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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/14/2014

Nov. 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Day Ceremony at Clover Park Tech

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Mayor Don Anderson was the keynote speaker at Clover Park Technical College’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. “You are part of that small minority,” the Mayor said to the Lakewood college’s veterans, “who offered to put everything on the line in service to others.” In addition to his address, Anderson joined other a special remembrance ceremony at the college’s memorial wall.

Fall and Winter Weather

Over the past week, Lakewood residents have endured a cold spell, along with the rest of the Puget Sound region. As fall and winter weather intensifies, Lakewood residents should keep in mind a number of safety tips regarding everything from driving safely to preparing your home. Check out the City’s tip sheet here: http://goo.gl/BPaqGz .

#IamLakewood Spotlight: Original House of Donuts

This week, the City of Lakewood introduced the first edition of its new YouTube video series : #IamLakewood Spotlight.

The inaugural spotlight features the Original House of Donuts , one of the community’s most iconic businesses. Opened in 1959, OHOD has been serving up sweet and sugary goodness to generations of customers from Lakewood, Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympia and beyond.

Two years ago, Lakewood native Tom Peterson purchased the shop (which features an iconic roofline that’s now featured in the log) from OHOD’s original owner and made it his mission to restore and improve the quality of the legendary doughnut creations. From classics like apple fritters and maple bars to new creations such as the Devil’s Food Chocolate cake, OHOD is a doughnut-lover’s Graceland. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/zfPh6L .

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, honoring more than 40 volunteers who donate their time and talent to the Center. Volunteers are Superheroes, who always come to the rescue when they are needed! Lakewood's own Parks & Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth donned Superwoman apparel and stepped in to say thank you by serving the attendees. City Manager John Caulfield made a special guest appearance. Food was donated by Narrows Glen, and many local businesses donated prizes for the deserving volunteers to win! In honor of Volunteerism, Charlie Brown Music Unlimited donated his musical talent to entertain our Super Volunteers!

#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

This week’s image was snapped by Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member Tanja Scott, who captured a beautiful moment at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Economic Development

We’re Building in Lakewood

Have you noticed a large structure going up along 100th Street? That would be the Lakewood Industrial Park’s (LIP) new 136,000-square-foot “spec” building, available February 2015. It is one of two new buildings planned for the park. The second will be 208,000 square feet, available in 2016. LIP is home to more than 70 businesses, and it’s the largest park of its type in Pierce County. LIP began in 1966 with seven buildings, and with the new additions will be at 29 buildings and over 2.5 million square feet of leasable space.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock … Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 6. The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/pXpk96 .

Cyclocross at Fort Steilacoom Park

The Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration , a two-day professional cyclocross racing event, will ride through Lakewood Dec. 7. The first race begins Dec. 6 at Pacific Lutheran University. The second race, on Dec. 7, starts at Fort Steilacoom Park. Cyclocross, a form of bike racing that has become especially popular in the Northwest, is a blend of traditional road and mountain biking. Cyclocross courses can feature sand, asphalt, grass, trails, steep hills and other obstacles. At some points in a race riders can expect to dismount and carry their bikes. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/GMDse9 .

Police

5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served. In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years. For more information: http://goo.gl/TN50KI .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Police Department for the 2014 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award.
  • Business showcase. – Boo Han Market
  • Appoint an individual to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2015-16 biennial budget
  • Adopt 2015 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Adopt 2015 funding allocations for human services
  • Adopt 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation

Following the City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will hold a meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Adopt a Transportation Benefit District budget

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 interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Review RTA1 and RTA 2 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with the City of DuPont for human resources services

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, in Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/07/2014

Nov. 7, 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 Veterans Proclamation

On Monday night, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council honored the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council recognized the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The City Council recognized Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor; Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of AUSA; and Anne Sprute, Founder and CEO of Rallypoint/6, Washington’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning service members, veterans and their families located in Lakewood. Finally, the City Council proclaimed November as Veterans Appreciation Month. For more information: http://goo.gl/miPOE2 .

Traffic Impacted by Gas, Water Main Construction

Lakewood drivers should prepare for potential traffic impacts beginning the week of Nov. 9. Several gas and water main replacement projects are scheduled throughout the city, weather permitting:

  • Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza (south): PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza Road (south) the evening of Nov. 9, 2014. Daytime work in the area may continue during the week. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Pacific Highway at 108th: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Pacific Highway at 108th Street starting the evening of Nov. 9, 2014 and continuing through Thursday night. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • 108th Street at Halcyon: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing utility work on 108th Street at Halcyon one evening between Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2014. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th Street: The contractor will be continuing with the water main replacement during the day. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.

Lakewold Gardens Nominated for National Historic Register

Widely acclaimed for the beauty of its landscape architecture, another aspect of Lakewold Gardens could soon garner some national recognition: its historical significance. Lakewood’s own historic estate has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation announced 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 stunning statuary – was also re-listed in the Washington Heritage Register. For more information: http://goo.gl/U5Z9y8 .

Open House on South Tacoma Way Improvements

The City of Lakewood is hosting an Open House on Nov. 18 in the Rainier Room of the Pierce Transit Training Center to educate citizens and business owners about the South Tacoma Way Improvements project. Attendees will be able to meet the design team behind the improvement project and check out exhibits showcasing the future changes. A project fact sheet and schedule will also be available, so citizens can know exactly what to expect during construction. For more information: http://goo.gl/L8U0iy .

I-5 Road Work Begins Friday

Weather permitting, construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install roadway data loops from Friday, Nov. 7, to Wednesday, Nov. 12, as part of the Interstate 5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project. Data loops embedded into the pavement are used by WSDOT to calculate speeds and congestion levels of traffic, and allow WSDOT to better manage traffic and communicate traffic conditions to the public. For more information: http://goo.gl/J60jY1 .

City Offices Closed for Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Tuesday, November 11. 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.

#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

As the last photo for the Veterans Proclamation, the City Council invited all the veterans at the event—from all five major branches of the military—to step forward for a group photo. Almost 30 vets joined the Council in squeezing together in front of the dais with Mayer Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison near the center.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock … Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them. But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 6. The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/pXpk96 .

Lakewood Trails Featured at Conference

Last week, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board attended the Pierce County trails conference where two potential Lakewood projects - Waughop Lake Trail and the Chambers Creek Trai - were featured in the “State of Pierce County Trails” presentation. Other presentations included updates on expansion of community trail programs, how to work with volunteers and various stewardship programs. An interconnected trail system will contribute to a healthy and vibrant community!

Police

5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served. In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years. For more information: http://goo.gl/TN50KI .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 10, 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 proposed 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Review of proposed 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Review of Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments (3 of 3 reviews)
  • Review of 2015-2020 Six Year Financial Forecast
  • Review of Municipal Court capacity analysis
  • Review of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Police Department for the 2014 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award.
  • Business showcase. – Boo Han Market
  • Appoint an individual to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2015-16 biennial budget
  • Adopt 2015 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Adopt 2015 funding allocations for human services
  • Adopt 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation

Following the City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will hold a meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Adopt a Transportation Benefit District budget

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/24/2014

Oct. 24, 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 Honors Neel Parikh, Market Sponsors, International Students

On Oct. 20, the Lakewood City Council honored and recognized several special individuals. First, the City Council recognized longtime Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh, who is retiring. She was recognized specifically for her leadership in expanding library services and never faltering in the library's mission to educate and enlighten the community. Second, Councilmember John Simpson recognized St. Clare Hospital, which sponsored this year's Lakewood Farmers Market, as well as entertainment sponsor WSECU. Finally, the City Council was introduced to this year's international student exchange program participants at Pierce College. The students, who are attending school and staying with host families, come from all parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America. Although each has a different background, they all expressed the same notion: Lakewood is beautiful, and its residents are welcoming and gracious. Great job, everyone! To view a photo gallery of the night, visit the City’s Facebook page .

