Highlights from the weekly report (August 29) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Lakewood Station Grand Opening on September 20th: Lakewood citizens are encouraged to attend the grand opening of the Sound Transit‚Äôs Lakewood station on Saturday, September 20th from 11am to 2pm., located at 11424 Pacific Highway SW across from Lakewood Ford. Starting September 21st, Lakewood Station will be served by Sound Transit, Pierce Transit and Intercity Transit. The station will include a 600-stall parking garage, bike storage, and ticket vending machines for the Sounder Connector Route 599. This express bus will be timed to transport riders to the Tacoma Dome Station for transfers to Sounder trains serving Puyallup, Sumner, Kent, Tukwila, and Seattle. Visit www.soundtransit.org/sounder for schedule info.
- Cemetery Zoning Change: Four cemeteries within Lakewood are part of this year‚Äôs comprehensive plan and zoning amendments. In response to the yellow notice signs posted at the sites, City Hall has received numerous inquiries, particularly about the Byrd Cemetery located within the state game farm off Phillips Road. It seems a rumor got started that the rezoning would mean development of the game farm, which is not being considered. The four cemeteries ‚Äì in addition to the old Byrd family plot, the historic Old Settlers‚Äô and Masonic cemeteries in the Lake City area, and the Home of Peace Cemetery off Steilacoom Blvd. ‚Äì would be moved from one open space zone to the other, a technical correction to adjust a misapplied zoning district that does not allow for cemeteries. Development of the game farm cannot occur as a result. Public comment will be taken on these and all other proposed comprehensive plan/zoning amendments at a Planning Advisory Board hearing on September 10. For more information, call 253.983.7770.
- Human Services Needs Assessment Update: Fifteen (15) focus group meetings have been held since July to obtain citizen input on human services needs in our community. These include meetings with each of the neighborhood associations, various advisory boards, housing providers, health care providers, ministerial/churches, City departments, employment services, education providers, and various ethnic groups. We have also received 272 citizens‚Äô responses from the web-based survey. The draft Needs Assessment Report is scheduled to be presented to the Council in November. The City received 51 human services applications requesting $937,165 in funding. The Human Services Funding Advisory Board is scheduled to conduct oral presentations from the applicants on September 24 and 25 and present funding recommendations in November.
- Armed Robbery Successful Response: LPD Patrol responded to Union 76 station at 11919 Pacific Hwy SW for an armed robbery call. Officers arrived in the area within 2 minutes of the call being dispatched. Containment was set up and officers immediately started a track; one quickly located the first suspect and then tracked to some clothing and the pistol used in the robbery. A short time later, Patrol located the second suspect a short distance away in the stairwell of the Juniper Court Apts. Detectives were called out and obtained a confession from the suspects.