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


September 12, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

'Lakewood Connections' Newsletter

The Fall edition of the City's official newsletter, "Lakewood Connections," will begin arriving in mailboxes this week. Highlights include the Lakewood Police Department's first Officer of the Year, an article on the Community Vision Plan and a feature on the Original House of Donuts. Look for it.

Mayor Anderson, Judge Blinn at Clover Park Rotary

On Sept. 10, Mayor Don Anderson gave a "State of the City" presentation at the Roary Club of Clover Park meeting at Carr's Restaurant. In addition, Judge Grant Blinn of the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom was officially recognized as a club member.

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 .

Lee Family Nursery School Visit

On Sept. 10, Community Service Officer Gail Conelly and visited with students and staff at Lee Family Nursery School. According to owners Maureen and Mike Lee: "The kids loved it! It was an amazing first circle time and our first visit from a member of our community. Our kids are so young, but they got the message loud and clear. Police officers are here to help us and keep us safe"

Lakewood Community Collaboration

On Sept. 9, Elizabeth Scheid, Senior Activity Center Coordinator, presented to the Lakewood Community Collaboration. The monthly topic was on senior citizen well-being. She was joined by other panelists from Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disabilities Resources and Good Samaritan Hospital. The Lakewood Community Collaboration meets every second Wednesday (9:30 am) of the month at Lakewood City Hall. For more information about future topics and activities please contact Karmel Shields:

West Pierce Fire & Rescue 9/11 Ceremony

At 7 a.m., Sept. 11, in honor of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, West Pierce Fire & Rescue held a remembrance ceremony at Station 20 in Lakewood. The ceremony paid tribute to the 2,977 victims killed in 2001. Of those victims, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers and 55 were military personnel. Get the full story here:  .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, September 15, 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 Ms. Earlene Fantz
  • Proclamation declaring the month of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Repeal Chapter 9.24 of the Municipal Code and create Chapter 12A.17 relative to Local Improvement Districts
  • Adopt Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments
  • Bid award for Bridgeport Way 83rd to 75th St. street improvements
  • Adopt proposed indigent defense standards
  • Adopt financial policies
  • Approve South Sound 911 agreement
  • 2nd Quarter Financial Report (Briefing by the City Manager)

Following the regular City Council meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Authorizing an annual $20 vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

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