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


Jan. 2, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor, JBLM Commander Make Friendly Wager on Hometown Teams

During the year, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges enjoy a friendly, cordial relationship. The City is JBLM’s host community. Many of the base’s personnel and their families live, shop, attend school and play in Lakewood. The close proximity makes Lakewood and JBLM one big family. But it’s the college football bowl season, and a family feud is brewing.

Mayor Anderson is a native of Coos Bay, Ore., and Col. Hodges hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Recently, Anderson and Hodges met on base - with the JBLM Commander donning FSU’s garnet and gold and the Mayor donning Oregon’s green and yellow – for some friendly banter and to make an even friendlier wager. If the Ducks won, Hodges was to owe Anderson a dinner at The Bistro at Russell’s Landing on base. If the Seminoles won, likewise Anderson would get Hodges dinner at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood.

The Rose Bowl has come and gone—have a nice dinner at The Bistro Mr. Mayor, and congratulations to the Ducks!

To view a video of "The Bet," visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page  .

Lakewood's 12th Annual MLK Celebration

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. 

Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Top 5 #IamLakewood Stories of the Year

Lakewood enjoyed a big year in 2014. From national awards to groundbreakings to community workshops, Lakewood was the center of the big-news universe and social media ecosphere throughout the year. As we looked back at 2015, we looked back at the Top 5 stories over the past year:

  1. Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII; Lakewood Celebrates Hometown Hero Jermaine Kearse
  2. Lakewood Police Department Named Agency of the Year
  3. Lakewood Holds First-Ever Housing Forum
  4. Residents Share Vision at Community Visioning Workshop
  5. Another Year, Another Successful Lakewood Farmers Market

For more on each story:

Connections Newsletter: Correction

An article in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lakewood Connections newsletter, "Own a pet? You might need a license from the City," missed a word in the first line. It should have read, "The City of Lakewood requires a license for all dogs and cats over the age of 8 weeks." Sorry if that was unclear.

Influenza on the Rise in Pierce County. Ring in the New Year Flu Free

Take care, Lakewood residents, influenza has been found actively circulating in Pierce County. Emergency departments are very busy, and surveillance data has shown several alerts for fever and respiratory activity. In the week of Dec. 21–27, 2014, there were 46 hospitalizations for influenza, compared to 7 in the previous week. Two influenza-associated deaths were also reported last week. Remember, you can be exposed to the flu without even knowing it.  Folks who are going to get the flu can pass it on two days before they have symptoms.

For health tips and other information:

“Best of South Sound 2014”

Every year, South Sound Magazine   holds its “Best of the South Sound” contest. From the best hike to the best builder, South Sound readers vote where they like to eat, play, stay and more. In 2014, not one, but three Lakewood businesses placed first in their respective categories! The City of Lakewood would again like to congratulate the AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center theater, Olympus Spa and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital. Thank-you for being part of our community and representing the Lakewood spirit of business so wonderfully.

To read the winners’ excerpts from the magazine:

Lakewood SummerFest Triathlon

Registration for the Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon is open!  Start the new year off right by signing up. The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park;
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County and;
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

Register here:

Burn Ban in Pierce County

Attention Lakewood residents: Pierce County has been elevated to Stage 2 burn ban. In a Stage 2 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters)
  • No outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a monetary penalty

For the latest on Pierce County’s burn ban status:

I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled in South Sound

Drivers using Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont will encounter numerous overnight ramp closures during the week of Jan. 5 as crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work on the I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management   project. During the closures, drivers can use alternate routes.

For more on the ramp closures:

Lakes High Student to Play in All-American Bowl

The City of Lakewood wants to wish Lakes High School defensive end Benning Potoa'e good luck at the All-American Bowl Sunday! The United States Marine Corps invited Potoa'e to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at a ceremony at the Lakewood high school  . The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 on Jan. 4 at The StubHub Cener in Carson, Calif. He is one of only 100 student athletes invited to the All-American Bowl from across the nation and one of three from Washington State. Show off that #IamLakewood spirit!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015, 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
  • Proclamation recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History month
  • Proclamation recognizing Tracy Fortune, WA State Arts Educator of the Year
  • Proclamation on National Mentoring Month
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Endorsing Pierce Transit to join the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust
  • Approve a consulting services agreement for design of South Tacoma Way improvements from 88th to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Briefing by the City Manager
  • Review of 2015 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees
  • Review agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • 2015 Council Retreat

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 12, 2015, 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 Ordinance 591 subdivision code re: sewers
  • Property donation at 3710 100th St. SW (tentative)
  • Economic Development update
  • Review  ILA with Pierce County and University Plan re: Chambers Creek Trail