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


Dec. 4, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

19th Annual Tree Lighting Tonight

Tonight,  the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting .

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 the 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!

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 .

Unfred Named Assistant Police Chief

This week, John Unfred was selected as Assistant Chief of the City of Lakewood Police Department. 

Police Chief Mike Zaro made the selection. Unfred has been with the Department since 2004, after almost seven years with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and has been an invaluable member of the Department ever since. He has a diverse career encompassing patrol, investigations, internal affairs, and emergency management. Unfred has been instrumental in developing the emergency management plan for the City of Lakewood and has assisted in management of major emergencies across the state, including the fires in Okanagan County and the Oso mudslide.

Unfred's dedication to the Department and the region, coupled with his genuine desire to help the citizens he serves, are just a few of the many reasons the City is proud to have him as a member of the Department and as the new Assistant Chief of Police for the Lakewood Police Department.

Meeting on Waughop Lake Trail Improvements

Fixing the trail around Waughop Lake was the No. 1 project in the City of Lakewood's Parks and Recreation Legacy Plan.

Lakewood is now ready to turn this project into reality.

Over the last few years, the City of Lakewood has been collecting the necessary information and resources to implement this project. The City has obtained grants, along with the generous support of our many community partners.

Join us at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW,  to learn more about this community project. If you can’t attend the presentation will be posted on our website the following day.

For more information you can contact the City's Parks and Recreation Department at (253) 983-7887.

VIDEO: Inspiring Young Creators Lego® Building Contest.

This week, judging took place for ‪#‎IamLakewood‬'s first Inspiring Young Creators Lego® Building Contest. The City received several creative, detailed and skilled entries from youth throughout Lakewood and beyond. Winners will be announced at the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Check out this YouTube video the City produced on this week's judging.

Major Road Work Update, 12/4/15

The following is a schedule of major road work in Lakewood for the week beginning Dec. 4, 2015, courtesy of Public Works:

LED Street Light Conversion
  • Starting on Dec. 7 and continuing until mid-March 2016, the City of Lakewood’s contractor will be replacing all of the public street lights to energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes (LED). The contractor will start in the Tacoma Power area, then move to the Lakeview Light and Power area in January. Traffic impacts will be limited to rolling temporary lane closures with the high-volume, arterial roadways being completed during evening hours. Puget Sound Energy will be replacing the street lights with LEDs in its service area the beginning of next year.
Madigan Access Project
  • During the week of Dec. 7, crews will continue daytime work, completing the reinforced steel in the bridge-widening portion. Traffic impacts will be minimal, as the work will be performed within a closed work zone with all lanes of traffic open. During the week of Dec. 14, night work to place concrete bridge deck is scheduled. Traffic impacts will include Interstate 5 temporary lane closures, including an “all lane” closure between midnight and 4 a.m., with traffic re-routed to the ramps. Additional project information can be found at: .
Woodbrook Sewer Extension
  • Sewer construction is ongoing along Woodbrook Drive. Detours are in effect, and access to the area limited is “local access only.” Please be aware of relocated bus stops that will be noticed by Pierce Transit and Clover Park School District.

Santa's Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 5

In partnership with the City of Lakewood, Project Homeless Connect will present Santa's Workshop, a Lakewood-based, community event connecting low-income families with gifts and resources.

The event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Four Heroes Elementary School, 9101 Lakewood Dr SW in Lakewood.

Families can connect with organizations to help with services such as:

  • Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Wellness Exams
  • Vaccines
  • Vision Resources
  • Access Point 4 Housing

Santa’s workshop services will provide: hot meals, family games, pictures with Santa, free holiday gifts, school supplies, free haircuts, local resources, jackets, socks, and much, much more! For more information, .

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.


Economic Development

What Should Go Here? Lot at 108th and Bridgeport

In this week's edition of "What Should Go Here?," the City focused on a highly visible vacant lot. It's located on the southwest corner of 108th Street and Bridgeport Way Southwest. It measures 18,730 square feet in size and is located in a neighborhood commercial zone. It has immediate bus stop access and is located less a half-mile from Interstate 5. Nearby businesses include gas stations, a convenience store and a fast-good restaurant. It also is located close to St. Clare St. Clare Hospital and Lakewood City Hall. To share your ideas about what should go in this lot, visit our Facebook page .

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