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Notice Some Road Work in Lakewood? It's Not a Coincidence

Notice a bit of road work taking place throughout Lakewood? It’s not a coincidence if you answered “yes.”

In 2015-16, the City is conducting an unprecedented amount of transportation improvement projects that will make Lakewood safer and easier to navigate, whether you’re behind the wheel, on a bike or on foot.

Lakewood is making $23 million worth of improvements on some of its busiest thoroughfares.

“Lakewood is going to see the biggest amount of construction in the next two years than it has ever seen since incorporation,” said Desiree Winkler, Transportation Division Manager with the City.

Given the Northwest’s weather, much of the work will take place over the spring and summer months. Here is a breakdown of the work for Lakewood residents:

 

2015

  • Pavement Preservation (Chip Seal Program)
    • Local streets within the Oakbrook 3rd Addition
  • Pavement Preservation (Asphalt Overlay)
    • Bridgeport Way (Pacific Highway to 112th Street)
    • Steilacoom Boulevard (Lakewood Drive to 300 feet west of South Tacoma Way)
    • Main Street (Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street)
    • 59th Avenue (100th Street to Bridgeport Way)
    • 108th Street (Main Street to Bridgeport Way)
  • Sewer Projects
    • Woodbrook Sewer Project
  • Total worth: $14.9 million

 

2016

  • Pavement Preservation (Chip Seal Program)
    • Local streets within the Oakbrook 3rd Addition Phase II
    • Pavement Preservation (Asphalt Overlay)
    • Lakewood drive (100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard)
    • Street and Sidewalk Improvements
    • South Tacoma Way (Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street)
    • Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way)
    • Steilacoom Boulevard (Western State Hospital to Lakeview Avenue)
    • Design for Steilacoom Boulevard (Farwest Drive to Phillips Road)
  • Total worth: $8 million

 

Winkler said she understands that the road work is causing some headaches for drivers and residents, as it is can cause periodic delays and lane closures. But she said she hopes that residents remember the headaches are temporary, and the benefit to the Lakewood community will be worth it.

“We just ask that people pack their patience,” Winkler said. “Slow down and give ‘em a brake. They’re doing some great work for the community.”

To learn more about Lakewood’s transportation projects, check out this YouTube video .

Sen. Patty Murray Discusses Sequestration in Lakewood

In the middle of budget-writing season, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wanted to make sure Lakewood and South Sound residents told her how potential cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord would impact them before it’s too late.

On Tuesday, Murray traveled to Lakewood to hear from residents directly about the potential elimination of 16,000 military and civilian jobs at JBLM, a result that the Senator’s office argues could happen if sequestration starts again in October.

“I didn’t want to wait until August, or September, or October,” Murray told a room of about 40 people at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College. “I wanted to come back to this community and hear from you.”

What did Murray hear: personal accounts from a panel of business owners, officials and residents who suffered from the last round of sequestration.

“If this happens again, it will be devastating,” Kevin Eaves, President of AFGE 1504, said of sequestration. “I beseech you to help us with this fight.”

Murray also heard from local government leaders, including former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson. He spoke about how much Pierce County and Lakewood have invested in infrastructure that benefits Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Richardson said of the looming sequestration threat and the potential “meat-cleaver” approach to cuts: “Those kinds of draconian decisions could squander all of that investment.”

Tiffany Spier, Program Manager with the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, spoke about how it makes little sense to cut deeply at the West Coast’s largest joint military base, one that’s positioned perfectly for operations in the Pacific and Asia.

“JBLM is not the base to be downsized,” she said.

Murray also heard from owners whose businesses were hit hard during the last sequestration, as well as workers who saw significant chunks of their paychecks eliminated during the latest furloughs.

Murray also spoke with the City of Lakewood contingent, including Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Mary Moss and City Manager John Caulfield.

