Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
Published on Friday, 02 May 2014 15:48
May 2, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey
The City of Lakewood lost one of its early leaders in April with the passing of former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey.
Humphrey began serving as a Lakewood City Councilmember on Jan. 1, 1998, and his tenure continued to the end of 2003.
He was known for his exemplary dedication to the best interests of the Lakewood community, particularly with his interest in public transit and economic development. Humphrey was a successful businessman himself. He also served on countless community boards and groups, including the Lakewood Historical Society.
“The community of Lakewood is a better place because of Larry Humphrey,” Mayor Don Andision, along with fellow City Council members, helped shape the direction of Lakewood even after he left office, and it will continue to do so for years to come. Lakewood would not be where it is today were it not for the efforts and dedication of Councilmember Humphrey.”
Humphrey was first elected to a two-year term on the Lakewood City Council, Position 7 in 1997, then ran unopposed in 1999 for a four-year term.
Former Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson - now a member of the Pierce County Council - sat next to Humphrey throughout his tenure on the dais.
"Truly a gentleman," Richardson said when asked to describe his former dais-mate. "He had an unbelievable demeanor. I don't know if I ever saw Larry agitated. Never heard him speak an ill word about anyone. He truly cared for his community."
Added Mayor Anderson: “The City of Lakewood would like to express its sincerest condolences to the Humphrey family, and we thank them for everything they and Councilmember Humphrey have done for our community."
To read The News Tribune’s article on former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphries’ passing, visit http://goo.gl/6pWwln
Claudia Thomas, Andie Gernon Recognition
The City of Lakewood will celebrate Mother’s Day early by recognizing two of Lakewood’s founding mothers: former Mayor Claudia Thomas and former City Councilmember Andie Gernon.
On May 5, at 7 p.m., the Lakewood City Council will present the two former City Councilmembers with a proclamation to honor their amazing work and dedication to our community.
These two women have been the driving force behind placing the needs of children and families at the top of the City’s agenda even prior to incorporation in 1996. Their collective accomplishments include:
- Serving as leaders on the City Council
- Orchestrating the development of the City’s funding for human services
- Establishing Lakewood’s Promise (Winning America’s Promise 100 Best Communities For Young People six times)
- Co-chairing Lakewood’s Community Collaboration.
It is with a great debt of gratitude the City of Lakewood collectively says “Thank You” to Claudia Thomas and Andie Gernon.
The Lakewood City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, May 5 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
Procession For Captain Douglas D. Ferguson
A military hero whose ultimate fate was uncertain for more than 44 years is finally came home to rest.
Air Force Captain Douglas D. Ferguson, a Tacoma native, went to his final resting place Friday, May 2nd, at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Lakewood.
The Vietnam War hero’s homecoming included vehicle processions Thursday and Friday through Lakewood and included Lakewood Police Department and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Ferguson graduated from Tacoma’s Wilson High School in 1963 and from the United States Air Force Academy in 1967. He flew with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Thailand.
During the war, after carrying out three successful bombing missions over a heavily fortified region, his F-4D Phantom II aircraft was shot down over Houaphan Province, Laos. He was 24 years old at the time and was a first lieutenant.
A reconnaissance mission was conducted the day after his plane went down. Searchers spotted in the trees what appeared to be a pair of parachutes that had been deployed. Still, they couldn’t conduct a ground search because the area was heavily defended. Ferguson and another airman were declared Missing-In-Action, a designation that left his family, friends and the military without answers for some four decades.
Parks Appreciation Day
The City of Lakewood Parks Department hosted multiple Park Appreciation Day projects at park sites in April.
Three-hundred seventy-five volunteers donated a combined 1,231 hours of time/labor to complete projects at four park sites: Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, Wards Lake Park and Oakbrook Park.
All of the projects designed for Parks Appreciation Day were completed and included: Playground renovation; spreading trail and playground chips; pulling weeds; planting flowers; painting; removing scotchbroom; cleaning out swimming area/beach; placing markers in the historic FSP cemetery; cleaning in the dog park and general park maintenance.
Of special note is the group of volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Lakewood who renovated the Fort Steilacoom Park Castle Playground in the week leading up to Park Appreciation Day. Twenty-nine volunteers worked long hours over three days to freshen and restore the playground. Their club project was an important component of the Park Appreciation Day/Week event.
Many other individual families and large groups of volunteers participated in the 2014 PAD event and their support was greatly appreciated.
- Full-Tilt Riders
- Imperial Riders
- Little Church on the Prairie
- Girl Scouts
- Boy Scouts
- Young Lif
- Graves Concern
- Rotary Club of Lakewood
- Kiwanis Club of Clover Park
- Friends of the Park and Nature
- Lakewood Boys & Girls Club
- Harrison Preparatory School
- Students from Clover Park Schools
- Students/Staff Pierce College–Fort Steilacoom campus
- Representatives from the Lake City/Lakewood/Steilacoom Wards and the Lakewood Washington Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The volunteers appreciated the coffee and water generously donated by Starbucks !
Here is a summary:
- Volunteers = 375
- Hours Donated = 1231
- Play chips spread at Oakbrook Park = 30 yards
- Trail Chips spread at Wards Lake Park = 40 yards
- Debris and vegetation removed = 40 yards
- Parks & Recreation
K9's Get Protective Vests
A pair of Lakewood Police Department K9's are getting a little extra protection thanks to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit.
Lakewood K9’s “Ranger” and “Koda” recently received bullet and stab protective vests. Vested Interest in K9’s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization paid for the vests by spearheading an online fundraising effort called "Crowdrise" that raised more than $6,300 in just weeks.
