By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Council Meetings: The City Council held a Council Retreat on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Lakewood City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the Retreat include:
- Proposed State Legislative Agenda
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 7, 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:
- Youth Council Report.
- Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. – Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
- Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. – Ms. Miriam Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA
- Proclamation of appreciation of the Lakewood Subchapter of the Association of United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. – Ms. Tammy Hemmie, President Lakewood Subchapter, Association of the United States Army
- Clover Park School District Board Report.
- Setting Monday, November 18, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed vacation of a portion of 104th Street Court South right-of-way.
- Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax levy.
- Reappointing Susan Coulter and Kathy Flores to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016.
- Appointing Michael Erickson and Charlie Maxwell to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
- Appointing Kathleen Lind and Mumbi Ngari-Turner to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board through September 20, 2016.
- Appointing Robert Estrada to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
- Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Act policy statement and funding priorities.
- Pledging $310,000 of City funding to the Transportation Improvement Board for street improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.
- Declaring an emergency for waiving competitive bidding requirements for awarding necessary contracts to repair the roadway and drainage systems on Zircon Drive relative to a landslide to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- Authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, in the amount of $426,003, to conduct a Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities.
- Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Pierce County Flood Control District relative to the allocation of Opportunity Fund revenues.
Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of October 14, 2013:
- Joint meeting with the Lakewood Arts Commission.
- Review of an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.
- Topics of Interest and Updates
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During the month of October, The City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation are partnering together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Personal hygiene products will be collected for victims of domestic violence. Purchase your items for donation at participating Dollar Tree Stores today! City employees can purchase items for donation or bring in donations to the 3rd floor counter of City Hall.
United Way Kickoff Campaign
This Wednesday the City participated in a kickoff event for Lakewood’s United Way Campaign.
$314.00 was raised for the United Way in lunches and raffle ticket sales. Thank you to all who participated to this worthy cause.
Legal Department Update
During the week of September 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 41 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 28 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Last weekend, three of our attorneys, Heidi Ann Wachter, Anita Booker-Hay and Matthew Kaser were presenters at the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention. Heidi and Matt provided an overview of Administrative Hearings while Anita gave an overview of the law in the wake of passage of Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana use.
Public Works Update
Heavy rains over the weekend and thru Monday resulted in a washout of the hillside associated with one of City’s storm drainage out falls off of Zircon Drive in the vicinity of the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club facility (8100 block). As a result in order to protect and save the balance of the City’s storm drainage system within the area including potentially Zircon Drive itself an emergency was declared which enabled the City to immediately hire Northwest Cascade Inc to restore and stabilize the hillside and reconstruct its drainage outfall system. Its estimated there is about two weeks of emergency work which will probably end up costing cost around $80,000. The picture below gives perspective of the extent of the slide. The picture was taken midway down the slide area looking up towards Zircon Dr. Thanks to an extensive flood plain area at Chambers creek no slide debris reached the creek itself and the water quality leaving the slide area was observed to be clear prior to it entering the creek.
Parks and Recreation Update
Youth Leadership Summit
Members of the Lakewood Youth Council will be attending a statewide youth leadership summit in Shoreline on Saturday, October 5th to discuss “Teen Voice & Advocacy for change in our communities”. This will be an opportunity to exchange information on what the different groups have been doing in their communities and to discuss what goals they have for the future. One of the goals of the summit itself is to keep these leaders connected throughout the year so they can support each other in their goals, check on each group’s progress on their projects and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.
UPS Students to Create a Business Plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market
The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is working with a group of students from the University of Puget Sound’s Business Department to create a comprehensive business plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market. This business plan will outline ways the Farmers Market can improve and will include a marketing plan and growth plan to address environmental and social obstacles. It is expected to be completed by the end of November and will be a part of a presentation to City Council in early 2014. The 2014 Lakewood Farmers Market is set to open the first Tuesday in June at Lakewood City Hall.
Police Department Update
U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., was killed on Sept. 21 along with 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, of Denver, Colo., and 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, of Ramsey, N.J., when their unit was attacked during range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting a firing range training exercise, when according to NATO, an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon on the U.S. soldiers. Strickland, an Army Green Beret, graduated from Etowah High School before joining the Army in 2008. He was assigned to the First Battalion 1st Special Forces Group out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He is survived by a wife, a son and two daughters. Lakewood Police will honor Special Forces Sergeant Joshua Strickland by escorting Sgt. Strickland and his family to a funeral home in Auburn and then to Mount Tahoma National Cemetery this weekend.
Court Compliance Officer Graduates
Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center Correction Academy on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Please join us in congratulating him on a job well done.