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- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:59
Lakewood Mayor Thanks St. Clare Hospital For Support
Mayor Don Anderson read a special proclamation at the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 21
Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful , and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Thursday night, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.
For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which again is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare actually sponsored a pair of youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.
Get more information on the Jingle Bell Rock 5K .
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:13
Grant Allows Lakewood To Add 4.4 Acres To Wards Lake Park
Lakewood City Council votes to match the Pierce County grant money to buy land
Visitors will soon find more open space at Wards Lake Park – 4.4 acres, to be exact.
On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase-and-sale agreement on property next to the park in Lakewood’s northeast corner.
The deal will involve buying the land from a private property owner for $475,000. A Pierce County Conservation Futures grant will pay for $275,000 of the cost, while the other $200,000 will be paid for out of the City’s storm water management fund.
The additional land will add open space that the City can manage and maintain, as well as give visitors secure access to the park from the south.
But the deal that will bring Wards Lake Park to more than 26 acres in size seemed unlikely three years, when the City’s bid to obtain grant money from the Conservation Futures program fell short. However, once Pierce County processed the costs for the projects it approved, it realized it had money left that could fund those that didn’t make the cut.
“We’re extremely lucky to have an opportunity like this,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director. “This allows us to maintain some of Lakewood’s open space and gives visitors more options when they visit Wards Lake Park.”
There is a house and a duplex on the property, as well as open space and wooded areas. The City will likely rent out the houses to generate income for maintenance and operations until money is raised to improve the site.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Monday, 18 November 2013 08:30
Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery, at the intersection of Steilacoom Boulevard and Edgewater Drive SW in Lakewood, Wash., recently got off the ground serving the South Sound community with an array of delectable food and beverages.
After three years of searching for the perfect location, founder and owner Lindsey Hubbard discovered a locale that fit her dream of a charming French-style café at 8813 Edgewater Drive SW. Hubbard’s inspiration to open a warm and relaxing eatery stemmed from past traveling excursions in Europe, her entrepreneurial spirit and to continue her family legacy in the crepe business. She learned the culinary arts from her aunt, Tara Cozette, who trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and passed down the passion for pastries and cooking to Hubbard.
“We’re very grateful for how well we’ve been received in the Lakewood community,” said Hubbard. “We want to make our customers happy by providing them with delicious food and make them feel like part of the family at Frenchy’s.”
Frenchy’s serves a variety of food such as fresh breakfast sandwiches, Panini sandwiches, gourmet soups and their signature offering, crepes. The café also crafts coffee and espresso drinks roasted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters. Serving both savory and sweet crepes, Frenchy’s customers are fond of the Sunriser and Tuscan crepes. The Sunriser is filled with cheddar cheese, eggs and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage. The Tuscan consists of provolone cheese, chicken and spinach. For those with a sweet tooth, both the Parisian and Bavarian crepes are a popular choice. The Parisian crepe contains butter, lemon juice and powdered sugar, and the Bavarian is a mix of cream and strawberries.
Frenchy’s customer base includes retired senior citizens that enjoy the early bird specials. Frequent traffic also comes from college students and the military community for whom Frenchy’s provides student and military discounts.
“It is always exciting to see new businesses blossom in the Lakewood area,” says Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We look forward to seeing what this family business cooks up in the future.”
Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon-Fri, and 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat-Sun. For more information, visit their website, http://www.frenchyscafe.net/ and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Frenchys2013 .
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:54
Looking for a fun way to work off those Thanksgiving calories? Then look no farther than Lakewood next month.
The City of Lakewood’s 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K is set for 9 a.m., Dec. 7 at Lakewood City Hall.
The event – presented by Lakewood’s very own St. Clare Hospital - is a great way to celebrate your community during the holidays, and it’s perfect for all members of the family, including the furry ones.
The course begins and ends at the round-about in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Stay for a rocking after-party that will include refreshments, music, crafts, and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather as this 5K will run - rain or shine.
And here’s one of the coolest things for those participating in this year’s 5K: The first 200 registrants get a commemorative, black, long-sleeve t-shirt.
Cost is $25 a person. You can preregister or register the day of the event.
See you all there, bright and early!
- Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
- Published on Friday, 15 November 2013 17:16
November 15, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 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:
- Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments.
- Public Hearing on vacating a portion of 104th Street Court South.
- Adopt of 2014 property tax levy
- Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
- Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
- Adopt allocations for 2014 human services programs.
- Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 25, 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:
- Review of the proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
- Economic Development and Development Services update.
- 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
- Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
- South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
- Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
- Review of criminal codes update (ie DUI Cost Recovery)
- Municipal Court code updates
Topics of Interest and Updates
South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Forum
The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership held its annual forum Thursday at the Courtyard Tacoma Downtown Marriot.
More than 150 people representing local and state governments, federal lawmakers, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the business community and other stakeholders attended the three-hour long event, which Program Manager Dan Penrose led throughout the day.
Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., Commander at JBLM, opened the forum with his speech on the state of the base, covering everything from the base’s habitat preservation to base construction to what military leaders are doing to help traffic flow better inside JBLM’s gates.
The SSMCP specifically addressed the JBLM corridor’s traffic woes with a panel discussion that included City Manager John J. Caulfield, who emphasized the importance of all stakeholders working together for a fix. Lacey City Manager Scott Spence, JBLM Public Works Director Steve Perrenot and John Wynands, Assistant Region Administrator for Project Development with WSDOT, also sat on the panel.
“In order for us to be successful as a region, this corridor needs to be addressed,” Caulfield said.
The event featured another panel discussion on innovation to ensure men and women leaving the military can successfully make the transition to civilian life.
A photo gallery of the forum is available on the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page .
Local, State Leaders Meet To Discuss Funding For JBLM Corridor Improvements
On Wednesday night, the City of Lakewood hosted an informational meeting of local and state officials that addressed obtaining state funding to pay for traffic improvements to the JBLM corridor.
Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, and City Councilmembers Marie Barth, Paul Bocchi, Mike Brandstetter and Mary Moss all attended the meeting, which took place at the Oakbrook Golf Course. Also in attendance: Former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Doug Richardson, 28th District Reps. Tami Green and Dick Muri, and Sen. Steve O’Ban, as well as 29th District Reps. David Sawyer and Steve Kirby, and Sen. Steve Conway.
Much of the discussion focused on improvements that are needed to unclog the regular traffic bottleneck near JBLM, as well as how the region could position itself to receive funding from the proposed state transportation package to pay for the improvements.
Legal Department Update
During the week of November 4-8, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 12 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 11charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Economic Development Update
VIBE Opening Celebration
The City attended the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) Grand Opening this week. VIBE is a University of Washington Tacoma program that allows students who are veterans to use their talents to create new inventions while earning their degrees. Here’s more information: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/new-business-incubator-focuses-veterans .
Hobby Lobby Coming Soon
In case you missed the sign on 100th, Hobby Lobby will soon open in the former K Mart building. Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady first met with this retailer at an International Council of Shopping Centers trade show three years ago. Since then, Hobby Lobby has wanted to be in Lakewood, but it couldn’t find the right space. We’re very excited to welcome this new destination store – look for a first quarter 2014 opening. They expect to hire 35-50 employees. They will share the space with another store…so stay tuned.
Economy Still Slowly Edging Up
As of early November 2013, the medium home sales price in Lakewood was $207,450 which is an increase of 22 %from a year earlier. Number of sales is up by 18% and the average price per square foot is at $142 (+24.5%) according to Trulia. As of October 2013 retail sales are up over 8% year-to-date over 2012. Unemployment rate is down from 9.4% in January to 8.2% in August 2013.
LPD EVOC coordinates regional training
From November 7 to November 10, LPD EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course) and other Cooperative City EVOC instructors hosted in-service training on a closed course at the Washington State Patrol Academy. 117 student officers from 9 agencies received updated training that included tactical backing, Pursuit Immobilization Technique, simulated vehicle pursuits, decision making, and low speed placement skills. LPD EVOC joined the cooperative cities team in 2010 to better leverage instructors and resources.
Food Drive Event
On November 21st, from 3-7 p.m., Les Schwab and Q13 will be hosting a Food Drive Event at the South Hill, Puyallup Wal-Mart (located at: 310 31st Ave SE, Puyallup-across from the South Hill Mall) You won't be able to miss it-they'll have Les Schwab vehicles, tents, banners, and LPD vehicles. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, here is a great place to do so! The City thanks everyone who has already donated, and as well as those who plan to do so. We appreciate the support more than we can say!
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- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/8/2013
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- City of Lakewood Adopts Legislative Policy Manual, Agenda
- City of Lakewood To Honor Veterans With Special Recognition
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/1/2013
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