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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/4/2014

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network named the City of Lakewood one of its Civic Partners, as part of its Corporate/Civic Partner Program. EFN Civic Partners have done three or more of the following within the past year:

  • Food drive
  • Donation drive
  • Donation of $1,000 or more
  • Auction sponsorship
  • Post a link to EFN’s homepage on official website
  • Have an employee serve on the EFN Board or on a committee
  • Other significant contribution of time, knowledge or funding.

The City will be honored at EFN’s Recognition Breakfast on April 16 in Tacoma.

Community Health Care Luncheon

More than 500 people attended the Community Health Care for Pierce County fund-raising luncheon Wednesday, including several representatives from the City of Lakewood.

City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and Councilmember Mary Moss; City Manager John Caulfield; City Attorney Heidi Wachter; Assistant City Manager David Bugher; Assistant City Manager Tho Kraus; Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth; Economic Development Director Ellie Chambers-Grady; Court Administrator Deana Wright; and Human Resources Director Debi Young all attended.

Community Health Care is a private, non-profit organization created in 1987 when the clinical system moved from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department after several years of operation by that organization. CHC operates six medical and two dental clinics.

Mayor Part of 62nd Airlift Wing Fly-Away Tour

On March 28, Mayor Don Anderson was one of 24 civic leaders who were invited to participate in the McChord Civic Leaders Fly-away tour, courtesy of 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro.
As part of the 62nd Airlift Wing's tour, the Mayor and other civic leaders got to fly with a C-17 crew to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California for the day. Along the way, they learned about the airlift wing and got an up-close look at how it conducts its mission.
Check out the 62nd Airlift Wing's coverage of the Fly-away tour here: http://goo.gl/JJ1JhU

Badger Joins Oso Mudslide Recovery Effort

West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger, has been deployed to the Oso/SR 530 mudslide in Snohomish County to assist in the recovery effort.

Christine has worked for West Pierce Fire & Rescue since 2011, as part of a cooperative emergency management program between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood. This position is primarily grant-funded, and the costs are shared between the City and the Fire District. Prior to her arrival at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Christine had many years of experience in Snohomish County, working for both the County and the City of Arlington. She was specifically asked to help with this event because she was the incident commander for the 2006 slide in the same area. For this incident, she is initially attached to Fire Chief Travis Hotts as his assistant.

This joint emergency management program has been highly successful, improving the ability of West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood to prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters such as the Oso Mudslide. Christine has coordinated several drills in Lakewood that have given members of many different community organizations the opportunity to work with each other prior to an incident occurring. She has also worked to identify resources in Lakewood which can be utilized in response and recovery efforts should such as disaster occur in our community.

Shortly after the incident command center was established, a request was made for Christine to assist in the emergency management operations. She is expected to be on site throughout the recovery efforts.

According to Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield, “We feel fortunate to have Christine’s expertise here in our community, and we are very glad she is able to provide assistance to the recovery efforts in Oso.”

Parks & Recreation

Parks Appreciation Day

Park Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Lakewood for 13 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season..

The 2014 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 26, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park — the major project is pulling scotch broom! This is not particularly fun or exciting project, but it is really crucial this year to prepare for the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament and we need more volunteers than ever before to help us remove this invasive plant.
  • Also at the FSP site, a group of volunteers will be tasked to help with restoration of historic cemetery grave markers and cemetery clean –up. The playground is receiving repairs and will need volunteers to help wrap up the project on Saturday.
  • American Lake Park – the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up the swimming area, and volunteers will help remove the underwater materials collected by the crew.
  • General clean up of the American Lake Park beachfront sand will coordinate with the water clean-up.
  • Wards Lake Park – trail maintenance and sign installation.

If a community/church group is interested in a specific park site and can provide the numbers of volunteers adequate to take on a project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate with them directly to develop site specific projects to spread chips under playground equipment. The City will provide the chips and some gardening tools for these groups. Firm commitment by volunteers would be necessary for these individual group projects.

Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9:00 am. To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi at 253‐983‐7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood will hold its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party!
The festivities start with a fairy transformation, followed by tea, snacks, a beautiful craft and a special visitor. Each little girl will get her wings at this fun-filled fairy event.
The tea party runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.
Last day to register is Friday, April 11 (There are only 44 spaces left!) To register online, click here .

Council Meetings

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

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code
  • Approve lodging tax personnel/administrative costs
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 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 Community Visioning Plan consulting services
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Review of lodging tax guidelines

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/28/2014

March 28, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

“Neighborhoods” To Feature Lakewood

With assistance from the sun, the Lakewood community showed off its beauty for the folks from Comcast on Monday.

