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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/5/2014

September 5, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening

On Sept. 3, representatives from the City of Lakewood, along with 350 or so other people, joined the crew at Rallypoint/6 for its official grand opening celebration.

RallyPoint/6 is a resource center for military service members, veterans and their families who are transitioning into civilian life, something that will only become more important as the military shifts and downsizes operations. The center was founded by current CEO Anne M. Sprute, CW4 (Ret.).

Its board includes officials from the City of Lakewood, including Mayor Don Anderson, former Mayors Bill Harrison and Doug Richardson (currently Pierce County Councilman), and former Police Chief Larry Saunders, Board member who also served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Other speakers from the ceremony included I Corps Commander LTG Stephen Lanza, Col. (Ret.) David Sutherland (Co-Founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center) and Lourdes "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos, Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Director.

After the ceremony - which included invocation, raising of the American Flag, a singing of the National Anthem and ribbon-cutting - visitors toured the 6,000-square-foot center. It includes:

  • Resource room with computer stations
  • Commercial-grade copier/printer and fax machine
  • 10 private meeting rooms
  • 16 community partner connector stations staffed by social service professionals.
  • Classroom for workshops and other learning opportunities

To view a photo gallery of the ceremony, visit http://goo.gl/h74170 .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue 9/11 Ceremonies

In honor of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold two brief public ceremonies in remembrance of the 2,977 victims killed on that date in 2001. Of those victims, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers and 55 were military personnel.

A morning ceremony will be held at 7 a.m., at Station 20 in Lakewood located at 10928 Pacific Hwy. SW. An evening ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., at Station 31 in University Place, located at 3631 Drexler Dr. W. Coffee and light refreshments will be served following both events. The public is encouraged to attend one or both of these events.

These ceremonies are one small way for us to not only remember those 2,977 victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in a meadow in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but also to honor fire, police, and military first responders who serve and protect our families, our communities, and our nation, at home and abroad.

WSDOT Paving on I-5 in Lakewood Continues

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to repave sections of southbound Interstate 5 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. During those night hours, I-5 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and several on- and off-ramps will be closed. Similar closures have caused significant congestion on I-5 and motorists are advised to avoid the area or plan accordingly.

Sections of I-5 will be ground and paved between Berkeley Street and just south of the JBLM Main Gate at milepost 120.3.

In addition, crews will continue to install conduit along I-5 between Berkeley Street and State Route 512. This work will require some single-lane and overnight ramp closures within the work zone. The following is the ramp closure schedule. Note that on Tuesday night, motorists will not be able to access either direction of I-5 from Berkeley Street.

Here are the ramp closures Friday and Saturday:

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m
  • Bridgeport Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Council Recognition

At its Sept. 2 Regular Meeting, the City Council recognized the members of its Youth Council, as well as read a proclamation for the TREE Program and CEO Stephanie Cholmondeley. Check out the above pictures.

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for "Coffee with the Mayor" on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Our guest speaker will be CPT. Kenneth Coleman, 2-2 SBCT who will provide an update on the 2-2 Lancer Brigade, familiarization and current state. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Mayor Anderson hopes to see you there! No RSVP is needed.

Two Farmers Markets Left

The Lakewood Farmers Market is entering the final two weeks of the season, and if you haven't visited yet, you should. Even if you visited earlier this summer, you still should stop by to see some of the vendors that have joined just in the last few weeks. This is also a great chance to revisit some of your favorite vendors. The Lakewood Farmers Market runs every Tuesday through Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Council Meetings

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

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Review of South Sound 911 agreement
  • Review of proposed indigent defense standards
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments

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

  • Proclamation recognizing Ms. Earlene Fantz
  • Proclamation declaring the month of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Adopt Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments
  • Adopt amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way 83rd to 75th St. street improvements
  • Adopt proposed indigent defense standards
  • Adopt financial policies
  • Approve South Sound 911 agreement
  • 2nd Quarter Financial Report (Briefing by the City Manager)

Following the regular City Council meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/22/2014

August 22, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Hearing on Vehicle Licensing Fee on Monday, Aug. 25

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Board of the Transportation Benefit District, will conduct a public hearing on whether to implement of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/UZCWrf .

City Manager Wins “Award for Excellence”

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has accomplished plenty in his first 11 months with the City.

