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- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:56
Fort Steilacoom Park has always been considered one of the crown jewels of Lakewood.
Now, the City in which that 340-acre jewel is located will soon assume control of the park’s current lease through the State of Washington. This week, the Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease from Pierce County.
Fort Steilacoom Park is owned by the State of Washington, leased by Pierce County and managed and maintained by the City of Lakewood via an interlocal agreement. Pierce County paid $50,000 annually to the City under the current agreement, is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014.
Assuming control of the lease allows the City of Lakewood to work directly with the State of Washington regarding future land use issues at the park, which generates hundreds of thousands of visits annually and is the venue for regional cross-country meets, events such as Truck and Tractor Day and the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, a popular dog park and other amenities that draw people from around the region.
“We will be able to continue a great working relationship with the State of Washington,” remarked Mayor Don Anderson. “The thing that’s most important is users of Fort Steilacoom Park won’t notice a thing, meaning the park will still be managed and maintained as well as it is today. That’s a good thing.”
The official transfer is expected to take place sometime in 2014.
For more information on Fort Steilacoom Park and the City of Lakewood’s other parks, visit /government/departments/parks-and-recreation
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:25
While most kids wish for toys and video games for Christmas, some simply want some kitchen supplies for mom and dad, or some clothes for their brothers and sisters.
That was one of the remarkable things Lakewood Police noticed on Sunday, when the Lakewood Officers’ Charity held its 5th Annual Shop with an Officer event, in which the charity helps 20 struggling families from Lakewood.
With the help of a generous grant from Walmart, the event allowed officers to give back by allowing a child - with the help of a Lakewood Police Officer – to buy items for his or her family. An Officer picked up the child in a police car and drove to Walmart, where the shopping begins.
This year, the shopping began in earnest, according to Sgt. John Unfred, with some of the children prepared with a detailed gift list and others who decided to simply shop on the fly. Each shopper is given a set amount of money to spend on each member of the family. Once they took care of everyone on the list, the children got to visit Santa Claus while their presents were wrapped by volunteer employees from Walmart, who also donated gift bags, snacks and cupcakes for the kids.
But the most amazing thing, Unfred said, is that most shoppers didn’t head directly to the toy aisles when shopping.
“Instead many headed straight to the housewares for mom and dad or to the clothing section for siblings,” he said. “We hope this truly makes a Difference in their lives.”
- Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
- Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 17:33
December 13, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Nisqually Indian Tribe Awards $49,000 to City
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the Nisqually Indian Tribe generously awarded the City of Lakewood nearly $49,000 during its 2013 Charitable Fund Awards ceremony.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, Assistant City Manager for Development/Community Development Director David Bugher and Communications Manager Brent Champaco attended the event, in which programs and agencies from throughout the South Sound received charitable money from the tribe for various human and social services.
Here is the breakdown of Lakewood’s award money:
- $12,176.45 Emergency housing relocation assistance under the City’s existing community development block program
- $12,176.45 Healthy Start and/or Farmer’s Market
- $12,176.45 LPD Explorer’s Post 253
- $12,176.45 Lakewood Police Department
The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Nisqually Indian Tribe for its generous support and commitment to improving our community.
Judge Blinn Sworn In
Grant Blinn the newly appointed Judge for the Municipal Court serving Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom took part in a swearing-in ceremony for all municipal court judges across the state of Washington, hosted by the state Supreme Court. Blinn attended with 23 other Municipal Court Judges from Washington cities, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen welcomed them all by personally introducing each of them.
The ceremony took place in the Supreme Court's Temple of Justice in Olympia, and after the administration of their oaths, all of the Judges gathered on the Court's steps for a group photo. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen had photos taken with each Municipal Court Judge.
Lakewood-Lakeview Joint-Use Fiber Optic Project
Lakeview Light & Power has started the underground conduit and vault modifications along Pacific Highway to accommodate the new fiber optic cabling. Work will continue into January and be followed by the cable installation early next year.
International District Banners
New International District cultural banners are being hung along our South Tacoma Way Corridor. Some of the banners, funded by a lodging tax grant, were hung yesterday and the remainder will be hung on Monday, December 16th. The banners will provide increased awareness of Lakewood’s large International District. The City plans to complement the banners with a tourism promotion and outreach program in the upcoming months to highlight the many cultural restaurants and shopping opportunities located in this District.
The City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Appointing individuals to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
- Appointment individuals to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board
- Adopt 2013 budget amendments.
- Adopt the creation of $1,000 petty cash funds
- Authorize Tacoma Housing Authority to develop Prairie Oaks Client Service Center in Lakewood City limits.
