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Alice Bush receives 'Clerk of the Year Award'

Alice Bush, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Lakewood, received the honorary “Clerk of the Year Award” from the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA) at the groups’ annual conference in Tacoma.

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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/22/2013

March 22, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Cyber Security and Internet Identity Forum: The City of Lakewood partnered with Pierce County to present a half day Cyber Security and Identity Theft forum on March 20th at City Hall. Mayor Don Anderson welcomed a crowd of 100 participants from all over the Puget Sound. Attendees learned about existing and potential new threats, where and how information is being accessed, how to better protect themselves and their employees from being a target, and what steps may be taken now to minimize their risk of an attack and ensure the safety of personal information. Speakers from the Secretary of State Office of Corporations and Charities; U.S. Secret Service, Electronic Crimes Task Force; U.S. Attorney’s Office; Internet Identity; Symantec Corporation; Consumer Protection Division, WA Attorney General’s Office; and local BizTech Talk Radio Host addressed the crowd.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • JBLM Road Construction Project Closes Perimeter Road to Civilian Vehicle Traffic: Perimeter Road, which runs through Joint Base Lewis McChord and connects Spanaway and Woodbrook, will be closed from April 1st to about May 31st for maintenance. During that time, paved shoulders will be added, roadway cracks and potholes repaired, and the road surface repaved. Road work may take longer depending on weather conditions. Signs indicating closures and detours will be in place to alert drivers. The map below provides additional details on road closure. For additional information, the public should contact the JBLM Public Affairs Office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0148.
    • Update on Sound Transit’s commuter train layover project : The paving night work on 100th St and on Steilacoom Blvd near Lakeview Ave which was originally scheduled for March 18th through March 20th got rescheduled due to weather to Tuesday March 26th and Wednesday March 27th. The Contractor, Pease Construction, will be overlaying the two 100th St westbound lanes on the 26th and then on the 27th they will grind out and overlaying all 5 lanes on Steilacoom Blvd SW. Naturally this new schedule can change again depending on the weather.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Alice Bush, named “Clerk of the Year”: City Clerk Alice Bush received the prestigious title of “Clerk of the Year” from the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA). She was presented with the award at the groups’ annual banquet held Thursday, March 21st at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Mrs. Bush was nominated by Doris Sorum from the City of Tacoma. Councilmember Mike Brandstetter spoke in appreciation of Alice’s service to the City. Councilmember Marie Barth, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter and Administrative Assistant Tes Ongoco were also in attendance.
  • Economic Development:
    • City Employees Receive EDFP Certification: On March 13th, Grants Program Manager Jeff Gumm and Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton received Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series on business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring, and implementation of development programs.
    • Oakbrook Grand Reopening Event: Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter, Assistant City Manager/Development David Bugher and economic development staff attended the Lakewood Chamber ribbon cutting for RMG at Oakbrook’s grand reopening this week. Ms. Wachter addressed the club thanking them for their contribution to the community and commending them on the fantastic transformation of the clubhouse restaurant, meeting rooms, golf course and amenities. She said, “In my ten years at the city, I have never seen the club look so good.” It was a gala event with about 60 attendees. Congratulations to RMG at Oakbrook!

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/15/2013

March 15, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Mayor Participates in H Mart Grand Opening: Mayor Don Anderson, Assistant City Manager/Development Dave Bugher, Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady, Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton, Building Official Mark Nelson, Building Inspector Peter Lawrence, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and other city staff participated in celebrating the grand opening of “H Mart” in the Lakewood International District at 8720 South Tacoma Way. The renovated 43,000 square foot building provides fresh produce, fish and meats, a Korean bakery, and many other groceries. H Mart began in Queens, NY in 1982. They now have over 50 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Lakewood is their third West Coast store in the United States. H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “One Arm Full of Groceries.” H Mart welcomes all Lakewood residents to visit their store.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Preventing Cyber Crime and Business Identity Theft - March 20, 2013 8:30 AM to Noon, City Council Chambers, Lakewood: City of Lakewood and Pierce County economic development staff are partnering on this workshop for businesses. For those interested in knowing about potential threats to their business and what they can do to prevent or minimize theft of proprietary data, protecting legal filings that could be compromised, how point of sale systems are being hacked, service sector threats to client confidentiality, and how smart phone applications present opportunities to steal information and money, this workshop is for you. For a closer look at these and other items that are potential problems, please register for this free workshop by contacting Becky Newton (253) 796-2335 or Hans Kueck (253) 798-2335.
    • Officer selected for Officer of the Month Award: Detective Ryan Larson was chosen as Officer of the Month by Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted program. Det. Larson captured three fugitives featured on the show, two while he was off duty. He had seen the show and recognized the two fugitives from the show and called LPD after watching them go to a motel on Hosmer. The presentation of the award was given by David Rose and the program will air this weekend.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • Work on commuter train layover project continues: Sound Transit’s contractor for their commuter train layover project will be working at night on March 18th through March 20th on 100th Street near Lakeview Ave and on Steilacoom Blvd near Lakeview Ave. The contractor, Pease Construction, will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of the two 100th St westbound lanes. Likewise on Steilacoom Blvd SW near Lakeview Ave the contactor will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of all five lanes of Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Speed Stacking Competition: Students from the Healthy Start after school program at Tyee Park elementary competed at the NW Regional Speed Stacking Competition in Auburn this past weekend. Speed Stacking is upstacking and downstacking specialized cups in different formations and was originally invented at a Boys & Girls Club in California. The activity helps to develop both sides of the brain through the use of both hands for the activity. Over 300 students from across the western United States including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competed in the event. 3rd grader, Haley Rusbuldt, placed ninth & tenth in two individual events and 4th grader, Tani Cha placed 7th in an individual event.

