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City Celebrates Outgoing Raider Brigade

On Feb. 21, the City of Lakewood celebrated its longstanding relationship with 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division , its Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord .

The event was a held at Thornewood Castle, where owners Deanna and Wayne Robinson have been longtime supporters of the Raider Brigade. It has been the site of several celebrations in honor of 4-2's return from deployment. Col. Jody Miller and wife Stacy honored Deanna with a special painting.

This month, the Raider Brigade is scheduled to deactivate, and JBLM will assign the City of Lakewood a new connector brigade. Still, the relationship with 4-2 is one that Lakewood will always remember.

The community continuously showed an outpouring support for the soldiers, which they said they always appreciated. When the Raider Brigade lost a soldier, we mourned as a community. And when they came home this year, we celebrated by throwing one of the largest parades the community has ever seen.

"It has been an honor," Mayor Don Anderson told the 50 or so people who attended.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos of the event.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/28/2014

February 28, 2014
Weekly INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Seahawks Jermaine Kearse to Visit Lakewood Verizon Wireless Store on Tuesday

WHAT: Remodeled, Expanded Verizon Smart Store Grand Opening featuring autographs and photos with Seahawk Jermaine Kearse.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Verizon Wireless Lakewood Store

5700 100th Street SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

Volunteers At Work!

Eight members of the Puget Sound Model Boat Club spent four hours on Saturday, February 22, 2014, working on a paver project at Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park. This boating group has led the effort to make improvements at this park site previously, and for this current project, members used 28 60# bags of concrete mix, rebar and eight (8) yards of gravel to create seven (7) pavers. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is pleased to recognize their contribution to the FSP Waughop Lake entry area. The Department also works with other organizations throughout the year to complete park improvement projects. The volunteer support has great value and makes a significant difference in the appearance of our park facilities.

City Clerk to serve on AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship Committee

City Clerk Alice Bush has been chosen to serve on the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities Committee to select the 2014 quality community youth scholarship winners. AWC Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. The Center’s goal is to help citizens understand the important role their cities and towns play in Washington and is a 501(c) (3) organization. The Center for Quality Communities Scholarship supports senior high school students who are actively engaged with their community and/or city government and want to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship fund is supported by people who are passionate about cultivating Washington’s future local leaders.

For more information on AWC Center for Quality Communities, please visit http://www.cfqc.org/

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 3, 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
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint a member to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Legacy Plan (tentative)
  • Approve an agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Approve a public defender contract
  • Approve computer replacement recommendations
  • Ordinance 579 relative to Chapter 8.76 of the Lakewood Municipal Code regarding parks

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 10, 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 FY 2014 CDBG & HOME funding recommendations
  • Review of 2014 South Sound Military Community Partnership Work Plan
  • Review of Joint Land Use Study contract
  • Review of 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apts.

Police To Hold Blood, Bone Marrow Drive March 17

Have you heard about Tyler Seddon? Lakewood Police did and we’re busy signing cards here at the station. We invite our fellow first responders such as West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the surrounding area Police Departments and Fire Departments to join us in making sure this little guy’s birthday wish far exceeds his hope!

Tyler’s story also reminded us that there is a very real, and great, need for bone marrow donors all across the country, including right here in Washington State. Since we can’t make it to Rhode Island, the Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drive to find a match for Tyler, and hopefully others, as well.

Please join us here at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW, on Monday, March 17, 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 .

Seahawks Jermaine Kearse to Visit Lakewood Verizon Wireless Store on Tuesday

Bowl hero and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse will be appearing at the newly renovated and expanded Verizon Wireless store in Lakewood, Wash.

The store was recently redesigned to bring the future of retailing to life with new, cutting-edge connected devices for mobile, auto, home, health and fitness to help customers experience a “connected life.” The new, larger “smart design” Lakewood Verizon Wireless retail location contains space dedicated to teaching consumers wireless basics, solving problems and Wireless Workshops.

Verizon is excited to invite media, friends and neighbors to see the store and meet Jermaine Kearse.

What

Remodeled, Expanded Verizon Smart Store Grand Opening featuring autographs and photos with Seahawk Jermaine Kearse.

When

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where

Verizon Wireless Lakewood Store
5700 100th Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/21/2014

February 21, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

SSMCP Wins Award

The Pierce County Regional Council honored the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership with the first “Working Across Boundaries” Award on Thursday night at its General Assembly presentation in Puyallup.

