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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/18/2014

April 18, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.

The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.

Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.

To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit http://shwks.com/2xed .

City Honored With AUSA Award

On April 12, the City of Lakewood received a big honor that recognized its support of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. At the AUSA Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, the City of Lakewood got the Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award for its service to soldiers, veterans and family members of 4-2, the City's former Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The City was recognized for its massive parade welcoming Raider Brigade soldiers home in 2013 and other efforts to support the brigade, which officially inactivated in March. The City of Lakewood's new Community Connector is 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

In addition to the City of Lakewood being recognized, the Lakewood Subchapter of AUSA recived the Major General (CA) Ronald H. Markarian Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success for its superior service to the City of Lakewood and the Raider Brigade.

The 4-2 also was recognized with the Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation for exceptional performance of combat and civic duty. including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, from June 2006 through March 2014.

Sister Cities International Festival

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities International Festival on April 25 to April 27.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The event will take place at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free, family-friendly event will honor the rich cultures of the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Activities will include cultural entertainment, art exhibits, and international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

  • A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
  • A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.

A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at www.lsca.us .

The Lakewood Sister Cities Festival - ArtsFest Celebration is proudly sponsored by Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Lakewood Family YMCA, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, The Ranger, KLAY Radio, City of Lakewood and Pierce College.

City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows

City is converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.

For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk. For more information, visit

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood held its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. More than 50 little fairies joined the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department at the Lakewood Activity Center.

After receiving their wings and tiaras, each Fairy spent her afternoon sipping tea and lemonade, snacking on cookies and making a butterfly magnet to showcase their future masterpieces! It was an enchanted evening of wings, wands and all things fairies.

Police

Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is offering the FREE boating education class required by law for people ages 41 and under that will allow them to operate motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater engines and learn about boating safety. The classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station, 94012 Lakewood Dr. SW, on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 27 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7 9:00 am to 5 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages – only a 30-minute lunch break will be offered, so they might want to bring a sack lunch.

Registration will be processed through the Parks/Rec Activenet system. The contact for registration is Dennis Higashiyama and his number is (253) 983-7835. Registration is FREE. After completing the class, participants will need to pay a $10 fee to Washington State Parks to obtain the actual Boaters Education card. (This class is not a Parks/Rec program – it is being presented by the Lakewood Police Department – we just help facilitate the registration.)

Parks & Recreation

Fort Steilacoom Park Playground, Shelter Closures

The Fort Steilacoom Park Playground and the two FSP shelters will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week – April 23, 24, 25, and 26, for renovation/restoration/repair to the playground . This project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and is a follow-up to their initial playground building/funding project in 2009. Please bring your families to the park at the end of the construction period to enjoy the newly restored facility.

Please remember, too, that the City has a small supply of playground fence slats for sale at a fee of $100 each and you can purchase a slat to surprise a child or grandchild or honor a family member. Each slat can be engraved with up to 22 letters and spaces and a minimum order of at least 10 slats must be submitted at one time for fabrication. Please contact the City at (253) 983-7887 to order a fence slat.

Economic Development

Lakewood United

Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady spoke at Lakewood United this week. She talked about City focus areas for development/redevelopment, projects completed and in the works, and provided a general overview on the state of the City.

Master Builders Forum

Councilmember Marie Barth and City employees attended the 2014 MBA Pierce County Housing forum. Topics covered included Real Estate Market Trends from 1969 to current times for Washington State and Pierce County, Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research, and Annual Forecasting. Attendees also learned about homeowner building and renovation plans, priorities, and motivations.

Legal

Booker-Hay Trains With Steilacoom

On April 16, Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay conducted training with Town of Steilacoom Police Officers. The training included a criminal law update, practical tips for incident report writing and an overview of the City’s prosecution efforts and charging standards.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 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 Teachers Appreciation week
  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase of Davinci Salon & Spa
  • Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
  • Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
  • Approve an agreement for a Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve a HOME loan agreement with Gravelly Lake Townhomes, LLC for redevelopment at 8919 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

The City Council will be holding a special meeting with the State legislators on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Overview of 2014 Legislative Session

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of fleet and equipment plan.
  • Review of information technology plan.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments and sewer availability

City Installing Flashing Yellow Arrows

Quick question: Flashing yellow arrows. You've seen them in other communities - do you love 'em or hate 'em?

The reason the City wants to know is it's converting many of its "doghouse-style" signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you'll soon find more around Lakewood.

For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk.

Mary Dodsworth Receives Top WRPA Award

Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was recognized with the Honor Fellow Award at the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) annual conference in Seattle this week.

This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the state professional organization to an individual. It recognizes her dedication and achievement in her field over a minimum of 10 years. Mary has been recognized in the past with the Young Professional award in 1991, the Citation of Merit award in 2008 and served as the president of WRPA in 2008-09.

Here is what WRPA said about Mary during the awards ceremony:

This year’s Honor Fellow is the definition of “walking the talk,” she inspires people simply by who she is. Her enthusiasm for life, passion for this profession, generous warm heart, and joy for  her work put her in a class of her own.

As the Town of Steilacoom’s Director of Parks and Recreation, she helped the recreation programs flourish and provided needed direction to turn neglected areas into park jewels.  In her current position as the first Director of the City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation, she built a new organization from scratch while earning the respect and appreciation of the community. Inheriting overgrown parcels surrounded by locked fences, she entered a low income, high crime community and despite great adversity, built an amazing parks and recreation system.

Mary Dodsworth is always looking for ways to improve the field of parks and recreation. She is optimistic, innovative and creative in promoting our profession. She is not afraid to leap into the unknown and tackle new initiatives. She is definitely a leader in our field.

Mary has received many acknowledgements in her career including the Young Professional award in1991 and the Professional Citation of Merit Award in 2008.

Last month, Mary was also recently recognized by the US Army with the Commander’s Award for Public Service. This award was given by the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. She received a military medal and ribbon, similar to an award they would have given an enlisted person.

Outside of her real job, Mary has been a tireless supporter of WRPA and our profession. She helped re-establish the Risk Management School and served as the chair for several years. She has also volunteers with the Recreation and Conservation Office, judging grant projects. She chaired the WRPA 60th Anniversary Committee, she has served as a speaker at state and national conferences and has served in many WRPA board positions over the past years and is also one of our esteemed Past-Presidents.

Mary’s endless energy and enthusiastic personality has left an indelible mark on our organization and our profession. Please join me in recognizing Mary Dodsworth as our 2014 Honor Fellow Award winner.

Sister Cities International Festival, April 25-27

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities International Festival from April 25 – 27.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The event will take place at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free, family-friendly event will honor the rich cultures of the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Activities will include cultural entertainment, art exhibits, and international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods.

“We’re so proud to once again host the Sister Cities International Festival,” says Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “This event is a fantastic way to showcase and celebrate Lakewood’s diversity with our community members.”

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

  • A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
  • A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.

A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at www.lsca.us.

“The Lakewood Sister Cities Association works year-round to promote international harmony,” says Connie Coleman-Lacadie, LSCA president. “This festival gives us the opportunity to share our important work with the rest of our community, and we’re very excited to do so. Moreover, we are very excited that this year's Sister Cities event allows us to partner with the ArtsFest Celebration on April 25th and 27th.”

The Lakewood Sister Cities Festival - ArtsFest Celebration is proudly sponsored by Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs, Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Lakewood Family YMCA, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, The Ranger, KLAY Radio, City of Lakewood and Pierce College.

City of Lakewood Receives WellCity Award

This month, the City of Lakewood was one of 96 cities and government agencies in Washington that earned a 2014 WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust. The award is given to AWC members that meet nine best practice standards for employee health.

The distinction means the City of Lakewood will receive a 2-percent premium discount on all medical premiums for employees. The discount will be applied to 2014 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents.

A 2-percent premium discount is significant in today’s economy, and the reward is even bigger. WellCity award winners enjoy reduced costs and a culture of health at City Hall.

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