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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 3/7/2014

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/21/2014

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

SSMCP Wins Award

The Pierce County Regional Council honored the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership with the first “Working Across Boundaries” Award on Thursday night at its General Assembly presentation in Puyallup.

Josh Brown, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council, presented the award to Dan Penrose, Program Manager for SSMCP, and JBLM Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., who accepted the award on behalf of the many partners in Pierce and Thurston counties.

The award recognized SSMCP’s success bringing together regional interests on issues such as traffic congestion on Interstate 5 and support for transitioning service members.

"We're especially pleased to receive this award on behalf of Lakewood and the surrounding communities,” Mayor Don Anderson said. “Our relationship with JBLM is a very important one. It is that relationship that will help both our civilian and military populations move toward the future effectively."

To read more, visit http://goo.gl/sZi5Mo .

RallyPoint/6 Opens Doors in Lakewood

RallyPoint/6 - a nonprofit that supports transitioning service members, National Guard and Reservists, veterans and military families – is now operating in the heart of Lakewood. The $1 million, 6,000-square-foot center offers computer stations, meeting rooms, classrooms, kid drop zone service and other amenities for military families.

It is located at 9881 Bridgeport Way SW, and it’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. “A center like RallyPoint/6 shows how much our community is committed to helping and meeting the needs of our transitioning military,” City Manager John Caulfield said.

To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/6oyQbQ .

Directors Meet With JBLM Counterparts

This week, several directors and managers with the City visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord to meet with their counterparts who work on base. With Lakewood being the host community to the base, both the City and JBLM decided it would be beneficial for City directors to learn what their base counterparts do on a daily basis and vice versa. The City Manager delivered a presentation on the state of Lakewood, while JBLM Commander Col. Charles Hodges Jr., summarized structure and activities at the base. Afterward, some directors from the City learned about and even tried their hand at simulated training that soldiers typically experience, including shooting and rolling over in military vehicles.

Police

Assist in Orting Homicide

Lakewood Police Investigative personnel assisted Orting PD thru CRU (the Crime Response Unit) during its recent homicide investigation of a man who was fatally shot in his front yard .

Economic Development

Business Site Visits

The Economic Development team met with companies this week - one in finance and the other auto repair. Both serve clients throughout the state. We continue to be reminded of the exceptional companies and individuals that we enjoy here in Lakewood. We’re a community that cares and wants to help those in need. For example, who would think that a bank would be concerned about finding ways to assist lower income clients to find assistance with their utility bills?

What’s New?

Habitat for Humanity is building another home in Tillicum on Portland Avenue. Cohasset Imports has taken up shop on 32nd street near the 512 Business Park. There are remodeling projects going on around town including the McDonalds on 100th, and the Starbucks on Main Street. Popeye’s restaurant is about to begin construction on a new restaurant in Tillicum at 15201 Union and a new espresso stand is also planned for Tillicum.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Lakewood Gateways

The City met this week with an ad hoc stakeholders group - comprised of representatives from City advisory boards along with community and business members - to start developing a vision for “Lakewood Gateways.”

Although the group will create a vision that can be used for all of Lakewood’s gateways, the outcome for this specific process will be an improved gateway at Bridgeport and Pacific Highway. Their goal is to improve the look and feel when you come to Lakewood. Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, an improved entry and image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development. A community meeting is scheduled for late March or early April to develop a preferred design option (including project costs, as well as funding and phasing options) that will be shared with Council at the conclusion of this process.

Municipal Court

Work Crew Helps With Fallen Barn

Last week, the Work Crew assisted Park staff in securing the fallen barn at Fort Steilacoom Park off from visitors, who could have potentially harmed themselves because the barn roof wasn’t fully collapsed. This was another example of the collaborative work relationship between Parks and the Work Crew.

Judge, Administrator Present to Kiwanis

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

Council Meetings

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

  • Review Legacy Plan (ie capital improvements) (continued)
  • Review of agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Multi-family tax credit program
  • Review of public defender contract options
  • Review of transportation grant applications and timeline for PCRC
  • Information Technology Assessment

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 3, 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
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint a member to the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Appoint a member to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Legacy Plan (tentative)
  • Approve an agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Approve a public defender contract
  • Approve computer replacement recommendations

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/28/2014

February 28, 2014
Weekly INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Seahawks Jermaine Kearse to Visit Lakewood Verizon Wireless Store on Tuesday

WHAT: Remodeled, Expanded Verizon Smart Store Grand Opening featuring autographs and photos with Seahawk Jermaine Kearse.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Verizon Wireless Lakewood Store

5700 100th Street SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

Volunteers At Work!

Eight members of the Puget Sound Model Boat Club spent four hours on Saturday, February 22, 2014, working on a paver project at Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park. This boating group has led the effort to make improvements at this park site previously, and for this current project, members used 28 60# bags of concrete mix, rebar and eight (8) yards of gravel to create seven (7) pavers. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is pleased to recognize their contribution to the FSP Waughop Lake entry area. The Department also works with other organizations throughout the year to complete park improvement projects. The volunteer support has great value and makes a significant difference in the appearance of our park facilities.

