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


March 31, 2017


To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 


Lakewood ready to partner with South Sound leaders in case of emergency

This week South Sound leaders from Lakewood, Tacoma and University Place gathered in Maryland to develop the skills and awareness needed to carry out emergency plans, policies and procedures related to disaster response.

During the four-day emergency preparedness course, taught at FEMA’s emergency management institute in Emmitsburg, the group worked through various hazard scenarios and how to respond.

Classroom instruction and discussion led to the final day where participants were presented with a major disaster and expected to simulate a response.

Participants at the training came from the following agencies:

  • Federal emergency management institute
  • State Department of Emergency Management division
  • State Department of Ecology
  • Pierce County emergeny management
  • The cities of Tacoma, University Place and Lakewood
  • Tacoma Fire Department
  • West Pierce Fire and Rescue
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Port of Tacoma
  • Tacoma Public Utilities

Working in a group setting like this strengthens community partnerships and ensures similar teamwork will be used should we ever face a major disaster.


Councilman Michael Brandstetter awarded advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Lakewood City Councilman Michael Brandstetter recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Brandstetter completed more than 60 hours of training credits to earn this distinction and demonstrated valuable service to his community.

The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster community and staff relationships. To earn this certificate, the official attends a variety of AWC sponsored municipal workshops. The courses help mayors and councilmembers learn the essentials of municipal service and improve their ability to work with council colleagues, city staff and citizens.

Brandstetter has held the Position 2 seat on the City Council since 2010. He represents the city on the South Sound 911 policy board and the Tacoma/Pierce County Convention Center public facilities district and also represents the Chambers/Clover Creek Watershed on the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District advisory committee.

Brandstetter entered the United States Army in 1969 and moved to Lakewood in 1993 when he became the command sergeant major of the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis. During his career military assignments took him to Korea, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, Haiti, Panama and a variety of assignments in the United States.

He retired from the Army in 1999 and joined Bates Technical College, where he served as the Dean for Engineering, computer Science and Advanced Technologies.  


Clover Park High School student named state Boys and Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year

Clover Park sophomore Nyah Hall was recently named the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State Military Youth of the Year.

Hall joined the Boys and Girls Clubs at a nursery in Japan where her family was stationed. She has been a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Center for five years.

Hall is an honor roll student and a javelin thrower on the track and field team. During the Youth of the Year process, Hall talked about the impact of the Youth Center at JBLM and the source of encouragement it provides children from military families.

She joins Brianna Mitchell, who attends the Lakewood branch of the Boys and Girls Club, in holding the honor of being named youth of the year.

The Youth of the Year and Military Youth of the Year selections are the highest honor Boys and Girls Club members can receive. Each year a representative is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competitions.

Winners are chosen first at a club level, then state, regional and national levels. This year’s regional competitions will be held over the summer in Los Angeles. Mitchell will compete in June; Hall will compete in August.

As the new teen representatives for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington, Mitchell and Hall received $5,000 in college scholarships. Congratulations to both!


Pothole driving you crazy? Report it!

If you’ve driven around the city you’ve probably asked yourself “What’s up with all the potholes?”

The answer: The weather.

Continuous rain and freezing temperatures are a paved road’s worst enemy. That’s why after the February snow days we saw more roads with holes popping up seemingly out of nowhere.

The more water you have (think our record rainfall), the higher the chance for potholes.

The city places a high priority on its roads but we can’t fix every road at once. We also have to work around the weather.

That means right now while we're still working our way toward warmer spring weather, temporary patches are being used to fill holes until road crews can come back and overlay permanent fixes.

We do our best to get ahead of the problem or respond promptly when it’s brought to our attention. You can help by reporting potholes with the FREE MyLakewood311 mobile app, available for download from Google Play and the Apple iStore. 


Thanking Public Works

Lakewood engineer Troy Pokswinski, his team and the city were recently thanked in an email from a resident who wanted was happy to “finally” sidewalks and curbs installed on Gravelley Lake Drive between 59th Street and Steilacoom Boulevard.

“Even though it took three-plus months of barrels in the street, we had no problem getting into the driveway, and the flag ladies were very good about getting us in and out,” the woman wrote.

The addition of the sidewalks means a safer pedestrian experience for everyone, including young mothers pushing strollers and students walking to school, the woman said.

“Thanks again for a smooth operation – it makes such a difference.”

City note: More sidewalks are scheduled for construction along Gravelly Lake Drive in the next 12 to 18 months, and a street overlay will replace the aging pavement.


Reminder: Waughop Lake Trail closes Monday

The trail around Waughop Lake will close Monday, April 3 so crews can finish work on the trail improvements.

Work was halted earlier this year after weather became too wet and cold for new pavement to be installed.

The trail will remain closed to the public until the work is complete. Please stay off the trail until it reopens – your cooperation will reduce the project cost and allow us to finish faster.

Those worried about tree removal, don’t worry. Replacement trees will be planted in October. Find out more on the lake project pag e.


Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Upcoming City Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound Youth of the Year and Washington State Youth of the Year Recognition of Brianna Mitchell
  • Lakewood First Lions Club Youth Scholarship Award – Ms. DeAnne Bennett, Lakewood First Lions Club
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive SW improvements from 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd
  • Public Hearing vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Public Hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Approve supplemental agreement with Ivar Gunderson for additional prosecutorial services
  • Reports by the City Manager – Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion update

April 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Municipal Court and Veterans Court Update
  • Review of North Clear Zone strategy and Action Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Review of domestic violence ordinances
  • Review of 2016 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance