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


Nov. 20, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

19th Annual Tree Lighting on Dec. 4

Check it out - we are literally decking the halls (well, at least Lakewood City Hall) for the holiday season.

And in Lakewood, the season begins with our annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 4, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Here is the schedule of activities that we have planned:

  • 6 p.m. - Carols and Procession
  • 6:10 p.m. - Tree Lighting
  • 6:20 p.m. - Lego Contest Winners Announced (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Charisma Dancers Perform (Council Chambers)
  • 7:30 p.m. - p.m. - Mann Middle School Choir Performance (Council Chambers)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Inside: Visit with Santa, crafts, minute to win it games, view lego creations, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Starbucks.

For more information, visit /communications/blog/1035-19th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-on-dec-4


Fallen Officers Food Drive

Just a reminder that our 6th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive is happening from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.

Help us make this year our best year for donations to the Emergency Food Network. Can't make it on the 25th? No problem - we've got donations bins at the Police Department or City Hall. Stop by anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to drop your donations off. We'll make sure they get added to the truck on Nov. 25.

Thank you to all who have already donated (we do love to see those bins filling up) and in advance to all who can donate on Wednesday. We can't wait to see you (rain or shine) and thank you in person! Don't forget to share this post, to help us spread the word.

Lakewood Citizen Satisfaction Survey

The City of Lakewood has questions and it’s turning to its residents for the answers.

This month, 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.

JBLM Soldiers Pick Up Litter

Check out these great shots of the 2-3 Infantry Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who on Veterans Day volunteered and picked up 20 bags of litter in Lakewood, as part of the Adopt-A-Street program. This is another example of great teamwork between the City and JBLM. Great work, everyone!

Storm Forces Parks Closure

Due to severe winds and potential falling limbs, the City of Lakewood closed its parks for the day on Tuesday afternoon. Residents were asked to please stay away from City parks and use care and caution when travelling.

City Council Roundup: Nov. 16, 2015

The following items were discussed at the Lakewood City Council meeting Nov. 16, 2015 :

  • Property Tax Levy: The Council adopted the 2016 property tax levy amount which equals the allowable increase of 1 percent. In 2016, the increase of approximately $64,000 will be spread across the entirety of properties across the assessed property value of Lakewood.
  • Biennial Budget Amendments: The City Council adopted amendments for the 2015-16 Biennial Budget. They consist of:
    • Makes no change to beginning fund balance
    • Decreases total revenues for all funds by $15.1 million in 2015 and increases by $21.7 million in 2016, resulting in a total revised revenue budget of $72.5 million and $73.5 million, respectively
    • Decreases total expenditures for all funds by $15.9 million in 2015 and increases by $23.4 million in 2016, resulting in a total revised expenditure budget of $75.3 million and $75.7 million, respectively
    • Increases total ending fund balance for all funds by $787,000 in 2015 and decreases by $955,000 in 2016, resulting in a total revised projected ending fund balance of $18.3 million and $16.3 million, respectively.
  • Transportation Benefit District: An ordinance that would have given the rights, powers, functions, immunities and obligations of the City of Lakewood Transportation Benefit District to the City Council failed on a 4-3 vote. Councilmember Mike Brandstetter said having a separate set of meetings, times, etc., has served the Council and City well.
  • Military Survey: The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership gave a report on the Business & Community Survey it conducted in September. The Community Survey included 1524 adult residents of Pierce and Thurston Counties selected at random from households in 39 ZIP Codes near JBLM. The sample was proportional to the number of households in each ZIP Code. 1024 interviews were conducted by telephone by live interviewers, including 23percent on cell phones. 500 residents completed the same questionnaire online. Some key findings:

