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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.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/13/2013

December 13, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Nisqually Indian Tribe Awards $49,000 to City

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the Nisqually Indian Tribe generously awarded the City of Lakewood nearly $49,000 during its 2013 Charitable Fund Awards ceremony.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director David Bugher and Communications Manager Brent Champaco attended the event, in which programs and agencies from throughout the South Sound received charitable money from the tribe for various human and social services.

Here is the breakdown of Lakewood’s award money:

  • $12,176.45 Emergency housing relocation assistance under the City’s existing community development block program
  • $12,176.45 Healthy Start and/or Farmer’s Market
  • $12,176.45 LPD Explorer’s Post 253
  • $12,176.45 Lakewood Police Department

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Nisqually Indian Tribe for its generous support and commitment to improving our community.

Judge Blinn Sworn In

Grant Blinn the newly appointed Judge for the Municipal Court serving Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom took part in a swearing-in ceremony for all municipal court judges across the state of Washington, hosted by the state Supreme Court. Blinn attended with 23 other Municipal Court Judges from Washington cities, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen welcomed them all by personally introducing each of them.

The ceremony took place in the Supreme Court's Temple of Justice in Olympia, and after the administration of their oaths, all of the Judges gathered on the Court's steps for a group photo. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen had photos taken with each Municipal Court Judge.

Lakewood-Lakeview Joint-Use Fiber Optic Project

Lakeview Light & Power has started the underground conduit and vault modifications along Pacific Highway to accommodate the new fiber optic cabling. Work will continue into January and be followed by the cable installation early next year.

International District Banners

New International District cultural banners are being hung along our South Tacoma Way Corridor. Some of the banners, funded by a lodging tax grant, were hung yesterday and the remainder will be hung on Monday, December 16th. The banners will provide increased awareness of Lakewood’s large International District. The City plans to complement the banners with a tourism promotion and outreach program in the upcoming months to highlight the many cultural restaurants and shopping opportunities located in this District.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Appointing individuals to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appointment individuals to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2013 budget amendments.
  • Adopt the creation of $1,000 petty cash funds
  • Authorize Tacoma Housing Authority to develop Prairie Oaks Client Service Center in Lakewood City limits.
  • Adopt ILA Amendment for surface water management billing
  • Adopt ILA for street signs and pavement striping
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA

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
  • Approve $150,000 DOE grant agreement for Waughop Lake

Police

Officers Are Your Friends at Oakwood

On December 4, 2013, Officers Mike Wiley and Paul Osness and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to Oakwood Elementary to speak to two separate head start classes. Each class room has 19 children (total 38). Every year we receive a call from the teacher requesting that we come out and speak with the children for “Officers are your friends.” Dawn makes up goodie bags with stickers, color books, crayons and small toys and the talks to them about what she (as a CSO) does in the community and then the Officers talk about what they do with an emphasis on the fact that they are their friends and not to be afraid if they see a police officer because they are working hard every day to keep them and their families safe. Officer Osness read both classes a story; this year the story was “Words are not for hurting.”

Economic Development

MultiCare Moves To New Location

MultiCare Urgent Care Clinic and Family Practice will open in their new location on Monday, December 16th at: 5700 100th St SW, Suite 510, Lakewood. The new location provides additional space, so they will be adding new Occupational Medicine services, including work injury care, physicals and screenings, drug and alcohol testing, immunizations, and workers compensation claims.

Business Retention, Expansion and Projects Around Town

The City and Ryan Petty from the Economic Development Board met this week with a steel fabrication company in Lakewood on a Business Retention Expansion meeting. The firm is has grown this year and is seeing a positive trend for their business. Economic Development currently has around 40 active projects in the works representing approximately 800 new jobs. Industries represented include retail trade, hospitality, food, construction, health care, manufacturing, warehousing, and storage. Additionally, we met with two new startups this week (food & technical services), a business (auto) expanding, a non-profit needing to expand due to increasing demand for services, and developers on two potential multifamily projects. We’re assistance a recruitment client with financing, and helped a new retail store, African Union to open its’ doors at 10606 Bridgeport this week. Hobby Lobby and Big Lots will share the former Kmart spot. Popeye’s will construct a new restaurant on Union Ave. in Tillicum, and Babblin’ Babs Bistro is officially coming to Lakewood from the Proctor District in Tacoma – set to open in Spring 2014 on Gravelly Lake Drive.

