State of the City 2022

I was very glad to deliver this year’s State of the City address in-person, at the just-opened Cove Community Center.

The state of our city is strong, it is resilient and we are proud of how we have come through this challenging time.

We know we will always have more work to do to keep Lakewood vital and healthy.
Our city is moving ahead with important initiatives on safety, affordability, sustainability, and infrastructure.

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Building our Post-Pandemic Future

Dear Residents of Lakewood and Members of Lakewood City Council

It is my privilege to present you with the City of Lakewood’s 2022 proposed balanced budget, reflecting our community vision, values, and priorities while also remaining fiscally responsible and seizing the opportunity to take on transformative projects that improve the quality of life for our residents. We look forward to a bright future as we finish landmark 2021 projects while introducing unique quality of life projects for 2022 and beyond.

Public Safety & Human Services

Community Center at Cove Church/Clean Water Act Project: By spring 2022, this historic building will serve as Lakewood’s new community center and the headquarters of the Department of Human Services. Meanwhile, planning and development continues on a portion of this property dedicated to the City’s Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan for stormwater management compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

Fire Station 2: Construction will be completed in the spring of 2022 on this historic century-old building that meets today’s modern standards for fire apparatus and makes exhaust improvements that keep our first responders safe from harmful diesel exhaust carcinogens. The updated facility also provides our first female firefighter hired in 2021 with new quarters to accommodate an increasingly diverse workforce.

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Margaret Rose Hagan

My partner, Matt, and I are thrilled to welcome our baby daughter, Margaret Rose Hagan, into the world. She arrived at 3:39 p.m. Aug. 6. Mom, baby and dad are doing great.

I plan on taking 12 weeks of maternity leave, during which Law Director Brian Corrigan will serve as acting mayor. Being only the second female mayor in Lakewood, this is an exciting first for our community. I’m proud to be an example to young women that you can be both focused on a career and family simultaneously.

In terms of the city, it’s business as usual at city hall. I’m available and just a few blocks away. I’ve been in contact already with my chief of staff, law director and other directors. So when you need something from Lakewood government, we’re available.

Responding to Community Priorities with Madison Park Improvements

I’m very excited about the investments the City is making at Madison Park, and the fact that we were able to quickly and creatively meet many of the community’s immediate goals.

I make it a point to listen to what our residents and taxpayers see as key priorities. This year, people have made it clear that additional resources were needed at Madison Park as soon as possible. I was able to work with my directors and our city team to find and repurpose resources and move quickly to implement those improvements to the park this year while we develop a future long term strategic plan for the rest of the park.

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