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- Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
- Published on Friday, 06 December 2013 15:28
December 6, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Annual Tree Lighting Festival
Tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the City of Lakewood will be hosting its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Lakewood City Hall. This is a fun, FREE, family event with refreshments, crafts and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas himself. Kids will be able to follow him to City Hall in the Kiddies parade immediately following the official lighting of the tree. This year a family from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade will have the honors of lighting the tree.
Jingle Bell Rock 5K
Santa Claus is coming to Lakewood! The City of Lakewood is hosting the second Jingle Bell Rock 5K , presented by St. Clare Hospital. Join the fun Saturday, December 7 at Lakewood City Hall and take part in this 5K Fun Run or Walk. The course begins and ends at the round-a-bout in front of Lakewood City Hall and is great for all members of the family including the furry ones. We will have three different after-school programs participating after generous sponsorships from three local businesses: St. Clare Hospital, Dr. Drangsholt Orthodontics and Dr. Beth O’Connor Dentistry.
Stay for a rockin’ after party that will include refreshments, music, crafts and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather, it’s going to be chilly!
Councilmember John Simpson Sworn Into Office
This week, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson was sworn into office. “I am honored and humbled to serve this City,” he said. Click here to read the City’s full press release on the occasion.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 9, 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:
- 3rd Quarter Police Department Report
- Review of petty cash fund
- Review of Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA
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.
Lakewood Police Lieutenant Deployed To Grain Silo Collapse
Lieutenant John Unfred has been deployed for the last couple of days with the Pierce County Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) to help coordinate the rescue and recovery efforts in response to the grain silo collapse in Roy. This entails coordinating approximately 50 first responders and private contractors who are working to stabilize the metal structures so that rescue crews can safely enter and search for the one remaining victim. This is expected to take another day or two. The Pierce County IMT is a multi-agency and multi-discipline team comprised of law enforcement, fire department, public works, and other agency staff that are trained in emergency response and coordination. The team responds to large and complex incidents throughout the county.
CPTC Open House
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) welcomed new President Dr. Lonnie Howard this week with an open house in their Rotunda building. Attendees included Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Council Members Mary Moss and Michael Brandstetter, City Manager John Caulfield and other city representatives. CPTC’s Culinary Arts students catered the well-attended community event.
Thornewood Castle Featured in South Sound Magazine
Lakewood’s Thornewood Castle is featured in South Sound magazine’s Dec/Jan issue on newsstands now. The article highlights ‘Staycation’ opportunities in Washington State. The majestic castle turned bed-and-breakfast has 54 rooms and sits on three acres. The story is online at: http://southsoundmag.com/print-articles/unwind-close-home/ .
State Population Forecast
According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) state population is approaching 7 Million and migration will soon be the main component of population growth. Other key findings were that the 65 and older population is expected to double in size in twenty years; by 2030 more than one in five Washingtonians will be an elderly person; and the share of the population of working age will decline relative to the “dependent population.” An aging population means more people need support with less people to support them. For current population estimates by city visit: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/default.asp .
Legal Department Update
During the week of December 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 109 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 74 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:22
Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.
Our guest speaker will be Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager/ Community Development who will give a Point Defiance Bypass Update.
If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!
Mayor Don Anderson
No RSVP is needed.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 14:49
The Lakewood City Council officially welcomed its newest member to the dais Monday night.
John Simpson was sworn into office with dozens of friends and wife Melanie in the audience.
“I am honored and humbled to serve this City,” said Councilmember Simpson, a former member of the Lakewood Redevelopment Board.
A native of Indiana, Councilmember Simpson is a tenured history professor at Pierce College. He has served as faculty president, and he has won the Outstanding Faculty Award 10 times. Moreover, for the past seven years Simpson has served on the College Cabinet.
Councilmember Simpson is also an award-winning photojournalist for the Ranger Newspaper. He has embedded on eight separate occasions to Iraq and Afghanistan with JBLM and Camp Murray soldiers. In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for his coverage, and he has won numerous awards for his reporting and photography.
A retired Air Force officer, Simpson is a life member of the Reserve Officer Association. He also holds memberships in the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Military Officers of America Association, American Legion Post 110 and the Washington Press Association.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
He and wife Melanie have three children.
His term expires December 31, 2017.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:50
Sure, you could take a chance and buy items, sight unseen, off some website this holiday shopping season.
Sure, you could risk compromising your personal information and having someone steal delivery boxes off your front porch or mailbox.
Sure, you could guess the day that your online orders will arrive at your home, only to find that the clothes don’t fit, or the colors don’t match, or the item is damaged.
Sure, you could chance all of these things, but why would you when you can complete all of your holiday shopping with certainty and in your backyard at Lakewood Towne Center ?
With more than 50 stores, shops, restaurants and one of the region’s most popular and comfortable movie theaters, the shopping center at 5731 Main St. SW has something for everyone on your list.
With stores such as Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports and Target, as well as shops like rue21 and Motherhood Maternity, shoppers will be able to find the perfect gift for almost anyone.
All that shopping can build up an appetite, but don’t worry. Lakewood Towne Center has more than a dozen restaurants where you can grab a bite. And for a little entertainment after a long day of shopping, you can sit back, put your feet up and catch a flick at the AMC Lowes Theatre.
Another benefit of shopping at Lakewood Towne Center is the area is well-lit. You can also be extra cautious by following these simple tips from the Lakewood Police Department:
- Park your vehicle as close to the doors of businesses as possible and under lights.
- Place bags in the trunk of the car or hide them under a blanket or something similar.
- Keep doors locked and windows up.
- Walk with another person to your car with your purchases if possible.
- Have your car keys in your hand when walking to your car and be ready to push the car remote panic button if necessary to get attention.
- Consider carrying high end purchases with you the entire shopping day instead of putting them in the car. Try to buy your most expensive purchases towards the end of your shopping day, so they’re not in your vehicle.
One of the best parts of the holiday tradition is the excitement and fun of shopping for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else on your list. This year, the place to take care of them all is Lakewood Towne Center.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 20:46
The City of Lakewood has selected Grant Blinn as its next Municipal Court Judge.
His term begins January 1, 2014, when Municipal Court Judge Ernest Heller’s term expires.
Judge Blinn brings more than two decades of legal and public safety experience to the Court, including the past 17 years with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he most recently served as Homicide Chief. Prior to that, he served as a Division Chief, where he supervised 25 deputy prosecutors and staff who prosecuted criminal offenses in Pierce County District Court.
"I am honored at the opportunity to serve as a Judge in my own community,” he said. “The Piece County Prosecutor’s Office taught me the value of hard work, professionalism, and commitment to the community, and I look forward to bringing those values to Lakewood Municipal Court."
Judge Blinn has also served as Judge Pro-Tempore for Thurston County District Court since 2010. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, where he majored in recreation administration with an emphasis in Parks and Natural Resources Management.
“We are very excited to welcome Judge Blinn to the City,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He brings a fresh perspective that will add value to an already efficient, well-run Municipal Court that our citizens and contracted agencies enjoy.”
Caulfield also thanked Judge Heller, who dedicated more than a decade to the Lakewood Municipal Court, presiding over thousands of misdemeanor cases for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.
“Judge Heller is an excellent public servant to whom the community of Lakewood owes a debt of gratitude,” Caulfield said. “Without his dedicated service, the Municipal Court wouldn’t have grown into the department it is today.”
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