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fall 2005 the city of lakewood newsletter
LAKEWOOD NAMED ONE OF 100 BEST
COMMUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BY
Lakewood and Pierce County were recently named one of Gallagher, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom
the 100 BEST Communities for Young People by the Donohue, former U. S. Health and Human Services Secre-
America’s Promise Alliance. tary Donna Shalala, baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. and former
Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. A complete list of win-
America’s Promise reported that Lakewood was selected ners can be found at www.americaspromise.org.
To keep up on the latest hap-
as a winner because “The Lakewood Community Collabo-
penings in Lakewood, sign up to
ration mobilizes the city’s government, human services “It is wonderful to learn first-hand how outstanding
receive City Happenings. City agencies, schools, volunteers, service groups, private communities are making a difference in people’s lives –
Happenings is the City’s bi-
businesses, faith communities and non-profits to address especially their young people”, said Brian Gallagher, Presi-
weekly mini-newsletter pub-
the needs of young people.” This award symbolizes the dent and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of
lished every other Friday. You commitment of our partners and recognizes the value of America.
can subscribe on-line at
our collective efforts as one community reinforcing the
www.cityoflakewood.us in the
power of partnerships and creating innovative approaches “Lakewood is honored to be recognized as one of the 100
News & Events section. to address the issues that our youth face every day. Best Communities for Children. Our city will celebrate its
10th anniversary next year, and this award symbolizes how
Lakewood linked with America’s Promise to create far we’ve come in providing for our youth. Lakewood is
Lakewood’s Promise in the Fall of 1997 to carry out the dedicated to helping the next generation be the best that it
Five Promises that were established by America’s Promise can be,” said Deputy Mayor McGovern.
founder General Colin Powell. In November 2003, Lake-
wood was named as an Outstanding Community of Prom- “One of the most important things that people in any
ise; and a year later, in October 2004, America’s Promise society can do is to make sure that they are taking care of
designated the future of their children.
Lakewood as This award shows that
one of its Lakewood/Pierce County is
model commu- among the best in the nation
nities in the at doing this,” said Pierce
Visit the City’s website, nation. County Executive John W.
www.cityoflakewood.us, for the Ladenburg.
latest new s and events as well Through a
as great information about the vigorous To honor the 100 Best
City of Lakewood. competition communities selected,
process the America’s Promise held a
100 Best special event on November
entries were 2 in Washington D.C. The
evaluated on celebration and proceeds
how each The Tillicum Summer Outreach Program is a great example of how went toward helping the
community Lakewood comes together for our youth. The Tillicum Summer children impacted by
Outreach program was supported by the City of Lakewood, Clover
fulfilled the five Hurricane Katrina.
Park School District and the Boys & Girls Club.
promises critical to the well-being of young people: Caring America’s Promise will be sponsoring a year-long celebra-
adults who are actively involved in their lives; safe places in tion including a special day in each of the winning commu-
which to learn and grow; a healthy start toward adulthood; nities and a series of regional forums across the country
C O N TAC T US effective education that builds marketable skills; and that will enable communities to share their success stories
opportunities to help others. and learn effective strategies from one another to further
phone: (253) 589-2489 enrich the lives of our young people.
Lakewood and other winners were chosen by a distin-
fax: (253) 589-3774
guished selection panel of civic, business and nonprofit To get involved with Lakewood’s Promise call the City’s
leaders, including United Way of America President Brian Human Services Division at 589-2489.
LAKEWOOD’S CITY that this reduction will help to balance
C O U N C I L S AY S FA R E W E L L out the total costs paid to the City by
TO F I R S T M AYO R A N D
the average resident.
NEW COUNCIL PORTRAIT NEEDED
MEMBER, BILL HARRISON
Bill Harrison was one of the co-chairs of the city- The sewer surcharge will be used to
hood initiative and was elected to the very first pay off a $6 million low interest State
Lakewood City Council in 1995. Bill is stepping loan that the City intends to use to
down from the Council at the end of 2005 after finance a majority of the sewer exten-
serving for a total of ten years on the Council, eight sion project. The total cost of extend-
as Mayor. During his tenure on the City Council, Bill ing the main sewer line to the two
has worked tirelessly on behalf of Lakewood serving neighborhoods is about $9.1 million.
The City has $2.2 million in federal Lakewood City Council
in many different capacities and on many different
Pictured left to right. Top row - Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern
boards and committees. Bill has truly shaped the grants and plans on providing about $1
(Deputy Mayor), Doug Richardson (Mayor), Walter Neary.
direction of our City. Lakewood owes a great deal million in “in-kind” services in addition
Bottom row - John Arbeeny, Bill Harrison, Claudia Thomas.
to Bill Harrison’s leadership. to the $6 million loan.
