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


Sept. 15, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


National Preparedness Month: Safe at Home event

September is National Preparedness Month and this Saturday (9/16) you'll have a chance to pick up a FREE emergency preparedness kit from Walmart on Bridgeport Way (while supplies last).

The event is from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Here's all you need to know: Puget Sound Energy and the American Red Cross are joining forces to get you prepared.

Drop by the Safe at Home event Saturday (9/16) at the Walmart Supercenter and pick up a FREE Ready America® emergency preparedness kit (while supplies last), receive important safety and preparedness tips, and learn more about the myPSE outage app.

The day will feature fun safety activities for the entire family. Participate in games and win prizes, get kid’s safety information, interact with KING 5 TV personalities and more. Plus, talk with local emergency response experts, PSE professionals, and American Red Cross representatives about assembling preparedness kits, making emergency plans, and being informed.

Are you prepared?


Save the date: Artist reception Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.


Remembering retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

The City of Lakewood and its Police Department are saddened to share the passing of retired Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Bret passed away Sept. 12 in Arizona after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

“As much as Bret meant to the Police Department and the City of Lakewood, it pales in comparison to what he meant to his family,” Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro said. “They were extremely close and I can’t imagine the loss they are feeling.”

Bret had a long and successful career in law enforcement, with the majority of his time spent serving the citizens of Lakewood. Bret played a large role in the creation of the Lakewood Police Department and served as the chief from 2008 until his retirement in April of 2015.

Under Bret’s direction the police department continued to build its relationship in the community, a move that helped reduce crime across the board and made Lakewood a safer place to live.

His leadership was especially critical in 2009 when he was faced with leading the department through one of its worst tragedies – the shooting death of a sergeant and three of its officers.

Through it all, Bret united the department and reaffirmed the conviction of the Lakewood Police Department to serve and protect the city.

Bret will be missed by all of those who knew him. His influence and leadership are still felt by those who worked with him both at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Lakewood PD.

“Bret’s commitment to the community went above and beyond his role as Police Chief,” Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said. “He cared about our community as demonstrated by his commitment to countless charities and service groups in Lakewood.

“The city expresses its sympathy to Bret’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Caulfield said. “His family should be proud of the legacy he left in Lakewood. He will be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bret’s family and close friends.


United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring was Friday (Sept. 15) and 10 city employees volunteered their morning to help the Emergency Food Network repack frozen corn.

In total the city employees repacked 4,350 pounds of frozen corn on the cob in just over two hours for the EFN distribution center, located in Lakewood.

The volunteers included:

  • Alla Dobrovidova (Public Works)
  • Nikki York (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Tammi Dove (Administrative Services/Finance)
  • Jessica Vanzant (Police)
  • Susan Adams  (Municipal Court)
  • Mary Dodsworth (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Svea Pitts (Police)
  • Mike Miller (Police)
  • Daniel Nego (Parks, Recreation and Community Services)
  • Jason Cannon (Police)

Thank you for your commitment to community and supporting our Lakewood neighbors. Check out a video of the morning


Rental Housing Safety Program launches soon

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.


Lakewood Community Collaboration philanthropic visit

This week three major players in the state’s philanthropic community came to Lakewood to speak to Lakewood Community Collaboration members.

They included Colette Ogle, program officer for the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Ken Ristine, with the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, and Jessica Case with the Medina Foundation.

These representatives spoke in a panel format, offering their experience to the collaboration members, many of whom represent nonprofit and community services organizations in the region.


Waughop Lake Trail dedication photos

Unable to make it to last week’s Waughop Lake Trail dedication? Don’t fret; you can view pictures from the evening on the city’s Facebook page. 


Nominations due Sept. 29 for Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood First Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, advocated for Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Sept. 29.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.


Weekly transportation update

Road improvements begin next week in the Woodbrook neighborhood and will impact traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street.

The work is part of the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project which is going up across the street from Woodbrook Middle School. The road improvements include road widening and paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse project on 146th Street and 150th Street. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. The project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.


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. Open until filled.

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


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .


Upcoming Council Meetings

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

September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewski, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program


September 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Review of human services 2018 allocations and funding strategy
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments

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