City, State Clean Garbage in Lakewood

Last week, the City of Lakewood partnered with the Department of Corrections and its work crew to clean up areas that were collecting garbage and litter. The crews worked off of Bridgeport Way, Solberg Drive, McChord Drive and 92nd, filling up two large trucks with garbage. This was a great combined effort by the City of Lakewood's Community Safety Resource Team and the DOC work crew. Great work!

 

Truck and Tractor Day on YouTube

The City of Lakewood has posted a video of its Truck and Tractor 2014 celebration on its YouTube page . The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department held the always-popular event at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there were trucks. There were tractors. There were also plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day was a great experience for the whole the family. Listen to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth tell you why. To view the video, click here .

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

Check out this awesome #IamLakewood pic: Several City employees and their families formed a team that participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K that took place Oct. 11 in Downtown Tacoma. According to the American Cancer Society, 137 teams and 1,111 participants have raised more than $89,000. Great job everyone!

Wet, Windy Weather Warning

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for Western Washington: Locally, windy conditions are possible tonight and over the weekend. A low-pressure system will develop off Northern California Friday night. The low center will move inland across Western Washington Saturday evening. Increasing Easterly flow may give windy conditions near the Cascade Foothills Friday Night through Saturday morning. Windy weather is also possible over Western Washington Saturday evening as the low moves ashore. Monitor the latest forecasts Friday and Saturday as this low pressure system nears Western Washington.

Fire Department Fall Safety Day

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, Oct. 25, when West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold its annual Fire Dept. Fall Safety Day 2014.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fire Station 21, 5000 Steilacoom Blvd SW. The event will include:

  • Free pumpkins for the kids
  • Free car seat check
  • Custom fit helmets (bike $7, multi-sport $10, ski $15, cash only)
  • Free jump house & train ride -Bake sale & refreshments

For more information, check West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page .

Economic Development

Business Showcase: MACNAK Construction LLC

Congratulations to the latest City of Lakewood Business Showcase: MACNAK Construction LLC.

The Lakewood office of MACNAK Construction provides a glimpse into owner Terence “TD” King’s tenure as a pilot and flight instructor with the U.S. Navy, as well as the incredible team of employees with which he has been able to stock his business. On the veteran’s back wall is a framed picture of a VF-32 F-14B Tomcat aircraft flying over Iraq, the photograph bordered by signatures of his squadron mates. Below that is another framed image, this one of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. He knows the U.S. aircraft carrier well, as he took off and landed his fighter jets on the Truman during numerous missions between 2001-2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. King, 41, learned plenty during his military flying days, which included lecturing fighter squadrons from Japan to the East Coast as the Navy’s threat missile Subject Matter Expert and flying as an Adversary Instructor pilot in support of SFARP, Airwing, TOPGUN and FRS fighter classes from the Atlantic to the Pacific. One of the most important lessons he learned, however, had less to do with combat and more to do with Federal Government contracting.

Read MACNAK’s full story here .

‘Beautiful Tables’ at Lakewold Gardens

Be sure to check out the "Beautiful Tables Showcase" at our very own Lakewold Gardens. The showcase honors Eulalie Wagner, the former owner and visionary behind Lakewold Gardens, who is duly noted as a consummate gardener and hostess. Her elegant soirees are legendary and this event evokes her gracious spirit while offering the visitor ideas to continue the tradition of entertaining at home. This kick-off to the holiday season provides a perfect time to visit Lakewold in its full fall glory and tour the Wagner House and enjoy over 30 beautifully decorated tables. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sunday. For more information, click here .

Police

Man Arrested by LPD Charged with First-Degree Murder

On Wedneday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment.

Nemetz entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment at Pierce County Superior Court.