On Thursday night, he received a major honor bestowed by his peers.

At the Washington City/County Management Association conference at Suncadia Resort, the organization recognized Caulfield with its Award for Excellence for his work with the City of Lakewood.

The award recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. For the full story, visit http://goo.gl/GGMFjB .

City Releases “Video Tour” on Homepage

Want to learn about Lakewood but don’t have the time? All you need to do is visit the City of Lakewood’s homepage . That’s where the City released its new “Video Tour” of Lakewood. Filmed in May and produced by New York-based CGI Communications , the videos offer quick primers on living, working and playing in Lakewood. CGI has produced videos for thousands of communities across the country, including the last one from the City of Lakewood.

Employee Salary Information on Finance Division Page

The Finance Division of the City of Lakewood has posted salary and wage information for its employees on its homepage. "We are dedicated to being as transparent and open an organization as possible," Assistant City Manager for Finance & Administrative Services Tho Kraus said. If you haven't checked out the Finance Division's homepage recently, it's a worth a look. The page offers a wealth of information and budget documents.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Original House of Donuts

The Original House of Donuts continues to do what it has done for decades: Make the best donuts in the world.

And where are the best donuts in the world made? Why, right here in Lakewood, at the same spot where generations of locals have trekked for sweet, sugary goodness.

In 1959, the Original House of Donuts (OHOD) started with a secret recipe guarded heavily by owners, Bob and Marilyn Cheatham. When Bob passed away in 2003, Marilyn carried on with the tradition. As time passed, and through a number of managers and staff, things took a donut downhill, and the products and property slipped. Then, in late 2012, Mrs. Cheatham decided it was time to pass the torch

Enter longtime donut-lover Tom Peterson. This Lakewood native, who moved out of state for a bit but returned and was looking for an opportunity, purchased the business, property and neighboring parcel in December 2012. A local with big dreams, Tom was looking for a new challenge, a way to make a difference for the community.

On Aug. 18, the Lakewood City Council honored Original House of Donuts as its Business Showcase. To read their full story, visit http://goo.gl/N6MMKo .

MACNAK Construction Makes ‘Inc. 5000’ List

A Lakewood business made its way onto an impressive list this week.

MACNAK Construction – which prides itself as a Native American-owned, service disabled veteran-owned company that specializes in general construction Design-build and Design-bid-build projects – appeared on the “Inc.5000 ” list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

According to the magazine, MACNAK placed No. 1,199 out of 5,000 companies, with a 3-year growth of 366 percent. It has 23 employees, 13 of which have been added in the past three years. To learn more about MACNAK, visit http://goo.gl/KMFiCw .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Get Cars Check For Leaks at The Farmers Market

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Lakewood Farmers Market will partner with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and the Don't Drip and Drive campaign to offer free vehicle leak checks right at the market while you shop. Volunteers will be on-site to answer questions, test cars for leaks, and offer discounts to get them fixed. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/9qIFfE .

Council Meetings

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Monday, August 25, 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:

  • Public Hearing on a proposed $20 annual vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 25, following the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review financial policies

The City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Comprehensive Plan Review (1 of 3)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 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
  • Review financial policies
  • Approve US Justice Grant for Partnership between Mental Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Lakewood Water District to construct water mains along South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St. SW)

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, following the City Council regular meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/1/2014

August 1, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Assistant Police Chief on ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’

This week, Lakewood residents might see a familiar face on the show, "Washington's Most Wanted."

Mike Zaro, Assistant Police Chief of the Lakewood Police Department, recently conducted an interview regarding a 2012 drug-related homicide at an apartment complex on San Francisco Avenue Southwest. Authorities already have six people in custody (including the alleged shooter), but one person remains on the run.

"Our investigators have done a great job on this case," Zaro said. "Hopefully, with the public's help, we will be able to locate this final person."

"Washington’s Most Wanted" will air this Friday at 9:30 p.m., on Joe TV and 10:30 p.m., on Q13 FOX.

Almost 200 ‘Do The Waughop’

Almost 200 partners purchased tickets to attend the Partners for Parks event, "Do The Waughop," on Saturday, July 26 at Fort Steilacoom Park .

