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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

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

Dec. 12, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood’s 12th Annual MLK Celebration

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.

For more information, view the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration flyer .

Coffee with the Mayor

Coffee with the Mayor was held Tuesday, Dec. 9. We met at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. City Manager John Caulfield presented the City of Lakewood's 2015-2017 Biennial Legislative Agenda.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

The City of Lakewood held its third annual Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 5!  We celebrated the Christmas season with games and crafts, as well as performances by Lakes High School Choir, Lakewood Family YMCA and the Little Church on the Prairie. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, #IamLakewood!

Check out photos from the lighting here: http://goo.gl/NFzebs

Hometown Dogs Grand Opening                                                 

Monday, Dec. 8, marked the grand opening of Hometown Dogs in Lakewood, the first food truck social enterprise of Centerforce, the largest provider of employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Pierce County. The Hometown Dogs food truck brand is the culmination of twelve intensive weeks of technical, safety and life skill training for the non-profit's developmentally disabled clientele.

For more information, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/htdtruck

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

The eyes of the international cyclocross community turned to Lakewood this past weekend for the second race of the Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration. The two-day event was sanctioned by the International Cycling Union and gave racers an opportunity to earn crucial points in order to qualify for the national championships on Jan. 7 through the 11 in Austin, Texas. This image shows the race at Fort Steilacoom Park. It was snapped by photographer extraordinaire himself, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson. For more information: http://goo.gl/yprXLt

Police

Lakewood Police Department’s New Mascot

Tis the season to be jolly... so help us name our new mascot!!! We will pick the winning name on December 24th, 2014 and the winner will be treated to lunch by the Chief of Police. (In the case of multiple same name entries, first entry will be the only one considered.) Let the merriment begin, but please remember to keep it clean!

Go to the Lakewood Police Department ’s Facebook page and comment to enter. P.S. Don't forget to share with your friends so they can play too.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 15, 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:

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Hardware & Paint, Inc., Mr. Donn Tyler
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to the Planning Commission
  • Appoint members to the Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board
  • Amending land use code relative to satellite parking lots
  • Adopt code change to rename Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board to Community Services Advisory Board
  • Approve 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Approve interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Approve contract for Traffic Signal Upgrade-ITS Phase 4B fiber optic interconnect and video management system
  • Approve accounts receivable write-offs
  • Approve WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project
  • Approve MOA with Pierce County relative to road maintenance
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Authorize the purchase of a dump truck chassis
  • Approve a contract for prosecution services

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/26/2014

Nov. 26, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department.

Benefiting the Emergency Food Network, the event pays tribute to the four Lakewood Police Officers who were gunned down while filling out paperwork at a coffee shop in 2009 - Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards. The event pays tribute to their memories, as well as their legacies and dedication to serving and helping the community of Lakewood.

The trickle of donations increased to a steady stream throughout the day. The goal is to raise $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food Thanks to everyone who came out to support those struggling in our community.

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. 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.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue: Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and West Pierce Fire & Rescue would like to remind residents to be safe this holiday. Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of residential fires, so please remember these tips while in the kitchen.

  • Do not leave the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove. Stovetop fires are very common and can quickly get out of hand. If you need to leave the kitchen for any reason, take a spatula or wooden spoon with you to remind yourself that something is on the stove.
  • Be sure to wear fitted clothing while cooking. Loose sleeves can quickly catch fire when reaching over the stove and burners.
  • Use a timer when cooking. To avoid burnt food or forgetting something is in the oven, a timer is a great tool to use. This also greatly reduces the risk of a kitchen fire.
  • Hot oil may splash or spill during cooking. Contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury.
  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350° Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible. If it is heated above its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.
  • Propane-fired turkey fryers must be used outdoors. Many parts of the country may have rain or snow at this time of year. If rain or snow hits the hot cooking oil, the oil may splatter or turn to steam, leading to burns.
  • Turkeys must be completely thawed before placing in the fryer, because a partially thawed turkey will cause the oil to splatter causing serious burns.
  • The fryers use a lot of oil, about five gallons. Considering the size and weight of the turkey, extreme caution must be taken when placing and removing the turkey from the fryer to be sure its is not dropped back into the fryer, splattering the oil on the chef.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue wishes all residents a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, former Lakewood Mayors and City Council members joined the current City Council in a discussion of Lakewood's goals, priorities and other City-related business.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 5. Mayor Don Anderson will lead the lighting at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE: In front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
  • WHAT ELSE: Free entertainment and fun Christmas crafts

