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


July 7, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Lakewood Police lieutenant graduates FBI National Academy

Lakewood Police Department Lt. Jeff Alwine recently graduated from the FBI National Academy , becoming only the second Lakewood officer to participate and complete the rigorous program that includes 3,800 credit hours of coursework and regular physical fitness tests.

Police Chief Mike Zaro also graduated from the academy in 2010.

Based at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, the national academy is a professional course study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers.  

Over the course of the 10 weeks attendees take undergraduate and/or graduate classes focused on law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, intelligence theory, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science and health and fitness.

Alwine was one of 228 people to graduate June 7 as part of the 268th session. Classmates included law enforcement from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies and every branch of the military.

Alwine is the head of professional standards for the police department which oversees internal affairs, hiring and training.


Another busy Fourth for Lakewood Police

Here’s a snapshot of July 4 for Lakewood police:

232: Total number of calls for fireworks complaints (this doesn't include additional calls South Sound 911 received that didn’t meet criteria to pass along).

150: Average number of calls our police receive on a normal day. (Add those together and you'll see LPD had almost 400 calls for service on July 4).

Also of note: Police responded to numerous brush fires with West Pierce Fire & Rescue and two medical calls for people who had chest and hand burns from fireworks. Officers also responded to two fires at the Colonial Motel July 3 and 4; the cause is under investigation.


SummerFEST is Saturday

It’s finally here!

SummerFEST is Saturday and the weather looks like it will be perfect, so come out to Fort Steilacoom Park and help us celebrate the sunshine.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies, unless of course you’re participating in the triathlon presented by St. Clare Hospital. That starts with a cold jump into American Lake at 9 a.m. and ends with a 3-mile run through Fort Steilacoom Park. The awards ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. on the Geico main stage.

Our family-friendly festival won’t disappoint. Free activities for kids include Bubble Soccer, the chance to try out different sports like golf and baseball, or the chance to ride adaptive bikes for people of all abilities. Of course we’ll have festival favorites: face painting, live music and deeee-lish food offerings from a variety of food trucks.

We’ll also celebrate the rich cultural traditions that make Lakewood stand out in the South Sound at the Lakewood Sister Cities International Fair. Check out the full list of events – including the annual Car Show and additional display of BMWs and Minis from sponsor BMW Northwest and Northwest Mini – and consider staying into evening for the pet parade and movie at dusk: “The Secret Life of Pets” courtesy of sponsor Click Cable TV and America’s Credit Union.


Thank you for supporting Lakewood Healthy Bucks

The final count is in and Whole Foods Chambers Bay is giving Lakewood's Farmers Market $2,441.34 for its Healthy Bucks program.

The money comes from Whole Foods Market's community giving day, where they dedicated 5 percent of the net sales from June 22 to our program.

With this money we are able to give children ages 16 and under the opportunity to buy $2 worth of fruits and/or veggies from our market vendors. A recent visit to the market last week saw a number of children lined up to receive their healthy bucks.

But, before we let them walk out of the city's market booth with the free bucks they first have to draw/color their favorite fruits and veggies at our arts and crafts table. 

This is a great opportunity to teach youngsters about healthy food choices, as well as provide them with access to fresh fruit grown by local farmers.

Thank you to everyone who shopped at Whole Foods Chambers Bay last month - and thank you to Whole Foods for supporting healthy eating in our community.

We can't wait to see more children at our market using their Healthy Bucks!


Lakewood Police conduct active shooter training

Lochburn Middle School served as the backdrop for an active shooter training this week for local law enforcement – including Lakewood’s police force.

Trainers included members of the Metro SWAT team, who worked with officers to teach them how to respond to a live, mass shooting incident.

It’s a scenario we hope never plays out in Lakewood, but if it does our officers are ready.

Participants received instruction time before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.

The day ended with a “live” training that included the exchange of gun fire between police and the “bad guys”. Instead of real bullets officers fired paint-filled bullets from their guns, similar to paintball but with less paint and more impact because the bullets were fired from service weapons.

Every Lakewood officer is required to complete eight hours of active shooter of training annually. That’s in addition to simulated shooter training and other trainings.



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Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 10-14:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): INTERSECTION CLOSURE is planned for July 9 to 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Gravelly Lake Drive and Mount Tacoma Drive while sections of the water main are relocated. This work is being done by the Lakewood Water District because parts of the water main need to be moved and upgraded. The city’s portion of this project will be put on hold while this work is done. The intersection will be closed and detours will be in place.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Project is suspended. Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 17.


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. Three vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

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.

July 10, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of purchasing policy amendments
  • Review agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan
  • Review of Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise


July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

Read the full July 10 agenda.