The purpose of the evening was to raise funds to improve the trail around Waughop Lake. Guests were able to enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Carrs Restaurant, a poker walk, dancing to music by the YMCA band and a horse-drawn hayride around Waughop Lake.

Thanks to all the partners who helped make this event such a big success!

Lakewood Asian Film Fest

The Lakewood Asian Film Fest continues on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. Saturday's film is the spellbinding Chinese classic "To Live". The Chang Hee Suk drummers start things off at 7 p.m. and “To Live” is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Sunday's pre-show features the Okinawa Taiko Drummer starting at 2 p.m. The moving Japanese - American Internment documentary "All We Could Carry" shows at 2:30 p.m. and the "Best Foreign Film" award winner from Korea titled "The Front Line" shows at 3 p.m.

All seating is on a first-come basis. All films are sub-titled except “All We Could Carry”. For additional details call the Lakewood Playhouse Box Office at (253) 588-0144 or go to www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Mayor Gives Coin to France Rangers Museum

The City of Lakewood's appreciation for members and families of the military is known throughout the region.

But it's also understood an ocean away. Check out this picture from Mayor Don Anderson to see what we mean.

While overseas, the Mayor got the opportunity to present an official Lakewood coin to the staff at Musee des Rangers (the Ranger Musem) in Normandy, France.

The museum commemorates the heroism of the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

Economic Development

Lakewood ‘Neighborhoods’ Segment on YouTube

The City of Lakewood's recent segement on "Comcast Neighborhoods" is online!

The show, hosted by TV personality Sabrina Register, has been available on Comcast customers' On-Demand service for months. Now, the segment is on YouTube.

Film crews visted Lakewood last spring. They talked to locals who spoke on the community's past, present and future. To view the segment, watch it above or visit http://youtu.be/zBsbQ4BjPmI .

Police

National Night Out

Next Tuesday, August 5 is National Night Out! There's still time to organize your neighborhood party and get it registered with the City. Lakewood Police Department personnel are eager to visit with you and learn more about what makes your neighborhood unique. Don't know if your neighborhood is already having a party? Want to organize one and don't know where to start? Contact Community Service Officer Mike Miller at (253) 983-7856 or via email at mmiller@cityoflakewood.us. Hope to see you next week.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Farmers Market Video

Want to check out the sights and sounds of this past week’s Lakewood Farmers Market? Check out our YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92JTIKtQ1SA .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 4, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt subdivision code amendments
  • Adopt Shoreline Master Plan
  • Adopt boarding houses regulations
  • Approve WSDOT agreement for right-of-entry and construction management for Madigan Access Phase 2
  • Approving a Lakewood Water District ILA relative to constructing water mains along Bridgeport Way from 83rd St. SW to 75th St. W
  • Approving an agreement with WSDOT for reimbursement of construction costs relative to the Madigan Access project
  • Approve amendment to an agreement with Zayo for cabling fiber along Steilacoom Blvd from Durango to Farwest Drive SW

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Economic Development update
  • Franchises update
  • Boards and Commissions update

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/8/2014

August 8, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Celebrates ‘National Night Out’

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the community celebrated National Night Out with neighborhood parties throughout the City of Lakewood.

Lakewood City Councilmembers, Congressman Denny Heck, members of the Lakewood Police Department and other representatives stopped by the 40 or so neighborhood celebrations that took place throughout community, from parks to neighbors' back yards.

All of them showed how fun and important it is for neighbors to meet their neighbors and take ownership in their community.

To view pictures of the event, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

Denny Heck Speaks on Potential JBLM Cuts

On Aug. 7, 2014, Denny Heck, 10th Congressional District Representative for the State of Washington, addressed about 40 people at the South Sound Communities & Military Partnership Economic Development Working Group meeting at Lakewood City Hall.

Specifically, Heck discussed the Army's proposal to cut 16,000 defense and civilian job at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is located next door to Lakewood. Rep. Heck encourages people to voice their opinions to the Army via its Public Comment Process.

(Click here to watch the City's video coverage of the event)

Specifically, Heck referred to the Army's finding that the loss of 16,000 military and civilian personnel would have no significant impact on the communities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"Let me be clear: They are wrong, and we disagree," he said. "It's our job to make sure they understand why."

To find out how you can comment, visit www.jblm-growth.com .

