By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson delivered the first “State of the City” address of 2014 on Thursday during the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Great American Casino.
The presentation covered everything from the City’s finances to economic development to its commitment to the military to improving communication with residents.
The City will be posting a copy of the presentation on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Custer Road Gas Main Replacement
Puget Sound Energy and Infrasource have extended their schedule for night work at Bridgeport and Custer through Monday, January 13. This work is a continuation of the 4-inch, bare-steel, gas main replacement crossing Custer Road Southwest .
Their schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, January 12: Approximately 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- Monday, January 13: Approximately 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Review of energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LED.
- Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees.
- Interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
- Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
- Status report on building permitting software and development activity.
- 2014 Council liaison appointments to citizens’ advisory board and committees and external committees.
The City Council will be hold a Joint meeting with the Youth Council on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall Conference Room 1E located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:
- Review of RACE Are We So Different exhibit.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 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 February 2-8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.
- Appointing an individual to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board.
- Appointing an individual to serve on the Arts Commission.
- Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
- Adopt interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
- Adopt City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
- Approve DOE $150,000 grant for Waughop Lake.
- Approve energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LEDs.
Open Source Media Training
The Lakewood Police Department sponsored a two-day training course January 8-9 on Open Source Media at the McGavick Center in partnership with WHIA (Washington Homicide Investigators Association). Some 240 Law Enforcement Criminal Investigators and Crime Analysts were in attendance
Projects, projects and more projects
Economic Development currently has over 40 projects in the works here in Lakewood representing expansions and potential new businesses that will provide approximately 900 new jobs!
While most of these jobs are in the hospitality and food services sector, we’ve seen a lot of activity with construction, auto sales and repair expansions, and health care related businesses. There continues to be a real interest by new restaurants to enter our market. Additionally, industrial lands and buildings for manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution are in demand. Because Lakewood is centrally located adjacent to I-5 in close proximity to the Port of Tacoma, SeaTac, JBLM, and just 40 minutes from I-90, we expect to see more companies attracted to our industrial lands. This includes the Lakewood Industrial Business Park (IBP) that will construct a 100,000 sf and a 50,000 sf building this year and the new Woodbrook IBP with 150 acres.
Did you know that our Lakewood IBP has over 2.5 million square feet of leasable industrial space? The park currently has 64 businesses and approximately 1,250 employees making it the fourth largest for-profit employer in Pierce County.
Legal Department Update
During the week of January 6-10, 2014, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 102 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 77 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.