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


Dec. 18, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Council Honors City Clerk Alice Bush With 20-Year Recognition

On Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, the Lakewood City Council honored City Clerk Alice Bush, Lakewood’s longest-tenured employee, with a 20-year employment recognition.

Bush has served as Lakewood’s City Clerk with distinction since its incorporation in 1996. In fact, she actually began working for the City before it opened its doors. After voters approved Cityhood a year earlier, the Lakewood resident joined the “Transition Team” of volunteers that formed the blueprints of future City services departments – a job that required research, gathering data, crunching numbers and talking with other cities and residents to formulate recommendations for a new city. The then-employee with the City of Tacoma was Co-Chairperson of Lakewood’s general administration team.

Her first official day as Clerk for the City of Lakewood was Nov. 20, 1995, and she is affectionately known around the City of Lakewood as “Employee No. 1.”

Bush’s leadership and influence extends beyond the City of Lakewood. She served as President of the Washington Municipal Clerk’s Association (WMCA) in 2008 and was recognized for her career contributions in 2013 when she was selected by her peers as City Clerk of the Year. 

She has earned the trust and confidence of elected officials, her co-workers and citizens alike during her tenure. The City of Lakewood thanks Bush for her years of service and commitment to improving our community.

Public Works Collects, Donates Toys For Children

Just as it does every year, our Public Works Department is helping make Christmas dreams come true for children of local families in need.

Over the last few weeks, the department's employees collected toys in conjuction with Sleep Train and Dream Foundation. On Friday, the toys were delived and should be under the trees of struggling-but-thankful families by Christmas morning. That's truly the #IamLakewood spirit. Great job, everyone!

Coming Dec. 31: MyLakewood311 Mobile App

On Dec. 31, the City of Lakewood will launch the “MyLakewood311” app that will serve as the official platform for residents to access their government via cell phone or tablet.

The mobile app builds on the City of Lakewood’s recently revamped website and award-winning social media presence, and its part of an overall effort by the City to stay connected to residents. In fact, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals is a commitment to “honest, open, and transparent government.”

With the “MyLakewood311” app, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones and the City's website. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find information about events, public meetings and view City news.

Once requests are submitted, the relevant staff redirects and responds to requests through a customized workflow management system.

The City will also use the system to provide residents with real-time status updates and comments on submitted requests.

“MyLakewood311” is an application launched in partnership between the City of Lakewood and PublicStuff. This is a free service and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search “MyLakewood311” in the stores to download.

Toxic Algae Advisory Lifted for American Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Advisory for American Lake.  The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. 

Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people.  Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea.

If you see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, please contact: Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 ( ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530 ( ), or visit our website at .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Community Expectations Survey

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is currently conducting a study in regards to the community and emergency services provided.  As a part of this study, a Community Expectations Survey is underway. 

West Pierce Fire & Rescue would like to ask residents and those who work in the community to please take a moment to fill out the survey online.  The results will help to manage expectations and assist in future planning.  The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.

City Offices Closed For Christmas Day

In observance of Christmas Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, 2015. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Employee Recognition

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2016, the City of Lakewood held its Fourth Quarter Employee Appreciation event, with the theme obviously being around the holidays.

Here are some images from the City of Lakewood's Employee Recogntion Event, which took place Dec. 16, 2015. Directors made breakfast for employees, several employees were honored for their tenure and show of respect on the job, and we even raffled prizes! To view a photo gallery of the event, visit the City's Facebook page .

Lakewood Citizen Satisfaction Survey

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

In November and December, 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.

Soldiers Help Clean Debris at Harry Todd Park

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, members of B Troop, 8-1 Cav, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division spent a couple hours cleaning debris at Harry Tood Park. The job was much-needed following windy weather the week before that knocked down limbs and scattered leaves everywhere. The soldiers spent their time raking and blowing leaves into several large piles, as wellk as putting downed limbs and branchesi into piles. The City posted photos of the cleanup on its Facebook page .

Thanks so much for your help, soldiers!

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 21, 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 21, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Executive Session – Performance of a public official


December 28, 2015 Study Session - Cancelled


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 4, 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:

January 4, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Public Hearing on Six Year Transportation Improvement Program amendments
  • Approve Accounts Receivable write-offs