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


Nov. 13, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

In all, 39 cities and nine counties across Washington State received this award for fiscal year 2014.

This is the latest in a slew of awards and honors the City has received over the last year and a half for its financial reporting, policies and practices. Other notable achievements include:

  • 2013 CAFR Award (last award was in 2005)
  • 2015/2016 Biennial Budget (last award was in 2007)
  • Investment Policy Certification (First certification)

City Manager John Caulfield credited the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting distinction - along with the City's strong financial management - to Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus and the members of the Finance Division:  Carolyn Whipple, Cathi Short, Eric Lowell, Valerie Bonner, Tammi Dove and Teresa Mattson.

19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 4

On Friday, Dec. 4, the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Check out more than 100 entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band and Lakes High Studio Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 4.

Wind = Blown Leaves, Limbs

There was a Western Washington wind advisory Friday. With wind sustained for this time period any leaves left on the trees will most likely be falling off.  Please remember to clear street drains in your area from leaves and debris to keep rainwater from pooling, especially with the expected rainfall of more than 3 inches over the next 48 hours. If you need assistance with clearing your drains or to report downed trees please call (253) 267-1628.

Leaves, rain and roads make for a slippery commute, leave extra room for stopping, check your tires and add some weight to the back end of trucks to help with hydroplaning, and replace windshield wipers for a clear line of site.

City Council Round-Up, Nov. 9, 2015

The following items were discussed at the Lakewood City Council study session meeting Nov. 9, 2015  :

  • Update on mental health partnership: Police Chief Mike and Mental Health Provider Carolyn Cyr discussed the Mental Health Partnership that provides a Behavioral Health Contact team that helps Police connect individuals to mental health treatment and community resources. That intervention on police calls provides a way for individuals to connect with much-needed mental health services rather than incarceration. Since the program began in February, there have been 103 mental health service referrals or coordination with an individual’s current mental health provider. There have also been 15 individuals hospitalized, eight individuals incarcerated and 18 individuals who were given lists of community resources and services for the elderly. This is a program the Lakewood Police Department would like to continue.
  • Update on homelessness: Karmel Shields gave a report on homelessness in Lakewood, as well as what the City of Lakewood is doing to help. According to the Homeless Management Information System, there were 61 households (86 individuals) who were considered homeless in January of this year. From 2010 to this year, the City has invested more than $4 million in housing services aimed at reducing homelessness.
  • Review of Public Safety Benefit/Cost Analysis: This item was tabled to January 2016.

For more on these and other items discussed, visit the City Council page  .

Economic Development

#IamLakewood Spotlight: Studio Fitness

Feeling down from the doldrums of dreary weather? Check out the City's latest ‪#‎IamLakewood‬ Spotlight on local business Studio Fitness and try not to feel re-energized.


Report for September 2015

The Lakewood Police Department has released it latest monthly report, this time covering September 2015. Some highlights:

  • The number of reported burglaries, robberies and stolen vehicles continues to plummet compared to this time last year.
  • Lakewood continues to see less crime compared to other South Sound communities, including aggravated assault.
  • The number of traffic stops is down compared to last year. (Great job, Lakewood drivers).

View the whole report .

City Council

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 – SSMCP Business and Community survey report, and Karwan Village Mobile Home Park update


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 23, 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 23, 2015 Study Session

  • Review of Critical Areas and flood regulations
  • Review of Waste Connections franchise
  • Review of Puget Sound Energy franchise
  • Review of CSRT program report
  • Review of Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare agreement on mental health


The City Council will be holding a special meeting with State Legislators on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 24, 2015 (Tues), 6:00 PM, Special Meeting with State Legislators

  • Review of 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda, and Legislative Policy Manual