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


Dec. 5, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mayor Don Anderson will lead the lighting at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE: In front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW
  • WHAT ELSE:  Free entertainment and fun Christmas crafts

For more information:

Coffee with the Mayor—Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for Coffee with the Mayor on Dec. 9, 2014 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be City Manager John Caulfield who will present the City of Lakewood's 2015-2017 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or .

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

The City of Lakewood honored the volunteers who donate their time and effort to the City throughout the year on Wednesday, Dec. 3. They were treated to a free breakfast on behalf of the City "It's very important to say 'Thank You,'" Mayor Don Anderson told the 70 or so volunteers who attended. Jim Taylor received "Volunteer of the Year" honors. The City once again would like to thank all the volunteers who donate their time, effort and expertise throughout the year.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Recognizes Citizens for Heroic Actions

At the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Commissioner’s meeting Dec. 2, five individuals were recognized for their heroic actions during an emergency medical response on American Lake on July 29, 2014.  Dave, Joni, and Abigail Dupille, Jamie Ross, and Kate Owens were all recognized for helping a man in need of medical assistance, as well as a woman who was with him during the incident.

For more information:

Boo Han Market Business Showcase

From soft tofu to spicy kimchee to cuts of beef and fresh seafood, the specialty grocery store’s selection has attracted shoppers from throughout the South Sound and beyond for nearly four decades. After years of expanding and adapting to meet the needs of customers, Boo Han Market continues to thrive in Lakewood’s International District – a remarkable feat given its humble beginnings as a rice cake and tofu factory in owner Boo Han’s garage 40 years ago.

  • Jae Han, Boo Han's son, attributes the store’s successful run, in part, to his family’s spirit of hard work and dedication. He also credited a notion that’s even simpler: The store talked and listed to its customers. It found out what they wanted, what foods they missed from Korea and provided those products at the lowest possible cost.
  • One of the big reasons for the Boo Han Market’s success is its positive relationship with its native city.
  • For more on Boo Han Market:
  • Check out photos of the Business Showcase here:     

Winter’s Here. Are You Ready For It?

Temperatures are dropping, roads are icy and snow is a real possibility. The City of Lakewood wants to remind residents to be prepared during extreme wintery conditions this year. Whether it’s at home or on the road, ice and snow can catch anyone off guard. Conditions could get treacherous this year if a major snow or ice storm hits Lakewood. The City will prioritize the most-traveled roads first in terms of its de-icing efforts, including Bridgeport Way, Steilacoom Boulevard and Gravelly Lake Drive.

For winter safety tips:

Clover Park School District Board of Distinction Award

Congratulations to the Clover Park School District Board of Directors for earning a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Another sign that our school district is strong—from its students to its staff to its leadership. Keep up the good work!

For more information:

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this great photo that was shared on the Facebook page of the Lakwood Senior Activity Center. Great stuff!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

There is a lot going on at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events. Registration for the Winter 2015 courses opens Jan. 2. However, an oil painting class and a number of short exercise courses open in December, and you can sign up at any time. In the meantime, check out what the center ran this week:


  • Oil Painting for Fun
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance
  • Movie Monday
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts


  • Cake Day
  • Mah Jongg
  • Drop-in Line Dancing


  • Knotty Knitters
  • Workshop Wednesday—Coaster Set


  • Cribbage
  • Sassy Scrappers


  • Open Computer Lab

For more information:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, December 8, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Western State Hospital Update – Mr. Ron Adler, CEO
  • Amending zoning code (Starlite Swap Meet)
  • Third Quarter Financial Report
  • Review of accounts receivable write-offs
  • Review of WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project
  • Third Quarter Police Report / Police Accreditation
  • Review of code amendment to change Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board name to Community Services Advisory Board

The City Council will be holding a Joint City Council and State Legislators Meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2017 Biennial State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 15, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Hardware & Paint, Inc., Mr. Donn Tyler
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to the Planning Commission
  • Appoint members to the Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board
  • Amending land use code relative to satellite parking lots
  • Adopt code change to rename Human Services & CDBG Funding Advisory Board to Community Services Advisory Board
  • Approve 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Approve interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Approve contract for Traffic Signal Upgrade-ITS Phase 4B fiber optic interconnect and video management system.
  • Approve accounts receivable write-offs
  • Approve WA State Treasurer’s Office local funding program to fund LED conversion project.
  • Approve MOA with Pierce County relative to road maintenance
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Authorize the purchase of a dump truck chassis with snow plow attachments.
  • Approve contracts for prosecution services.