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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.

New DeLong’s DeLuxe: Cheeseburgers in Paradise

New DeLong’s DeLuxe: Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Walk-up hamburger stand opening soon in Lakewood

DeLong’s DeLuxe, a new walk-up hamburger stand with a patio and grass courtyard, opens next month at 8901 Bridgeport Way.

DeLong’s DeLuxe serves 10-11 hamburger options, hot dogs, corndogs, fries, sodas, ice cream and handspun milkshakes. Burger options include good old fashioned hamburgers, fair burgers piled high with grilled onions, chili burgers, veggie burgers to bleu cheese bacon burgers.

Marie and Tim DeLong are the owners of DeLong’s DeLuxe in partnership with Sara and Pat Steel.

“DeLong’s DeLuxe is a single site, family owned and operated restaurant,” said Marie DeLong. “We can’t wait to open up and get going.”

The DeLongs seek to extend a casual, contemporary park-like dining experience to customers. According to Marie DeLong, patrons can eat their fare in the grass courtyard. Shade sails that will be installed later in spring will allow outdoor seating year round in the Pacific Northwest weather.

“We are new to Lakewood and look forward to building relationships with the community. Marie and I heard it is a great place to do business, and our experience has proved it,” added Tim DeLong. “We’ll be hiring seven or eight new employees for when the store opens.”

Built by Korsmo Construction, Lakewood is DeLong’s DeLuxe first site. Plans for growth include a proposed drive-up espresso stand in a separate, adjacent building.

“DeLong’s DeLuxe is a fantastic addition to Lakewood that really has the community buzzing with enthusiasm,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development director for the City of Lakewood. “The location next to our skate park along a major corridor is really ideal. It will be exciting to see this business thrive and welcome new customers to Lakewood! It truly will be a destination.”

DeLong’s DeLuxe will be open seven days a week from 11a.m. to 8:00p.m. and is located at the corner of Bridgeport Way and Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood. More information is available on DeLong’s DeLuxe’s Facebook ( ) and Twitter ( ).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/18/2013

January 18, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Martin Luther King Celebration on January 19th: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 19th at the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College from 10 am to noon. It will feature a diverse range of performances highlighted by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Prairie Bells, trumpeter Morris Northcutt and the Clover Park High School Choir. Other featured performers include the Life Christian Chamber Choir and the Grace Chapel Choir. Featured speakers include Sam Mitsui, a World War II member of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Al Knight, COL., USA (Ret) representing the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Joining COL Knight will be former Tuskegee Airman Ed Drummond. The theme for this year's celebration is "WW II, Discrimination at Home, Patriotism Abroad". For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at (253) 584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at (253) 589-2489. Admission and parking are free.
  • Police and HR conduct Entry-Level Police Officer Written Testing: The Lakewood Police and Human Resources Departments conducted an Entry-Level Police Officer written examination on January 16th at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center. There was a great turn out; and the next step in the process will be the Physical Agility Test (PAT) scheduled for Saturday, January 26th. The testing process is the first city-run entry level testing done since 2004.
  • Healthy Start Program: This award-winning program emphasizing nutritious snacks and fun physical activity opened its second site at Oakwood Elementary. Approximately 25 students participate in the program, when the school day ends, with another 30 students joining them at 3:30 pm after they have completed their academics with Communities in Schools. They get to eat healthy snacks while learning what vitamins and minerals are contained and how to keep healthy. Freeze tag, 2-ball soccer, capture-the-flag, speed-stacking and other games and activities that promote physical activity, sportsmanship, strategy development and teamwork are fun ways to be active. Participants from both Oakwood and Tyee Park will be sending students to participate in a regional speed-stacking competition in March. All participants will be invited to attend the inaugural Lakewood Kid’s Marathon in April and the Tacoma Kid’s Marathon in May.

Lakewood Selects New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At its meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously selected Don Anderson as mayor and Jason Whalen as deputy mayor through the end of 2013. The council filled these key leadership positions after Mayor Doug Richardson resigned on January 15 to serve on the Pierce County Council.

Mayor Anderson is in his sixth year on the Lakewood Council – the longest of any currently serving councilmember. He previously served as the deputy mayor since he joined the Council in 2008. Mayor Anderson is a Pierce Transit Commissioner and a council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. As the Lakewood Mayor, he will represent Lakewood as a South Sound 911 policy board member and a co-chair of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership. Mayor Anderson received an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Puget Sound. He served overseas as a U.S. Navy JAG officer from 1978-1981. Mr. Anderson is a partner in the Tacoma law firm Eisenhower & Carlson. He and his wife Nancy have four grown daughters.

Deputy Mayor Whalen has served on the Council since 2010. He has served as council liaison to Lakewood’s Arts Commission and Redevelopment Advisory Board. He also represents Lakewood on the Pierce County Regional Council. Mr. Whalen graduated from Gonzaga University in 1985. After service as an artillery officer in the US Army, he returned to Spokane and graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1992. Mr. Whalen is a partner in a Tacoma law firm. Deputy Mayor Whalen and his wife Gael live in Lakewood with their three daughters.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

“Discrimination at Home, Patriotism Abroad”

Featured Performer: The Total Experience Gospel Choir
Keynote Speakers: Al Knight (Tuskegee Airmen) and Sam Mitsue (442nd RCT)

This year’s celebration features a wonderful variety of performers to include:

  • The Total Experience Gospel Choir
  • The Prairie Bells
  • Clover Park High School Choir
  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • Lakewood’s Charisma School of Dance
  • Life Christian Chamber Choir
  • Readings by the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest plus many more outstanding performers.
  • Featured speaker will be Sam Mitsui, representing the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team of WWII fame.
  • There will also be representatives from the Tuskegee Airmen’s Seattle Chapter and the Tacoma Chapter of the World War II Philippine Scouts.
  • Welcome remarks by the Lakewood Councilmember Mary Moss

Don’t miss this outstanding event of music, dancing, song, history and more.

Admission and Parking are Free.

For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at (253) 584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at (253) 589-2489

Sharon McGavick Conference Center
Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood