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


Sept. 26, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop

The City of Lakewood has posted a video from its Community Visioning Workshop on its YouTube page:  .

The event took place Sept. 23, 2014 at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City is undergoing its Community Vision Plan process, which will help shape what the community looks like in the future. As part of the process, the City held the workshop to hear directly from residents. At the workshop, almost 100 attendees gathered in groups and, using pieces on a map, pieced together how Lakewood should grow and develop.

The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to get an update on the Community Vision Plan in October.

Living History Day

Looking for something to do this weekend? Saturday will be "Living History Day" at Fort Steilacoom Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Steilacoom will come alive as re-enactors live and work as soldiers, officers, wives and friends. Visit Historic Fort Steilacoom‘s Quarters 1-4 to see living history. For more information, visit  .

Cyclocross at Fort Steilacoom Park

Looking for something else to do this weekend? MFG Cyclocross is holding its "South Sound Super Prestige" bicycle race at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sunday.

According to the MFG Cyclocross website, “The course starts fast down the pavement and turns back north for a few turns in the field before turning back south and up a paved road. As the pavement tops out there is little respite as an uneven dirt road soon turns upward, steadily climbing. A right turn brings a downhill on loose gravel, followed by a left turn on leveler paths lead to a steeper descent to the valley floor. It’s then a flat somewhat circuitous route back to the finish.”

The races are scheduled to take place throughout the day, with the first races beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the final races beginning at 2:30 p.m. To learn more, visit  .

Fort Steilacoom Park Assault Suspect

The Lakewood Police Department continues to look for a suspect who assaulted a woman Friday at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Friday, a woman was grabbed from behind by an unknown man armed with a gun while in the park. The man grabbed the 52-year-old victim’s shirt from behind. When she turned around, she noticed he was armed with a gun. The woman screamed, and the man pushed her down and ran off.

Detectives continue to investigate and have released this sketch of the suspect. Find out more here:  .

Economic Development

Department of Defense Grant

Governor Jay Inslee’s Office confirmed this week that Washington State has received a $4.3 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the state’s defense industry. The funding, from the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Industry Adjustment program, is matched by more than $500,000 in state and local dollars through the newly-formed Washington Military Alliance  . The alliance was convened by the governor to prepare for military downsizing and includes a diverse group of military and defense stakeholders that represent industry, veteran, workforce and economic development interests across the state.

This is very good news for our region, as many military contractors for Joint Base Lewis-McChord do business right here in Lakewood. Read more here:  .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 6, 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
  • Recognizing 2014-2015 Stormwater Outreach Calendar Winners
  • Proclamation DV Awareness month – Ms. Karin White, Deputy Director, YWCA
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax collection
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Presentation of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget
  • Review of funding policies. Six-Year Financial Forecast (2015-2020)

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., beginning at the parking lot to the right of the main gain at Camp Murray.

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
  • Review of Springbrook Park Phase III, Neighborhood Connection, Funding Request
  • Review of Point Defiance Bypass Rail Safety
  • Review of Western State Hospital Community Policing Program Funding

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 proposed 2015 fee schedule amendments
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (City Council, City Manager, Finance & Administrative Services, Parks, Rec & Comm Svcs, Public Works)