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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/11/2014

July 11, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood SummerFEST is Saturday!

On Saturday, July 12, Lakewood SummerFEST – the community’s largest and most activity packed celebration of the year – takes place at Fort Steilacoom Park. It begins early with the annual Lakewood Triathlon, and it simply gets better throughout the day with music, vendors, entertainment, fun for the kids and outdoor movie. A full schedule of events and offerings is listed here .

But in case you’re still not convinced, here are 10 reasons why you should attend Lakewood SummerFEST this Saturday.

City Launches 'Community Vision Plan' Page

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.

Lakewood Asian Film Fest Returns

The inaugural Lakewood Asian Film Fest drew hundreds of cultural film-watchers in 2013.

This year, fans can’t wait to see what the second-annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest – set for Aug. 1-3 at the Lakewood Playhouse – will do for an encore.

The cultural film festival is a joint production of the Lakewood Playhouse and the Lakewood Arts Commission.

The film festival will feature four exciting, award-winning films and is free to the public. The Lakewood Playhouse is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It can be reached via phone, (253) 588-0042, or online at www.lakewoodplayhouse.org .

To read the full announcement, visit http://goo.gl/9biC3d .

City Manager Speaks to 'Comcast Newsmakers'

On Thursday, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield was interviewed for a segment of "Comcast Newsmakers" hosted by Sabrina Register.

The filming took place in a picture-perfect setting: a sun-soaked day in Lakewold Gardens, with plenty of green as a backdrop. Caulfield was one of 10 people interviewed for the upcoming show. More to come.

City Council Honors Marnina Klinkhammer

On Monday, July 7, the Lakewood City Council honored Marnina Klinkhammer, a graduate of Harrison Prepatory Academy, Youth Councilmember and winner of the Association of Washington Cities’ Center for Quality Communities Scholarship.

Klinkhammer read the essay she submitted to AWC as part of the application process. It described her efforts to raise money for the victims of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged swaths of the Philippines. (Klinkhammer is part Filipino herself)

Check out our video coverage of the event, which featured Mayor Don Anderson honoring her, on the City of Lakewood’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/E9px8tP4n0I .

Congratulations, Marnina!

Police

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Former Officer

A Superior Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Lakewood Police Department officer against the City of Lakewood.

Superior Court Judge Stanley Rumbaugh dismissed the wrongful termination lawsuit by Vic Celis on July 3, 2014. In making his ruling, the Judge stated that during the Leavenworth incident, Mr. Celis was a "disgrace to the uniform." He said Celis obstructed justice, sought and received preferential treatment and he still does not acknowledge using his police officer status. He said Celis engaged in a clear betrayal of the public trust. The Judge stated that there was insufficient evidence to prove the Defendants acted out of racial animus against him.

Read the whole story here: http://goo.gl/wrkhoy .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 14, 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 fleet and equipment plan.
  • LED streetlighting financing
  • Review of City Funds code amendments.
  • The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting following the Council study session on Monday, July 14, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
  • Transportation projects funding options.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 21, 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:

  • State of the Library - Ms. Neel Parikh
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Appoint member to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Adopt amendments to City Funds code
  • Approval of Six Year TIP
  • Expressing intent to utilize a WA Department of Commerce grant and apply for WA State Treasurer’s Local Option Capital Asset lending program for LED streetlighting
  • Bid award for 2014 hot mix asphalt patching
  • Bid award for the Outfall Water Quality Retrofit project
  • Approve AHBL contract for surveying and inspection services for Madigan Access project.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/3/2014

July 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Independence Day

Here’s to a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday, Lakewood. Just a reminder that in observance of Independence Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, July 4. 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.

Q&A: Fireworks in Lakewood

As the country celebrates its independence this July Fourth, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks to show their independence. But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least. To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks in the City of Lakewood: http://goo.gl/u5IFkh .

Lakewood SummerFEST on July 12

Don't look now, but Lakewood SummerFEST 2014 is only nine, count ‘em, nine days away!

