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City Manager


Jan. 22, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

"Doing Business With JBLM" Event

On Friday, Jan. 29, the City of Lakewood and Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosted an event for businesses and contractors looking to learn more about working with our local military base.

The event,  titled "Doing Business With Joint Base Lewis-McChord," drew nearly 200 people who came from throughout Washington - some as far as Spokane - to the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College. Mayor Don Anderson delivered the opening remarks, and Roel van der Lugt, Director of Military Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor, also attended the event.

Attendees learned the ins and outs and "tricks of the trade" to secure part of the more than $400 million in contracting awarded annually with JBLM. The event was extremely well-received, according to Economic Development Manager Becky Newton.

"It's great," she said. "Businesses got a great opportunity to learn about government contracting and diversify their income streams."

Clover Park School District Video

Have you checked out the Clover Park School District's new video? It's amazing. You can hear directly from students, teachers, parents and administrators about what makes our local schools great. Check it out on the City's Facebook page .

City of Lakewood Wins Summit Award For Employee Commuter Programs

The City of Lakewood's efforts to encourage its employees to carpool and take mass transit to work got some recognition this week from Pierce Transit.

On Thursday, the agency named Lakewood a 2015 Gold Employer as part of its Summit Awards. Employers who achieved Gold status have highly engaged Employee Transportation Coordinators and offer an outstanding mix of commuter support programs such as monthly transit and vanpool subsidies, annual ORCA Passport programs, strong management support and an effective compressed work week or telework program.

Congratulations to the City of Lakewood's employees!

Memorial Fund for (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders Closed

A memorial fund established in the memory of Lakewood (Ret.) Police Chief Larry Saunders is now closed.

The announcement comes after the Lakewood community and those who knew Saunders - who passed away earlier this month - dedicated their full support. The fund was established at Heritage Bank to help cover costs related to Saunders' memorial service, and any residual funds would go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, for which Larry served as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Governors.

To date, the community has donated more than $1,400, according to Assistant Chief John Unfred. There is no exact amount in terms of how much will go toward the cost of memorial services, but he stressed that any residual funds would go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Photo Gallery: 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event

On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, the #IamLakewood community came 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 took place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!”

Mayor Don Anderson delivered the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker was Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College. Dr. Howard gave a presentation titled "The Legacy of the Dreak: My Impression of How Far Our Society has Come."

As always, the celebration featured several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest were announced. Thank you again to everyone who made this event a success once again.

To view a photo gallery of the event, visit the City's Facebook page .

City Council Roundup: Jan. 25, 2016

Here’s a roundup of items that the Lakewood City Council discussed at its Jan. 25, 2015 meeting:

Parks Capital Improvement Project Update

Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, gave the City Council an update on park development projects scheduled for 2016. They come on the heels of several years of planning and a successful grant season:

  • Springbrook Park – In 2016, the City will perform a Master development of the whole area, which is funded mostly a State grant. Improvements include:
    • Rebuilding the community garden
    • Creating new ADA parking
    • Installing picnic shelter, off-leash area
    • New pathways, picnic area and open space
    • Building an all-abilities playground
    • Bridge to 47th Avenue. “It’s really going to be an amazing pedestrian access point for this community,” Dodsworth said.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park - Waughop Lake Trail project (late spring/early summer). This project follows the current trail, except when it pulls away from the lake on the east end. Improvements include:
    • Picnic shelter near lake
    • Enhanced entrance
    • Removing invasive plants and dangerous trees. Dodsworth stressed: “We will be replanting shortly afterward, and eventually it will all grow and look just like it used to be.”
  • Fort Steilacoom Park - Sport fields (existing baseball field, soccer field). Improvements include:
    • Replacing below-grade dugouts with at-grade dugouts
    • Painting plaza area
    • Outdoor fencing
    • Outfield scoreboards
    • Picnic shelter areas
    • Installation of sign welcoming visitors to the Park
    • Replace interpretive sign
  • Gateway – Similar to the gateway at Bridgeport Way Southwest coming off I-5, the City hopes to install gateways at:
    • Gravelly Lake & Nyanza – Retrofit site with contemporary designed sign
    • Springbrook & Bridgeport
    • South Tacoma Way & 100th Street
  • Chambers Creek Trail – This project covers the creek that runs through Pierce County owned property the separates UP from Lakewood. Organizers are looking at three potential bridge sites to get people from the Kobayashi Property in UP to the Chambers Creek Trail. Some of it would be in Lakewood and some of it would be on the University Place side.
    • Currently examining grant funding options to cover cost
    • Dodsworth characterized the future walkway as most likely a nature trail
  • Harry Todd Park
    • Playground replacement
    • ADA access on waterfront
  • Gathering Spaces
    • The City will continue to examine the potential for a gathering space at Fort Steilacoom Park

City Council

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

February 1, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation proclaiming February 1-6, 2016 as Toastmasters International Week – Mr. Dennis Baker and Ms. Karen Devereaux, Lakewood Toastmasters Club
  • Police Chief’s commendation to Army Spc. Jonah Atkinson and Spc. Labeisha Ingram for assisting the victim of a shooting on 11/05/15.
  • Special Events update.
  • Bid award Outfall Water Quality Vaults project
  • Appoint member to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Approve intergovernmental agreement with Town of Steilacoom for animal control services.
  • Approve agreement for City Manager services
  • Ordinance No. 620 (cottage housing) from the 10/5/15 Council meeting.
  • City Manager Report – 4th Quarter Police Report


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 8, 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:

February 8, 2016 Study Session

  • Lakeview Light and Power Presentation – Mr. Ray Grinberg, General Manager
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans
  • Capital Needs Update
  • Rental housing inspection program progress update
  • Information Technology Plan update