    • 1 in 7 respondents had a current connection to the military
    • 10 percent lived in a household where at least one person was on active duty
    • 40 percent lived in households with at least one veteran
    • 8 in 10 volunteered at least one advantage of having JBLM nearby:
      • Half (48percent) of the advantages named were economic
      • 19percent cited increased security
    • 7 in 10 volunteered at least one disadvantage:
      • Half (46 percent) cited traffic congestion
      • Nearly 1 in 4 (23 percent) cited noise from aircraft or the firing range
    • Most do not think JBLM needs to be doing more to minimize its impact on the surrounding communities—or that those surrounding communities needed to be doing more to improve their relations with JBLM—beyond hiring more veterans. Any differences were mostly a matter of degree, rather than disagreements
    • Nearly 3 in 4 survey respondents said troop reductions would have a negative impact on the South Sound area
    • Active-Duty Households with Children were asked to give their school system a letter grade for how they integrate and support military children—2 in 3 rated the schools “Satisfactory” or above.
    • When asked an open-ended question about the NEGATIVES of living near Joint Base Lewis McChord, most noted traffic congestion
    • This survey highlighted an ongoing citizen belief that JBLM is the primary cause of the traffic congestion on I-5. THE FACTS: I-5 has not been widened through JBLM since 1975, and is inadequate to meet today’s demand. Between 1970 and 2010, the population of Washington
    • Business Survey:
      • 3 in 10 respondents had a direct connection to the military
      • Half of the organizations employ veterans
      • 1 in 5 respondents have had contracts with JBLM
      • JBLM was rated as an "excellent" (50 percent) to "good" (34 percent) neighbor in the community
      • JBLM' s recent growth was seen as having a "mostly positive" impact on: The local economy (84 percent); The "overall community" (75 percent); The quality of life in the area (57 percent)
      • Half of these executives (48 percent) said the impact on their own enterprise has been positive, while nearly half (44 percent) said there had been little or no impact
      • Traffic was rated as a negative impact by 67 percent
      • Potential drawdowns at JBLM were seen as having a negative impact on the local economy and community, but a positive impact on traffic.

Economic Development

Coming Soon: Bruno's Restaurant

Excited. Gespannt. Podekscytowany.

Whether it's in English, German, Polish or any other language, the meaning is universal, as in, we're all excited to welcome back Bruno’s Restaurant to Lakewood.

That's right, the renowned spot that was featured in Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives  plans to open in December at its new location, 10902 Bridgeport Way SW in Lakewood.

For owners Bruno and Krystyna Tomaszewski, the new restaurant will mark the sweetest of homecomings.

The couple operated a European-style restaurant on Pacific Highway that housed, literally, four tables, before moving to Tacoma for more space. They stayed there for 4.5 years, garnering a national reputation of serving authentic, traditional German and Polish cuisine.

"We always wanted to come back to Lakewood," Krystyna says. "We love it here. I am very proud of this."

On Wednesday, the couple invited a handful of longtime customers, friends, pastors, as well as Mayor Don Anderson to get a sneek peek at their new location.

For anyone who's looking for fushion or new-wave food, Bruno's is probably not the place for you. Krystyna says her restaurant's specialty is traditional cuisine, the kind whose flavors will transport you back to the old country.

"I'm old. What do you expect?" she joked.

Stay tuned for updates on Bruno's Restaurant's opening and other Economic Development news in Lakewood.

Food for thought: Do you have a favorite German or Polish dish? Have you ever eaten at Bruno's? Visit our Facebook page  and tell us about it in the comment section.

City Council

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 Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015, following the City Council study session which begins 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 Transportation Benefit District Board, following Council Study Session

  • Adopting a material change policy. 


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


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 7, 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:

December 7, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Business showcase – Robi’s Camera Center & Custom Framing – Ron Austin, Owner and Tod Wolf, Operations Manager
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Reappoint Mayor Don Anderson to Pierce Transit Board
  • Set January 4, 2016 as the date for a public hearing on the Six Year TIP amendments
  • Confirming the City Manager’s appointment of Stafford Smith and Phil Olbrechts as Hearings Examiners and approving agreements for said services.
  • Approve contracts for prosecution services
  • Adopt Waste Connections franchise
  • Adopt Puget Sound Energy franchise
  • Adopt Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Adopt Critical Areas and flood regulations
  • Approve Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County contract for animal sheltering
  • Adopt Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare agreement on mental health
  • Reports by the City Manager – Sound Transit 3 update and legislation for public hearings