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Lakewood’s 11th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Come join us on Saturday, March 2 at Lakes High School for a sweet treat while we celebrate that special bond little girls have with their fathers, uncles, brothers, grandpas and family friends.

The Daddy/Daughter Dance begins at 6pm with dancing, photos and a Black Bear Frozen Yogurt Sundae Buffet; choose from three types of frozen yogurt and lots of toppings. The event finishes up at 8pm; each daughter will leave with a beautiful, fresh red rose from Bed of Roses Florist and each father will receive a professional photo.

Refreshments and dancing the night away are all included in this special event. For more information or to register call (253) 983-7887 or visit us online at . The Daddy/Daughter Dance sells out every year, so be sure to register today!

This event is at a new location, Lakes High School (10320 Farwest Drive SW). The cost is $35 for each daddy/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter.

Contact Information: Amanda Richardson, Recreation Coordinator (253)983-7827

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/8/2013

February 8, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC): The annual General Assembly of the PCRC was held in Fife on February 7th, with most cities and towns in Pierce County represented. Mayor Anderson, Deputy Mayor Whalen, Councilmember Barth, as well as the city manager, ass’t city manager/development, and public works director were in attendance from Lakewood. The guest speakers included Garrison Commander Chuck Hodges from JBLM, Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown who is the president of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and Robert Puentes, a senior fellow from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Council. The focus of the workshop was on transportation infrastructure and its critical connection to the success of our regional economy.
  • CPSD board president and superintendent meet with mayor and city manager: Superintendent LeBeau and board president Carole Jacobs met with Mayor Anderson and the city manager on February 8th to review progress of the collaborative efforts between the City and the District.
  • Staff conducts business retention visits: Business Retention/Expansion (BRE) visits have been very active with staff meeting with 16 companies since the beginning of the year. The companies are quite a range from apartments, print shops, professional services, technical, hospitality and assisted living.
  • Staff meets with former QFC site brokers: Economic Development staff met with Cushman and Wakefield from Seattle, the listing agent engaged by Homestreet Bank to sell the former QFC site and adjoining properties. The goal for this team is to attract potential purchasers and have an offer in the month.
  • Economic Development staff attend EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting: Staff attended the EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting. The goal of this group is to better understand medical services assets in Pierce County and then eventually develop a strategy to grow that cluster to increase private investment and job creation.
  • Site visit with international food manufacturer: Economic development staff hosted a site visit for a new project with an international food manufacturer. While the building reviewed would not work for their project, they did provide a referral to another company they thought to be in an expansion mode and needing a presence on the West Coast.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/1/2013

