By John J. Caulfield
Annual Tree Lighting Festival: Tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the City of Lakewood will be hosting its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at Lakewood City Hall. This is a fun, FREE, family event with refreshments, crafts and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas himself. Kids will be able to follow him to City Hall in the Kiddies parade immediately following the official lighting of the tree. This year a family from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade will have the honors of lighting the tree.
Jingle Bell Rock 5K
Santa Claus is coming to Lakewood! The City of Lakewood is hosting the second Jingle Bell Rock 5K, presented by St. Clare Hospital. Join the fun Saturday, December 7 at Lakewood City Hall and take part in this 5K Fun Run or Walk. The course begins and ends at the round-a-bout in front of Lakewood City Hall and is great for all members of the family including the furry ones. We will have three different after-school programs participating after generous sponsorships from three local businesses: St. Clare Hospital, Dr. Drangsholt Orthodontics and Dr. Beth O’Connor Dentistry.
Stay for a rockin’ after party that will include refreshments, music, crafts and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather, it’s going to be chilly!
Councilmember John Simpson Sworn Into Office
This week, Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson was sworn into office. “I am honored and humbled to serve this City,” he said. Click here to read the City’s full press release on the occasion.
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
- Review of Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA
The City Council will be holding a Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Executive Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Review of 2013-2014 City Council goals and priorities.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 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:
- Appointing individuals to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
- Appointment individuals to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board
- Adopt 2013 budget amendments.
- Adopt the creation of $1,000 petty cash funds
- Authorize Tacoma Housing Authority to develop Prairie Oaks Client Service Center in Lakewood city limits.
- Adopt ILA Amendment for surface water management billing
- Adopt ILA for street signs and pavement striping
- 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
- Ft. Steilacoom Park lease assignment and ILA
The City Council meeting of Monday, December 23, 2013 is cancelled.
Lakewood Police Lieutenant Deployed To Grain Silo Collapse
Lieutenant John Unfred has been deployed for the last couple of days with the Pierce County Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) to help coordinate the rescue and recovery efforts in response to the grain silo collapse in Roy. This entails coordinating approximately 50 first responders and private contractors who are working to stabilize the metal structures so that rescue crews can safely enter and search for the one remaining victim. This is expected to take another day or two. The Pierce County IMT is a multi-agency and multi-discipline team comprised of law enforcement, fire department, public works, and other agency staff that are trained in emergency response and coordination. The team responds to large and complex incidents throughout the county.
CPTC Open House
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) welcomed new President Dr. Lonnie Howard this week with an open house in their Rotunda building. Attendees included Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Council Members Mary Moss and Michael Brandstetter, City Manager John Caulfield and other city representatives. CPTC’s Culinary Arts students catered the well-attended community event.
Thornewood Castle Featured in South Sound Magazine
Lakewood’s Thornewood Castle is featured in South Sound magazine’s Dec/Jan issue on newsstands now. The article highlights ‘Staycation’ opportunities in Washington State. The majestic castle turned bed-and-breakfast has 54 rooms and sits on three acres. The story is online at: southsoundmag.com/print-articles/unwind-close-home/.
State Population Forecast
According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) state population is approaching 7 Million and migration will soon be the main component of population growth. Other key findings were that the 65 and older population is expected to double in size in twenty years; by 2030 more than one in five Washingtonians will be an elderly person; and the share of the population of working age will decline relative to the “dependent population.” An aging population means more people need support with less people to support them. For current population estimates by city visit: www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/default.asp.
Legal Department Update
During the week of December 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 109 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 74 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.