John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Oct. 30, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Halloween, Lakewood

Going trick-or-treating this Halloween night? Check out these safety tips  courtesy of the Lakewood Police Department that will help you and your family enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween night! You can also get Chief Mike Zaro's tips on how to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween by watching the video below:

Lakewood to Survey Citizen Satisfaction

The City of Lakewood has questions and it’s turning to its residents for the answers. Beginning in November, a random selection of 1,400 City of Lakewood households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2015 National Citizen Survey, which measures eight aspects of community livability. The survey measures citizens’ satisfaction in eight areas:

  • Community Engagement
  • Education and Enrichment
  • Recreation and Wellness
  • Economy
  • Built Environment
  • Natural Environment
  • Safety
  • Mobility

The randomly selected Lakewood households that will be invited to participate in the 2015 survey may complete and return a hard copy, which they will receive via the postal service, or complete the survey online. Only those households who were randomly selected may participate in the survey. The deadline for completed surveys will be around the middle of December. Survey results assist the City with community planning, resource allocation, program improvement, goal‐setting, and policy‐making. Results from the 2015 National Citizen Survey are expected to be available in the early spring. The survey also represents the City of Lakewood’s goal of communicating with and engaging its residents.

Severe Weather To Hit Puget Sound: How You Can Help

Heavy rains are expected overnight in the Puget Sound.

You can help by keeping drains in front of their homes clear of leaves and debris. City of Lakewood crews have been out today clearing the drains on main roads and will also be out tomorrow to respond to trouble areas. Here are some tips you could include (taken from the City of Seattle adopt a drain program):

  • Clear your drain only if it is safe
  • Clear only drains next to the curb. Clear from curbside, not out in the street.
  • Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Let our crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin.
  • Clear surface debris only.

Emergency Response Exercise

This week, several employees of the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire Rescue participated in a mock emergency response exercise at the Lakewood Police Station. The scenario involved a train derailing near Interstate 5 at Bridgeport Way West. During the exercise, the group of 100 people or so practiced the various aspects of a Citywide response, including operations, planning, public information and Incident Command. The point of the exercise is to help employees be prepared in case a major incident or disaster does occur.

Twitter Milestone

We've hit an ‪#‎IamLakewood‬ milestone! If you follow @CityofLakewood on Twitter, then you already know that we've reached our first 1,000 followers. That's right, 1K in two years. If you haven't checked it out already, visit .

Lakewood Runs For Youth

Want to help Lakewood students while doing something healthy and fun for the entire family?

You'll get the chance to do so Saturday, Oct. 31, when Communities In Schools of Lakewood  proudly presents Lakewood Runs for Youth. The event begins 1 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park.

CIS invites runners, joggers and walkers of all ages to participate in this Fun Run to support services and programs aimed at helping more students stay in school and graduate on time. Proceeds will go to supporting services at the group's new partner school, Clover Park High School.

Here are the details of the race:

Special thanks to sponsors Lakewood Ford, Clover Valley Veterinary Services and CHI Franciscan Health.

City Council Roundup: Oct. 26, 2015

Here’s a roundup of items that the Lakewood City Council discussed at its Oct. 26, 2015 study session meeting  :

  • Review of 2015 Comprehensive Plan amendments: The proposed 2015 Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Update package includes two cityinitiated comprehensive plan/ zoning map amendments, one privately initiated map amendment, and the 2015 Comprehensive Plan updates. They include:
    • Tower Road/Interlaaken Drive Zoning Map Amendment
    • Lakewood Racquet Club Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map Amendment
    • Veterans/Gravelly Lake Drive amendment
  • Municipal Court update: Judge Grant Blinn gave a recap of the Court’s operations, a report that included efficiencies and cost-effectiveness measures thanks to video arraignment hearings, increased use of the Nisqually Jail and the incorporation of cases from the City of DuPont into the Court. Also, a new firm will assume public defender services in January 2016.
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report: Newly appointed Chief Mike Zaro gave a recap of his department’s operation over the last three months. He cited examples of how Lakewood investigators worked to locate and arrest a woman who was connected to multiple ID thefts in the region and how one Officer, Mike McGettigan, helped a man whom he pulled over get to St. Clare Hospital, as the man was having difficulty breathing and feeling numbness in his left arm. “His actions directly impacted the fact that I am alive today to tell about it,” the resident wrote.
  • Review of City of Fife jail agreement: Lakewood began contracting with the City of Fife in 2009 for jail services. It is recommended that the City of Fife will continue to provide jail services to the City of Lakewood as an alternative to other jail service options currently available to the City. The City of Fife offers jail services at a rate of $98.00 dollars per day per inmate.
  • Additional HOME Funds Request: The City is seeking to provide an additional $215,000 in HOME construction funding assistance and to reallocate grant and loan funding in support of Habitat for Humanity’s (HfH) construction of new affordable housing opportunities at 8901 Commercial Street SW.

Veterans Appreciation Presentation

The Lakewood City Council welcomes all veterans, members of the military and their families to its meeting Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, when it will issue a proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation month. The City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Economic Development

What Should Go Here: Former Oakbrook Blockbuster Video

In this week's edition, we head over to Oakbrook. Again, it's a site many people know of - the former Blockbuster Video location at 8013 Steilacoom Blvd. This 4,795-square-foot space is at the center's east end. The Oakbrook Plaza offers covered walkways, ample parking, signage on the street and on the building. Nearby businesses include Dollar Tree, Mis Tres Amigos at Lakewood, Ace Hardware and Key Bank.

Just like before tell us what you'd like to see in the comment section of our Facebook post . The City will pass along suggestions to the owner of the building or property. Who knows? Your suggestion could spark what ultimately ends up there.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 2, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 2, 2015 Regular Meeting
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation month
•    Appoint a member to the Arts Commission.
•    Appoint a member to the Community Services Advisory Board
•    Public hearing on 2016 property tax levy
•    Public hearing on 2015-2016 biennial budget amendments
•    Public hearing on Transportation Benefit District assumption
•    Approve Lakewood Sister Cities guidelines and criteria 
•    Approve Habitat for Humanity amended agreement for low-income housing
•    Approve City of Fife jail services contract
•    Approve State government relations contract
•    Approve Federal government relations contract
•    Approve DSHS WSH Community Partnership agreement 
•    Reports by City Manager – Review of JLUS Report, satellite parking requirements update, Municipal Court services update and Economic Development Board strategic plan funding request 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 9, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 9, 2015 Study Session
•    Review of 2016 lodging tax funding
•    Review of 2016 human services funding
•    Mental health update 
•    Homelessness update 
•    The Rescue Mission report on homelessness
•    Review of code amendment to create a petty cash fund for emergency operations
•    Review of Comprehensive Plan amendments 
•    Review of public safety benefit/cost analysis

•    Review of Senior Center relocation assessment and lease extension