By John J. Caulfield
Local Leaders Testify in Olympia
On Thursday, Nov. 21, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield, along with a group of leaders from our area traveled to Olympia to testify in front of the Washington State Senate about the need to fix the transportation woes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.
Our area is encouraging state lawmakers to include major fixes to the corridor in their proposed transportation package. Given that Interstate 5 is the state’s main transportation corridor, relieving congestion near the base is vital.
Pictured from left to right: 28th District Sen. Steve O’Ban, Lakewood City Manager John J. Caulfield, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and 28th District Rep. Dick Muri.
Mayor Presents Proclamation to St. Clare Hospital
The Lakewood Farmers Market. The Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon. The Jingle Bell Rock 5K.
Without the contributions of Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital, none of these events would be as successful, and they might not even be possible. That’s why on Nov. 21, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson recognized the local hospital with a special proclamation during the Franciscan Foundation Board of Trustees meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
Standing next to St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler in front of the Board’s 20 or so members, Mayor Anderson talked about the hospital’s vital role as both a medical care provider and a community cornerstone.
For example, St. Clare sponsored the Lakewood Farmers Market, which enjoyed its second season outside of Lakewood City Hall this past summer. In just two years, the market has blossomed into a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
If you want to see another example, plan to attend the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 7, which is sponsored by St. Clare. The walk/jog/run has become a holiday tradition in the community. This year, St. Clare sponsored two youth teams from the Clover Park School District – one from Lake Louise Elementary and the other from Tyee Park Elementary.
Public Information Officer Meet and Greet
On Nov. 21, the Lakewood Police Department held its first Public Information Officer (PIO) Meet and Greet. The goal of this event was to provide PIO’s from other agencies, as well as the media, a chance to come and meet one another in an informal setting, in the hopes of making future cooperative efforts between departments, agencies and the media more efficient.
The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 25, 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 of appreciation of Councilmember McGovern-Pilant.
- Adopt 2014 property tax levy.
Following the special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013, the City Council will begin its study session at the same location. Agenda items for the study session include:
- Review of Prairie Oaks (LASA) Section 108 loan.
- Review of proposed lodging tax funding allocations.
- Economic Development and Development Services update.
- 2013-2014 Mid-Biennial Budget Review, Proposed 2013 Budget Amendments.
- South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
- Review of Comprehensive Plan visioning process & contract.
- Review of criminal code amendments.
- Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 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:
- Swearing-in ceremony of new Councilmember
- Youth Council Report
- Clover Park School District Board Report
- Public hearing on 2013 budget amendments.
- Confirm Municipal Court Judge appointment.
- Confirm Hearings Examiner appointments and approve said agreements.
- Adopt criminal code amendments.
- Adopt Municipal Court code update (i.e., judge’s salary and caseloads)
- Adopt 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
- Adopt allocations for lodging tax funding.
- Adopt South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
- Approve the Prairie Oaks Section 108 loan.
- Approve Humane Society Agreement.
- Approve DOE $300,000 grant for stormwater outfall.
Legal Department Update
During the week of Nov. 11-15, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 16 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.
Community Safety Resource Team conducts Block Watch training
Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted block watch training for 20-plus members of a local condominium association. The members are excited to get to work and make sure their local area is safer for residents. We talked about lighting, phones, partners and keeping a general watch on the area, as well as calling in to 911 when they see suspicious activity. They will have further meetings in the future, at which time more training will be conducted.
Community Safety Resource Team conducts a tour of the police station
Community Service Officer Gail Conelly conducted a tour of the police station for Girl Scout Troop No. 44607 from Joint Base Lewis -McChord. There were 11 girls, 2 boys and 8 parents present. The girls got to meet Chief Farrar and spend a few minutes talking to Officers Waller and Feldman. They then had a presentation on bullying and stranger danger from a Girl Scout Cadet.
Economic Development Update
2013 Economic Symposium
Labor and Industries hosted the annual Economic Symposium on Friday. Topics covered included Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Economic and Revenue Forecasting, and Research Opportunities through the UWT Regional Census Regional Data Center. Washington State has recovered about 80 percent of the jobs lost in the recession. Most of the new job creation has been in lower paying jobs such as retail services. The only industry sector to grow during the recession was health care and economists expect the highest recovery in the coming year or two to be in construction, health care and manufacturing. We are continuing on a slow-growth path. House prices are on the increase – good for existing home owners.
Looking for employment data? Visit fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/ . Presentations from this week’s meeting will be uploaded to the website next week.
Lakewood Officer recognized for DUI enforcement efforts
On Nov. 22, Officer John Babcock was recognized by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victims Information Panel for his efforts in DUI and Impaired Driving enforcement.