American Lake Veterans Golf Course Featured in South Sound Magazine

Pick up the latest South Sound Magazine and you’ll find a four-page spread dedicated to this non-profit Lakewood golf course. This “center for camaraderie” is a place where veterans can conquer their limitations, and learn to focus again. The article is filled with history and delightful personal stories of life-long positive changes.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 9-13, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 89 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 72 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/27/2013

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works begins deicing efforts

With temperatures dropping and the ground becoming icy, the City’s Public Works Department has already had to start its deicing efforts in Lakewood. The City’s fleet of vehicles that will be used during a major snow/ice emergency consists of:

  • Two, 5-yard trucks with plows
  • 1-ton truck with sander and plow
  • Flatbread truck with salt brine.

Last week, the Public Works Department spread 975 gallons of salt throughout Lakewood, including the parking lot and sidewalks at Lakewood City Hall, the parking lots and pedestrian areas at the Lakewood Police Department, as well as the bus/train loading zone and the vehicle access points at the bus station.

Traffic Tuesday

On Nov. 26, the City introduced a new feature on its Facebook page called “Traffic Tuesday,” a user-friendly method of answering some of the community’s most pressing traffic-related questions.

Each week, the City will solicit traffic-related questions from users via Facebook and e-mail. Every Tuesday, the City will feature one question for which the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department will provide an answer on our Facebook page. We’ve even started a Twitter hashtag: #traffictuesday.

The first question covered the “video detection cameras” at certain intersections, and that prompted more questions from users. The City will answer those questions in the coming weeks. For more information and to follow this feature, “Like” the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page , or follow us on Twitter .

Christmas Tree Lighting/Jingle Bell Rock 5K

Mark your calendars for the City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. In its 18th year, the festival will include a host of activities for the family, including a Kiddie Parade, the Lakewood Christmas tree lighting, free children’s crafts, holiday music, refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Then, make your way back to Lakewood City Hall the next morning for the 2013 Jingle Bell Rock 5K , which begins 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Registration for the walk/jog/run is $25, and it includes chip timing and a commemorative, long-sleeve t-shirt for the first 200 registrants.

The City thanks St. Clare Hospital for sponsoring the event.

Lakewood Officers’ Charity helps homeless family

Several weeks ago, Lakewood Officers were dispatched next to the 8400 block of Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest to check the welfare of several subjects sleeping inside a vehicle.

Officers contacted a family of five (a mom and her four daughters, toddler-age to teenagers) inside the vehicle. The mother stated she had recently moved to Washington and just started working. She said she was having a difficult time finding a place to live with her children after fleeing from a domestic violence situation.

Officers contacted the Lakewood Officers’ Charity board members and temporary housing was quickly located for the family. A few weeks later, with the assistance of the Charity, permanent housing was arranged. The Lakewood Officers’ Charity was very fortunate to have housing resources to help so that we could, in turn, assist this family.

The Lakewood Officers’ Charity facilitated donations to help provide furnishings for their new apartment. The mother was extremely grateful to finally have a place for her and her daughters to call home. She said that without the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, she would have had no one else to turn to.

The Lakewood Officer’s Charity would like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for being instrumental in finding the new home and furnishings for the family of five.

 

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, 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 of John Simpson as Councilmember
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
  • Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment .
  • Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
  • Adopt criminal code amendments.
  • Adopt Municipal Court code update (ie judge’s salary and caseloads)
  • Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
  • Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
  • Approve Humane Society Agreement.
  • Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 3rd Quarter Police Department Report
  • Review of petty cash fund

 

Police

Lakewood Police Department celebrates its first decade in 2014

The Lakewood Police Department will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year, and planning has already begun for this historic event. Various activities are scheduled throughout the year, beginning with the Kick-off Party in January, so stay tuned for further information. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone with the citizens of Lakewood.

