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Kenworth Northwest Groundbreaking

More Good News for Economic Development in Lakewood: Kenworth Northwest will break ground next Friday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. This new big truck sales and service center will be located at 12507 Pacific Highway SW, just south of Bridgeport way. Come out and join us welcome this new company! The store is projected to open for business May 2013.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/2/2012

November 2, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police host “Hiring Open House”: The Police Department will host a hiring open house on Sunday, November 4th, at the Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW), from 1 to 4 p.m. This will provide information about how to become a Lakewood Police Officer. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet some of the officers, see the equipment used, and get a tour of the station.
  • Kenworth NW in Lakewood: Kenworth (Trucks) NW will break ground on Friday November 9th, at 11 a.m. on a new dealership. Their new site will be at 12507 Pacific Highway SW (south of Bridgeport Way SW). The public is welcome to attend. Kenworth expects the site to open for business next spring.
  • Staff meets with H-Mart: Economic development department team members met with H-Mart leaders this week at their new site under development on South Tacoma Way. The new location for H-Mart, an international market, looks forward to opening in Lakewood in the first quarter of 2013.
  • SSMCP meets at JBLM: On November 1st, the city manager and senior staff joined members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Steering Committee for a meeting on JBLM designed to further develop relationships between regional leaders and the JBLM garrison command. An hour-long briefing was given by JBLM Commander Colonel Charles Hodges that highlighted ongoing changes and developments at the base. Additional presentations were conducted by each of the installation's department directors, including Directorate of Emergency Services, Directorate of Public Works, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security, Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare, & Recreation, Directorate of Human Resources and by Colonel Dallas Homas at Madigan Army Medical Center. Attendees were shown a static display of aircraft and areas of JBLM experiencing the most significant construction activity.
  • Police officer’s life-saving actions at the Communities in School Dinner: Detective Rey Punzalan in all likelihood saved the life of a local physician at the Communities in Schools Autumn Gala Dinner at CPTC on October 26th. The doctor was choking and trying to make his way to the restroom when the officer intercepted him and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The officer was able to get the doctor to expel the food item and breathe normally on his own again. Rey’s quick action prevented a potential tragedy.
  • Volleyball Championships to be held in Lakewood: The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 2A Girls State Volleyball Championships will be at Pierce College and Lakes High School in Lakewood, as well as schools in Steilacoom on November 9 and 10. Lakewood welcomes WIAA and the 2A Girls State Volleyball Championships, players and their families. Hotel information for local Lakewood Hotels has been provided to WIAA.
  • Make a Difference Day Recap: Make a Difference Day was celebrated under rainy skies on Saturday October 26th; it was the 10th year that the Youth Council has coordinated this event for the City. Over 100 volunteers participated by working at the community garden, Tyee Park elementary, the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with Grave Concerns, and the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/26/2012

October 26, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Make a Difference Day: The 10th annual Make a Difference Day Food Drive/Kick-Off event will take place on Saturday, October 27th at City Hall. Refreshments will be available at 8:00 am; the program begins at 8:30 am. The Youth Council will be coordinating events and projects, which will include: installing grave markers at the historic Fort Steilacoom cemetery, clean-up and winterization of the community garden, beautifying the grounds at Tyee Park Elementary with daffodil and tulip bulbs and decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch at Station 21. Projects will begin at 9:00 am and will end at noon with the exception of the pumpkin patch which will run 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Proposed lake management plan for Lake Waughop: The City is applying for a Centennial Clean Water Program grant through the State Department of Ecology. The purpose of the grant request is to prepare a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. Waughop Lake has excess nutrients in the water and sediment and as a result has frequent toxic algae blooms. A lake management plan will help determine what efforts are needed to improve the water quality and restore the lake to a more usable condition.
  • City Hall Art Exhibit: A new art display by photographer Cindy McNabb is currently exhibited in the first floor elevator alcove of City Hall. Ms. McNabb’s photos are a mix of close-ups and natural scenery taken on her travels throughout the United States. The art exhibit is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • CSRT provides active shooter and personal safety training to DSHS employees: In cooperation with local businesses and other government entities, CSRT supervisor Lt. Steve Mauer gave a response to active shooters and personal safety training presentation to DSHS employees on October 24th and 26th. The presentations were made to two groups of 40 or more employees. The presentations were well received and help our citizens to be better mentally prepared in the event of an emergency.
  • WSAMA Fall Conference: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Assistant City Attorneys Anita Booker-Hay and Matt Kaser attended the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Fall Conference October 17-19 in Spokane. Ms. Wachter currently serves as the Chair of the Civil Topics Committee and Ms. Booker-Hay currently serves on the Criminal Topics Committee.
  • Ass’t City Manager attends Point Defiance Rail Bypass Environmental Analysis Workshops: Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher attended both Point Defiance Rail Bypass Environmental Analysis (EA) workshops conducted on October 24th and October 25th, and provided brief testimony outlining deficiencies in the EA at the public hearing on October 25th. Mr. Bugher stated that the project proponents, the Federal Railway Administration and the Washington Department of Transportation should modify the EA and include mitigation, or instead prepare an environmental impact statement. The City of Lakewood will also be submitting a letter before the close of the comment period on November 9th.
  • Healthy Start Program begins: Lakewood’s award winning Healthy Start Program began at Tyee Park Elementary on October 24th. This program was recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) with a Municipal Excellence Award in 2012. The program features a nutritious snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and nutrition lessons. The students learn the values of sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork and striving to perform at their personal best. A second program will begin in January, 2012 at Oakwood Elementary.
  • CSRT provides training at Landlord Fair: CSRT member Gail Conelly gave a presentation on Crime Free Housing, as well as Crime Prevention topics at a Landlord Fair sponsored by the VASH (Veterans Administration Supporting Housing) Program through the VA Hospital on October 23rd. VASH representatives work with Section 8 Housing to coordinate housing for homeless veterans in the community. The Landlords were able to learn about the VASH program as well as speak with representatives from Section 8 Housing and Pierce County Fair Housing.
  • CSRT attends West Pierce Fire and Rescue Safety Fair and Pumpkin Patch: CSRT Staff Gail Conelly attended the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fall Safety Fair and Pumpkin Patch. There were several activities for kids, including learning about water safety, helmet fitting, and child passenger safety (along with a car seat check), examining the fire and police apparatus, using a fire hose, and at the end, choosing a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It was a successful event with many children dressed in their Halloween costumes.
  • WSBA Seminar: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Assistant City Attorney Matt Kaser presented at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Advocacy in Administrative Law sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association on October 24. Ms. Wachter was elected section Chair at the annual meeting which followed.

