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New-Look Newsletter Hits Households

The City of Lakewood’s newsletter underwent an aesthetic and digital facelift for 2014.

This week, residents and online users are experiencing the improved Connections newsletter for the first time. The Winter 2014 issue is scheduled to begin arriving in Lakewood mailboxes Thursday.

In an age of decreased content, Connections readers will notice an increase of news stories and articles compared to previous issues. The Winter 2014 edition includes:

  • A cover story about what the City is doing to help fix Interstate 5’s traffic woes
  • A Q&A with newly elected City Councilmember John Simpson
  • A piece on Lakewood Police celebrating their 10th year
  • Articles on the opening of Hobby Lobby and the relocation of MultiCare

Readers will also find the latest edition of the City’s Recreation guide, which includes information on upcoming events such as the Fairy Garden Tea Party and the Soggy Doggy 5K, as well as registration information for classes and activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Online users will also notice new and improved features for Connections. The newsletter is being published on a new digital platform that will allow users to easily navigate pages, view content and interact with the document. Bonus: The digital edition features a fun video from the City of Lakewood’s Annual Tree Lighting and Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

To view the online edition, scan the QR code on the newsletter or visit http://goo.gl/5gTYg1 .

Lakewood To Swear In Recently Elected City Councilmembers, Judge

On Monday, January 6, the City of Lakewood will ceremoniously welcome its recently elected members of the City Council, as well as its recently appointed Municipal Court Judge.

The City will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Grant Blinn, its new Municipal Court Judge. Blinn - who comes to Lakewood from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he most recently served as homicide chief – will preside over the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.

The City will also conduct swearing-in ceremonies for City Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Mary Moss, John Simpson and Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen – all of whom won election to the dais in November.

Also on the agenda for Monday:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The meeting is scheduled to begin 7 p.m., Monday, January 6, at Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street, Lakewood.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/27/2013

December 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Charity Delivers 150 Toys

From December 19-20, the Lakewood Officers Charity visited several apartments and homes and delivered more than 150 toys to children.

The officers met with apartment managers, who provided a list of the families that really needed some help. This event, according to CSO Dawn McGinnis, is so much fun because it’s random. The families have no idea that they were selected. “We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys. The look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt “Thank You’s.”

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

New Year’s Day closures

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 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:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 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:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Short Movie Filmed in Lakewood, JBLM Hits Internet

A just released short film, based on the Legend of Zelda video games, was partially shot at Lakewold Gardens, JBLM, and a couple other nearby locations. In its first week of release, it already has had about 300,000 views on YouTube.

YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlyUt0RIGlo

Link to an article about it in a popular video game blog:

http://kotaku.com/the-creepiest-legend-of-zelda-character-gets-his-own-li-1488552256

The link to a behind the scenes video, mentioning the locations that they shot at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCQp32MFqm0

Thornewood Castle Makes 425 Magazine

Thornewood Castle is featured in the January-2014 issue of 425 Magazine, a sister publication of South Sound Magazine.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 61 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 58 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

Answers About Winter Air Quality

What’s New with Pierce County Air Quality?

As winter sets in it’s worth remembering that much of Pierce County continues to have an air quality problem during colder months. During the winter, fine particle pollution in much of Pierce County reaches unhealthy levels, causing lung and heart problems for children, seniors, and those with respiratory issues. Although these fine particles come from many sources, wood smoke from residential home heating is the biggest source of this pollution. These pollution levels continue to be high enough that they violate the Federal Clean Air Act. Since 2009, an area called a Smoke Reduction Zone was designated for a large portion of Pierce County, and specific pollution reduction programs have been implemented to improve air quality in our neck of the woods.

Here’s an important update to this program: Starting in September 2015 all old, uncertified wood burning devices will be illegal to use under state law. This means that these uncertified devices must be disposed of or rendered inoperable by September 30, 2015 in the Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone, except those residences that have no other adequate ways to heat their home.

What’s Being Done Now?

Air quality Burn Bans are actively enforced in the Smoke Reduction Zone. These burn bans are different from summer outdoor burning bans and apply to both indoor wood burning and any outdoor burning. Burning wood during a ban may result in a fine of up to $1,000, so it’s wise to pay attention to burn bans to avoid fines.

Along with increased burn ban enforcement, funding will continue to be available to help people change to a cleaner source of heat. Approximately $2.5 million is now available to help residents scrap or replace their old, uncertified wood stoves with a cleaner source of heat and get paid to do it!

How You Can Help

Visit www.airsafepiercecounty.org to learn how you can help:

  • Sign up for burn ban alerts via text or email. Sign up by texting “pierceburn” to 313131.

Receive email alerts by going to the website listed above

  • Apply for the Wood Stove Program – get $350 to scrap your stove or $1500 to replace it. Low income qualified households can get a free upgrade to a cleaner heating source.
  • Print information to share with your neighbors, friends and community organizations

Contact for more information:

Kit McGurn
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

(253)283-2273

City Hall Closed New Years Day

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

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