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Raiders Recognition, Lancers Welcome

This week, the Lakewood City Council closed a significant chapter in the City's history with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as turned the pages on a new one.

4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division - the City of Lakewood's Community Connector to JBLM for nearly a decade  - recognized the community for its help and support throughout the years. The Raider Brigade officially inactivated in March.

Col. Jody Miller, Commander of the Raider Brigade, recognized the City for its support. Miller presented Mayor Don Anderson with the Order of Saint Maurice Award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the Infantry in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates and peers.

Over the years, the Lakewood City Council attended numerous official brigade functions, including Changes of Command, Colors Casing and Uncasing ceremonies and memorial dedications. The Mayor and the Lakewood team personally greeted and thanked the brigades returing soldiers right on the McChord Field tarmac. And of course, the City organized the giant "Welcome Home" parade and community celebration Sept. 15, 2013.

Miller also presented Denise Dhane with the Shield of Sparta Award. which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of the Infantry and the families of Infantrymen and women, in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipeint's peers.

Dhane, a Steilacoom resident, spearheaded "Operation Make a Soldier Smile," for the Captain Meriweather Lewis Chapeter of the Association of the United States Army. She sent packages to thousands of Soldiers and Infantrymen overseas until postage became prohibitive. Through her tenacity, she assembled more than 4,300 goody bags of community donated goods, valued at approximately $75,000, to welcome returning Soldiers back to JBLM.

Miller called Lakewood "the best Community Connector around."

Click here to see a photo gallery of the ceremonies.

On the same night, the City of Lakewood officially welcomed its new Community Connector - 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, otherwise known as the Lancer Brigade.

Col. Louis Zeisman, Commander for the 2-2, told the City Council how much he is looking forward to becoming an integral part of Lakewood.

Nice Weather Means Boater Safety

It’s getting closer to summer, and that means folks are thinking about breaking out their personal boats and watercraft.

The City of Lakewood would like to advise all boat owners to take the time now to service their boats before heading onto the water. The Lakewood Marine Service Unit gets an increased number of recreational boaters who need assistance because their crafts haven’t been serviced properly, condensation from fuel and water, and other mechanical and electrical issues.

Please take the opportunity to inspect all of the required boating safety equipment. All of the equipment must be onboard, serviceable and readily available for use.

Anyone 59 years old or younger must have a boater’s education card to operate a boat with a motor greater than 15 hp. You must have the card in your possession when operating the boat. Those who need a boater’s education card can complete an online course or attend a class.  A list of area classes can be found by checking out the Washington State Parks website here .

Fairy Garden Tea Party on April 12

On April 12, the City of Lakewood will hold its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party!

The festivities start with a fairy transformation, followed by tea, snacks, a beautiful craft and a special visitor. Each little girl will get her wings at this fun-filled fairy event.

The tea party runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.

Last day to register is Friday, April 11 (There are only 44 spaces left!) To register online, click here .

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

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network named the City of Lakewood one of its Civic Partners, as part of its Corporate/Civic Partner Program. EFN Civic Partners have done three or more of the following within the past year:

  • Food drive
  • Donation drive
  • Donation of $1,000 or more
  • Auction sponsorship
  • Post a link to EFN’s homepage on official website
  • Have an employee serve on the EFN Board or on a committee
  • Other significant contribution of time, knowledge or funding.

The City will be honored at EFN’s Recognition Breakfast on April 16 in Tacoma.

Community Health Care Luncheon

More than 500 people attended the Community Health Care for Pierce County fund-raising luncheon Wednesday, including several representatives from the City of Lakewood.

City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and Councilmember Mary Moss; City Manager John Caulfield; City Attorney Heidi Wachter; Assistant City Manager David Bugher; Assistant City Manager Tho Kraus; Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth; Economic Development Director Ellie Chambers-Grady; Court Administrator Deana Wright; and Human Resources Director Debi Young all attended.

Community Health Care is a private, non-profit organization created in 1987 when the clinical system moved from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department after several years of operation by that organization. CHC operates six medical and two dental clinics.

Mayor Part of 62nd Airlift Wing Fly-Away Tour

On March 28, Mayor Don Anderson was one of 24 civic leaders who were invited to participate in the McChord Civic Leaders Fly-away tour, courtesy of 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro.
As part of the 62nd Airlift Wing's tour, the Mayor and other civic leaders got to fly with a C-17 crew to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California for the day. Along the way, they learned about the airlift wing and got an up-close look at how it conducts its mission.
Check out the 62nd Airlift Wing's coverage of the Fly-away tour here: http://goo.gl/JJ1JhU

Badger Joins Oso Mudslide Recovery Effort

West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger, has been deployed to the Oso/SR 530 mudslide in Snohomish County to assist in the recovery effort.

Christine has worked for West Pierce Fire & Rescue since 2011, as part of a cooperative emergency management program between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood. This position is primarily grant-funded, and the costs are shared between the City and the Fire District. Prior to her arrival at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Christine had many years of experience in Snohomish County, working for both the County and the City of Arlington. She was specifically asked to help with this event because she was the incident commander for the 2006 slide in the same area. For this incident, she is initially attached to Fire Chief Travis Hotts as his assistant.

This joint emergency management program has been highly successful, improving the ability of West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood to prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters such as the Oso Mudslide. Christine has coordinated several drills in Lakewood that have given members of many different community organizations the opportunity to work with each other prior to an incident occurring. She has also worked to identify resources in Lakewood which can be utilized in response and recovery efforts should such as disaster occur in our community.

Shortly after the incident command center was established, a request was made for Christine to assist in the emergency management operations. She is expected to be on site throughout the recovery efforts.

According to Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield, “We feel fortunate to have Christine’s expertise here in our community, and we are very glad she is able to provide assistance to the recovery efforts in Oso.”

Parks & Recreation

Parks Appreciation Day

Park Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Lakewood for 13 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers during this annual event are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers and their support each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season..

The 2014 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 26, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park — the major project is pulling scotch broom! This is not particularly fun or exciting project, but it is really crucial this year to prepare for the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament and we need more volunteers than ever before to help us remove this invasive plant.
  • Also at the FSP site, a group of volunteers will be tasked to help with restoration of historic cemetery grave markers and cemetery clean –up. The playground is receiving repairs and will need volunteers to help wrap up the project on Saturday.
  • American Lake Park – the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up the swimming area, and volunteers will help remove the underwater materials collected by the crew.
  • General clean up of the American Lake Park beachfront sand will coordinate with the water clean-up.
  • Wards Lake Park – trail maintenance and sign installation.

If a community/church group is interested in a specific park site and can provide the numbers of volunteers adequate to take on a project, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate with them directly to develop site specific projects to spread chips under playground equipment. The City will provide the chips and some gardening tools for these groups. Firm commitment by volunteers would be necessary for these individual group projects.

Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9:00 am. To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi at 253‐983‐7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

Fairy Garden Tea Party

On April 12, the City of Lakewood will hold its annual Fairy Garden Tea Party!
The festivities start with a fairy transformation, followed by tea, snacks, a beautiful craft and a special visitor. Each little girl will get her wings at this fun-filled fairy event.
The tea party runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW.
Last day to register is Friday, April 11 (There are only 44 spaces left!) To register online, click here .

Council Meetings

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

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code
  • Approve lodging tax personnel/administrative costs
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 14, 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 Community Visioning Plan consulting services
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Review of lodging tax guidelines

Coffee with the Mayor, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, April 8, 2014  at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.

Our guest speaker will be Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield who will present The State of the City.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.  I hope to see you there!


Mayor Don Anderson


No RSVP is needed

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