We have quite a festival planned. The tree lighting’s new time also gives parents getting off work plenty of time to pick up their kids and head over fo For more information: http://goo.gl/Ce7Kek

Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: (BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL) $20 per person, which is a $5 savings! Runners can sign up online here (https://apm.activecommunities.com/lakewoodparksandrec/Activity_Search/jingle-bell-rock-5k/2602) or call (253) 983-7887 . Registration includes a free, commemorative t-shirt!
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

For more information: http://goo.gl/sxIvJ2

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 1, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of DuPont for human resources services
  • Approve an agreement with the Johnston Group for federal lobbying services
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell for state lobbying services

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 8, 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:

  • Western State Hospital Update – Mr. Ron Adler, CEO
  • Amending zoning code (Starlite Swap Meet)
  • Third Quarter Financial Report
  • Review of accounts receivable write-offs
  • Review of WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project
  • Third Quarter Police Report / Police Accreditation
  • Review of code amendment to change Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board name to Community Services Advisory Board

The City Council will be holding a Joint City Council and State Legislators Meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2017 Biennial State Legislative Agenda

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/05/2014

Dec. 5, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mayor Don Anderson will lead the lighting at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE: In front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
  • WHAT ELSE:  Free entertainment and fun Christmas crafts

For more information: http://goo.gl/Ce7Kek

Coffee with the Mayor—Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for Coffee with the Mayor on Dec. 9, 2014 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be City Manager John Caulfield who will present the City of Lakewood's 2015-2017 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or .

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

The City of Lakewood honored the volunteers who donate their time and effort to the City throughout the year on Wednesday, Dec. 3. They were treated to a free breakfast on behalf of the City "It's very important to say 'Thank You,'" Mayor Don Anderson told the 70 or so volunteers who attended. Jim Taylor received "Volunteer of the Year" honors. The City once again would like to thank all the volunteers who donate their time, effort and expertise throughout the year.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Recognizes Citizens for Heroic Actions

At the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Commissioner’s meeting Dec. 2, five individuals were recognized for their heroic actions during an emergency medical response on American Lake on July 29, 2014.  Dave, Joni, and Abigail Dupille, Jamie Ross, and Kate Owens were all recognized for helping a man in need of medical assistance, as well as a woman who was with him during the incident.

For more information: http://goo.gl/nE3Iuo

Boo Han Market Business Showcase

From soft tofu to spicy kimchee to cuts of beef and fresh seafood, the specialty grocery store’s selection has attracted shoppers from throughout the South Sound and beyond for nearly four decades. After years of expanding and adapting to meet the needs of customers, Boo Han Market continues to thrive in Lakewood’s International District – a remarkable feat given its humble beginnings as a rice cake and tofu factory in owner Boo Han’s garage 40 years ago.

  • Jae Han, Boo Han's son, attributes the store’s successful run, in part, to his family’s spirit of hard work and dedication. He also credited a notion that’s even simpler: The store talked and listed to its customers. It found out what they wanted, what foods they missed from Korea and provided those products at the lowest possible cost.
  • One of the big reasons for the Boo Han Market’s success is its positive relationship with its native city.
  • For more on Boo Han Market: http://goo.gl/iPZII8
  • Check out photos of the Business Showcase here: http://goo.gl/1cnVdE     

Winter’s Here. Are You Ready For It?

Temperatures are dropping, roads are icy and snow is a real possibility. The City of Lakewood wants to remind residents to be prepared during extreme wintery conditions this year. Whether it’s at home or on the road, ice and snow can catch anyone off guard. Conditions could get treacherous this year if a major snow or ice storm hits Lakewood. The City will prioritize the most-traveled roads first in terms of its de-icing efforts, including Bridgeport Way, Steilacoom Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive.

For winter safety tips: http://goo.gl/o4LjUM

Clover Park School District Board of Distinction Award

Congratulations to the Clover Park School District Board of Directors for earning a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Another sign that our school district is strong—from its students to its staff to its leadership. Keep up the good work!

