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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 .

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

Connect To The City Online

Everybody is seemingly connected online these days, including the City of Lakewood.

In case you haven’t noticed, the City has increased its social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. These are great ways to keep up with what’s happening in City Hall and beyond, and they provide a glimpse into the days of the people that serve you.

Plus, you can use social media to reach and interact with the City, whether via your computer or phone. So whether you “Like,” follow or subscribe to us, chances are you’ll be able to connect to the City of Lakewood in a whole new way.

You can find the City of Lakewood on:

Lakewood Officially Leases Fort Steilacoom Park

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 , a historic, 340-acre park located in the heart of Lakewood.

Fort Steilacoom Park is owned by the State of Washington. For years, it was leased to Pierce County and managed and maintained by the City of Lakewood via an interlocal agreement. Pierce County paid a portion of the annual operation costs under the prior agreement, which was set to expire the end of this year.

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.

“This made sense given that the City maintains Fort Steilacoom Park and all of the different events and activities there throughout the year,” said Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

Dodsworth added that users won’t notice a difference, especially when it comes to the quality of the park or the types of events it brings, including the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon and community festivals.

Former Kearse Coach: 'I Jumped Out My Chair"

When Jermaine Kearse twice spun free from tacklers and sprinted into the end zone in Super Bowl XVLII I on Sunday, it was difficult to tell who was more startled – the Denver Broncos or Dave Miller’s grandchildren.

Miller, the head football coach at Lakes High School in Lakewood, recalls how he let loose a championship yell as he watched his former player sprint to the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown, part of the Seattle Seahawks’ historic 43-8 victory.

“It was exciting. I jumped out my chair, and I yelled so loud I scared my grandchildren,” Miller told the City on Tuesday. “To see him cap it off with a touchdown in the Super Bowl, that’s something out of a Hollywood script.”

Miller was one of the many people connected to Lakewood who watched Kearse, a 2008 graduate of Lakes High, help the Seahawks capture the franchise’s first championship in 37 years.

Lakewood is one of two cities in Washington that produced a player on Seattle’s championship roster.

It has been a long journey for the speedy wide receiver. He has gone from a kid catching footballs in grade school for the Lakewood Lumberjacks to making plays at the University of Washington to wowing with his athleticism in front of millions of people with the Seahawks.

Miller recalled that Kearse was the “poster child” for heeding the lessons that coaches, teachers and his parents were taught. Even though Kearse went undrafted out of college, his high school coach knew he’d be making plays in the NFL.

“I always said even if Jermaine won the Heisman or got whatever award possible, he’d be in the weight room the next day. He just has that desire,” Miller said.

Now, his former coach, Lakes High, the Clover Park School District and the entire community of Lakewood are watching as one of their own basks in the Super Bowl limelight.

Congratulatory messages to Kearse are posted throughout Lakewood. The third-floor window of Lakewood City Hall has the following spelled out in large letters: “Go Jermaine #15.”

“It has brought a great deal of pride to the community,” Miller said of Kearse’s contribution to the Seahawks. “It’s been so much fun watching him. There’s such a tie for the kids, to see that someone who walked in their footsteps succeed, it’s just great.”

Now, Lakewood will celebrate with the rest of Seahawk Nation as the team celebrates its title.

Lakewoodians: Are you going to the championship parade Wednesday in Seattle? Share your pics on Twitter, @CityofLakewood , or e-mail them to bchampaco@cityoflakewood.us.

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