Pierce County Drug Court marks 20-year anniversary

On Oct. 21, Pierce County Drug Court celebrated its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with an awards ceremony and presentation followed by several guest speakers. Judge Edmund Murphy of Superior Court Department 9 presented a historic perspective on Pierce County Drug Court and West Huddleston, Chief Executive Officer of National Association of Drug Courts Professionals, spoke at the event as well. [Read more...]

University Place Mayor receives award

Denise McCluskey, the Mayor of University Place, was one of seven local area women honored at the “2014 Women of Influence” event held on Wednesday, October 15 near downtown Tacoma.

The distinction of being a part of this select group was special for the Mayor: “I was humbled to be part of the class of 2014 honorees; these are amazing people who enrich the lives of everyone around them.” [Read more...]

Lakewood City Manager’s weekly info bulletin 10/17/2014

Truck and Tractor Day

It’s finally here! On Saturday, Oct. 18, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 8thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day. The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. We’ve given you eight of our favorites here: http://goo.gl/JUoEGm.

ShakeOut 2014

On Thursday, Oct. 16, several City of Lakewood employees participated in a simulated emergency response exercise for the annual ShakeOut earthquake drill. Working in conjunction with West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Clover Park School District and other agencies, the City established an emergency response center at the Police Department. Throughout the day, employees participated in a mock disaster response that included coordination and logistics. It was intended to help better prepare the City if ever a major earthquake should occur. For tips on what to do during an earthquake, visit http://goo.gl/OgV72o.

Upcoming I-5 Ramp Closures

Weather permitting, drivers using Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties will encounter numerous lane and ramp closures as crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue efforts to finish a paving improvement project. In the event of inclement weather, work plans could be rescheduled to a later date. In Pierce County, Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between Gravelly Lake Drive and Mounts Road during overnight hours beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 25. Lanes will begin to close at 7 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. each following morning. To see a list of on- and off-ramp closures, visit http://goo.gl/9S3p86.

Clover Park Technical College Student Wins ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Charles McDonald, a 23-year-old student at Clover Park Technical College, on Tuesday won $54,790 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Hong Kong, on his favorite game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” The City would like to extend our congratulations to McDonald. You’ve made the community extremely proud. Click here to read The News Tribune’s coverage of McDonald’s big moment.

Why Facebook Users Love Lakewood

This week, the City posted the following question to its Facebook page: “Why do you live, work or shop in Lakewood?” It prompted some great responses, including:

  • “Because of the schools our children attend! Love their schools”
  • “The folks that live here and make up our community are the best and a big reason we stay.”
  • “It’s the kind of quaint, stately town in which the best American novels and plays are set.”

One user even posted a great photo to express why Lakewood is home to so many. If you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page and tell us yourself why this community is great.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 20, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Neel Parikh, Executive Director, Pierce County Library
  • Business showcase – MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • Review of Farmers Market
  • Appoint members to Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Electing Position 1 representative on the Zoo Trek Authority Board
  • Adopt FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies.
  • Approve 2015 fee schedule
  • Approve the creation of an ad hoc committee for human services funding
  • Bid award for Public Works Maintenance and Operations Shop
  • Approve Pierce County agreement for Woodbrook sewer extension Phase II
  • Approve agreement with Lakewood Water District for water main upgrades on Bridgeport Way from I-5 to JBLM gate.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 27, 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:

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Dev, Legal, Municipal Court, Police)

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Dev, Legal, Municipal Court, Police)