119th Street Home Cleanup

On Aug. 7, a group of volunteers organized by the City of Lakewood took the first steps in cleaning up a heavily vegetated property owned by an elderly woman who doesn't have the means to address what had become a neighborhod eyesore.

It all started out as a code compalaint for a house on 119th Street Southwest - a home overgrown with vegeatation. The owner - an elderly woman - lives on limited means and is unable to tackle the work. That's when Lakewood Police Officer Peter Johnson stepped in. Find out how here: http://goo.gl/YBq0Pd

Unaccompanied Minors

Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen released the following statement Aug. 5 regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to suspend the use of military facilities to temporarily house unaccompanied minors from Central America who are crossing the border:

Today, the City of Lakewood received confirmation from the Office of Congressman Denny Heck that the Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the use of military facilities to temporarily house unaccompanied youth from Central America who are entering the U.S. We have also confirmed that our local military installation – Joint Base Lewis-McChord – is no longer being considered as one of these potential sites.

To read the rest of his statement, along with a statement from Congressman Denny Heck, visit http://goo.gl/EnJNWc ..

Community Development

First Dangerous Building Abatement

The City has completed its first dangerous building abatement under the new abatement code process. The owner of a two-story house and shed attempted to convert them into eight or more tiny apartments, resulting in extensive code violations and dangerous conditions. The buildings were closed and vacated by the City and the owner was ordered to correct the violations. Due to the extensive modifications, dilapidation and previous unpermitted, substandard additions, the repairs turned out to be cost-prohibitive. The owner eventually abandoned the property and it began to attract vagrants and vandals. The new abatement code enabled the City to hire a contractor to clear the property, the cost of which will be recovered through a lien on the property. Dangerous Building abatement actions are currently underway at eight other locations, with more pending.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Economic Development update
  • Franchises update
  • Boards and Commissions update

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 18, 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
  • Appoint 2014-2015 Youth Council members and Lakewood’s Promise Representative
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Lakewood Water District to construct water mains along South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St. SW)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/25/2014

July 25, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Eggleston Named ‘Officer of the Year’

During its annual award ceremony July 23, the Lakewood Police Department awarded its first-ever Officer of the Year Award to Det. Brent Eggleston. Det. Eggleston has been with LPD since its inception in 2004, and he has been in law enforcement for almost two decades. He is generally considered the best interviewer in Lakewood, and he brings a professionalism to the job that few can bring. "I work with outstanding people," he said. "I'm extremely humbled to receive this award considering the company I keep, the great men and women I work with."

Police also handed out several awards for officers’ great work. To see a full photo gallery, visit the City’s Facebook page. To watch our video coverage, visit http://youtu.be/7J7kUhS7L_Y?list=UU-N1nGMhcrCQUvNwBwNMCcA .

Pavement Projects/Motor Vehicle License Fee

On Monday, July 21, the Lakewood City Council, acting in its capacity as a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board, approved a motion to set Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, as the date for a public hearing on implementation of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015.

For more information, visit http://goo.gl/3X6FcX .

Community Vision Plan Online Survey

The City has launched its page for its Community Vision Plan - a chance for residents of Lakewood to help chart the course of their community.

Lakewood’s visioning process will take into account input received from the community. From this, priorities will be developed and plausible alternatives for Lakewood’s future will be explored. These alternatives will test how decisions made today may drive outcomes in the future and will help expose opportunities and challenges, identify key variables of success, and recommend proactive strategies to achieve a successful outcome. As part of the process, a visioning workshop will be held in September 2014 to bring the community together to build consensus about what the future of Lakewood can and should look like.

Users can participate in the Community Visioning process by taking this online survey . For more information, visit http://goo.gl/MZrdya .

TPU Scammers

Scam calls to Tacoma Public Utilities customers have increased in the past couple of weeks, and the utility wants to help ensure no one loses money.

Scammers have mainly targeted commercial customers, demanding they make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or risk having their service disconnected. Customers are often directed to purchase a Green Dot or Money Pak card.

“We sometimes make courtesy calls to remind customers that they have a payment due,” said Customer Services Manager Steve Hatcher. “We may offer customers the option of paying with a credit card, but we never say they must make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or we will disconnect their services.” Get the full story at http://goo.gl/ZNmJfy .

