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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/2/2014

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.

  • Starbucks
  • 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

Police

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

JBLM Tour

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.

Council Meetings

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:

  • Tour of Camp Murray

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/25/2014

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sister Cities Arts Fest

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities Arts Fest from Friday through Sunday at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW.

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 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 .

Municipal Court Presentation To Lions

Judge Grant Blinn and Court Administrator Deana Wright were guest speakers at the Lakewood Lions meeting Tuesday. They gave an overview of Municipal Court services and informed members of the day-to-day functions of the Court. The presentation included statistics, court procedures and how the court is undertaking efficiency measures.

 

 

Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon in the City of Lakewood.
We will be working primarily at two sites, Fort Steilacoom Park and Wards Lake Park. We’ll have snack bars for participants. Starbucks has generously donated coffee and water for our volunteers.
Please dress appropriately for the weather – the forecast indicates rain. We have held PAD events on very warm, sunny days; very windy days; very stormy; rainy days and, one year, we actually worked in snow. Nothing stops us in our support of local parks on Parks Appreciation Day! We had a great turnout last week for an extra PAD event for folks who couldn’t come out this week, and we accomplished a lot. We are expecting an even greater turnout at Wards Lake Park on the 88th Street side and at Fort Steilacoom Park. Please bring your friends, family members and neighbors and help us prepare the parks for our busy spring/summer season.

Dan Penrose Named To ADC Board

Dan Penrose, Program Manager of the South Sound Military Community Partnership, a regional organization
supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was recently elected to the Association of Defense Communities Board of Directors. Penrose fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Gary Jones, Executive Vice President of the Columbus (GA) Chamber of Commerce, who resigned his position in February due to work commitments.“Dan brings to ADC a much-needed voice f or western United States def ense communities, especially during this time of draw down and repositioning toward the Pacif ic Rim,” said ADC President Bob Murdock. You can read the ADC's story on Penrose's selection at http://goo.gl/7abPwt

Public Works

New Traffic Signals

More than 40 traffic signals throughout the City are getting a face lift. One of the most visual impacts will be the bright yellow tape bordering the signal heads. What do you think? Do they help you see the signal better? Worse? No difference? Tell us about it via Facebook or Twitter .

Parks & Recreation

American Lake Park Events

There are two aquatic events happening Saturday and Sunday at American Lake Park:

  • Kayak training event: On both days, about 50 participants (30 trainees and 20 trainers all in kayaks) use the beach area for pre-water entry training. They then move into the water for further training. A number of the participants are seniors. The City pulls the swimming rope back to the side of the swimming area so there is no impediment to smooth water. It also unlocks the gate between the launch area and the swimming area so attendees are able to carry their kayaks from the launch area to the event area in the park. The event has been annually at this site for the past several years,
  • Cast Mater Bass Fishing Club: On Sunday, the Cast Master Bass Fishing Club is conducting a tournament arranged through the WA State Fish and Wildlife Department and launching from the American Lake Park Boat Launch facility – about 20-30 large bass boats involved in the tournament and participants have been directly invited to fish in this event.

Backpacking To Feed Kids

City of Lakewood employees packed backpacks full of food for more than 150 kids in the Clover Park School District on Thursday. Provided to the children via a program from St. Leo Church, the backpacks are stuffed with food that will last the kids through an entire weekend.

Police

Improved Wards Lake Home

Want an example of how persistence can improve literally an entire neighborhood? The City of Lakewood has one, thanks to the work of the Community Safety Resource Team, Lakewood Police and neighbors of a once-dilapidated, crime-inducing home near Wards Lake Park. “It’s like the skies opened and the sun started to shine down on this neighborhood again." Check out our story by visiting http://t.co/M3x6hVl6zX .

TCC Job Fair

On April, the Lakewood Police Department attended the annual Tacoma Community College Job Fair. The job fair drew more than 1,000 participants and more than 50 employers, including the City. Candidates ranged from entry level to Master's Degree-prepared. Officers Charles Porche, Austin Lee and Scott Novasky represented the City, which was hiring for an entry level officer position.

Council Meetings

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 information technology plan.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments
  • Review of Tillicum/Woodbrook sewer connection availability

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:

  • Tour of Camp Murray

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
  • Approval of FY 2014 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
  • Adopt 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
  • Adopt imprest funds code amendments
  • Adopt Title 12 Public Works code amendments
  • Adopt sewer availability code amendments
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/11/2014

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

Jermaine Kearse Day on Saturday

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood) at Clover Park High School, the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City. Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and others with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM, and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Dodsworth Receives Top WRPA Award

Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was recognized with the Honor Fellow Award at the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) annual conference in Seattle this week. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the state professional organization to an individual. It recognizes her dedication and achievement in her field over a minimum of 10 years. Mary has been recognized in the past with the Young Professional award in 1991, the Citation of Merit award in 2008 and served as the president of WRPA in 2008-09. We’ll have more on this huge recognition for Mary. Congratulations!

Lakewood Earns WellCity Award

This week, the City of Lakewood was one of 96 cities and government agencies in Washington that earned a 2014 WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust. The award is given to AWC members that meet nine best practice standards for employee health.

The distinction means the City of Lakewood will receive a 2-percent premium discount on all medical premiums for employees. The discount will be applied to 2014 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents.

A 2-percent premium discount is significant in today’s economy, and the reward is even bigger. WellCity award winners enjoy reduced costs and a culture of health at City Hall.

Police Unfurl Flag at Mariners Opener

On Tuesday, the Lakewood Police Department and others from the City played a starring role in the pregame ceremonies of the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field.

Approximately 40 members of the department and City got the honor of carrying the giant American flag onto the field and unfurling it in front of a sold-out crowd of 46,000 fans. Police's unfurling of the flag has become a tradition for the Mariners. They then got to watch the game, courtesy of the M’s.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Mariners organization for its continued support. Go M’s.

Police

Open House on Sunday

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. The Lakewood Police Department is located at 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.

Parks & Recreation

Gateways Meeting

On April 8, the City hosted a community workshop to solicit feedback on the vision for Lakewood’s gateways. After review of the Gateway Stakeholder committee’s work-to-date, attendees were provided the opportunity to review and comment on four draft gateway concepts. The feedback received will be incorporated into two gateway concepts that will be presented to the community and planning team in May. Check the City’s webpage for updates on future meetings. If you would like to be added to the gateway e-mail group list, please send a note to

WRPA Honors Healthy Start

In addition to the award for Mary Dodsworth mentioned above, WRPA also recognized the Healthy Start after-school program as one of excellence in the health & wellness field. Originally funded by a Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department grant, this program provides fresh fruits & vegetables for snacks, participation in the Tacoma Kids Marathon, Regional Championships for Speed Stacking and ongoing games and activities to promote physical fitness in elementary school-age students. The tag line for this program is: “FUN, FIT & FUELED; when F’s are good in school”. This program supports the City’s mission to create a healthy and vibrant community.

Economic Development

Save the Date! Housing Forum

The Lakewood Housing Forum will be held May 15 from 9 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., at the McGavick Conference Center. Demand for housing is increasing, inventory is shrinking and the housing stock is aging. The opportunity is now! Topics to include:

  • Existing conditions
  • Statistics on the needs of JBLM and others
  • Lending patterns now and into the future
  • What’s possible for single-family, rehabilitation, new construction, mixed residential, multifamily and more…stay tuned.

Commercial Brokers Meeting

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady gave a project and activity update for the City of Lakewood this week at the Commercial Brokers Association (South) Meeting. Many of the brokers have worked on projects in the City and were interested to know more about specific projects, parcels in transition and the progress on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Toastmasters Area Speech Contest

Sandy Schaefer of the Lakewood Toastmasters hosted an area speech contest this week at City Hall. Winners from the contest will compete at the Division level at 5 p.m., April 21 at the University Place Library. Districts will be May 10, and the winners will qualify to compete at the Semifinal International Speech Contest in August at the International Convention, Kuala Lupur, Malaysia. One will be crowned Toastmasters World Champion. Maybe he or she will be from our district? If you are interested in Lakewood Toastmasters, join us Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in the Council Chambers. http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/

Council Meetings

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
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments

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 Da Vinci 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 Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/18/2014

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.

Police

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

Lakewood United

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.

Legal

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.

Council Meetings

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

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