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

May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Economic Development E-Newsletter

On Tuesday, the City of Lakewood launched its first Economic Development e-newsletter! It's called the "Lakewood Index," and it's full of information, news and stats from our Economic Development Department. This inaugural issue covers the City's first Housing Forum, a feature on H&L Produce and more. For you numbers people, the City is also providing the latest Economic Indicators to help guide your decisions and keep you informed, including information on real estate, income, business activity and more. Click here to view the newsletter . Click here to sign up for it online .

Math Relay 2014

On Thursday, the City of Lakewood held Math Relay 2014, an event that challenged kids' math skills, as well as their physical skills. Some 360 participated in today's event, which took place at Harry E. Lang Stadium courtesy of the Clover Park School District. The kids had to complete exercises such as running and jump rope, as well as answer math questions to complete the course. West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Communities In Schools sent volunteers. To view the City's YouTube video of the event, visit http://goo.gl/OfOunI .

Senior Activity Center Open House

On Thursday, the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its open house. This year, the theme was - what else - the Seattle Seahawks! Decked out in championship blue and green, the center gave seniors and older adults the chance to learn more about what it offers. The open house was also a chance for organizations and businesses to tell seniors what services are available locally to help them meet their needs. Indeed, there was nothing pedestrian or mediocre about this event.

Youth Advisory Council

With many of our students on the cusp of their graduation ceremonies, the City held its own "commencement" for its Youth Advisory Council on Monday. The students-leaders showed initiative and tireless effort throughout the year - meeting regularly, volunteering at events, etc. They inspire and remind all of us why these will be the folks who will one day run the show. Thanks again for all of your hard work, and for you seniors, good luck in your future endeavors.

City Council Remembers Larry Humphrey

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council read a special Proclamation of Remembrance for former City Councilmember Larry Humphrey, who passed away in April. In attendance were wife Natalie Flather Humphrey and son John Humphrey. John Humphrey spoke on behalf of his family: "My family expresses its sincerest appreciation for the kind memorial presented to my father this evening ... This proclamation is a most-kind 80th birthday gift to my father, who would have turned 80 today." To watch a video of John Humphrey speaking, visit http://goo.gl/S5WlMw .

Coffee With The Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for “Coffee with the Mayor” on Tuesday, June 10, 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 Parks, Recreation and Community Service Director Mary Dodsworth, who will be giving an update on Community Gateways and the 3rd Annual Lakewood Farmers Market. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Hope to see you there! No RSVP is needed.

Police

Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run

The Police Department’s own Assistant Chief Mike Zaro, Officer Jason Cannon, Officer Darrin Latimer and Officer Jeff Carroll, as well as Elizabeth Schied, Recreation Coordinator at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, participated in the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run again this year. Runners from all over the state, including soldiers from JBLM, participated. It was a beautiful day. Thanks to all who participated!

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course

The Police Department, along with members of West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Puyallup Police, Bonney Lake Police, WA State Patrol, Pierce County SWAT and Metro Pierce County SWAT all participated in a Washington Army National Guard Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course at the Rainier School in Buckley back in April-a course which was featured in “The Ranger” newspaper this month.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 9, 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 Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Review of 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Review of industrial warehouse building permit fees

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
  • Review of 1st Quarter Financial Report
  • Public Hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Appointing a member to the Arts Commission
  • Implementing Bill on religious holidays
  • Approve AFSCME contract
  • PCRC transportation improvement projects (Briefing by the City Manager)
  • Tax incentive urban use center and residential target area (Briefing by the City Manager)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/30/2014

May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

It’s Finally Here – Lakewood Farmers Market Begins June 3

Join the City of Lakewood for Opening Day at the Lakewood Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 3! We will kick off our third season at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, live entertainment featuring the Blackberry Bushes at 11 a.m., reusable market tote giveaways and, of course, those delicious, fresh, local food options! The market runs every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through Sept. 16 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Note: This year, the City will not be closing Main Street Southwest – the road next to market.

