Monday, April 29, 2013
9-1-1 never went down. Service was restored a short time later.
After a power surge, the non-emergency phone numbers went down at Lakewood City Hall. But the problem was quickly fixed. 9-1-1 was not affected. Those with emergencies were encouraged to call 9-1-1, according to a press release. City officials had expected the non-emergency phones to be operational in the next hour or so. It took less than 30 minutes to fix.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Citing structural issues and a safety hazard to the neighborhood, the city started the demolition of the home at 1214 Gladys Avenue on Wednesday. The rest of the demolition is expected to take place this week.
The home at 1214 Gladys Avenue that was deemed a nuisance, condemned and taken over by the city earlier this year was demolished on Wednesday. In January, city officials received a tip that that the roof was caving in. After entering the building, city officials deemed it an immediate safety hazard and removed the homeowner from the property. The homeowner lost the appeal in Lakewood Municipal Court in February.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Once the message is delivered to Lakewood City Hall, it’s shared with the appropriate department — think building, housing, police or public works.
Got a busted up sidewalk? Notice a building falling apart? Or do you want to report that your neighbors’ unkempt lawn looks like the Amazon? There’s an “app” for that. With the city’s new “myLakewood” app, residents with smartphones can take a photo of an issue around town and notify the city. The entire process takes less than a minute. The system uses GIS mapping to locate the issue. Once the message is delivered to Lakewood City Hall, it’s shared with the appropriate department — think building, housing, police or public works. The app, which didn’t cost taxpayers a dime, is also free to download with an Android or an iPhone. Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, called the app a “citizen engagement tool.” “Often …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The funeral service is slated to take place at Faith Lutheran Church at 16511 Hilliard Road at 11 a.m. Friday.
Friday, April 12
Joanne Williams, who recently retired from Lakewood City Hall after nearly 19 years of service, died on April 6. She was 68 years old. Williams, a longtime Lakewood resident, was remembered by her friends and colleagues as warm, friendly and hard-working. “I had the opportunity to work with her for the past seven years since I’ve been here,” said Jenn Pae, the city’s finance director. “She was very dedicated and very hardworking person who cared deeply about her job.” “She will be greatly missed,” Pae added. “My thoughts go out to her family and friends." Williams, (nee Vinci), was the beloved wife of Roger, loving mother of Michele Bishop (Mark), Melissa Blaha (Steve) Maureen Bandi (Jonathan), Matthew Williams (Irene) and Mitchel Williams…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Parking could be restricted on pick-up days.
Good-bye, blue bags. Hello, blue bins. The city of Lakewood is expected to begin a “structured rollout” of its new refuse and recycling program, starting as soon as this summer. City officials are considering a move that would switch the city’s recycling collection to an automated process, complete with new trucks and large blue bins. City council’s public works committee continued its discussion on the topic at its meeting on Monday night. The city could begin distributing the first 6,000 bins — out of a total 15,000 — this summer. But the $1.5 million project will first need council’s approval. In an effort to streamline waste collection — and save money in the long run — city officials are eyeing a plan to begin distributing plastic …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
City officials already have contracting authority and some projects completed. Now, they need council’s go-ahead to pay for the projects.
CORRECTION: Not all of the $6.4 million council is consdering is for new projects. Finance director Jenn Pae explains: "The $3.9 million in Bond Anticipation Notes are for work projects completed in 2011 and 2012, which included the projects you listed as well as streets projects and Detroit Ave. signalization. The city is in essence refinancing this borrowed money for another year but all of the projects are done. The 'new' money totaling over $2.3 million is for the projects listed on the Fiscal Officer Certificates and Ordinances. This is our capital program for 2013." Lakewood City Council is considering a measure that would give the administration the green light to fund several projects around the city. Some of them are already done…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
From the recreation department to school safety, the school board and city council are looking at several ways to cooperate.
Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood City Hall are looking to cooperate a little more. From support of the upcoming school levy to sharing some of the responsibility with the recreation department, officials are looking to see how they can share services and facilities. For the first time in three years, the school board and city council officially got together for a joint meeting at Garfield Middle School on Monday. Following several presentations made by each side, city and school officials discussed ways they could work together. One of the topics covered was the school-district-run recreation department. City council president Brian Powers pointed out that Lakewood is one of a handful of recreation departments in the state run by the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lakewood City Council OK’s $1.5 million for summer repaving projects.
There are about a dozen streets that rank among the worst of the worst in Lakewood. Bumpy. Potholes. Crumbling. Those are the streets the city will repave first. Each year, the city analyzes the streets and sets out to repave the ones in roughest shape during the summer. City council OK'd an ordinance at Tuesday’s city council meeting capping the cost of repaving projects at $1.5 million. There were several listed in the ordinance, but Joe Beno, the city’s public works director, said that they are subject to change. And usually do by the time repaving season rolls around. The streets that will be paved are: Marlowe Avenue; the Arthur Avenue extension; Lewis Drive, from Detroit to Franklin; Summit Avenue, between Clifton and Lake Avenue; …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
There are still three union contracts that have yet to be finalized.
Last month, officials at Lakewood City Hall reached deals with four of the seven collective bargaining units in Lakewood. And on Monday night, Lakewood City Council approved the one-year contract extensions. There are still three union contracts that have yet to be finalized: Police, fire and corrections officers (there’s only one member of that union). Council president Brian Powers said he was a little concerned about “kicking the can down the road,” but added that he understands that the financial forecast for the city is still a little cloudy. “I think this is the right thing for the year,” he said. “We’ll punt for a year, and then we’ll go for it.” The collective bargaining agreements expired at the end of 2012. The unions involved …
Friday, December 7, 2012
People now entering the court and the probation office, will now pass through a security screening that includes metal-detecting wands and an additional armed guard.
Recent visitors to the Lakewood Municipal Court may have noticed the added security. People now entering the court and probation office, will now pass through a security screening that includes metal-detecting wands and an additional armed guard. City officials and Judge Patrick Carroll are working together to finalize a plan for additional security measures in 2013. “The safety upgrade plan for 2013 is still being discussed,” said clerk of the court, Terri O’Neill. “We are working closely with the administration.” In addition to the new wands, the court hired the services of 33-year-veteran of the Lakewood Police Department, Jim Sacco, who will be paid $16 per hour for about 20 hours a week. Judge Carroll said the city and court looked …