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


Nov. 21, 2014


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Adopts 2015-16 Annual Budget

On Monday, Nov. 17, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. It is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability. Other highlights include:

  • Increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system.
  • Funding for several new park improvement projects.
  • Replenishes the General Fund reserves to meet its 12% policy objective by the end of 2016.
  • General Fund operating revenues are projected to grow 2.7% in 2015 and another 1.2% in 2016. General Fund operating expenditures are projected to grow 0.4% in 2015 followed by 2.2% in 2016.

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5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

  • WHAT: Lakewood Police Department 5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 26.
  • WHERE: Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW.
  • WHO: The Emergency Food Network, as in Police has partnered with the organization that provides food to some 60 food banks

There are several reasons to donate to the Fallen Officers Food Drive, including:

  • E.F.N.: It supports the Emergency Food Network. Enough said. Your donations will do good across Pierce County.
  • Super Simple: If you can’t make it Nov. 26, just drop off donations at the Lakewood Police Department a few days prior. You can even donate online at   to make a Paypal donation or Text HUNGER to 85944 to donate $10.
  • Bang For The Buck: The potential difference is massive. Donate one $1, and the Emergency Food Network can distribute over $12 worth of food. Help feed struggling families or buy that snack out of the vending machine? Simple choice, really.
  • Aiming High: The Fallen Officers Food Drive is thinking big this year. The goal is $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food. That’s half of what has been donated in the previous four years. Combined. We need your generosity. Can you help us get there?

Burn Ban Issued for Piece County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency   issued a Stage 2 burn ban for all of Pierce County on Nov. 17. The ban was lifted on Nov. 20. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the pollution that is creating unhealthy air, usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation. For more information:

Quarter Recognition Awards and Breakfast

The City of Lakewood celebrated the folks who help our municipal government run on Nov. 20 at the City's 4th Quarter Recognition Awards and Breakfast. Several employees who this year are marking 10 years with the City were recognized. The City's Executive Leadership Team cooked breakfast. Mayor Don Anderson and City Councilmember Marie Barth attended.


On November 19, 2014 HR Director Debra Young was a panel member at a workshop for WAPELRA (Washington Public Employer Labor Relations Association). Panel members represented three different counties, Port of Seattle and Lakewood. The training focused on basic labor relations intended for practitioners that have limited experience with grievances or grievance arbitration.

3rd Annual SSMCP Members Forum

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Member Forum took place Nov. 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The meeting featured a report from Program Manager Tiffany Speir and several wonderful guest speakers over breakfast. Speakers included Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James M. Collins, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the State of Washington; Kristine M. Reeves, Military and Defense Sector Lead, Department of Commerce, State of Washington; and Col. Stephen Yoest, Deputy Commander of Clinical Services, Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM. Topics included the military's economic impact in the South Sound and Washington State, the possibility of BRAC and much more. Thank you again to everyone who attended. Check out photos of the meeting on the City's Facebook page:


Lakewood Business Showcase: Boo Han Market

Mayor Don Anderson recognized the family-owned and -operated Boo Han Market as the Business Showcase for November 2014 during the Nov. 17 City Council meeting. Boo Han immigrated from Korea to Lakewood in 1973 and earned enough money to open the store.

  • Jae Han, Boo Han's son, attributes the store’s successful run, in part, to his family’s spirit of hard work and dedication. He also credited a notion that’s even simpler: The store talked and listed to its customers. It found out what they wanted, what foods they missed from Korea and provided those products at the lowest possible cost.
  • One of the big reasons for the Boo Han Market’s success is its positive relationship with its native city.
  • Aside from the City of Lakewood, several Korean-language media from the Northwest appeared for Monday's presentation, including Sportsseoulusa Koreatowndaily, the Korean Daily NW Branch and KO-AM TV.
  • The best part: Boo Han's grandchildren presented him with flowers.
  • The City of Lakewood would again like to thank Boo Han Market for being such a wonderful business.
  • Check out photos of the Business Showcase here:

Cascade Regional Blood Services Presentation

The Lakewood City Council heard a presentation from Dan Schmitt with Cascade Regional Blood Services during the Nov. 17 Council meeting. The organization thanked the City of Lakewood, particularly its Parks and Recreation Department, for its support. Check out photos of the presentation here:

Lakewood Welcomes Okinawa Exchange Students

On Nov. 17, Lakewood City Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter and Mary Moss, as well as City Manager Manager John Caulfield, Assistant City Manager/Finance and Administrative Services Director Tho Kraus and other representatives from the City of Lakewood participated in a celebration of 23 exchange students from Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan at Lakes High School. The students are visiting Lakewood as part of an exchange program that's facilitated through the Lakewood Sister Cities Association. Over the summer, 23 students from Lakes High stayed with host families in Japan. The exchange students joined host families, representatives from Clover Park School District, the City and others over some great barbecue. The students did a presentation on their homeland, as well as performed a cultural dance. The community of Lakewood is honored at the opportunity of hosting these energetic, ambitious and curious students. Although they leave back to Japan on Wednesday, it's a great chance to showcase who we are.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock 5K

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Stay for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • COST: $25 per person. Runners can sign up online at   or call (253) 983-7887. (Sign up Nov. 21-23 and save $5 off registration!)
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear 'em.

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Activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

There is lots going on at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center. Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events. Registration for the Winter 2015 courses opens Jan. 2. However, an oil painting class and a number of short exercise courses open in December, and you can sign up at any time. In the meantime, check out what the center ran this week:


  • Movie Monday


  • Men’s Coffee
  • Mah Jongg
  •  Drop-in Line Dancing


  • Workshop Wednesday—Coaster Set


  • Memory Social Hour: Gratitude Gathering


  • Open Computer Lab

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Lakewood City Council Recognizes LPD

Mayor Don Anderson read a proclamation that recognized the work of our outstanding Police Department during the Nov. 17 City Council meeting.

  • Specifically, the City Council recognized LPD for being named "Agency of the Year" in the RISE Awards competition presented by TASER International and PoliceOne.
  • The work of LPD can be seen both tangibly and intangibly. Thanks for keeping the community safe.

Check out photos of the proclamation here:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 24, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with the City of DuPont for human resources services

The City Council will be holding a Joint meeting with the Clover Park School District Board on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Board Room, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Council goals and priorities
  • 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda
  • Legislative Policy Manual
  • Federal legislative priorities

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 1, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Approve interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of DuPont for human resources services
  • Approve an agreement with the Johnston Group for federal lobbying services
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell for state lobbying services