Attention, Class! School is Back in Session in Lakewood
Students have returned to classrooms and school buses have returned to the roads – drive safe!
Clover Park School District welcomed students back to classrooms this week. The return to in-person education has been long-awaited. Masks are required by all students and staff per state law.
Drivers will encounter students and school buses on our roads again. LPD has posted a guide to all local school speed zones, and Graham Fire & Rescue posted a helpful guide about stopping for school buses.
On a two-lane road, both directions stop. On a three-lane road, the opposite direction may proceed (carefully). If you’re behind a bus when it stops and activates its lights and safety bar, do not overtake.
Legislators prevent export of offender from eastern Washington; City objects to placement practices
DSHS has cancelled plans to place a Level III sex offender released from Eastern State Hospital into a Lakewood adult family home. The City of Lakewood and local legislators insisted on the cancelation. Representative Mari Leavitt, Representative Dan Bronoske, and Senator T’wina Nobles negotiated with DSHS to arrange an alternative.
The City is thankful for their leadership on behalf of the residents of Lakewood to prevent this placement.
The City of Lakewood opposes the placement of high-risk sexual predators into inappropriate care settings intended for vulnerable persons. The City also objects to the placement of potentially violent patients into distant communities in which they have no history or support network.
DSHS plans to build a new 350-bed forensic hospital; residents have expressed concerns
DSHS plans to build a new 350-bed forensic hospital on the Western State Hospital campus in Lakewood to replace outdated facilities. DSHS hosted a community event to discuss the project earlier this week, and will host a virtual open house on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m.
This is a state project, directed by the Washington State Legislature. The City’s role is to review the plan for community & environmental impact and prescribe mitigations.
A community festival will be held at Colonial Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Join us on September 18, 2021 as we celebrate a quarter-century since the incorporation of Lakewood. Have a bite to eat, have something to drink, share your favorite Lakewood stories, enjoy live entertainment, rub elbows with City leaders and VIP guests, and celebrate with your community as we honor this milestone.
City of Lakewood 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 2:00 – 8:30 p.m. Colonial Plaza – Downtown Lakewood
6108 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Award bestowed by Alignable.com, an online referral network for small businesses
The Lakewood Chamber is a membership-based organization comprised of businesses and organizations united to advance local business interests. CEO Linda Smith was recognized as a “2021 Main Street Mentor of the Year” by Alignable.com, a credit to her work to support commerce and entrepreneurship in Lakewood.
“It’s really more appropriate to accept this recognition on behalf of Lakewood’s business community, as all of us play a role in keeping our local economy going.”
– Linda Smith, CEO of Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
- Thursday, September 9: DSHS Western State Hospital Open House Event (virtual)
- Friday, September 10: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Lakewood City Hall
- Friday, September 10: Lakewood Farmers Market at Fort Steilacoom Park
- Saturday, September 18: City of Lakewood 25th Anniversary Celebration at Colonial Plaza
- Saturday, October 9: Truck & Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park
- Virus Activity: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging in Pierce County and throughout the nation. COVID-19 is again a serious public health threat.
- Vaccine Locations: Vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, and the fastest way for us to return to normal. The Towne Center Vaccine Clinic is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 10330 59th Avenue Southwest, STE B, Lakewood, WA 98499.
- Mask Mandate: Masks are now required in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccine status.
- Relief Programs: Rent, mortgage, and utility bill relief is available under the City of Lakewood program and another by Pierce County.
- Steilacoom & Lakewood: Steilacoom Boulevard will reopen today (9/3 by 2:00 p.m.) after being closed for the last week. Sewer repair work is ongoing.
- Repair Progress: Pierce County crews have established a bypass and will begin work on a permanent repair “in a few weeks”. The permanent repair will require another full closure, so expect future disruptions in this area.
- Odors: The sewer system was opened a few times as crews installed equipment, but Pierce County reports that odors should diminish significantly now that bypass work is complete.
- Waterways: The health department reports that bacteria levels in local waterways have diminished. Most local advisories have been lifted.
- Maple & Union: Crews have re-paved Maple Street after installing a sewer main extension. Maple Street has reopened, although workers will apply some finishing touches in the next week or so.
- Bridgeport & Custer: We’ve made a slight adjustment to the traffic signal at Custer & Bridgeport. As you drive East on Custer, the left (North) turn arrow onto Bridgeport allows left turns during green arrows only. Left turns are no longer permitted between turn arrow cycles.
- Steilacoom & Custer: TPU continues to perform utility work. Occasional lane closures will be required; typically in the evening.
- Gravelly Lake & Nyanza: Gravelly Lake Drive SW will be closed between Nyanza and Veterans until next February.
- Chambers Creek Canyon Trail will close between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice as Pierce County crews build a new bridge and improve the trail.
- Visit the Community Advisory Boards and the City of Lakewood Jobs pages for open volunteer and paid positions.
- The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill one (1) vacancy on the Civil Service Commission. For information about the application process, please contact City Clerk Briana Schumacher at [email protected] or 253-983-7705.
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