JBLM Road Construction Project Closes Perimeter Road to Civilian Vehicle Traffic

A major road construction project on Perimeter Road, the road which bisects JBLM Lewis-Main and McChord Field, will begin April 1 and last through May. The construction will close access to civilian commuter and commercial vehicle traffic that uses Perimeter Road and 150th Street Southwest as a thoroughfare to commute between Spanaway and Interstate 5.

The eight week road construction project will involve adding paved shoulders, repairing cracks and potholes, and repaving the road surface. Construction is expected to be completed by May 31, however, all road construction paving projects are weather dependent and subject to change as the weather conditions dictate.

On JBLM McChord Field, the Barnes Gate and Logistics Gate will be closed during construction.

  • Vehicles that normally enter McChord Field through the Barnes Gate will use the East Gate, which is located at the intersection of Military Road and Perimeter Road.
  • Commercial vehicles that normally enter the McChord Field Logistics Gate will use the McChord Field North Gate, which is located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street. No privately owned vehicles will be allowed to enter the JBLM McChord Field North Gate.

On JBLM Lewis-Main, military and civilian employees will have limited access to the Rainier Gate for morning and afternoon commuter traffic during road construction at the following times:

  • Morning, inbound traffic only 5-7:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon, outbound traffic only 4-7 p.m.

Perimeter Road and the Rainier Gate will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the construction project.

Signs indicating closures and detours will be in place to alert drivers.

JBLM officials are working to maintain the same level of service for drivers entering and exiting the base.

Media organizations may request additional information by calling the JBLM Public Affairs Office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0148. After regular duty hours, call (253) 967-0015 and ask for the JBLM public affairs officer on call.

New H Mart Brings “One Arm Full of Groceries” to Lakewood

New H Mart Brings “One Arm Full of Groceries” to Lakewood

Grand Opening on March 14 includes Korean Festivities and Sweepstakes Prizes

H Mart , an Asian-inspired supermarket, will be opening a new 43,000 square foot store in Lakewood, Wash. 7,000 people are expected to attend when the store opens to shoppers at 11:30 a.m. on March 14. The festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house in which community members can tour the store, sample products, and enter an on-site sweepstakes.

The new H Mart is located at 8720 South Tacoma Way and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Located in Lakewood’s International District, an ever-growing cultural destination, H Mart will serve the area’s well established Asian population and the greater metro area.

H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “one arm full” in Korean. With the full selection of signature grocery items, according to H Mart Northwest Region President Jay Song, shoppers can expect to leave with full arms. The store will have a pharmacy, deli, Korean bakery, meat department, fish department and expansive produce offerings.

Approximately 40 percent of the items are Korean with the remaining percentage categorized as American or other international foods. For example, H Mart carries eight types of cucumbers ranging from British, Chinese to Korean varieties. This choice of international items accommodates all H Mart customers, 70 percent of which are Asian.

“We are serving an ever-expanding multicultural community in the South Sound,” said Song. “Lakewood increases H Mart’s ability to reach our international customers and we have hired 50-60 employees for the new location.”

The Lakewood branch presents a new market opportunity for H Mart. The company currently operates stores in Federal Way and Lynnwood with plans to open two additional locations in Bellevue and downtown Seattle in late autumn.

“The International District in Lakewood is a star attraction” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Our business community is now more diverse than ever before, and we are proud to welcome H Mart.”