for its new mascot with the minds behind the chosen name getting lunch on the Chief. The winning entry: Sergeant LEO Huggs. According to the department's Facebook page , it was difficult to select one name, so the winning entry is a combination of two submissions, one from Kristin Goodman Paynter's daughter Anna and the other from Chana Mercado. Great job by Anna and Chana, as well as everyone else who entered! And, of course, the City would like to officially welcome Sgt. Huggs to the #IamLakewood family.

Video: Lakewood Officer’s Charity “Shop with an Officer”

On Dec. 21, 2014, the Lakewood Officers' Charity of the Lakewood Police Department held its annual "Shop with an Officer" event. The day involved the officers taking children and youth from 21 area families in need this holiday season to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they chose gifts - many of them basic-but-much-needed supplies - for their families. In all, the Lakewood Officers' Charity and the area Wal-Mart raised more than $8,000 for the families in need. This is just one of the many ways throughout the year that the Charity goes beyond its duty to protect and serve.

For more information or to donate, visit the Lakewood Officers' Charity at http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com .

You can also check this YouTube video of the day's festivities. #IamLakewood

Lakewood Man Receives French Honor for WWII Service

A Lakewood combat veteran was recently honored with one of France’s highest distinctions – an honor that has been decades in the making. Floyd Exeter, 91, fought in World War II and was honored 70 years ago for distinguishing himself in combat. Positioned behind a machine gun during the Battle of the Bulge, he survived a bullet to the helmet and continued to fight valiantly. Exeter was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions that day. The French gave him the Croix de Guerre for a “distinguished act of heroism.”

You can see King 5’s video of the ceremony here: http://goo.gl/BeRJlj

To learn more, check out the News Tribune’s story here: http://goo.gl/5W95I7

Remember to Treecycle This Year

When you take that mountain of wrapping paper and gift boxes out to the recycle bin, don’t forget the Christmas tree. What, you didn’t think you could recycle a tree? That’s right. Lakewood Refuse customers who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

For more information: http://goo.gl/v5slPp

City Offices Closed New Year's Day

In observance of the New Year's holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station closed at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and all day Thursday, Jan. 1.

The City would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 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 recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Review an amendment to the agreement with WA Department of Commerce for LED streetlights conversions
  • 2015 Council Retreat

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/2/15

Jan. 2, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor, JBLM Commander Make Friendly Wager on Hometown Teams

During the year, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges enjoy a friendly, cordial relationship. The City is JBLM’s host community. Many of the base’s personnel and their families live, shop, attend school and play in Lakewood. The close proximity makes Lakewood and JBLM one big family. But it’s the college football bowl season, and a family feud is brewing.

Mayor Anderson is a native of Coos Bay, Ore., and Col. Hodges hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Recently, Anderson and Hodges met on base - with the JBLM Commander donning FSU’s garnet and gold and the Mayor donning Oregon’s green and yellow – for some friendly banter and to make an even friendlier wager. If the Ducks won, Hodges was to owe Anderson a dinner at The Bistro at Russell’s Landing on base. If the Seminoles won, likewise Anderson would get Hodges dinner at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood.

The Rose Bowl has come and gone—have a nice dinner at The Bistro Mr. Mayor, and congratulations to the Ducks!

To view a video of "The Bet," visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

Lakewood's 12th Annual MLK Celebration

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. 

Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Top 5 #IamLakewood Stories of the Year

Lakewood enjoyed a big year in 2014. From national awards to groundbreakings to community workshops, Lakewood was the center of the big-news universe and social media ecosphere throughout the year. As we looked back at 2015, we looked back at the Top 5 stories over the past year:

  1. Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII; Lakewood Celebrates Hometown Hero Jermaine Kearse
  2. Lakewood Police Department Named Agency of the Year
  3. Lakewood Holds First-Ever Housing Forum
  4. Residents Share Vision at Community Visioning Workshop
  5. Another Year, Another Successful Lakewood Farmers Market

For more on each story: http://goo.gl/2bLwi3

Connections Newsletter: Correction

An article in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lakewood Connections newsletter, "Own a pet? You might need a license from the City," missed a word in the first line. It should have read, "The City of Lakewood requires a license for all dogs and cats over the age of 8 weeks." Sorry if that was unclear.

Influenza on the Rise in Pierce County. Ring in the New Year Flu Free

Take care, Lakewood residents, influenza has been found actively circulating in Pierce County. Emergency departments are very busy, and surveillance data has shown several alerts for fever and respiratory activity. In the week of Dec. 21–27, 2014, there were 46 hospitalizations for influenza, compared to 7 in the previous week. Two influenza-associated deaths were also reported last week. Remember, you can be exposed to the flu without even knowing it.  Folks who are going to get the flu can pass it on two days before they have symptoms.

For health tips and other information: http://goo.gl/t840kz

“Best of South Sound 2014”

Every year, South Sound Magazine  holds its “Best of the South Sound” contest. From the best hike to the best builder, South Sound readers vote where they like to eat, play, stay and more. In 2014, not one, but three Lakewood businesses placed first in their respective categories! The City of Lakewood would again like to congratulate the AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center theater, Olympus Spa and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital. Thank-you for being part of our community and representing the Lakewood spirit of business so wonderfully.

To read the winners’ excerpts from the magazine: http://goo.gl/g9rCSI

Lakewood SummerFest Triathlon

Registration for the Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon is open!  Start the new year off right by signing up. 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 and;
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

Register here: http://goo.gl/eUDLPA

Burn Ban in Pierce County

Attention Lakewood residents: Pierce County has been elevated to Stage 2 burn ban. In a Stage 2 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters)
  • No outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a monetary penalty

For the latest on Pierce County’s burn ban status: http://goo.gl/wXCsnz

I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled in South Sound

Drivers using Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont will encounter numerous overnight ramp closures during the week of Jan. 5 as crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work on the I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management  project. During the closures, drivers can use alternate routes.

