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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/11/2014

April 4, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day on Saturday

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood) at Clover Park High School, the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City. Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and others with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM, and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Dodsworth Receives Top WRPA Award

Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth was recognized with the Honor Fellow Award at the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) annual conference in Seattle this week. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the state professional organization to an individual. It recognizes her dedication and achievement in her field over a minimum of 10 years. Mary has been recognized in the past with the Young Professional award in 1991, the Citation of Merit award in 2008 and served as the president of WRPA in 2008-09. We’ll have more on this huge recognition for Mary. Congratulations!

Lakewood Earns WellCity Award

This week, the City of Lakewood was one of 96 cities and government agencies in Washington that earned a 2014 WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust. The award is given to AWC members that meet nine best practice standards for employee health.

The distinction means the City of Lakewood will receive a 2-percent premium discount on all medical premiums for employees. The discount will be applied to 2014 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents.

A 2-percent premium discount is significant in today’s economy, and the reward is even bigger. WellCity award winners enjoy reduced costs and a culture of health at City Hall.

Police Unfurl Flag at Mariners Opener

On Tuesday, the Lakewood Police Department and others from the City played a starring role in the pregame ceremonies of the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field.

Approximately 40 members of the department and City got the honor of carrying the giant American flag onto the field and unfurling it in front of a sold-out crowd of 46,000 fans. Police's unfurling of the flag has become a tradition for the Mariners. They then got to watch the game, courtesy of the M’s.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Mariners organization for its continued support. Go M’s.

Police

Open House on Sunday

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department. The Lakewood Police Department is located at 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.

Parks & Recreation

Gateways Meeting

On April 8, the City hosted a community workshop to solicit feedback on the vision for Lakewood’s gateways. After review of the Gateway Stakeholder committee’s work-to-date, attendees were provided the opportunity to review and comment on four draft gateway concepts. The feedback received will be incorporated into two gateway concepts that will be presented to the community and planning team in May. Check the City’s webpage for updates on future meetings. If you would like to be added to the gateway e-mail group list, please send a note to

WRPA Honors Healthy Start

In addition to the award for Mary Dodsworth mentioned above, WRPA also recognized the Healthy Start after-school program as one of excellence in the health & wellness field. Originally funded by a Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department grant, this program provides fresh fruits & vegetables for snacks, participation in the Tacoma Kids Marathon, Regional Championships for Speed Stacking and ongoing games and activities to promote physical fitness in elementary school-age students. The tag line for this program is: “FUN, FIT & FUELED; when F’s are good in school”. This program supports the City’s mission to create a healthy and vibrant community.

Economic Development

Save the Date! Housing Forum

The Lakewood Housing Forum will be held May 15 from 9 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., at the McGavick Conference Center. Demand for housing is increasing, inventory is shrinking and the housing stock is aging. The opportunity is now! Topics to include:

  • Existing conditions
  • Statistics on the needs of JBLM and others
  • Lending patterns now and into the future
  • What’s possible for single-family, rehabilitation, new construction, mixed residential, multifamily and more…stay tuned.

Commercial Brokers Meeting

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady gave a project and activity update for the City of Lakewood this week at the Commercial Brokers Association (South) Meeting. Many of the brokers have worked on projects in the City and were interested to know more about specific projects, parcels in transition and the progress on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Toastmasters Area Speech Contest

Sandy Schaefer of the Lakewood Toastmasters hosted an area speech contest this week at City Hall. Winners from the contest will compete at the Division level at 5 p.m., April 21 at the University Place Library. Districts will be May 10, and the winners will qualify to compete at the Semifinal International Speech Contest in August at the International Convention, Kuala Lupur, Malaysia. One will be crowned Toastmasters World Champion. Maybe he or she will be from our district? If you are interested in Lakewood Toastmasters, join us Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in the Council Chambers. http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 14, 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 of Community Visioning Plan
  • Review of HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apartments
  • Presentation of 2013 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of the 2014 budget amendments

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 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:

  • Proclamation Teachers Appreciation week
  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase of Da Vinci Salon & Spa
  • Public Hearing on FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2014 budget amendments.
  • Set May 19, 2014 as Public Hearing on amending tax incentive urban use center.
  • Approve an agreement for Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve waiving competitive bidding requirements to purchase specific signal equipment.
  • Approve HOME loan agreement with Claude Remy regarding Gravelly Lake Apts.

