Public Hearing on Vehicle Licensing Fee on Aug. 25

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 (7 p.m.), the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Board of the Transportation Benefit District (at Lakewood City Hall), will conduct a public hearing on whether to implement of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

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City releases “Video Tour” on homepage

Want to learn about Lakewood but don’t have the time? All you need to do is visit the City of Lakewood’s homepage.

That’s where the city released its new “Video Tour” of Lakewood. Filmed in May and produced by New York-based CGI Communications, the videos offer quick primers on living, working, and playing in Lakewood. CGI has produced videos for thousands of communities across the country, including the last one for the City of Lakewood.

To view the Tour Book, visit our homepage at, and choose your option on the right side.


Library board convenes special session on Aug. 22

The Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will convene a special session then recess to executive session to evaluate the qualifications of final applicants for the position of executive director at 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma. After discussion, trustees will reconvene the special session and could possibly extend an offer for the position. The special session, other than the executive session, is open to the public. Download the agenda.

Pierce College Parks Appreciation Day video

Want to learn what Parks Appreciation Day is all about in the City of Lakewood? Then check out this cool video that  Pierce College Service Learning students posted on YouTube:

The video covers Parks Appreciation Day projects throughout Lakewood on April 26, 2014 at Fort Steilacoom Park. The video features interviews with:

  • Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director
  • Emily Wood, Director of the Center for Engagement and Learning at Pierce College
  • Christopher Wallace, Lodge No. 72
  • Doris Johnson

City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin Aug. 15

Night Closures, Slowdowns on I-5

Drivers on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 will encounter several nights of double and triple lane closures and rolling slowdowns next week in Lakewood, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Drivers entering I-5 will be temporarily delayed at on-ramps near the work zones during the rolling slowdowns. Crews will install sign bridges for “smart highway” devices. The devices help WSDOT manage traffic and relay roadway information to the public. To view a schedule of the work, visit [Read more...]