For more on the ramp closures: http://goo.gl/qkoFwX 

Lakes High Student to Play in All-American Bowl

The City of Lakewood wants to wish Lakes High School defensive end Benning Potoa'e good luck at the All-American Bowl Sunday! The United States Marine Corps invited Potoa'e to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at a ceremony at the Lakewood high school . The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 on Jan. 4 at The StubHub Cener in Carson, Calif. He is one of only 100 student athletes invited to the All-American Bowl from across the nation and one of three from Washington State. Show off that #IamLakewood spirit!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 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 recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • 2015 Council Retreat

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 12, 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 Ordinance 591 subdivision code re: sewers
  • Property donation at 3710 100th St. SW (tentative)
  • Economic Development update
  • Review  ILA with Pierce County and University Plan re: Chambers Creek Trail

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/19/14

Dec. 19, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officers Pack Meals for Families in Need

Usually when police officers are hustling and making split-second decisions in a confined area, it’s to protect the community. But on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at John Dower Elementary School, officers with Lakewood Police Department were doing it to feed the community. Specifically, about 20 officers packed holiday meals for 150 families who are struggling this holiday season.

The Lakewood Officers Charity works throughout the year to support the law enforcement community and the citizens of Lakewood. Donate to future events by going to its website, http://www.lakewoodofficercharity.com/ , and scrolling to the bottom of the screen.

For more details, and photos of the officers in action: http://goo.gl/4cj528.

City Offices Closed For Christmas Holiday

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will close at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. 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) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Wounded Warrior Project: Albertsons Donation

On Thursday, Dec. 18, Albertsons Northwest awarded the Wounded Warrior Project a check for $50,000 . The money was raised in November through two weeks worth of sales on specially marked items at 104 stores in Washington and Oregon.

The check was given to Wounded Warrior Project representatives at the Albertsons located at
8611 Steilacoom Boulevard SW. In attendance were Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmembers Marie Barth, Paul Bocchi, Mary Moss and John Simpson, as well as City Manager John Caulfield, state Rep. Dick Muri, soldiers from Joint Base-Lewis McChord and Linda Smith, President/CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Attendees had the chance to pose with Wounded Warrior Project and their check, and enjoy a handsome cake.

For photos from the ceremony:  http://goo.gl/F5tK8s

Benning Potoa’e Chosen for U.S. Marines Game, Given City Coin

Lakes High School defensive end Benning Potoa'e credits much of his hard-work ethic to his father, Aleki, a first sergeant in the 5th Battalion, 200th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. On Dec. 16, the same military that served as the foundation for Potoa'e's determination awarded him one of the most prestigious high school football honors in the country, when the United States Marine Corps invited him to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

For more information: http://goo.gl/SOLx7i

For the video of Potoa’e’s ceremony: http://goo.gl/Qg4hiW

Suburban Times: City Helped Remove “Parking Lot Lake”

Here's more proof that the City of Lakewood is listening to its residents and businesses. In a story published Dec. 16 in the Suburban Times , author Ken Upton wrote about the "parking lot lake" that regularly forms during rainy seasons in front of the Hobby Lobby and Big Lots stores in the 5400 block of 100th Street Southwest. Upton wrote how he contacted the City. Compliance Inspector Diana Halar worked to locate the store's management company, which eventually had the lake pumped and the sediment blocking the drainage removed.

"I applaud and appreciate the effort Diana put forth in just a few days to address and resolve the mystery of the 'parking lot lake,'” Upton wrote, "and I hereby nominate her for 'City Employee of the Month!'

Read the whole story on the Suburban Times website  . It's a good one.

Great job, Diana! #IamLakewood

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Video

Did you miss the City of Lakewood's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting this month? Check out some highlights here: http://goo.gl/HhDUUi  

#IamLakewood

It's been a big week for the City on social media! We have surpassed 1,550 likes on Facebook , 700 Twitter followers and 100 Instagram followers. Thanks for all your support, and be sure to follow us #IamLakewood! 

Economic Development

Business Showcase—Lakewood Hardware & Paint

On Monday night, Dec. 15, the Lakewood City Council recognized longtime Lakewood institution Lakewood Hardware and Paint as its Business Showcase for December 2014. Owner Donn Tyler received the award for his store, and announced his recent engagement. Lakewood Hardware and Paint has been part of Lakewood for more than 65 years, ever since Russell Fry opened the first store on Gravelly Lake Drive. The building the community frequents today is actually the store’s third incarnation. Over the years, Lakewood Hardware and Paint has continued to expand and grow. The original store sold hardware, paint and a few plumbing tools. These days, Lakewood Hardware and Paint’s selection includes home appliances, STIHL power tools, home and garden, plumbing, electricity and lumber. It even sells doors. And if customers can’t find what they need, the store will order whatever they request—and keep a stock of it in the future. Tyler says the relationship between customers and employees is the secret to the store’s success.
“For all we’ve added and done, it’s no good without people to support it,” said Tyler, who proudly referred to his current team as “the best staff we’ve had to date.”

For more from the Showcase: http://goo.gl/wuuLPb

Check out photos of the Business Showcase here: http://goo.gl/g0ZkQv   

Council Meetings

The City Council Study Session of December 22, 2014 is CANCELLED.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 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 recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Review an amendment to the agreement  with WA Department of Commerce for LED streetlights conversions
  • 2015 Council Retreat