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


Nov. 6, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Appreciation Month Proclamation

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, the Lakewood City Council held a ceremony in which it issued a proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation Month.

The ceremony featured several veterans, as well as Jr. ROTC students from Clover Park High School (Air Force) and Lakes High School (Army).

The ceremony also featured an amazing medley of songs from each branch of the military performed by the Lakes High Studio Choir. (Video to come)

Mayor Don Anderson also read a proclamation that was accepted by Anne Sprute, CEO of RP/6 , a group dedicated to helping veterans and their families transition out of service and into civilian life.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank all of the veterans, students and volunteers who participated in the ceremony.

More importantly, the City of Lakewood would like to thank the men and women who serve in our military, as well as their families. We cannot express how truly, truly appreciative we are of your sacrifices. Thank you.

Tillicum Shooting

On Thursday, Police responded to a report of a man in Tillicum who had been shot, and officers spent the day searching for the suspect throughout the neighborhood. Police located and arrested the man Thursday night. Here is a message from Chief Mike Zaro regarding the incident:

For those of you who have not heard, we caught our shooting suspect in the Tillicum neighborhood last night. We are grateful that nobody else was injured in the incident. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the citizens in the Tillicum neighborhood for their patience while we searched for this armed and dangerous person. We know it was chaotic and disruptive to say the least, but we needed the time to search for him and ensure the safety of the neighborhood and the police personnel who were on scene. Thank you for allowing us to do that safely.

I would also like to thank our neighboring jurisdictions who assisted us with the search effort. We had two different scenes that needed processing, vehicles impounded for evidence, and witnesses needing to be interviewed all while searching for an armed suspect who was on foot somewhere in the neighborhood. We would not have been able to do that without the help of our neighbors and law enforcement partners. In addition to our law enforcement partners, we had considerable assistance from the Clover Park School District to ensure the safety of the children both at the school and living in the neighborhood. The school district staff who responded to our aid were invaluable in coordinating those efforts. So to all of you, my sincere THANKS! - Chief Zaro

NFL Hall of Famer, Seahawks Broadcaster Warren Moon Thanks LPD

It’s not everyday that an NFL Hall of Famer publicly thanks you for your hard work, but that’s exactly what happened for Police.

On Monday, Q13 FOX ran a segment on how Warren Moon – who also provides color commentary for Seattle Seahawks football games – had been the victim of a car prowl Oct. 21 at the team’s headquarters in Renton. Specifically, the thief took a bag filled with important documents and family photos.

So how did Lakewood Police get involved? Well, they arrested a man last week at a Tacoma motel, and one of the stolen items in his possession was Moon’s bag.

Det. Ryan Larson, who credits the Lakewood Police Property PROACT Unit for processing the stolen goods belonging to dozens of victims, said the suspect told authorities that he had received the items from people conducting vehicle prowls.

Larson returned the bag to Moon at the Seahawks' VMAC facility in Renton. To show his gratitude, Moon gave Larsen a signed football. Click on the picture to watch the Q13 story.

Stuff the Bus on Saturday

Caring for Kids is holding its annual “Stuff the Bus” event at Clover Park High School and along Gravelly Lake Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7.

Caring for Kids will be collecting new toys and cash donations for the Caring for Kids Holiday Fair in December. Rain or shine, it will be out with volunteers from all the middle schools and high schools.

Caring for Kids helps more than 2,000 kids in need in the community with clothing, gifts and food at the Fair. Even though the Holiday Fair is the focus, you can also drop off color books and crayons for the food bank distribution in December. Its goal is to collect 3,000 color books to be distributed at the local food bank, so all of its kids in need receive something for the holidays. This will be the fifth year of the color book distribution.

Questions? Email or call Diane at (253) 279-9777. Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization, so please help it help kids!

Toxic Algae Bloom at American Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in American Lake. Areas of the lake with algae are unsafe for people and pets.

Keep children and pets away from areas with algae

Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing the use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 (, or Lindsay Tuttle at (253) 798-3530 (, or visit at

City Council Roundup: Nov. 2, 2015

Here’s a roundup of items that the Lakewood City Council took action on and discussed at its Nov. 2, 2015 meeting  :

  • The Council approved guidelines and criteria for the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. The City outlined its support for the relationship with the Sister Cities, which can continue to benefit from the ongoing nonprofit 501(c)(3) status and independently raise the funds that are need to administrate the association and provide dignitary support from the City as necessary.
  • The City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a jail services agreement between the City of Lakewood and the City of Fife for confinedment of misdemeanor prisoners at a rate of $98 per day per inmate. Fife will continue to provide jail services for Lakewood as an alternative to other jail service options currently available to the City.
  • The City council authorized the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement of $462,000 with Western State Hospital to continue to provide conduct investigations into criminal matters that may occur at the Hospital. This program is funded by Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) via legislative allocation.
  • The Council discussed the Pierce County Economic Development Board's (EDB) request to increase its contribution from $15,000 annually to $20,000 annually for 2016. The Council discussed many options, including keeping the funding at $15,000 for 2016, then processing any funding increases in subsequent years through the regular budget process.
  • Tiffany Speir, Program Manager for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, presented to the Council the latest on the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The JLUS presents recommendations for consideratio by local and state governments that protect the ability of the military to accomplish its vital training and operational missions presently and over the long-term while also promoting development compatible with military presence and protecting public health, safety and welfare. The key findings to the JLUS are as follow:
    • Most current land uses around JBLM do not have negative impacts on military capabilities; however, some ongoing and potential new or future areas of concern were identified through the JLUS process.
    • Continued collaboration is needed between local jurisdictions and JBLM to develop and implement regional solutions to these issues, and to support the military's ability to carry out its mission requirements today and in the future.

