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


Oct. 31, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Day Commemoration on Nov. 3

On Monday, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council will honor the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council will recognize the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The event begins at 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. First, the City Council will recognize Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor. The military recently honored the former 7th Infantry Division and I Corps commander by naming a building – “Harrison Hall” - in his honor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During his career, Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division's headquarters building. To learn more about what the City has planned, visit  .

Public Hearing on 2015-16 Proposed Budget

Also on Nov. 3, the City of Lakewood will hold a public hearing on its proposed 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. 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.

Gas Main Work on Gravelly Lake Drive

Here's a heads up about some gas main work that will start next week in Lakewood. Starting on Monday, Nov. 3,, Puget Sound Energy’s contractor, Infrasource, will be replacing the gas main on Gravelly Lake Drive between 500 feet south of Pacific Highway to Nyanza Road. The work will be completed in the outside southbound lane requiring temporary daytime closures of this lane. Temporary asphalt patching material will be placed with permanent patching completed when weather permits. Work is estimated to take approximately three weeks.

Make A Difference Day

On Oct. 25, the City celebrated Make a Difference Day on, amazingly, a dry morning! The Kick-Off event featured volunteer groups representing JBLM, Pierce College International Students, Pierce College Men’s Basketball team, Harrison Prep National Honor Society, Pierce Conservation District, Grave Concerns, Lochburn & Mann Middle School students through the College Access Corps from Pierce College and students from Clover Park Technical College through their Veterans Navigator program. The project sites were:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park Cemetery – replacing grave markers with Grave Concerns
  • West Pierce Fire & Rescue Safety Fair – Pumpkin carving and the bounce house for the kids
  • City Hall Rain Garden – Redoing the existing rain garden with Pierce Conservation District
  • Tyee Park Elementary – Replacing the existing raised vegetable beds with new beds
  • Towne Center Starbucks – Pay it forward for the day

We had a dry morning for our event and over 250 volunteers! Great job by everyone!

More Work on I-5, Weather Permitting

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are hoping for no tricks and all treats when it comes to the weather so they can finish an Interstate 5 paving project in Pierce County this weekend. Weather permitting, on Friday, Oct. 31, crews will continue their work on southbound I-5 from the Berkeley Street interchange to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate interchange. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Short-term overnight ramp closures will also take place at the JBLM main gate interchange. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit  .

#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

Check out this picture taken during the annual employee Halloween potluck today at City Hall. The Seahawks contingent supported Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s initiative to “Pass the Peace.” We posted this photo on ourTwitter page  , and it was retweeted by the Seahawks organization itself. Awesome stuff #IamLakewood

Happy (and Safe) Halloween

The City of Lakewood would like to wish everyone a happy and SAFE Halloween.

To help you out with the "safe" part, we've provided below some great Halloween "Do's and Don'ts" and ideas to help everyone enjoy their trick-or-treating and their loot! They come courtesy of the City’s Community Safety Resource Team. Check them out here:  .

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  .


Firearms Theft Reward

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives & National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF are offering up to $10,000 for information for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Quantico Tactical in Lakewood, Wash. on Monday (Oct. 27, 2014). Approximately 30 Springfield Armory pistols in calibers 9 mm, .40 and .45 were stolen along with several upper and lower receivers for 5.56 mm rifles and an assortment of high quality Eotech, Trijicon and Bushnell optical rifle scopes and magnifiers. Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800) 283-4867) or the Lakewood WA Police Department at (253) 830-5000. All calls will be kept confidential. For more information, visit  .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 3, 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
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison
  • Proclamation proclaiming the month of November 2014 as Veterans Appreciation month. – Ms. Anne Sprute, RallyPoint 6
  • Proclamation recognizing Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal. - Carlene Joseph, Vice President of Military Relations, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Progress & Activities Year to Date - Mr. Bennish Brown, President and CEO
  • Public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Approve an agreement with Tri-Tec Communications, Inc. for a phone system
  • Approve an agreement with Xiologix for IT storage upgrades
  • Approve ILA amendment with West-Pierce Fire regarding emergency mgmt. coordinator
  • Approve WA State Military Department Homeland Security Emergency Management Grant
  • Approval of the 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 10, 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 proposed 2015 human services funding allocations
  • Review of proposed 2015 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of amendments to Chapter 3.09 relative to City Funds
  • Review of Pierce County County-wide policies on annexation
  • Review RTA1 and RTA 2 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments (3 of 3 reviews)
  • Review of Municipal Court capacity analysis
  • Review of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget and Six Year Financial Forecast