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


Nov. 14, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Day Ceremony at Clover Park Tech

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Mayor Don Anderson was the keynote speaker at Clover Park Technical College’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. “You are part of that small minority,” the Mayor said to the Lakewood college’s veterans, “who offered to put everything on the line in service to others.” In addition to his address, Anderson joined other a special remembrance ceremony at the college’s memorial wall.

Fall and Winter Weather

Over the past week, Lakewood residents have endured a cold spell, along with the rest of the Puget Sound region. As fall and winter weather intensifies, Lakewood residents should keep in mind a number of safety tips regarding everything from driving safely to preparing your home. Check out the City’s tip sheet here: .

#IamLakewood Spotlight: Original House of Donuts

This week, the City of Lakewood introduced the first edition of its new YouTube video series  : #IamLakewood Spotlight.

The inaugural spotlight features the Original House of Donuts  , one of the community’s most iconic businesses. Opened in 1959, OHOD has been serving up sweet and sugary goodness to generations of customers from Lakewood, Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympia and beyond.

Two years ago, Lakewood native Tom Peterson purchased the shop (which features an iconic roofline that’s now featured in the log) from OHOD’s original owner and made it his mission to restore and improve the quality of the legendary doughnut creations. From classics like apple fritters and maple bars to new creations such as the Devil’s Food Chocolate cake, OHOD is a doughnut-lover’s Graceland. For more information, visit: .

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, honoring more than 40 volunteers who donate their time and talent to the Center. Volunteers are Superheroes, who always come to the rescue when they are needed! Lakewood's own Parks & Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth donned Superwoman apparel and stepped in to say thank you by serving the attendees. City Manager John Caulfield made a special guest appearance. Food was donated by Narrows Glen, and many local businesses donated prizes for the deserving volunteers to win! In honor of Volunteerism, Charlie Brown Music Unlimited donated his musical talent to entertain our Super Volunteers!



#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

This week’s image was snapped by Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member Tanja Scott, who captured a beautiful moment at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Economic Development

We’re Building in Lakewood

Have you noticed a large structure going up along 100th Street? That would be the Lakewood Industrial Park’s (LIP) new 136,000-square-foot “spec” building, available February 2015. It is one of two new buildings planned for the park. The second will be 208,000 square feet, available in 2016. LIP is home to more than 70 businesses, and it’s the largest park of its type in Pierce County. LIP began in 1966 with seven buildings, and with the new additions will be at 29 buildings and over 2.5 million square feet of leasable space.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Jingle Bell Rock … Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don't dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater  is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood's annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K on Dec. 6. The City's annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell. For more information, visit .

Cyclocross at Fort Steilacoom Park

The Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration , a two-day professional cyclocross racing event, will ride through Lakewood Dec. 7. The first race begins Dec. 6 at Pacific Lutheran University. The second race, on Dec. 7, starts at Fort Steilacoom Park. Cyclocross, a form of bike racing that has become especially popular in the Northwest, is a blend of traditional road and mountain biking. Cyclocross courses can feature sand, asphalt, grass, trails, steep hills and other obstacles. At some points in a race riders can expect to dismount and carry their bikes. To learn more, visit: .


5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive

The City of Lakewood is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 5th Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Please help us make this another great year of honoring the memories of our fallen by working toward something they believed in passionately: Making a difference in the lives of the people in the community they served. In partnership with the Emergency Food Network, we will be on site on Nov. 26 to receive any donations that you can drop off. The above poster shows a list of items that are needed most. As in previous years, we will have bins in place at Lakewood Police Department prior to Nov. 26, in case that particular day doesn't work for anyone who wants to participate. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 26, and we want to thank you, in advance, for your support. It is because of all of you that we have been able to turn this event into a huge success. There aren't enough words to express our appreciation for your generosity and continued support over the years. For more information: .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Police Department for the 2014 Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award.
  • Business showcase. – Boo Han Market
  • Appoint an individual to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Adopt 2015-16 biennial budget
  • Adopt 2015 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Adopt 2015 funding allocations for human services
  • Adopt 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Approve Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation

Following the City Council regular meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will hold a meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Adopt a Transportation Benefit District budget

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 interlocal agreements with University Place, Town of Steilacoom and DuPont for court services
  • Review RTA1 and RTA 2 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Review of an interlocal agreement with the City of DuPont for human resources services

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, in Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

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