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Parks Appreciation Day is April 26

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.

Lakewood Mayor Part of 62nd Airlift Wing Fly-Away Tour

Tracy Peacock (left), American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter executive, and Mayor Don Anderson (right), City of Lakewood, Wash., find out first-hand how fast personal floatation devices inflate March 28, 2014, at the aircrew flight equipment demonstration during the 2014 Fly-Away Civic Leader tour at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. This year’s tour stopped by the 62nd AFE shop to learn about parachutes, night vision goggles and water survival prior to heading to Travis Air Force Base, Calif 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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson.

Check out the 62nd Airlift Wing's coverage of the Fly-away tour here: http://goo.gl/JJ1JhU

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/28/2014

March 28, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

“Neighborhoods” To Feature Lakewood

With assistance from the sun, the Lakewood community showed off its beauty for the folks from Comcast on Monday.

A crew spent the day in Lakewood filming segments for an upcoming feature on the community for its On Demand show, "Neighborhoods ." The show is hosted by Sabrina Register.

Trust us. It's going to be a great one.

Comcast customers will be able to watch the segment on Lakewood as early as April 1.To access "Neighborhoods," simply tune to Channel 1 or select On Demand on your Comcast Digital Remote, then:

  • Select Get Local
  • Select Around the Sound
  • Select Neighborhoods

And that's it! Sit back and learn a little bit about the communities in the Puget Sound.

Soggy Doggy on Saturday

Rain or shine at 9:30 am., Saturday, the City of Lakewood will present the second annual Soggy Doggy Run at Fort Steilacoom Park! The on-site/day-of event registration fee has been reduced to $10 per participant over 14 years old. Younger children may accompany their parents and dogs at no cost for a 1-mile walk around Waughop Lake or a 5K run. Prizes for people and pets will be awarded! Join us on what may be a soggy day – the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services team will welcome you to this fun, family event.

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools of Lakewood celebrated with the Champions for Youth Breakfast at Old Country Buffet on Thursday.

This annual fundraising event was attended by more than 200 community members, including great representation from the City. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Mary Moss, Councilmember Marie Barth, Councilmember Paul Bocchi, Councilmember John Simpson, City Manager John Caulfield, City employees, as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson, attended the event. An inspiring keynote speech was given by local success story Brandon Stodgstill, recalling the encouragement and support he received from our community as he rebuilt his life .

Communities in Schools is recognized nationally for being one of the best organizations in preventing drop-outs and increasing the graduation rate in high schools. The funds raised at this event will help cover the expenses of programs that are being delivered in the Clover Park School District.

Police

Year-End Crime Report

This week, the Police Department presented its 2013 year-end report to the Lakewood City Council. The report covered plenty – everything from the number of incidents to the number of uses of force by officers to the number of times the department received awards and praise. Here are some highlights of the report:

  • Police responded to 59,909 calls for service in 2013, more than 2,500 of which resulted in bookings. More than 17,000 involved traffic stops
  • Officer use of force (90 in 2013) represented an 18 percent drop from the prior year. There were no complaints of excessive force, and taser use fell almost 70 percent
  • Officers used force on a sliver of a percent – 0.15 – of its contacts, and 3 percent of physical arrests required use of force
  • Police received 39 citizen letters of praise and 27 department awards.

Assistant Chief Mike Zaro told the City Council that determining whether Lakewood is a safer community compared to years past can be subjective. However, the number of Priority One calls for service has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, and the violent crime rate has dropped to its second-lowest mark since 2005.

To view the Police Department’s full report, click here . When prompted to the agenda, under “Items For Discussion,” select “2013 Year End Police Department Report.”

Economic Development

Hobby Lobby Holds Grand Opening

They didn't have to look very far to find the ribbon or the scissors.

On Monday, Hobby Lobby held its grand opening celebration for its new location in Lakewood, 5401 100th Street SW. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and other City officials attended the ribbon-cutting.

The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way

Once inside, visitors were treated to the new world - at least in Lakewood - of Hobby Lobby's offerings For a taste of what Hobby Lobby is about, click here to view our photo gallery on Facebook.

Tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks

On Thursday, City of Lakewood officials got an up-close tour of Classic Reflection Coachworks , a niche company that specializes in classic reproduction conversions of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Chief Engineer Doug Graf gave us a tour of the shop, located in the Lakewood Industrial Park. The finished products have been a hit at car shows across the country. For more information about CR Coachworks, visithttp://www.crcoachworks.com./

For a gallery of photos we snapped during the visit, click here .

 

Parks & Recreation

Community Gateways Meeting

Interested in making the entrances to the Lakewood community look even better?

The City is facilitating a stakeholders group made up of representatives from various advisory boards, community organizations and businesses. Although the purpose of this group is to improve the look of the Bridgeport-Pacific Highway gateway, they are also developing a City-wide vision that can be used for all Lakewood gateways.

Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, improved entries and positive image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development.

A community meeting to review several design options is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. All are invited to attend. A preferred design option will be shared with Lakewood City Council at the conclusion of this process, along with costs and funding and phasing options.

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 an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services
  • 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

Christine 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.”

2013 Year-End Report Indicates Lakewood Becoming Safer

Judging whether a community is safer from year to year isn’t an exact science.

But if trends and numbers mean anything, then the City of Lakewood is becoming safer, thanks in large part to the work of its Police Department.

This week, the Police Department presented its 2013 year-end report to the Lakewood City Council. The report covered plenty – everything from the number of incidents to the number of uses of force by officers to the number of times the department received awards and praise. Here are some highlights of the report:

  • Police responded to 59,909 calls for service in 2013, more than 2,500 of which resulted in bookings. More than 17,000 involved traffic stops
  • Officer use of force (90 in 2013) represented an 18 percent drop from the prior year. There were no complaints of excessive force, and taser use fell almost 70 percent
  • Officers used force on a sliver of a percent – 0.15 -- of its contacts, and 3 percent of physical arrests required use of force
  • Police received 39 citizen letters of praise and 27 department awards.

Assistant Chief Mike Zaro told the City Council that determining whether Lakewood is a safer community compared to years past can be subjective. However, the number of Priority One calls for service has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, and the violent crime rate has dropped to its second-lowest mark since 2005.

“If you look at the numbers and the trends, it does show that the City is clearly moving in the right direction,” he said.

To view the Police Department’s full report, click here . When prompted to the agenda, under “Items For Discussion,” select “2013 Year End Police Department Report.”

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