By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at7:00 P.M., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Recap of the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market.
- Proclamation recognizing St. Clare Hospital for supporting the Lakewood Farmers Market.
- A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
- Appointment of Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
- Resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 28, 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:
- Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
- Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update.
- Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
- Review of the parks and streets survey results.
- Review of State government relations contract.
- Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.
Topics of Interest and Updates
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
On October 17th, The City of Lakewood joined millions of people worldwide who practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:17 a.m. during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The annual event encourages people from around the world to practice earthquake preparedness.
Live United in 2014 Campaign
On October 16th, The City of Lakewood held a Silent Auction to raise money for the United Way. The following link has pictures of the items that were auctioned off. J:\Shared\United Way\Silent Auction The auction made just over $960.
New Hudtloff Middle School
This brand new 95,000 sq. ft. school is now open. On time and under budget, the project is part of a $92 million bond approved by Lakewood voters in 2010. Bond monies are also being used to build a new elementary school for the consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary Schools; and to build the new Harrison Preparatory School (scheduled for a mid-2015 opening) in partnership with Clover Park Technical College.
Legal Department Update
Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, Matt Kaser, and Anita Booker-Hay attended the 2013 WSAMA Fall Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.
During the week of October 7-11, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 11 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Police Department Update
Lieutenant Steve Mauer retired from the Police Department on October 15, 2013 after 28 ½ years of service in the law enforcement profession. Lieutenant Mauer has been a member of the Police Department since 2004. Lieutenant Mauer has accepted a position as Director of Security at Western State Hospital.
People on the Move
Lieutenant Heidi Hoffman will be taking over Patrol Specialty in place of Lieutenant Dave Guttu.
Lieutenant Dave Guttu will be taking over CSRT in place of retired Lieutenant Steve Mauer.
Please congratulate our two newest promotions:
Lieutenant John Unfred newest Professional Standards Section Lieutenant.
Sergeant Jeffrey Carroll newest Professional Standards Section Sergeant.
Parks and Recreation Update
Truck and Tractor Day This Saturday!
Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday, October 19th – a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) fromnoon – 3 p.m. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!
This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).
Oakwood After School Program
This program which is a partnership with Oakwood Elementary, Communities in Schools (CISL) and the City of Lakewood began this past Monday serving nearly 100 students. The school provides the students, CISL provides funding and the academic program and the City provides the Healthy Start program. The coordination of each component provides a complete program covering academics, nutrition and physical activity for a healthier child.
City Hall Art Exhibit
A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Vera Beaumont is now being displayed on the first floor at City Hall. A local resident, Ms. Beaumont features a variety of flowers in her paintings. Almost all of her “models” are grown in her garden. Originally from England where she began her study of art she now calls Western Washington home. This exhibit is presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission.
Community Safety Resource Team Update
Property Cleared for Development
The Community Safety Resource Team has been monitoring the property located at 5915 Lake Grove Street SW for several years. Past owners have neglected the dilapidated house and warehouse on the property. The property attracted vandals and other criminal activity which absorbed police resources. CSRT contacted the current property owner. The owner responded quickly and demolished the structures. The property is now ready for development.
Public Works Update
Lakeview Ave/100th St Intersection Improvements
The City has been working with Sound Transit to address a problem with truck turns at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and 100th St. Specifically, southbound Lakeview trucks turning left onto eastbound 100th Street. This is the direct exit out of the Lakewood Industrial Park so there are a significant amount of trucks. The 100th Street railroad crossing was improved as part of the Sound Transit project to include median curb on 100th all the way to the cross walk; unfortunately, we did not catch this issue as part of the recent improvement project. In response, the City reviewed the turning radius from Lakeview to 100th. It is a bit tight for the largest trucks. There is a relatively simple fix which includes removing some median curbing (approximately 10 feet) and moving back the opposing left turn (stopped cars) stop bar back about 10 feet. We are in the process of coordinating with Sound Transit to ensure they are “OK” with the solution as it relates to the adjacent railroad crossing. The Public Works Department will be doing the improvements.
Community Development Update
New National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Murray
The News Tribune recently reported that the Washington Military Department (WMD) will be building a $33.6 million National Guard readiness center totaling three stories and 97,000 square feet at Camp Murray’s Washington State Guard Headquarters versus in Buckley. We understand the WMD ran into some environmental issues on the proposed Buckley site that were going to be too expensive to address. Once opened, the WMD will be relocating about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray while another 339 soldiers will use it for weekend training exercises.On Wednesday of this week, the Community & Economic Development Department made contact with WMD’s traffic consultant. While the proposed project is not within the City’s municipal boundaries, we are setting up a pre-application meeting to review the proposal to include project consistency with Camp Murray’s master site development plan and the status of project permitting (SEPA & building permits).