A crew spent the day in Lakewood filming segments for an upcoming feature on the community for its On Demand show, "Neighborhoods ." The show is hosted by Sabrina Register.

Trust us. It's going to be a great one.

Comcast customers will be able to watch the segment on Lakewood as early as April 1.To access "Neighborhoods," simply tune to Channel 1 or select On Demand on your Comcast Digital Remote, then:

  • Select Get Local
  • Select Around the Sound
  • Select Neighborhoods

And that's it! Sit back and learn a little bit about the communities in the Puget Sound.

Soggy Doggy on Saturday

Rain or shine at 9:30 am., Saturday, the City of Lakewood will present the second annual Soggy Doggy Run at Fort Steilacoom Park! The on-site/day-of event registration fee has been reduced to $10 per participant over 14 years old. Younger children may accompany their parents and dogs at no cost for a 1-mile walk around Waughop Lake or a 5K run. Prizes for people and pets will be awarded! Join us on what may be a soggy day – the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services team will welcome you to this fun, family event.

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools of Lakewood celebrated with the Champions for Youth Breakfast at Old Country Buffet on Thursday.

This annual fundraising event was attended by more than 200 community members, including great representation from the City. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Mary Moss, Councilmember Marie Barth, Councilmember Paul Bocchi, Councilmember John Simpson, City Manager John Caulfield, City employees, as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson, attended the event. An inspiring keynote speech was given by local success story Brandon Stodgstill, recalling the encouragement and support he received from our community as he rebuilt his life .

Communities in Schools is recognized nationally for being one of the best organizations in preventing drop-outs and increasing the graduation rate in high schools. The funds raised at this event will help cover the expenses of programs that are being delivered in the Clover Park School District.

Police

Year-End Crime Report

This week, the Police Department presented its 2013 year-end report to the Lakewood City Council. The report covered plenty – everything from the number of incidents to the number of uses of force by officers to the number of times the department received awards and praise. Here are some highlights of the report:

  • Police responded to 59,909 calls for service in 2013, more than 2,500 of which resulted in bookings. More than 17,000 involved traffic stops
  • Officer use of force (90 in 2013) represented an 18 percent drop from the prior year. There were no complaints of excessive force, and taser use fell almost 70 percent
  • Officers used force on a sliver of a percent – 0.15 – of its contacts, and 3 percent of physical arrests required use of force
  • Police received 39 citizen letters of praise and 27 department awards.

Assistant Chief Mike Zaro told the City Council that determining whether Lakewood is a safer community compared to years past can be subjective. However, the number of Priority One calls for service has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, and the violent crime rate has dropped to its second-lowest mark since 2005.

To view the Police Department’s full report, click here . When prompted to the agenda, under “Items For Discussion,” select “2013 Year End Police Department Report.”

Economic Development

Hobby Lobby Holds Grand Opening

They didn't have to look very far to find the ribbon or the scissors.

On Monday, Hobby Lobby held its grand opening celebration for its new location in Lakewood, 5401 100th Street SW. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and other City officials attended the ribbon-cutting.

The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way

Once inside, visitors were treated to the new world - at least in Lakewood - of Hobby Lobby's offerings For a taste of what Hobby Lobby is about, click here to view our photo gallery on Facebook.

Tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks

On Thursday, City of Lakewood officials got an up-close tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks , a niche company that specializes in classic reproduction conversions of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Chief Engineer Doug Graf gave us a tour of the shop, located in the Lakewood Industrial Park. The finished products have been a hit at car shows across the country. For more information about CR Coachworks, visithttp://www.crcoachworks.com./

For a gallery of photos we snapped during the visit, click here .

 

Parks & Recreation

Community Gateways Meeting

Interested in making the entrances to the Lakewood community look even better?

The City is facilitating a stakeholders group made up of representatives from various advisory boards, community organizations and businesses. Although the purpose of this group is to improve the look of the Bridgeport-Pacific Highway gateway, they are also developing a City-wide vision that can be used for all Lakewood gateways.

Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, improved entries and positive image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development.

A community meeting to review several design options is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. All are invited to attend. A preferred design option will be shared with Lakewood City Council at the conclusion of this process, along with costs and funding and phasing options.

Council Meetings

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

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 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 Community Visioning Plan consulting services
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Review of lodging tax guidelines

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/14/2014

March 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raider Brigade Honors City at Inactivation

On Friday, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord – conducted its inactivation ceremony. The Brigade thanked our community for its support, particularly during the 4-2’s three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. At a special ceremony, the Brigade recognized the City for organizing the community wide parade honoring the Raider Brigade in 2013.

