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


Nov. 27, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 6th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place at the Lakewood Police Department. 

The annual event honors Lakewood's Fallen Four - Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards - as well as other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Officers and volunteers will be on-site to collect your donations, which benefit our neighbors who are struggling this year.

Volunteers - including members of the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and other agencies - accepted donations of food for 10 hours. They filled nearly two trucks full of food that benefits the Emergency Food Network.

Great work by everyone, and thank you, so much, to the community for its generosity.

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

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.

City Council Roundup: Nov. 23, 2015

The following items were discussed at the Lakewood City Council study session meeting Nov. 23, 2015 :

Flood Hazard Update:
  • The Council discussed proposed updates to the flood hazard area and critical area ordinance into compliance with the national Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Growth Management Act (GMA). Planning Manager Frank Fiori said that the last update to the flood zone area via the State was in 1987. Over the years, there have been many changes, particularly the inclusion of more land in the flood area. According to Fiori, the changes – which could be finalized at the State level by late 2016, could affect 400 properties, although the figure truly affected 130 of those properties located in the 100-year flood plain. The areas affected center lands along Clover Creek in the Racquet Club Estates and Springbrook neighborhoods. To learn more, visit /community-development/community-development-home/flood-hazard-overlay-and-critical-areas-updates .
Waste Connections
  • The agreement with Waste Connections for solid waste collection expires in 2016 and, in an effort to ensure high quality service to residents and businesses, a thorough analysis was conducted to review costs and services of solid waste hauling in the City. The City is recommending that a new franchise agreement be put in place to replace the existing agreement. Table 1, attached, provides the history of the franchise agreement.
  • Police Chief Mike Zaro provided an update on the Community Safety Resource Team. A few highlights of his presentation:
    • Under a prior model, the team was split between two supervisors. Now, Community Service, Code Enforcement and Neighborhood Patrol are all one team.
    • The team has been working steadily to reduce and respond to reports of homeless encampments. One example was an encampment on 47th Avenue south of Lakewood Ford, an encampment that Zaro described as “very filthy.” It was comprised of several smaller camps that were covered in garbage. The site was unsanitary and unsafe. CSRT did a great job of getting area cleaned up, as well as getting the property owner to join the effort. The department’s preference is to not rely on enforcement as the first step. The site is now clear.
    • In terms of graffiti abatement, Zaro mentioned how CSRT was “out there trying to stay on top of it.” The majority of graffiti officers are seeing is not necessarily gang-related.
    • In terms of code enforcement, most calls are related to property maintenance and junk vehicles. Currently, there are 112 open cases dating back to 2012. In many cases, the property owner does not want to cooperate. Despite all of that, response times from the moment CSRT receives a call from the time of investigation is 1-2 days. “They’re very responsive to complaints when they come in.”

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this great picture from the official Twitter feed of I Corps:

"‪#‎photooftheday‬ @LancerBrigade Soldiers distribute food bags to schools in the @CloverParkSD, @CityofLakewood Nov 23."

Absolutely, positively awesome.

City Council

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 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 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Adopt Critical Areas and flood regulations
  • Approve Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County contract for animal sheltering
  • Approve WA Military Department Homeland Security grant agreement for emergency management.
  • Approve West Pierce Fire District ILA for emergency management coordinator services
  • Adopt Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare agreement on mental health
  • Reports by the City Manager – Sound Transit 3 update, legislation for public hearings and Puget Sound Energy franchise update


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 14, 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 14, 2015 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update. – Mr. Ron Adler, CEO
  • Rental Housing inspection program update  (stakeholders)
  • Shopping carts update.
  • Review of prosecution and DV services
  • Streets, Sidewalks, and Parks Improvements Financing Strategy Options
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Review of Accounts Receivable write-offs


The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015 following the Council Study Session, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

December 14, 2015 Special Council Meeting (following Study Session)

  • Approve Transportation Improvement Board grant agreement for Gravelly Lake Drive sidewalks project