2015-2017 Biennial Legislative Agenda (Revised)
The City of Lakewood adopts a biennial legislative agenda. Thanks to the efforts of the City’s legislative delegation, the City accomplished a great deal during the 2015 legislative session, including securing funding for the I-5 JBLM corridor, Point Defiance Bypass rail safety, Springbrook Park, and the Western State Hospital Community Policing Program. At the same time, there is more to do to keep Lakewood moving into the future. The City has amended the biennial legislative agenda for the 2016 session to include the following:
Fort Steilacoom Park: Transfer Ownership
Fort Steilacoom Park is currently owned by the state (DSHS), and leased to the City of Lakewood. As the lessee, the City has been the primary caretaker of the park, performing daily maintenance and making significant investments and improvements to the site. The City supports transfer of ownership from the State to the City, which requires legislative authorization. The City of Chehalis accomplished ownership transfer for Stan Hedwall Park in the 2013-15 state biennial budget. Coordination with Pierce College, property adjacent to the park and also a state lessee, will be necessary to adjust boundary lines and discuss future impacts to operations.
Capital Funding Request: Fort Steilacoom Park improvements
Fort Steilacoom Park accommodates over 1 million visitors each year. The combination of aging infrastructure and high volumes of use require that the City invest in improving the utilities and roads at this site. Lakewood requests $1.5 million to extend water, sewer and electric utilities to building structures in the park and to improve the main road into the park and parking areas near the historic barn buildings.
Support for WSDOT Funding Request: Relocation of WSDOT Maintenance Facility in Lakewood
Lakewood supports funding of $16 million to relocate the WSDOT Maintenance Facility currently located in Lakewood on Pacific Highway South. The relocation of this facility is critical in supporting the economic development goals of the City. Lakewood has identified a comparable location within the City that would allow for easy access to I-5. The relocation of this facility is a win-win for both the City and for Washington State.
I-5 JBLM Corridor
The I-5 JBLM corridor is fully funded in the transportation revenue package adopted by the Legislature. The City will work with WSDOT to ensure timely progress of the project. The City will continue to advocate for any appropriations or policy changes needed to advance the project in the best interests of our community and region.
Support Military Affairs Funding
The City is a strong partner with Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) and a founding member of the South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP). The City supports the ongoing efforts of the SSMCP and supports policy decisions that assist JBLM. The City also believes in a strong commitment from the State in support of military affairs, such as: maintaining the Governor’s Subcabinet on Military Downsizing; strengthening financial, legislative and political support for military presence in Washington State in anticipation of future force restructuring or defense contract reductions due to sequestration, Department of Defense budget reductions, and/or base realignment and closure (BRAC) rounds; continuing to support the Washington Military Alliance (WMA); and providing financial assistance for local military advocacy agencies such as Forward Fairchild, the Puget Sound Naval Bases Association, and SSMCP. $1 million would provide a strong investment in support of these military affairs.