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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/17/2015

April 17, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Harry Todd Park Dock Removal

Users might notice a different look to the popular dock at Harry Todd Park. This week, the City had to remove the inner-most sections of both “L”-shaped docks because of damage over the years. Essentially, where previously the two docks connected to form a “U” shape from overhead, the two docks now look like two straight lines or “fingers.” Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth says the damaged sections are about 45 years old. “They have been patched, repaired, reconfigured and removed over the past 12 years,” she said. “Each year, the dock has been harder and harder to sustain.” Specifically, the metal and materials connecting the dock sections had been compromised, and each of the removed sections is significantly waterlogged. The wave action - caused by storms in the winter and boating in the spring and summer season - contributed to the ongoing wear-and-tear of the dock system. That created multiple safety issues, Dodsworth says. The City has developed a capital program to replace the dock sections, as well as create better access for all to the shoreline area of the park, although it’s not going to happen this year. “Prior to replacement, we’ll need to complete the necessary design, environmental and permitting work," Dodsworth said. "Safety is a priority for us and the main reason for needing to remove the dock sections this year.” “Unfortunately, based on the condition of the dock, we couldn’t wait any longer to remove the sections,” said added. “We appreciate residents’ concerns and will do our best to create a fun and safe place for our community to play.”

Parks Appreciation Day 2015

With ropes pulled taut, Boy Scout Troop 436 and several other volunteers raised the towering gate posts toward the sky. Lakewood has celebrated Park Appreciation Day for 14 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers every year are too numerous to list, but among this year’s festivities is the dedication of the Lakewood Community Garden’s new gate.

The construction of the gate was Levi Ott’s community project for his rise to Eagle Scout. He only has two more badges to go now. Ott, a 15-year-old freshman at Lakes High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 436, reached out to the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in September about building the gate. To read more about this story, as well as other opportunities for the upcoming Parks Appreciation Day, vist http://goo.gl/IQsrQS

Major Road Work Update, April 16, 2015

  • Lakewood Drive - 100th Street to 2000 ft north: Patch in front of Lakewood Family YMCA will be replaced in the NB lanes on Friday, April 17. Temporary lane closure during working hours (6 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will be required.
  • Lakewood Drive at 100th Street (NW Corner): The outside southbound lane of Lakewood Drive at 100th street will be closed during the day to facilitate completion of conduit work at the intersection on Friday, April 17.
  • Lakewood Drive at Bridgeport Way (NE Corner)The outside lanes of the NE corner of Lakewood Drive and Bridgeport will be closed during day time hours to facilitate completion of conduit and junction box work starting Monday, April 20 and continue for up to 3 days.
  • Steilacoom Boulevard – Hageness Drive to Lakeview Avenue (for Lakewood Water District): The WB outside lane will be ground and paved starting Thursday April 16 and continue through Friday April 17.  Work will continue continuously (24/7) for up to 36 hours through Friday, April 17, 2015, 6 p.m.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th:  Electrical work continues along this corridor (for street lights and signals). Temporary lane closures (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Final grind and overlay anticipated to be scheduled the first two weeks of May.  Most of the final paving work to be completed during evening hours with half street closures.

City Manager Out and About Tuesday

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield delivered the State of the City at Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday morning and presented at the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park Tuesday afternoon.

USGA Announces Parking and Spectator Guidelines for 115th U.S. Open

In its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship. To be held June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay, a municipal course in University Place, Wash., the 115th U.S. Open Championship will welcome an anticipated 250,000 weekly spectators. The course is located 9 miles west of Tacoma and 39 miles south of Seattle. Included in the 2015 Spectator Guide, found at usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo  , is a detailed transportation plan prepared in conjunction with the lead law enforcement agency, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and other local and state agencies. More than 21,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured in the local area, providing the public with free parking and complimentary shuttle service directly to the championship grounds.

“The transportation plan for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay is the result of countless hours and an 18-month collaboration with community officials,” said Hank Thompson, director of U.S. Open administration for the USGA. “We are confident, after hosting many championships in small communities, that this plan will minimize delays for local residents while ensuring safe and orderly parking and shuttle services for all attendees.”  