CONTACT THE CITY COUNCIL
The Council would like to offer Bill our sincerest Pierce County’s willingness to implement the
thanks and appreciation for his hard work and surcharge is part of a larger agreement between the
6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 9899
dedication to our community. We wish Bill and his County and the City that will make this project
family the best. possible. The Council truly appreciates Pierce aged by the support of Lakewood residents for this
County’s cooperation in this project. By implement- project. In a community survey completed last
LAKEWOOD SEWER ing this surcharge, we are paving the way for a better summer, more than 60% of respondents indicated
SURCHARGE WILL BRING future for these neighborhoods and opening up this they would support paying more on their sewer bills
SEWER SERVICE TO TWO part of Pierce County for greater economic devel- to bring sewer service to these neighborhoods. For
NEIGHBORHOODS opment. more information contact Don Wickstrom or
Council reduces storm water fees in effort to
Desiree Brown, City of Lakewood Public Works,
offset cost. Sewer service is expected to generate economic 983-7795, or Joe Hannan, City of Lakewood Eco-
At the City of Lakewood’s request, the Pierce development in the area. There are 120 acres of nomic Development Administrator, 589-2489.
County Council approved a sewer surcharge on industrial property in American Lake Gardens that
Lakewood sewer users to help pay for extending will be ready for development after sewer lines are V OTERS DEC IDE
completed. Future industrial development in this I N I T I AT I V E &
sewer service to the American Lake Gardens and
Tillicum neighborhoods. The surcharge only impacts area will help to create jobs and raise property
Lakewood voters approved an advisory ballot
Lakewood residents and businesses and will not be values. More than 200 jobs could be created initially
regarding the City’s adoption of the the Initiative &
charged to any other Pierce County sewer custom- with more than 2,000 possible when the industrial
Referendum process during the recent election.
ers. area is fully built out. The expansion of sewer
service will also allow for growth and redevelop-
The power of initiative enables voters of a city to
The sewer surcharge would cost a Lakewood single- ment in the existing commercial area of Tillicum
directly initiate and enact legislation. The process
family residential sewer customer about $1.05 a along I-5. This will also add more jobs and increase
involves an initial petition, containing a specified
month over a twenty year period. However, re- property values.
number of signatures, which proposes an ordinance
cently, the City Council reduced storm water
for adoption. If the number of signatures is sufficient,
management fees, effective January 2006, for Lake- Based on census data, American Lake Gardens and
the issue must either be adopted by the city council
wood residents by 10%. For the owner of a single- Tillicum are Lakewood’s lowest income neighbor-
or submitted to the entire electorate of the city for
family home that will be about $0.72 per month, hoods. These neighborhoods are home to about
adoption or rejection at an election. The power of
offsetting a great deal of the increase in the sewer 5,000 residents and a number of businesses all of
referendum is the ability for citizens to have an
fee. The City Council is very mindful of the impacts which are on septic systems. The area also has two
ordinance, which has been enacted by the city
of fees and taxes on Lakewood citizens and hopes schools and a number of apartment complexes that
council, submitted to the voters for their approval
solely rely on the use of septic systems. The City
COFFEE WITH THE or rejection. The process also includes the filing of a
understands that aging septic systems fail over time
M AYO R petition, with a required minimum number of
creating the potential for a serious public health
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor the second registered voters, prior to the effective date of the
problem. In addition, they add to the degradation of
Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the St. Clare ordinance. If the required number of signatures are
the area. The Lakewood City Council hopes that by
Hospital Resource Center. Coffee with the Mayor obtained on the petition, then the ordinance is
extending sewer service, these areas will benefit
is a great way to find out about the latest develop- suspended from becoming effective until it has
from future economic revitalization. These two
ments in Lakewood. It is an informal forum that either been repealed by the city council or is
neighborhoods were excluded when the rest of
lasts an hour, and occasionally features a guest submitted to the voters for approval or rejection at
Lakewood was sewered with the help of significant
speaker. There is always time for questions and an election.
federal funding approximately 20 years ago. Without
this help from the rest of the community, sewer
The City Council will likely take up this issue at an
service to these areas is highly unlikely within the
CITY TALK upcoming meeting. For information on when the
foreseeable future. Without sewer service the
Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the Council will take up this item, visit our website at
potential for revitalization of the area is lost along
Mayor or another Council member is available to www.cityoflakewood.us.
with an opportunity for it to become a more viable
meet one-on-one with Lakewood residents. No
contributor to the City as a whole.
appointment is necessary, just drop by City Hall.
2 The Lakewood City Council has been very encour-
CITY MANAGER’S CLIPBOARD
CITY L A K E WO O D P R E PA R E S TO
MANAGER’S C E L E B R AT E 1 0 Y E A R S O F
COLUMN C I T Y- H O O D
The City recently On February 28, 2006, Lakewood will turn ten years
received notice that old and we plan to celebrate this milestone all year
we’re a finalist for a long by incorporating the ten year anniversary
A M E S S AG E F RO M C L OV E R
major grant from the celebration into all of the City’s events.
PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
State’s Interagency SUPERINTENDENT
Council for Outdoor We will kick off this special year on February 21, DR. DORIS MCEWEN
Recreation (IAC) to 2006 with an Open House at City Hall from 4:00 - When I became the proud superintendent of
redevelop the boat 7:00 p.m. The Open House will include tours of Clover Park School District in July 2000, I intro-
launch at American City Hall, informational displays, entertainment, duced the community to my version of the ABCs.
Lake Park. The grant posters and essays created by Lakewood students A—is for Accepting no excuses for every child
will be about $600,000, to be matched by $200,000 and refreshments. Please join us for this special learning; B—is for Building Bridges and C—is for
in local funds, and the points scored in the selection celebration. Communicating and Celebrating.
process make it look very likely the award will come
through. It also looks like it will be the largest such Look for more information about our tenth anniver- With the recent release of Washington Assessment
grant in the State of Washington for this funding sary celebration in the next edition of Lakewood of Student Learning (WASL) results, Lakewood area
cycle. Connections and on our website, residents have a lot to Celebrate. Here’s why!
www.cityoflakewood.us. • Clover Park fourth graders achieved new highs in
While it may still be too early to celebrate this reading, with more than 70 percent of them reading
pending success story, we should take stock of the E M P L OY E E O F T H E at or above standard.
City’s track record in “grantsmanship”, which is in QUARTER • Seventh and tenth grade scores on all content
effect, leveraging local funds to earn special dedi- One of the primary goals of the staff at the City of areas (reading, math and writing) are also at all-time
cated outside resources to make improvements for Lakewood is to provide the highest possible level of highs. We have seen more than 20 percent gains in
the City of Lakewood. The grants we receive often customer service at all times. In support of this goal reading from 2003 to 2005.
reflect the special needs of this community, but also the City likes to recognize one staff member each • For the first time, more than 60 percent of tenth
reflect the resourcefulness of City staff in pursuing quarter for his or her exemplary performance. It graders achieved the reading and writing standards.
these competitive selection processes. Examples of does so by awarding a deserving recipient with the • Our tenth graders scored higher than the state
the variety of City grants range from a recently title of Employee of the Quarter. average in writing for the first time.
awarded $1,000 from the Association of Washington • Oakwood Elementary is one of only two schools
Cities for a diversity training program for city In order to receive this award, an employee must in western Washington and one of six in the entire
employees, to a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Depart- first be nominated by his or her co-workers for state to come off of the school improvement list.
ment of Justice to buy body armor for our police outstanding performance.
officers, to a $10,688 grant from Major League Our students have made tremendous progress and
Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund to purchase For the summer 2005 quarter this honor was given we need to celebrate that. I applaud our teachers,
equipment and scholarships for our 2006 baseball/ to Dennis Higashiyama, Recreation Coordinator for support staff, principals, families and, of course, our
softball season. the Parks & Recreation Department. One reason students, who have worked so hard to make good
Dennis was selected for this award is because of his progress.
On a more major scale, we’ve received $734,000 for dedication to Lakewood’s youth. He has done
improvements to Bridgeport Way from 83rd to extensive work to help with the creation of several However, as a school district, we have a long way to
Steilacoom Blvd from the State Transportation different youth programs in addition to volunteering go. Our mission is to teach all children what they
Improvement Board, and $125,000 in federal funds his own time outside of work. He was also selected need to know to succeed and contribute to their
for Community Oriented Policing. Community because of his great resourcefulness, being able to community. Let me reassure you that we aren’t
Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funding, do so much even when given few resources. resting on our successes and won’t lose our focus.
provides about $700,000 each year to Lakewood This is a critical time for our district, our students
projects; this year over $140,000 in CDBG funds For the fall 2005 quarter, Julie Skaw, Network and our community.
will provide Harry Todd Park with a skate park and Information Systems Engineer, was honored as
waterfront improvements. Employee of the Quarter. Julie was recognized for As citizens of Lakewood, I encourage you to get
her “can-do” spirit and her ability to rise to a involved with your neighborhood school. I encour-
Along the Pacific Highway Corridor, the City has challenge. She was also selected because of her age you to attend music performances, sports
received $3,500,000 for roadway improvements in talent for being able to effectively communicate the activities, volunteer or become a mentor for a
the area of the Sound Transit station, $850,000 for highly technical aspects of her job with those who student.
intersection improvements at Bridgeport and Pacfic aren’t as comfortable with technology.
Hwy, and $2,200,000 to assist with the sewer line Please show our students you care and want to be
connection to Tillicum and American Lake Gardens. Both Julie and Dennis are great team players who part of their success. Together, we can make our
The City pursues grant opportunities not simply to build strong relationships with fellow staff as well as students and our commu-
use some other agency’s funds, but to facilitate our with other organizations in the community. Their nity successful.
ability to meet our community’s priority goals — helpful attitudes and on-going commitment to
public safety and economic development. customer service make them both well deserving Dr. Doris McEwen,
recipients of the Employee of the Quarter. Superintendent,
Clover Park School District
PUBLIC WORKS SPOTLIGHT
PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT plan is mandated by the state Department of Ecol-
U P D AT E S ogy and required before any further lake manage-
Leach Creek Culvert Replacement Project ment actions can occur.
