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Registration Now Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Registration is officially open for the 4th Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon.

The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW).

Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

The Lakewood SummerFEST is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event. All participants must have a USA Triathlon membership card, proof of a one-day membership or purchase a one-day membership on site for $12.

To register for the 4th Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, get race day details and see photos from past SummerFEST Triathlons, visit http://www.active.com/lakewood-wa/triathlon/races/lakewood-summerfest-triathlon-2015 .

You can also contact Recreation Coordinator Arielle Carney, (253) 983-7887 or , for more information.

 

Triple Threat Series

One summer triathlon in the South Sound not enough for you? How does three sound?

The City of Lakewood is partnering with Black Hills Triathlon Association and Joint Base Lewis-McChord to bring back the Triple Threat Series, which consists of three races over three consecutive months:

Register for the Triple Threat Series in the next two months and get the early rate: $125 for individuals and $275 for team.

Triple Threat Participants will receive a Triple Threat Series t-shirt and medal in addition to the Race T's and Medals of each individual Triathlon upon completion of the series.

To register for the Triple Threat Series, learn about the three races and get more details, visit http://www.active.com/lacey-lakewood-jblm-wa/triathlon/races/triple-threat-series-2015 .

You can also contact Recreation Coordinator Arielle Carney, (253) 983-7887 or , for more information.

Photo credit: http://www.ontherunphotos.com .

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Attention Dads and Daughters: Are you ready to dance your socks off?

You'll get your chance at the City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance on March 14 at Lakes High School.

This year's theme: "You're The One That I Want ..." Sock Hop. That's right, travel back to a bygone era in which poodle skirts were hip, drive-in movies were a weekend ritual and phones had wires connected to walls.

Inspired by the hit musical romantic comedy Grease , this year's dance is sure to be peachy keen, jellybean. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and smiles, and prepare for a night that a certain slick-haired, leather jacket-donning lead male might refer to as simply ... electrifying!

Here are the details:

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  • Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.

City Hall Closed President's Day

In observance of President's Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/6/2015

Feb. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

State Auditor’s Office Recognizes Lakewood’s Steps to Improve Finances

Six months ago, the City of Lakewood was one of 57 local governments that the Washington State Auditor’s Office determined were showing signs of declining financial condition. What a difference good leadership and a commitment to prudent fiscal management can make. This week, the Auditor’s Office published a case study  that focuses on the City of Lakewood’s immediate and positive steps to improve its financial standing titled “Becoming fiscally fit – The City of Lakewood makes a bold commitment .”

You can get the full story here: http://goo.gl/oZuQsf

You can also read The News Tribune's story on the case study: http://goo.gl/8nDkby  

Nisqually Tribe Grants $55,000 to City Programs

The City of Lakewood is again the recipient of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s generosity. On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Nisqually Tribe held its annual giving banquet, in which it grants money to agencies and organizations that benefit the region. That includes the City of Lakewood, which received a total of $55,000 that will benefit the following City programs:

  • Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event ($5,000)
  • Bridgeport Gateway Sign ($10,000)
  • Low-Income Home Repairs ($10,000)
  • Police Explore Program ($5,000)
  • Police Mental Health Counselor ($25,000)

Following Thursday’s banquet, Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, talked about how appreciative she was for the funding that will help bring vital programs to the Lakewood community.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and support of the Tribe,” she said.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This marks the first time since 2005 that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has recognized the City for its CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Only about 5 percent of cities nationwide receive the award.

For more information: http://goo.gl/R5ryb8

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chili Cook-Off at Clover Park Technical College's McGavick Conference Center. It was a real party. Competitors from all over Lakewood brought their unique chili recipes to be sampled by a huge crowd. When attendees had their fill of chili, it was time for some good ol' fashioned dance moves. At the end of the day, the City of Lakewood's chili recipe won the People's Choice Award! Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, the recipe's creator, and Mayor Don Anderson accepted the award. 

Check out our album of the event here: http://goo.gl/nkCV5l

Owl Released at Ft. Steilacoom Park

On Feb. 5, the City of Lakewood witnessed Sarah Rush, volunteer at West Sound Wildlife Shelter, release a barred owl at Fort Steilacoom Park. A resident brought the bird into the shelter after it was found on the road in Lakewood. Its injuries indicated some sort of trauma, like flying into a tree or being hit by a car.

Watch the video here: http://goo.gl/xA22xD

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Adnerson for Coffee with the Mayor on February 10, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Becky Newton, Economic Development Manager, who will give a City of Lakewood Economic Development Update.

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

2015 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

The City of Lakewood will be accepting applications for privately initiated amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan through Friday, March 13, 2015.  Application forms, which include a list of the information that must accompany the application, are available at the Lakewood Community & Economic Development Department, 6000 Main St. SW, 2nd floor, Lakewood, Wash.  A minimum fee of $1,080 must accompany applications at the time of submittal. Applications are subject to environmental review under established criteria and the State Environmental Policy Act.  The Lakewood Planning Commission will review the applications, and will take public testimony at a date to be set. All amendments are subject to final approval and adoption by the Lakewood City Council.

For additional information, contact Dan Catron, Long Range Planning Manager, at (253) 512-2261 or e-mail   .

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/5Ja4QT

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Receives New Medic Unit

On Monday, Feb. 2, West Pierce Fire & Rescue brought a new medic unit into the fleet. A dedication ceremony was held Monday morning, where firefighters took ownership with a “push back” ceremony to officially put the medic unit in service. The ceremony began with a welcome and thanks to those in attendance, and then the Chaplains blessed the new unit, as well as the citizens and firefighters that will rely on it. This tradition began when pumpers were pulled by horses. When a new pumper was brought to the station for the first time, the horses were unharnessed and the water from the old pumper would be transferred into the new, spilling over the sides and wetting it down, or "christening" it. The firefighters would wash and dry the pumper down and then push it into the bay.

Permit Counter Hours Have Been Modified

Just a heads up, effective Feb. 6, permit counter hours on Floor 2 of Lakewood City Hall have been modified.  The permit counter will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Clients are also strongly encouraged to call in and make appointments.

6-Year Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

The City of Lakewood is proposing to amend its 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program(2015-2020) to include two recently-awarded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grants. A summary of the changes are as follows:

1.       Add Project 2.81Roadway Safety Improvements at 40th Ave. SW and 96th St. SW.

2.       Add Project 3.20 Military Rd. and 112th Safety Improvement.

3.       Modify project budget for 2.55 High Accident Location Safety Improvements.

Lakewood's City Council will hold a public hearing regarding these amendments at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2015 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

For more information: http://goo.gl/cUWnGM

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, Feb. 9

  • 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, Feb. 10

  • Men’s Coffee Hour
  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

  • 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.
  • Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Welcome Wednesday , 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Valentine Friendship Luncheon, 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13

  • 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.
  • Collage with Asian Papers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 9, 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:

  • Review of amendments to Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 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:

  • Business showcase - MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • This is the date set for a public hearing on the amendment to the Six Year TIP
  • Adopt the Six Year TIP amendments
  • Bid award Bridgeport Way south gateway
  • Approve Dept of Commerce agreement for LED street light retrofits
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for surface water management billing
  • Approve citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans

Following the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, February 21 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall , located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Improvement Projects
  • Review of City Council Rules

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