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


September 5, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

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 .

RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening

On Sept. 3, representatives from the City of Lakewood, along with 350 or so other people, joined the crew at Rallypoint/6 for its official grand opening celebration.

RallyPoint/6 is a resource center for military service members, veterans and their families who are transitioning into civilian life, something that will only become more important as the military shifts and downsizes operations. The center was founded by current CEO Anne M. Sprute, CW4 (Ret.).

Its board includes officials from the City of Lakewood, including Mayor Don Anderson, former Mayors Bill Harrison and Doug Richardson (currently Pierce County Councilman), and former Police Chief Larry Saunders, Board member who also served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Other speakers from the ceremony included I Corps Commander LTG Stephen Lanza, Col. (Ret.) David Sutherland (Co-Founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center) and Lourdes "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos, Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Director.

After the ceremony - which included invocation, raising of the American Flag, a singing of the National Anthem and ribbon-cutting - visitors toured the 6,000-square-foot center. It includes:

  • Resource room with computer stations
  • Commercial-grade copier/printer and fax machine
  • 10 private meeting rooms
  • 16 community partner connector stations staffed by social service professionals.
  • Classroom for workshops and other learning opportunities

To view a photo gallery of the ceremony, visit  .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue 9/11 Ceremonies

In honor of the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold two brief public ceremonies in remembrance of the 2,977 victims killed on that date in 2001. Of those victims, 343 were firefighters, 60 were police officers and 55 were military personnel.

A morning ceremony will be held at 7 a.m., at Station 20 in Lakewood located at 10928 Pacific Hwy. SW. An evening ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., at Station 31 in University Place, located at 3631 Drexler Dr. W. Coffee and light refreshments will be served following both events. The public is encouraged to attend one or both of these events.

These ceremonies are one small way for us to not only remember those 2,977 victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in a meadow in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but also to honor fire, police, and military first responders who serve and protect our families, our communities, and our nation, at home and abroad.

WSDOT Paving on I-5 in Lakewood Continues

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to repave sections of southbound Interstate 5 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. During those night hours, I-5 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and several on- and off-ramps will be closed. Similar closures have caused significant congestion on I-5 and motorists are advised to avoid the area or plan accordingly.

Sections of I-5 will be ground and paved between Berkeley Street and just south of the JBLM Main Gate at milepost 120.3.

In addition, crews will continue to install conduit along I-5 between Berkeley Street and State Route 512. This work will require some single-lane and overnight ramp closures within the work zone. The following is the ramp closure schedule. Note that on Tuesday night, motorists will not be able to access either direction of I-5 from Berkeley Street.

Here are the ramp closures Friday and Saturday:

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m
  • Bridgeport Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

City Council Recognition

At its Sept. 2 Regular Meeting, the City Council recognized the members of its Youth Council, as well as read a proclamation for the TREE Program and CEO Stephanie Cholmondeley. Check out the above pictures.

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for "Coffee with the Mayor" on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Our guest speaker will be CPT. Kenneth Coleman, 2-2 SBCT who will provide an update on the 2-2 Lancer Brigade, familiarization and current state. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Mayor Anderson hopes to see you there! No RSVP is needed.

Two Farmers Markets Left

The Lakewood Farmers Market is entering the final two weeks of the season, and if you haven't visited yet, you should. Even if you visited earlier this summer, you still should stop by to see some of the vendors that have joined just in the last few weeks. This is also a great chance to revisit some of your favorite vendors. The Lakewood Farmers Market runs every Tuesday through Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 8, 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 Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Review of South Sound 911 agreement
  • Review of proposed indigent defense standards
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments

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
  • Adopt Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Adopt Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments
  • Adopt amendment to Multi-Family Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • 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