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


Nov. 26, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department.

Benefiting the Emergency Food Network, the event pays tribute to the four Lakewood Police Officers who were gunned down while filling out paperwork at a coffee shop in 2009 - Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards. The event pays tribute to their memories, as well as their legacies and dedication to serving and helping the community of Lakewood.

The trickle of donations increased to a steady stream throughout the day. The goal is to raise $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food Thanks to everyone who came out to support those struggling in our community.

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. 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) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue: Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and West Pierce Fire & Rescue would like to remind residents to be safe this holiday. Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of residential fires, so please remember these tips while in the kitchen.

  • Do not leave the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove. Stovetop fires are very common and can quickly get out of hand. If you need to leave the kitchen for any reason, take a spatula or wooden spoon with you to remind yourself that something is on the stove.
  • Be sure to wear fitted clothing while cooking. Loose sleeves can quickly catch fire when reaching over the stove and burners.
  • Use a timer when cooking. To avoid burnt food or forgetting something is in the oven, a timer is a great tool to use. This also greatly reduces the risk of a kitchen fire.
  • Hot oil may splash or spill during cooking. Contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury.
  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350° Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible. If it is heated above its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.
  • Propane-fired turkey fryers must be used outdoors. Many parts of the country may have rain or snow at this time of year. If rain or snow hits the hot cooking oil, the oil may splatter or turn to steam, leading to burns.
  • Turkeys must be completely thawed before placing in the fryer, because a partially thawed turkey will cause the oil to splatter causing serious burns.
  • The fryers use a lot of oil, about five gallons. Considering the size and weight of the turkey, extreme caution must be taken when placing and removing the turkey from the fryer to be sure its is not dropped back into the fryer, splattering the oil on the chef.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue wishes all residents a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, former Lakewood Mayors and City Council members joined the current City Council in a discussion of Lakewood's goals, priorities and other City-related business.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Lakewood’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 5. 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

We have quite a festival planned. The tree lighting’s new time also gives parents getting off work plenty of time to pick up their kids and head over fo For more information: 

Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: (BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL) $20 per person, which is a $5 savings! Runners can sign up online here ( or call (253) 983-7887 . Registration includes a free, commemorative t-shirt!
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

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Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 1, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of DuPont for human resources services
  • Approve an agreement with the Johnston Group for federal lobbying services
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell for state lobbying services

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