Completed: This project replaced an undersized
culvert which carries Leach Creek under Bridge- D O N ’ T “ L E AV E ” A L L T H E
Western State Hospital Frontage Improve-
port Way with a larger open bottom box culvert. FA L L C L E A N I N G TO U S !
ments (LID 1102):
Help us prevent flooding in your neighborhood
This action will allow salmon and other fish to This project includes construction of street-lights
this fall by clearing leaves and other debris from
spawn further upstream in the watershed. The along Steilacoom Blvd and sidewalks along 87th
the storm drains and ditches around your home.
work also included enhancements in the creek Avenue and Sentinel Road adjacent to Western State
Our maintenance crews do their best to keep
upstream and downstream from the new structure Hospital as part of Local Improvement District (LID)
Lakewood’s many drains clean, but they can’t clear
(root wads, pools and riffles, etc) which will provide 1102. Project may begin in late fall 2005. However,
off all the leaves before the rain starts. You can
a good fish habitat. The project was substantially due to material shortages, this project may need to
help out by doing a little fall cleaning of your own!
completed in mid-October. The contractor paved be delayed until spring 2006.
By using a shovel, rake, or push-broom to clear
Bridgeport Way on Saturday, October 22. On
away the leaves, you can quickly solve the problem.
Saturday November 5 a group of volunteer citizens, Gravelly Lake Drive / Pacific Hwy Frontage
Please don’t rake or blow leaves into the roadway
organized by the Pierce Conservation District Improvements (LID 1103):
– bag the leaves or put the leaves in your yard
Stream Team, replanted the banks of the channel Construction of sidewalks along the frontage of the
within the construction area with nearly 900 trees Union 76 gas station began October 2005 and
Thanks for your help!
and shrubs. This was a joint project between the should be completed by the end of November.
cities of Lakewood and University Place. The
project cost, including design, wetland mitigation banking Pacific Highway Improvements:
box culvert purchase, and project. The area is north This project includes curb, gutter, sidewalks, and
construction totaled of Steilacoom Blvd. street lighting along Pacific Highway between Bridge-
$1,320,000. The cities re- bounded between Lake- port Way and 108th Street. The City is waiting for
ceived grant funds totaling wood Drive and Bridge- environmental approval and right-of-way acquisition.
$818,000 from the state port Way. It is anticipated that construction will begin in
Salmon Recovery Funding winter 2005 and last for approximately six months.
Board. The rest of the project SolarBee Installation
costs were split between the on Lake Steilacoom: As Steilacoom Blvd / Lakewood Drive Sidewalk
two cities. part of an agreement Project (LID 1101): Construction began in August
between the City of on sidewalks on Lakewood Drive and Steilacoom
Farwest Dr/116th St Storm Lakewood and the Lake Blvd as part of Local Improvement District (LID)
Drainage Improvements Steilacoom Improvement 1101. As part of construction, temporary lane
Completed: This project Club, the City agreed to closures will be required. Your patience in traveling
replaced approximately 500 fund the majority of costs through this work zone is greatly appreciated.
feet of undersized stormwater to install nine water Construction is expected to be substantially com-
pipe and related work. Due to circulating units (called pleted in January 2006.
the inadequate pipe size this SolarBee®) on Lake
neighborhood would fre- Crews installing the new box culvert at
Steilacoom. The units have If you have any questions about any of these
quently flood during substan- proven effective through- projects please contact the Public Works Depart-
tial rain storms. The work was completed in early out the United States in controlling toxic algae ment at 983-7795 or
September. The project cost was $200,000, and blooms. After permits are obtained from the state firstname.lastname@example.org.
funded from the City’s stormwater utility. Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Natural Re-
sources, the units
Gramercy Place Water Quality Improve- will be installed in
ments Completed: Work on this project con- the lake. The units
sisted of installing a water quality vault – a should be installed
Vortechs™ unit – just upstream of a discharge point during November.
into Lake Steilacoom. The water quality vault will
reduce the amount of contaminants carried in the Lake Steilacoom
stormwater runoff that enters the lake. The three aquatic vegeta-
week project began in late September and was tion manage-
completed in mid-October. The project cost was ment plan: A
$115,000, and funded from the City’s stormwater public meeting was
utility. held on October
11 at Lakewood
Purchasing Wetland Properties: The City is City Hall to discuss
negotiating with a number of property owners to the framework for
purchase several acres of wetlands located adjacent an aquatic vegeta-
to Flett Creek. The property will be retained for tion management Construction is under way on Steilacoom Blvd. The project will add curbs, gutters,
stormwater flood control and fish and wildlife sidewalks, lighting and landscaping and is being paid for by the property owners
plan for Lake through a local improvement district.