The relationship between the City and the 4-2 – which lost 58 soldiers under its command – was more than an agreement. It was a living, personal connection that Lakewood will never forget. The City wishes all of the Brigade’s soldiers and their families good luck in whatever objective might await. As Brigade Com. Col. Jody Miller cheered for the last time Friday, “Raiders, to the objective.”

New School Named After Fallen Four

On March 9, the Clover Park School Board selected the names of three schools under construction. The name of one of them - a school that was part of a construction bond that voters approved in 2010 and will consolidate two other elementary schools - will commemorate the memories of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

The future school’s name: Four Heroes Elementary.

Four Heroes Elementary is scheduled to open by September 2015. The School District plans to recognize the name when it officially opens. For the full story, click here .

Residents Can Now Report ‘Eyesores’ Via E-mail

People can now simply send an e-mail whenever they spot graffiti and junk or an abandoned shopping cart in their neighborhood.

Here’s how it works:

  • If residents spot graffiti, junk, etc., in the public right-of-way of their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location.
  • If residents spot rogue shopping carts in their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location of the carts, as well as to which store they belong, i.e., “Target cart off Main Street and Gravelly Lake Drive.”

And that’s it! The e-mail will go directly to the CSRT – which is designed to solve problems that are unique to each neighborhood district in Lakewood. The CSRT will then work to address the problem cited in the e-mail as soon as possible.

WSDOT Tree Removal

As part of the state Department of Transportation’s SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project, contractor crews are removing selected trees along Interstate 5 between State Route 512 in Lakewood and State Route 510 in Lacey. This work is necessary to install and effectively operate seven new closed-circuit TV traffic cameras to manage traffic flow along I-5 through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor. A clear line of sight is needed for the new cameras to operate properly.
One of its primary goals in any construction project is to preserve as many trees as possible. A team of WSDOT staff, including the Olympic Region Landscape Architect, individually identified and marked each tree to ensure that only trees that posed an obstruction, and no others, will be removed. For PDF maps of which trees will removed, click here.

Police

Bone Marrow Drive on Monday

The Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler Seddon and others living with leukemia. Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at jnichols@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 830-5004. For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm .

Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Economic Development

Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual Meeting at CPTC

The Tacoma Pierce County Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual meeting was held this Thursday at the McGavick Center. The meeting was well-attended with representatives from throughout the County, including Economic Development. The tone of the meeting was upbeat with some solid accomplishments for 2013, as well as an optimistic view for the next two years. To read The News Tribune’s C.R. Roberts’ coverage, click here .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation on Pierce County READS
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Approve Joint Land Use Study contract

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 24, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting
  • 2013 Year End Police Department Report
  • Review of Section 108 Curbside loan agreement (tentative)
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/21/2014

March 21, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

4-2 Raider Brigade Inactivation

On Friday, March 14, the Army conducted the official inactivation ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

And with it, Lakewood officially said goodbye to its longtime Community Connector to the base.

The ceremony marked the end of a remarkable relationship between the City and the Raider Brigade. The two were intertwined, as much as a community and brigade could be.

When the 4-2 returned from deployment and rejoined their families and friends, the City celebrated. When they lost a soldier, the City mourned. Lakewood was mentioned multiple times on the official Army video about the Brigade, which can be viewed on the City of Lakewood's hompage .

Raider Brigade soldiers were seen throughout the community, whether it was volunteering at a community festival, thanking a business owner or speaking to elementary school students about the importance of Veterans Day.

On Friday, the 4-2 recognized the City for its support and gave Lakewood an award for organizing a community parade when the Brigade returned from deployment in 2013. It also recognized former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Douglas Richardson with the highest civilian honor for his support of the Brigade during his tenure.

The ceremony had special meaning for Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who as a journalist embedded twice with the Brigade while overseas, something for which he said was an honor.

He added that while Friday marked the end of Lakewood's relationship with the 4-2, the community can reflect on the unique connection it had to the Raider Brigade.

"This is a good day," Simpson said. "It marks the end of a great chapter in Lakewood's history."

Again, the City thanks every member of the Raider Brigade and their families for our relationship, which Lakewood will never forget. We also can't wait to start a new relationship with our new Community Connector, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division .

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery of Friday's festivities.

Hobby Lobby Opening

Hobby Lobby, the craft superstore, opened this week at the former location of K-Mart.

