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Coffee with the Deputy Mayor- September 17th

Coffee with the Deputy Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Deputy Mayor on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.

We will be hosting a Meet and Greet with the new City Manager, John J. Caulfield.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.  I hope to see you there!

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen

No RSVP is needed


City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/6//2013

September 6, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Study Session on Monday, September 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • A joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • Briefing by the City Manager - Overview of September 15, 2013 4/2 Stryker Brigade parade and community festival.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of September 16, 2013 include:

  • Proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
  • Authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police Canine Astor as surplus property.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.

Youth Council

The new Youth Council for the 2013-’14 term was appointed on August 19th and met for the first time on September 3rd. Students representing Harrison Prep, Clover Park and Lakes High Schools will be serving on the Youth Council. They will start with a very busy schedule including attending a state-wide Youth Council Summit hosted by the Washington Recreation & Parks Association on October 5th, assisting with Truck & Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park on October 19th and coordinating & hosting Make a Difference Day in Lakewood on October 26th.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works Update

I-5 construction began Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Washington Department of Transportation began construction Wednesday (September 4th) on a new lane next to the southbound side of Interstate 5 between Berkeley Street, Exit 122, and Thorne Lane, Exit 123, adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The entire southbound shoulder of I-5 will be closed from Wednesday until Dec. 1. to facilitate the construction of the new lane. WSDOT will create another traffic lane next to the current shoulder to alleviate congestion in that area.

Most of the work will be done at night, but the shoulder will not be available for use.

People who normally use Madigan Gate for physical training and work in the mornings can expect long lines along I-5 during the project. Drivers cannot queue on the shoulder to take the Berkeley Exit (122), Cars will not be allowed to stop in the lane of travel on the freeway. If traffic fills the Exit 122 off-ramp, drivers should continue to the next JBLM exit.

Alternate routes to JBLM are advised for traffic from the North: State Route 512 to Steele Street to Spanaway Loop to Military Road to the Lincoln/Rainier Gate, which opens at 5:30 a.m.; Southbound I-5 to Thorne Lane to access the Logistics Center Gate, which opens at 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Leave early to accommodate the increased travel times.

Economic Development Update

Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) and Recruitment

Year to date staff have met on site with 69 businesses representing 1564 employees. Many of the businesses are retail services/restaurants and various financial, health care, and business service industries. Other industries represented include construction, manufacturing, education, and wholesale trade. We are actively working with three major redevelopment projects around the city, the recruitment of 13 companies, and have hosted three national/international recruitment tours in Lakewood. As a result of BRE visits we are assisting seven companies with expansions. There is a particular interest in Lakewood this year from restaurants. We expect to see new offerings in this area within the next year.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 26-30, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 58 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 34 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.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Lakewood Farmers Market Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day

Join us Tuesday, September 10th for Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day! The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with students from the Clover Park High School AFJROTC Honor Guard’s presentation of colors and features live music all day long. With only two weeks left at the Market stop by to pick up fresh produce, lunch, and enjoy the day’s entertainment! Extra reusable Market totes will be on sale for $5 each –get one while supplies last!

The Lakewood Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Municipal Court Update

Tuesday September 3, 2013 the City Council approved an interlocal agreement between the City of Lakewood and Town of Steilacoom for Municipal Court services. The contract includes court services, public defense and prosecution services. This is exciting for the Municipal Court as the contract will be beneficial to both parties by Lakewood providing excellent court and judicial services to the Town of Steilacoom at a reduced cost from their current tradition of having a municipal court. This is a moving trend towards regionalization for municipalities to combine services in an effort to reduce budget costs and providing enhanced services not available in smaller jurisdictions. The Municipal Court staff will be assisting Steilacoom during the transition.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

The Northway Neighborhood hosted a luncheon on August 27 for members of the CSRT, Community Policing Team, and Animal Control officers that work their neighborhood as a way of saying "thank you for your service." The plaque that was presented to them during their National Night Out event was installed at the entrance to their neighborhood and was unveiled during the event.

Police Department Update

Lakewood Investigators conducted a month long investigation into drug trafficking and served a high risk search warrant this week with the assistance of Metro SWA. The results of which recovered multiple firearms, large amounts of methamphetamines, and a stolen vehicle.

Community Development Update

This week staff met with the CDBG Citizens Advisory Board to review the FY 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER is Lakewood’s annual reporting to HUD summarizing progress made during the fiscal year 2012 program year in carrying out housing and community development efforts pertaining to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding. In FY 2012, the city provided $725,242 ($470,895 CDBG and $254,347 HOME) to support a variety of public service, housing, physical improvement, and economic development projects. Additionally, the City expended a total of $387,658.56 in NSP1 and NSP3 funding through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is currently constructing 32 single family residences in the Tillicum neighborhood over the next three years; construction has been completed on 7 homes, with an additional 4 homes currently under construction.

The CDBG Citizens Advisory Board has been meeting over the past several weeks. The Board has been reviewing past year’s funding allocations and is in the process of preparing a work plan for the upcoming year. Their next meeting, September 12, 2013, is a formal public hearing on housing, human services, and community development needs. It is also a joint meeting with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.

This week staff met with Living Access Support Alliance to discuss progress on the proposed $6.1 million Prairie Oaks project. The project consists of 15-units of affordable housing for homeless families and an approximately 4,000 square foot client services center. The project is a cooperative effort of LASA and the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA). THA recently applied for permits from the City and is expected to start construction sometime in October.

On September 4, 2013, the City staff conducted a forum on the Point Defiance Rail Bypass Project. Residents, property owners, and business owners adjacent to the tracks from 108th Street SW to Gravelly Lake Drive SW were contacted. There were over 30 people in attendance. Comments were universal in opposition to the rail project. Common themes were concerns over noise, vibration, pedestrian safety, increased traffic congestion, and the adverse impact on property values. The next public outreach will be at the Tillicum Community Center on September 18th at 6:00 P.M.

Also this week, City staff briefed the Lakewood Industrial Park on Point Defiance. New information was obtained on the impacts of rail activity both in relation to Sound Transit’s Sounder and the likely effects of Amtrak on industrial park users.

Building Permit Activity

Permit activity remains steady. New building permit valuation for the month of August, 2013 was $4,651,729.23. Overall, building permit activity has increased over the previous year. Total valuation for the year to-date, January through August, is at $60,155,604.71. Last year’s total valuation during the same timeframe was $38,121,244.04.


September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

September 17th- Coffee with the Mayor- St. Clare Hospital Resource Center

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/30/13

August 30, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • Swearing-In Ceremony - John J. Caulfield, City Manager
  • Proclamation declaring September 13, 2013 as Lakewood Playhouse Day
  • Appointing Nina Klinkhammer to serve on the Youth Council for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Amending Sections 18A.30.440, 18A.30.450, 18A.30.540 and 18A.50.241 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to drive through facilities.
  • Authorizing the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court, prosecution and public defense services.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 9, 2013 include:

  • Joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works Update

Bridgeport Way (112th St -59th Ave) Asphalt Overlay project-Project Update

As with any construction project things are always changing. As such instead of starting Tuesday (9/3/2013) with night work on Bridgeport way SW between 112th St. SW and 59th Ave. SW the contractor will be doing day work on Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with raising and adjusting various lids such as manhole covers. Then on 9/5-6 and the following week and they will switch to night work and will be closing two lanes of traffic to all vehicles starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. each night in order to facilitate placing the roadway striping. One lane in each direction will be left open during this time, expect delays and temporary driveway closures, detours will be in place.

Economic Development Update

Lodging Tax Grants in Review

The Lodging tax grant application period is now closed, and submissions are being reviewed by staff. Applicants will be asked to present on October 2nd before the Lodging Tax Advisory Board.

