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


Nov. 11, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Council Resolution Recognizes Lakewood Community Foundation Fund

On Nov. 7, 2016, the Lakewood City Council unanimously approved a resolution officially recognizing the vital role and public purpose of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund.

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund – a donor-advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation – was formed as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization by the Lakewood Rotary Club and Clover Park Rotary Club to address critical needs in Lakewood and to serve Lakewood residents more directly, especially its neediest.

About the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund

The two Rotary clubs wanted to be more Lakewood-oriented in their charitable efforts, and all the money raised benefits Lakewood organizations and citizens.

The Foundation’s goal is to establish a $1 million endowment in order to fund projects and scholarships to benefit children, families and charities in Lakewood. The $1 million endowment should generate $50,000 or more each year for grants to deserving students and charities that work to meet the needs of Lakewood’s low-income population.

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Veterans Day/Month Proclamation

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, the Lakewood City Council presented a proclamation officially recognizing Veterans Day 2016 and the month of the November as Veterans Appreciation month.

As part of the recognition, the night included a ceremony featured and recognized veterans, military personnel and representatives, including:

  • Lakes High School Choir
  • Clover Park High School JROTC
  • RallyPoint 6
  • 2-2 Stryker Brigade
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Lakewood Post
  • American Veterans Post 1
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Veterans Service Officers, Washington State - Department of Veterans
  • American Legion Post No. 187

The City of Lakewood thanks and salutes all veterans who have sacrificed so much for this country.



Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 2

On Friday, Dec. 2, the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.

Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!


In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.

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Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run

Looking to make up for overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

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Waughop Lake Trail Project Construction

(This message comes from Erin Meinershagen with Bruce Dees & Associates, landscape architect for the Waughop Lake Trail project )

Construction began on the Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park late October.

Fort Steilacoom Park is a 350-plus-acre site located in the northwest portion of Lakewood. More than 1 million people visit the park each year for active and passive recreational opportunities.

Improvements include the renovation of the trail around Waughop Lake by creating a new accessible mile-long asphalt perimeter path, adding benches, a picnic shelter, and a viewing platform. Other site amenities include interpretive signage, ADA parking, and habitat enhancements such as native plant restoration.

The City of Lakewood retained Landscape Architect Bruce Dees & Associates to create the design along with community input through a series of public and ad hoc meetings. The construction is headed by Ceccanti, Inc. Due to the importance of the park and trail to the community, the City of Lakewood is committed to completing construction as soon as possible to keep the impact on users to a minimum. Construction is expected to be completed in four months.

Once complete, Waughop Lake Trail will be a safer, more accessible asset to the community.



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

​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, November 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 14, 2016 Study Session

  • Review of 2017 human services funding allocation
  • Review of 2017 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget
  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, November 21, 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:

November 21, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Hess Deli & Bakery
  • Proclamation recognizing Terry Hayes, CEO, Goodwill
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Appointing member to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Adopt 2016 Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments
  • Adopt 2017-2018 Biennial Budget
  • Adopt 2017 property tax levy
  • Adopt property tax levy declaration of substantial need for 2017.
  • Adopt 2016 budget amendments
  • Adopt 2017 fee schedule amendments
  • Approve 2017 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve 2017 human services funding allocations


Following the regular City Council meeting of November 21, 2016 that begins at 7:00 p.m., the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 21, 2016 Transportation Benefit District (following Council Regular Meeting)

  • Adopt 2017-2018 Transportation Benefit District budget
  • Assumption of the City of Lakewood Transportation Benefit District