At the end of the session, Murray said the threat of cuts and furloughs is “very immediate,” and she is going to deliver Lakewood’s story back to the other Washington.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/27/2015

March 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014. Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com . At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report. The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent. For more information: http://goo.gl/acm2Xc

Harrison Prep School’s Grand Opening

On Thursday, March 26, the Clover Park School District celebrated the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School. The guest of honor was, of course, Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, ‪Lakewood's first mayor. Mayor Emeritus Harrison thanked those in Lakewood who helped support the effort to build new schools in our community. He also said he was "honored and humbled" that a building bearing his name will be located next to the future Four Heroes Elementary School, which honors the Lakewood Police Department's Fallen Four. Several representatives from the City of Lakewood attended the celebration, including Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, City Councilmember Mary Moss, City Manager John Caulfield and Judge Grant Blinn.

You can find photos of the event here: http://goo.gl/WmciIn   

State of the City Presentation

On Tuesday night, March 24, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield delivered the State of the City presentation to the Lakewood Knights Lions Club. 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting

On Tuesday, March 24, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting on behalf of the Lakewood City Council to discuss the idea of creating a performance space or community gathering area at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Due to concerns regarding anticipated weather, the meeting was moved from the shelter at the park to Lakewood City Hall.  Approximately 50 people attended the meeting at City Hall, but several people arrived at the park and waited. Some expressed frustration that the meeting didn’t occur. Mary Dodsworth, Parks Director, acknowledged that although the meeting change was posted in several locations at the park and through various media channels, the City didn’t provide adequate signage at the park shelter and apologized.  If anyone would like to contact her directly regarding the meeting and future meetings, please do so at (253) 589-2489.

Meeting notes will be posted soon, and the next meeting regarding these ideas will occur following the next Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall.

YMCA’s New Park, Courtesy of KaBOOM!, Disney and the Community

It was billed as a community build day. It undoubtedly delivered. This past Saturday, March 21, the community – more than 200 volunteers, by some accounts  – converged on the Lakewood Family YMCA to build playground children and families throughout the community could enjoy. Despite unpredictable weather conditions, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels scurried to make the playground a reality. You can see our photo album of the volunteers hard at work here: http://goo.gl/v53NkQ

Park Lodge Elementary School Tours Municipal Court

On Thursday, March 25, 17 Park Lodge Elementary School students visited Lakewood City Hall to learn about the City. They spoke to a number of guests, including:

  • Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, who spoke about their work with the City, as well as their respective day jobs.
  • Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn, who spoke about making good decisions. The students got to watch a few court proceedings live.
  • Lakewood WA Police Department officers. The students got to tour a real police car and motorcycle.

You can see photos of the field trip here: http://goo.gl/XOf4v5

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

This week's photo of the week is an image from the aforementioned Park Lodge field trip.Thanks again for visiting, everyone!

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 30

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, April 3

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, 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
  • National Sport Stacking Competition Presentation
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Municipal Court Update
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Review of proposed Comcast franchise agreement
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015

WCC at Wards Lake Park

The Washington Conservation Corps was hard at work this morning, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

WCC crewmembers cleared away layers of ivy from the ground and trees of Wards Lake Park as part of a partnership between Lakewood and theCity of Puyallup.

Earlier in 2014, the City of Puyallup received a grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to utilize a WCC work crew. Puyallup is hosting that WCC crew for the entire 2014-2015 year and received three free months of crew time through the grant.

In an effort to help other jurisdictions with grant-funded resources, Chris Beale, Senior Planner at the City of Puyallup, offered to send the WCC crew to Wards Lake Park.

We wrote about a similar ivy removal project by the Pierce County Conservation District earlier this month, which you can see here: http://goo.gl/6wmUFz  

Check out photos of the WCC at work here: http://goo.gl/UMo8VY  

Harrison Prep School's Grand Opening Ceremony

On Thursday, March 26, the Clover Park School District celebrated the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School.

The guest of honor was, of course, Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, Lakewood‬'s first mayor. Mayor Emeritus Harrison thanked those in the Lakewood community who helped support the effort to build new schools in our community. He also said he was "honored and humbled" that a building bearing his name will be located next to the future Four Heroes Elementary School, which honors the Lakewood Police Department's Fallen Four.

Several representatives from the City of Lakewood attended the celebration, including Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, City Councilmember Mary Moss, City Manager John Caulfield and Judge Grant Blinn.

You can find photos of the event here: http://goo.gl/WmciIn  

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