habitat. Some of the property may be included in a Steilacoom. This
PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N
A M E R I C A N L A K E B O AT H O L I DAY T R E E L I G H T I N G Hoop Shoot and Hot
LAUNCH IMPROVEMENTS C E L E B R AT I O N & C R A F T Spot Competitions
The City of Lakewood received notice in October FAIR
that we will receive a $600,000 state grant to All Lakewood residents are invited to the tenth Lakewood Parks and Recre-
redevelop the boat launch located on the north annual tree lighting and holiday celebration on Friday, ation will host FREE Hoop
shore of American Lake at American Lake Park. The Dec. 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, Shoot and Hot Spot basket-
launch is currently in very poor. The buildings are 6000 Main Street in Lakewood. ball skills competitions for
old and falling down. The asphalt and concrete youth ages 6-14. In the
surfaces that make up the launch are a patchwork For the first time, an arts and craft fair will be Hoop Shoot, children will shoot stan-
of broken concrete, with holes and metal rebar included in the festivities. The fair is open on Friday, dard free throws. In Hot Spot, competitors will race
showing. There is limited access to the launch and Dec. 2 from 4 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, from the clock as they attempt to make a shot from each
the transient floats are falling apart. This deterio- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendor booths will be located “hot spot” around the key. Winners in each age
rated conditions results from heavy use and lack of throughout City Hall. category will advance to regional/state competitions.
maintenance by the previous caretaker. The good The local competition will be held Saturday, February
news is the site can be re-configured and restored The tree lighting and holiday celebration includes 4 from 10am-2pm. For more information, please call
to meet the needs of the boating community. tree decorating and lighting, children’s crafts, and Sara Millbauer at 589-2489.
holiday music featuring the Lakes High School Choir
Site improvements will include demolishing and and Mann Middle School’s Royal Blue Choir. Youth Baseball and Softball
removing the structures on the property, adding Lakewood Parks and Recreation will be offering
parking, improving the circulation pattern to open At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Lakewood’s holiday tree will youth baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls
up access to three renovated launch ramps, adding be lit and refreshments will be served. Santa arrives in Spring, 2006. Registration will begin in late January.
transient dock facilities and other park amenities. at 4:45 p.m. on a Lakewood Fire Department fire For more info, call Sara Millbauer at (253) 589-2489
Total project estimate is $800,000. The American truck and will visit with youngsters from 5 to 7 p.m. or visit us on the web at www.cityoflakewood.us.
Lake Improvement Club donated $5,000 towards in City Hall.
Tillicum After School Program
this project and the City is looking for additional
funds to offset project costs. Portions of the event are held outdoors; partici- The Parks & Recreation Department is partnering
pants are encouraged to plan and dress accordingly. with Tillicum Elementary School and Communities in
O F F L E A S H A R E A AT F O R T Participants are also encouraged to bring donations Schools to provide a comprehensive academic and
STEILACOOM PARK of non-perishable food items for the Lakewood recreational after school program this fall. The
Volunteers representing Protect our Pets (POP) Youth Council food drive. program is offered Monday through Thursday from
have worked hard this fall building a fence around a
2:30 – 4:45 p.m. and an afternoon snack is provided.
22 acre off leash area at Fort Steilacoom Park. In The events are sponsored by the City of Lakewood Math and reading improvement are the areas of
2003 and 2004 the City and County worked and made possible by donations from many local focus for the academic portion and general fitness
together to develop a master site plan for Fort businesses and volunteers. For more information on combined with educational opportunities is empha-
Steilacoom Park. This plan designated an area in the the tree lighting and holiday celebration, call Sara sized in the recreational portion. Students are
southeast portion of the park as an off leash area. Millbauer at 589-2489. selected for participation by school staff and regis-
Because the City and County both require pets to
tration is required through the school’s main office.
be on leash in parks, the County stated that the area A T H L E T I C S & R E C R E AT I O N Please contact the school for more information, 583-
could not be used as an off leash area until a fence O P P O RT U N I T I E S 5370.
was built and a management plan was created for Adult Kickball
this area. POP was formed to establish, promote
City of Lakewood is combining with University Woodbrook Late Nite Program
and maintain an off-leash area for both dog owners
Place Parks and Recreation Department to offer This popular program is a great way to spend a
and their companions and enable them to socialize
Adult Kickball. This league will begin April 10. Friday evening. The gym doors open at 6:00 p.m. and
and exercise in a safe environment. The off leash
Games will be played at Lakewood and University the fun begins! The program features open gym, arts
area will be open during regular park hours (dawn
Place neighborhood parks on Mondays and/or & crafts, board games and other activities for
to dusk). If you want to find out more about POP
Wednesdays. Each team is guaranteed seven games Woodbrook students only. A snack is provided
check out their website at www.parkdogs.com.
plus single-elimination tournament play. The cost mid-way through the evening and the program ends
per team is $240. The at 9:00 p.m. Registration forms are available in the
minimum team size is 12. main office of the school. This program is made
Registration deadline is possible by a federal Weed & Seed grant and part-
March 22. For more nerships with the Clover Park School District and
information, please call Sara the City of Lakewood Parks & Recreation Depart-
Millbauer at 589-2489. ment. Please contact the school for more informa-
NOW HIRING: KICKBALL, SOFTBALL
& BASEBALL UMPIRES
Lakewood Parks and Recreation is now accepting
applications for youth and adult umpires. For more
information or to apply, call Sara Millbauer, Recre-
Dogs and people enjoy the new off leash area built by volunteers at Fort ation Coordinator, 983-7827.
ARE YOU PREPARED? The following is a checklist from the Pierce County L A K E W O O D P O L I C E S TAT I O N
The Lakewood Police Department main operations
Department of Emergency Management of things
Are you and your family prepared for a disaster?
you can do to be prepared: are located at the Lakewood Police Station at 5504
Recent events have caused us all to look more
• Purchase a NOAA ‘All Hazards’ Radio for emer- 112th Street SW (this is the building formerly
closely at how well we are prepared to handle an
gency alerts. known as the Lakewood Police Precinct). Lake-
emergency or disaster. Emergency Management
• Post emergency telephone numbers by phones wood citizens wishing to visit the Police Depart-
experts tell us we all need to be prepared to be on
(fire, police, ambulance, etc.). ment in person should go to the Lakewood Police
our own for the first 72 hours after a disaster. You
• Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1. Station.
shouldn’t expect to receive assistance from govern-
• Show each family member how and when to turn
ment agencies during the first 72 hours, because
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off the utilities (water, gas, and electricity). have lost their lives due to domestic violence. In all
during that time officials are working to address the
• Get training for each family member on how to four cases the Police had no prior indication of any
most serious and life threatening incidents and it is
use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show criminal behavior; but, in all four cases, friends, family,
unlikely they will be able to provide much assistance
them where it’s kept. or neighbors suspected something was wrong.
in individual neighborhoods.
• Install smoke detectors on each level of your Lakewood urges those who suspect someone that
home, especially near bedrooms. they know is the victim of domestic violence to call
So what can you do to be prepared for the
• Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster the Domestic Violence Helpline, 798-4166 or
Supplies Kit. 800-764-2420, for help and advice. Your call can be
Make a family communications plan that includes an
• Take a first aid and CPR class. anonymous. When you call the helpline you will
evacuation plan that coordinates with your school,
• Determine the best escape routes from your find:
work and community communication plans. Practice
home. Find two ways out of each room. • Someone who can help you decide how to safely
this plan with your entire family.
• Find the safe places in your home for each type of help your friend or relative.
disaster and learn shelter-in-place procedures. • Information about local resources, including
Build a disaster supply kit that includes enough
• Practice and Maintain Your Plan. shelters, support groups, legal help and housing
supplies for each family member for three days
• Quiz your kids every six months or so. assistance.
(don’t forget your pets). Remember to check your
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuations.
kit every six months. There are six basics you
• Replace stored water and stored food every six It is up to our entire community to stop domestic
should stock for your home in the case of an
emergency: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and
• Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) ac-
bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special
cording to manufacturer’s instructions. P ROT E C T YO U R S E L F -
items for medical conditions. Keep the items that
• Test your smoke detectors monthly and change T I P S F O R S TAY I N G S A F E
you would most likely need during an evacuation in
the batteries at least once a year. A great resource for learning how to protect
an easy-to carry container. For more information on
yourself from becoming the victim of a crime is the
creating a plan and building a kit, visit
Disaster can strike at any time so it is best to be Lakewood Police Department’s Crime Free Residen-
prepared now! tial Catalog. This comprehensive guide covers:
• protecting your home from burglary;
You can also become a member of PC-NET (Pierce
LAKEWOOD’S • special tips for senior citizens;
County Neighborhood Emergency Team). PC-NET
COMMITMENT TO • avoiding mail and identity theft;
is a neighborhood-oriented approach to emergency FIGHTING DOMESTIC • protecting your car;
preparedness and homeland security. It is based on VIOLENCE
• personal safety;
the belief that a cooperative effort between govern- Domestic violence impacts everyone and Lakewood
• important phone numbers;
ment and its citizens is the only sure way to protect is serious about combating domestic violence.
• when to call 911; and much more.
a neighborhood and to prepare for a major disaster. October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month
If individuals and their neighborhoods are prepared and in recognition Lakewood lit the tree in front of
For a free copy of the Crime Free Residential
to mutually assist each other, lives can be saved, City Hall with purple lights all month long. Addition-
Catalog, contact the Police Department at 830-5000
property can be spared, and emergency services ally, during the first week of October, Lakewood
or download a copy from the Police section of the
can be freed to respond to the most devastated hosted a Domestic Violence Healing Field. Three
City’s website, www.cityoflakewood.us.
areas. This will be accomplished by organizing block hundred twenty-one
groups into a variety of disaster response teams, American Flags were on
each of which has a simple one-page list that clearly display next to City Hall to
outlines necessary tasks. No special skills or equip- commemorate the 321
ment are required to participate – and only a victims who lost their lives
minimal time commitment is needed. To find out to domestic violence since
more contact Barbara Nelson at the Pierce County 1997 in our State - 13 of
Department of Emergency Management, 798-2168. those victims from Lake-
wood. The Healing Field
was intended to draw
The Lakewood Police are looking for volun- attention to this tragic
teers to work in many different areas. If you crime and remember
are interested, contact the Department at those victims.
