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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 11/26/2014

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 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 11/21/2014

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

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