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April 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Public invited to headstone dedication for Civil War soldiers Saturday

Two Union Civil War Soldiers buried at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park will receive a proper headstone dedication Saturday.

Sergeant Oliver W. Bean, Company D, 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Private Thomas Blanchard, Company I, 4th New York Heavy Artillery will be honored during the ceremony. 

Both graves were previously unmarked. 

Also, the headstone of Sergeant Charles Wesley Cooley, Company G, 49th Ohio Infantry will be rededicated.

Military funeral honors will be rendered during Saturday’s ceremony. That includes a three-volley rifle salute.  Residents in and around the park between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday could hear gunfire and should not be alarmed.

Saturday’s ceremony is the result of work by the Gov. Isaac Stevens Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), supported by Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve and local nonprofit Grave Concerns Association.

Read more here.


Math Relay exercises kids’ brains and bodies

Friday marked the annual Math Relay, put on by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in coordination with the Clover Park School District.

This year 11 elementary schools participated, signing up 16 to 17 teams. The teams were made up of 20 students (10 girls, 10 boys) from third, fourth and fifth grade.

During the relay students combine physical activity – jumping jacks, running, pushups and jumping rope – with math. Students must correctly answer five math equations before they can move on to the next physical activity to complete the relay. If they get an answer wrong they have to do a pushup.

The team with the fastest scores wins. Check out this video of the students showing off their brawn and their brains.



Saying goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom

On May 1 we will say goodbye to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom who will retire after 12 years with the city.

Previously he worked for 37 years for the city of Kent, where he also headed the Public Works Department.

Wickstrom saw nearly 200 projects complete while at the helm in Lakewood. He was instrumental in improving the city’s infrastructure. That includes raising the bar on baseline road condition expectations and thinking outside the box when obstacles presented themselves.

The city appreciates and thanks Wickstrom for his hard work and dedication to Lakewood.

The city has hired John Cunningham to serve as the interim Public Works Director for approximately six months. He begins May 2. HIs appointment will allow the city to undertake a thorough recruitment process to fill the position.

Cunningham is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer with a 38-year career that includes time in the communities of Tumwater, Olympia, DuPont and Sammamish. He also worked in the private sector followed by seven years serving in interim posts. Since retiring in 2010, Cunningham has served as interim public works director for several agencies, most recently the city of Bainbridge Island, Mason County and city of Sammamish. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the University of Washington. 


Coming to a mailbox near you

Keep your eye out next week for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine.

Expected to hit mailboxes on or around May 3, the latest publication features updates on transportation and parks projects, a breakdown of the City Council’s housing priorities, a feature article on Lakes High School student Brianna Mitchell’s recent Youth of the Year recognition and information about the upcoming Farmers Market season which opens June 6.

Inside you’ll also find a guide to the city’s annual SummerFEST – the biggest party the city throws each year – and upcoming classes at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.


Lakewood Index now available

Construction is happening around the city as new busineses move in and existing businesses expand.

Check out who's coming and who already opened, as well as the latest economic indicators in the April/May 2017 Lakewood Index.


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.

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


Upcoming 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.

May 1, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing SFC Dan Figuracion – SFC Dan Figuracion’s family
  • Proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Hunger Awareness Month. – Ms. Helen McGovern-Pilant, CEO, Emergency Food Network
  • Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as National Travel and Tourism Week – Mr. Bennish Brown, President & CEO, Travel Tacoma+Pierce County and Mr. Dean Burke, Executive Director, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
  • Proclamation declaring May 1-5, 2017 as Certificated Employees Appreciation Week – Mr. Jim Schell, President, Clover Park Education Association
  • Proclamation declaring May 21–27, 2017 as National Public Works Week – Mr. Weston Ott, Transportation Division Manager
  • Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2017 as National Police Week – Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office update. – Mr. Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Adopt 2017 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Approve HOME agreement with Habitat for Humanity and Homeownership Center of Tacoma for acquisition and redevelopment of four single-family dwellings
  • Approve employment contract with John J. Caulfield as City Manager
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Subarea Plan Public Outreach Structure

See the full agenda packet here.


May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance