City Managers Weekly Bulletin Feb. 9, 2024

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: Feb. 9, 2024

Hidden Heroes week 1: Education

Lakewood Hidden Heroes 2024, Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
(photo credit: Pacific Lutheran University)
Carla Estes, Principal at Lochburn Middle School. Hidden Hero 2024.
Carla Estes
(photo credit: Clover Park School District)
Lakewood Hidden Heroes 2024 Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor
(courtesy photo)

The City of Lakewood, in partnership with the Clover Park School District, is highlighting the “Hidden Heroes” of our community. The campaign kicked off Feb. 5, 2024, to honor Black History Month.

The first week featured education professionals. This included Clover Park School District Principal Carla Estes who is at Lochburn Middle School. Also featured was Lakewood native and Clover Park High School graduate Jonathan Jackson who is now a visiting business professor at PLU and who recently launched his own executive coaching business. Finally, Lauren Taylor, Principal at Manitou Elementary School was highlighted for her work with Tacoma Public Schools.

Read more about this week’s heroes.

Hear members of the Harrison Prep Black Student Union speak to why it is important for them to see people of color in positions of leadership in the education field.

Want to receive Hidden Heroes in your inbox? Sign up using this link and you’ll receive an email every Monday for the month of February with our featured heroes.


Is Waughop Lake experiencing a toxic algae bloom?

Dock at Waughop Lake 2017

The city recently fielded concerns from residents that Waughop Lake was experiencing a toxic algae bloom. Previously the lake experienced these blooms in the late summer months when temperatures remain high. The city has applied alum treatments to the lake in recent years to reduce toxic blooms.

In response to the worry that the lake was experiencing a bloom, the city asked the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s environmental services division to visit the site and test the lake.

The local health department team contacted their peers with King County’s health department and requested the water be tested as a precaution. The King County testing program is closed during the winter months, due to toxic algae blooms being less common in the winter. They agreed to open the environmental lab specifically to test the water.

The test results came back this week and showed there are no toxins in the water above the lab detection limits. This indicates there is no toxic algae bloom occurring in the lake.


Lakewood Farmers Market now accepting vendor applications

A woman laughs as she talks to a customer at her flower stand at Lakewood Farmers Market.

Calling all vendors! The application period is open for vendors interested in being part of the 2024 Lakewood Farmers Market season.

The 2024 Lakewood Farmers Market runs Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park. Opening day is June 4. The market runs 14 weeks until Sept. 17. (Please note: There is no market on July 16 or 23.)

New this season we are featuring Pop Up Markets. These are themed market days where we’ll feature different businesses within the Farmers Market. Find the full list of Pop Up Market dates and themes online.

Interested in having a booth at our market, or want to be part of our inaugural Pop Up Market? Fill out the application and submit it for consideration. Apply today.


Sound Healing Workshop is Feb. 24

Sound Healing Workshop photo of a woman with a guitar singing.

Registration is now open for a Sound Healing Workshop, held in the peaceful setting of the Pavilion at Fort Steilacoom Park. The workshop is Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Find out more information about the event on the registration page. Register here.


Council Corner: Feb. 6, 2024, recap

Celebrating Black History. At its meeting Monday the Lakewood City Council issued a proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month. Students from the Harrison Prep Black Student Union and their advisor Ms. Hawley accepted the proclamation. Some of the students are featured in the “Hidden Heroes” video series airing weekly on the city’s Instagram account and YouTube channel. Check out the videos each week to hear the students share why it’s important for them to see Black and African American representation in various career fields.

As part of its proclamation, the City Council invites Lakewood resident to join in the recognition of significant contributions Black and African American residents have made in the community, across the state, nationally and globally.

Action items. The City Council acted on the following items:

  • Authorized the execution of an agreement with KPG Psomas, Inc., in the amount of $532,715.68, for design services related to the 100th Street SW project.
  • Authorized the execution of an agreement with Parametrix, Inc., in the amount of $353,115.01, for design services related to the Military Road project.
  • Authorized the execution of a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME for the period of January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2027
  • Authorized the execution of an agreement with EDX for the Nisqually Partnership Project
  • Authorized the execution of an agreement with AHBL, Inc., for planning and development engineering review services.
  • Set a public hearing for March 4, 2024, to consider the vacation of a 20 foot wide alley abutting Lots 1 through 14, Block 69 Town Plat of Lakeview  
  • Adopted an ordinance granting a (5) year, nonexclusive telecommunications franchise to Zayo Group, LLC; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.

Watch the meeting.

What’s on deck. The Lakewood City Council meets Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at 7 p.m. for a study session in Council Chambers.

Tentative agenda items include:

  • Partners for Parks Update  
  • Review of Lakewood Police Department 2023 Annual Report
  • Review of code amendments related to fines and forfeitures for parking
  • Review of City Council Rules of Procedure

How to attend: Attend in person at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW; Join via Zoom (or dial 253-215-8782 and enter meeting ID: 868 7263 2373), or watch live on the city’s YouTube channel.


Police Chief’s Corner

Each week Lakewood Police Chief Patrick D. Smith shares a summary that includes a look at total calls for service the Lakewood Police Department responded to for the prior week. The intent of the summary is to share a snapshot of how the department works to keep the community safe. To see quarterly statistical analysis, visit the Lakewood Police Department crime statistics page on the city website.

Weekly Summary, Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2024

  • Calls for Service: 1,011
  • Arrests: 55
  • Violent Crime: 24
  • Property Crime: 52
  • Traffic Stops: 157
  • Collisions (reportable): 21

Public Hearing Notice

The City of Lakewood is holding a public hearing to gather input on community needs, including housing, economic development, public services, human services, and community facilities.

The public hearing is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. It will be held in the American Lake Conference Room at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Information received will be used by the city as it develops its 2024 Annual Action Plan. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the plan to receive federal monies. The plan addresses strategies that the city could use with disbursement of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds. These monies are used in the community to help low- and moderate-income residents.

Unable to attend? Send written comments to Jeff Gumm, Program Manager, City of Lakewood Community Development Department, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. 

Join virtually. Attendees can join via Zoom with this link, or by calling 253-215-8782 and entering 831 3986 7640.

Persons requiring special accommodation during the hearing are requested to call 253-589-2489 before 5 p.m., Feb. 14, 2024.


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Work for the city of Lakewood

We’re hiring! Looking to change careers? Looking for a new job? Ready to re-enter the job market?

Join the city of Lakewood! We have a variety of positions open across multiple departments. Lakewood offers a competitive benefits package. We are part of the state retirement system (PERS). And the city is a beautiful place to work.

Find a current list of open positions online.


Road project updates

Washington Boulevard

Concrete pours were completed early this week. All concrete work is now done. Landscaping is nearing completion as well. It is expected this work will be done next week. If the weather delays work, it will finish the week of Feb. 19. Mailboxes will be installed next week. Hydroseeding will occur in March. Striping is the final item for the project. For striping to go down, the temperature must be 45 degrees and the surface must be completely dry for 24 hours to apply the plastic pavement marking. This will occur in late April.

Ardmore/Whitman/93rd

The contractor continued to grade curbs and sidewalk across the three roads this week. Concrete curb and gutter were poured on Whitman and 93rd. Concrete sidewalk will be poured next week along Ardmore. Paving is expected to take place in March and the road will reopen at that time with a four-way stop sign-controlled intersection at Ardmore/Whitman/93rd. This will be in place until delivery of the new traffic signal bridge at the intersection expected in late 2024. The bridge will require closure of the intersection for a week at that time.

Hipkins Road

Water main replacement has completed to near Steilacoom Blvd. Grading of the roadway will begin with a third crew within the next few weeks in preparation for curb and sidewalk installation.

Union Avenue

Street light pole installation occurred this week. The service cabinet has been electrified and lights will turn on once the poles are installed and wired. Expect minor traffic impacts in the vicinity of the pole installation.

84th and Pine

Crews are grading for curb and sidewalk and installing conduit for the traffic signal and street lighting. Paving remains scheduled for late March.


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