Josh Brown, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council, presented the award to Dan Penrose, Program Manager for SSMCP, and JBLM Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., who accepted the award on behalf of the many partners in Pierce and Thurston counties.

The award recognized SSMCP’s success bringing together regional interests on issues such as traffic congestion on Interstate 5 and support for transitioning service members.

"We're especially pleased to receive this award on behalf of Lakewood and the surrounding communities,” Mayor Don Anderson said. “Our relationship with JBLM is a very important one. It is that relationship that will help both our civilian and military populations move toward the future effectively."

To read more, visit http://goo.gl/sZi5Mo .

RallyPoint/6 Opens Doors in Lakewood

RallyPoint/6 - a nonprofit that supports transitioning service members, National Guard and Reservists, veterans and military families – is now operating in the heart of Lakewood. The $1 million, 6,000-square-foot center offers computer stations, meeting rooms, classrooms, kid drop zone service and other amenities for military families.

It is located at 9881 Bridgeport Way SW, and it’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. “A center like RallyPoint/6 shows how much our community is committed to helping and meeting the needs of our transitioning military,” City Manager John Caulfield said.

To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/6oyQbQ .

Directors Meet With JBLM Counterparts

This week, several directors and managers with the City visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord to meet with their counterparts who work on base. With Lakewood being the host community to the base, both the City and JBLM decided it would be beneficial for City directors to learn what their base counterparts do on a daily basis and vice versa. The City Manager delivered a presentation on the state of Lakewood, while JBLM Commander Col. Charles Hodges Jr., summarized structure and activities at the base. Afterward, some directors from the City learned about and even tried their hand at simulated training that soldiers typically experience, including shooting and rolling over in military vehicles.

Police

Assist in Orting Homicide

Lakewood Police Investigative personnel assisted Orting PD thru CRU (the Crime Response Unit) during its recent homicide investigation of a man who was fatally shot in his front yard .

Economic Development

Business Site Visits

The Economic Development team met with companies this week - one in finance and the other auto repair. Both serve clients throughout the state. We continue to be reminded of the exceptional companies and individuals that we enjoy here in Lakewood. We’re a community that cares and wants to help those in need. For example, who would think that a bank would be concerned about finding ways to assist lower income clients to find assistance with their utility bills?

What’s New?

Habitat for Humanity is building another home in Tillicum on Portland Avenue. Cohasset Imports has taken up shop on 32nd street near the 512 Business Park. There are remodeling projects going on around town including the McDonalds on 100th, and the Starbucks on Main Street. Popeye’s restaurant is about to begin construction on a new restaurant in Tillicum at 15201 Union and a new espresso stand is also planned for Tillicum.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Lakewood Gateways

The City met this week with an ad hoc stakeholders group - comprised of representatives from City advisory boards along with community and business members - to start developing a vision for “Lakewood Gateways.”

Although the group will create a vision that can be used for all of Lakewood’s gateways, the outcome for this specific process will be an improved gateway at Bridgeport and Pacific Highway. Their goal is to improve the look and feel when you come to Lakewood. Besides the many visitors coming to the area for the U.S. Open in June 2015, an improved entry and image of Lakewood may have an effect on future tourism and economic development. A community meeting is scheduled for late March or early April to develop a preferred design option (including project costs, as well as funding and phasing options) that will be shared with Council at the conclusion of this process.

Municipal Court

Work Crew Helps With Fallen Barn

Last week, the Work Crew assisted Park staff in securing the fallen barn at Fort Steilacoom Park off from visitors, who could have potentially harmed themselves because the barn roof wasn’t fully collapsed. This was another example of the collaborative work relationship between Parks and the Work Crew.

Judge, Administrator Present to Kiwanis

Judge Grant Blinn and Court Administrator Deana Wright were guest speakers at the Kiwanis meeting on Tuesday. They gave an overview of Municipal Court services and informed members of the day-to-day functions of the Court. The slide presentation included statistics, court procedures and information on how the court is undertaking efficiency measures.

Council Meetings

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

  • Review Legacy Plan (ie capital improvements) (continued)
  • Review of agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Multi-family tax credit program
  • Review of public defender contract options
  • Review of transportation grant applications and timeline for PCRC
  • Information Technology Assessment

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 3, 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
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint a member to the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Appoint a member to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt Legacy Plan (tentative)
  • Approve an agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Approve a public defender contract
  • Approve computer replacement recommendations

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