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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/17/2014

January 17, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18

On January 18, the City of Lakewood will celebrate its cultural diversity with the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration . This year’s theme - “The Dream Begins” – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood.

The celebration features an array of cultural performances from Lakewood. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Total Experience Gospel Choir
  • Little Church Prairie Bells
  • Vorece Batchman-Miller
  • Korean Drummers – Chang Hee Suk
  • Life Christian Academy Choir
  • Fly Dancers – Lakewood YMCA
  • Kurt & Kelsey Sample
  • Morris Northcutt
  • Lakes Studio Choir
  • Grace’s Anointed

In addition, the winning Clover Park School District student in the Lakewood Arts Commission Essay contest will read his or her entry.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor University of Puget Sound. Bristow – who also works with the Race and Pedagogy Initiative – has written two books and has received several awards for her teaching, including selection as the Carnegie/CASE Washington State Professor of the Year in 2007.

Her Current Research Focuses on Several Incidents of State Violence Against African Americans During the Black Power Era.

City Shows Support For Kearse, Seahawks

Passers-by to Lakewood City Hall might have noticed that the City’s headquarters is sporting some blue-and-green swag.

To show its support for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood is flying a 12th Man flag . It also posted a special message on its third floor window to support Seahawks wide receiver and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse, who grew up in Lakewood and attended school in the Clover Park School District.

The City first Tweeted a photo of Kearse’s message Wednesday night, and since then it has been “Favorited” 52 times and “Retweeted” 26 times, including by the player himself.

“When you’re the hometown of a key player on a team that’s on the cusp of winning it all, there’s plenty of reason to boast,” said Brent Champaco, Communications Manager for the City of Lakewood. “Jermaine is a local guy who attended our schools and succeeded in our community. He’s succeeding on a much bigger stage now, but you can tell he doesn’t forget his roots.”

“He’s such a great role model for Lakewood. We all look up to him. We’re all so proud of him.”

City Manager Visits Tillicum Elementary

On Thursday, City Manager John Caulfield visited Tillicum Elementary to learn about some of the great things happening because of the Communities In Schools of Lakewood program.
As part of the program, students get to stay after school, where they practice math, music, P.E., and other fun stuff. They even get a meal.
"It's great to see the difference Communities in Schools is making in the lives of Lakewood's youth," Caulfield said.

To view a gallery of photos from the visit, click here .

City Offices Closed For MLK Day

In observance of the Martin Luther King Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, January 20.

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.

Economic Development

Evening Magazine

Tuesday of this week, Evening Magazine filmed at Thornewood Castle for and upcoming programming segment. The program airs on King 5 at 7:30 p.m., weeknights. When the segment is scheduled for programming, the City will provide the updated information. Look at the City’s Facebook page for the picture of Thornwood Castle and the original post from Evening Magazine.

Police

Lakewood Gets Three New Officers January 21

The Lakewood Police Department will have three new entry-level officers starting on January 21st. They are scheduled to begin their training at the Academy on February 11th and we are excited to welcome them to the department.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 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 declaring February 2-8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Arts Commission.
  • Adopt interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
  • Adopt City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
  • Approve DOE $150,000 grant for Waughop Lake.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, January 27, 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:

  • Approve energy audit grant application to convert streetlights to LED.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 27, 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 Comprehensive Plan update.
  • Review of Dog Appeals - PDD appeals to Municipal Court then Superior Court.
  • Public defender contract options.
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Section 108 Curb Side Motors loan.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/10/2014

January 10, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor Anderson Delivers ‘State of the City’ To Chamber

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson delivered the first "State of the City" address of 2014 on Thursday during the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Great American Casino.

The presentation covered everything from the City's finances to economic development to its commitment to the military to improving communication with residents.

The City will be posting a copy of the presentation on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Custer Road Gas Main Replacement

Puget Sound Energy and Infrasource have extended their schedule for night work at Bridgeport and Custer through Monday, January 13. This work is a continuation of the 4-inch, bare-steel, gas main replacement crossing Custer Road Southwest .

Their schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 12: Approximately 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Monday, January 13: Approximately 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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 energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LED.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees.
  • Interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
  • Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity.
  • 2014 Council liaison appointments to citizens’ advisory board and committees and external committees.

The City Council will be hold a Joint meeting with the Youth Council on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall Conference Room 1E located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Review of RACE Are We So Different exhibit.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 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 declaring February 2-8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Arts Commission.
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
  • Adopt City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
  • Approve DOE $150,000 grant for Waughop Lake.
  • Approve energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LEDs.

Police

Open Source Media Training

The Lakewood Police Department sponsored a two-day training course January 8-9 on Open Source Media at the McGavick Center in partnership with WHIA (Washington Homicide Investigators Association). Some 240 Law Enforcement Criminal Investigators and Crime Analysts were in attendance

Economic Development

Projects, projects and more projects

Economic Development currently has over 40 projects in the works here in Lakewood representing expansions and potential new businesses that will provide approximately 900 new jobs!