City Manager on ‘Comcast Newsmakers’

Recently, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield appeared on a segment of "Comcast Newsmakers." Hosted by Sabrina Register and filmed at Lakewold Gardens, Caulfield discusses economic development in Lakewood, as well as the City's role in addressing congestion issues along the Interstate 5 corridor near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. You can watch Caulfield's interview at http://goo.gl/zVcC8d .

Center Drive-Interstate 5 Ramp Closure

Weather permitting, construction crews will close the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 and the Mounts Road weigh station from 11 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 4 a.m. Monday, July 28. Truckers are advised that they will not be allowed access to the weigh station over the weekend.

The same closures are scheduled to occur between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31. The work is weather dependent and the closures will be postponed in the event of rain.

The closures are necessary while crews finish work on the one-lane access road from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to Center Drive. Drivers headed to northbound I-5 should use the Steilacoom-DuPont Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 or find another alternate route.

In addition to the above closures, crews will close the northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive from 11 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, July 26.

Once the ramp work is completed, drivers using the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be able to take a free left turn, while a new stop sign will provide traffic control for JBLM drivers.

The current one-lane road from JBLM to Center Drive was originally built as an emergency access road not intended for routine use. As part of WSDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve I-5 traffic flow through the JBLM area, the ramp modifications will allow continual use by JBLM personnel exiting the base.

Revisions to the Center Drive interchange are one of several improvements that WSDOT and its regional partners are working on to help reduce traffic congestion along I-5.

Drivers can check the latest roadway conditions with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s online travel tools such as the travel alerts webpages. Drivers can also download WSDOT’smobile app .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Waughop Lake Meeting

On Tuesday, July 22, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting regarding the proposed project to improve the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. Approximately 35 people attended the meeting, which was held along the shores of Waughop Lake. The focus was the trail improvement project, but we also discussed site history, potential grants to support the trail project, lake management plan, permitting issues, project support and involvement and fundraising options. Feedback was very positive and we will continue to move forward with our planning efforts.

Economic Development

AAWCC Annual Luncheon

The Clover Park Technical College Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) held its 2nd Annual Luncheon this week, “Working Together to Support One Another.” City of Lakewood Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton spoke as a panelist, joined by Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President of Lake Washington Institute of Technology; Victoria Woodards, President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League; Dr. Claudia Thomas; and Andie Gernon. These women provided advice on supporting and inspiring growth, ways to support women in the workplace, and provided their visions on how to create more equitable workplaces for the future. AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women. Learn more about AAWCC here: http://www.cptc.edu/aawcc .

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

The 2015 application period is now open. If your business, organization or group’s activities support tourism you may be eligible to receive funds. Applications will be accepted by the third floor reception counter until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in September for 2015 funding. Get your application here: /news/front-page/1802-city-of-lakewood-2015-lodging-tax-grant-funds-available. Please check with Melody at (253) 983-7769 for questions.

Lakewood Toastmasters Award

Chartered in 2008 with just a handful of City employees, Lakewood Toastmasters has grown to 29 members. Lakewood Toastmasters has officially achieved nine of the 10 club goals set by Toastmasters International. This means that in 2014, for the first time in club history, Lakewood met the Area Governor Julie Skaw's challenge and earned the highest club award level: President's Distinguished Award! Of this area’s three clubs, Lakewood Toastmasters is the only one to get the award, and one of eight to get the award in Division A's 68 clubs! Additionally, Public Works Engineering Technician II Tim Nash was named as the club’s Most Valuable Member for the year. The club meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., in the Lakewood Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Guests are always welcome!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 28, 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 Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Shoreline Master Plan
  • Review of subdivision code amendments
  • Review of communal housing regulations
  • Permits for industrial warehouse projects (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 4, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt subdivision code amendments
  • Adopt Shoreline Master Plan
  • Adopt communal housing regulations
  • Approve WSDOT agreement for right-of-entry and construction management for Madigan Access Phase 2
  • Approving a Lakewood Water District ILA relative to constructing water mains along Bridgeport Way from 83rd St. SW to 75th St. W
  • Approving an agreement with WSDOT for reimbursement of railroad and signal elements relative to the Madigan Access project
  • Approve amendment to franchise interlocal agreement with Zayo for cabling fiber along Steilacoom Blvd from Durango to Farwest Drive SW