Black Bear Frozen Yogurt & Espresso Expands Across Washington

Frozen yogurt and espresso chain will grow from three to seven locations by January

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (October 22, 2012) — Black Bear Frozen Yogurt & Espresso , headquartered in Lakewood, Wash., is rapidly expanding the number of its stores. Since launching in 2010, Black Bear opened a second Lakewood location and a shop in Yakima just this year. Four additional stores will open in Pierce and King Counties by January at Lakewood Towne Center, Tacoma Place Shopping Center, Southcenter Square and in Puyallup.

Read more: Black Bear Frozen Yogurt & Espresso Expands Across Washington

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/19/2012

October 19, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood is the City that Reads: The Lakewood Library, Barnes & Noble, and the Lakewood Arts Commission celebrated “September is National Literacy Month” by creating the 3 Favorite Books event from September 1st – 30th. Readers were encouraged to visit the Lakewood library to fill-out a form and list their three favorite books. All forms were entered into a drawing with prizes donated by the Lakewood Playhouse, Barnes and Noble, Lakewood RAM and Taco Del Mar. The drawing for prizes was held on October 10th at the Lakewood Library; Aubriana Edelmann was the top prize winner for the 12 and under age group; Yuliya Legkun for the 13 to 20; Michael Stevenson for the 21 – 49 and Theresa Heller for Age 50 plus.
  • Nationwide Earthquake “Shake-out: The City conducted a full exercise as it participated in the national earthquake drill at 10:18am on 10/18. An audio announcement played at Lakewood City Hall and Lakewood PD announced the earthquake and reminded everyone to "drop cover and hold". Parks and Public Works also participated. Once the announcement was completed, employees evacuated the buildings with the able assistance of floor captains. It was a successful exercise and will enable us to refine the training to address questions that came up.
  • Officers save 2 after car accident: On October 12th, Officers McClelland and Davis arrived on the scene of a car accident that occurred when a vehicle going approximately 110 mph struck a tree. Two people were still in the car, and shortly after the police arrived, the vehicle caught on fire. Officers McClelland and Davis were able to remove both the driver and the passenger from the car and get them up onto the roadway to safety. West Pierce Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, extinguished the fire and treated the occupants. Both were transported to Madigan Hospital, where the passenger had to have major surgery due to injuries received in the crash. The heroic efforts of the officers made a major difference in the outcome and the survival of the persons.
  • Lakewood hosts Public Records Officers conference: The annual Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) conference was hosted at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center in Lakewood this week. Lakewood City Clerk Alice Bush is the past-president of the association, and the city manager presented a welcome to the 279 attendees.
  • City hosts Metal Theft Investigation Class: The Lakewood Police Department hosted a metal theft investigation class on October 15th, taught by Metal Theft Training & Consultants, LLC. The class was attended by seven LPD employees, as well as 15 others from different agencies. Copper theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the civilized world, costing billions to businesses and individuals. The goal of the training was to teach law enforcement, security guard companies, prosecuting attorneys, contractors, and even metal recycling companies how to identify, prevent, and prosecute all forms of metal theft, especially copper theft.
  • Lakewood’s “Community Connector” Prepares to Deploy: The 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) is Lakewood’s adopted brigade at JBLM. On Thursday, October 18, the 4-2 SBCT conducted a “Casing Ceremony” at JBLM in preparation for its 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade will deploy in phases over the next 2-3 weeks. Mayor Richardson, Deputy Mayor Anderson and Councilmember Whalen represented the City of Lakewood at the ceremony.
  • Billboard Update: In 2003, the City Council adopted an ordinance which amended parts of the sign code, requiring property owners to remove billboards in the event the property owner desired to redevelop, or otherwise expand existing use. Alternatively, if the property owner wanted to retain the billboard, the billboard could remain, but no additional development would be allowed. So, how effective was this ordinance? Between 2005 and 2012, 15 billboards have been removed, almost all of them were located along the I-5 Corridor. Methodically, the City is removing clutter and improving the visual image of Lakewood.