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


Oct. 10, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Proposed Biennial Budget

On Monday night, Oct. 6, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield presented the City’s 2015-16 Proposed Biennial Budget to the Mayor and City Council.

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.

The budget also includes funding for several park improvement projects, including upgrades to the Waughop Lake Trail, expansion of Springbrook Park, replacement of playground equipment and new docks at Harry Todd Park, and trail improvements at the Chambers Creek Properties in partnership with the City of University Place and Pierce County. To read the rest, visit  .

Truck and Tractor Day

On Oct. 18, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the8thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  . The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. We’ve given you eight of our favorites here:  .

Toxic Algae Bloom at Lake Steilacoom

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced this week that there is a toxic algae bloom in Lake Steilacoom, which means it’s unsafe for people and pets. The department asks residents to keep children and pets away from areas with algae, as well as not to swim, wade, water ski or fish in areas with algae. In September, the department issued a similar advisory for American Lake. To learn more, visit  .

Great ShakeOut on Oct. 16

On Oct. 16, almost one million residents across Washington, including many here in Pierce County, will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill and exercises. They will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” beginning at 10:16 a.m. For more information, visit  .

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar Artists

Also on Monday night, the Lakewood City Council recognized the creators of 17 pieces of art that were included in the 2014-15 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar. The artists attend Lakeview Hope Academy and Oakbrook Elementary School in the Clover Park School District  . Judges chose their pieces out of hundreds of entries. Some 1,500 calendars were printed and handed out to schools, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce  and local businesses as part of the Lakewood Public Works Department's goal of reducing stormwater pollution. Check out the City’s Facebook photo gallery of the recognition:  .

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for Coffee with the Mayor at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Our guest speaker will be Lakewood Police Lt. Dave Guttu, who will provide a Community Safety Resource Team update. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.

Twitter Update

This month, the City’s official Twitter page  reached more than 600 followers, which means we’ve averaged about 50 new followers per month since launching the page in October 2013. Twitter is a great way to send out quick messages to our followers, and will be very helpful in an emergency. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow the City on Twitter @CityofLakewood  .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Mann Late Night Program

Approximately 70 students from Mann Middle School attended the first late-night program of the school year on Oct. 3. The program is designed to provide one of the “Five Promises” of Lakewood’s Promise: Provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours. Activities included: basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and the Wii. Approximately 70-80 percent of the participants were girls. A meal-type snack comprised of Subway, chips & bottled water was available for all participants. A quick poll was taken at snack time to determine music and movies. The City offers a big “thank you” to school staff for doing such a great job of promoting the program.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Executive Conference Room 3A, at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015 Legislative Agenda
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 13, 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:

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of the proposed 2015 fee schedule amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (City Council, City Manager, and Administrative Services)

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Parks, Recreation & Community Services and Public Works)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 20, 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 Neel Parikh, Executive Director, Pierce County Library
  • Business showcase – MACNAK Construction, Mr. TD King, Managing Partner
  • Review of Farmers Market
  • Appoint members to Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Adopt FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Bid award for Public Works Maintenance and Operations Shop
  • Approve agreement with Lakewood Water District for water main upgrades on Bridgeport Way from I-5 to JBLM gate