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Winds Knock Down Aging Barn at Fort Steilacoom Park

Overnight winds knocked down an unused, aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park, one that has likely stood for more than a century.

The barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located on the edge of the park’s historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park, she said.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City of Lakewood – which this month assumed control of the lease of the 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park from the State of Washington – erected temporary fencing around the fallen barn and is planning to remove the barn material from the park.

The City is asking any park visitors to use care and caution near this area.

The City will work with Department of Social and Health Services to determine if any of the material should be retained for historical significance.

Dodsworth said the barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

Lakewood Can Benefit From U.S. Open Buildup

On the first day that people could sign up to volunteer for the 2015 U.S. Open on Monday, officials saw an "amazing" 3,000 people enlist.

Those volunteers will help organize an event that's expected to bring 235,000 peopole to the South Sound over the week of the championship, June 15-21.

It's numbers like those that make Lakewood and neighborhing communities to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place poised to benefit from one of golf's biggest events, Director Danny Sink told the Lakewood City Council on Monday night.

One of the ways Lakewood - located only a few miles south of the Pierce County owned course - could be involved with the 2015 U.S. Open is transportation. Specifically, the USGA and Pierce County will likely try and work with Lakewood to allow overflow parking at Fort Steilacoom Park. Those deals are typically signed a year out of the tournament.

Lakewood, however, will only be a small piece of the event's overall transportation plan, which will involve shuttling event-goers from off-site locations to the golf course. On Monday, Sink said officials are considering a "train" option with Sound Transit that would bring visitors from Seattle to Chambers Bay.

In terms of traffic control, Sink estimated abouot 100 traffic "checkpoints" near the golf course that will be coordinated through Pierce County. Lakewood could be asked to help, for example, at the potential Fort Steilacoom Park parking site.

But the biggest benefit to Lakewood could come weeks before the first swing. Sink told the Lakewood City Council that there are opportunities to market the community to workers and volunteers via lodging, dining and other services that they'll need as they help prepare the tournament site.

"Don't focus on the week-of," he said.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

2015 U.S. Open Volunteer Sign-Up

Lakewood residents won't have to make a championship putt to stake their claim at history at the 2015 U.S. Open, the first in the Pacific Northwest.

The USGA has opened the online application for people who want to volunteer at professional golf's biggest tournament, which will take place June 15-21, 2015 next door at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

According to Pierce County, approximately 4,500 unpaid volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 24 committees, including hospitality, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and spectator services. Those assigned to the 2015 U.S. Open will be required to work a minimum of four shifts, of five to six hours each. Volunteer positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $165. This package will include apparel specially designed for the 2015 U.S. Open, a credential valid for all seven days of the championship and a meal voucher for each assigned shift. The volunteer apparel will consist of two golf shirts, a wind jacket and a piece of headwear.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

Bridgeport/Custer Road Work Postponed

Weather has pushed back road work that was scheduled to begin this week at Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest into next week.

Puget Sound Energy informed the City of Lakewood that the final restoration work - which was scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday - is now scheduled between Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20.

The work is part of PSE’s gas main replacement project.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/7/2014

February 7, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fort Steilacoom Park Lease Transfer Finalized

It’s official: the City of Lakewood now holds the lease for one of the biggest and most popular parks in the South Sound.

Last week, the City assumed control of the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park, which is owned by the State of Washington. The state, Pierce County and the City had to approve the agreement. The Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease in December, and the transfer between Pierce County and the City was finalized last week.

Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase

On March 1, the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract, one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area, and the year-to-year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill.

For this last year the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.002 percent while the disposal fee charge increased 1.678 percent. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65-gallon “toter” with weekly service will now be $32.65 versus $32.23.

Gas Main Work at Bridgeport/Custer

Puget Sound Energy’s contractor will be doing final restoration work at the Bridgeport/Custer intersection from February 11 to February 13 as part of PSE’s gas main replacement project. Work is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Lakewood Sends Officers To Seahawks Parade

If you watched this week’s Seahawks parade and noticed a few familiar uniforms – other than the Seahawks' – your eyes probably weren’t playing tricks on you.

Lakewood sent six of its officers to assist with the parade. Seattle Police reached out to the City and asked for assistance from our bicycle unit. We agreed and sent six of our bike officers to lend a hand. Most (if not all) of the six were already working that day and are in specialized assignments, so there was minimal cost to the City.

Police

Crime Falls in 2013

Year-end crime statistics from 2013 show an overall dip of 8 percent in the City of Lakewood, a direct result of the work of its Police Department and indication that the community continues to be a safe place to live.

“We continue to work hand-in-hand with citizens and the business community to make Lakewood a better, safer place,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said. “It’s something we’ve done for the better part of a decade, now.”

The City saw nearly a 7-percent drop in person crimes – including a 5-percent drop in total assaults - as well as a 9-percent drop in property crimes. The latter includes double-digit reductions, percentage-wise, in burglaries and robberies.

The results, which are compiled by the National Incident-Based Reporting System, also show the Police Department responded to incidents quicker. In 2013, the average amount of time it took to respond to calls for service was down across the board, including a reduction of more than 2 minutes for “Priority 3” calls, which account for a majority of calls received.

More statistics: Lakewood responded to 100 fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than the prior year – a drop of 10 percent and a testament to the effectiveness of the City’s photo enforcement program. Police also had to make 269 fewer traffic stops from the previous year, a dip of almost 20 percent.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Director Dodsworth Speaks To Lakewood United

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth provided the program at the Lakewood United meeting on Thursday, February 5. Mary shared information regarding the goals and strategies in the Lakewood Legacy Plan and changes to current programming. She discussed new efforts, including street landscape maintenance, city gateways and the lease change at Fort Steilacoom Park. She also highlighted the history of Wards Lake Park including past master plans, grant sources and the most recent property purchase.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 10, 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:

  • 2015 US Open Championship Presentation - Danny Sink
  • Review of draft landmarks preservation ordinance.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Review of Legacy Plan


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 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:

  • Appoint Clover Park Technical College representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt landmarks preservation ordinance

Following the regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report.
  • Transportation projects funding options

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