Council Corner Lakewood City Council

Lakewood Council Corner: Sept. 12, 2022

Pierce County Library System Executive Director Gretchen Caserotti joined the Lakewood City Council at its study session Monday.

Caserotti was hired earlier this year to lead the library system. The visit included discussion about the future of libraries in Lakewood. Council members expressed their concern with how the closure of the Lakewood library branch was handled. Caserotti recognized and acknowledged the community’s strong ties to the library building and the location as a place for the community to gather.

“We’re in a really tough spot,” Caserotti said of the circumstances that led to the closure of the library branch. The plan was to have a temporary space ready before the building closed. Unfortunately unplanned events prevented that from happening.

In the interim, while the library system looks to find a new location, library events and services are being offered at pop-up locations around Lakewood. That includes at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers and city parks.

To see a full list of events, visit the Pierce County Library System event website.

Learn more about the closure of the Lakewood library branch.

Find the latest information from the Lakewood Library Buildings Advisory Committee convened to determine how to move forward with finding new buildings in Lakewood.

Other action: Council received an update on the city’s second quarter finances, reviewed American Rescue Plan Act requests for proposals, heard an update about a draft housing needs summary by income band, and again reviewed the proposed updates to the city’s tree preservation code.

Watch the meeting: City Council Meeting of September 12, 2022

What’s on deck: Council will hold its regular meeting Sept. 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tentative agenda items include:

  • Two proclamations: Recognizing the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce on its 50th anniversary; Recognizing Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2022 as Childhood Cancer Awareness week.
  • Presentations from the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound and Northwest Youth Corps about how they used American Rescue Plan Act monies distributed by the city.
  • Ordinance 774: An ordinance amending ordinances 695 and 696 changing the schedule for periodic reviews of the 2018 Downtown Subarea Plan, development code in Lakewood Municipal Code Title 18B and planned action.