830-5000 for an application. Volunteers are
subject to a background check. In the last year and a half, The Domestic Violence Healing Field was located next to City Hall
four women in Lakewood October 3 - 5. It was a joint effort of the Business Masters Exchange Club
and the Lakewood Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
L A K E WO O D DEVELOPMENT within 20 days of the application date. For more
information, please contact the Community Devel-
SENIOR ACTIVITY CONTINUES IN
opment Department at 512-2261.
CENTER L A K E WO O D
Watch for our grand opening in February 2006 Lakewood has continued to see a steady level of LAKEWOOD LOOKS
The City of Lakewood has taken over operation of building activity throughout the community. Here AT REGULATIONS
are some of the recent and ongoing development
the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Although we
don’t move into our new home at the Lakewood
Community Center • Wal-Mart, 7001 Bridgeport BASED BUSINESS
until early next year, Way SW: Construction of a AC T I V I T I E S
we are still providing Support the Lakewood Senior Activity Center 223,000 square foot retail store
The City’s Planning Advisory Board is in the process
fun and exciting by taking a trip to the 5 Avenue Theatre in
in two phases.
of establishing a task force to take a closer look at
programs and Seattle. • Lakewood Corporate Center
the regulations for residentially based personal care
activities in the Upcoming shows include “Sweeney Todd”, (Panattoni Development Com-
businesses (adult family homes, and other in-home
Clover Park Techni- “The Sound of Music” and “Wonderful Town”. pany), 3423 112th Street SW:
care facilities) and home occupation business
cal College facility. Tickets can be purchased just for the show or Construction of a 273,000
activities (any home based business). The purpose
for the show and transportation. Call 589- square foot warehouse and
of this task force is to review regulations pertaining
Want to join our 5735 for more information. distribution center in two
to these businesses, develop a best practices manual
Red Hat Society phases.
for these operations, create an information tool kit
Divas, exercise with Elizabeth, join a walking club or • La Quinta Inn, 11747 Pacific Hwy SW: Construc-
to inform citizens about the nature of business
head to the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle for a day tion of a 120 unit, 70,837 square foot hotel.
activities occurring in their neighborhoods and
of live performances? There is something special • Edgewater Retail Project, 8813 Edgewater Drive
identify potential changes to regulations governing
here for you! SW: Construction of a 3,500 square foot multi-
businesses operating in residential areas.
tenant retail center.
Computer Buddies is a new program coming this fall. • Ponders Collision Center, 12408/12424 Pacific
The task force will work on these projects over the
We will be partnering with Lakewood Computer Hwy SW: Expansion of the existing business
course of the coming year. If you are interested in
Clubhouse and teaming up kids from their including addition of a 11,400 square feet facility.
serving on the task force or finding out more about
SuperTeen program with Older Adults to teach • Steilacoom Office Building, 8524 Steilacoom
it, contact the Community Development Depart-
computer skills for e-mailing their grandchildren and Boulevard SW: Construction of a 29,800 square
ment at 512-2261.
making greeting cards to more advanced skills like
restoring old photos. There are only a hand full of
inter-generational computer programs in the coun-
try so this is an incredible opportunity.
To find out more about what is happening at the
Lakewood Senior Activity Center call Elizabeth
Scheid at 589-5735.
LICENSE RENEWAL TIME
It is that time of year again. All business owners and
pet owners must renew their City licenses.
Business Licenses: In December, renewal notices
will be sent out to all licensed businesses in Lake-
wood. When you receive the form, please review
the information, update and make changes as
The new Starbucks under construction at the Towne Center should be open in December.
needed, and fill in any missing information. Then
return the form to City Hall with a check for the
foot commercial office building with a 1,082 square
appropriate amount. All renewals are due by Febru-
foot drive through coffee shop.
ary 28. After that date, late LAKEWOOD FIRE DISTRICT HOSTS
• Lakewood Sound Transit Station, 11424 Pacific
fees will apply. For more SAFE SITTER TRAINING
Hwy SW: Construction of a 600+ stall parking
information, please call Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that
structure and transit center.
512-2261. teaches boys and girls ages 11 - 13 how to handle
• Lakewood Towne Center: A new Starbucks, emergencies when caring for young children.
Panera Bread and office building have all been
proposed for the Towne Center area and are in
Lakewood requires all Lakewood Fire District will offer a Safe Sitter
various stages of the development process.
dogs and cats over the age course at Lakewood Fire Station 2-1, 5000
of eight weeks to be licensed. All licenses expire on Steilacoom Blvd. SW, on December 27, 28 and 29
The City has issued 963 permits through August of
December 31 and must be renewed by February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants must
this year with a valuation of about $40 million. Fifty-
each year. Renewal notices will be sent out during attend all three days. The cost is $20. The deadline
one percent of these permits were issued the same
the first week in January. For more information, to register is December 23. Call Hallie McCurdy
day and another twenty-four percent were issued
please call 589-2489. at 983-4573 for more information or to register.
