Here’s a roundup of items that the Lakewood City Council took action on and discussed at its Nov. 2, 2015 meeting:
- The Council held its annual Veterans Appreciation Month ceremony and proclamation. It featured Jr. ROTC members from Clover Park (Air Force) and Lakes (Army) High Schools. It also featured an amazingly sung medley from the Lakes High Studio Choir. Special guests included Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Retired) William “Bill” Harrison; former Mayor, current Pierce County Councilmember and Brigadier Gen. Douglas Richardson; Anne Sprute, CEO of RP6 who received the proclamation from Mayor Don Anderson, as well as several veterans and active duty personnel, including members of the Lakewood American Legion Post 187 Art Wyre.
- The Council approved guidelines and criteria for the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. The City outlined its support for the relationship with the Sister Cities, which can continue to benefit from the ongoing nonprofit 501(c)(3) status and independently raise the funds that are need to administrate the association and provide dignitary support from the City as necessary.
- The City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a jail services agreement between the City of Lakewood and the City of Fife for confinedment of misdemeanor prisoners at a rate of $98 per day per inmate. Fife will continue to provide jail services for Lakewood as an alternative to other jail service options currently available to the City.
- The City council authorized the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement of $462,000 with Western State Hospital to continue to provide conduct investigations into criminal matters that may occur at the Hospital. This program is funded by Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) via legislative allocation.
- The Council discussed the Pierce County Economic Development Board’s (EDB) request to increase its contribution from $15,000 annually to $20,000 annually for 2016. The Council discussed many options, including keeping the funding at $15,000 for 2016, then processing any funding increases in subsequent years through the regular budget process.
- Tiffany Speir, Program Manager for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, presented to the Council the latest on the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The JLUS presents recommendations for consideratio by local and state governments that protect the ability of the military to accomplish its vital training and operational missions presently and over the long-term while also promoting development compatible with military presence and protecting public health, safety and welfare. The key findings to the JLUS are as follow:
- Most current land uses around JBLM do not have negative impacts on military capabilities; however, some ongoing and potential new or future areas of concern were identified through the JLUS process.
- Continued collaboration is needed between local jurisdictions and JBLM to develop and implement regional solutions to these issues, and to support the military’s ability to carry out its mission requirements today and in the future.