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


January 9, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Wins Competitive Grant to Build New Playground

Disney Club Penguin  , along with KaBOOM!  , announced that it is awarding a grant to the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a new playground. Local children helped design the playground of their dreams, which engineers will make a reality.

“We are very excited to be chosen and to be able to provide a high quality play structure for local children to enjoy,” said Clayton DeNault, executive director of the Lakewood Family YMCA. “This new playground will serve as another way we can strengthen our community.”

Several City of Lakewood officials attended Thursday’s announcement at the Lakewood Family YMCA. They included Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mary Moss. City Manager John Caulfield, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Public Works Director Don Wickstrom were also on hand.

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To see our photo album of the event:


First City Council Meeting of 2015

The first Lakewood City Council Meeting of 2015 on Monday, Jan. 5, started off strong for education. The City Council received reports from the Youth Council and Clover Park School District Board. It also read proclamations declaring January 2015 as National Mentoring Month and School Board Recognition Month. Councilmember Marie Barth read another proclamation recognizing Lakes High School teacher Tracy Fortune for her accomplishments in arts education. The meeting also included a proclamation to declare Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. For pictures and more from the first City Council meeting of the year, check out our album:

12th Annual MLK Celebration

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12thAnnual 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

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Proclamation

On Monday, Jan. 5, the Lakewood City Council read a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. Mayor Don Anderson recognized the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and invited Ms. JoEthel Smith, the committee founder, to speak at the meeting.

Traffic Impacted by Construction, Pavement Patching

Lakewood drivers should expect an impact on traffic in the coming weeks from a number of different projects:

  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th: Construction continues on this project which will require temporary lane closures. Anticipate delays. Construction will continue through Spring of 2015.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza South; Pacific Hwy at 108th Street; 108th Street at RR Crossing: PSE Gas Main Replacement – Pavement Restoration: Starting Monday evening, Jan. 12, and continuing through the week, crews will be completing permanent pavement patching during the evenings (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.). (weather permitting)

Coffee with the Deputy Mayor—January 13, 2015

Please join Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen for Coffee with the Deputy Mayor on January 13, 2015 at 7:30 am. We will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be Tiffany Speir, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Program Manager who will discuss the January 21, 2015 Community Listening Session on Army Force Reductions. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or  .

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Respond to RV Fire in Lakewood

On Jan. 7, at 11:39 a.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a trailer fire, located at 6929 52ndAve. W in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find the trailer engulfed in flames, parked between two homes. Due to its location, a garage of a nearby home was exposed to the fire. The fire was under control in less than 15 minutes from the time crews arrived to the scene. There were no injuries during this incident and the cause is currently under investigation.

JBLM Resident on American Idol

Desiree Flores, a resident of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is auditioning for the upcoming season of American Idol. Flores has been all around as a self-described "Army brat," but she's here now, so let's show our support!#IamLakewood  Read the News Tribune story here:


Lakewood Officers’ Charity, Fallen Officers Food Drive

Great job by the Police Department and the Lakewood Officers' Charity, which raised $1,300 this holiday season to help feed 150 families in Lakewood and bought Christmas gifts for even more children. The department also raised $14,327 and 10,220 pounds of food through the Fallen Officers Food Drive. To put this into perspective, that is the equivalent of 184,000 (yes THOUSAND) meals which could feed 42 families of four, three meals a day, for an entire year!!! Emergency Food Network stated it distributed the food to the 60-plus food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County. The generosity of our community at this food drive helped to bring happiness and hope into the lives of so many families during this holiday season.

Council Meetings

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:

  • Property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Economic Development update
  • Review ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 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:

  • Proclamation declaring February 1-7, 2015 as Toastmasters International Week
  • Approve property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Approve agreements with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Approve an agreement for indigent defense
  • Approve ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail
  • Approve agreement with Humane Society for animal sheltering