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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/14/2014

March 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raider Brigade Honors City at Inactivation

On Friday, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – Lakewood’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord – conducted its inactivation ceremony. The Brigade thanked our community for its support, particularly during the 4-2’s three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. At a special ceremony, the Brigade recognized the City for organizing the community wide parade honoring the Raider Brigade in 2013.

The relationship between the City and the 4-2 – which lost 58 soldiers under its command – was more than an agreement. It was a living, personal connection that Lakewood will never forget. The City wishes all of the Brigade’s soldiers and their families good luck in whatever objective might await. As Brigade Com. Col. Jody Miller cheered for the last time Friday, “Raiders, to the objective.”

New School Named After Fallen Four

On March 9, the Clover Park School Board selected the names of three schools under construction. The name of one of them - a school that was part of a construction bond that voters approved in 2010 and will consolidate two other elementary schools - will commemorate the memories of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

The future school’s name: Four Heroes Elementary.

Four Heroes Elementary is scheduled to open by September 2015. The School District plans to recognize the name when it officially opens. For the full story, click here .

Residents Can Now Report ‘Eyesores’ Via E-mail

People can now simply send an e-mail whenever they spot graffiti and junk or an abandoned shopping cart in their neighborhood.

Here’s how it works:

  • If residents spot graffiti, junk, etc., in the public right-of-way of their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location.
  • If residents spot rogue shopping carts in their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location of the carts, as well as to which store they belong, i.e., “Target cart off Main Street and Gravelly Lake Drive.”

And that’s it! The e-mail will go directly to the CSRT – which is designed to solve problems that are unique to each neighborhood district in Lakewood. The CSRT will then work to address the problem cited in the e-mail as soon as possible.

WSDOT Tree Removal

As part of the state Department of Transportation’s SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project, contractor crews are removing selected trees along Interstate 5 between State Route 512 in Lakewood and State Route 510 in Lacey. This work is necessary to install and effectively operate seven new closed-circuit TV traffic cameras to manage traffic flow along I-5 through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor. A clear line of sight is needed for the new cameras to operate properly.
One of its primary goals in any construction project is to preserve as many trees as possible. A team of WSDOT staff, including the Olympic Region Landscape Architect, individually identified and marked each tree to ensure that only trees that posed an obstruction, and no others, will be removed. For PDF maps of which trees will removed, click here.

Police

Bone Marrow Drive on Monday

The Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler Seddon and others living with leukemia. Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at jnichols@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 830-5004. For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm .

Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Economic Development

Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual Meeting at CPTC

The Tacoma Pierce County Convention + Visitor Bureau Annual meeting was held this Thursday at the McGavick Center. The meeting was well-attended with representatives from throughout the County, including Economic Development. The tone of the meeting was upbeat with some solid accomplishments for 2013, as well as an optimistic view for the next two years. To read The News Tribune’s C.R. Roberts’ coverage, click here .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 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 on Pierce County READS
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Approve Joint Land Use Study contract

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 24, 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 Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting
  • 2013 Year End Police Department Report
  • Review of Section 108 Curbside loan agreement (tentative)
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update

WSDOT Tree Removal

(The following message is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

As part of the SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project, contractor crews are removing selected trees along I-5 between SR 510 in Lacey and SR 512 in Lakewood. This work is necessary to install and effectively operate seven new closed-circuit TV traffic cameras to manage traffic flow along I-5 through the JBLM corridor. A clear line of sight is needed for the new cameras to operate properly.

One of our primary goals in any construction project is to preserve as many trees as possible. A team of WSDOT staff, including the Olympic Region Landscape Architect, individually identified and marked each tree to ensure that only trees that posed an obstruction, and no others, will be removed.

After the construction project is complete, WSDOT staff will plant 500 one-gallon-container trees (300 Douglas Firs and 200 Garry Oaks) in other areas throughout the project limits.

To view PDF maps of each location where trees will be removed, please browse the list below:

Thurston County

Pierce County

Future Elementary School Named After Lakewood Fallen Four

A future Lakewood elementary school will honor the memory of the four police officers who lost their lives serving the community they loved.

On March 9, the Clover Park School Board selected the names of three schools under construction. The name of one of them - a school that was part of a construction bond that voters approved in 2010 and will consolidate two other elementary schools - will commemorate the memories of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

The future school’s name: Four Heroes Elementary.

