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Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to Inactivate

​Earlier today, Congressman Denny Heck relayed the news that the Army had selected the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) for inactivation. The City of Lakewood has enjoyed a very active “Community Connector” relationship with the “Raider Brigade” since 2006.

The Raider Brigade, under the command of Colonel Mike Getchell, is now completing its third deployment in the last seven years. In 2007, the brigade was part of the military’s historic “surge” to Iraq, which turned the tide against the insurgency. The brigade lost fifty-four soldiers during that deployment; their names are inscribed on a bronze plaque in the Lakewood Council Chambers. In 2009, the brigade returned to Iraq and received national recognition as the last combat brigade to leave Iraq when it departed the following summer. In the fall of 2012, the brigade deployed to Afghanistan to serve in the treacherous Kandahar region. The entire brigade will be home by July.

Over the years, City officials have attended memorial services for the brigade’s fallen soldiers, participated in homecoming events and change of command ceremonies, and hosted pre-deployment dinners for the brigade’s leadership. The City also supported the brigade’s “adopt-a-company” program, which connected units with local businesses and collected donations for single soldiers. Over the years, the brigade has been very generous in return by supporting such civic projects as “Make a Difference Day,” “Parks Appreciation Day,” and “Truck and Tractor Day.” The brigade has regularly participated in City Council meetings.

Mayor Don Anderson remarked, “The City was disappointed to hear the news that the 4-2 Stryker Brigade has been selected for inactivation. Lakewood has thoroughly enjoyed its friendship with the Raider Brigade over the years. They are well-led and consummate professionals. We look forward to reuniting with the brigade as they complete their mission in Afghanistan.”

The Lakewood Sub-Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA – Meriwether Lewis Chapter) has also been a major advocate of the 4-2 SBCT. The City, with active support from the AUSA, will host a parade and homecoming event for the 4-2 SBCT on Sunday, September 15. Details are available at www.cityoflakewood.us.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/21/2013

June 21, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • Lakewood Selects John Caulfield as new City Manager: City staff was excited to learn about the Lakewood Council’s unanimous vote last night to appoint Mr. John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. This morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.” The City’s news release is online: /news/front-page/1417-lakewood-selects-john-caulfield-as-new-city-manager
    • Permit Counter to Close at Noon on Wednesdays: Due to an acute staff shortage, the second floor counter for the Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments will be closed on Wednesday afternoons. Staff expect this to be a temporary measure, but may last a few months. The closure will allow the limited staff to process those permit applications that have been submitted. The second floor front counter will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 to Noon on Wednesdays. The City appreciates the patience of our residents and businesses during this period.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Dower Elementary Safe Routes to School Project: Construction of sidewalks on John Dower Road from Custer Road to 78th Street West will begin Monday, June 24. Construction includes curb, gutter, sidewalk (on the school side), enhanced crosswalks with rapid-flashing beacons, and hot-mix asphalt overlay. We will complete construction in August and will require temporary lane closures during the day.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • Raider Brigade Update: This Sunday, 343 soldiers from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade (Lakewood’s adopted brigade) will return to JBLM from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. After this group arrives, half of the brigade will have returned home with the remainder coming home through July. City staff delivered donations from citizens and city employees this week to the brigade’s headquarters (see photo below). The brigade’s family support groups will distribute the donations to returning single soldiers living in JBLM barracks. The City and the brigade appreciate the generosity of those who contributed.

Permit Counter Closes at Noon on Wednesdays

Due to an acute staff shortage, the second floor counter for the Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments will be closed on Wednesday afternoons. This is expected to be a temporary measure, but may last a few months. The closure will allow the limited staff to process those permit applications that have been submitted. The second floor front counter will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 to Noon on Wednesdays. Thank you for your patience.

Effective June 26, 2013

Lakewood Selects John Caulfield as new City Manager

At its meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. Mr. Caulfield is currently serving as the city manager in Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, a job he has held since January 2006. He previously served as a deputy city manager in University Place and held various finance positions at the City of Federal Way. He is a graduate of Boston University (BS) and Seattle University (MBA). Caulfield was first introduced to the Lakewood community over twenty years ago while serving with the Army’s 2-75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis.

The Lakewood council was enthusiastic in discussing Caulfield’s qualifications before they cast their votes. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen stated that Caulfield “met all the attributes we were looking for in the ideal candidate.” Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant observed that he appeared to possess the shared strengths of Lakewood’s first two city managers. Other councilmembers referenced his strong leadership and his depth of experience in economic development and finance.

Mayor Don Anderson thanked the citizens and staff who participated in the hiring process and provided valuable insights to the Council. Mayor Anderson said it was reassuring that Caulfield was “currently successful in a city that wants to keep him. He is familiar with Lakewood and the military and will hit the ground running.”

On Friday morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.”

While his contract with Mountlake Terrace requires 60 days notice, the Lakewood Council is hopeful he can report earlier once they finalize a contract.

Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

New location provides visible and busy location near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in Lakewood’s new Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park. With a 45,000 square-foot warehouse facility, Olympic’s new location accommodates the company’s growth, business needs and allows the company to better serve its customer base.

Adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and near I-5, the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park location provides Olympic with close proximity to its most important business segment as a military contractor. “Our new location allows us to be nearer to the military community,” said Jill Ihly, vice president of Olympic Moving and Storage. “We are proud to serve military members by helping to facilitate their moving and storage needs and coordinating on their behalf if deployed.”

The Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park borders JBLM to the south, Woodbrook Drive on its east boundary, Woodbrook Middle School on its western perimeter and a residential area and JBLM on its north edge.

Ihly is the third generation in her family to work in the moving industry, following her grandparents and parents into the family business. The business opened in 1994 out of the family’s Olympia home, and Olympic Moving and Storage has since grown to four locations in Olympia, Federal Way, Bremerton and Lakewood with additional plans for expansion.

“It is exciting that Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Over 150 acres of land are zoned as Industrial Business Park (IBP) and the parcels are ready for redevelopment. Olympic is pioneering the way for expected growth in the area.”

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