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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, offices at Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. They will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.

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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/22/2013

November 22, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Local Leaders Testify in Olympia

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield, along with a group of leaders from our area traveled to Olympia to testify in front of the Washington State Senate about the need to fix the transportation woes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.

Our area is encouraging state lawmakers to include major fixes to the corridor in their proposed transportation package. Given that Interstate 5 is the state's main transportation corridor, relieving congestion near the base is vital.

Pictured from left to right: 28th District Sen. Steve O'Ban, Lakewood City Manager John J. Caulfield, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and 28th District Rep. Dick Muri.

Mayor Presents Proclamation to St. Clare Hospital

The Lakewood Farmers Market. The Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon. The Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful, and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Nov. 21, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.

For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare sponsored two youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.

Public Information Officer Meet and Greet

On Nov. 21, the Lakewood Police Department held its first Public Information Officer (PIO) Meet and Greet. The goal of this event was to provide PIO’s from other agencies, as well as the media, a chance to come and meet one another in an informal setting, in the hopes of making future cooperative efforts between departments, agencies and the media more efficient.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, 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 of appreciation of Councilmember McGovern-Pilant.
  • Adopt 2014 property tax levy.

Following the special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, the City Council will begin its study session at the same location. Agenda items for the study session include:

  • Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
  • Review of proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
  • Economic Development and Development Services update.
  • 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
  • Review of criminal code amendments.
  • Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony of new Councilmember
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
  • Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment.
  • Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
  • Adopt criminal code amendments.
  • Adopt Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)
  • Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
  • Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
  • Approve Humane Society Agreement.
  • Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.

Legal Department Update

During the week of Nov. 11-15, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 16 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts Block Watch training

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted block watch training for 20-plus members of a local condominium association. The members are excited to get to work and make sure their local area is safer for residents. We talked about lighting, phones, partners and keeping a general watch on the area, as well as calling in to 911 when they see suspicious activity. They will have further meetings in the future, at which time more training will be conducted.

Community Safety Resource Team conducts a tour of the police station

Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted a tour of the police station for Girl Scout Troop No. 44607 from Joint Base Lewis -McChord. There were 11 girls, 2 boys and 8 parents present. The girls got to meet Chief Farrar and spend a few minutes talking to Officers Waller and Feldman. They then had a presentation on bullying and stranger danger from a Girl Scout Cadet.

Economic Development Update

2013 Economic Symposium

Labor and Industries hosted the annual Economic Symposium on Friday. Topics covered included Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Economic and Revenue Forecasting, and Research Opportunities through the UWT Regional Census Regional Data Center. Washington State has recovered about 80 percent of the jobs lost in the recession. Most of the new job creation has been in lower paying jobs such as retail services. The only industry sector to grow during the recession was health care and economists expect the highest recovery in the coming year or two to be in construction, health care and manufacturing. We are continuing on a slow-growth path. House prices are on the increase – good for existing home owners.

Looking for employment data? Visit https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/ . Presentations from this week’s meeting will be uploaded to the website next week.

Police

Lakewood Officer recognized for DUI enforcement efforts

On Nov. 22, Officer John Babcock was recognized by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victims Information Panel for his efforts in DUI and Impaired Driving enforcement.

Lakewood Mayor Thanks St. Clare Hospital For Support

Lakewood Mayor Thanks St. Clare Hospital For Support

Mayor Don Anderson read a special proclamation at the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 21

Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful , and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Thursday night, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.

For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which again is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare actually sponsored a pair of youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.

Get more information on the Jingle Bell Rock 5K .

New I-5 auxiliary lane in Lakewood to open in time for turkey

Weather permitting, drivers will have a new auxiliary lane on southbound Interstate 5 between Thorne Lane and Berkeley Avenue in Lakewood starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The new auxiliary lane increases the number of southbound I-5 lanes from three to four between the two ramps, giving drivers more room to merge on and off I-5 along that busy stretch of highway.

“The southbound exit to Berkeley Avenue has a history of traffic backups that block the right southbound lane of I-5, especially during morning commutes,” said WSDOT Regional Administrator Kevin Dayton. “This new auxiliary lane gives drivers an area off mainline I-5 to wait for their turn at the signal.”

It is the first step in a larger improvement to alleviate the southbound backups at the exit altogether. Eventually, the City of Lakewood will add a second left-turn lane at the ramp and widen the Freedom Bridge overpass to improve access to Madigan Hospital.

“We recognize how important I-5 is to the area’s economic vitality and this is one example of improving our existing highway operations,” said state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. “WSDOT and its regional partners are working on many projects to help reduce traffic congestion along I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.”

Increases in traffic congestion prompted WSDOT and local city, county, and JBLM officials to refocus on highway improvements along the I-5 corridor. Over the past decade, populations in Thurston and Pierce counties have grown exponentially and numerous big employers have moved into the area. While populations increased, the interstate steadily approached capacity.

In addition to the new auxiliary lane, WSDOT is in the process of installing new ramp meters, travel time signs and data stations, closed-circuit traffic cameras and variable-message signs along I-5 between State Routes 510 and 512 in Thurston and Pierce counties. These communication devices not only help WSDOT manage traffic, but they provide real-time traffic information to the public. Other efforts to improve highway operations are also underway.

WSDOT was awarded TIGER Grant funding to complete the project.

Grant Allows Lakewood To Add 4.4 Acres To Wards Lake Park

Grant Allows Lakewood To Add 4.4 Acres To Wards Lake Park

Lakewood City Council votes to match the Pierce County grant money to buy land

Visitors will soon find more open space at Wards Lake Park – 4.4 acres, to be exact.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase-and-sale agreement on property next to the park in Lakewood’s northeast corner.

The deal will involve buying the land from a private property owner for $475,000. A Pierce County Conservation Futures grant will pay for $275,000 of the cost, while the other $200,000 will be paid for out of the City’s storm water management fund.

The additional land will add open space that the City can manage and maintain, as well as give visitors secure access to the park from the south.

But the deal that will bring Wards Lake Park to more than 26 acres in size seemed unlikely three years, when the City’s bid to obtain grant money from the Conservation Futures program fell short. However, once Pierce County processed the costs for the projects it approved, it realized it had money left that could fund those that didn’t make the cut.

“We’re extremely lucky to have an opportunity like this,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director. “This allows us to maintain some of Lakewood’s open space and gives visitors more options when they visit Wards Lake Park.”

There is a house and a duplex on the property, as well as open space and wooded areas. The City will likely rent out the houses to generate income for maintenance and operations until money is raised to improve the site.

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