Topics of Interest and Updates
Investigator Jeff Martin Named Prosecutor’s ‘Officer of the Year’
On Aug. 7, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office awarded Investigator Jeff Martin its Lakewood Police Department Officer of the Year Award for 2014-15. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist presented the award during his office’s annual Picnic in the Park, at Tacoma’s Wright Park. Over the last year, Martin’s work contributed to several high-profile arrests and convictions , according to the Prosecutor’s Office. The City of Lakewood thanks Jeff for helping keep our community safe. Keep up the great work!
Tillicum-Woodbrook Meeting About Interchange Sept. 1
Residents of the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods are invited to a community meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1 hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation to discuss planned changes for the Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane interchanges. Click here to view .pdf posters of the event.
Work on I-5 in Lakewood
A short-term project to preserve Interstate 5 from Lacey to Tacoma is about to get underway, including work in Lakewood. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace 21 concrete panels on northbound and southbound I-5 between College Street in Lacey and 38th Street in Tacoma. Several nighttime lane and ramp closures will be necessary during this preservation project beginning Thursday, Aug. 20.
Okinawa Student Visit
On Aug. 12, 25 exchange students from Okinawa, Japan (Lakewood’s Sister City) visited Lakewood City Hall. With Communications Manager Brent Champaco as their tour guide, the junior high students – who are here for three weeks courtesy of Cultural Homestay International – learned about City government, got to observe the Municipal Court and even got a true taste of Lakewood with some treats from the Original House Of Donuts. Obviously, the students loved taking pictures, including this selfie in the Council Chambers. What an awesome time!
Third Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest
The Third Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest returns Sept. 5-7 at the Lakewood Elks with anothergreat lineup of five emotional, thought-provoking films during the Labor Day weekend.
The film fest – sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission – is free to the public.
The acclaimed and emotionally charged Indian film, “Water,” is the opening selection and will show at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5. The film highlights the plight of Chuyia an 8-year-old Hindu girl who has been married and suddenly widowed. Custom demands she be sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty nature soon affects the other widows and causes them to question their faith and social status. The film’s director, Deepa Mehta, received death threats and arson attacks in an attempt to halt production of this controversial film. Ebert and Roeper gave the film “Two Thumbs Up.” Time called the film “A Triumph.” The film is two hours long, subtitled and rated PG-13. Additionally, Lakewood Arts Commissionmember Phil Raschke says a short discussion session will be held following the showing of the film. Read more about the festival here .
Parks and Recreation
Lakewood Farmers Market
Did you know that there are only five more weeks of the Lakewood Farmers Market? Wow, is the summer going by fast. Be sure to stop by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Business showcase – RMG Club Oakbrook, Mr. Michael Moore, CEO
- Adopt street vacation at Bridgeport Way and Lakewood Drive R-O-W
- Adopt street vacation of a portion of 100th Street SW R-O-W
- Approve Transpo Group amended agreement for on-call traffic and transportation engineering services
- Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for improvements on Steilacoom Blvd (Puyallup Street to Phillips Rd)
- Approve Cascade Right-of-Way agreement for ROW valuation and acquisition services relative to Steilacoom Boulevard safety project
- Reports by the City Manager – Review of Motor Avenue Proposal
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 24, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Comprehensive Plan update
- Review of cottage housing
- Review of Comcast franchise agreement
- Review of public defender contract
- Review of interlocal agreement for Fire Marshal services
- Review of repealing rental housing code