"October is domestic violence awareness month and this murder is an unfortunate example of why we need to keep working to end domestic violence," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Read the full story here .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 27, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of 2015 property tax levy
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Police and Municipal Court)

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Conference Room 1E, located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Development and Legal)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 3, 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
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison
  • Proclamation proclaiming the month of November 2014 as Veterans Appreciation month. – Ms. Anne Sprute, RallyPoint 6
  • Proclamation recognizing Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal. - Carlene Joseph, Vice President of Military Relations, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Progress & Activities Year to Date - Mr. Bennish Brown, President and CEO
  • Public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Approve an agreement with Tri-Tec Communications, Inc. for a phone system
  • Approve an agreement with Xiologix for IT storage upgrades
  • Approve ILA amendment with West-Pierce Fire regarding emergency mgmt. coordinator
  • Approve WA State Military Department Homeland Security Emergency Management Grant
  • Approval of the 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/31/2014

Oct. 31, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Day Commemoration on Nov. 3

On Monday, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council will honor the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council will recognize the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The event begins at 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. First, the City Council will recognize Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor. The military recently honored the former 7th Infantry Division and I Corps commander by naming a building – “Harrison Hall” - in his honor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During his career, Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division's headquarters building. To learn more about what the City has planned, visit http://goo.gl/4attWJ .

Public Hearing on 2015-16 Proposed Budget

Also on Nov. 3, the City of Lakewood will hold a public hearing on its proposed 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. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/wV3zq2 .

5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served. In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years.

Gas Main Work on Gravelly Lake Drive

Here's a heads up about some gas main work that will start next week in Lakewood. Starting on Monday, Nov. 3,, Puget Sound Energy’s contractor, Infrasource, will be replacing the gas main on Gravelly Lake Drive between 500 feet south of Pacific Highway to Nyanza Road. The work will be completed in the outside southbound lane requiring temporary daytime closures of this lane. Temporary asphalt patching material will be placed with permanent patching completed when weather permits. Work is estimated to take approximately three weeks.

Make A Difference Day

On Oct. 25, the City celebrated Make a Difference Day on, amazingly, a dry morning! The Kick-Off event featured volunteer groups representing JBLM, Pierce College International Students, Pierce College Men’s Basketball team, Harrison Prep National Honor Society, Pierce Conservation District, Grave Concerns, Lochburn & Mann Middle School students through the College Access Corps from Pierce College and students from Clover Park Technical College through their Veterans Navigator program. The project sites were:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park Cemetery – replacing grave markers with Grave Concerns
  • West Pierce Fire & Rescue Safety Fair – Pumpkin carving and the bounce house for the kids
  • City Hall Rain Garden – Redoing the existing rain garden with Pierce Conservation District
  • Tyee Park Elementary – Replacing the existing raised vegetable beds with new beds
  • Towne Center Starbucks – Pay it forward for the day

We had a dry morning for our event and over 250 volunteers! Great job by everyone!

More Work on I-5, Weather Permitting

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are hoping for no tricks and all treats when it comes to the weather so they can finish an Interstate 5 paving project in Pierce County this weekend. Weather permitting, on Friday, Oct. 31, crews will continue their work on southbound I-5 from the Berkeley Street interchange to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate interchange. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Short-term overnight ramp closures will also take place at the JBLM main gate interchange. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/uDCSnE .

#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

Check out this picture taken during the annual employee Halloween potluck today at City Hall. The Seahawks contingent supported Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s initiative to “Pass the Peace.” We posted this photo on our Twitter page , and it was retweeted by the Seahawks organization itself. Awesome stuff #IamLakewood

Happy (and Safe) Halloween

The City of Lakewood would like to wish everyone a happy and SAFE Halloween.

To help you out with the "safe" part, we've provided below some great Halloween "Do's and Don'ts" and ideas to help everyone enjoy their trick-or-treating and their loot! They come courtesy of the City’s Community Safety Resource Team. Check them out here: http://goo.gl/qb25Jo .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock … Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 6. The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/pXpk96 .