While most of these jobs are in the hospitality and food services sector, we’ve seen a lot of activity with construction, auto sales and repair expansions, and health care related businesses. There continues to be a real interest by new restaurants to enter our market. Additionally, industrial lands and buildings for manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution are in demand. Because Lakewood is centrally located adjacent to I-5 in close proximity to the Port of Tacoma, SeaTac, JBLM, and just 40 minutes from I-90, we expect to see more companies attracted to our industrial lands. This includes the Lakewood Industrial Business Park (IBP) that will construct a 100,000 sf and a 50,000 sf building this year and the new Woodbrook IBP with 150 acres.

Did you know that our Lakewood IBP has over 2.5 million square feet of leasable industrial space? The park currently has 64 businesses and approximately 1,250 employees making it the fourth largest for-profit employer in Pierce County.

Legal Department Update

During the week of January 6-10, 2014, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 102 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 77 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/27/2013

December 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Charity Delivers 150 Toys

From December 19-20, the Lakewood Officers Charity visited several apartments and homes and delivered more than 150 toys to children.

The officers met with apartment managers, who provided a list of the families that really needed some help. This event, according to CSO Dawn McGinnis, is so much fun because it’s random. The families have no idea that they were selected. “We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys. The look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt “Thank You’s.”

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

New Year’s Day closures

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

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.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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 Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Short Movie Filmed in Lakewood, JBLM Hits Internet

A just released short film, based on the Legend of Zelda video games, was partially shot at Lakewold Gardens, JBLM, and a couple other nearby locations. In its first week of release, it already has had about 300,000 views on YouTube.

YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlyUt0RIGlo

Link to an article about it in a popular video game blog:

http://kotaku.com/the-creepiest-legend-of-zelda-character-gets-his-own-li-1488552256

The link to a behind the scenes video, mentioning the locations that they shot at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCQp32MFqm0

Thornewood Castle Makes 425 Magazine

Thornewood Castle is featured in the January-2014 issue of 425 Magazine, a sister publication of South Sound Magazine.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 61 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 58 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/3/2014

January 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Unveils New-Look Newsletter, Online Edition

The City of Lakewood’s newsletter underwent an aesthetic and digital facelift for 2014.

This week, residents and online users are experiencing the improved Connections newsletter for the first time. The Winter 2014 issue began arriving in Lakewood mailboxes Thursday.

In an age of decreased content, Connections readers will notice an increase of news stories and articles compared to previous issues. The Winter 2014 edition includes:

  • A cover story about what the City is doing to help fix Interstate 5’s traffic woes
  • A Q&A with newly elected City Councilmember John Simpson
  • A piece on Lakewood Police celebrating their 10th year
  • Articles on the opening of Hobby Lobby and the relocation of MultiCare

Readers will also find the latest edition of the City’s Recreation guide, which includes information on upcoming events such as the Fairy Garden Tea Party and the Soggy Doggy 5K, as well as registration information for classes and activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Online users will also notice new and improved features for Connections. The newsletter is being published on a new digital platform that will allow users to easily navigate pages, view content and interact with the document. The digital edition also features a fun video from the City of Lakewood’s Annual Tree Lighting and Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

To view the online edition, scan the QR code on the newsletter or visit http://goo.gl/5gTYg1 .

Lakewood To Swear In Recently Elected Councilmembers, Judge

On Monday, January 6, the City of Lakewood will ceremoniously welcome its recently elected members of the City Council, as well as its recently appointed Municipal Court Judge.

The City will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Grant Blinn, its new Municipal Court Judge. Blinn - who comes to Lakewood from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he most recently served as homicide chief – will preside over the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.

The City will also conduct swearing-in ceremonies for City Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Mary Moss, John Simpson and Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen – all of whom won election to the dais in November.

The meeting is scheduled to begin 7 p.m., Monday, January 6, at Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street, Lakewood.

Work on Custer Road

Drivers and residents should be aware of work in a well-traveled portion of Lakewood early next week.

Puget Sound Energy and InfraSource will be performing work on a natural gas line Sunday, January 5, and Monday, January 6. The work includes the replacement of a 4-inch, bare steel gas line that crosses Custer Road Southwest.

The work schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 5: 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (the following morning)
  • Monday, January 6: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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 Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance
  • Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Village at Seeley Lake Purchased for $45.75 Million

Bridge Investment Group Partners of Salt Lake City bought the 522-unit Village at Seeley Lake at 9501 59th Ave. S.W., in Lakewood from Equity Residential last week for $45.75 million, or $87,643 per unit (Courtesy of Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce). According to the article, some investors are starting to focus on suburban buildings that they can get for lower prices and then renovate for a better return on their investment. It is the opinion of one investor that there is a moderate trend for renters to move from the urban core to suburban communities.