For the full press release from the USGA: http://goo.gl/osg4Sa

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful

Paint Tacoma Pierce Beautiful of Associated Ministries is looking for houses to paint and the volunteers to paint them this summer! Get your brushes ready, ‪#‎IamLakewood ! Since 1985, the program has painted more than 2,000 houses for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners during the summer months. Homeowners pay nothing, and each house painted is a chance to transform neighborhoods and lives.

You can contact Amy Allison at   or (253) 426-1516 to apply your house for a paint job, or contact Wendy at (253) 383-3056 ext. 117 to volunteer. Applications can be also be found at www.paintbeautiful.org .

Economic Development

Lakewood to Host Developers Forum

Mark your calendars for June 11! The City is hosting a free event at the McGavick Center, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for all those interested in residential and commercial development in Lakewood. As the second largest city in Pierce County and being that Lakewood is a "Core" city, population growth is expected to increase by several thousand residents over the next 15 years. While real estate is hot in Seattle right now, developers will be looking to the South Sound for the opportunities of the future, right here in Lakewood. Here’s a link to more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lakewood-developers-forum-tickets-11453266027?aff=ehomesaved

Wing Stop coming to Lakewood Towne Center

You read correctly! The popular Wing Stop is coming to Lakewood! Owned by former Seattle Seahawk and adamant wing-lover Sidney Rice, this is sure to be a great addition to our community. This is just a “taste” of what’s to come. Staff have been diligently working on several restaurants, hospitality and other amenities so stay tuned for more announcements soon. To learn more about Wing Stop, visit http://www.wingstop.com .

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, April 20

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Thursday, April 23

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Sketching and Colored Pencils, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: When Pigs Fly

Friday, April 24

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information on events and courses: http://goo.gl/qUQJ4k

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase – Harold Allen Realty
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Public Hearing on 5 Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Approve 2015 Comprehensive Plan review and schedule
  • Approve Dept. of Ecology grant agreement for Stormwater Source Control Study

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 27, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Economic Development update
  • US Open Update
  • National Night Out update
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise interlocal agreement
  • Review of business license code amendments

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/10/2015

April 10, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Opening Day for the Seattle Mariners generated a stadium's worth of excitement Monday, April 6, but it was even more meaningful for the Lakewood community. As it has done the past five years, the Lakewood Police Department had the honor of carrying out and waving the giant American Flag before a sold-out Safeco Field crowd. This year, however, it meant something extra special. The Mariners recognized Chief Bret Farrar, whose last official day was Monday, and whose last official act as chief was accompanying his department onto the field. The Chief's smiling face was shown on the Safeco Field big screen to the crowd, who seemed to know instinctively about his contributions to the community. The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Seattle Mariners for the special recognition. More importantly, the City would like to thank Chief Farrar for his tireless work on behalf of the Lakewood community to keep it safe. Happy retirement, Chief.

And most importantly, we would like to thank our Police Department for keeping our community safe and showcasing our pride to the Northwest. See our full photo album of the Opening Day here: http://goo.gl/VwobEl

Sport Stacking Competition at the City Council Meeting

Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama presented a sport stacking to the Lakewood City Council at the Monday, April 6 regular meeting. He was joined by Alexis Gutierrez, a fifth-grader from Tyee Park Elementary School, who demonstrated the various types of stacking. After the demo, Highashiyama encouraged a member of the Youth Council into challenging Gutierrez for a friendly competition. How did it go, you ask? See for yourself in our video  . For more information: http://goo.gl/NojBvJ

Lakewood Sister Cities - ArtsFest Celebration Set for May 2-3, at Pierce College

Lakewood Sister Cities Association and Lakewood ArtsFest Committee will jointly host a two-day celebration of art and entertainment May 2-3 at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom Campus. This colorful, fun filled, family friendly event is free to the public. Events include:

  • Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Lakewood Sister Cities welcomes the Republic of the Philippines. Colorful dancers, lively entertainment, ethnic vendors. Special exhibit by the famous Philippine Scouts Historical Society.
  • Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: All ArtsFest exhibits available for viewing, craft vendors open, historic display by Philippine Scouts. Continuous music and dance entertainment including the Fly Dance Company and more. Special art awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/hnNcwv

Lakewood Joins in Recognition for National Service

City of Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson joined 29 other cities and towns in Washington who have named Tuesday, April 7, 2015 National Service Recognition Day. Mayor Anderson read the proclamation at the City Council meeting on Monday, April 6. He presented the proclamation to Carol Farer, the State Director of ServiceNation Washington. A record number of 2,630 mayors and county leaders across the country are uniting to thank AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers for their commitment to service and their positive impact on pressing challenges facing the nation. Local elected officials from large cities, small towns, rural areas, and tribal communities across the nation are participating in the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service  by holding events, issuing proclamations, joining service projects, and using social media to thank service participants.  

