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Lakewood City Council Recognizes Student Athletes

At the March 5, 2012 Council Meeting, the Lakewood City Council honored the outstanding athletic performance of four Clover Park School District students. Zach Banner, who was named first team All American offensive lineman in football; Izaic Yorks who was ranked 5th in the nation in cross country by ESPN; Cedric Dozier named honorable mention All American all-purpose athlete in football; and Kiaya Van Scoyoc for being the 2012 State Girls Wrestling Champion in the 155 pound division—a first girls’ state wrestling title at Lakes High School and in Clover Park School District.

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Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speakers will be Economic Development Director Ellie Chambers-Grady and Economic Specialist Becky Newton who will provide us with an update on economic development projects in Lakewood.

If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Parks Appreciation Day 2012

Please save the date so you can join us at the City of Lakewood’s 11th annual Parks Appreciation Day celebration, Saturday, April 21, 2012. We are planning projects at Fort Steilacoom Park, Harry Todd Park, American Lake Park and Wards Lake Park. Join us between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon as we participate in a county-wide Parks Appreciation Day and jointly celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Parks Week.

You should dress appropriately for the weather; bring clearly-labeled hand tools from home (including such things as pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks) and your enthusiasm, smiles and energy! This is a FUN event in the outdoors and you’ll be able to help prepare our local parks for the busy spring/summer seasons.

Last year, over 400 volunteers participated in this event and planted hundreds of flowers; 28 bushes and rhododendrons; laid mulch on trails and flower beds; laid playground fall zone chips and filled dumpsters with debris. The list is endless for the projects we’ve completed on previous Parks Appreciation Days. This year, new projects are planned to improve our local parks. We need your help.

Join us on Saturday, April 21st . To register your family, service organization or your school or church groups, please call Suzi Riley at (253) 983-7758. We’ll find a spot for you and will appreciate your help.

APRIL 21, 2012 - 9:00 A.M. TO NOON
Call (253) 983-7758 to sign up!

Lakewood Chosen by "Today in America"

The City of Lakewood has been chosen by Today in America , hosted by Terry Bradshaw to be featured in their New Urbanism to Live Work and Play series. Our Economic Development team has begun work with the producers and main script writer to prepare for filming this May. The feature is expected to air across the nation in late Summer or early Fall 2012.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/24/2012

February 24, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Year End Report available on City’s website: The 2011 Year End Report (as an edition of “Connections”) was mailed to citizens this week and is arriving in mailboxes now. The report is also available on the City’s website.
  • City celebrates 16th Birthday: The City of Lakewood celebrates its 16th birthday on February 28th. Please review the 2011 Year End Report to see how far the City has come in its short but productive history.
  • Lakewood Police serve search warrant at recycling center: On February 13th, LPD served a search warrant at a local scrap metal business. The team serving the warrant included representatives from CSRT, Washington State Department of Ecology, City of Lakewood Building Enforcement and Public Works, Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and West Pierce Fire and Rescue. Several months ago, officers began to note that there was a large amount of business being conducted at WOTC with subjects known to be involved in metal thefts and drug trafficking. The service of the search warrant resulted in the recovery of items that had been stolen from two different businesses. Police are continuing the investigation and will forward to prosecutors for potential criminal charges.
  • Worms and Fishing and Healthy Start After School Programs: The PRCS Department is collaborating with Tyee Park Elementary School on two projects that will start in February. The first is a recycling/composting project utilizing worm bins to educate students about the benefits of worms (how they produce castings to enhance soils at the same time reducing the amount of non-meat food waste). The healthy worms will be ready to be used as bait for the PRCS Kids Fish-In event in May. The second project is the Healthy Start program that promotes kids having a nutritious diet and to be physically active to combat the growing trend of childhood obesity. The program is funded by the City of Lakewood, Lakewood’s Promise, Communities in Schools, St. Clare Hospital and the Clover Park School District. Students play a wide variety of games and activities and receive fresh fruits and vegetables provided by local businesses. The program will extend hours on regularly scheduled school half-days to provide consistency and reduce childcare needs for parents. All Healthy Start participants will be invited to participate again this year in the Tacoma Kids Marathon.
  • Bridgeport Way – South of Flanegan Road: Tree removal and wall construction on the west side of Bridgeport Way south of Flanegan Road will start next week. The work is in preparation for the Bridgeport Way/North City Limits Roadway improvement project that will add bicycle lanes and sidewalks this summer. The construction will require temporary lane closures (during working hours only) and will last for six to eight weeks.
  • Refuse rate increase: The City refuse service rates will increase staring March 1st. The rate increases are associated with the annual automatic cost adjustment provisions contained within the City's contract with our refuse service provider. The automatic adjustment factors relate to the yearly change in our area Consumer Price Index and the change in the land fill “tipping fee.”. The CPI increase was 1.742%; while the tipping fee increased by $7.06/ton (or 5.827%). Because the tipping fee is only a component of the residential customer service charge, the net combined increase to our residential customer is 3.863%. This equates to a $1.14 per month increase to a residential customer with weekly pick up service of a 65 gallon bin with recycling.
  • CSRT provides personal safety training for Lakewood Area Shelter Association: CSO Mike Miller conducted two personal safety presentations this week for the Lakewood Area Shelter Association “Life Skills” classes held at Trinity Baptist Church. Approximately 30 people attended the classes, which included question and answer sessions.
  • CSRT conducts sign code presentation: Code Enforcement Officer Doug Price presented at this month’s LOCAL (Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords) meeting. CEO Price presented an overview of the recent sign code changes. 11 rental-housing owners and managers were in attendance, so the presentation was tailored to issues that impacted their sign usage.
  • CSRT assists Pierce College with Operation Child ID event: CSO Gail Conelly assisted the Pierce College Criminal Justice Program with their 7th Annual Operation Child ID event on February 15th. CSO Conelly operated a fingerprint station and fingerprinted 72 children at the event. Other services included DNA swabs, dental impressions, and video of the children, showing their personality and speech patterns.
  • CSRT provides safety tips to Lakewood fast food restaurants to thwart burglaries: Due to a recent spate of burglaries at local fast food restaurants, CSRT and LPD Neighborhood Patrol Officers are contacting Lakewood fast food restaurants with safety tips designed to help them prevent burglaries. CSOs and NPOs are also getting contact information to have on file to be able to quickly disseminate additional information to the businesses as it becomes available.