Officers’ Charity feeds 100 seniors, veterans and wounded warriors

On Nov. 26, the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, with the help of Old Country Buffet and Saars Market, provided holiday meals for approximately 100 senior citizens, military veterans and wounded warriors.

Saars Marketplace provided turkeys and hams, and the Old County Buffet prepared the food for our guests. Included with the meal was a raffle for which several gift baskets donated by Safeway, Classy Chassis and H&L Produce were given away. Guests were also given gift bags - put together by the Lakewood Senior Center and the Lakewood Officers’ Charity - and car wash vouchers donated by Classy Chassis. This is the fourth year that the Lakewood Officers’ Charity and Old Country Buffet have partnered to provide these meals. We were all very pleased to be able to honor our veterans and seniors.

The Lakewood Officers’ Charity would again like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for her dedication and hard work in pulling the Old Country Buffet event together.

 

Legal Department Update

During the week of November 18-22, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities

 

Municipal Court Update

For the month of October 2013, the Municipal Court processed :

  • 572 infractions
  • 317 criminal citations
  • 1198 photo infractions.

The Court held 1,883 hearings - including civil, criminal and photo infractions – for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom. The Municipal Court Community Service Work Crew performed more than 456 hours of manual labor throughout City parks and right-of-ways, as well as the clean-up of hundreds of pounds of litter and garbage throughout Lakewood streets and parks.

The Court Compliance Officers transported 148 defendants to the Municipal Court from various jails for their Court appearances, as well as screened 1,353 individuals coming into the Court, all while monitoring defendants on electronic home monitoring and performing other duties involving Court security.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/06/2013

December 6, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Annual Tree Lighting Festival

Tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the City of Lakewood will be hosting its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Lakewood City Hall. This is a fun, FREE, family event with refreshments, crafts and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas himself. Kids will be able to follow him to City Hall in the Kiddies parade immediately following the official lighting of the tree. This year a family from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade will have the honors of lighting the tree.

Jingle Bell Rock 5K

Santa Claus is coming to Lakewood! The City of Lakewood is hosting the second Jingle Bell Rock 5K , presented by St. Clare Hospital. Join the fun Saturday, December 7 at Lakewood City Hall and take part in this 5K Fun Run or Walk. The course begins and ends at the round-a-bout in front of Lakewood City Hall and is great for all members of the family including the furry ones. We will have three different after-school programs participating after generous sponsorships from three local businesses: St. Clare Hospital, Dr. Drangsholt Orthodontics and Dr. Beth O’Connor Dentistry.

Stay for a rockin’ after party that will include refreshments, music, crafts and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather, it’s going to be chilly!

Councilmember John Simpson Sworn Into Office

This week, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson was sworn into office. “I am honored and humbled to serve this City,” he said. Click here to read the City’s full press release on the occasion.

 

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 3rd Quarter Police Department Report
  • Review of petty cash fund
  • Review of Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA

The City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Appointing individuals to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appointment individuals to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2013 budget amendments.
  • Adopt the creation of $1,000 petty cash funds
  • Authorize Tacoma Housing Authority to develop Prairie Oaks Client Service Center in Lakewood city limits.
  • Adopt ILA Amendment for surface water management billing
  • Adopt ILA for street signs and pavement striping
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA

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

 

Police

Lakewood Police Lieutenant Deployed To Grain Silo Collapse

Lieutenant John Unfred has been deployed for the last couple of days with the Pierce County Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) to help coordinate the rescue and recovery efforts in response to the grain silo collapse in Roy. This entails coordinating approximately 50 first responders and private contractors who are working to stabilize the metal structures so that rescue crews can safely enter and search for the one remaining victim. This is expected to take another day or two. The Pierce County IMT is a multi-agency and multi-discipline team comprised of law enforcement, fire department, public works, and other agency staff that are trained in emergency response and coordination. The team responds to large and complex incidents throughout the county.