Lions Club Presentation

Economic development staff presented to Lakewood First Lions Club. Updates on projects and future gains are looking impressive to the group. For more information on this great Lakewood service club visit their website:

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach

Meetings continue with business groups around the Point Defiance Rail Bypass outreach project. We continue to receive input from the community via calls and emails as well. The next public outreach event is September 4th at 6:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers.

REDAB moved to October

The Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) meeting has been moved to Tuesday, October 8th. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the status of EB5 funding. Henry Liebman of American Life will present and discuss progress around funding city projects. Here’s more information on EB5 and American Life:

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Parks and street maintenance staff & Work Crew worked together this week on a Right of Way Maintenance cleanup project. They completed trimming of overgrown vegetation as well as removing garbage and debris from an area on Steilacoom Blvd. from Weller Road to Phillips Road to improve safe access to nearby schools. The first day of school for Clover Park School District students is next week.

Police Department Update

Lakewood Recognized Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

On August 16, 2013 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office recognized two of Lakewood’s Finest. Detective Bryan Johnson was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Award of Merit for his role in the investigation of the murder of Loomis Armored Car Guard Kurt Husted, at the Lakewood Wal-Mart on June 2, 2009. Investigator Jeff Martin was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Patrol Officer of the Year Award. After responding to a bank robbery in progress on September 6, 2012, and learning the robbers had escaped, Officer Martin spent countless hours investigating the case, resulting in the arrest of seven suspects responsible for more than 30 separate bank robberies across the county.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 19-23, 2013 for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Mark Your Calendars

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City of Lakewood's "Raider Return" Celebration

City of Lakewood’s “Raider Return” Celebration Announcement

2,000 Soldiers, 11 Strykers to march in Lakewood parade celebrating the unit’s return from Afghanistan

The City of Lakewood is hosting a community-wide celebration on Sunday, September 15, 2013, for the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (4-2 SBCT). This unit is our city’s military “Community Connector” partner at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The events of the day focus on the theme “Raiders Return,” as the unit—known as the Raider Brigade—just completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, where they provided security force assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces.

2,000 Soldiers and more than a dozen of the unit’s military vehicles, including 11 different variants of the Stryker, and the I Corps Band will march in a parade departing at 9:00 a.m. from Lakewood Police headquarters and ending at City Hall. There, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the 4-2 SBCT Commander, Colonel Michael Getchell, will provide brief remarks. After the conclusion of the parade, all are invited to a community festival at Fort Steilacoom Park, which will begin at noon and run until 6:00 p.m. The festival will offer food, musical entertainment, games, a petting zoo, car and motorcycle shows, military and emergency response vehicle displays, and more.

Lakewood has been 4-2 SBCT’s “Community Connector” since 2006. The City’s elected officials have maintained strong relationships with the Brigade’s leadership, and soldiers and their families have received broad support from residents, businesses, city staff, and other community members. The Lakewood-Raider ties became especially close-knit starting in 2007, when the unit made its first deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Community members sent care packages to the unit while they were overseas, checked in on their families, hosted holiday events, and provided comfort kits for single Soldiers in their barracks rooms upon redeployment.

4-2 SBCT holds the distinction of being the last combat brigade conducting offensive operations to leave Iraq, which occurred during its second deployment to the region, from 2009-2010. In the fall of 2012, it also became the last Stryker Brigade Combat Team to deploy from JBLM to Afghanistan.

In June 2013, the Department of the Army announced that 4-2 SBCT would inactivate as part of the Army’s plan to complete post-war downsizing and force restructuring by the year 2020. 4-2 SBCT’s transition is slated to begin later this year.

Please join Soldier partners and their families on this special day to commemorate the “Raiders’ Return,” and to honor 4-2 SBCT’s brief but storied history as it prepares to permanently case its colors.

CAUTION: Toxic Algae present at Steilacoom Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in Steilacoom Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color. Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 ( ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253) 798-3530 ( ), or visit our website at .