June 11 Open House on I-5/JBLM Congestion Relief Study

Commuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord are invited to comment and learn more about a study on relieving congestion along the I-5 corridor during an informal open house June 11 south of DuPont.

State transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions at the event and discuss potential options to improve traffic flow through the area. Officials representing the Washington State Department of Transportation, area metropolitan transportation planning organizations, JBLM and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly host the open house at the Eagles Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course. For details, visit http://goo.gl/0vS6Re .

Lakewood Youth Advisory Council

Attention high school students who live or attend class in Lakewood: your City wants you.

The City of Lakewood is currently recruiting people, such as yourself, for its Youth Advisory Council. Whether you attend Lakes High or Clover Park High, the Lakewood Career Academy or simply live in Lakewood but attend class somewhere else, this is a great opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, bulk up your resume for college and gain invaluable experience. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/U9Wxxi .

Lakewood Businesses Named ‘Best Of The South Sound’

A few Lakewood-based businesses were recognized by South Sound Magazine in its "The Best Of The South Sound 2014" edition, which hit stands this week.

  • In the Arts & Entertainment category, AMC Lakewood Towne Center 12 was named best Movie Theater. "It's a first-class theater where guests can purchase tickets ahead of time online and reserve their fully reclining seats before they even step foot in the parking lot," according to the magazine. AMC Lakewood Towne Center 12 is located at 5721 Main St. SW.
  • In the Pets category, Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital was named best Veterinary, marking the second consecutive year the Lakewood veterinary hospital has been honored by South Sound Magazine. "Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital provides experienced service they (pet owners) trust and respect," according to the magazine. Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital is 7210 Bridgeport Way W.

Also, in the Businesses & Services, Heritage Bank was named best Bank + Large Business. Heritage has several locations in Lakewood and across the South Sound.

Congratulations to all of our local winners!

Economic Development

Business Showcase: H&L Produce

In 1980, two teens from Boise, Idaho - Brian Lloyd and Paul Heist - set out to make a few bucks. Armed with a knife and 50 cases of oranges, grapefruit and apples, they drove around residential neighborhoods selling fruit. When that proved less than fruitful, they decided to approach businesses. First were banks - They would scan the customers, trying to find the one person who would buy first. Brian and Paul knew that if they could make this one sale, everyone else would follow. With the help of Paul’s dad, they were able to buy a 20 foot trailer with foldout sides and legs (they used for tables), and 500 cases of oranges. H&L Produce was born.

Indeed, it was a humble beginning for a thriving business that has operated more than 20 years at the corner of 74th and Lakewood Drive. Read H&L Produce’s full story at http://goo.gl/N6MMKo .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

International Students, Lakewood Seniors (Finally) Meet

Organized by Becky Anderson through the Pierce College Service Learning Department, seniors at the Lakewood Senior Activities Center and students in Mishelle Pasinato’s Writing 4 class participated in a letter exchange, which included a mid-project, meet-and-greet on May 14. After exchanging letters, the Pierce College students and seniors met in person to play a game and have lunch together, getting a chance to put a face to the name of their respective partner. Lunch was provided through the Pierce College Foundation. All parties thoroughly enjoyed the ‘mixer,’ lamenting only that next time, they will need to have more time together! Overall, the letter and the visit increased students’ cultural knowledge of America, with the meeting enhancing the letter-writing experience. Everyone agreed that this should be a quarterly event!

Municipal Court

Judge Blinn Speaks To Rotary

Judge Grant Blinn and Court Administrator Deana Wright were guest speakers at the Clover Park Rotary meeting on Wednesday, May 28 to give an overview of Municipal Court services and inform members of the day-to-day functions of the Court. The presentation included statistics, court procedures and how the court is undertaking efficiency measures. For pictures, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page here .

