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


January 27th, 2017


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood Receives 2015 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood was recognized for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting  by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada(GFOA). The GFOA presented the award to Tho Kraus, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Service and Chief Financial Officer at the City of Lakewood, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  . This award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, for providing accurate and transparent information in aiding the pursuit of financial well-being. Read more about the certificate and recognition .

Happy Hearts Dinner Auction on February 4th 

'Caring for Kids' is organizing the annual Happy Hearts Dinner Auction on Saturday, February 4th. Caring for Kids puts on this annual fundraiser to support underserved children in the community. Last year, Caring for Kids distributed over eight thousand books, three thousand dental kits, many many meals and more. She addresses resources to tackle poverty together with other groups like St Leo Food Connection, Tillicum Community Center, and others. Email her at to buy a ticket for the dinner auction.

Save the Date! Father Daughter Dance February 25th

Boots ‘N Bling Father Daughter Dance 
This year, we are inviting daughters on the frontier to the annual Father Daughter Dance to shake up Lakewood. There will be a dance floor with music from a professional DJ, along with refreshments and snacks for all ages. The dance is western-themed and everyone is invited to dress in the spirit of the event. Take part in the "glow" booth with wigs, signs, and props for fun pictures to remember the traditional dance. Visit /parks-and-recreation/special-events/father-daughter-dance-event for more information.
Date: February 25, 2017, Saturday
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College
                4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW 
               Lakewood, WA 98499
Cost: $25/pair (one father and one daughter), $10/each additional daughter
For more information on the event or to volunteer, contact Sally Martinez (253) 983-7758


Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Testing

Testing of the new Point Defiance Bypass signals and tracks    will occur in January and February 2017. Watch for trains traveling up to 79 mph between the Tacoma Dome Station and Nisqually, including the tracks that parallel Interstate 5 from South Tacoma, through Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis McChord and DuPont.

WSDOT wants to ensure you stay safe during this testing, so remember:

  • Trains will be traveling at speeds up to 79 mph
  • Trains may come from either direction, day or night
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before proceeding
  • Obey all signals at all times (pedestrians and vehicles)
  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • If police or flaggers are present, follow their directions


Looking for Active Residents to Serve on Community Advisory Boards

Are you an active member of the Lakewood community? The City of Lakewood is looking to fill a vacancies on our community adbisory boards  . Board members typically have some experience or expertise in the subject, are able to meet on a monthly basis, and serve for a specific number of months or years. For more specific information on each of the vacancies and for questions on how to apply, please refer to the descriptions linked below.

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.    Members work to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the City’s historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. 2 vacancies, through 12/31/2019.
  • Community Services Advisory Board    Members help to conduct public hearings, make recommendations to Council regarding community service fundings, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 12/15/2020.
  • Arts Commission    Members help to promote the visual, performing and literary arts and encourage the creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy through 10/15/2017.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board    Members make recommendations to Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 5/21/2020.


New Issue of Lakewood Connections Magazine 

The latest issue of Lakewood Connections is out! Read about the latest on the city budget, local transportation and road projects, updates on Waughop Lake Trail and more. Find out about upcoming winter programming and activities like the Father Daughter Dance, the Ray Evans Fishing event, snowshoeing, and classes at the Senior Activity Center. Read the latest issue online   .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 30, 2017 (Special Meeting) Joint Clover Park School District Board, 6:00 PM 
•    Facilities Advisory Committee recommendations
•    Youth Council update
•    Joint Quarterly CPSD and City of Lakewood Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, 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 6, 2017 Regular Meeting
•    Municipal Court Judge Swearing-In Ceremony
•    Proclamation declaring Toastmaster’s Week – Major Heath Dickinson, President, Lakewood Toastmasters Club
•    Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Update – Mr. Mark Lindquist
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Bid award Gravelly Lake and Nyanza and Ft. Steilacoom Park gateway signs 
•    Setting April 3, 2017 as the date for a public hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue and New York Avenue
•    Public Hearing on Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming
•    Adopt accepting donations ordinance
•    Amending the parks code
•    Approve West-Pierce Fire agreement for emergency management coordinator services
•    Approve agreement to abate Golden Lion