By John Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- A proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
- Certificates of Appreciation recognizing Matt Kaser, Assistant City Attorney and Detective Russ Martin for police and legal services.
- Resolution authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police canine Astor as surplus property.
- Appointing Keila Pritchard as the Youth Council representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board for school year 2013-2014.
- Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.
Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 23, 2013 include:
- Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board.
- Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies on the proposed use of funds.
- Update on the Lakewood Town Center redevelopment.
- Review of the proposed improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.
Topics of Interest and Updates
Pierce College Possibilities Breakfast
City Councilmembers Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi and City Manager John Caulfield attended the Pierce College “Creating Possibilities Breakfast” Friday morning. City staff Mary Dodsworth, Steve Mauer and Ellie Chambers-Grady were also at the event. The breakfast was well attended and former Pierce College student Brandon Stogsdill was the keynote speaker. His presentation focused on the path to a life transformed through education and the amazing support of the faculty and staff at Pierce College. Mr. Stogsdill has gone on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Counseling and is working on his Doctorate. He now is a counselor and mental health professional and works with at risk youth. A video presentation also highlighted other students, their challenges and achievements brought about by Pierce College’s education and support.
Legal Department Update
During the week of September 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 34 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Economic Development Update
The Lakewood Playhouse begins celebrating 75 years of performances on Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood.
Other than the performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” the evening’s festivities are free and includes the following schedule:
4:30 p.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with special guests Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Marie Barth.
5:30 p.m. – Proclamation of “Lakewood Playhouse Day” from the City of Lakewood.
6:00 p.m. – Silent auction and wine and cheese reception generously donated by 21 Cellars Wine and hor d’oeurves from Carr’s Restaurant.
8:00 p.m. – Performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace.”
9:00 p.m. – Live auction and raise the paddle to support the Lakewood Institute of Theater and the building endowment. Auction items include glass artwork, signed memorabilia from Broadway shows as well as memorabilia from Dustin Hoffman and Jerry Lewis.
Community Safety Resource Team Update
A house in the Lakeview neighborhood on a highly visible corner which has been the source of numerous complaints for several years has been brought into compliance with the numerous codes they were in violation of through the efforts of the CSRT.