By Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager
The City Council’s next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Authorizing the execution of a joint use agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to fiber optics; 3) Discussion of creating a Chapter of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to the motorist informational and service club signs.
On Monday, August 12, 2013 the Lakewood City Council will hold a Special Meeting following the regularly scheduled Council Study Session. The purpose of the special meeting is to authorize the City Manager to execute a collective bargaining agreement with the Lakewood Police Independent Guild from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.
The City Council’s next regular session is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2013 beginning at7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Recognition of Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s US Rowing Youth National Championship; 2) Recognition of Lakewood YMCA’s National Gymnastics Championship; 3) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014; 4)Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.
Topics of Interest and Updates
City of Lakewood Participates in National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 City Council members and staff participated in National Night Out 2013. This year celebrated the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out. Lakewood celebrated with 45 events scheduled throughout the City.
Police Department Update
Three Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs) in Washington State recovered juveniles and young adults being victimized through prostitution and arrested 9 subjects suspected of abuse of a minor and related crimes. Operations took place July 24-28, 2012, in Everett, Federal Way, Kirkland, Lakewood, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila, and throughout King County. The week-long local operations were part of Operation Cross Country VII (OCC7), a coordinated national enforcement action that is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. All the women and girls involved were offered a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance. The South Sound CETF in Tacoma is a partnership between the FBI, the Tacoma and Lakewood Police Departments, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate, and the Washington State Patrol.
Loss Prevention Report Writing
On August 2nd, the Legal Department hosted a loss prevention specialist report writing seminar in partnership with the Target Corporation. This was offered to help enhance employees report writing skills and strengthen our ability to prosecute retail theft related crimes.
During the week of July 29- August 2, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 36 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 13 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update
Farmers Market Update
On July 30th, we extended the hours of the Lakewood Farmers Market from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and provided guests an extended opportunity to purchase fresh produce, baked goods and handmade items. Staff hoped to bring new customers to the venue and provide a new opportunity for those who can’t come during regular market hours which are every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Another extended day will be offered Tuesday, September 10 where we will honor our local responders at Hero Appreciation Day. Live entertainment and special activities are planned throughout the day.
Director attends FEMA Training
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth attended a weeklong FEMA school in Emmetsburg, Maryland which covered earthquake preparedness and response. Over 70 students from throughout the country learned how to build awareness and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures needed in an emergency operations center (EOC). During an emergency Ms. Dodsworth’s local role is coordinating mass care options in Lakewood.
Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale
Browse over 3,000 square feet of clothes, toys, dishes, furniture, trinkets and more at the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services “Junk in the Trunk” Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 10 and again on Saturday, August 24 at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). Shop the sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you would like to sell your lightly used treasures, a space is only $15. Onsite registration is available. For more information or to pre-register for this event call (253) 983-7887. See you there!
Community Development Update
Overall permit activity is increasing. The community development permit counter accepted 87 permit applications of all types (building, planning, and public works) this past week. That number is up by about 20% from previous weeks.
Economic Development Update
Major projects around the city include redevelopment in the Towne Center where the Gottschalks building once stood. A meeting with RPAI (primary land owner) Senior Management was held this week to talk about the new layout and retail concepts. We also hope they can soon answer the question, “What’s happening with the G.I. Joe’s building?” We hear that design concepts are in process for the redevelopment of Lakewood Colonial Center, where the empty QFC building remains. Around town, we’ve been visiting with businesses and are encouraged by the uptick in the economy overall. Filling empty spaces and redevelopment are high priorities. Stay tuned as projects develop.
We are looking for companies that may need gap financing to complete their projects in Lakewood particularly if, but not limited to, the expansions that lead to job creation. If you know of a project or you have one, please contact economic development staff to find out about our finance programs. Here’s a link to some of the programs we offer: www.cityoflakewood.us/
Mark Your Calendars
August 20th– Coffee with the Mayor-St. Clare Hospital Classrooms A/B
September 15th– Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration