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WildSide Pets Relocates for New Beginning with Local Lakewood Community

WildSide Pets, a full-service pet store, recently relocated from Puyallup to the City of Lakewood, bringing exotic animals and specialty services.

In 2004, Cindy Taylor took her 40 years of passion and love for animals to open WildSide Pets with her daughter, Cari Aida. WildSide Pets is a 100 percent women-owned business and has been family-owned and operated for nearly ten years.

Earlier this year, Taylor and Aida moved the business into the heart of Lakewood where they provide a selection of exotic animals as well as various supplies and services. The new location was selected based on its proximity to the military community, visibility and the building’s character.

“My mom and I have always had a passion for working with animals and we are very fortunate to have this business together,” says co-owner Aida. “We are excited to grow our presence in Lakewood and we look forward to continuing to share our animal knowledge, pets, education and services with the community.”

WildSide Pets is USDA licensed to carry and sell an array of exotic animals such as sugar gliders, squirrels, hedgehogs, prairie dogs as well as common domestic pets such as puppies, kittens, reptiles and fish. WildSide Pets receives praise for its high industry standards in cleanliness, customer outreach, and most importantly, the responsible and appropriate care of animals. For example, WildSide offers free aquarium water analysis and habitat design to ensure quality care. Products carried at the store are holistic and natural with many organic options.

WildSide is engaged with the community through educational services and discounts including a military discount on dry goods. The store offers a free classroom pet program that allows teachers to borrow pets and receive supplies at a discounted price for their class animals.

“Lakewood welcomes unique businesses such as WildSide Pets,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “WildSide is the only store of its type in the state making it a regional destination for its distinctive inventory and staff expertise.”

Take a trip to WildSide Pets located at 3615 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Suite #101 in Lakewood. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit:

City of Lakewood Adopts Legislative Policy Manual, Agenda

The Lakewood City Council has always made clear what it hopes to get out of every Legislative session.

Now, the City has a roadmap to determine exactly what it supports, opposes and why.

This week, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted the City’s first Legislative Policy Manual , which will serve as a framework for the City in developing a legislative agenda and evaluating legislative policy. It focuses heavily on City Council priorities.

(The manual is available online here: /government/city-council/legislative-policy-manual )

The policy manual emphasizes the City of Lakewood’s stance on everything from congestion relieve in the I-5 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Corridor to traffic cameras to public records and open meetings:

Community, Economic Development, Transportation and Infrastructure

  • I-5 JBLM Corridor
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership & Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Economic Development Tools
  • Boundary Review Board
  • Local Authority for Land Use and Planning
  • Public Works Trust Fund
  • Parks, Recreation & Urban Forestry
  • Local Transportation Funding
  • State Route 167/State Route 509 Puget Sound Gateway Project


  • State-Shared Revenues
  • General Fund Revenue
  • Unfunded Mandates & Other State & Federal Budget Impacts

Public Safety

  • Authority to Appoint Municipal Court Judges
  • Traffic Enforcement Cameras
  • Jail and Court Costs

General Government

  • Public Records & Open Meetings

The City Council also adopted the 2013-14 Biennial Legislative Agenda, which contains the following four items:

  • Transportation Funding: I-5 JBLM Corridor Improvements (If not adopted in 2013): Lakewood requests that the state adopt a transportation revenue package that includes full funding for improvements to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord I-5 Corridor (I-5 Mounts Road Interchange on the south to I-5 Bridgeport Interchange on the north) to relieve congestion and allow for the future economic development of the City of Lakewood and the surrounding communities. The City also requests that a transportation revenue package include a direct distribution of funding to cities for local street maintenance and operations.
  • Capital Funding Request: Towne Green: Lakewood request $500,000 in capital funding to foster a sense of community and spur economic development in the Lakewood Towne Center. With state and local funds, the City plans to construct a town green in an area of Lakewood Towne Center to attract a greater number of people into the Towne Center.
  • Mitigation Funding Request: Point Defiance Bypass: The Point Defiance Bypass Project proposes routing passenger trains through South Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont at the cost of $89 million. When completed, the project will bring a total of seven daily round trip passenger trains through Lakewood intersections, with an average crossing time of 7 seconds per intersection, 45 seconds total with guard rails and a maximum speed of 79 mph. This routing bifurcates the community and negatively affects residents and businesses by generating additional traffic congestions, increased noise and vibrations and an impact on economic development. The City requests that a portion of the $89 million allocated to WSDOT Rail for the project be allocated to projects that mitigate theses negative impacts on Lakewood residents and businesses.
  • Maintain Funding for the Western State Hospital Community Policing Program: The 2013-15 State Operating Budget contains $462,000 for a highly effective neighborhood policing team (through LPD) to respond to hundreds of calls for police service at Western State Hospital. The City of Lakewood requests that this funding remain included in the budget, and that it be re-appropriated in the 2015-17 Operating Budget.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/1/2013

November 1, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Bid award to KBH Construction, Inc., in the amount of $524,485 for traffic signal improvements at Custer Road SW and John Dower Road SW.
  • Bid award to Totem Electric of Tacoma, in the amount of $774,375, for modification to 48 traffic signals.
  • Approve a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000 for the 2013-2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adopt the Legislative Policy Manual and 2013-2014 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, in the amount of $55,000 for state government relation services.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Pierce Transit relative to an auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 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:

  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Make a Difference Day

The Lakewood Youth Council coordinated community service projects throughout the City in celebration of Make a Difference Day this past Saturday. The projects included: installing 33 grave markers in the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns organization, decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch, completing the final phase of a three-year beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary and working with the Clover Park Kiwanis Club at the community garden to prepare the garden plots for winter. More than 100 volunteers participated in Make a Difference Day in Lakewood this year.