Police

Firearms Theft Reward

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives & National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF are offering up to $10,000 for information for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Quantico Tactical in Lakewood, Wash. on Monday (Oct. 27, 2014). Approximately 30 Springfield Armory pistols in calibers 9 mm, .40 and .45 were stolen along with several upper and lower receivers for 5.56 mm rifles and an assortment of high quality Eotech, Trijicon and Bushnell optical rifle scopes and magnifiers. Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800) 283-4867) or the Lakewood WA Police Department at (253) 830-5000. All calls will be kept confidential. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/EU6hu6 .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 3, 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
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison
  • Proclamation proclaiming the month of November 2014 as Veterans Appreciation month. – Ms. Anne Sprute, RallyPoint 6
  • Proclamation recognizing Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal. - Carlene Joseph, Vice President of Military Relations, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Progress & Activities Year to Date - Mr. Bennish Brown, President and CEO
  • Public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Approve an agreement with Tri-Tec Communications, Inc. for a phone system
  • Approve an agreement with Xiologix for IT storage upgrades
  • Approve ILA amendment with West-Pierce Fire regarding emergency mgmt. coordinator
  • Approve WA State Military Department Homeland Security Emergency Management Grant
  • Approval of the 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 10, 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 proposed 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Review of proposed 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Review of Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation
  • Review RTA1 and RTA 2 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments (3 of 3 reviews)
  • Review of Municipal Court capacity analysis
  • Review of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget and Six Year Financial Forecast

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/17/2014

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Truck and Tractor Day

It’s finally here! On Saturday, Oct. 18, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 8thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day . The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. We’ve given you eight of our favorites here: http://goo.gl/JUoEGm .

ShakeOut 2014

On Thursday, Oct. 16, several City of Lakewood employees participated in a simulated emergency response exercise for the annual ShakeOut earthquake drill. Working in conjunction with West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Clover Park School District and other agencies, the City established an emergency response center at the Police Department. Throughout the day, employees participated in a mock disaster response that included coordination and logistics. It was intended to help better prepare the City if ever a major earthquake should occur. For tips on what to do during an earthquake, visit http://goo.gl/OgV72o .

Upcoming I-5 Ramp Closures

Weather permitting, drivers using Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties will encounter numerous lane and ramp closures as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue efforts to finish a paving improvement project. In the event of inclement weather, work plans could be rescheduled to a later date. In Pierce County, Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between Gravelly Lake Drive and Mounts Road during overnight hours beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 25. Lanes will begin to close at 7 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. each following morning. To see a list of on- and off-ramp closures, visit http://goo.gl/9S3p86 .

Clover Park Technical College Student Wins ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Charles McDonald, a 23-year-old student at Clover Park Technical College, on Tuesday won $54,790 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Hong Kong, on his favorite game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” The City would like to extend our congratulations to McDonald. You’ve made the community extremely proud. Click here to read The News Tribune’s coverage of McDonald’s big moment.

Why Facebook Users Love Lakewood

This week, the City posted the following question to its Facebook page: “Why do you live, work or shop in Lakewood?” It prompted some great responses, including:

  • “Because of the schools our children attend! Love their schools”
  • “The folks that live here and make up our community are the best and a big reason we stay.”
  • “It's the kind of quaint, stately town in which the best American novels and plays are set.”

One user even posted a great photo to express why Lakewood is home to so many. If you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page and tell us yourself why this community is great.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 20, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Neel Parikh, Executive Director, Pierce County Library
  • Business showcase – MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • Review of Farmers Market
  • Appoint members to Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Electing Position 1 representative on the Zoo Trek Authority Board
  • Adopt FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies.
  • Approve 2015 fee schedule
  • Approve the creation of an ad hoc committee for human services funding
  • Bid award for Public Works Maintenance and Operations Shop
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for Woodbrook sewer extension Phase II
  • Approve agreement with Lakewood Water District for water main upgrades on Bridgeport Way from I-5 to JBLM gate.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 27, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Dev, Legal, Municipal Court, Police)

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Dev, Legal, Municipal Court, Police)