Will you be taking part in this free, family friendly event July 12 at Fort Steilacoom Park? You should be planning on it:

  • Stop by early and enjoy the final leg of the Sprint Triathlon (swim, bike and run) presented by St. Clare Hospital. Come watch these amazing athletes cross the finish line around 10 a.m.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m., more than 75 public market vendors and 20 food vendors will provide a variety of things to see, eat and buy
  • Families can enjoy two stages of free entertainment, a soccer tournament and Police, Fire, Army Strong vehicles and other community displays
  • West Pierce Fire and Rescue will be on site to provide safety information, as well as sell life vests and bike helmets
  • For a small fee, children can enjoy the petting zoo and bouncing, climbing and racing in the KidZone
  • Come see the classic cars displayed at the Partners for Parks car show
  • Stay all day and into the night for our Comcast/Xfinity outdoor movie in the park – starting at dusk
  • This annual event brings our community and guests together to celebrate Lakewood

To find out more, visit the Lakewood SummerFEST 2014 webpage .

Lakewood, Pierce College Welcome Korean Consulate General

Korean-Americans have long been part of Lakewood’s heritage. From the ethnic business along South Tacoma Way to soldiers and their families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to the Sister Cities partnership that the community shares overseas.

On Monday, Moon Duk-ho, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, reminded officials, staff and students at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom why that connection between the two regions will only grow.

Moon was the featured guest at a commemoration the college held for its photo exhibit: “Past, Present and Future Friends of Korea: Memories of Peace Corps Korea Volunteers.”

The exhibit featured some 70 historical photographs that document Peace Corps volunteers dating back to 1966, when they were first allowed into Korea. It’s intended to celebrate who have dedicated their lives to the study, service and development of the Republic of Korea. To read the rest of the story, visit http://goo.gl/87TxvF .

Dennis Higashiyama, Tennis Team Onto USTA Senior Nationals

Employees from the City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District, as part of the Lakewood Racquet Club 8.0 Senior Men's Tennis Team, won the United States Tennis Association - USTA Pacific Northwest Sectional Championship last weekend in Sunriver, OR.

Local players John Shelton, tennis coach for Lakes High School, and our very own Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama, will help the rest of the team when it completes this fall at the Senior Nationals in Arizona. The team went undefeated throughout last week's competition. Now, it will play against teams from across the country. Congrats, Dennis and John. You've made us extremely proud. Good luck at Nationals!

‘Coffee With The Mayor’

Join Mayor Don Anderson for his regular “Coffee With The Mayor” presentation 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8. The event takes place at St. Clare Hospital in the Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW.

The guest speaker will be Judge Grant Blinn from the Municipal Court for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom. If you have questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.

500 Twitter Followers And Counting…

The City of Lakewood’s Twitter page has officially reached 500 followers, putting us only 54,109,873 behind the social media site’s leading user, pop star Katy Perry. In other words, we're coming for your title, Katy.

Help us get there by following and encouraging your Twitter friends/family to do the same: https://twitter.com/CityofLakewood

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Discount Registration for Triathlon

Attention Triathletes! This is your lucky day (or weekend).The City will be running a July 4 weekend special for the SummerFEST Triathlon, July 12 at Fort Steilacoom Park.

We will promote the early bird rates, including the Hero (Military, Fire or Police) = $40 and Team = $90 price starting Friday, July 4, and running it through the weekend. Feel free to pass this great deal on to others who might like to participate. The SummerFEST Triathlon is an amazing event. Hope to see you there!

To register, visit http://goo.gl/ecS3BJ . Don’t miss this opportunity!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 7, 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:

  • Recognizing Nina Klinkhammer AWC Youth Scholarship Award.
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Gateway entrances design update
  • Active duty service member community survey update
  • Public hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt tax incentive urban use center and residential target area
  • Bid award for Madigan access improvements Phase I
  • Adopt City Council goals and priorities
  • Property donation at 3710 100th St. SW (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 14, 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 fleet and equipment plan
  • LED streetlighting financing
  • Review of City Funds code amendments

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting following the Council study session on Monday, July 14, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Transportation projects funding options

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/20/2014

June 20, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sterling Norris Chalks Lakewood Police Department

Leading up to Thursday, budding Lakewood chalk artist Sterling Norris was a little skeptical and even more intimidated by police officers. My, what some pizza, a bag of goodies and a giant canvas can do for a soon-to-be fourth-grader such as herself. Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar invited Sterling - a Custer Elementary student - her family and some of her friends to the station for a drawing job she isn't likely to forget anytime soon. The Chief welcomed Sterling and Co. with a pizza party. Each of the seven children got a bag full of goodies, including stickers, pencils and, to their delight, bubbles. Then, the real fun began for Sterling and her friends when - armed with chalk - they created their own artistic expressions on the entryway outside of the station. Within minutes, the once-blank pavement started to sprout colorful creations. The young artists produced hearts of all shapes and colors. One girl drew an American flag. Another wrote "Chalk The' followed by Earth and two adorable Labrador puppies. (At least that's what it looked like, anyway). To read the rest of the story, visit http://goo.gl/vyxjSu .

City Manager Speaks at CPTC Commencement

City Manager John Caulfield gave the address at the Clover Park Technical College Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. Speaking to almost 500 graduates in attendance – which school officials announced was a record – Caulfield offered words of inspiration and encouragement to graduates. He acknowledged the presence of veterans, for whom Caulfield, a veteran himself, thanked and emphasized the importance of helping them find employment as they enter the civilian workforce. He also acknowledged the fact that women constituted the majority of the graduating class. He also spoke to the importance of carrying oneself with integrity and confidence. Lakewood City Councilmember Mary Moss also attended and handed out diplomas. To view pictures, check out the City's Facebook page .

City Installs Speed Radar Trailer

You spoke. Your City listened, Lakewood. Prompted by an e-mail from a concerned resident, the City of Lakewood re-established its popular Speed Radar Trailer on Tuesday, this time on Onyx Drive Southwest, just west of 87th Avenue. Although an e-mail or telephone call won’t always net a speed trailer in your neighborhood, the Public Works and Police Departments thought the resident’s concerns over speeding warranted an extra look, particularly with students out of school for the summer. After some initial assessment, the City decided that Onyx, in fact, warranted a Neighborhood Traffic Control program. The trailer will be on Onyx for a week.

Studio Fitness Donates $7,000 For Healthy Start Program

During its Business Showcase at the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday night, Studio Fitness owner Shane Simmons presented a $7,000 check to the City of Lakewood to support its Healthy Start after school program. Funds were generated by participants and sponsors at a 5K fundraising run. Studio Fitness saw that their mission fit well with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services mission of creating a healthy and vibrant community.

SummerFEST Commercial With ‘Mattress Ranch Guy’

Be on the lookout for a television commercial that the City recently filmed for Lakewood SummerFEST 2014, July 12 at Fort Steilacoom Park. The spot was filmed at the Lakewood Mattress Ranch, 8916 Lakewood Dr. SW. It featured Parks, Recreation and Community Services, along with the City Communications Manager, members of CSRT and St. Clare Hospital. Bonus: The City got a cameo from Ted Sadtler, owner of the Mattress Ranch stores himself. The ad is featured at the top of the City’s homepage and is posted on YouTube: http://youtu.be/3ezDV0yFMic .

Economic Development

Filming For New ‘Video Tourbook’

On Tuesday, June 17, a cameraperson from New York-based CGI was in Lakewood to film segments for the City’s upcoming “Video Tourbook,” which will be featured on the City’s website. As some may recall from the previous tourbook, the video gives visitors a chance to learn about the different facets of our community, covering everything from living to education to business. Those interviewed Tuesday included Lakewood Hardware owner Donn Tyler, Clover Park School District Superintendent Debbie Lebeau, Lake City Neighborhood Association President Larry Woods, Mayor Don Anderson, Recreation Coordinators Arielle Carney and Dennis Higashiyama and Parks Maintenance Manager Scott Williams.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

AWC Scholarship Winner

Lakewood Youth Council member Nina Klinkhammer was recognized this week at the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Conference in Spokane as one of the four scholarship recipients for Quality Communities. The AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship Fund supports active and involved senior high school students in local communities who plan to continue their education. Nina was selected for her service in the local community as well as her efforts on an international basis in the Philippines. She will be attending the University of Washington-Seattle in the fall.

Police

Fireworks Q&A

As the country celebrates its independence this July Fourth, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks to show their patriotism.

But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least.

To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks in the City of Lakewood: http://goo.gl/u5IFkh .

Air Force Commander’s Coins Presentation

Air Force Colonel Davit, Commander of the 627th Air Base Group, came to the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, June 16, and presented Commander’s Coins to Assistant Chief Zaro, Lieutenant John Unfred, Officer Wiley, and Officer Figueroa, thanking the LPD for our assistance with the memorial procession for repatriated Vietnam War MIA Capt. Douglas Ferguson on May 2, 2014. A number of other Officers assisted with the procession and Colonel Davit wished to express the gratitude of the Air Force and JBLM personally. For pictures, visit the Lakewood Police Department's Facebook page .

