City Manager's Weekly Bulletin March 22, 2024

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: March 22, 2024

March 2024 Business Showcase: Casa Mia

Casa Mia Italian Restaurant owners Gerald and Jamie Pense were awarded the March 2024 Lakewood Business Showcase this week by the Lakewood City Council.

The couple have owned the restaurant 21 years and made it a priority to provide a positive working environment for youth.

It is because of the Pense’s hard work and dedication over two decades, and their commitment to giving back to the community by passing down knowledge and positive work experiences to Lakewood youth, that the business was awarded the March 2024 Business Showcase.

Read more about Casa Mia Italian Restaurant.


Lakewood PD program supports children

Lakewood Police Officer Savannah Brown poses with representatives from the Lakewood Target and backpacks they filled with essential items that will be given to children experiencing trauma.

Lakewood Police Department Officer Brown was recently featured on the Lakewood Police Department’s social media for taking initiative to support some of our most vulnerable residents: Children experiencing trauma.

Officer Brown proposed and then established a program to provide police officers with backpacks filled with essential items for children. The officers can give children these backpacks when called to remove a child from an unsafe environment.

This program is set up to be an ongoing combined effort between LPD, the Lakewood Target, CPS/DSHS and other community partners.

Read more.


Edgewater Park master plan update

The Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will host a meeting to review the preferred plan for the Edgewater Park Master Plan update. The meeting is Tuesday March 26, 2024 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

The advisory board will ultimately present a recommendation to the Lakewood City Council for the draft Edgewater Park Master Plan. That recommendation is expected to be presented April 8, 2024 at the Lakewood City Council study session. The study session is a public meeting; all are invited to attend. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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Lakewood Art Reception recap

Local artist Ron Snowden speaks with two people during an artist reception at Lakewood City Hall on March 18, 2024.

The City of Lakewood’s first Artist Reception of 2024 was this week at Lakewood City Hall. Local artist Ron Snowden was there to share his artwork and speak with guests.

Much of Snowden’s art highlights scenery of the Pacific Northwest, including mountains, beaches, and boats. Along with landscapes and cityscapes, Snowden also likes to paint portraits and still life.

Didn’t get a chance to make the event? Snowden’s artwork is still in Lakewood City Hall in the front entrance. Stop by during business hours to see some of his stunning watercolor pieces.

Our next artist reception is April 15 from 5-7 p.m. That event will feature art by Pierce College students. All are invited and encouraged to attend.


Spring recreation program registration now open

Lakewood Parks & Recreation 2024 Recreation Programs

Sign up today for the next session of wellness programming from the City of Lakewood. All classes are held inside the Pavilion at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Most classes start the second week of April. New this session we’re offering an Intermediate Tai Chi course. This perfect for those currently enrolled in our Abbreviated Yang style beginner class. It builds on the techniques learned and expands into deeper understanding of the practice. Haven’t tried Tai Chi? We’re offering another beginner course this session. Sign up today!

Other course offerings include a variety of yoga classes ranging from gentle yoga two days a week and Hatha yoga for beginners, to chair yoga, Vinyasa and Yin/Yang.

Looking to increase your heart rate? Try Cardio Drumming or the Fall Prevention/Sit and Fit classes to get your heart pumping. Check out the full class list and find individual class registration links to sign up.


Lakewood City Council goal-setting workshop

The Lakewood City Council will meet March 30, 2024 for a goal-setting retreat. The purpose of the meeting is to review the City Council goals and determine city-wide goals for the upcoming biennium and 2025-26 budget cycle.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. The meeting will be held in person, but people can join via Zoom (or dial 253-215-8782 and enter meeting ID: 868 7263 2373), or watch live on the city’s YouTube channel.


Council Corner: March 18, 2024, recap

The Lakewood City Council presented the March 2024 Business Showcase to Casa Mia Italian Restaurant owners Gerald and Jamie Pense at its March 18, 2024 regular meeting.

At its meeting Monday the Lakewood City Council awarded the March 2024 Lakewood Business Showcase to Casa Mia Italian Restaurant owners Gerald and Jamie Pense. Congratulations to the Penses on this well-deserved recognition. Read more.

The City Council was updated on the status of the city’s park improvement projects and transportation improvement projects. This included a look at projects recently completed, those set to break ground this year and what’s planned in the near term. See the full list in the agenda, starting on page 108.

The City Council acted on the following items:

  • Approved American Lake Park and Wards Lake Park furnishings (restroom, playground equipment and retaining wall block) purchases
  • Authorized 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
  • Adopted an ordinance to consider the vacation of the 20-foot-wide alley abutting Lots 1 through 14, Block 69 Town Plat of Lakeview 

Watch the meeting.

What’s on deck. The Lakewood City Council meets Monday, March 25, 2024, at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting in Council Chambers.

Tentative agenda items include:

  • Human Services Strategies and Funding Recommendations
  • Review of FY 2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan  
  • Review of 2024 National Community Survey Results
  • Review consideration of a proposed Ordinance amending the Central Business District Residential Target Area Boundary

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

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, March 12-19, 2024

  • Calls for Service: 918
  • Arrests: 34
  • Violent Crime: 27
  • Property Crime: 63
  • Traffic Stops: 93
  • Collisions (reportable): 16

Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Pierce County is currently accepting applications for two vacant positions on the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee (FCZD AC). One vacant position specifically represents Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 11 (Nisqually) and the other is for WRIA 12 (Chambers/Clover). 

The advisory committee is integral to the governing structure of the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District and is generally responsible to formulate recommendations on various budget, policy and project priority matters to the FCZD Board of Supervisors and its Executive Committee.  For more information about the FCZD or its governance, please visit Pierce County Code, Chapter 11.06.

Find the application online. To be considered, applicants must live in the respective area covered by the position they are applying for.


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.Learning


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

A large piece of machinery drills into the ground to install a new traffic signal bridge at Adrmore Drive SW in Lakewood on March 18, 2024

Ardmore/Whitman/93rd

Top lift paving is scheduled for April 1-2, 2024. The road will reopen after utility castings are adjusted. This will occur after the paving is done. Signal bridge foundations were dug and poured this week to prepare for the future installation of a large traffic signal bridge. Until the new lights are installed, a four-way stop sign- controlled intersection will be in place at Ardmore/Whitman/93rd. It will be in place until delivery of the new signal bridge 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 next few weeks in preparation for curb and sidewalk. Irrigation work commenced this week and will be ongoing for two more weeks.

Washington Boulevard

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.

84th and Pine

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


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