For more information: http://goo.gl/yXdEQv

Sunday Morning Maintenance Work to Reduce I-5 Lanes

Drivers who use Interstate 5 through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor could experience brief delays the morning of Sunday, April 12. The freeway will be reduced to two lanes in three separate locations allowing Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews to perform sign bridge inspections and vegetation management. Drivers should expect alternating right and left lane closures on northbound I-5 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. at milepost 117.5 in DuPont, milepost 120 near the JBLM Main Gate entrance, and at milepost 125 in Lakewood. Southbound I-5 will also have alternating right and left lane closures at milepost 125 in Lakewood during the same hours. While traffic backups are anticipated to be minimal, WSDOT encourages drivers who need to travel during those hours to give themselves extra time to reach their destination.

Real-time traffic information is available on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s travel alerts web pages or by calling 5-1-1.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this great shot of the big screen that the City was able to capture during the pregame festivities of the Seattle Mariners' opening day. A special "thank you" to the Mariners for giving the City an on-the-field, unobstructed view (well, except for those pesky Los Angeles Angels) of the Lakewood Police Department participating in the festivities. It's an honor every year to be recognized. And yes, that's your very own Police Department on the big screen with the American flag #IamLakewood

 

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, April 13

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Sumi Painting, 9 :30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Thursday Open Computer Lab, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 17

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/RkDSyU

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • City Website
  • Municipal Court Update
  • Review of 2015 Comprehensive Plan schedule
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase – Harold Allen Realty
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Public Hearing on 5 Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015
  • Approve Dept. of Ecology grant agreement for Stormwater Source Control Study

 

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/27/2015

March 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014. Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com . At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report. The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent. For more information: http://goo.gl/acm2Xc

Harrison Prep School’s Grand Opening

On Thursday, March 26, the Clover Park School District celebrated the grand opening of the new Harrison Preparatory School. The guest of honor was, of course, Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison, â€ªLakewood's first mayor. Mayor Emeritus Harrison thanked those in Lakewood who helped support the effort to build new schools in our community. He also said he was "honored and humbled" that a building bearing his name will be located next to the future Four Heroes Elementary School, which honors the Lakewood Police Department's Fallen Four. Several representatives from the City of Lakewood attended the celebration, including Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, City Councilmember Mary Moss, City Manager John Caulfield and Judge Grant Blinn.

You can find photos of the event here: http://goo.gl/WmciIn   

State of the City Presentation

On Tuesday night, March 24, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield delivered the State of the City presentation to the Lakewood Knights Lions Club. 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting

On Tuesday, March 24, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting on behalf of the Lakewood City Council to discuss the idea of creating a performance space or community gathering area at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Due to concerns regarding anticipated weather, the meeting was moved from the shelter at the park to Lakewood City Hall.  Approximately 50 people attended the meeting at City Hall, but several people arrived at the park and waited. Some expressed frustration that the meeting didn’t occur. Mary Dodsworth, Parks Director, acknowledged that although the meeting change was posted in several locations at the park and through various media channels, the City didn’t provide adequate signage at the park shelter and apologized.  If anyone would like to contact her directly regarding the meeting and future meetings, please do so at (253) 589-2489.

Meeting notes will be posted soon, and the next meeting regarding these ideas will occur following the next Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall.

YMCA’s New Park, Courtesy of KaBOOM!, Disney and the Community

It was billed as a community build day. It undoubtedly delivered. This past Saturday, March 21, the community – more than 200 volunteers, by some accounts  – converged on the Lakewood Family YMCA to build playground children and families throughout the community could enjoy. Despite unpredictable weather conditions, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels scurried to make the playground a reality. You can see our photo album of the volunteers hard at work here: http://goo.gl/v53NkQ

Park Lodge Elementary School Tours Municipal Court

On Thursday, March 25, 17 Park Lodge Elementary School students visited Lakewood City Hall to learn about the City. They spoke to a number of guests, including:

  • Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, who spoke about their work with the City, as well as their respective day jobs.
  • Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn, who spoke about making good decisions. The students got to watch a few court proceedings live.
  • Lakewood WA Police Department officers. The students got to tour a real police car and motorcycle.

You can see photos of the field trip here: http://goo.gl/XOf4v5

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

This week's photo of the week is an image from the aforementioned Park Lodge field trip.Thanks again for visiting, everyone!

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 30

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, April 3

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • National Sport Stacking Competition Presentation
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Drive
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Municipal Court Update
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Review of proposed Comcast franchise agreement
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/3/2015

April 3, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sen. Patty Murray Discusses Sequestration in Lakewood

In the middle of budget-writing season, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wanted to make sure Lakewood and South Sound residents told her how potential cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord would impact them before it’s too late. On Tuesday, March 31, Murray traveled to Lakewood to hear from residents directly about the potential elimination of 16,000 military and civilian jobs at JBLM, a result that the Senator’s office argues could happen if sequestration starts again in October. At the end of the session, Murray said the threat of cuts and furloughs is “very immediate,” and she is going to deliver Lakewood’s story back to the other Washington.

For more information: http://goo.gl/tfjCNx

City Council Takes Up Sport Stacking

With the sharp staccato of clacking plastic cups, Alexis Gutierrez and Danny Green of Tyee Park Elementary School in Lakewood raced through cup stacking relays at the 2015 US National Sport Stacking Championships/Washington State Open last month in Auburn. The students, both fifth-graders, will join City of Lakewood Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama during a presentation about the sport stacking competition at the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday, April 6. Gutierrez and Green will perform a timed demo of the three different categories of sport stacking. Afterward the students will invite any willing Councilmembers to a friendly game. Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) is a sport based on stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences as quickly as possible. There are three sequences in which competitors stack cups in official events: the 3-3-3  , the 3-6-3  and the cycle  .

Gutierrez placed 10th nationally in the 3-3-3 category and 9th nationally in the cycle. Green placed 10th nationally in the cycle.

For the full story: http://goo.gl/46Hsnu  

Notice Some Road Work in Lakewood? It’s Not a Coincidence

In 2015-16, the City is conducting an unprecedented amount of transportation improvement projects that will make Lakewood safer and easier to navigate, whether you’re behind the wheel, on a bike or on foot. Given the Northwest’s weather, much of the work will take place over the spring and summer months.

For a breakdown of the work for Lakewood residents: http://goo.gl/ouejnm

Check out this video featuring Transportation Division Manager Desiree Winkler, who explains what's going on at some of our biggest projects: http://goo.gl/4tLuuw

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Don't forget to look for your very own Lakewood Police Department at the Mariners Opening Day game on Monday April 6! We'll have the honor of carrying out the American Flag again this year, and it will be outgoing Chief Bret Farrar's last official act as Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. It will be a bittersweet day, for sure, but we are all looking forward to participating in such an amazing experience again this year. Go Seattle Mariners! 

Maintenance Work Prohibits Left Turn Off Northbound I-5 Berkley Ramp

Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at the Berkeley Street/Exit 122 will need to plan for an alternate route beginning April 6 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews extract and repair one of two water pumps at the ramp terminus. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6, crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street.  The lane will remain closed until 6 a.m., Tuesday, April 7. During the lane closure, drivers using that northbound I-5 exit will not be able to turn left onto Berkeley Street. Drivers will be allowed to make a right turn onto Jackson Avenue, or to continue straight onto northbound I-5.

The two water pumps, which move storm water between I-5 and nearby storm water ponds, were installed in 1954 when the freeway was built. During the lane closure, a large crane will extract one of the water pumps to be repaired off-site. Once the pump is repaired, drivers can expect a similar lane closure for reinstallation. 

WCC at Wards Lake Park

The Washington Conservation Corps was hard at work this morning, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. WCC crewmembers cleared away layers of ivy from the ground and trees of Wards Lake Park as part of a partnership between Lakewood and the City of Puyallup. Earlier in 2014, the City of Puyallup received a grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to utilize a WCC work crew. Puyallup is hosting that WCC crew for the entire 2014-2015 year and received three free months of crew time through the grant. In an effort to help other jurisdictions with grant-funded resources, Chris Beale, Senior Planner at the City of Puyallup, offered to send the WCC crew to Wards Lake Park.

