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- 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!
- Category: Front Page
- Published on Friday, 15 November 2013 16:27
Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, November 19, 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 Dan Penrose, Program Manager who will give a South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Update.
If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!
Mayor Don Anderson
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:05
Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held national retail chain of crafts and home decor stores, is pleased to announce it has signed a lease to open a store in Lakewood, WA. Construction is underway on this 55,000 square-foot building, formerly occupied by Kmart, located at 5319 100th Street SW.
Hobby Lobby's ninth store in Washington is projected to open in the first quarter of 2014, bringing about 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $14 per hour for full time and $9.50 per hour for part-time associates.
“Lakewood and its surrounding area have many vibrant crafting communities that we look forward to serving,” stated John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising. “We are very pleased to become an integral part of yet another community by providing new jobs, exceptional selection and value in the crafts and home decor market, and revitalizing an empty facility, all of which enables us to share in the economic growth of both the community and the state.”
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family’s garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded. Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, and jewelry, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.
For more information about Hobby Lobby, our weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit our website at www.hobbylobby.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hobbylobby .
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:49
Here’s a FAQ for residents
There’s so much information – and misinformation – floating out there about Initiative 502 and the recreational use of marijuana that it’s hard for residents to discern fact from fiction.
In the City of Lakewood, elected leaders are discussing how to move forward on marijuana business rules. It’s not as easy it might sound. City leaders must balance the federal prohibition of marijuana use against the State of Washington, where residents passed I-502 to legalize recreational use of the drug. That included a majority of voters in Lakewood.
To help residents cut through the haze and get to the City’s stance on recreational marijuana, we have produced this FAQ sheet that should help make it clear:
- Has the City of Lakewood banned marijuana?
- No. The City relies on rules that allow the denial of a business license if that business is conducting, “in whole or in part, activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law.” (Not all cities have this code, by the way). Because the City has the ability to deny a business license to produce, distribute or sell marijuana, a ban or moratorium is unnecessary.
- Q. Will the City deny a business license to sell marijuana within its limits?
- That’s a tougher question for which the answer depends on different factors. It’s the whole state-vs.-federal conundrum. The State of Washington has acknowledged that it will develop more rules as I-502 takes effect, but state law makes recreational marijuana use legal. However, there’s no sign that the federal government will remove its prohibition on the drug, which leaves the City of Lakewood and other local governments possibly open to litigation. The City will have to consider the risk of following state law against the risk of following federal law, which again could make the City liable for interfering with a business enterprise. As a general rule, Lakewood takes into consideration the impact of any proposed business within its limits, including public safety, community image and the sentiment of residents.
- Why can’t the City of Lakewood zone for retail marijuana?
- One of the things about I-502 is it limits local control of marijuana regulation. Instead, the State has placed its own restrictions on sales, including the number of marijuana shops a local government is allowed and those shops’ proximity to sensitive facilities such as daycares and schools. The City does have the authority to zone an area as residential, commercial, industrial, etc., but it can’t zone a specific form of business, such as marijuana. For instance, a shop won’t be able to open in a residential zone because commercial activity – such as the sale of marijuana, cars, clothes, food or any other product, for that matter – is prohibited in those areas.
- What is the State of Washington’s role in retail marijuana?
- The State is in the process of implementing I-502 statewide. Initially, the theory was all marijuana sales would be state-regulated, like the way it does with liquor. Recently, there have been questions over whether local governments can completely ban marijuana, and those questions have yet to be answered. What we know: Although the City determines what types of businesses can operate in Lakewood, the State determines whether a business can sell marijuana, as it’s responsible for licensing of all retail marijuana sales. As we said before, the state determines how many shops are allowed within a city, as well as their proximity to places such as daycares and schools.
- So then, how many stores will be allowed in Lakewood?
- The State of Washington has allotted up to two retail marijuana shops. (By the way, this doesn’t include production and distribution facilities). Again, only two marijuana shops will be allowed in the City of Lakewood. The State has also imposed a 1,000-foot-buffer around those sensitive facilities that we mentioned before. As a business, retail marijuana can be sold only in commercial zones, and it can’t locate within a buffer zone even if it is commercial. If more than two retailers apply for licenses, the state will conduct a lottery for the right to the available spots. The State will also perform an analysis of the retailer and the proposed establishment, including a criminal background check and security of the proposed facility. As part of the state licensing process – which mirrors the liquor-licensing process - the local government can offer its input. That input can consist of fact-based concerns with the location, such as crime statistics. Ultimately, decisions regarding who gets to sell marijuana specifically in the City of Lakewood are entirely the State’s.
Bottom line: You won’t see more than two marijuana shops in Lakewood, and those shops will have to locate in pretty specific areas.
- So, will people be allowed to smoke marijuana in the same places where they can smoke tobacco?
- Nope. State law makes it an infraction to use marijuana in public.
- Will tax revenue generated by marijuana sales benefit the City of Lakewood?
- Nothing in I-502 specifically directs tax revenues to the City. That said, the manner in which marijuana sales tax revenue will be distributed has yet to be determined. Some argue that cities that ban marijuana sales shouldn’t benefit from the tax revenue, while others suggest that the impact of marijuana sales transcends city boundaries. We’ll report back when the issue becomes clearer.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:17
Residents might have noticed a sprucing up of Lakewood’s streets over the past six months.
The cleaner, brighter streets and sidewalks are no accident. They’re the result of a pair of departments from the City of Lakewood coming together to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
In May, the City asked its Parks, Recreation and Community Services department to temporarily manage the streets landscape program – a job that included reviewing the overall work program and providing resources and support to keep pace with ongoing maintenance and special projects.
Based on a successful work program and a knack for getting the job done, the PRCS was a natural fit to work with Public Works’ streets landscape program. Together, they were able to share resources and best practices to improve areas across the City. The benefits included:
- Improved efficiency
- Utilization of a daily schedule and best practices
- Ability to work on special projects
- Improved oversight of the program
But the result the public has noticed? Better-looking street landscapes throughout Lakewood.
“We’re able to get so much more done because we have all of these skills and resources,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director.
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