City Manager's Bulletin Sept. 16, 2022

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: Sept. 16, 2022

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 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 branch. The plan was to have a temporary space ready before the building closed. Unfortunately unplanned events prevented that from happening, she said.

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.

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.


Pierce Transit survey

Pierce Transit is partnering with EMC Research, a local, independent market research company to conduct a survey of riders to gather opinions about Pierce Transit and its service.

Please take the survey online. Input will be used for research purposes only.


 Do you drive 112th Street in Lake City?

If you do, then you likely experienced the rough stretch of pavement between Holden Road and Butte Drive.

This stretch is a route for drivers detouring around the work on Washington Boulevard. The increased traffic has degraded the aging road surface layers. To fix the problem, the city initiated an emergency contract to get this section of road repaired.

Pending their availability, the city expects a contractor to be out within the next three weeks to mill and patch the degraded sections of the road. This work is anticipated to take one to two days. Traffic mitigation measures will be in place while work is done.


Lakewood PD Chief search: Virtual forum is Saturday

Unable to attend our virtual forum Tuesday? Join us tomorrow, Saturday (Sept. 17) at 9 a.m. to tell us what qualities you want in a future police chief.

Please register in advance: Register here

The meetings will be led by a representative from Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc., the firm hired to conduct the national search. They offer an opportunity for people to get involved in the process in a casual setting.

The public is also invited to take a short online survey to share thoughts about the qualifications and leadership qualities wanted in a new police chief. The survey allows people to identify public safety priorities they hope to see a new chief embrace.

Take the survey. The survey closes Oct. 21, 2022.

The survey is anonymous and the answers will be used by the firm to help identify well-qualified candidates for consideration.


Fiesta De La Familia is Saturday

Fiesta de la Familia is Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 from 4-7:45 p.m. at Colonial Plaza, 6114 Motor Ave SW

Our last Saturday Street Festival of the season is here! Join us Saturday (Sept. 17) from 4-7:45 p.m. at Colonial Plaza, 6114 Motor Avenue SW.

The theme is “Fiesta de la Famila” and the event is a celebration of Hispanic culture. Enjoy food, a beer garden, live entertainment, an art show, and hands on crafts. We’ll have roaming entertainers and sand artist Rene Julio in action.

Kids will enjoy balloon making, face painting and a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, a PBS Kids cartoon series, courtesy of our event sponsor KBTC Public Television. We’ll also have artwork from Clover Park School District students on display.

Find the full event line up online.


Comcast RISE grant application

Small businesses owned by women and people of color continue to recover from the pandemic and the impact of rising inflation. With this in-mind, Comcast’s RISE program continues to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support.

As part of Comcast RISE, small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, in King and Pierce counties may apply for a $10,000 grant from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Comcast will award $1 million in grants to 100 eligible businesses in these two counties, as well as technology and marketing resources to eligible businesses statewide.

Applications will be accepted Oct. 3-16. Find more infrmation at www.ComcastRISE.com. Winners will be notified in November.


Lakewood Farmers Market: Last Market is Tuesday

Join us for our last Lakewood Farmers Market of the 2022 season!

We’ll be at Fort Steilacoom Park Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. You can’t miss the vendor booths lining the paved path near the playground and soccer fields. Fort Steilacoom Park is located at 8714 87th Avenue SW.


Join our Community Services Advisory Board

Want to get involved with the city of Lakewood? The city’s Community Services Advisory Board is accepting applications to fill up to five vacancies.

This board advises the Lakewood City Council on items related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

Read more about qualifications and advisory board duties.


Wanted: Entries for Holiday Parade of Lights

A group of active duty military members smile wearing santa hats and Christmas light lighted neckalces

Lakewood’s annual Holiday Parade of Lights and annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony return to Lakewood Towne Center this December and we need you to join the parade!

We are accepting applications now for those who want to be part of the fun. Sign up your business, organization, youth group or team and gain great visibility in front of the roughly 7,000 people that line the route specifically to see the floats and displays as they make their way to Lakewood City Hall.

Awards will be given for floats/displays in the categories of “Most Original”, “Most Spirited”, “Best Overall Appearance”.

This year’s event is Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The parade ends at Lakewood City Hall in time for the countdown to light the city Christmas Tree.

Interested? Fill out at a parade application today.


Road project updates

  • Patching of 112th from Holden to Butte: A high volume of cars are using 112th Street SW as a detour route. A segment of the road between Holden Road and Butte Drive is wearing down from this additional traffic. The city has initiated an emergency contract to get this section of road repaired. Within the next three weeks, a contractor will be on the road milling the potholed sections and patching them. The work is expected to take a couple of days.
  • JBLM-North Access Improvement
    • Phase 1: Street lights were turned on this week at Washington Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive, and Washington Boulevard and Interlaaken Drive. Comcast will work on the poles the weeks of Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 along Gravelly Lake Drive south of Nyanza Road and at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Interlaaken Drive. Once Comcast has relocated, the contractor will pour the final three sidewalk panels south of Nyanza Road along Gravelly Lake Drive and repair the curb in the roundabout at Gravelly Lake Drive and Nyanza Raod that was damaged this spring. A small section of precast curb will be installed along Gravelly Lake Drive south of Nyanza Road Tuesday, Sept.  20. Once these tasks are finished, the first phase of the project will be physically complete.
    • Phase 2: The contractor completed the drainage section and the first half of the concrete pavement at the North Gate Road/Edgewood Avenue roundabout. The second half of the concrete pavement pour is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19. Asphalt paving of North Gate Road between Nottingham Road and Edgewood Avenue and along Edgewood Avenue between North Gate Road and Washington Boulevard will be performed on Sept. 28-29 provided the paver remains on schedule with the other projects ahead of the JBLM project. Water main installation on Washington Boulevard between Edgewood Avenue and Vernon Avenue will carry into the week of Sept. 16. During the week, they will pressure test and are scheduled to ensure that the line is sanitized over the weekend of Sept. 24-25. Following the purity tests, they will flush and make main connections. They then have about a week of service connections to make to each house along Washington Boulevard. Grading of the intersection of Washington Boulevard/Edgewood Avenue and along the road in preparation for curb will then take place.
  • Phillips Road: Cluster mailboxes were installed. Keys will be delivered to the post office next week and the Post Office will deliver them to residents to access the boxes.
  • Steilacoom Blvd, Weller to Custer: This week the contractor cleared the area of vegetation to prepare for installing walls and sidewalks in this stretch. Next week the contractor will begin installing the electrical system conduit and grading for the sidewalk. This project will add curb and sidewalk on the south side of Steilacoom Boulevard between Weller and Phillips roads, then build curbs and sidewalk along both sides of 88th Street between Steilacoom Boulevard and Custer Road.
  • Pacific Highway/South Tacoma Way from 108th to SR 512 Overlay: The east side of Pacific Highway/S Tacoma Way was paved Sept. 15. The west side will be completed during the night of Sept. 16. A signal pole mast arm was inadvertently damaged beyond Sept. 14. A temporary signal was installed and activated Sept. 16. The permanent pole will be replaced during the spring of 2023. Permanent striping will happen in three weeks.
  • 2022 Chip Seal: Work completed Sept. 13 with the addition of traffic markings.

Upcoming city events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

  • Sept. 17, 4-7:45 p.m.: Saturday Street Festivals on Motor Ave. The final street festival of the season is themed “Fiesta de la Familia” and celebrates Hispanic culture with live entertainment, food and more.
  • Sept. 20, 2-6:30 p.m.: Last day of the 2022 Lakewood Farmers Market season at Fort Steilacoom Park.
  • Oct. 8, 12-3 p.m.: Truck & Tractor day at Fort Steilacoom Park. Learn more.