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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 2/21/2014

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 2/7/2014

February 7, 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 Lease Transfer Finalized

It’s official: the City of Lakewood now holds the lease for one of the biggest and most popular parks in the South Sound.

Last week, the City assumed control of the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park, which is owned by the State of Washington. The state, Pierce County and the City had to approve the agreement. The Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease in December, and the transfer between Pierce County and the City was finalized last week.

Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase

On March 1, the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract, one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area, and the year-to-year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill.

For this last year the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.002 percent while the disposal fee charge increased 1.678 percent. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65-gallon “toter” with weekly service will now be $32.65 versus $32.23.

Gas Main Work at Bridgeport/Custer

Puget Sound Energy’s contractor will be doing final restoration work at the Bridgeport/Custer intersection from February 11 to February 13 as part of PSE’s gas main replacement project. Work is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Lakewood Sends Officers To Seahawks Parade

If you watched this week’s Seahawks parade and noticed a few familiar uniforms – other than the Seahawks' – your eyes probably weren’t playing tricks on you.

Lakewood sent six of its officers to assist with the parade. Seattle Police reached out to the City and asked for assistance from our bicycle unit. We agreed and sent six of our bike officers to lend a hand. Most (if not all) of the six were already working that day and are in specialized assignments, so there was minimal cost to the City.

Police

Crime Falls in 2013

Year-end crime statistics from 2013 show an overall dip of 8 percent in the City of Lakewood, a direct result of the work of its Police Department and indication that the community continues to be a safe place to live.

“We continue to work hand-in-hand with citizens and the business community to make Lakewood a better, safer place,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said. “It’s something we’ve done for the better part of a decade, now.”

The City saw nearly a 7-percent drop in person crimes – including a 5-percent drop in total assaults - as well as a 9-percent drop in property crimes. The latter includes double-digit reductions, percentage-wise, in burglaries and robberies.

The results, which are compiled by the National Incident-Based Reporting System, also show the Police Department responded to incidents quicker. In 2013, the average amount of time it took to respond to calls for service was down across the board, including a reduction of more than 2 minutes for “Priority 3” calls, which account for a majority of calls received.

More statistics: Lakewood responded to 100 fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than the prior year – a drop of 10 percent and a testament to the effectiveness of the City’s photo enforcement program. Police also had to make 269 fewer traffic stops from the previous year, a dip of almost 20 percent.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Director Dodsworth Speaks To Lakewood United

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth provided the program at the Lakewood United meeting on Thursday, February 5. Mary shared information regarding the goals and strategies in the Lakewood Legacy Plan and changes to current programming. She discussed new efforts, including street landscape maintenance, city gateways and the lease change at Fort Steilacoom Park. She also highlighted the history of Wards Lake Park including past master plans, grant sources and the most recent property purchase.

Council Meetings

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

  • 2015 US Open Championship Presentation - Danny Sink
  • Review of draft landmarks preservation ordinance.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Review of Legacy Plan


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.
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt landmarks preservation ordinance

Following the regular 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

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/31/2014

January 31, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Show Seahawks Spirit, Gratitude

Lakewood Police showed its brand of Seattle Seahawks spirit Thursday, and it meant much more than simply hoping the team tops the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.
Almost 50 blue-and-green-clad members of the department gathered on their front doorstep to show their support for the Hawks, who play Sunday in New Jersey for the Lombardi Trophy.
As Chief Bret Farrar explained, the outpouring of 12th Man spirit was as much gratitude as it was support. When four of Lakewood's officers were murdered in November 2009, the Seahawks organization went out of its way to welcome the department, he said.
The team brought in and honored the fallen officers' families and members of the department during a game, Farrar said.
"We thought, in return for the kindness they showed us, we would show, as a department, our support for the Seattle Seahawks," Farrar said.
Great stuff. Go Hawks.
To read and listed to KIRO Radio's story on Lakewood Police, visit http://goo.gl/TRMTIl

Don’t Drink & Drive This Super Bowl

On Sunday, legions of Seahawk fans will watch Super Bowl XVLIII between Seattle and Denver.

