By Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager
State Senate to Honor Senator Carrell on June 10: at 10am on Monday, June 10, the Washington State Senate will honor the late Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood with a resolution honoring his 20 years of public service. A memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda will immediately follow the Senate ceremony. A number of friends and colleagues will speak and share stories remembering Mr. Carrell. The public is invited. More information is available online.
Public invited to City Manager Candidate Reception on June 17: The City will host a reception for up to six candidates for the Lakewood city manager position Monday, June 17 from 6-8pm at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City encourages the public to attend and meet the manager candidates.
Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
Lakewood Farmers Market Grand Opening: Tuesday marked a very successful grand opening to the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market. Mayor Don Anderson welcomed all and thanked vendors for participating as over 1,000 people enjoyed fresh produce, tasty treats and jazz music that flooded the City Hall parking lot. Shoppers received FREE reusable bags to use all season long. The Lakewood Farmers Market is open outside City Hall every Tuesday until September 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. On July 30 and September 10, hours will extend until 7:00 p.m.
Demolition of the former “Gottschalks” building continues (as seen from city manager’s office on June 7, 2013)
Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents.
Soggy Doggy 5K this Saturday: The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host a fun adventure 5K for runners, walkers, and their best friends with dog friendly obstacles that include mud, water and more. Fee includes one pet registration, t-shirt, pet bandana and timing chip. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up is available at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 7 or on-site beginning at 8:00 a.m. For information and rules, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.
Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
CSRT cleans graffiti from buildings on Pacific Highway: CSRT received a complaint of graffiti on the sides of buildings in the Oakbrook area, as well as, along Pacific Highway. Staff responded quickly and coordinated removal of all graffiti within 24 hours of receiving the complaint. Property owners were very cooperative.
Neighborhood Best Practice Watch: CSRT staff met with twenty citizens in and around the area of 88th Street S and 92nd Street S to form a new “Neighborhood Best Practice Watch.” The neighborhood had concerns about recent theft, speeding and burglaries. CSRT fielded questions on gun ownership and training and handed out pamphlets: Best Practices Block Watch booklets, Burglary prevention, Home Safety, Bullying, How to be Street Smart and how and when to call 911. The group plans on meeting monthly and participating in this year’s National Night Out. The name of the group is the “88th St. Neighborhood Watch”.
CSRT attends Block Watch Captains Meeting: Staff attended a meeting for Block Watch Captains in the Creekside Oaks housing development on Monday, June 3. Training included block watch operations and utilizing phone trees/email notifications.
Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
PSRC Defense Partnership: Economic Development staff attended the Puget Sound Regional Partnership (PSRC) Defense Partnership meeting this week. The Department of Defense (DOD), Congressional staff, and PSRC each presented. After seven months into the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2012, Washington is the only state to create a formal council to support the law. Twenty-three states have implemented in-state tuition for military servicemembers, though Washington State has not. A $91 Million grant with a $23 Million match was announced this week by DOD. The $114 Million project will fund the replacement of three Clover Park School District elementary schools on base. Congress has authorized funding for upgrades to JBLM Hangers and in support of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. DOD anticipates increased funding for procurement and technical assistance programs.
Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th – TPU Pole Relocation: Within the next two weeks, TPU will be relocating poles on Bridgeport Way between 83rd and 75th Streets SW in preparation for the future roadway widening for and continuous 2-way center turn lane, curb, gutter, sidewalks, and street lights. Work will take up to four weeks and include temporary lane closures during the day.
Nyanza Road – PSE Gas Main Replacement: Gas main replacement work continues on Nyanza Road between Gravelly Lake Drive South and Gravelly Lake Drive North. Temporary lane closures during the day may cause delays. Work on the gas main replacement should be complete within one week and followed up with pavement and shoulder restoration over the next 2-3 weeks.
Roadway Striping: Roadway striping on various Lakewood streets throughout the City will be completed by Pierce County Public Works Department. They anticipate completing the work between the mid-to-end of June (weather dependent). The City asks drivers not to cross freshly painted lines.
Other items of interest:
Association of Washington Cities Webinar: Economic Development staff participated in an Association of Washington Cities webinar discussing Washington State’s new lodging tax grant funding law. Lakewood, along with many other state cities and counties, has a yearly process to grant funds to qualified non-profits and other agencies that attracts tourists to this city for fun and overnight stays. For more information on lodging tax grants, please go to: www.cityoflakewood.us/government/advisory-boards/lodging-tax