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Lakewood Will Apply For LED-Light Grant

The City of Lakewood will apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to convert a majority of its 3,500 or so streetlights to the light emitting diode (LED) variety.

The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to apply for the Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant, which awards some $25 Million in energy efficiency and solar grants to various public agencies.

The grant money would be used to convert approximately 2,000 or so of the city’s streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. That figure is about 1,000 less than the City had originally projected, but Lakewood learned recently that because the remaining lights are "leased" from Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy, they would not be covered by the grant.

Still, the City's Public Works Department says the potential cost savings with LED is at least worth exploring. LED's provide benefits such as:

  • Lower energy costs because the lights produce the same light level with less power
  • Lower maintenance costs because LED's can last up to seven times longer than high-pressure, sodium lights
  • Better lighting via higher light quality

If the City wins a grant and chooses to move forward with this project, it would be required financing the outstanding capital costs of about $2 million. A successful streetlight-replacement project is one in which the energy and maintenance savings over 12 years will be able to pay for the project costs.

The City will learn in a few months whether it won the grant, said Public Works Director/City Engineer Don Wickstrom.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/24/2014

January 24, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

I-5 Traffic Pattern Study

Over the next two weeks, crews will study traffic patterns between Interstate 5 interchanges, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the greater Lakewood area.

But they aren’t going to use traffic-counting devices. No one is going to be standing on a corner counting cars, either.

As part of an “Origin-Destination” study being conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation – which is part of a larger I-5 JBLM Interchange Justification Report (IJR) - crews will be installing solar-powered devices that can pick up Bluetooth signals and track the routes of drivers.

Those devices will track how many vehicles use I-5 to access JBLM and surrounding areas. That data will help determine the South Sound’s transportation future in terms of what improvements are needed in one of the most congested regions in the state.

Click here to read more about the project and the device that will be used to track traffic patterns.

Business Showcase: Davinci Salon and Spa

The City of Lakewood released a new Business Showcase on its website this week featuring Davinci Salon and Spa. It features the story behind owner Sunny Galaviz, who opened the spa a year ago. Galaviz is also involved with “Look Good and Feel Good.” It’s an American Cancer Society sponsored program. Sunny volunteers every month to do make up, hair, wigs, turbans, and whatever is needed to help cancer patients going through chemotherapy. She volunteered at local nursing homes early on while attending college.

Click here to read the Business Showcase on Davinci Salon and Spa.

MLK Celebration Photo Gallery

Talk about positivity.

Last Saturday, the City of Lakewood celebrated its 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College.

A diverse array of performers and speakers educated, entertained and uplifted an audience that was equally as diverse. Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor at the University of Puget Sound, shared her knowledge of King's legacy.

One of the highlights of the event was the uplifting performance of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, led by Pastor Pat Wright.

Check out the City of Lakewood's Facebook page for a photo gallery from the event.

You can also check out some video highlights of the event on the City’s Vimeo page .

Economic Development

Demographics Now Training

Economic Development attended a training covering free and available Demographics Now websites and links. The guest speaker was the Pierce County Library System’s Behrooz Madjdi, and he regularly offers training on these products to the business community.

Housing Forum

Mayor Don Anderson, Councilmembers Mary Moss and Marie Barth, City Manager John Caulfield and other City departments attended a Housing Forum this week, hosted by Congressman Denny Heck. The Forum was well-attended and provided information from a variety of sources all working in the housing sector. Panelist and speakers worked in banking, housing development companies, housing agencies in the public and private sectors, as well as policy and economic trending affecting housing in Washington State. The keynote speaker was Secretary Shaun Donovan of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

WRPA Risk Management School

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth spent time last week at the Washington Recreation and Parks Association Risk Management School. The purpose of this school is to educate professionals on best practices in risk management for parks, playgrounds and recreation programs. The sessions were designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of risk management, including tools to recognize, asses, and control exposure to loss or injury, and minimize adverse effects or impacts to our City and program participants. Dodsworth was the chair of this statewide school.