Hobby Lobby will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, March 24, at 9 a.m. The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way.

The store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public. Local dignitaries, ambassadors from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders will attend the celebration.

Council Approves JLUS Study

The City of Lakewood took a major step this week in charting the region's future growth and development with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council awarded a contract for professional services to AECOM Technical Services, Inc., to assist the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in completing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for JBLM and surrounding communities.

The purpose of the JLUS is to create a long-term planning partnership that balances the protection of the health, safety, quality of life, and economic prosperity of local communities while ensuring the continuation of the military missions of the area. The study will emphasize ways to promote coordination, maintain the positive economic impact of the installations, and preserve critical civilian and Department of Defense investments.

The JLUS is a cooperative process among state, county, and local governments, the public and JBLM. The study examines land use, growth trends, and civilian and military activities in a region that hosts a diverse range of critical military operations, highly urbanized and growing population centers, and uniquely valuable environmental assets. The study area consists of portions of Thurston and Pierce Counties, the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place, Roy, Yelm, Lacey, DuPont, and Steilacoom, the Nisqually Indian Tribe Reservation, JBLM, and Camp Murray.

The project will officially begin in April 2014 and will include multiple opportunities for public participation and comment. The projected completion date for the study is September 2015.

If you would like additional information, please contact Mary Huff, Program Coordinator for SSMCP, at 253-983-7774or at mhuff@cityoflakewood.us.

Lakewood Police Department Open House

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department.

Police

Blood/Bone Marrow Drive

On Monday, March 17th, we were able to register 37 blood donors and 14 bone marrow donors. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and donated/joined and showed their support of this great cause. According to Puget Sound Blood Center, our donations on Monday will help 90 patients in the coming days! We want to note, really quickly, that the Puget Sound Blood Center supports ALL the cancer hospitals in Western Washington, and since our focus for this whole drive was the bone marrow registry for children diagnosed with Leukemia, such as Tyler, it warms our hearts to know that we helped those exact patients in every way possible Monday. And yes, because so many of you have asked, we WILL do another one in the future!

Economic Development

Housing Forum

Save the Date! Lakewood is hosting a housing forum at the McGavick Center on May 15th. Developers, builders, real estate brokers, lenders, investors or anyone interested in what’s possible in the area of revitalization, new housing, lending patterns, and JBLM off-base housing needs should plan to attend. We’re keeping an eye on what’s possible in the South Sound.

Parks & Recreation

Shield Recognized at CPTC

Elizabeth Shied, Recreation Coordinator at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, along with other speakers from across the State, was honored at a luncheon last week at Clover Park Technical College. The event was the conclusion of a yearlong research project which collected a series of personal interviews from prominent public speakers . A world premiere of the video trailer was also shown. The project included excerpts of interviews where the speakers were asked a series of questions including how do people become great public speakers, how do you overcome fear and stage fright and what advice would they give to someone preparing for a speech. Students at CPTC and around the country will be able to benefit from expertise, insights and advice shared by the speakers. The full video will be available soon on the CPTC website.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 24, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting
  • 2013 Year End Police Department Report
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update

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

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments.
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services.
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Approve a $100,000 Sounder agreement for their participation in 111th/112th Street improvement project (tentative)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

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

March 7, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Adopts Lakewood’s First “Legacy Plan”

After three years of work by the City, the Lakewood City Council this week adopted the community’s first “Legacy Plan,” a 20-year, strategic plan that will help the City develop and sustain a healthy parks and recreation system.

The Lakewood Legacy Plan, which can be found on the City’s website, will function as our parks and recreation master plan. By facilitating a comprehensive public input process, the City interacted and learned from the community, which allowed it to create an environment for employees, the general public, stakeholders and customers to identify and discuss issues, concerns, values, goals and strategies. The City created a number of documents that provided data used to create the main plan document. The City used the planning process to build trust, create new relationships and partnerships, and educate the community on the importance of sustaining a parks and recreation system to the health and vitality of Lakewood.

The City Council gave kudos to Parks, Recreation and Community Services, as well as stakeholders and the general public for helping the Legacy Plan become reality.

Register for March 15 Daddy-Daughter Dance

The 12th annual City of Lakewood Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakes High School. The theme is “Dancing on the Boardwalk.” Registration is open at this time. The fee is $35 per couple; an additional daughter’s registration is $10. Each Dad will get one picture, but he may purchase additional photos directly from the photographer. Each girl will get a rose and a sweet treat and everyone will enjoy cookies, fresh fruit and punch/water. You may call (253) 983-7887 to register by phone or you may register on-line through the City’s web page at www.cityoflakewood.us . Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing and lifetime memories!

