City Manager's Weekly Bulletin March 29, 2024

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: March 29, 2024

Lakewood responds to King 5 report about Edgewater Park

Edgewater Park

Earlier this week a King 5 news story about the work the city is doing to improve Edgewater Park highlighted the city’s legal acquisition of a piece of private property to improve the park for public use.

Specifically, the focus was on a court ruling allowing the City of Lakewood to use eminent domain to acquire private property.  

Unfortunately, information shared with the news station about the legal dispute between the property owner and the city was not correct.

In response, the City of Lakewood wanted to share complete information about what transpired. It’s complicated and spans several years. But it is important that Lakewood residents and the public have the correct information to understand what happened.

Read more.


Lakewood City Council goal-setting workshop

The Lakewood City Council will meet March 30, 2024 for a goal-setting meeting. 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 25, 2024, recap

At its meeting Monday the Lakewood City Council received updates on the following:

Human Services strategies and funding recommendations. Since incorporation the Lakewood City Council has committed 1% of the city’s general fund to support services and programs that help Lakewood residents. This money is distributed through a two-year grant cycle. The city’s volunteer-led Community Services Advisory Board recommends allocation of this funding to the City Council. The City Council reviews the recommendation, then makes the final decision.

Before making its recommendation, the volunteer board assesses community needs, reviews City Council strategies and reviews other economic impacts. The city’s grant allocation currently supports 21 programs. These programs meet the city’s five strategy areas. They are:

  • Emotional supports and youth programs. Offering direct services for youth and children, including leadership, after school, mentoring and late-night programs.
  • Access to food. Providing or distributing food to Lakewood youth and families in a variety of ways including bulk food purchases. And distribution of food at local food banks and through mobile food services in low income and geographically challenged areas.
  • Access to Health and Behavioral Health. Including access to healthcare and behavioral health services like services for medical case management, donated care, and youth dental care.
  • Housing Assistance. Preventing homelessness in our community, to include emergency shelter, home repair, daily basic needs and homeless prevention services.
  • Other Crisis Stabilization Services. Making community connections and referrals to advocacy and support groups, to include behavioral health intervention, legal and advocacy services for survivors of assault, domestic violence, and other crimes.

Agencies can receive up to $25,000 per program. They can apply for more than one grant, but not for the same program.

As part of its review Monday, the Lakewood City Council looked at the proposed schedule for the 2025-2026 biennium and how information will be shared publicly so agencies can apply for funding. They also reviewed the advisory board’s suggestion that settlement funds the city received as part of a nationwide opioid settlement be saved for future use when they can be combined with other funds to make a larger impact.

Review of FY 2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan.  Lakewood receives funding from the federal government through two programs, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and HOME. Both programs are focused on housing and support for people with incomes ranging from very low to moderate. The CDBG annual action plan identifies specific activities and funding the city will complete to meet the goals and objectives identified in its five-year consolidated plan.

The City Council reviewed the recommendation to continue to focus FY 2024 CDBG and HOME funding primarily upon housing related activities, including funding for Habitat for Humanity in Lakewood and internal housing-related programs to meet housing goals identified in the city’s current five-year plan.

Review of 2024 National Community Survey Results. At the end of 2023 and start of 2024 the City of Lakewood contracted with a national survey company to mail surveys to residents. The purpose of the surveys was to gauge community sentiment about how the City of Lakewood serves residents. A non-scientific survey was also available for people to take online. The City Council reviewed the results of the survey at its meeting. Read more about the results starting on page 95.

Review consideration of a proposed Ordinance amending the Central Business District Residential Target Area Boundary. In 2023 the City Council adopted Ordinance 792 to comply with new state law. At that time, it was decided not to expand existing, or add new Residential Target Areas (RTAs). The City Council requested this be addressed by the Lakewood Planning Commission during the first quarter this year. The Lakewood Planning Commission conducted an open public hearing period from Feb. 21 to March 6, 2024, and passed Resolution 2024-02 recommending expansion of the Central Business District RTA. Read more about the Planning Commission review and its recommendation to the City Council starting on page 308.

Watch the meeting.

What’s on deck. The Lakewood City Council meets Monday, April 1, 2024, at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting in Council Chambers.

Tentative agenda items include:

  • Proclamation recognizing April as Fair Housing Month
  • Proclamation declaring April 15-19, 2024 as Black Wellness Week
  • Proclamation declaring April 27, 2024 as Parks Appreciation Day
  • Recognizing Councilmember Mike Brandstetter for his service to South Sound 911         
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Accepting a donation from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Twin Star Credit Union in support of City of Lakewood programs and events
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Hemisphere Design and Marketing for the Build Your Better Here Campaign
  • Authorizing the execution of a professional services agreement with Perteet, Inc., in the amount of $232,727, for services related to the Interlaaken Drive project
  • Public Hearing: on an ordinance to amend Lakewood Municipal Code Title 3, Revenue and Finance, Property Tax Exemptions Chapter 3.64.030 Residential Target Area Designation and Standards Expanding the Central Business District Residential Target Area
  • Public hearing: on the proposed Resolution of the City Council acknowledging application of the nonuser statute and relinquishing any interest, except for possible utility easements the city may have in unopened right-of-way as described herein and requested by abutting property owner Habersetzer
  • Resolution acknowledging application of the nonuser statute and relinquishing any interest, except for possible utility easements the city may have in unopened right-of-way as described herein and requested by abutting property owner Habersetzer

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 19-26, 2024

  • Calls for Service: 897
  • Arrests: 36
  • Violent Crime: 21
  • Property Crime: 57
  • Traffic Stops: 104
  • Collisions (reportable): 19

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Road project updates

Ardmore/Whitman/93rd

Top lift paving is scheduled for some point in early April, weather permitting. The road will reopen after they adjust utility castings following the paving operation. When it reopens cars will have to use a four-way stop sig- controlled intersection at Ardmore/Whitman/93rd. This will be in place until delivery of the new traffic signal bridge at the intersection, which 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 began this week in preparation for curb and sidewalk. Irrigation work also started this week and will continue one more week. Street lighting work will start next week. The contractor is about two weeks away from pouring the curbs.

Washington Boulevard

Crews will be out to finalize the remaining “punch list” items and prepare for hydroseed late next week or early the week of April 8. Striping will occur during the night hours in late April/early May. Once that is done, the project is complete.


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