Three Officers Graduate From Basic Law Enforcement Academy

On Wednesday, June 18, the City celebrated and welcomed three new officers to the Lakewood Police Department as they graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Congratulations, Officers Dennis Harvey, Kristofer Henderson and Donald Sichmeller! To view photos, visit the Lakewood Police Department’s Facebook pag e.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 23, 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:

  • Community Safety Resource Team update
  • Review of human services funding strategies
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2014 Financial Report
  • Communications Strategy
  • Review of City Council goals and priorities
  • Review of cottage housing (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 7, 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:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Active duty service member community survey update
  • Public hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt tax incentive urban use center and residential target area
  • Bid award for Madigan access improvements Phase I
  • Adopt City Council goals and priorities
  • LED streetlighting financing (Briefing by the City Manager)
  • Gateway entrances design update (Briefing by the City Manager)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/27/2014

June 27, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Finance Offers Wealth Of Budget Information Online

If you’ve noticed more information on the City of Lakewood’s Finance Division webpage lately, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

As part of the City’s mission to operate transparently with citizens, the Finance Division has worked the past year to create a one-stop shop for budget and finance-related material.

On the Finance Division page , visitors could already find the City’s biennial budget documents. Now, they can find detailed budget adjustment information, financial reports and breakdowns on taxes and fees. In each of those documents is a wealth of information on the City’s finances.

Police, Agencies Conduct Active Shooter Training

On Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department conducted an active shooter training that involved West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Town of Steilacoom, Bonney Lake Police, Clover Park School District and other agencies. This wasn't the first time the City's Police Department has conducted a multi-agency simulation of a gunman (or woman) who has fired shots inside of a school building, but Thursday's approach was a bit nuanced. As Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro explained, the simulation implemented the "Warm Zone" tactic, which allows victims to get medical help quicker. To read the rest of the article, visit http://goo.gl/xvyz2z .

City Posts Draft Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program

The City of Lakewood has posted a draft of its Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement (TIP) Program:http://goo.gl/x1zXzN .

State law requires the City to update the plan annually, as the plan is necessary for cities and counties to obtain State and Federal funding. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/19IRV6 .

City Offers Condolences To Lancer Brigade

This week, the City of Lakewood offered its condolences to Col. Louis A. Zeisman, Commander of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division - the City's Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - in light of the tragic loss of Pfc. Andrew Sass on June 21 in California.

Here is the letter Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield sent to Col. Zeisman:

On behalf of the City of Lakewood, we would like to express our sincere condolences, sympathies and support to you and the Lancer Brigade for your loss. Our hearts go out to Pfc. Andrew Sass’ wife, family and friends who are affected and deeply shocked by this sudden and tragic accident.

The Lancer Team has suffered a tragedy, and our community and country have suffered a tremendous loss as well. Please know that we will keep Pfc. Sass, his loved ones and the Lancer Team in our thoughts and prayers. We know that the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for you, and if there is anything our City can do to assist, please feel free to call upon us.

WSDOT: Detour On SR 512 Starts Next Week

Drivers on westbound State Route 512 heading to southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood should expect a detour one night next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation

From 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 through 4 a.m. Thursday, July 3, crews will close the westbound State Route 512 exit to southbound I-5. Drivers will follow a signed detour. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/QTk0bY .

SSMCP Holds Joint Land Use Study Open Houses

As part of its Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership held three open houses this week in Tacoma, DuPont and Yelm. The purpose of the study is to collaboratively plan for growth and land usage around the base. Learn more by visiting http://goo.gl/Xn5CWu .

Economic Development

Fairy Store Ribbon-Cutting

On Thursday night, eFairies.com officially celebrated a magical and enchanted ribbon-cutting for The Fairy Store in Lakewood: 2202 84th St. S.

For those who don't know, eFairies.com is a retail store that's dedicated to lightening the hearts and spirits by bringing magic into the world. On its website, it asks a simple question:

"Do you believe in fairies? We do."

