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


Oct. 7, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Manager Presents Proposed 2017-18 Budget

On Oct. 3, 2016, City Manager John Caulfield presented the 2017/2018 Proposed Biennial Budget to the Lakewood City Council.

Overall, the proposed budget maintains current levels of service in public safety, economic development, recreation and development services, while it increases services in street and park improvements.

The proposed budget is compliant with the City’s financial policies:

  •        Balanced budget that does not include reductions in services
  •        Does not use one‐time monies for ongoing programs
  •        Operating expenditures do not exceed operating revenues
  •        Maintains reserves

The budget also provides an estimate for future revenue growth, currently estimated to grow on average of 1.6 percent in 2017 and 1.7 percent in 2018 while operating expenditures are expected to decrease by .04 percent in 2017 and increase by 3 percent in 2018.

Also, the proposed budget does not include any new debt. It shows a balanced operating budget that has/is:

  •        Fiscally responsible underlying financial assumptions & policies in place
  •        Consistent with adopted financial policies
  •        Not using one‐time funds for ongoing operations
  •        Operating expenditures do not exceed operating revenues
  •        Reserves are replenished, albeit over a three year period

To view the 2017/2018 Proposed Biennial Budget and related documents, visit the City's Finance Department's budget page .


Western State Hospital Revises Policy on Patient Escapes, Unauthorized Leaves

(This message comes from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services)

LAKEWOOD— In coordination with local law enforcement offices, Western State Hospital has revised its policy on patient escapes and unauthorized leaves to ensure that law enforcement has accurate, reliable, timely and appropriate information to protect their safety and the safety of the public when responding to a missing patient report.   

“The staff at WSH made extraordinary effort to include police and other stakeholders in their policy review process. Updating policies for an entity the size of WSH is neither quick nor easy. CEO Strange and her staff should be commended for their dedication and determination to make these necessary improvements,” said Lakewood Police Chief Michael Zaro. “I am confident that the work they did will result in a more efficient response from police and, more importantly, a safer environment both in the hospital and in the surrounding communities.” 

Highlights of the revised policy include:

  • A clear definition of the differences between escapes and unauthorized leaves,
  • Clarity as to individual roles of clinical, nursing, security, escort, communication and administrative staff in response to escapes and ULs,
  • A streamlined process for timely notification of the incident, including the circumstances for implementing an incident command structure,
  • More specific information for law enforcement responding to an escape or UL at WSH:
    • Clear outline of the level system for civilly committed patients. More advanced levels allow for patients to have grounds privileges and  police must have accurate information about the heightened risks and needs associated with individual patients
    • Timely information about a missing patient’s most recent assaultive or threatening history.  

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Truck and Tractor Day: Oct. 15

We're a week out from the City of Lakewood's throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

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South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Oct. 10

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way project  for the week beginning Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Drivers travelling northbound on South Tacoma Way should expect temporary lane closures as the contractor finishes work associated with the new water main and begins preparing for the installation of new curb, gutter and sidewalk. Other work to occur this week will include the installation of electrical conduit and work associated with a new traffic signal at 100th Street Southwest & South Tacoma Way.
  • Drivers should be advised that during the week of October 24th, the contractor will be performing work at South Tacoma Way and State Route 512. This work will occur at night between the hours of 11p and 6am. There will be lane closures during these hours to accomplish the work.


Coffee With The Mayor, Oct. 11

From Mayor Don Anderson:

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:30 am. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW, Lakewood. Our guest speaker will be Fire Chief Jim Sharp who will be providing an update on West Pierce Fire & Rescue – Five Years Young. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there! Thanks! Don Anderson, Mayor


Council Advisory Board and Commission Vacancies

Interested in helping shape policy in the City of Lakewood?

The Lakewood City Council is currently seeking volunteers to fill vacancies for several Commission and Boards:

  • Planning Commission (3 vacancies) 5-year term. DUE: 11/21/16
  • Community Services Advisory Board (2 vacancies) 4-year term. DUE: 11/21/16
  • Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board (4 vacancies) 3-year term. DUE: 11/14/16
  • Arts Commission (6 vacancies) 3-year term. DUE: 10/31/16
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee (1 vacancy) 1-year term. DUE: 10/24/16

Further information and application forms about the City Council advisory boards and committees can be found at   or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 983-7701,or emailing  .


Lakewood Historical Society Seeks Volunteers, Board Applicants

(This message comes from the Lakewood Historical Society)

The Lakewood Historical Society is looking for people interested in Lakewood’s history to serve on its Board of Directors and/or as volunteers. People with professional skills such as previous board experience, marketing, program management, artistic display, writing, records archiving, and craftsmen are welcome. If you have and interest or are seeking a new and interesting direction for your spare time, personal enrichment, or desire to give back to the community, please consider joining us.

We would appreciate an opportunity to talk to you, answer your questions about the many programs the Society engages in, and learn how we can best bring together our needs with your skills and available time.

Please contact Glen Spieth, Society Board Director and Nominating Committee Chair, at 253-3-970-0383,   or Sue Scott, Society Vice President, at (253) 588-6354,  .


City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 10, 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:

October 10, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Review of low impact development code
  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of wireless telecommunications code
  • Review of Six Year Financial Forecast (2017-2022)
  • Reports by the City Manager – City Days Use of the McGavick Center


The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the American Lake Conference Room, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

October 12, 2016 – Special Meeting -6:30 PM – American Lake Room

  • Review of the 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget - Department Presentations
    • Parks, Recreation & Community Services
    • Public Works
    • Municipal Court
    • Legal


The City Council will be holding a Council Retreat on Saturday, October 15, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Mount Rainier Conference Room, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

October 15, 2016 (Saturday), 8:30 A.M. Council Retreat

  • State Legislative Agenda, Legislative Policy Manual and Federal Priorities


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, October 17, 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:

October 17, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Presentation of the 2016-2017 Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation Calendar
  • Business showcase
  • Appointing members to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Public Hearing on 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve low impact development code
  • Adopt wireless telecommunications code
  • Adopt FY 2017 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Reports by the City Manager - SSMCP: JBLM/Camp Murray Survey Analysis & Presentation; and North Clear Zone (NCZ) Study Update