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


September 19, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Vehicle Licensing Fee

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee beginning in March that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation projects throughout the community. The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million. That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020.

To learn more about Vehicle Licensing Fee, along witha list of vehicles it applies to, visit  .

City Employees Play Part in 'Day of Caring'

On Friday, several City of Lakewood employees participated in the United Way of Pierce County's annual "Day of Caring," which connects volunteers with local nonprofit organizations to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. Employees from the City of Lakewood helped pack food for the Emergency Food Bank. They were a well-oiled, volunteer machine, packing food that will be distributed to EFN's network of 60 food banks and four hot meal sites in Pierce County. All together, the City volunteers scooped, sacked and tied 6,710 pounds of beans, which totaled 3.4 tons to make 15,000 cups equaling 8,387 meals for area families. Great work everyone! To view a photo gallery of today's packing, visit our Facebook page  .

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center. That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process! This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan. To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop. [link = ] For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at .

Toxic Algae Bloom at American Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in American Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets in areas with algae.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake. Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention. To learn more, visit  .

Police Arrest Two Suspects After Attempted Bank Robbery

Lakewood Police Officers have arrested a husband and wife who allegedly tried, unsuccessfully, to rob a Lakewood bank earlier this week, thanks to great work by investigators.

Brittney Winston, 26, was arrested about 1 p.m., Thursday at her residence in Parkland and taken into custody. She was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree robbery.

Michael David Winston II, 27, is at a Tacoma hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during the attempted robbery, and is currently under the guard of Lakewood Police Officers. When he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Pierce County Jail on the same charge.

The Lakewood Police Department had been searching for Brittany Winston since Monday, when she is accused of trying to help her husband rob a Bank of America branch. According to LPD, Michael Winston pulled a gun on an armored car driver demanding money. The armored car driver instead shot the suspect multiple times in self defense, the driver told Police. Winston ran out of the bank to a car, where his wife was waiting, according to authorities.

Lakewood Police Detectives say Brittney Winston drove her husband to the Tacoma hospital.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 22, 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 CDBG Citizens’ Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2015 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Presentation on Officer Involved Shootings

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 levy
  • Set November 3, 2014 as public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Appointing members to Arts Commission
  • Review of funding policies. Six-Year Financial Forecast (2015-2020)
  • Presentation of Proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget

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