By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Public Works begins deicing efforts
With temperatures dropping and the ground becoming icy, the City’s Public Works Department has already had to start its deicing efforts in Lakewood. The City’s fleet of vehicles that will be used during a major snow/ice emergency consists of:
- Two, 5-yard trucks with plows
- 1-ton truck with sander and plow
- Flatbread truck with salt brine.
Last week, the Public Works Department spread 975 gallons of salt throughout Lakewood, including the parking lot and sidewalks at Lakewood City Hall, the parking lots and pedestrian areas at the Lakewood Police Department, as well as the bus/train loading zone and the vehicle access points at the bus station.
On Nov. 26, the City introduced a new feature on its Facebook page called “Traffic Tuesday,” a user-friendly method of answering some of the community’s most pressing traffic-related questions.
Each week, the City will solicit traffic-related questions from users via Facebook and e-mail. Every Tuesday, the City will feature one question for which the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department will provide an answer on our Facebook page. We’ve even started a Twitter hashtag: #traffictuesday.
The first question covered the “video detection cameras” at certain intersections, and that prompted more questions from users. The City will answer those questions in the coming weeks. For more information and to follow this feature, “Like” the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.
Christmas Tree Lighting/Jingle Bell Rock 5K
Mark your calendars for the City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. In its 18th year, the festival will include a host of activities for the family, including a Kiddie Parade, the Lakewood Christmas tree lighting, free children’s crafts, holiday music, refreshments and a visit with Santa.
Then, make your way back to Lakewood City Hall the next morning for the 2013 Jingle Bell Rock 5K, which begins 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Registration for the walk/jog/run is $25, and it includes chip timing and a commemorative, long-sleeve t-shirt for the first 200 registrants.
The City thanks St. Clare Hospital for sponsoring the event.
Lakewood Officers’ Charity helps homeless family
Several weeks ago, Lakewood Officers were dispatched next to the 8400 block of Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest to check the welfare of several subjects sleeping inside a vehicle.
Officers contacted a family of five (a mom and her four daughters, toddler-age to teenagers) inside the vehicle. The mother stated she had recently moved to Washington and just started working. She said she was having a difficult time finding a place to live with her children after fleeing from a domestic violence situation.
Officers contacted the Lakewood Officers’ Charity board members and temporary housing was quickly located for the family. A few weeks later, with the assistance of the Charity, permanent housing was arranged. The Lakewood Officers’ Charity was very fortunate to have housing resources to help so that we could, in turn, assist this family.
The Lakewood Officers’ Charity facilitated donations to help provide furnishings for their new apartment. The mother was extremely grateful to finally have a place for her and her daughters to call home. She said that without the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, she would have had no one else to turn to.
The Lakewood Officer’s Charity would like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for being instrumental in finding the new home and furnishings for the family of five.
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 John Simpson as 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 (ie 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.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 9, 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:
- 3rd Quarter Police Department Report
- Review of petty cash fund
Lakewood Police Department celebrates its first decade in 2014
The Lakewood Police Department will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year, and planning has already begun for this historic event. Various activities are scheduled throughout the year, beginning with the Kick-off Party in January, so stay tuned for further information. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone with the citizens of Lakewood.
Officers’ Charity feeds 100 seniors, veterans and wounded warriors
On Nov. 26, the Lakewood Officers’ Charity, with the help of Old Country Buffet and Saars Market, provided holiday meals for approximately 100 senior citizens, military veterans and wounded warriors.
Saars Marketplace provided turkeys and hams, and the Old County Buffet prepared the food for our guests. Included with the meal was a raffle for which several gift baskets donated by Safeway, Classy Chassis and H&L Produce were given away. Guests were also given gift bags – put together by the Lakewood Senior Center and the Lakewood Officers’ Charity – and car wash vouchers donated by Classy Chassis. This is the fourth year that the Lakewood Officers’ Charity and Old Country Buffet have partnered to provide these meals. We were all very pleased to be able to honor our veterans and seniors.
The Lakewood Officers’ Charity would again like to thank CSO Dawn McGinnis for her dedication and hard work in pulling the Old Country Buffet event together.
Legal Department Update
During the week of November 18-22, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities
Municipal Court Update
For the month of October 2013, the Municipal Court processed :
- 572 infractions
- 317 criminal citations
- 1198 photo infractions.
The Court held 1,883 hearings – including civil, criminal and photo infractions – for Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom. The Municipal Court Community Service Work Crew performed more than 456 hours of manual labor throughout City parks and right-of-ways, as well as the clean-up of hundreds of pounds of litter and garbage throughout Lakewood streets and parks.
The Court Compliance Officers transported 148 defendants to the Municipal Court from various jails for their Court appearances, as well as screened 1,353 individuals coming into the Court, all while monitoring defendants on electronic home monitoring and performing other duties involving Court security.