It’s a fitting name to describe the four officers. In a crime that the Lakewood community will never forget, Renninger, Griswold, Owens and Richards were murdered in 2009 by a gunman who was later killed by authorities.

In the years since their deaths, the Lakewood community has produced numerous remembrances and tributes for the Fallen Four, everywhere from Lakewood City Hall to the Lakewood Police Department. The future school -located next to the Lakewood Police Department - is another example of how the four officers will never be forgotten.

Four Heroes Elementary is scheduled to open by September 2015. The School District plans to recognize the name when it officially opens.

Here is the Clover Park School District's full release on Four Heroes Elementary and two future schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord that also received names:

(Lakewood, Wash.) In action taken at its board meeting on March 10, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors selected the names of three elementary schools currently under construction.

Two new elementary schools will open next fall on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). One of the new schools is being built in the new Meriwether Landing housing area on JBLM-North and the other is located on JBLM-Main and will serve students currently attending Clarkmoor and Greenwood Elementary Schools.

Board members chose Meriwether Elementary as the name of the new school on JBLM-North. The Meriwether Landing housing area is divided into four neighborhoods, each corresponding to the Army’s history and rank structure. The landing’s name is a tip of the hat to Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1804 to 1806.

The new elementary school located on JBLM-Main will be named Rainier Elementary, after Mt. Rainier, a visible landmark easily seen across JBLM.

Both of these new elementary schools on JBLM are funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and Washington state school construction Assistance program.

The third elementary school located off of Lakewood Drive near the district’s Auxiliary Services Center, is part of the 2010 voter-approved school construction bond for a new Hudtloff Middle School, a new Harrison Preparatory School and a new consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary School. The name of the new elementary is Four Heroes Elementary. This name commemorates the four Lakewood Police Officers who were tragically killed in 2009. “Four Heroes” honors the four fallen Lakewood Police officers: Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens. The new school is located very close to the Lakewood Police Department headquarters.

“Each school being named had a committee made up of parents, staff and community members who followed the school board policy and procedures for naming facilities,” said CPSD superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “The committees were charged with recommending three to five names for school board consideration.”

“I know each committee took on this task very seriously and a lot of research was done,” said CPSD school board president Marty Schafer. “We thank you for your efforts. The board spent a lot of time discussing the school name options and made the best choices for all concerned.”

All of the new school names will be formally recognized at each school’s grand opening celebration. Meriwether and Rainier Elementary Schools are anticipated to open in late summer 2014 and Four Heroes Elementary is anticipated to open by September, 2015.

Bone Marrow Drive on Monday at LPD

The Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler Seddon and others living with leukemia. Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Questions about the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive on March 17th? Please contact Joanna Nichols at jnichols@cityoflakewood.us or (253) 830-5004. For questions regarding blood and/or bone marrow donation please contact the Puget Sound Blood Center at (206) 292-2543, 800-DONATE-1 ext. 2543 or visit their website at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm .

Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Spot Eyesores In Your Neighborhood, E-mail The City

Ever drive by a building near your child’s school and spot graffiti? Ever find a turned-over shopping cart while walking your dog through the neighborhood?

The City of Lakewood knows it happens, based in large part on what it has heard from residents. Now, Lakewood Police and Community Safety Resource Team are giving residents an immediate, easy way to inform the City about these eyesores.

People can now simply send an e-mail whenever they spot graffiti and junk or an abandoned shopping cart in their neighborhood.

Here’s how it works:

  • If residents spot graffiti, junk, etc., in the public right-of-way of their neighborhood, they can e-mail . Please include the location.
  • If residents spot rogue shopping carts in their neighborhood, they can e-mail shoppingcarts@cityoflakewood.us . Please include the location of the carts, as well as to which store they belong, i.e., “Target cart off Main Street and Gravelly Lake Drive.”

And that’s it! The e-mail will go directly to the CSRT – which is designed to solve problems that are unique to each neighborhood district in Lakewood. The CSRT will then work to address the problem cited in the e-mail as soon as possible.

“This is a great way to solve neighborhood issues at a neighborhood level,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said. “Residents are serving as the eyes and ears of their neighborhoods, and it’s a fast, easy way to tell us about two problems that people don’t like to see.”

“This is just another example of how the City of Lakewood is working with residents to solve neighborhood issues,” he added.

Click here for more information on the City of Lakewood’s CSRT.

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