NOVEMBER ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Saturday 14 3rd Annual Lakewood Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Every Thursday Lakewood United Forum, Burs Restaurant, 7:00 a.m., Observance, Clover Park High School Performing Arts
584-1867 Center, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Every Thursday City Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., FEBRUARY ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
589-2489 Every Thursday Lakewood United Forum, Burs Restaurant, 7:00 a.m.,
County Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - noon, 584-1867
798-3308 Every Thursday City Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.,
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Every Thursday Lakewood United Forum, Burs Restaurant, 7:00 a.m., County Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - noon,
Every Thursday City Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Thursday 2 Lakewood Chamber Membership Luncheon, 582-9400
589-2489 Saturday 4 Hoop Shoot & Hot Shots Competition, 589-2489
County Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - noon, Monday 6 Keep Lakewood Beautiful, Cynthia’s Cafe, 7:00 a.m.
798-3308 Wednesday 8 Community Collaboration, Lakewood City Hall,
Friday 2 10th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 589-2489
Lakewood City Hall, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., 589-2489 Thursday 9 Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Lakewood City Hall,
Monday 5 Keep Lakewood Beautiful, Cynthia’s Cafe, 7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m., 589-2489
Thursday 8 Lakewood Chamber Membership Luncheon, Friday 10 Coffee with the Mayor, St. Clare Hospital Resource
582-9400 Center, 7:30 a.m., 589-2489
Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Lakewood City Tuesday 21 Lakewood’s 10th Anniversary Open House, Lakewood
Hall, 5:30 p.m., 589-2489 City Hall, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., 589-2489
Friday 9 Coffee with the Mayor, St. Clare Hospital Resource
Center, 7:30 a.m., 589-2489 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, the City
Saturday 10 Lakewood Youth Basketball Skills Clinic, assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or changes. Please confirm any event with
preregistration required, 589-2489 the sponsor. If you have an event that you would like to submit for the Calendar, send the
Wednesday 14 Community Collaboration, Lakewood City Hall, information via fax at 589-3774 or email@example.com.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 589-2489
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Every Thursday Lakewood United Forum, Burs Restaurant, 7:00 a.m.,
Every Thursday City Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.,
County Talk, Lakewood City Hall, 9:00 a.m. - noon,
Thursday 5 Lakewood Chamber Membership Luncheon,
Lakewood Sister Cities Association, Lakewood City
Hall, 5:30 p.m., 589-2489
Monday 9 Keep Lakewood Beautiful, Cynthia’s Cafe, 7:00 a.m.
Friday 13 Coffee with the Mayor, St. Clare Hospital Resource
Center, 7:30 a.m., 589-2489
Wednesday 11 Community Collaboration, Lakewood City Hall,
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 589-2489
CITY OF LAKEWOOD Parks Department..................589-2489 ............798-4166 or 1-800-764- The public is welcome at all City Council
Potholes......................................983-7795 2420 meetings. Council meetings are held at the
Police Department Earthquake/Floods...............798-7470 Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW,
main desk...............................830-5000 Electric Companies unless otherwise publicized.
Animal Control Hot Line..983-7800
non-emergency only..........798-4721 Lakeview Light...................584-6060
drug tip hotline....................830-5049 Puget Sound Regular Council meetings are the first and
sex offender info.................830-5049 Energy.................1-888-225-5773 third Mondays of each month starting at
Public Works Tacoma Public 7:00 p.m. At each regular Council meeting
Department...........................983-7795 Utilities............................383-2471 there is a public comment period where
Senior Center...........................589-5735 Gas Leaks...................1-888-225-5773 you may address the Council on City issues.
Street Light Outages..............983-7795 Humane Society....................383-2733 Council study sessions are the second and
Traffic Infractions....................512-2258 Lakewood Chamber............582-9400 fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Zoning.........................................512-2261 Lakewood Fire District For more information on Council meetings,
non-emergency only.......582-4600 call 512-2264 (recorded message) or visit
Lakewood Library.................582-6040 www.cityoflakewood.us.
Housing Programs...............589-2489 OTHER PHONE NUMBERS
Burn Ban.....................1-800-595-4341 Lakewood Water District..588-4423
(automated)........................512-2264 CITY TALK
Cable TV Marriage Licenses.................798-7435
Job Line (automated)..........512-2265 Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,
(Comcast)................1-877-824-2288 Pierce County Sewer..........565-3440
Garage Sale Permits.............512-2261 the Mayor or another Council member is
Clover Park Tillicum Library......................588-1014
Municipal Court...................512-2258 available to meet one-on-one with Lake-
School District...................583-5000 In an Emergency, call 911 for
Noise Complaints................798-4721 wood residents. No appointment is neces-
Domestic Violence Helpline Police, Fire and Paramedics.
8 sary, just drop by City Hall.