 

Economic Development

CPTC Open House

Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) welcomed new President Dr. Lonnie Howard this week with an open house in their Rotunda building. Attendees included Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Council Members Mary Moss and Michael Brandstetter, City Manager John Caulfield and other city representatives. CPTC’s Culinary Arts students catered the well-attended community event.

Thornewood Castle Featured in South Sound Magazine

Lakewood’s Thornewood Castle is featured in South Sound magazine’s Dec/Jan issue on newsstands now. The article highlights ‘Staycation’ opportunities in Washington State. The majestic castle turned bed-and-breakfast has 54 rooms and sits on three acres. The story is online at: http://southsoundmag.com/print-articles/unwind-close-home/ .

State Population Forecast

According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) state population is approaching 7 Million and migration will soon be the main component of population growth. Other key findings were that the 65 and older population is expected to double in size in twenty years; by 2030 more than one in five Washingtonians will be an elderly person; and the share of the population of working age will decline relative to the “dependent population.” An aging population means more people need support with less people to support them. For current population estimates by city visit: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/default.asp .

 

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 109 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 74 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/22/2013

November 22, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Local Leaders Testify in Olympia

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield, along with a group of leaders from our area traveled to Olympia to testify in front of the Washington State Senate about the need to fix the transportation woes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.

Our area is encouraging state lawmakers to include major fixes to the corridor in their proposed transportation package. Given that Interstate 5 is the state's main transportation corridor, relieving congestion near the base is vital.

Pictured from left to right: 28th District Sen. Steve O'Ban, Lakewood City Manager John J. Caulfield, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and 28th District Rep. Dick Muri.

Mayor Presents Proclamation to St. Clare Hospital

The Lakewood Farmers Market. The Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon. The Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful, and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Nov. 21, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.

For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare sponsored two youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.

Public Information Officer Meet and Greet

On Nov. 21, the Lakewood Police Department held its first Public Information Officer (PIO) Meet and Greet. The goal of this event was to provide PIO’s from other agencies, as well as the media, a chance to come and meet one another in an informal setting, in the hopes of making future cooperative efforts between departments, agencies and the media more efficient.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, 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 of appreciation of Councilmember McGovern-Pilant.
  • Adopt 2014 property tax levy.

Following the special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, the City Council will begin its study session at the same location. Agenda items for the study session include:

  • Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
  • Review of proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
  • Economic Development and Development Services update.
  • 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
  • Review of criminal code amendments.
  • Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, 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 of new Councilmember
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
  • Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment.
  • Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
  • Adopt criminal code amendments.
  • Adopt Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)
  • Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
  • Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
  • Approve Humane Society Agreement.
  • Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.

Legal Department Update

During the week of Nov. 11-15, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 16 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts Block Watch training

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted block watch training for 20-plus members of a local condominium association. The members are excited to get to work and make sure their local area is safer for residents. We talked about lighting, phones, partners and keeping a general watch on the area, as well as calling in to 911 when they see suspicious activity. They will have further meetings in the future, at which time more training will be conducted.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts a tour of the police station

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted a tour of the police station for Girl Scout Troop No. 44607 from Joint Base Lewis -McChord. There were 11 girls, 2 boys and 8 parents present. The girls got to meet Chief Farrar and spend a few minutes talking to Officers Waller and Feldman. They then had a presentation on bullying and stranger danger from a Girl Scout Cadet.

Economic Development Update

2013 Economic Symposium

Labor and Industries hosted the annual Economic Symposium on Friday. Topics covered included Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Economic and Revenue Forecasting, and Research Opportunities through the UWT Regional Census Regional Data Center. Washington State has recovered about 80 percent of the jobs lost in the recession. Most of the new job creation has been in lower paying jobs such as retail services. The only industry sector to grow during the recession was health care and economists expect the highest recovery in the coming year or two to be in construction, health care and manufacturing. We are continuing on a slow-growth path. House prices are on the increase – good for existing home owners.

Looking for employment data? Visit https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/ . Presentations from this week’s meeting will be uploaded to the website next week.

Police

Lakewood Officer recognized for DUI enforcement efforts

On Nov. 22, Officer John Babcock was recognized by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victims Information Panel for his efforts in DUI and Impaired Driving enforcement.