Sign up for weekly news updates .

Lakewood 2012 Year End Report

Lakewood 2012 Year End Report

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/22/2013

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

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center -
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum -
    • WEDA Legislative Conference: Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association Legislative Conference last week in Olympia. Discussions and presentations topics included streamlining business rules, export finance, Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Technology, economic development results, legislative proposals and updates.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents –
    • Public Works Department applies for State Ecology Grant: The Public Works Department applied for a state Department of Ecology grant to help fund the preparation of a management plan for Waughop Lake located within Ft. Steilacoom Park. The total cost to prepare the management plan is estimated at $200,000 for which the grant, if we’re successful, would pay $150,000 thereof. Notice was received this week that our Waughop Lake management plan project made the draft list of projects recommended for funding. The draft list is subject to public review and comment through March 20th. It’s also subject to passage of the state and federal budgets. A final list will be published on July 1st.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordination role with military partners -
    • City Staff Meet with JBLM Officials on Lake City Traffic: Staff from the City Manager’s Office and Public Works met with senior JBLM staff on February 15 to discuss traffic mitigation measures where traffic from North Gate Road enters Lakewood’s Lake City neighborhood. JBLM agreed to allow the City to post signage on their property (“Reduced Speed Ahead” and “No Right Turn 4-6pm”) just before Nottingham Rd – the first intersection in Lakewood. The City will install this signage around March 15. The City and JBLM will work cooperatively on an “informational campaign” to advise commuters of the pending change and will also work together to pursue federal “Defense Access Road” (DAR) funding to fix an intersection in Lake City that generates the backups (Northgate and Edgewood Ave). The DAR funding request is at least a two-year process. City staff will provide an update to the Lake City neighborhood in March.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Congressman Heck Signs Lease with City Hall: Effective March 1, Congressman Denny Heck’s office will lease conference room 3B from the City of Lakewood. The lease will be in effect until early January 2015 (members of the US House can only enter agreements for the duration of their 2-year terms). Congressman Heck has a larger staff presence at the Lacey City Hall. He wanted a Lakewood presence due to Lakewood’s proximity to JBLM and a forum to meet with Pierce County constituents. Heck’s staff plans to keep regular office hours that will mirror City Hall’s hours (8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday).
    • Lakewood participates in City Legislative Action Conference: On February 13, Councilmember Barth and Communications Director Brewster attended the annual City Legislative Action Conference in Olympia sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. They also met with members of the Lakewood delegation including Senator Conway and Representatives Green, Sawyer, and Kirby. They received constructive updates on city priorities including the Camp Murray Annexation (i.e. clarification of which state entity can negotiate state military land annexations), Western State Hospital community policing funding, capital funding requests, and potential city sharing of state-collected liquor taxes.
    • 2012 Year End Report: Staff has finalized the 2012 Year End Report. It will be posted to the City’s website next week and mailed to all Lakewood residences and businesses before the end of February.

Coffee with the Mayor - February 19, 2013

Coffee With the Mayor

Please Note New Day and Location

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, in Lakewood.  This is the Tuesday following the President’s Day Holiday.

Our guest speakers will be Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Lt. Steve Mauer who will give a presentation on the City’s emergency planning efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 983-7702.  I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson



City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/15/2013

February 15, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase On March 1st 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 1.641% while the disposal fee charge increased 5.1%. 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 $32.23 versus $31.09.
  • STW/ 96th – Signal cabinet switch-out Saturday morning: Public Works signal technicians will be performing a signal cabinet switch out at South Tacoma Way and 96th Street on Saturday morning February 16th from 7am to 10am. The signal will be “dark” during the switch out and the intersection controlled by a Lakewood Police officer. The new cabinet replaces the out-dated cabinet and will provide ability to operate the new video detection cameras. Detection at this intersection has been inoperable for several months due to broken detection loops.

Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Raise your Glass to 30-years of Business in Lakewood

Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Sound Glass recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary since opening in Lakewood, a huge milestone in the company’s ongoing success. Sound Glass opened for business on January 13, 1983 and began to grow immediately. Sound Glass has served over 150,000 homeowners, contractors, businesses since opening.

By the end of the first year in business, the company consisted of nine employees and four service trucks. Since then, Sound Glass has established two additional locations in Tacoma and Bremerton totaling over 60 employees and 30 service vehicles. This year, Sound Glass President Warren Willoughby foresees increased business, particularly in the commercial market due to contracts on the military bases and the upswing in remodeling and building business. This January was the company’s largest month on record.

As a nationally recognized glass and glazing company, Sound Glass has been honored as a Top 50 Glaziers by Glass Magazine over 4 times and as a Top 20 Glazing Contractor by U.S. Glass, Metal & Glazing Magazine.

“I chose to start Sound Glass after sizing-up the competition and deciding I could make a good run with potential to grow the business,” said Willoughby. “Thanks to the support of our customers, we’ve done just that.”

Apart from the company’s bottom line, Sound Glass is committed to giving back to the local community. Sound Glass supports the local YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Broadway Center for Performing Arts and donates various products and services to various charity foundations. Willoughby is also involved with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Rotary, Master Builders Association of Pierce County and the Better Business Bureau.

“Sound Glass is a pillar in the Lakewood business community,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We are looking forward to recognizing Sound Glass’s anniversary at a City Council meeting in February.”