City Council Summary: March 14, 2022

Mayor Whalen listens to a presentation from Information Technology Director Ken White.

Chief Information Officer Ken White began the meeting with a presentation of the City’s six-year IT plan. The plan encompasses the upkeep and modernization of hardware and software. Notable projects include police body cameras, property surveillance cameras, and cybersecurity improvements.

White noted increased nefarious attempts to access City networks, all thwarted. IT staff continue to harden City networks, devices, and employees against cybersecurity threats.

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Program Manager Bill Adamson reviewed SSMCP’s 2021-2022 Work Plan. SSMCP is an association of government, tribal, and military leadership that advocates investments and legislation of regional benefit.

SSMCP’s 2021-2022 Work Plan prioritizes child care, I-5 congestion relief, military spouse employment, and affordable housing development, among other projects.

SSMCP has led a project to reduce encroachment at the north end of the McChord Airfield. New federal regulations require several businesses near the airfield to relocate. SSMCP is liaising various agencies to execute the complex project.

In the future, SSMCP intends to address occupational licensure portability, housing development, child care services, behavioral health resources, and food insecurity for military families.

City Manager John Caulfield provided a series of reports. He and Public Works Director Paul Bucich briefed the City Council on JBLM North Access Project Phase 2. The City Council will consider the award of a construction contract as part of the March 21 regular meeting.

The City Council also discussed cluster mailboxes. One was recently damaged – damaged boxes are the responsibility of mail customers, but residents reported difficulty organizing repair or replacement. The City Council will consider code updates to clarify responsibility between residents, the City, and the United States Postal Service.

Recent public transit advocacy is making progress. The Sound Transit System Expansion Committee advanced 9 projects – a $44 million investment – for the Lakewood Station area. The City is also advocating for Pierce Transit Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) service to areas like Springbrook, Tillicum, and JBLM.

On April 18th, Governmental Affairs Consultant Shelly Helder will provide a summary of the recent state legislative session. Helder will discuss approved legislation and budgets and their effects on Lakewood.

On Saturday, March 19, the City will host a screening event for its first Reel Life ’96 short film contest. More than 32 teams participated. Films will be screened and awards presented at the event.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 28, 2022 Study Session
  • March 21, 2022 Regular Meeting
The Lakewood City Council met for a study session on March 14, 2022.