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

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this great photo that was shared on the Facebook page of the Lakwood Senior Activity Center. Great stuff!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

There is a lot going on at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events. Registration for the Winter 2015 courses opens Jan. 2. However, an oil painting class and a number of short exercise courses open in December, and you can sign up at any time. In the meantime, check out what the center ran this week:

Monday

  • Oil Painting for Fun
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance
  • Movie Monday
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts

Tuesday

  • Cake Day
  • Mah Jongg
  • Drop-in Line Dancing

Wednesday

  • Knotty Knitters
  • Workshop Wednesday—Coaster Set

Thursday

  • Cribbage
  • Sassy Scrappers

Friday

  • Open Computer Lab

For more information: http://goo.gl/qBXC0M

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 8, 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:

  • Western State Hospital Update – Mr. Ron Adler, CEO
  • Amending zoning code (Starlite Swap Meet)
  • Third Quarter Financial Report
  • Review of accounts receivable write-offs
  • Review of WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project
  • Third Quarter Police Report / Police Accreditation
  • Review of code amendment to change Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board name to Community Services Advisory Board

The City Council will be holding a Joint City Council and State Legislators Meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2017 Biennial State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 15, 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:

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Hardware & Paint, Inc., Mr. Donn Tyler
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to the Planning Commission
  • Appoint members to the Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board
  • Amending land use code relative to satellite parking lots
  • Adopt code change to rename Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board to Community Services Advisory Board
  • Approve 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Approve interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Approve contract for Traffic Signal Upgrade-ITS Phase 4B fiber optic interconnect and video management system.
  • Approve accounts receivable write-offs
  • Approve WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project.
  • Approve MOA with Pierce County relative to road maintenance
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Authorize the purchase of a dump truck chassis with snow plow attachments.
  • Approve contracts for prosecution services.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/21/2014

Nov. 21, 2014

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Adopts 2015-16 Annual Budget

On Monday, Nov. 17, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. It is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability. Other highlights include:

  • Increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system.
  • Funding for several new park improvement projects.
  • Replenishes the General Fund reserves to meet its 12% policy objective by the end of 2016.
  • General Fund operating revenues are projected to grow 2.7% in 2015 and another 1.2% in 2016. General Fund operating expenditures are projected to grow 0.4% in 2015 followed by 2.2% in 2016.

For more information: http://goo.gl/t4vvY1

5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

  • WHAT: Lakewood Police Department 5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 26.
  • WHERE: Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.
  • WHO: The Emergency Food Network, as in Police has partnered with the organization that provides food to some 60 food banks

There are several reasons to donate to the Fallen Officers Food Drive, including:

  • E.F.N.: It supports the Emergency Food Network. Enough said. Your donations will do good across Pierce County.
  • Super Simple: If you can’t make it Nov. 26, just drop off donations at the Lakewood Police Department a few days prior. You can even donate online at fallenofficerfooddrive.org  to make a Paypal donation or Text HUNGER to 85944 to donate $10.
  • Bang For The Buck: The potential difference is massive. Donate one $1, and the Emergency Food Network can distribute over $12 worth of food. Help feed struggling families or buy that snack out of the vending machine? Simple choice, really.
  • Aiming High: The Fallen Officers Food Drive is thinking big this year. The goal is $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food. That’s half of what has been donated in the previous four years. Combined. We need your generosity. Can you help us get there?

Burn Ban Issued for Piece County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  issued a Stage 2 burn ban for all of Pierce County on Nov. 17. The ban was lifted on Nov. 20. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the pollution that is creating unhealthy air, usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation. For more information: http://goo.gl/RND0Pn

Quarter Recognition Awards and Breakfast

The City of Lakewood celebrated the folks who help our municipal government run on Nov. 20 at the City's 4th Quarter Recognition Awards and Breakfast. Several employees who this year are marking 10 years with the City were recognized. The City's Executive Leadership Team cooked breakfast. Mayor Don Anderson and City Councilmember Marie Barth attended.

WALPELRA Workshop

On November 19, 2014 HR Director Debra Young was a panel member at a workshop for WAPELRA (Washington Public Employer Labor Relations Association). Panel members represented three different counties, Port of Seattle and Lakewood. The training focused on basic labor relations intended for practitioners that have limited experience with grievances or grievance arbitration.