February 1, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City to recognize Doug Richardson: On Monday, February 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the City of Lakewood will recognize Doug Richardson’s 17 years of service on the City Council during its regular meeting in the Council Chambers. The public is invited to join the Council and staff as we extend our appreciation to Mayor Richardson for his dedicated service to Lakewood. The City will present a short video tribute and provide an “open mic” to those audience members who may wish to make remarks. After the presentation, we will recess for refreshments before resuming City business.
  • City Attorneys present at legal education seminar: City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter and Ass’t City Attorney Matt Kaser presented on the topic proactive litigation regarding public records at the legal education seminar “Public Records Act Litigation” presented by Law Seminars International at the Washington State Convention Center on January 30th. Their topic was entitled ‘Protecting Public Sector Interests: When Do Serial Requests Become Harassment? How Do You Stop It?”
  • Staff attends State Farmers Market Association annual conference: The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department attended the Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference January 25 – 27. They learned many things including about marketing Farmers Markets and how to be able to take EBT (food stamps) as well as WIC & Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks. They are excited to implement what was learned at this season’s farmers market which begins Tuesday, June 4th. Vendor applications and more information can be found online at
  • Traffic Control at North Gate Road: Approximately 30 residents attended the North Gate Road Neighborhood Traffic Control Program meeting on January 29th. Staff listened to the neighborhood observations and concerns including traffic flow and speeds and lack of sidewalks and streetlights. Public Works and Police staff shared traffic study results and presented some alternatives to address the on-going speeding and cut-thru problems in their neighborhood. In summary, the “failed” operations at the intersection of North Gate Road and Edgewood Avenue, back-up traffic up to ¼ mile down North Gate Road. Frustrated drivers, avoid the intersection by cutting through neighboring roads of Kenwood Drive, Winona Street, and others. The neighbors wish to provide feedback to JBLM representatives on how the increasing growth of North Fort has impacted their neighborhood. City staff committed to follow up with the neighborhood on some interim traffic control measures including: “No Turns 4 to 6 PM” signage with enforcement at North Gate Road and Nottingham Drive, and follow up surveys and meetings regarding speed control measures such as speed humps. In addition, City staff is committed to work at finding funding to address the intersection of North Gate Road and Edgewood Avenue which can improve level of service from the current “F” to an “A”.
  • Public Works Maintenance & Operation facility: Work has started on the new PW Maintenance & Operation Facility located off of Front Street north of 96th Street. A water main has been extended through the property as required by the Water District. The existing house/office building has been demolished. Appropriate power and utilities have been brought into the site. A portion of the drainage system necessary to serve the site for its anticipated layout has been installed along with the necessary underground conduit to serve the yard and potential building foot prints with power/cable/phone and an integrated security system. A used modular 2500 sq ft office building has been purchased for the office portion of the M & O facility complex. Further contract bids have been received for the installation of the balance of the drainage system along with the grading, gravelling and paving the entire site. Council award of the construction contract is anticipated on February 11th.
  • Waughop briefing to Pierce County: The City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Surface Water Division Manager Greg Vigoren briefed County Executive Pat McCarthy and Deputy Executive Kevin Phelps this week regarding the condition of Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. The briefing included a history of Ft. Steilacoom Park including past farming practices at the park that impacted the lake water quality; current uses of the lake; current condition of the lake; Lakewood’s actions to date and potential further actions. All parties agreed that a comprehensive management plan is needed to determine best future course of action.
  • CSRT staff presents at block watch meeting: CSO Gail Conelly conducted a new block watch meeting for the residents in the neighborhood of the 9300 block of 114th St SW. There were 20 in attendance. Topics covered included: Starting a Block Watch; Burglary Prevention; Motor Vehicle Theft/Prowl Prevention; Home Security; Crime Prevention through Environmental Design; and a discussion regarding the use of surveillance equipment on houses. A block watch captain was selected and more meetings will be forthcoming.
  • Chambers Creek Open House: The City of Lakewood along with University Place and Pierce County hosted a Public Open House on January 29th to discuss the Chamber Creek Canyon Trail Project. The open house was held at the Pierce County Environmental Services Center in University Place. Staff and members of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board attended. Topics of discussion included the Canyon Master Plan, future development of the trail system, environmental work, parking and potential access points and trail heads located in both Lakewood and University Place.
  • CSRT and Lakewood Refuse clean up apartment complex in Woodbrook: An apartment complex in Woodbrook came to the attention of CSRT when it was reported that a very large amount of trash and discarded furniture had accumulated on the property and they did not have garbage service. The City gave the apartment manager one week to clean up the property and establish garbage service, while Lakewood Refuse worked with the manager to resolve outstanding bills and reestablish service. At the end of one week, the property was thoroughly clean and garbage service was resumed.

Lakewood City Council Appoints Helen McGovern to Position 5

Helen McGovern

After recognizing Doug Richardson’s 17 years of service, the Lakewood Council appointed Helen McGovern to fill the final ten months of his term. Mr. Richardson left the City Council in mid-January to serve on the Pierce County Council. Ms. McGovern will be formally sworn in to her new role prior to the Council’s next meeting on Monday, February 11.

Ms. McGovern previously served on the Council from 2001-2009, including two years of service as deputy mayor. She is a 26-year resident of Lakewood and served as co-chair of the Lakewood incorporation effort. Ms. McGovern has been involved in a variety of civic organizations such as the Clover Park High School PTSA, Partners for Parks, Clover Park Rotary, the City’s Redevelopment Advisory Board, and Lakewood Citizens for Fire Protection.

Ms. McGovern currently serves as the Executive Director for the Emergency Food Network. Prior to assuming that role in 2009, she worked in the commercial real estate industry.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/25/2013

January 25, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Neighborhood Traffic Control public meeting for North Gate Road: Public Works and Police staff will be hosting a Neighborhood Traffic Control Program (NTCP) meeting for the residents of homes around North Gate Road on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00 PM at Harrison Prep School gym. The meeting will be to discuss study results and options on how to address neighborhood cut-through problems resulting from increased JBLM gate use and the intersection operation problems at North Gate and Edgewood Road. Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) members reviewed options with staff at their January 22nd meeting and will be present to hear citizen input.
  • Help Lakewood win in the ‘Best of South Sound’ contest: South Sound Magazine is hosting a “Best of South Sound ( ) contest. One can vote on area restaurants, shops, businesses, people and activities. Lakewood won for Best Dog Park in 2011 and 2012. Voting ends February 1st with results in the April/May issue of South Sound Magazine.
  • Monthly city managers (CAO’s) meeting on legislative issues: The monthly area city managers meeting in Fife on January 24th had a presentation by Association of Washington Cities (AWC) gov’t relations advocate Candace Bock (formerly of City of Lakewood staff) on the status of AWC priorities in the beginning stages of this legislative session. The monthly meeting has been coordinated by the Lakewood city manager, and the Fife city manager will take on coordination moving forward.
  • SSMCP Steering Committee: The monthly meeting of the steering committee of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership took place on January 25th. The agenda included a review of plans for the Elected Officials Council to tourJBLM for its next meeting. The recommendation was made to continue coordinating the steering committee from the Lakewood city manager’s office for the upcoming months as planning for the future funding and sustainability of the SSMCP continues.