But while Lakewood and the Northwest could be celebrating the team’s first NFL title, the City of Lakewood would like to remind revelers about the dangers of drinking and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than one-third of fatality crashes on Super Bowl Sunday are related to alcohol.

In Washington , drivers arrested and convicted for driving drunk face up to a year in jail for a first-time offense, a suspended license for up to a year, a fine of up to $5,000 and other penalties.

With that in mind, Lakewood Police offered some reminders for fans who will be drinking while watching the big game:

  • Know your limits
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Call a friend or taxi
  • Have a designated driver
  • Consider spending the night wherever you watch

“We know people will be watching the game and having a good time,” Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “But if drivers have had too much to drink, it’s not worth it to get behind the wheel. We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we want people to be safe.”

“Go Hawks,” he added.

Legislative Youth Action Day

The Lakewood Youth Council attended this workshop & training day held in Olympia this past Sunday. The event was sponsored by the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council and World Vision. It was a full day and evening of speakers, tours, workshops and group presentations geared to provide the attending youth groups the tools they require to advocate for their communities. One of the highlights of the day included Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn speaking on the importance of creating relationships to be successful. A guided tour of the legislative building explaining the history, fixtures and “secret” staircases was also provided to all the participants.

 

Economic Development

South Sound Magazines “3 To See” this weekend includes Lakewood Playhouse’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Lakewood Playhouse is bringing the Tony Award-winning play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to life through Feb. 2. The 1962 original play about a middle age couple struggling to find middle ground has been reinvented into a “outside of the box” presentation. When this dysfunctional couple invites another young couple over, cocktails are joined with some hilarious crossfire. The play will start at noon this Sunday so you can catch the Super Bowl after the show. General admission is $25.

Toastmasters International Week

Next week is Toastmasters International Week, as proclaimed by Mayor Don Anderson for the City of Lakewood on January 21, 2014. The Lakewood Toastmasters group is celebrating by having an open house on February 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please join us in the council chambers for food and what should prove to be a very exciting Toastmasters’ meeting. Lt. Gov. of Marketing, district 32 will be a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions contact Diana Halar, VP Membership at (253) 983-7826.

Economic Development Activity

The much anticipated Hobby Lobby is expected to open in about a month! Also opening soon is the new Jack-in-the-Box, Tillicum on Union Ave. Grand opening is scheduled for March 3rd. Economic Development team met with local businesses in the finance and transportation/warehousing industries. A common theme is that finally improved profits have been realized for 2011/2012 and into 2013. Businesses with good managers, good customer service that have been willing to make the hard decisions have weathered the storm. According to one banking institution many clients are actually beginning to bring back raises, bonuses and are hiring. Construction is coming back. We also met with property owners looking to develop/redevelop land in the Springbrook area.

TRCVB Retreat

Ellie Chambers Grady, City Economic Development Manager and Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) board member attended a board retreat this week. There is a lot going on the Pierce County including the first ever “Go West Summit” next month: http://www.gowestsummit.com/ with meeting planners coming in from national and international organizations and of course planning for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The TRCVB plays an active role in attracting visitors to Lakewood for overnight stays and day excursions.

 

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Waughop Lake Management Plan

The City is soliciting proposals from companies qualified and interested in assisting the City in preparing a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Fort Steilacoom Park. A lake management plan is the first step in the restoration of Waughop Lake, which has been plagued by toxic algae blooms. A well-prepared lake management plan is needed to determine what actions could be taken to improve water quality and restore beneficial uses of the lake. The City is receiving a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology for this work.

 

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Planning Advisory Board
  • Adopt dog appeals code amendment
  • Approve Teamsters collective bargaining agreement.
  • Approve consulting agreement for property acquisition relative to the Madigan Access Improvement Project.
  • Approve supplemental agreement for field survey relative to the Madigan Access Improvement Project.

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

  • 2015 US Open Championship Presentation - Danny Sink
  • Review of draft landmarks preservation ordinance.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Review of Legacy Plan
  • Review of 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
  • Review of transportation grant applications for PCRC