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


Jan. 15, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Memorial for (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, some 600 people filled the Lewis North Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to remember Army Col. and Lakwood Police Chief Larry Saunders, who passed away earlier this month.

Family, friends and colleagues spoke to Saunders' leadership, whether in an Army or Lakewood Police Department uniform.

Former Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz was the MC for the event, which saw reprsentatives from several neighboring communities paying their respect to Saunders,who was a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as a tireless advocate of improving Lakewood.

All members of the Lakewood City Council, as well as City Manager John Caulfied, Police Chief Mike Zaro and current City employees who knew Saunders attended the ceremony.

"Lakewood today is a better place thanks to Larry Saunders," Neiditz said. "Lakewood today is a safer place thanks to Larry Saunders."

The City of Lakewood extends its condolences and support to the family of Larry Saunders, the City's first Police Chief.

13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Saturday is the big day.

Lakewood is again coming together to celebrate the legacy of one of our society’s most transformative figures and civil rights leaders, as well as the voices, backgrounds and stories of the people that make our community strong.

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m., to noon, Jan. 16, 2016. The event takes place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!”

Mayor Don Anderson will deliver the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker will be Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College.

As always, the celebration will feature several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest will be announced.

For more information, click on the official flyer.

Lakewood City Council to Present Proclamation for Larry Saunders

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Lakewood City Council present a proclamation to the family of Larry Saunders, the City’s first Police Chief who passed away earlier this month.

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Larry Saunders settled in Lakewood after serving nearly three decades in the military and began protecting his adopted community in October 1998 as a member of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. In 2004, the City of Lakewood formed its own police department, and Saunders was appointed as Lakewood’s first chief.

He was exceptional at his job, immediately creating a police department of nearly 100 officers. During his tenure, Saunders introduced numerous programs that resulted in immediate reductions in crime that served as the foundation for safety in the City of Lakewood today. The Lakewood Police Department was recognized for its professionalism, neighborhood and minority outreach, community policing initiatives and traffic safety programs. He was named Washington Police Chief of the Year in 2005.

Saunders retired from the Lakewood Police Department in 2008. He rejoined the Army and spent more than a year in Iraq overseeing its police training program. When he returned to Lakewood, he served tirelessly to improve the community, including as a member of the Lakewood First Lions and Rotary Club of Lakewood, Boardmember of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and as a staunch supporter of RallyPoint/6.

Saunders will be remembered for his commitment to the community he loved.

Also, a fund in memory of Saunders has been established at Heritage Bank. Those who wish to make donations can visit any Heritage Bank and let the bank know they would like to contribute to the "Larry Saunders Memorial Fund." You can also mail a donation to Heritage Bank, Larry Saunders Memorial Fund, 10318 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.

Donations will be used for memorial expenses, with any residual funds going toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. 

Council To Consider CPSD Levy Resolution

At its Jan. 19 meeting , the Lakewood City Council will consider a resolution supporting the Clover Park School District’s Feb. 9, 2016 Special Replacement Levy.

The Clover Park School District Board of Directors is proposing a four-year educational programs and operations levy in a special election on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

This levy will replace the District’s current educational programs and operations levy, which expires in December 2016. This is not a new tax. If approved by voters, it is estimated that the levy rate would be no more than $4.76 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If approved, the replacement levy will generate $23.5 million for each of four years, 2017-2020.

The replacement levy will fund a broad array of investments, functions and programs critical to maintaining a high level of education:

  • Eighty percent (80%) of the levy funds will be used to support classrooms including maintaining reduced class sizes, purchase of textbooks and classroom instructional materials, purchase of library materials and librarians, elementary and career guidance counselors, educational program improvements (gifted, special education and assessments) districtwide teaching and learning activities (including training), and after-school, extendedlearning programs.
  • Ten percent (10 %) of the levy funds will be used to support school technology including classroom computer stations, instructional software, upgraded wiring and Internet access costs.
  • Five percent (5%) of the levy funds will be used for school maintenance and operations including building maintenance (painting, roofing, flooring and lighting), custodians, grounds maintenance (athletic fields and school landscaping), classroom furniture, fixtures and equipment.
  • Five percent (5%) of the levy funds will support school safety and security including school resources officers (police), campus supervisors, increased health room support, emergency management preparation, and facility alarm monitoring systems.

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Major Road Work Update

  • LED Street Light Conversion:  The City of Lakewood’s contractor continues to replace all of the public street lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED). The contractor has completed a majority of the street light conversions in the Tacoma Power area.  The Contractor has started conversions in the Lakeview Light and Power area which will continue through the end of February. 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 their service area starting within the next couple of months.
  • Madigan Access Project:  January 18 and January 25: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, starting at midnight – Interstate 5 traffic will be diverted to the Berkeley Street ramps to allow bridge girders to be set.  Evenings, weeks of January 18 and January 25, contractor to be placing conduit across Berkeley Street. Temporary lane closures will be required. Additional project information can be found at:
  • Woodbrook Sewer Extension: Sewer construction is ongoing along Woodbrook Drive. Construction has been slower than anticipated due to increase in ground water from all of the recent rain. 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. UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURE: Perimeter Road/150th Street at the Woodbrook Drive will be closed for two weeks starting February 1, 2016 to allow for construction of the sewer main at the intersection of 150th Street and Woodbrook Drive. City staff are coordinating with JBLM on this closure.
  • Lakewood – Signal Upgrades – Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) – Phase 5: Construction has begun on signal upgrades along Steilacoom Boulevard, the north end of Bridgeport Way, and on Pacific Highway between 108th Street and SR512. Temporary day time lane closures (limited to 100 feet of roadway at a time) should be expected over the next couple of months. (Contact: Desiree Winkler)
  • 112th Street at Steele Street – Utility Crossing: Evenings – January 25 through 27 (tentative) – SFENCO Construction will be completing an open cut utility crossing on 112th Street at the west leg of the 112th / Steele Street intersection. The intersection will have temporary lane closures, but will still allow traffic through with the signal operating in flash with law enforcement flagging.

Overnight I-5 Lane Closure at Berkeley Street

(This is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Overnight lane closures are planned on northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street in Lakewood one night next week so contractor crews working for the City of Lakewood on the Interstate 5 – Madigan Access Improvements  project can continue setting new bridge girders to widen the overpass.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, crews will close one lane of northbound I-5 at Berkeley Street, followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. At 11:59 p.m., crews will reduce northbound I-5 to one lane and redirect that one lane through the I-5/Berkeley Street interchange. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations during the closures.

City Offices Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 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 19, 2016 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation remembering Larry Saunders, retired Lakewood Police Chief and community leader.
  • Adopt Section 3.64.030 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to Tax Exemptions for Multi-Family Housing in Residential Target Areas.
  • Adopt the Six Year Transportation Improvement Program amendments
  • Expressing support for the CPSD levy
  • Approve KPG agreement to survey improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup Street to Phillips Road
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of public safety benefit cost analysis and City’s 20th anniversary update


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 25, 2016, 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 25, 2016 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update. – Mr. Ron Adler, CEO
  • Parks CIP Progress Report
  • Review of cottage housing (Ordinance No. 620)
  • Review of Title 12A street classification code amendments
  • Review of Lakewood Water District ILA re: backflow inspections
  • 4th Quarter Police Report