Lakewood City Manager’s weekly info bulletin, Aug. 29

Street Work Scheduled For Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September:

  • Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street
    • Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching
    • Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required.

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West Pierce Fire & Rescue rated Class 3

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating. Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating. [Read more...]

City offices closed for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

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.

Police searching for ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18, and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16. [Read more...]

Employee salary information posted on Finance Division page

The Finance Division of the City of Lakewood has posted salary and wage information on its homepage.

“We are dedicated to being as transparent and open an organiztion as possible,” Assistant City Manager for Finance & Administrative Services Tho Kraus said.

If you haven’t checked out the Finance Division’s homepage for awhile, it’s a worth a look. The page offers a wealth of information and budget documents.