Council Meetings

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

  • Proclamation recognizing Larry Humphrey
  • Youth Council Report and recognition
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set July 7, 2014 as public hearing date on Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)
  • Set June 16, 2014 as public hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendments relative to the Hearings Examiner processes
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Pierce College for tree restoration
  • Approve architectural contract for the design of the Public Works O& M shop

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 9, 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 Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of subdivision code amendments
  • Review of Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Review of 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Amending the fee schedule for industrial warehouse building permits

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/16/2014

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Ideas, Momentum Build at Lakewood Housing Forum

On May 15, the City of Lakewood held its first Housing Forum - marking one of the first times the City, housing developers, brokers and others with an interest in Lakewood sat down in the same room and discussed opportunities.

Almost 100 people packed the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College for the event, which featured several speakers who covered off-base housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, housing and market trends in the Puget Sound, bank and credit union financing for projects and a developer's panel.

The City also discussed what it's doing to help developers in Lakewood, as well as what developers might expect when working with City Hall.

10th District Congressman Denny Heck offered the crowd perspective on what the federal government is trying to do to spur housing.

Afterward, those who attended got a chance to speak directly with City senior leadership. Many who attended and spoke said they like the direction in which Lakewood is headed and appreciate the fact that the City decided to hold the forum.

Raelene Rogers of McCament & Rogers - one of the forum's featured speakers – said this of Lakewood's opportunities and potential for housing, including senior housing and being one of the gateways to Chambers Bay Golf Course for the 2015 U.S. Open: "I think Lakewood has a lot of opportunities ... We've got great lakes here in Lakewood. They give a lot of opportunity for higher-end housing. We have the opportunity for multifamily building because you are right in the middle of DuPont and Tacoma. And you have some unique opportunities. You just need to think outside of the box."

One of the areas for opportunity is the development (and redevelopment) of affordable, single-family housing - which the City knows is its most pressing housing need.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the following speakers:

  • Judy Sak, Directorate of Public Works Housing Division, JBLM
  • Michael Luis, Luis and Associates
  • Todd Britsch, President of New Home Trends
  • Scott Beckwith, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Kevin Conklin, Columbia Bank
  • Bill Sager, Sager Family Homes
  • Chris DeWald, Rush Construction
  • Raelene Rogers, McCament & Rogers

The City has posted a photo gallery of the housing forum on its Facebook page . We will be posting a highlight video of the event, so check back for that.

For .pdf copies of the forum's slideshow presentations, visit http://goo.gl/zmKM5s .

Councilmember Simpson Delivers SOTC To Pierce College Board

On May 14, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson gave the “State of the City” presentation at the Pierce College Board of Trustees meeting at the college’s Puyallup campus.

The Trustees definitely knew of Simpson – who is a tenured history professor at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus. He has served as faculty president and is a 10-time winner of the “Outstanding Faculty Award.” Moreover, for the past 7 years he has served on the College Cabinet.

At the presentation, Simpson emphasized the parallel paths of the City and College, including its ties to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and military, its diverse populations and its goals of helping and empowering the people they serve.

And, in classic professorial fashion, Simpson stressed a particular message: "Quality education, quality City."

If you or your organization would like a presentation of the “State of the City,” please contact Lakewood City Hall at (253) 589-2489.

Mayor Speaks To Pierce College Students

As part of its Civics Week festivities, Pierce College welcomed Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson on Tuesday for an intimate presentation that was appropriately titled “Pizza & Politics.”

During his chat with some 60 students, the Mayor spoke specifically about the importance of volunteerism and becoming involved in one's community. For students who are attending Pierce College and aiming to build their educational and professional foundation, Anderson's words grabbed their attention and wouldn't let go.

“I heard a lot of inspiring things,” said Christopher Johnston, a music student and Student Government Committee Senator. “He touched on civic engagement. With me, being part of the student government, it really felt good to hear about that and hear that I’m on the right track.”

“I’d like to be a Mayor one day,” added Johnston, a Spanaway resident.

It also didn't hurt that there was free pizza, which was provided by Pierce College. With melting, cheesy goodness in their hands, the students fixated on Mayor Anderson, who shared some of his experiences as a volunteer, elected official, athlete and other roles.

Mayor Anderson left the students with the following message regarding his motto when it comes to volunteerism: “Pick up more than you dropped.”

As students and future leaders, these students found the comments great words to live by.

Diana Halar Plays “Puget Sounds Starts Here” Mascot at M’s Game

Last Saturday, the City of Lakewood's own Diana Halar from Public Works represented local jurisdictions at the Seattle Mariners' game by dressing up as Scoopy Doo!

This was part of the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign,which gives practical ways for people to protect Puget Sound. Diana has been the mascot at the Mariners’ PSSH night the past few years. For more information, visit http://www.pugetsoundstartshere.org/about-us/ .

Great job, Diana!

Parks & Recreation

Coming June 3: Lakewood Farmers Market

With all this sun and warm weather, the City of Lakewood wants to remind you that the third season of the Lakewood Farmers Market is coming up!

That's right, the market will take place outside of Lakewood City Hall. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday from June 3 to Sept. 16. This year, the market will feature some of the healthiest, freshest options for Lakewood families.

While the City is leading this project, we are partnering with community members and businesses to make it the best it can possibly be. That includes presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital, entertainment sponsor Washington State Employees Credit Union, and sponsors Port of Tacoma and Pierce County Planning and Land Services.

For more information, visit /farmersmarket

“Woodmen of the World” Presentation

City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services presented at the May meeting of the Washington Lodge Chapter 084 of the Woodmen of the World. Information on the park system’s growth over the past years, park improvements, development of the Legacy Plan, youth programming and City events was shared. Staff featured the upcoming Farmers Market beginning June 3, as well as SummerFEST 2014 on July 12. Special attention was given to the activities offered for residents 55 years and older who are enjoying social and learning programs offered at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Parks, Recreation and Community Services is always willing to share information with local citizens. If interested in a speaker for your organization, please call (253) 983-7887.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 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 amending the tax incentive urban use center
  • Appoint members to Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Approve Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Adopt the intention to amend the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire for emergency management coordinator services
  • Award a bid for Lakewood Traffic Signal Upgrades Traffic Management Center
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for railroad design work on Madigan Access project
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for consulting services on Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve a Sounder agreement relative to the 111th/112th Street improvement project
  • Adopt lodging tax guidelines
  • Amphitheater update (Briefing by the City Manager)

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

  • Joint Planning Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with Pierce College for Oak Prairie tree restoration
  • Review of Hearings Examiner Chapter 1.36 comprehensive code amendments

Following the May 27, 2014, City Council Study Session, a Transportation Benefit District Board meeting will be held 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 5/23/2014

May 23, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Young Receives United Way Leadership Award

Debra Young sees her leadership during the search for the United Way of Pierce County’s new CEO, as well as her tireless work on behalf of the nonprofit, as her biggest accomplishments during her yearlong tenure as Board Chair.

This week, the local United Way recognized Young – the City of Lakewood’s Human Resources Director for 18 years – with its Leadership Award, which recognizes those accomplishments and her leadership.

Young, who recently completed her year as Board Chair, was recognized at the nonprofit’s Annual Community Celebration in Tacoma, an event that drew some 500 people.

“I am extremely honored,” Young said in her Lakewood City Hall office this week. “I thoroughly enjoyed my year representing the Board for United Way. I’m very honored to have played a role in helping United Way with its mission.”

To read the full article, visit http://goo.gl/gZwqO7 .

Elected Officials at ‘Arlington Project’

On Thursday, Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter all attended the “Arlington Project” exhibit at Clover Park High School to honor fallen soldiers, airmen, guardsmen and Marines. The project – now in its eighth year – honors soldiers who have died in conflict. Highlights included:

  • A special viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance”
  • An Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) performance of a formal retreat ceremony and recreation of tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Student-created memorial displays of America’s conflicts (from the American Revolution to Somalia)
  • A “Wall of Remembrance”

In addition, more than 6,700 individually named markers – all honoring fallen warriors in the War on Terror – are located on the front lawn of Clover Park High School and will be on display through Memorial Day.

City Offices Closed For Memorial Day

In observance of the Memorial Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, May 26. 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.

Lakewood Farmers Market

We are less than two weeks out from the third season of the Lakewood Farmers Market! This year promises to be the best yet, thanks to presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday, from June 3 to Sept. 16. It will be located at Lakewood City Hall – 6000 Main St. SW – and will feature fresh food, arts, crafts and entertainment. No, the road next to the market will not be closed this year.

The City would also like to thank entertainment sponsor WSECU, as well as sponsors Port of Tacoma and Pierce County Planning & Land Services.

For more information, visit /farmersmarket .

Lakewood Housing Forum Video

Did you miss the City of Lakewood Housing Forum on May 15? The City has posted a highlight video on its YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/RdY-6u8hbZU .

If you'd like details on the presentations, visit /government/departments/economic-development/housing-forum .

Parks & Recreation

Waughop Lake Trail

Partners for Parks - a Citywide collaboration of Lakewood service organizations, community groups, educational institutions and businesses - presented to Lakewood City Council on Monday night. They provided history of the organization and shared successful partnership projects that have made improvements at Lakewood area parks.

They announced that after a year of study, they would like to work with the City and community to renovate the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. Visitors of all ages walk, run, or bike on the paved path around the lake for recreation. The lake trail is also used as a link to cross country and 5K races, as well as for fundraising walk-a-thon events. The City will host a community planning meeting in June to start the conversation.

American Lake Improvement Club Presentation

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Dodsworth and Police Sergeant John Frasier presented at the American Lake Improvement Club’s annual meeting this week. Director Dodsworth shared information regarding program impacts and changes affecting the American Lake boat launch and American Lake and Harry Todd Park sites. Sergeant Frasier reviewed the summer schedule for the Marine Services unit and how to ensure a safe boating season this summer.

Economic Development

2015 U.S. Open

Economic Development attended the Pierce County U.S. Open committee meeting this week. The group is working closely with media representatives and officials on how to best prepare. Local impacts during the event should be minimal to local businesses.

Interesting facts:

  • Between 60 percent and 70 percent of attendees come and go with the biggest names in golf (i.e. Tiger Woods)
  • Volunteer applications were taken in from 18 countries, and all U.S. states except for Rhode Island and South Dakota
  • Nearly 80 percent of the volunteers will be from Washington State.

Tickets go on sale October/November 2014. Visit: www.usopen.traveltacoma.com for information on the tournament.

Council Meetings

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

  • Joint Planning Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with Pierce College relative to the Oak Prairie Management and Restoration Program
  • Review of Municipal Code amendments relative to the Hearings Examiner processes

Following the May 27, 2014 City Council Study Session, a Transportation Benefit District Board meeting will be held 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, June 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Larry Humphrey
  • Youth Council Report and recognition
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set July 7, 2014 as public hearing date on Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)
  • Set June 16, 2014 as public hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt amending tax incentive urban use center and designation of a residential target area
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendments relative to the Hearings Examiner processes
  • Approve interlocal agreement with Pierce College for tree restoration
  • Approve architectural contract for the design of the Public Works O& M shop

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

May 9, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Recognizes Former Mayor Claudia Thomas, City Councilmember Andie Gernon

Much like they did throughout their years of public service, former Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas and former City Councilmember Andie Gernon walked arm-in-arm Monday night.

But instead of trying to secure funding for a local meals program or convincing kids to become involved in their community, two of Lakewood's founding mothers walked to the Council Chambers podium for a much-deserved special recognition.

