By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 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:
- Proclamation declaring November as Veterans Appreciation Month.
- IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
- Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
- Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
- Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
- Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013 budget amendments.
- Public Hearing on 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
- Adoption of 2014 property tax levy
- Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
- Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
- Adopt allocations for human services programs.
- Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
Topics of Interest and Updates
Fallen Officers Food Drive
November 29th, 2013 will mark the 4th anniversary of the murders of our four officers, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronnie Owens. In years past, we have honored the fallen officers with a food drive at the Lakewood Police Station.
This year, the 29th falls on the day after Thanksgiving. In order to allow the families and department members time to spend with their families on the holiday, there will not be a food drive “day” at the station.
In partnership with Q13 Fox, Washington’s Most Wanted, Les Schwab Tire Centers, the Emergency Food Network and Food Life Line; the Fallen Officer Food Drive will still take place. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or cash can be made at the Lakewood Police Department or any Les Schwab Tire Center store beginning November 1st and lasting through November 22nd.
In the last four years the Fallen Officers Food Drive raised a generous $90,649.00 in cash donations and 115,962 pounds of food. The officers dedicated themselves to the community in life and now that dedication continues through this food drive. The goal for this year is $50,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.
This year’s Fallen Officer Food Drive is dedicated to the memory of Washington State Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in the line of duty on May 31st, 2013. Trooper O’Connell was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a box truck in Skagit County.
We humbly and sincerely appreciate the community’s ongoing support for fallen officers everywhere and hope you will join us in making this another successful food drive.
Scotch Broom Cleared On Bridgeport
Teamwork is what it took to tackle the overgrown Scotch broom and weedy Right-of-Way along Bridgeport Way Southwest between 88th and 83rd Streets. The City’s Parks Department and work crew “volunteers” spent last Friday doing general cleanup along the overgrown sidewalk, transforming it from a neighborhood eyesore into a clean and passable sidewalk. The winners are the citizens of Lakewood. Way to go team!
Legal Department Update
During the week of October 28- November 1, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 43 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 22 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.
Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Seminar
On November 5, 2013, City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and Court Administrator Deana Wright attended an Automated Traffic Safety Cameras seminar sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. The seminar featured an examination of legal challenges, legislative proposals, and best practices regarding the use of camera revenue. City Attorney Wachter participated on a panel of cities sharing vendor contract information and a review of data.
Economic Development Update
The Economic Development Department met with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Lakeview Light & Power to discuss power rates, structures, recent upgrades and future upgrades. The purpose, in part, was to identify any new information that needs to be included in our 2015 Comp Plan update.
Rally Point 6
Several employees and supporters met to tour the new Rally Point 6 building at 9881 Bridgeport Way. Still under construction, this organization will be the central point for veterans and families when transitioning out of the military to civilian life. They will assist with housing, employment, training and connections to all the resources veterans and families need. This is the first of many transitional facilities to be constructed across the nation. Check out their website for additional information.
Studio Hot Yoga Grand Opening
One of our newest additions to Lakewood – Studio Hot Yoga – is now open. Their focus is on total wellness, and offerings include hot and warm gentle yoga, dance and movement therapy, Pilates, Latin Heat, Holistic Wellness, personal training and nutrition coaching.
Chamber Luncheon Featured Inspirational Speaker
Mr. Albert Mensah, motivational speaker, consultant and trainer delivered a powerful speech this week. The crowd was encouraged to “Get Uncomfortable.” He stressed excellence, discipline, and personal accountability while teaching ways to be more effective in business. Attendees included City Manager John J. Caulfield, Chief of Police Bret Farrar, and Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.