City Clerk to serve on AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship Committee

City Clerk Alice Bush has been chosen to serve on the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities Committee to select the 2014 quality community youth scholarship winners. AWC Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. The Center’s goal is to help citizens understand the important role their cities and towns play in Washington and is a 501(c) (3) organization. The Center for Quality Communities Scholarship supports senior high school students who are actively engaged with their community and/or city government and want to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship fund is supported by people who are passionate about cultivating Washington’s future local leaders.

For more information on AWC Center for Quality Communities, please visit http://www.cfqc.org/

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 3, 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
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint a member to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Legacy Plan (tentative)
  • Approve an agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Approve a public defender contract
  • Approve computer replacement recommendations
  • Ordinance 579 relative to Chapter 8.76 of the Lakewood Municipal Code regarding parks

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 City of Tacoma
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/14/2014

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fort Steilacoom Park Barn

On Wednesday, overnight winds knocked down an aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located on the edge of the park’s historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park. The barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City erected temporary fencing around the site.

On Thursday, Police received a report of a woman taking material from the fenced-off site. According to Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.450, it is illegal to damage or remove public property from the park. The City also asks visitors to exercise care and caution around the demolished site and stay behind the temporary fencing.

As for the barn material, the City has received several inquiries about its future – specifically the barn’s wood. The City has contacted the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, as well as the Office of Historic Preservation.

The state leases the 340-acre park to the City of Lakewood. It also owns the barn material and will make the initial decisions regarding how to reuse or salvage the material for historical purposes. Once the state determines its course, the City will decide how it could use, remove, sell, donate, surplus or take other action with the material.

Bridgeport/Custer Road Work Postponed

Weather pushed back road work that was scheduled to begin Feb. 11 at Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest.

Puget Sound Energy informed the City of Lakewood that the final restoration work - which was scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., last Tuesday through last Thursday - is now scheduled between Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20.

The work is part of PSE’s gas main replacement project.

U.S. Open Volunteer Sign-Up

Lakewood residents won't have to make a championship putt to stake their claim at history at the 2015 U.S. Open, the first in the Pacific Northwest.

The USGA has opened the online application for people who want to volunteer at professional golf's biggest tournament, which will take place June 15-21, 2015 next door at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

According to Pierce County, approximately 4,500 unpaid volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 24 committees, including hospitality, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and spectator services. Those assigned to the 2015 U.S. Open will be required to work a minimum of four shifts, of five to six hours each. Volunteer positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $165. This package will include apparel specially designed for the 2015 U.S. Open, a credential valid for all seven days of the championship and a meal voucher for each assigned shift. The volunteer apparel will consist of two golf shirts, a wind jacket and a piece of headwear.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

City Offices Closed For Presidents Day

In observance of the Presidents Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, February 17.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Police

Trio of Recruits Enter Academy

Lakewood’s three newest recruits - Donald Sichmeller, Kristofer Henderson and Dennis Harvey - started the Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday, February 11. They will be there for the next 19 weeks and graduate June 18!

Economic Development

WEDA Winter Conference

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) Winter Conference last week in Olympia. Roger Woodworth the Washington Economic Development Commission Chair opened the conference on “Getting Economic Development Right.” Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive, provided an update and briefing on the “US Open initiative.” Brian Bonlender, Director of Washington Department of Commerce, provided an update on the department, and the industry sector leads provided short and informative briefings on the particular cluster areas. Other presentations were on Results Washington, Exports in the State, Stay at Work program, the National Skills Coalition as well as legislative and WEDA partner organizations updates from AWC, Workforce and the Transportation Commission. Additional information on the meeting is available at: http://www.wedaonline.org/conference/2014winter.asp

Local Business Expanding

The City and partnering organizations met with two different businesses for this week’s business retention expansion meetings (BRE’s). One is a steel fabrication firm and the other repairs and maintains containers for the diary, fresh produce, meat & poultry, and beer industries. Both companies are expanding services in the City of Lakewood.

What’s New: Bowlero Lanes, JR Furniture, etc.

Bowlero Lanes reopened at 3852 Steilacoom Blvd. Hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to midnight, Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. They expect to reopen the restaurant and lounge in April…more activities are planned for this center.

JR Furniture opened at 2402 84th St., taking over the former Recliner Land and Halloween store spaces.

Of the 100-plus new businesses that opened in January and February in Lakewood, the largest industry represented is construction and related services. We are seeing a number of new professional service entrepreneurs open for business as well. What do we think we’ll see more of in Lakewood? Restaurants, recreational activities, hospitality services, industrial/manufacturing, science/biotech and health related services. What are some of the things we’re watching? Department of Defense contractions, taxes, utility and water costs, industry trends, absorption and vacancy rates for office, retail & commercial, and regional and national opportunities for our local businesses.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Appoint Clover Park Technical College representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Appointing Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Paul Bocchi and Councilmember John Simpson (alternate) as representatives to the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC).
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt landmarks preservation ordinance

Following the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report.
  • Transportation projects funding options

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

  • Review Legacy Plan (ie capital improvements) (continued)
  • Review of agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Multi-family tax credit program
  • Review of public defender contract options
  • Review of transportation grant applications and timeline for PCRC
  • Information Technology Assessment