Police

10-Year Anniversary

On November 1, 2004, the community welcomed its very own police department, marking a significant milestone in Lakewood’s progress as a city.

Over its first decade, the Lakewood Police Department experienced triumph and tragedy. It has cut the violent crime rate in half, and the overall crime rate has dropped by a quarter.

The Lakewood Police Department will be celebrating this milestone throughout the year with events and programs. Stay tuned for more details. And of course, thank you, Lakewood, for all of your support.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/20/2013

December 20, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Pack Meals

On Thursday, December 19, Lakewood Police Officers and volunteers converged on Dower Elementary for a response that required speed, agility and coordination.

But this response wasn’t about crime. They were there because someone needed help, and this time of year, it’s the type of help some Lakewood families need the most.

Coordinated by the Lakewood Officers Charity, about 20 or so volunteers packed holiday meal bags for 150 families in the Lakewood area.

Led again by Officer Ryan Moody - something he has done the past 10 years now - they stuffed bags with everything from canned corn to stuffing to cranberry sauce. Parkland Market Place generously donated all of the food, something that inspired the Charity and that it greatly appreciated.

Amazingly, the goods were sorted, packed and ready for the families within 20 minutes. Afterward, while most of the officers returned to their shifts or their days off, the families received their meals.

Kudos to the Lakewood Officers Charity for, once again, sacrificing to help others.

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

Shop With A Cop

While most kids wish for toys and video games for Christmas, some simply want some kitchen supplies for mom and dad, or some clothes for their brothers and sisters.

That was one of the remarkable things Lakewood Police Officers noticed on Sunday, December 15, when the Lakewood Officers’ Charity held its 5th Annual Shop with an Officer event, in which the charity helps 20 struggling families from Lakewood.

With the help of a generous grant from Walmart, the event allowed officers to give back by allowing a child - with the help of a Lakewood Police Officer – to buy items for his or her family. An Officer picked up the child in a police car and drove to Walmart, where the shopping begins.

This year, the shopping began in earnest, according to Sgt. John Unfred, with some of the children prepared with a detailed gift list and others who decided to simply shop on the fly. Each shopper is given a set amount of money to spend on each member of the family. Once they took care of everyone on the list, the children got to visit Santa Claus while their presents were wrapped by volunteer employees from Walmart, who also donated gift bags, snacks and cupcakes for the kids.

But the most amazing thing, Unfred said, is that most shoppers didn’t head directly to the toy aisles when shopping.

“Instead many headed straight to the housewares for mom and dad or to the clothing section for siblings,” he said. “We hope this truly makes a Difference in their lives.”

Click here to view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/J1eS7r

SSMCP Members Sign Agreement

On Friday, December 20, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership took a big step in giving more control to locals regarding the region's future.

Officials from jurisdictions from across the South Sound gathered at the American Lake Conference Center to sign a Memorandum of Agreement in support of the SSMCP.

This agreement continues their commitment to help the region grow and develop effectively, along with its installations.

Click here to learn more and view pictures from the event: http://goo.gl/N7JfVp

Council Meetings

The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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 Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Police

Officers Speak To Library About Marijuana

On December 13, 2013, Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to the Lakewood Library to speak with 20 employees on the medical marijuana enforcement and dealing with the mentally ill. The branch manager has been very concerned about people smoking marijuana in the parking lot and in the bathrooms, and the staff was unsure how to deal with these issues.

Officer Markert spoke for over an hour and handed out information on the RCW’s, as well as answered several questions and concerns from the staff. The staff was very appreciative and felt that the presentation was very informative. They stated that they really appreciate the Lakewood Police Department and the wonderful work that we do. The branch manager was eager to schedule a class/presentation with a representative from our mental health staff and also wants to include Tillicum and Steilacoom library staff, as they are having the same kind of problems. Officer Markert and CSO Dawn McGinnis were awesome in their presentation and provided a much needed training session to the Library.

Economic Development

McGavick Conference Center

Economic Development convened a meeting with Cal Erwin-Svoboda, the new McGavick Center Director of Student Programs and Conference Services, and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) this week. The purpose was to discuss CPTC’s new focus for the center, as well as how the partnership with the TRCVB could help it expand their marketing and outreach to attract more association and other types of meetings that could grow the tourism base in Lakewood.

Business Activity

The City met with three companies/individuals looking to do some new development in the Springbrook area (construction contractor, housing and retail). We also met with an individual looking to create a nonprofit national research institute, as well as three existing businesses to learn about market trends in their particular industries, how we might help them and to thank them for doing business in Lakewood. It was part of our weekly business outreach program to help us better understand our clients and to continually improve customer service. We also met with a national transportation company who has a location in Lakewood. They are looking to find better ways to partner with JBLM and to hire veterans here and across the United States.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 16-20, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 148 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 104 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.