3rd Annual SSMCP Members Forum

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Member Forum took place Nov. 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The meeting featured a report from Program Manager Tiffany Speir and several wonderful guest speakers over breakfast. Speakers included Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James M. Collins, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the State of Washington; Kristine M. Reeves, Military and Defense Sector Lead, Department of Commerce, State of Washington; and Col. Stephen Yoest, Deputy Commander of Clinical Services, Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM. Topics included the military's economic impact in the South Sound and Washington State, the possibility of BRAC and much more. Thank you again to everyone who attended. Check out photos of the meeting on the City's Facebook page: http://goo.gl/RNjDzh

Lakewood Business Showcase: Boo Han Market

Mayor Don Anderson recognized the family-owned and -operated Boo Han Market as the Business Showcase for November 2014 during the Nov. 17 City Council meeting. Boo Han immigrated from Korea to Lakewood in 1973 and earned enough money to open the store.

  • Jae Han, Boo Han's son, attributes the store’s successful run, in part, to his family’s spirit of hard work and dedication. He also credited a notion that’s even simpler: The store talked and listed to its customers. It found out what they wanted, what foods they missed from Korea and provided those products at the lowest possible cost.
  • One of the big reasons for the Boo Han Market’s success is its positive relationship with its native city.
  • Aside from the City of Lakewood, several Korean-language media from the Northwest appeared for Monday's presentation, including Sportsseoulusa Koreatowndaily, the Korean Daily NW Branch and KO-AM TV.
  • The best part: Boo Han's grandchildren presented him with flowers.
  • The City of Lakewood would again like to thank Boo Han Market for being such a wonderful business.
  • Check out photos of the Business Showcase here: http://goo.gl/Zrp2I2

Cascade Regional Blood Services Presentation

The Lakewood City Council heard a presentation from Dan Schmitt with Cascade Regional Blood Services during the Nov. 17 Council meeting. The organization thanked the City of Lakewood, particularly its Parks and Recreation Department, for its support. Check out photos of the presentation here: http://goo.gl/DVbrqF

Lakewood Welcomes Okinawa Exchange Students

On Nov. 17, Lakewood City Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter and Mary Moss, as well as City Manager Manager John Caulfield, Assistant City Manager/Finance and Administrative Services Director Tho Kraus and other representatives from the City of Lakewood participated in a celebration of 23 exchange students from Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan at Lakes High School. The students are visiting Lakewood as part of an exchange program that's facilitated through the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. Over the summer, 23 students from Lakes High stayed with host families in Japan. The exchange students joined host families, representatives from Clover Park School District, the City and others over some great barbecue. The students did a presentation on their homeland, as well as performed a cultural dance. The community of Lakewood is honored at the opportunity of hosting these energetic, ambitious and curious students. Although they leave back to Japan on Wednesday, it's a great chance to showcase who we are.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: $25 per person. Runners can sign up online athttps://apm.activecommunities.com/lakewoodparksandrec/Home  or call (253) 983-7887. (Sign up Nov. 21-23 and save $5 off registration!)
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

For more information: http://goo.gl/H07o5s

Activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

There is lots going on at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events. Registration for the Winter 2015 courses opens Jan. 2. However, an oil painting class and a number of short exercise courses open in December, and you can sign up at any time. In the meantime, check out what the center ran this week:

Monday

  • Movie Monday

Tuesday

  • Men’s Coffee
  • Mah Jongg
  • Drop-in Line Dancing

Wednesday

  • Workshop Wednesday—Coaster Set

Thursday

  • Memory Social Hour: Gratitude Gathering

Friday

  • Open Computer Lab

For more information: http://goo.gl/qBXC0M

Police

Lakewood City Council Recognizes LPD

Mayor Don Anderson read a proclamation that recognized the work of our outstanding Police Department during the Nov. 17 City Council meeting.

  • Specifically, the City Council recognized LPD for being named "Agency of the Year" in the RISE Awards competition presented by TASER International and PoliceOne.
  • The work of LPD can be seen both tangibly and intangibly. Thanks for keeping the community safe.

Check out photos of the proclamation here: http://goo.gl/8lFRvv

Council Meetings

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

  • Review of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with the City of DuPont for human resources services

The City Council will be holding a Joint meeting with the Clover Park School District Board on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Board Room, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Council goals and priorities
  • 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda
  • Legislative Policy Manual
  • Federal legislative priorities

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 1, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Approve interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of DuPont for human resources services
  • Approve an agreement with the Johnston Group for federal lobbying services
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell for state lobbying services