- Adopt ILA Amendment for surface water management billing
- Adopt ILA for street signs and pavement striping
- 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
- Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA
The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:
- Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
- Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
- Youth Council Report
- Proclamation School Board recognition month
- Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
- Clover Park School District Report
- Approve $150,000 DOE grant agreement for Waughop Lake
Officers Are Your Friends at Oakwood
On December 4, 2013, Officers Mike Wiley and Paul Osness and CSO Dawn McGinnis went to Oakwood Elementary to speak to two separate head start classes. Each class room has 19 children (total 38). Every year we receive a call from the teacher requesting that we come out and speak with the children for “Officers are your friends.” Dawn makes up goodie bags with stickers, color books, crayons and small toys and the talks to them about what she (as a CSO) does in the community and then the Officers talk about what they do with an emphasis on the fact that they are their friends and not to be afraid if they see a police officer because they are working hard every day to keep them and their families safe. Officer Osness read both classes a story; this year the story was “Words are not for hurting.”
MultiCare Moves To New Location
MultiCare Urgent Care Clinic and Family Practice will open in their new location on Monday, December 16th at: 5700 100th St SW, Suite 510, Lakewood. The new location provides additional space, so they will be adding new Occupational Medicine services, including work injury care, physicals and screenings, drug and alcohol testing, immunizations, and workers compensation claims.
Business Retention, Expansion and Projects Around Town
The City and Ryan Petty from the Economic Development Board met this week with a steel fabrication company in Lakewood on a Business Retention Expansion meeting. The firm is has grown this year and is seeing a positive trend for their business. Economic Development currently has around 40 active projects in the works representing approximately 800 new jobs. Industries represented include retail trade, hospitality, food, construction, health care, manufacturing, warehousing, and storage. Additionally, we met with two new startups this week (food & technical services), a business (auto) expanding, a non-profit needing to expand due to increasing demand for services, and developers on two potential multifamily projects. We’re assistance a recruitment client with financing, and helped a new retail store, African Union to open its’ doors at 10606 Bridgeport this week. Hobby Lobby and Big Lots will share the former Kmart spot. Popeye’s will construct a new restaurant on Union Ave. in Tillicum, and Babblin’ Babs Bistro is officially coming to Lakewood from the Proctor District in Tacoma – set to open in Spring 2014 on Gravelly Lake Drive.
American Lake Veterans Golf Course Featured in South Sound Magazine
Pick up the latest South Sound Magazine and you’ll find a four-page spread dedicated to this non-profit Lakewood golf course. This “center for camaraderie” is a place where veterans can conquer their limitations, and learn to focus again. The article is filled with history and delightful personal stories of life-long positive changes.
Legal Department Update
During the week of December 9-13, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 89 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 72 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:14
It’s that time of year.
Holly, you ask? No.
Carols? Not really.
Grandpa’s unusually strong eggnog? Close, but no.
What we’re talking about is the time-honored tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters! That’s right, whether it’s a bedazzled moose head across your abdomen or a 40-watt Christmas tree made of rash-inducing wool, everyone loves ugly Christmas sweaters. And by everyone, we mean only those who own an ugly Christmas sweater.
In fact, Friday is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, when millions across the U.S. will celebrate these horribly-tacky-but-tacky-in-a-cool-retro-sort-of-way fabrics of Americana.
To pay homage to this time-honored tradition, the City of Lakewood is introducing its first Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo Contest!
Here’s how it works: Take a picture of yourself or your family in your favorite ugly Christmas sweaters and submit the photo to the City. There are a couple of ways you can share the photo:
- Post it to the City’s Facebook page or send us a message
- Send us a message via Twitter @CityofLakewood
- Share it via Instagram @cityoflakewoodwa
- E-mail email@example.com
*Be sure to include your name and the title of your sweater
On Friday – in celebration of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – we’ll ask our social media users to vote for their favorite! The winners will get something out of the City’s ugly Christmas sweater prize bin, which currently contains unopened bags of coffee and a mug, a beginning canning kit, a child-sized t-shirt from this month’s Jingle Bell Rock 5K and a beach ball.
As awesome as those items sound, the true crown is showing off to friends and family that you own the title of Lakewood’s Best Ugly Christmas Sweater.
So c’mon, Lakewood! Be proud. Be loud. Be unabashedly unashamed of those ugly Christmas sweaters!
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 13:15
Bienvenido. Velkomin. Mabuhay. Welcome.
Whatever language you prefer, the message is the same: Check out the global array of cuisine and shopping in Lakewood's International District.
The City of Lakewood has installed International District cultural banners on light poles along the South Tacoma Way Corridor. Some of the bright, locally designed banners, funded by a lodging tax grant, were hung Thursday, and the remainder will go up Monday, Dec. 16. The banners will provide increased awareness of Lakewood’s large International District - which offers goods from an array of cultures and ethnicities, including Korean, Latino and Vietnamese.
The City plans to complement the banners with a tourism promotion and outreach program in the upcoming months to highlight the many cultural restaurants and shopping opportunities located in this District.
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/06/2013
- Coffee with the Mayor Tuesday, December 10th
- Shop at Lakewood Towne Center this Holiday Season
- Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson Sworn Into Office
- Grant Blinn Selected For Municipal Court Judge
- Public Hearing on Budget Amendment
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/27/2013
- Statement on Anniversary of Lakewood's Fallen Four
- City Launches “Traffic Tuesday” on Facebook
- Winter’s Here. Are You Ready For It?