The Lakewood City Council honored Thomas and Gernon for their tireless efforts to improve human services and make life better for the City throughout the years.

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen recognized each with a proclamation and City Coin. In attendance were the likes of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison - Lakewood's first Mayor - as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson.

For more, visit http://goo.gl/ZCNtU3

Lakewood Housing Forum

Join us at 9 a.m., May 15 at the McGavick Conference Center for the City of Lakewood’s first-ever Housing Forum. This week, we added to the agenda Congressman Denny Heck, who will address attendees and deliver timely information on federal housing priorities and finance committee legislation. Lakewood’s first Housing Forum will cover “Lakewood Today,” including what’s here and now, abatement activity, parcels for development and unique demographic data. Trends and new home data, lending patterns, and developer perspectives – they’ll all be discussed. Seating is limited. This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Anderson, Bocchi at Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

On their trip to Washington D.C. last week, Mayor Don Anderson and City Councilmember Paul Bocchi visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where they placed a City coin near the names of Lakewood’s Fallen Four. The Mayor points out that the City coin bears four stars, which represent Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

Amphitheater Meeting

Some 75 people braved the elements this week to attend a meeting on the idea of a proposed amphitheater at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, led the meeting, along with the Rotary Club of Lakewood, which is proposing to pay for a proposed amphitheater. Also in attendance were Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth and City Councilmember Mary Moss, as well as Assistant City Manager David Bugher.

Many of those in attendance said they had assumed the proposed outdoor amphitheater was a “done deal,” based on media reports and word-of-mouth from neighbors. Dodsworth told them that simply wasn’t the case. “This is just the first step … the City wants your voice to be heard.”

The City will continue soliciting feedback on the idea of a proposed amphitheater.

Big Lots Grand Opening

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Mary Moss, former Mayor and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson, City employees and citizens attended the Big Lots grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The new store is located at 5401 100th St. SW - next to the new Hobby Lobby. After a much-anticipated wait, the store did not disappoint. It’s one of the company’s larger Big Lot stores, bright and full of huge deals. This is not your typical discount store - lots of good quality home items at closeout prices. It even has a furniture section. Check it out and come back soon as items sell out fast.

Camp Murray Briefing

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and City Councilmember John Simpson all attended a briefing last weekend at Camp Murray, which was hosted by Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty. They learned plenty about Lakewood's direct neighbor to the south, specifically the missions completed there by the Washington National Guard. In the Oso mudslide, the Washington State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray played a critical role in the coordination of searchers and rescuers. Camp Murray is also the center for the Washington Youth Academy. Maj. Gen. Daugherty stressed the importance of maintaining resources at Camp Murray for incidents such as Oso.

Parks & Recreation

Tacoma Kids Marathon

Seventeen students from the City’s after-school programs participated in the Tacoma Kids Marathon on Sunday, May 4. The youth are required to complete 25 tasks representing the first 25 miles of the run. The tasks included activities such as jumping rope for 10 minutes, eating a healthy snack or helping someone with a chore. They are then eligible to participate in the Kids Marathon, which is a 1k run beginning and ending at the start/finish line. This year, two participants from our programs finished first and second in the run.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of City Council goals and priorities
  • Citizens’ Advisory Boards and Committees Council Subcommittee Update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 12, 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 Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of City Council Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Review of proposed Lodging Tax Advisory guideline

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 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:

  • Appoint members to Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Public Hearing on amending the tax incentive urban use center
  • Adopt lodging tax guidelines
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for railroad design work on Madigan Access project
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for consulting services on Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve a Sounder agreement relative to the 111th/112th Street improvement project
  • Award a bid for Lakewood Traffic Signal Upgrades Traffic Management Center
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire for emergency management coordinator services
  • Adopt Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Adopt the intention to amend the Comprehensive Plan (tentative)
  • Amphitheater update (Briefing by the City Manager)