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- Category: Front Page
- Published on Friday, 17 January 2014 12:41
Passers-by to Lakewood City Hall might have noticed that the City’s headquarters is sporting some blue-and-green swag.
To show its support for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood is flying a 12th Man flag. It also posted a special message on its third floor window to support Seahawks wide receiver and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse, who grew up in Lakewood and attended school in the Clover Park School District.
The City first Tweeted a photo of Kearse’s message Wednesday night, and since then it has been “Favorited” 52 times and “Retweeted” 26 times, including by the player himself.
“When you’re the hometown of a key player on a team that’s on the cusp of winning it all, there’s plenty of reason to boast,” said Brent Champaco, Communications Manager for the City of Lakewood. “Jermaine is a local guy who attended our schools and succeeded in our community. He’s succeeding on a much bigger stage now, but you can tell he doesn’t forget his roots.”
“He’s such a great role model for Lakewood. We all look up to him. We’re all so proud of him.”
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:15
Lakewood Celebrates Its Diversity at 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18
- WHAT: 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
- WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 18
- WHERE: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood
- WHAT ELSE: Event will feature entertainment including cultural performances
- COST: Free
Every day in Lakewood, residents celebrate the spirit of the “I Have A Dream” speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered more than 50 years ago.
But they don’t throw parties. They don’t hold rallies. They simply live and work in one of the most diverse communities in the state.
People with an array of ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds call Lakewood home. African American, Korean, Samoan, Latino, Russian - the list goes on. The community’s diversity, residents say, is one of its biggest strengths.
On January 18, the City of Lakewood will celebrate its cultural diversity with the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s theme - “The Dream Begins” – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood.
Dennis Higashiyama, the City’s Recreation Coordinator, says the annual MLK celebration is something in which Lakewood takes plenty of pride.
“It’s a celebration of the diversity of the City,” he says. “It’s also a chance to showcase the talent of that diversity.”
The celebration features an array of cultural performances from Lakewood. This year’s lineup includes:
- Total Experience Gospel Choir
- Little Church Prairie Bells
- Vorece Batchman-Miller
- Korean Drummers – Chang Hee Suk
- Life Christian Academy Choir
- Fly Dancers – Lakewood YMCA
- Kurt & Kelsey Sample
- Morris Northcutt
- Lakes Studio Choir
- Grace’s Anointed
In addition, the winning Clover Park School District student in the Lakewood Arts Commission Essay contest will read his or her entry.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor University of Puget Sound. Bristow – who also works with the Race and Pedagogy Initiative – has written two books and has received several awards for her teaching, including selection as the Carnegie/CASE Washington State Professor of the Year in 2007.
Her Current Research Focuses on Several Incidents of State Violence Against African Americans During the Black Power Era.
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 13:35
- WHAT: Lakewood City Council to discuss parks code and fee changes
- WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, January 13
- WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
The Lakewood City Council will discuss a number of proposed changes to the City’s parks code during Monday night’s study session, including prohibiting tobacco use and establishing a new permit for alcohol use during special events.
Every few years, the City reviews its parks code and fee schedule, then recommends changes based on legislative requirements, citizen or staff requests, Council actions, planning policies and other factors. Members of the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviewed the current code and recommended the changes.
In terms of tobacco use and smoking, Lakewood is recommending prohibiting both at City parks and facilities, including restrooms, picnic shelters, beaches, aquatic facilities, playgrounds, trails, athletic fields, natural areas and spectator/concession areas. Previously, the “Parks” section of the Municipal Code did not specifically prohibit tobacco.
“There is no safe level of second hand smoke,” wrote Mary Dodsworth, the City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, in her report to the City Council.
“Tobacco use in the proximity of children and adults engaging in or watching outdoor recreational activities is detrimental to their health and can be offensive to those using such facilities. Cigarettes or chewing tobacco, once consumed in public spaces, are often discarded on the ground, requiring additional maintenance expense and diminishing the beauty of the area (and can pose a risk to children who might ingest them.)”
In terms of alcohol use, the City is recommending introducing a new permit fee when alcohol is present in parks during special events (alcohol is regulated already by conditions of a special use permit). This new fee would be in addition to the City’s existing special use permit fee. The City is recommending a sliding scale based on the size of the event, ranging from $200 to $1,000 per event.
“Alcohol use permit fees vary from city to city,” Dodsworth wrote, “but most base the fee on the size of the event. The PRAB wanted to ensure the fee was substantial enough to denote the added value and impact that alcohol will add to a park-related event.”
To see a full list of the proposed changes, visit http://goo.gl/LAZ5JM .
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:46
In observance of the Martin Luther King Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, January 20.
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.
- Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
- Published on Friday, 10 January 2014 16:42
January 10, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Mayor Anderson Delivers ‘State of the City’ To Chamber
Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson delivered the first "State of the City" address of 2014 on Thursday during the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Great American Casino.
The presentation covered everything from the City's finances to economic development to its commitment to the military to improving communication with residents.
The City will be posting a copy of the presentation on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Custer Road Gas Main Replacement
Puget Sound Energy and Infrasource have extended their schedule for night work at Bridgeport and Custer through Monday, January 13. This work is a continuation of the 4-inch, bare-steel, gas main replacement crossing Custer Road Southwest .
Their schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, January 12: Approximately 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- Monday, January 13: Approximately 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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 energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LED.
- Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees.
- Interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
- Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
- Status report on building permitting software and development activity.
- 2014 Council liaison appointments to citizens’ advisory board and committees and external committees.
The City Council will be hold a Joint meeting with the Youth Council on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall Conference Room 1E located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:
- Review of RACE Are We So Different exhibit.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 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 declaring February 2-8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.
- Appointing an individual to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board.
- Appointing an individual to serve on the Arts Commission.
- Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
- Adopt interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
- Adopt City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
- Approve DOE $150,000 grant for Waughop Lake.
- Approve energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LEDs.
Open Source Media Training
The Lakewood Police Department sponsored a two-day training course January 8-9 on Open Source Media at the McGavick Center in partnership with WHIA (Washington Homicide Investigators Association). Some 240 Law Enforcement Criminal Investigators and Crime Analysts were in attendance
Projects, projects and more projects
Economic Development currently has over 40 projects in the works here in Lakewood representing expansions and potential new businesses that will provide approximately 900 new jobs!
While most of these jobs are in the hospitality and food services sector, we’ve seen a lot of activity with construction, auto sales and repair expansions, and health care related businesses. There continues to be a real interest by new restaurants to enter our market. Additionally, industrial lands and buildings for manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution are in demand. Because Lakewood is centrally located adjacent to I-5 in close proximity to the Port of Tacoma, SeaTac, JBLM, and just 40 minutes from I-90, we expect to see more companies attracted to our industrial lands. This includes the Lakewood Industrial Business Park (IBP) that will construct a 100,000 sf and a 50,000 sf building this year and the new Woodbrook IBP with 150 acres.
Did you know that our Lakewood IBP has over 2.5 million square feet of leasable industrial space? The park currently has 64 businesses and approximately 1,250 employees making it the fourth largest for-profit employer in Pierce County.
Legal Department Update
During the week of January 6-10, 2014, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 102 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 77 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.
- Potential Streetlight Replacement
- Coffee with the Mayor January 14, 2014
- Welcoming Back Our Council and New Judge
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/3/2014
- New-Look Newsletter Hits Households
- Lakewood To Swear In Recently Elected City Councilmembers, Judge
- Answers About Winter Air Quality
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/27/2013
- City Hall Closed New Years Day
- Christmas Toys