Major Road Work 11/9/15

Here is a list of transportation improvement projects scheduled for the week beginning Nov. 9, 2015 in the City of Lakewood:

  • Madigan Access Project: Crews have removed the sidewalk and barrier from the south side of the Berkeley Street overcrossing of I-5 and installed falsework in preparation for the widening that will take place over the next three weeks. Beginning next week, the crews will shift from night to daytime hours. Work includes chipping away at the existing structure to expose steel and tying to that reinforced steel for the widening. Traffic impacts will be minimal as the work will be performed within a closed work zone with all lanes of traffic open. Additional project information can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation website  .
  • Woodbrook Sewer ExtensionSewer construction is ongoing at the intersection of 146th Street and Woodbrook Drive, as well as south of 146th Street along Woodbrook Drive.  Detours are in effect and access to the area is limited to “local access only.” Please be aware of relocated bus stops that will be noticed by Pierce Transit and Clover Park School District.
  • 100th St Sewer TapThe developer of the parcel located at 5221 Lakewood Drive will be connecting to the existing sanitary sewer line for service. This work will be performed during the nighttime hours of Monday, Nov. 9 through Thursday, Nov. 12. Due to depth and location of the existing sewer pipe and proximity of the intersection of Lakewood Drive and 100th, this will impact the traffic traveling through the work zone at night.

Winter Outlook: 'El Niño' Warming Things Up

What’s expected this winter? One of the warmest El Niño’s in recorded history has developed in the eastern Pacific Ocean equatorial waters. Sea surface temperatures in this region have risen to more than two degrees above average. El Niño is expected to continue through this winter and, more than likely, well into spring 2016.

El Niño for much of the Pacific Northwest usually brings warmer-than-average temperatures through the winter season. In terms of precipitation, El Niño usually offers near- or below-average rainfall. With warmer-than-average temperatures, mountain snow levels are usually higher than normal, meaning odds are good on a less-than-average snow pack.

The latest outlook gives huge odds on above-normal temperatures and tips the odds toward below-average precipitation from October through March. 

El Niño seasons produce fewer storm events. Still, that does not mean no significant storm events occur.  Go to Take Winter By Storm  to sign up to receive weather updates.  You'll also find winter preparedness tips for your home & car.

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.

Economic Development

‘What Should Go Here’

In this week’s edition of “What Should Go Here ,” we made our way to the northeast section of the City near Interstate 5 - 2310 84th St S.

Most know of the complex's biggest tenant, the Regal Cinema, but no, the theater is not on the market. What is on the market, however, is several commercial spaces located next to the theater in the complex. The spaces range in size:

  • 11,053 square feet (retail)
  • 3,176 square feet (retail)
  • 2,131 square feet (retail)
  • 1,050 square feet (retail, industrial)
  • 387 square feet (retail)

These spaces offer extremely convenient access to I-5. Nearby stores include and Discount Tire. It's also close to many businesses and hotels in Tacoma, including Bass Pro Shops.

With so many options ranging in size, the sky was the limit this one. Here are a few answers we got from Facebook users:

  • Grocery store
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Home Goods or World Market
  • Kohl’s

Visit our Facebook page to submit your idea. The City will pass along suggestions to the owner of the building. Who knows? Your suggestion could spark what ultimately ends up there.


Officers Visit to Lee Family Nursery School

On Nov. 4, 2015, Officers Jeremy Prater and Gail Conelly visited the Lee Family Nursery School to visit and chat with its young students. By all accounts, it was a fun visit, with the kids even getting a chance to try on some of Officer Prater's gear. Thank you Lee Family Nursery School for inviting Police to meet and talk with all your amazing kids! Check out the photo album of the visit .

City Council

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 on imprest funds
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of public safety benefit/cost analysis
  • Review of Senior Center relocation assessment and lease extension


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 16, 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 16, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Appoint a member to the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Approve an agreement with City of DuPont for human resources services
  • Adopt property tax levy declaration of substantial need for 2016
  • Adopt 2016 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2015-2016 budget amendments
  • Adopt code amendment on imprest funds
  • Approve Transportation Benefit District assumption
  • Amend code on Transportation Benefit District and material change policy
  • Adopt 2016 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2016 human services funding allocations
  • Adopt 2016 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve Pierce County amended agreement for Senior Center lease extension
  • Reports By the City Manager – Community survey report