Its mission is to provide an exciting and ever-changing selection of fairy products, from traditional and classic, to the most recent releases, to unique one-of-kind pieces. It's goal is to be the largest store of fairy products that inspire, entertain, enlighten and bring fun and beauty to wherever you are. It has a huge online retail base, and it had to move from its Thurston County location to expand, as well as increase its visibility to passers-by. Now, they have a great location. It's right off I-5, just another perk about doing business in Lakewood.

Thank you, eFairies.com , for bringing your magic and enchantment to Lakewood!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Farmers Market: Week 4

It was another successful week at the Lakewood Farmers Market, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 16 outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Check out this video of the St. Clare Hospital cooking demonstration of quinoa tabbouleh: http://youtu.be/hj2mTyeNB1U .

And don’t forget: If you’re taking pictures at the market and are posting them to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, be sure to use the #IamLakewood hashtag. You could win prizes!

‘Frozen’ At Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Special Event Network out of Atlanta has reserved space in Fort Steilacoom Park to bring a "Movie Under the Stars" at 7 p.m., Friday, June 27.

This is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union. There will be multiple activities for children including face painting, inflatable toys and concession food. The movie “Frozen” will be shown at dusk. It is free.

Bring warm blankets and jackets in case the weather cools while you’re watching the movie. Everyone is welcome to bring their families to this early summer event. For more information, please go to https://www.facebook.com/moviesunderthestarslakewood .

Police

Detective Helps Nab Accused Sex Traffickers

Thanks to the great work by Det. Ryan Larson, FBI and Homeland Security agents, authorities arrested two men accused of trafficking women for sex between Portland and Pierce County.

According to Q13 Fox News, authorities found videos of one of the men – James Young – taunting the Lakewood Police Department.

“Maybe he thinks he`s intimidating us with that kind of talk, but quite frankly, just the opposite. He`s probably motivated us to work even harder to get him into custody,” Chief Bret Farrar told the news outlet, adding that they’ve linked them to more than a dozen victims. “I can`t even begin to imagine how many young women he`s destroyed in his antics.”

Added Larson: “So these are two dangerous, very significant players in our area and I definitely think the community and the women, the vulnerable young girls in this area, are definitely going to be safer.”

To read more, visit http://goo.gl/xOgE2T .

West Pierce, Police Help Save Dog’s Life

At approximately 9:40 p.m., Friday, June 20, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fire at 5703 110th Street SW in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find a working fire at the home. Crews entered the home looking for any occupants and found a large dog during their search. They performed CPR and gave the dog oxygen, which revived the dog. Lakewood Police Officers transported the dog to the local animal hospital to recover. The occupants of the home were outside upon fire department arrival and no other injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished after using the ladder truck’s water supply. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Council Meetings

There is no City Council meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 7, 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:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Active duty service member community survey update
  • Public hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt tax incentive urban use center and residential target area
  • Bid award for Madigan access improvements Phase I
  • Adopt City Council goals and priorities
  • LED streetlighting financing (Briefing by the City Manager)
  • Gateway entrances design update (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 14, 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 fleet and equipment plan
  • Review of City Funds code amendments

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting following the Council study session on Monday, July 14, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

Transportation projects funding options.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/13/2014

June 6, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Budget Amendments Strengthen City Finances

On Monday, June 9, the Lakewood City Council reviewed proposed amendments to its 2013-2014 budget, and the proposed numbers are good news for the public.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed biennial budget amendments at the City Council's regular meeting June 16. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the amendments July 7.

The most noteworthy change is the proposed adjustment calls for an increase to the City’s General Fund reserves.

City Manager John Caulfield says the proposed increase to the General Fund reserves is another sign that the City of Lakewood is committed to operating efficiently and effectively. It will establish a strong financial foundation from which the City can move forward on a number of initiatives, particularly roads, sidewalks, park improvements, public safety and economic development. Find out more here: http://goo.gl/V89sZy

Madigan Access Improvement

The City is currently out to bid on Phase I of the Madigan Access Improvement project. This is the first phase of a three-phase construction project that’s scheduled for completion by the end of 2015. It is anticipated that the Phase I work will be completed by December of this year. Included in this phase are both the widening of Union Avenue from Berkeley Avenue to West Thorne Lane and the widening of Berkeley Avenue from the railroad tracks to Washington Avenue. At the Berkeley/Union intersection, the Union approach will be widened to four lanes to include three approach lanes (a right-turn lane, two left-turn lanes with an outside left-turn lane also accommodating traffic into Camp Murray) and one departure lane.