Rotary Presentation

Director Dodsworth provided the lunchtime presentation at the Lakewood Rotary Club on Friday, January 24, 2014. She shared information regarding the goals and strategies in the Lakewood Legacy Plan and revisions to the Farmers Market and SummerFEST event. She also provided updates regarding new park purchases, gateway projects and lease changes and potential partnership projects at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Approve the submittal of an energy grant application to convert streetlights to LED.

Following the special meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, the Council will be holding a Study Session, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Lodging tax collection and guidelines.
  • Section 108 Curb Side Motors loan and National Development Council contract.
  • 2015 Comprehensive Plan update.
  • Review of dangerous and potentially dangerous dog appeals code amendments.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Planning Advisory Board
  • Adopt dangerous and potentially dangerous dog appeals code amendments.
  • Adopt lodging tax collection and guidelines.
  • Approve Teamsters collective bargaining agreement.

City Council Proclaims Toastmasters Intl. Week

At the regular City Council meeting on January 21, the Lakewood City Council proclaimed the week of February 2 – 8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.

Councilmember John Simpson presented the proclamation to Lakewood Toastmaster member and Area Governor Julie Skaw (Area 13; District 32).

Toastmasters International has more than 12,500 clubs in 113 countries worldwide; with nearly 5,000 members in the state of Washington. The City encourages all citizens and civic organizations to recognize the many accomplishments and opportunities in communication and public speaking Toastmasters International provides.

Lakewood Toastmasters was founded at the City of Lakewood in 2008 for City employee development. The club currently has 29 members and is open to the general public.

Lakewood Toastmasters is hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food will be provided and a regular meeting will be conducted. Lieutenant Governor Marketing William Michael Paul for District 32 will be the guest speaker.

WSDOT To Study Traffic Patterns on I-5

Over the next two weeks, crews will study traffic patterns between Interstate 5 interchanges, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the greater Lakewood area.

But they aren’t going to use traffic-counting devices. No one is going to be standing on a corner counting cars, either.

As part of an “Origin-Destination” study being conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation – which is part of a larger I-5 JBLM Interchange Justification Report (IJR) - crews will be installing solar-powered devices that can pick up Bluetooth signals and track the routes of drivers.

Those devices will track how many vehicles use I-5 to access JBLM and surrounding areas. That data will help determine the South Sound’s transportation future in terms of what improvements are needed in one of the most congested regions in the state.

“The study is ultimately going to help determine how big I-5 should be and whether local roads should be built to alleviate that,” said Desiree Winkler, Transportation Division Manager at the City of Lakewood.

The devices, called “BlueMAC Readers,” identify partial Bluetooth signals, everything from a cell phone to a wireless headset to Bluetooth-enabled vehicles.

According to the Transpo Group, which is installing the equipment, the readers provide one-way, passive communication from a vehicle or mobile device. Each reader is equipped with a transmitter - same as any cell phone - that uploads the data in real-time to the cloud. The readers can be monitored remotely to review their performance and track travel times and patterns via a secure online portal.

An obvious question: Do the devices spy on drivers and infringe on privacy?

The answer: An emphatic “No.”

The data that the devices are collecting are partial Bluetooth signals, so they can’t be traced to a specific person or device. Many of the devices will be installed on JBLM – where there are strict privacy regulations and airfields with navigation systems - and they’ve been approved by base officials.

“This is really to understand the traffic patterns of cars going in and out of JBLM,” Winkler said. “Currently, the assumption is cars are using I-5 to get from one point on the base to another. This is a good way to know exactly if that’s happening.”

Pictured: An example of a solar-powered, BlueMAC reader that was installed in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Transpo Group.

MLK Celebration Photo Gallery

Talk about positivity.

On Saturday, the City of Lakewood celebrated its 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College.

A diverse array of performers and speakers educated, entertained and uplifted an audience that was equally as diverse.Dr. Nancy Bristow, African American Studies professor at the University of Puget Sound, shared her knowledge of King's legacy.

One of the highlights of the event was the uplifting performance of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, led by Pastor Pat Wright.

Check out the City of Lakewood's Facebook page for a photo gallery from the event: http://t.co/W6lFEUw3sx

You can also check out some video highlights of the event on Viumeo: http://vimeo.com/84484385

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