Check out photos of the WCC at work here: http://goo.gl/UMo8VY   

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Saturday, March 28th, 2015, we celebrated Chief Farrar and his 27 years of dedicated police service. It was a great night with lots of laughter, a few tears, cake and cookies!

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, April 6

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Cake Day, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Wednesday and Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Friday, April 10

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/mPjXe4

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • National Sport Stacking Competition Presentation
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget amendments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approving a public art project location at Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Dr.
  • Approving Ft. Steilacoom Park lease agreements
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • City Website
  • Municipal Court Update
  • Community Visioning update (tentative)
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/20/2015

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

March 24 Meeting to Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

Amendment to Fort Steilacoom Park’s Lease

At the Lakewood City Council meeting at 7 p.m., March 23, the City Council will discuss a proposed amendment to Lakewood’s lease of Fort Steilacoom Park. The City Council will discuss extending the lease to 2040 and removing language that assigns financial responsibility to Pierce County if Lakewood somehow couldn’t meet the lease requirements.

For more information on the lease and its amendment: http://goo.gl/9hKO8o

Pierce County READS Proclamation

On March 16, the Lakewood City Council made a proclamation declaring March 1, 2015 to April 24, 2015 as Pierce County READS. On hand to accept the proclamation from Councilmember John Simpson was Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager of the Pierce County Library.

City Council Passes Tax Incentive Measures

The Lakewood City Council unanimously passed two measures related to tax-incentive programs near the Lakewood Station on 11424 Pacific Hwy SW at its March 16, 2015 meeting. The first ordinance designated the area encompassing the Lakewood Station a tax incentive urban use center. The new designation establishes a multifamily tax exemption program in area. The exemption applies to the new housing improvement portion of the property taxes. Owners who make eligible housing improvements will be exempt from any tax increases related to those improvements for a period of 8 to 12 years. Next, the City Council passed a related resolution to designate some the area within the tax incentive urban use center as a residential target area. The resolution adds a tax exemption for eligible multifamily housing around the Lakewood Station from all value added property taxation for the exemption period.

For more information: http://goo.gl/l7X9dX

State of the City Presentation

On Wednesday, March 18, City Manager John Caulfield presented the 2015 State of the City for the first time. Speaking to the Clover Park Rotary Club, Caulfield gave an overview of the City's progress and performance in 2014, including its financial strength, its improvements in public safety, parks and other areas, as well as what residents should look forward to in 2015. The underlying message? "The State of our City is strong. Our future is bright."

Collections Amnesty from the Municipal Court

For a limited time the collections agency of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and Dupont, AllianceOne Receivables, is offering to settle accounts for less than what is owed. You need to contact AllianceOne at (253) 620-2222 or (800) 456-8838 to see if you qualify for amnesty. DO NOT WAIT as this program is only being offered for a short time.

Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Steilacoom, American Lake Lifted

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisories for Lake Steilacoom and American Lake. The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea.

If you see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, please contact: Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 (  ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530 (  ), or visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website at www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae  

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

From the St. Patrick's Day Festival held by the Lakewood Senior Activity Center yesterday, March 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Decked out in their finest greenery, the older residents of ‪#‎IamLakewood  celebrated the holiday in style. Party-goers enjoyed a potluck buffet of healthy and delicious snacks. The festival also held a rousing game of "people bingo," where attendees had to match a table of different experiences and traits to their fellow party-goers. Players sniffed out who among their number had been born in Hawaii, traveled through all 50 states or been to Woodstock. Many a bingo was left just shy of success, when no one would admit to using plastic covers for their furniture.

The party was free for all the Center's members, and $3.28 for anyone else who wanted to swing by.

For more photos of the celebration: http://goo.gl/pqNU3e

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 23

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Thursday, March 26

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Principles of Photography, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Memory Social Hour: St. Patrick’s Day, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 27

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Woodcarving, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

For more information: http://goo.gl/afZJSn   

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 23, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Police Report
  • Review of public art funding options
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park lease update
  • Bridgeport Way Gateway project update
  • Proposed Resolution supporting a transportation package

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park lease
  • Approve public art project location at Washington Blvd. and Gravelly Lake Dr.
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws