White text over a watercolor painting of a tugboat reads City Manager's Weekly Bulletin March 15, 2024

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: March 15, 2024

Lakewood reflects on 2024 legislative session

The Lakewood City Council extends its gratitude to legislators for their hard work and dedication to serving our community during the recent legislative session.

Heading into the session, the Lakewood City Council met with local representatives to review city priorities. That included continued refinement to existing state law around vehicle pursuits.

“It was heartening to see state legislators listen to the concerns expressed by law enforcement and local jurisdictions about constraints faced due to changes to state law that, while meant to increase public safety, in fact had the opposite effect,” said Mayor Jason Whalen.

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Meet local artist Ron Snowden at Art Reception

Watercolor painting of Mt Rainier, trees and a lake. Painted by artist Ron Snowden who is the featured artist for the March 2024 Artist Reception at Lakewood City Hall.

The City of Lakewood’s first Artist Reception of 2024 is Monday, March 18 from 4-7 p.m. Join us at Lakewood City Hall to meet local artist Ron Snowden. We’ll have refreshments, music, art, and a chance to talk with Snowden about his pieces.

Much of Snowden’s inspiration comes from the great scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Including mountains, beaches, and boats. Along with landscapes and cityscapes, Snowden also likes to paint portraits and still life.

All are invited to this free evening of art and mingling to see the wonderful watercolors painted by Snowden hanging in the front entrance of Lakewood City Hall.


Lakewood recognized for financial reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Lakewood with its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the city’s 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)

This marks the 10th consecutive year that the city received this national recognition. 

“Receiving this prestigious accolade is a testament to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our finance team, led by Deputy City Manager Tho Kraus, and is a positive reflection of the unwavering commitment to transparency, accuracy, and excellence in our financial reporting by our finance team, city employees and the Lakewood City Council,” said Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield.

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Lakewood Spring Connections in homes now

The Spring 2024 Lakewood Connections magazine was mailed to Lakewood residents this week. Look for it in your mailbox. Information in the most recent edition includes a comprehensive list of upcoming 2024 events, including the kickoff of our Lakewood Farmers Market June 4.

There’s also a Q & A with Public Works Engineering Director Paul Bucich where he answers some of the more common questions we hear from residents about current and future road projects planned in the city. The Lakewood City Council also offers its highlights from 2023 and what they were able to accomplish.

Find a digital copy here.


Council Corner: March 11, 2024, recap

Neighborhood Connections. The Lakewood City Council heard from Long Range and Strategic Planning manager Tiffany Speir and Neighborhood Connections program coordinator Christopher Davis about the role of the neighborhood coordinator position and its work plan for the year.

2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review Update. Tiffany Speir remained in front of the City Council to provide an update on the work being done to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, including the state mandated periodic update that must be done by Dec. 31, 2024. Find out more about this work online.

Review of Six-Year (2024-2030) Financial Forecast. Deputy City Manager Tho Kraus reviewed the six-year financial forecast for the city. Recent economic conditions are negatively impacting the city’s general fund. As a result, operating expenditures are expected to outpace operating revenue growth beginning in 2025. Preliminary forecasts show the city could experience an operating deficit of almost $1.2 million in 2025 and $952,000 in 2026, resulting in a cumulative shortfall of $4.5 million. This information was shared with the City Council to help members prepare for an upcoming March 30, 2024 goal-setting retreat where they will look at 2025-2026 priorities.

Watch the meeting.

What’s on deck. The Lakewood City Council meets Monday, March 18, 2024, at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting in Council Chambers.

Tentative agenda items include:

  • Business Showcase: Casa Mia Italian Restaurant
  • Approving American Lake Park and Wards Lake Park furnishings (restroom, playground equipment and retaining wall block) purchases
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Cascade Right of Way Services, in the amount of $171,120, for Right of Way services as part of the Custer Road – Bridgeport Way to 75th Sidewalk Project
  • Ordinance to consider the vacation of the 20-foot-wide alley abutting Lots 1 through 14, Block 69 Town Plat of Lakeview 
  • Reports by the City Manager: Parks and Transportation Capital Improvement programs updates

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

Graphic with deep blue background, the Lakewood Police Department patch that reads Lakewood Police WA with a city of Lakewood logo in the center and the text Police Chief's Corner in yellow at the bottom.

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, March 5-12, 2024

  • Calls for Service: 803
  • Arrests: 35
  • Violent Crime: 22
  • Property Crime: 54
  • Traffic Stops: 70
  • Collisions (reportable): 16

Pierce County Library Survey

The Pierce County Library System is conducting a survey and needs input from residents to help it develop a new strategic plan. Share your thoughts on things like:

  • What do you enjoy?
  • What complicates your life?
  • What’s important to you?
  • How can the Library System be part of your life and your neighbors’ lives?

With the community’s input, the Library System will match its services to what matters in people’s lives. Take the survey in person at one of the Pierce County Library branches, or find it online here. The survey closes March 31, 2024.


 Sign up for Lakewood Alert

Lakewood Alert

The City of Lakewood uses an alert service to notify residents of important information. If there is an emergency in the city that requires public notification, we will use Lakewood Alert as one way to communicate. We will also post information to our website and social media channels.

Subscribers can sign up to receive text and email alerts. People can also sign up for important non-emergency updates including information about road impacts from large events in the city or information about special events.

Find out more and sign up today.


Work for the city of Lakewood.

We're hiring! 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

Hydroseeding will occur this month. 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

Pre-level and patching paving were completed this week. Top lift paving is scheduled for April 1-2, 2024. The road will reopen after that with a four-way stop sign-controlled intersection at Ardmore/Whitman/93rd. The signal bridge foundation construction will begin next week. This will be in place until delivery of the new traffic signal bridge at the intersection is expected in late 2024. The bridge will require closure of the intersection for a week at that time.

Hipkins Road

Water main replacement testing continued this week. Grading of the roadway will begin with a third crew within the next few weeks in preparation for curb and sidewalk.

84th and Pine

Crews continued to install the sidewalk. Paving remains scheduled for late March.


       
   
       

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