Southbound I-5 Ramp, Lane Closures April 14

(This message comes courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Drivers on Interstate 5 in Lakewood will see southbound I-5 ramp and lane closures for restriping work next week.

Weather permitting, at 10 p.m. Monday, April 14, the Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close. At that time, the southbound I-5 auxiliary lane between Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street will also close. An hour later at 11 p.m., southbound I-5 in the area will be reduced to one lane.

The ramps and lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. If the contractor is unable to complete all striping work Monday night, the same closures will occur Tuesday night.

Southbound I-5 drivers are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. During the ramp closures, drivers should plan to use alternate routes.

The work is related to final striping for the new auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 between Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street in Lakewood, which opened in December.

Help prevent highway work zone injuries by slowing down. Avoid a costly mistake. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/brake to learn how to participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2014.

City Crews Clean Bridgeport/Pacific Highway

Thanks to a great effort put forth by the City – Public Works Operations & Maintenance, City Work Crew, and Parks Crew -- the overgrown vegetation and unsightly trash has been cleaned up on the southeast corner of the Bridgeport/Pacific Highway intersection.

It started last Friday with the Work Crew cleaning up and filling a trailer full of trash. On Monday, Public Works went in with its mini-excavator with mower head and knocked everything down. On Tuesday, Public Works and Parks loaded and hauled three truckloads of material away. And finally on Wednesday, a final push was made with Parks and the Work Crew to finish the area by hand and haul away one more full truckload of material. The area is now clean and contributes to a much more welcoming entry into the city.

Great job, everyone! #IamLakewood

Here's a message from South Sound 911

South Sound 911 was one of many 911 centers in the state affected by the 911 outage earlier today. Service was restored to the communications center around 6:20 a.m.; however, citizens experiencing difficulties calling 911 may call (253) 798-4722 or (253) 798-4721 at any time.

Like many of our partner 911 centers, South Sound 911 is deeply concerned about the outage and the affect it may have had on our citizens.

“An outage of this magnitude, and so widespread, is a serious matter,” Executive Director Andrew Neiditz said. “We share the same concerns as our citizens and we, too, are eager to learn more about what went wrong with the overall system.”

South Sound 911 first became aware of a potential problem around midnight when staff were concerned that call volumes were unusually low. As is standard practice, staff alerted the on-call communications maintenance supervisor, who confirmed the outage with the service provider. The communications maintenance supervisor also confirmed that South Sound 911 equipment was operational.

South Sound 911 is collaborating with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) E-911 Office and other local 911 centers in pursuit of information concerning the outage. At this time, it is unknown how many callers were impacted.

City, CPSD to Hold Jermaine Kearse Celebration

He made one amazing catch after another during the Seattle Seahawks’ historic Super Bowl XLVIII run. Now, Jermaine Kearse will return to his hometown so the community can celebrate his accomplishments.

On Saturday, April 12, Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood will hold a community celebration for Super Bowl champion Jermaine Kearse - who was raised, attended school and first played sports in Lakewood before shining for the University of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks.

The community celebration for the Lakes High alum – fittingly – will take place at Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St. SW, Lakewood), the same field where he made countless plays as a Lakes Lancer.

The community celebration begins at 1 p.m., and will highlight Kearse’s K-12 education in Clover Park School District, as well as his high school, college and professional football careers. The Lakewood City Council will also recognize Kearse with a proclamation and a Key to the City.

Members of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat, 2nd Infantry Division - Lakewood's official Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - will also be on hand assisting Lakewood Police, CPSD staff and otehrs with the event. Kearse's father was a soldier at JBLM and he even attended school on base.

The event is free to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to carpool as parking and seating will be limited. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

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