Transit Connector Project Artwork

The final leaf was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project. This completes the display of 5 Garry Oak leaves representative of our local flora in Lakewood. Artist David Eisenhour is nationally recognized for his sculptures depicting specific plant forms which offer a reflection of their covert beauty and peculiarity.

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 21-25, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 39 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 15 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Donations For YWCA

During the month of October, the City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation partnered together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Between 5,000 to 6,000 personal hygiene products were collected for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Rally

On Friday, October 25th, Anita Booker-Hay attended the first annual domestic violence awareness rally sponsored by the City of Tacoma. The rally included representatives of Cities that have recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by proclamation, as well as other agencies that provide direct victim services to domestic violence crime victims.

Community Development Update

Software Conversion

The Community Development Department completed its software conversion this week. There were three parts to the conversion process:

  1. Retiring one software system and replacing it with a new system
  2. Converting planning and building permit files that were “in process”
  3. Providing training to both the Community Development Department and Public Works Department
  4. Systems testing for quality assurance.

PAB Reviewing Zoning Code Amendment

This coming week, the Planning Advisory Board will convene. The board will review a resolution of intent to amend the zoning code, updating definitions related to housing and considering a new communal residence section. The board will consider a report regarding the Puget Sound Regional Council’s regional growth centers and review information on Lakewood’s population and housing data as part of the 2015 comprehensive plan update.

Economic Development Update

100th & South Tacoma Way

Economic Development is working with the National Development Council (NDC) on SBA and Section 108 funding for a redevelopment project at the corner of 100th and South Tacoma Way. This property is where the Gloria Motel once stood and the Rainier Motel still stands.

New Medical Services Business

A disabled veteran and medical professional is seeking a location in the heart of our Central Business District. This new medical services center will bring together several disciplines geared towards pain management among other related services. NDC is also assisting in framing the options best suited for this practice.

New Springbrook Development

A Springbrook property owner met with the City this week to discuss current and next steps for their property. The City will work closely with the owner, architect and construction contractor in the coming months and into 2014 for a new development in this area.

Woodbrook Industrial Park

Ellie Chambers-Grady met with energy provider and EDB staff around best uses for the new Industrial Business Park (IBP). A 20-plus acre parcel has been prepped and approved for warehousing and manufacturing. It is currently being marketed as the Lakewood I-5 Commerce Center build-to-suit. Olympic Moving & Storage, the first business to sight in the IBP earlier this year, already has plans for expansion.

Destination Summit

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) brought their team to Lakewood this week to meet with venues and the Economic Development Department. TRCVB outcomes from the meeting were perceptions of what Lakewood does really well, opportunities for improvement, trends, and better ways to collaborate with one another to bring various sized tours to Lakewood.

Police Update

Narcotics Warrant

On October 29th, the Police Department worked with the DEA to serve six narcotics-related search warrants in Pierce County, one of which was in Lakewood. Four people were taken into custody and transported to the US Marshals office, and multiple ounces of heroin and methamphetamine were recovered.

City of Lakewood To Honor Veterans With Special Recognition

They served. They fought. They sacrificed - all in the name of protecting our country.

Now, the City of Lakewood wants to offer its small token of gratitude to our nation’s veterans.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Lakewood City Council will recognize all veterans during a special presentation of a proclamation declaring the month of November as “Veterans Appreciation Month” to members of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the City’s Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Expected to attend are Col. Jody Miller, the Raiders’ Brigade Commander, and Command Sgt. Major Oscar L. Vinson.

Mayor Don Anderson is scheduled to make a special proclamation honoring men and women serving or who have served in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces. Anderson, himself, is a veteran who served overseas as a U.S. Navy JAG officer from 1979-1981.

The presentation will take place toward the start of the City Council’s study session meeting, which will begin 7 p.m., Tuesday at Lakewood City Hall, City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW.

The City is asking all veterans to attend and be recognized for their service and sacrifices. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Lakewood Residents Have Options For Yard Waste Disposal

So you know not to sweep your fallen leaves into the streets and drains.

But the next question: How do I get rid of my yard waste?

There are options for Lakewood residents. You can sign up through Lemay/Pierce County Refuse for yard waste services and receive a 95-gallon tote to keep during the season. The cost is $7.25 per month and pick-up at your home is every other week, just like your regular recycling.

Contact LeMay at (253) 588-1705 and press "6" for customer service questions.

If you want to dispose of organic debris and yard waste on your own for free, you can fill a truck bed or bag it up, then drive it to the Pierce County Landfill at Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Ave. E, Puyallup. It can be reached at (253) 847-7555. Reminder: If you bring bagged leaves, you will have to empty the bags and dispose of only the leaves!

Again, please do not sweep yard waste into the streets, where the leaves will likely clog storm drains and cause flooding on busy streets.

Thanks for the help!