The K9's that benefitted from Vested Interest include Koda and Ranger; Kato and Ghost from Kent; and Gunner and Ayk from the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.
Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. is a 501c (3), all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. has provided more than 930 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009. More than $880,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 39 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, Mich., exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and recreation toured Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week and met with counterparts who perform similar duties on base. The department toured facilities and learned how JBLM operates and maintains neighborhood park sites, outdoor recreation programs and areas, community centers, camp grounds, fitness centers, pools and waterfront beach areas. New contacts and relationships were made. Both departments are planning to join forces next year and bring back the triple threat triathlon series.
The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Saturday, May 3, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Building 20, Emergency Operations Center, Camp Murray. Agenda items for the meeting include:
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 5, 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 Claudia Thomas and Andie Gernon
- Youth Council Report
- Proclamation Public Works week
- Clover Park School District Report
- Appoint members to the Redevelopment Advisory Board
- Appoint members to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
- Appoint a member to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee
- Adopt imprest funds code amendments
- Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments.
- Adopt Title 12 Public Works code amendments
- Adopt sewer availability code amendments
- Approval of FY 2014 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
- Adopt 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
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 proposed Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s lodging tax guidelines
- Review of Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement.
The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:00 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
Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
Published on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:46
April 18, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Jermaine Kearse Day
The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.
Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.
The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.
Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.
To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit http://shwks.com/2xed
City Honored With AUSA Award
On April 12, the City of Lakewood received a big honor that recognized its support of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. At the AUSA Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, the City of Lakewood got the Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award for its service to soldiers, veterans and family members of 4-2, the City's former Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The City was recognized for its massive parade welcoming Raider Brigade soldiers home in 2013 and other efforts to support the brigade, which officially inactivated in March. The City of Lakewood's new Community Connector is 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
In addition to the City of Lakewood being recognized, the Lakewood Subchapter of AUSA recived the Major General (CA) Ronald H. Markarian Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success for its superior service to the City of Lakewood and the Raider Brigade.
The 4-2 also was recognized with the Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation for exceptional performance of combat and civic duty. including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, from June 2006 through March 2014.
Sister Cities International Festival
The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA
) is hosting its annual Sister Cities International Festival on April 25 to April 27.
The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.
The event will take place at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.
The free, family-friendly event will honor the rich cultures of the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Activities will include cultural entertainment, art exhibits, and international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods.
The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.
Additional highlights include:
- A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
- A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.
A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at www.lsca.us
The Lakewood Sister Cities Festival - ArtsFest Celebration is proudly sponsored by Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Lakewood Family YMCA, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, The Ranger, KLAY Radio, City of Lakewood and Pierce College.
City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows
City is converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.
For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk. For more information, visit
Fairy Garden Tea Party
On April 12, the City of Lakewood held its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. More than 50 little fairies joined the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department at the Lakewood Activity Center.
After receiving their wings and tiaras, each Fairy spent her afternoon sipping tea and lemonade, snacking on cookies and making a butterfly magnet to showcase their future masterpieces! It was an enchanted evening of wings, wands and all things fairies.
Free Boating Classes
The Lakewood Police Department is offering the FREE boating education class required by law for people ages 41 and under that will allow them to operate motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater engines and learn about boating safety. The classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station, 94012 Lakewood Dr. SW, on the following dates:
- Sunday, April 27 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, May 17 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, June 7 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages – only a 30-minute lunch break will be offered, so they might want to bring a sack lunch.
Registration will be processed through the Parks/Rec Activenet system. The contact for registration is Dennis Higashiyama and his number is (253) 983-7835. Registration is FREE. After completing the class, participants will need to pay a $10 fee to Washington State Parks to obtain the actual Boaters Education card. (This class is not a Parks/Rec program – it is being presented by the Lakewood Police Department – we just help facilitate the registration.)
Parks & Recreation
Fort Steilacoom Park Playground, Shelter Closures
The Fort Steilacoom Park Playground and the two FSP shelters will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week – April 23, 24, 25, and 26, for renovation/restoration/repair to the playground . This project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and is a follow-up to their initial playground building/funding project in 2009. Please bring your families to the park at the end of the construction period to enjoy the newly restored facility.
Please remember, too, that the City has a small supply of playground fence slats for sale at a fee of $100 each and you can purchase a slat to surprise a child or grandchild or honor a family member. Each slat can be engraved with up to 22 letters and spaces and a minimum order of at least 10 slats must be submitted at one time for fabrication. Please contact the City at (253) 983-7887 to order a fence slat.
Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady spoke at Lakewood United this week. She talked about City focus areas for development/redevelopment, projects completed and in the works, and provided a general overview on the state of the City.
Master Builders Forum
Councilmember Marie Barth and City employees attended the 2014 MBA Pierce County Housing forum. Topics covered included Real Estate Market Trends from 1969 to current times for Washington State and Pierce County, Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research, and Annual Forecasting. Attendees also learned about homeowner building and renovation plans, priorities, and motivations.
Booker-Hay Trains With Steilacoom
On April 16, Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay conducted training with Town of Steilacoom Police Officers. The training included a criminal law update, practical tips for incident report writing and an overview of the City’s prosecution efforts and charging standards.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 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:
- Proclamation Teachers Appreciation week
- Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
- Business showcase of Davinci Salon & Spa
- Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
- Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
- Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
- Approve an agreement for a Community Visioning Plan
- Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
- Approve a HOME loan agreement with Gravelly Lake Townhomes, LLC for redevelopment at 8919 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.
The City Council will be holding a special meeting with the State legislators on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Overview of 2014 Legislative Session
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
- Review of fleet and equipment plan.
- Review of information technology plan.
- Review of imprest funds code amendments.
- Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments and sewer availability