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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 .

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

RallyPoint/6 Opens in Lakewood

  • WHAT: RallyPoint/6, a one-stop resource center for transitioning military members, veterans and military families pens first center in Washington
  • WHERE: 9881 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood
  • HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • WEBSITE: rp6.org
  • WHAT ELSE: The $1 million, 6,000-square-foot center offers computer stations, meeting rooms, classrooms, kid drop zone service and other amenities for military families.

 

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Pierce County and the South Sound enjoy a special relationship with military services members and their families.

So it only makes sense that RallyPoint/6 chose Lakewood to open the state’s largest private, one-stop resource center.

The nonprofit organization – which supports transitioning service members, National Guard and Reservists, veterans and military families – is now operating in the heart of Lakewood, a city whose identity and culture is intertwined with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Camp Murray, the American Lake Veterans Hospital and the region’s military.

With support from community volunteers, retired military service members and military family members, the new center is designed as a hub for veterans who seek crucial transitional connections for employment and careers, education, family programs, housing, veteran benefits and wellness resources.

RallyPoint/6’s chose the Lakewood location because of proximity to the military. That proximity will help RallyPoint/6 serve the growing volume of new veterans in the South Puget Sound.

Pierce County currently has one of the largest veteran concentrations in the U.S. at more than 90,000.

In 2013, more than 6,000 service members transitioned to civilian life through JBLM, and another 9,500 service members are expected to do the same in 2014, according to Anne Sprute, RallyPoint/6 Founder and CEO.

“We anticipate between 14,000 and 15,000 service members and their families will relocate here annually from duty stations worldwide through the year 2016,” said Sprute, a retired CW4 helicopter pilot. “These service members will require resources to make a smooth transition and reintegrate fully into their communities.”

“RallyPoint/6 is standing ready to provide opportunities for connections and a smooth path ahead,” she added.

The center boasts more than 6,000 square feet of space, and its amenities include:

  • Resource room with 20 computer stations
  • Commercial-grade copier/printer and fax machine
  • 10 private meeting rooms
  • 16 community collaborator partner stations
  • Classroom for workshops and other learning opportunities.

The site also offers a child drop-off “Drop Zone” to accommodate service members and their families who need a break from kid duties while connecting to the vast array of resources in the local community.

For java drinkers – RallyPoint/6 is set to receive a commercial coffee machine from Starbucks and will be serving complimentary coffee from the Seattle coffeemaker along with treats from the robust volunteer core.

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, a RallyPoint/6 Board Member, says the organization’s mission is ideal for such a military rich region.

“Given the number of service members transitioning into Pierce County over the next few years, RallyPoint/6 is a key resource for building veteran support networks among businesses and non-profits,” she said. “It gives efficient and effective assistance to veterans and their families joining our communities.”

The center is a product of community support, as well as a recognition that it must do everything we can to help veterans and their families. The initial funding came from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation with a bold challenge grant that pledged $1 million in matching funds from the community. Through generous private and public donors and foundation grants, Sprute and a small team of citizen leaders and veterans raised the necessary $1 million in less than four months. In addition to community donations, the organization received in-kind support to establish RallyPoint/6’s physical location.

“The sacrifices that service members and their families make on a daily basis are remarkable,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “A center like RallyPoint/6 shows how much our community is committed to helping and meeting the needs of our transitioning military. Anne is doing a wonderful thing for our military community, and the City of Lakewood will support the RP/6 mission any way it can. We welcome RP/6 with open arms.”

Lieutenant General (R) Bill Harrison, Co-Chairman of the RallyPoint/6 Board of Directors and former commander of I Corps and Fort Lewis, as well as Lakewood’s first mayor, said “These transitioning young veterans and their families have the potential to become the bedrock of our South Puget Sound communities in the future. Helping them succeed will produce our next generation of strong families, community volunteers, civic and business leaders. We ask you to join us at RallyPoint/6 in welcoming them home and helping them thrive.”

If you or someone you know is a veteran who’s making the transition out of the military, stop by RallyPoint/6 to connect to the center’s exhaustive network of resources.

There are different ways you can assist in this mission; volunteer with your time, talent or donate resources. Be part of ensuring our next greatest generation is embraced with opportunity to continue to serve in the community. As the Schultz Family Foundation stated, “While their service is ending, our responsibility is just beginning.”

RP/6 is located at 9881 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit: rp6.org .

SSMCP Wins 'Working Across Boundaries" Award

The Pierce County Regional Council recognized the collaboration between Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lakewood and the surrounding communities for their success doing just that - collaborating.

The PCRC – a sub-regional council for the Puget Sound 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 servicemembers. The group provides a common voice and single-point of contact for military-related activity that affect the region, and helps support entities carrying out recommendations of the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan.

“This recognition is a testament to the commitment from installation leadership and communities across the South Sound,” Penrose said. “We’ll continue improving this partnership to promote mutually beneficial investments and maximize opportunities for our military and region.”

Added Mayor Don Anderson added: "We're especially pleased to receive this award on behalf of Lakewood and the surrounding communities. 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."

City Council Adopts News Rules For Smoking in Parks

The Lakewood City Council adopted new rules Tuesday night that limit where users can smoke in City parks.

The City Council voted to ban smoking within 50 feet of specific areas where people gather, including:

  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic shelters
  • Swimming beaches
  • Athletic fields or spectator areas during events and concession areas

The City Council also opted not to change the code to allow alcohol in the parks during community events.

The amendments to the City’s parks code comes after public feedback and lengthy deliberations by the City Council.

The City of Lakewood owns or manages 12 parks, including the historic, 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park, which plays host to regional sporting events and community festivals and offers a popular off-leash dog park.

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