Fort Steilacoom Playground, Shelters Closure

Much like they did in 2006, volunteers and project coordinators will gather for a weeklong work party to complete restoration projects to the playground equipment at Fort Steilacoom Park. The FSP playground and two shelters will be closed while the projects are completed from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Please note these closure dates on your calendar so your family is not disappointed during a park visit while construction and restoration are active. If you have questions, please call the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983-7887.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

2015 U.S. Open Parking at Fort Steilacoom Park

The Lakewood City Council voted to approve a $40,000 agreement that will allow the USGA to use a portion of Fort Steilacoom Park for off-site parking during the week of June 15-21, 2015, when the U.S. Open will come to Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director for the City, said the USGA can now determine exactly how Fort Steilacoom Park – one of many regional parking sites during the tournament - will be used to shuttle people to the University Place course.

The USGA has been looking throughout the region for parking locations. Along with studying routes and methods of transportation (bus, boat, train and car) to get visitors to the event, it is studying how to distribute parking locations for the estimated 245,000 people who will attend (plus 4,500 volunteers and 2,000 media contacts).

The City met several times with members of the USGA logistics team to assess Fort Steilacoom Park, as well as to discuss ingress, egress, traffic patterns and other transportation and site impacts. The USGA is looking to park approximately 5,000 cars each day at this site. Large buses would take the event attendees from the park to the golf course.

Edible Gardens Workshop Series

Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest – from seed to table. This series is designed as a basic introduction to the whole adventure of gardening, and it’s FREE! Whether you are trying to revive some garden beds in your backyard of just joined a community garden in your neighborhood – we hope you will join us!

All workshops are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall in Lakewood Towne Center, 6000 Main Street SW.

Instructors are from the Tacoma-Pierce County Community Gardens, a program of Pierce Conservation District and Pierce County Public Works & Utilities Environmental Education.

The first class is scheduled for March 12 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Click here to view a list of classes, registration and other information.

Economic Development

Regional and State Trends, Trials, and Triumphs

The recent Tacoma/Pierce County EDB Annual Meeting focused on three key industries in the region, Health Care, International Trade, and Real Estate. Panel member, Diane Cecchettini, President & CEO for Multicare noted that 10 percent of the population equaled 80 percent of the health care costs. She emphasized that this “diseased based” industry needs to transition to a “health outcome” based industry and the finances related should take a pro health approach. MultiCare is growing in community care, recruiting talent and building large campus buildings (50,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet). John Wolfe, CEO for the Port of Tacoma announced that Tacoma container trade increased by 10 percent, but this is at the expense of Seattle, which lost 2 percent in revenues. The reason? Competition with Canada – importers can bypass our federal taxes and run products East via their rail system and then transport South into the United States. California will soon face the same threat, as Mexico is increasing its market share of port activity. Regulatory reform and infrastructure will be key to overcoming the challenges that have created this “container crisis.” Bill Frame, Senior VP for Kidder Mathews noted that jobs will drive development. Expect to see higher density in the urban areas. Visit the EDB site for more highlights: http://www.edbtacomapierce.org/ .

Speaking of Real Estate

The City attended a recent Seattle NAIOP breakfast meeting addressing re-urbanization and opportunities in all asset classes. We’re looking at one of the largest industry shifts in decades. Of the 42,000 apartment units currently planned for the region, more than 30,000 will be built in urban areas. Here at home in Lakewood, we’re looking at additional multifamily, perhaps mixed residential (residential/retail), redevelopment opportunities and more. We’re planning a housing forum for early May, so stay tuned. Snapshot on single family: Current residential inventory in Lakewood (homes on the market) for single family homes is 136, slightly down from a year ago at 162. Four percent are currently distressed properties. Median days on the market is holding at two months. The median price per square foot is up at $130 versus $116 this time last year.

Police

Promoting Prostitution Warrants Served

Late last week, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations and CSRT, LPD Special Ops served promoting prostitution warrants at a local massage parlor and residence. This was the result of undercover operations led by Detective Ryan Larson.  In the end we arrested one female for promoting prostitution and seized one vehicle and $11,000 in cash.   CSRT inspected the building and Red Tagged it for the immediate future.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 10, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of FY 2014 CDBG & HOME funding recommendations
  • Review of 2014 South Sound Military Community Partnership Work Plan
  • Review of Joint Land Use Study contract
  • Review of 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with the City of Tacoma

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation on Pierce County READS
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Approve Joint Land Use Study contract