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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/27/15

Feb. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Station at the Walkable Washington Symposium

The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond. The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.

For more information: http://goo.gl/g3NK9H

Lakewood Industrial Park Expansion

The Lakewood Industrial Park, the fourth largest private sector employer in Pierce County, is expanding. A new 136,000-square-foot building, the first of two planned structures, is nearly complete and already in the leasing process. The other new building, at 208,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in early 2016.

Projects Throughout Lakewood

Per the Public Works Department, the following projects are underway in the City of Lakewood with associated impacts:

  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th: Continuous outside lane closures to facilitate construction of curb, gutter, sidewalks, streetlights. Patching next week (weather permitting) will allow portions of the travel lanes through the project to be re-opened. Project construction to continue through May 2015.
  • Bridgeport Way – 112th through 83rd (various spot locations): Completing modifications to junction boxes and addition of conduit for fiber optic cable installation. Temporary (work day) outside lane closures at spot locations required.  Work to continue through middle of March 2015.
  • Lakewood Drive – Bridgeport Way to 100th Street: Completing modifications to junction boxes and addition of conduit for fiber optic cable installation. Temporary (workday) outside lane required.  Work to continue through middle of March 2015.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – 87th to South Tacoma Way:  Aerial fiber optic cable installation.  NIGHT WORK (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and continuing through Friday, March 6, 2015.  Rolling outside lane closures required.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive through Lakeview Ave:  Lakewood Water District project – constructing a new water main.  Temporary (work day) lane closures (up to 1,000 feet long) will be required.  Work started February 25, 2015 and will continue through April 2015.

Lake Steilacoom Toxic Algae Advisory

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported a toxic algae bloom in Lake Steilacoom. Areas of the lake with algae are unsafe for people and pets. 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. 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.

For more information: http://goo.gl/eK2RlO

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit lakewoodparksandrec.com  or call (253) 983-7887

For more information: http://goo.gl/HK6J0M  

Registration Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Register now for the 4tj Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon! The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older.

The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

You can register here: http://goo.gl/2bzuZ5

For more information: http://goo.gl/IX2qGR  

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

It's Lakewood in the other Washington this week. Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Manager John Caulfield were in our nation's capital meeting with the City's Congressional delegation and advocating for federal agenda items that are in Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord's best interests.

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 2

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Cake Day, 1 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sketching and Colored Pencils, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/1qCrgx

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015, 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
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation declaring Classified School Employees Week
  • Public Hearing on Residential Target Area designations in Lakeview area
  • Appoint individuals to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Create a Salary Commission
  • Amending the City Council Rules of Procedure
  • Resolution 2015-03 37100 100th Street property donation
  • City Manager Briefing – Food trucks regulations

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 9, 2015, 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 of banking services agreement.
  • Review of 5-Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review of Motor Avenue concepts
  • Review of 2015 SSMCP Work Plan
  • Community Visioning update (tentative)

 

Lakewood Station at the Walkable Washington Symposium

One of Lakewood’s newer landmarks is getting some statewide attention for its pedestrian-friendly design and overall accessibility.

The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond.

The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. Walkable Washington has even produced a case study about Lakewood Station Connection.

Opened in 2013, Lakewood Station Connection is a result of calls for transit improvements at the Lakewood Sounder commuter rail station. The project was specifically identified in the City’s first Comprehensive Plan, which called for a mix of office, retail and high-density residential uses supported by direct, regional transportation access.

The Lakewood City Council proposed two top priorities for the Lakewood Station Connection Project:

  • To significantly increase the station’s regional access and improve connections between neighborhoods and major employers;
  • To promote the Lakewood Station area as a multi-modal commuter hub by incorporating non-motorized travel and connections that will enhance the livability and the attractiveness of the community.

The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.

Benefits for the community include a safe and secure walkable neighborhood, increased housing development, new retail and business opportunities, and an important connection to the City of Lakewood Sounder multiā€model transit hub. The City of Lakewood plans to follow up with this new development by installing more way finding signs and promoting the station’s usage.

The Walkable Washington Annual Symposium and Awards is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 2 at Redmond City Hall, 15670 Northeast 85th Street.

Part of the Feet First Cities Program, it’s the state’s only event designed to provide creative networking opportunities, helpful resources, and awards to organizations and cities building healthy, livable and walkable communities. The symposium offers a fun learning environment with sessions moderated by experts to discuss projects and programs implemented in the last three years throughout Washington. 

 

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 3/2/15

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 2

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Learn basic and advanced steps, techniques and choreography.
  • Mondays, Jan. 12-March 2
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $7
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
  • Traditional yoga poses with a mix of Tai Chi and Pilates, with alternatives to accommodate mobility issues.
  • Mondays, Jan. 12-March 2
  • Members: $28 Non-members: $41 Drop-in: $6

Tuesday, March 3

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Cake Day, 1 p.m.
  • Are you a brand new member this year? This special party is to welcome those who are new to our Center in 2015. Enjoy treats, meet new friends and pick up a personalized goodie bag. Explore new adventures with us!
  • New members only. Free!
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays
  • Free!

Wednesday, March 4

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Meet, mingle and knit! Drop in and learn the basics or share your talent and techniques.
  • First and third Wednesday of every month, March 4 and March 18
  • Free! 

Thursday, March 5

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Grab your photos and supplies and join your friends for an afternoon of scrapbooking. Expand your horizons, explore new techniques, try something new and meet new friends. Bring a snack and your creativity!
  • Free!
  • Sketching and Colored Pencils, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Have you always wanted to try your hand at drawing? Learn about tones and values, texture and pencil methods.
  • Thursdays, March 5-April 9
  • Call for a supply list

Friday, March 6

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • This computer lab is open for use by older adults who would like to practice what they have learned in classes, work on special projets and get hands-on experiencing using the computer. Volunteers are available each month to share information and answer questions.
  • Fridays
  • Free!
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3   

Lake Steilacoom Toxic Algae Advisory

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

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas 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 (bluish or brownish). 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 the 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 www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae .

Lakewood Industrial Park Expansion

The Lakewood Industrial Park, the fourth largest private sector employer in Pierce County, is expanding. A new 136,000-square-foot building, the first of two planned structures, is nearly complete and already in the leasing process. The other new building, at 208,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in early 2016.

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