The westerly Berkeley approach at the intersection will be widened to three lanes, including one departure lane, one left-turn lane and one approach lane. Berkeley between the railroad tracks and the intersection will be widened to four lanes (two approach lanes and two departure lanes). As Union Avenue approaches the West Thorne Lane intersection, the four lanes at the Berkeley intersection will transition down to three lanes (a southwest thru lane, a northeast thru lane and a continuous, two-way left turn lane). Besides a new traffic signal at the Berkeley/Union intersection, concrete curbs & gutters will be installed on both Union Ave and Berkeley throughout the project limits along with cement concrete sidewalks. An LED streetlight system will be installed on both streets, and all the streets within the project limits will be overlaid. Total cost of this work is estimated around $900,000.

Mary Dodsworth on KLAY

On Monday, June 9, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was interviewed on the KLAY Morning Show with Ty Ray. Mary and Ty discussed SummerFEST, scheduled for July 12, and all the various activities planned for the day. Ty was interested in the Police, Fire and U.S. Army displays, as well as the finish line of the sprint triathlon. Mary shared her favorite part of the day – watching the Movie in the Park. This year we will show Jurassic Park at dusk. More information can be found at www.lakewoodsummerfest.com .

City, ‘Mattress Ranch Guy’ Shoot SummerFEST Commercial

On Wednesday, June 11, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, along with our City Communications Manager, members of CSRT and St. Clare Hospital teamed up with the Lakewood Mattress Ranch to shoot a commercial promoting this year’s SummerFEST and Sprint Triathlon on July 12.

“We are so appreciative of (owner) Ted Sadtler and his Mattress Ranch team for presenting us with this opportunity!” said Arielle Carney, Recreation Coordinator.” This was a great opportunity to recognize our partners and market our event. Stay tuned – the commercial will be hitting the airwaves soon! #IamLakewood

2015 U.S. Open Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and scheduled for June 15-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, went on sale today, June 9.

This is the first time the U.S. Open will be held in the Pacific Northwest in its 115-year history and the fourth time the championship has been conducted at a publicly-owned course. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/QfxDpR

Economic Development

Government Contractor Training Day on June 27

On June 27, Pierce College will be hosting an all-day training for contractors. This is a comprehensive, free training for new and existing contractors. Get everything you need to know about government contract procurement. Register or get more information here: http://goo.gl/tvgaa3

Studio Fitness, Making Lakewood Healthier

Finding life after football isn’t always easy. It can be hard to move on after a career of crushing tacklers and reading the quarterback’s eyes.

But for Shane Simmons, it was a natural progression given his love of exercise, training and health. This Northwest native and standout linebacker at Western Washington University, who played in the NFL by the way, has transformed his passion into a successful business right here in Lakewood.

Shane is co-owner of Studio Fitness. He created Studio Fitness in September 2012 with the help of one of his biggest supporters: mother-in-law and fellow fitness aficionado Shelley Campbell. Read Shane’s story here: http://goo.gl/N6MMKo

Police

Police Arrest Man Suspected of Stolen Firearm Possession

Investigators in the Special Operations Unit began an investigation into a subject named Michael Reid for trafficking in narcotics and possession of firearms. At the beginning of the investigation, it was discovered that Reid was in possession of a large number of firearms and was a convicted felon.

On June 6, 2014, the Special Operations Unit served a search warrant related to the case on an address in the 1100 block of 96th Street South. Drugs were recovered in that search, along with two firearms. One of the firearms was stolen from a reported home invasion robbery. As a result of that initial search, information was obtained that indicated more firearms were being stored at a house in the 11200 block of Clover Park Drive SW. Read the rest of what happened here: http://goo.gl/sPdQVk

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 16, 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 showcases H&L Produce and Studio Fitness
  • Sound Transit update
  • Public Hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Appointing a member to the Arts Commission
  • Amending the Municipal Code relative to religious holidays
  • Approve AFSCME contract
  • Tax incentive urban use center and residential target area (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 23, 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:

  • Community Safety Resource Team update.
  • Review of human services funding strategies
  • Review of 1st Quarter Financial Report
  • Communications Strategy
  • Review of City Council goals and priorities