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City Manager


June 27, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Finance Offers Wealth Of Budget Information Online

If you’ve noticed more information on the City of Lakewood’s Finance Division webpage  lately, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

As part of the City’s mission to operate transparently with citizens, the Finance Division has worked the past year to create a one-stop shop for budget and finance-related material.

On the Finance Division page  , visitors could already find the City’s biennial budget documents. Now, they can find detailed budget adjustment information, financial reports and breakdowns on taxes and fees. In each of those documents is a wealth of information on the City’s finances.

Police, Agencies Conduct Active Shooter Training

On Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department conducted an active shooter training that involved West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Town of Steilacoom, Bonney Lake Police, Clover Park School District and other agencies. This wasn't the first time the City's Police Department has conducted a multi-agency simulation of a gunman (or woman) who has fired shots inside of a school building, but Thursday's approach was a bit nuanced. As Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro explained, the simulation implemented the "Warm Zone" tactic, which allows victims to get medical help quicker. To read the rest of the article, visit  .

City Posts Draft Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program

The City of Lakewood has posted a draft of its Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement (TIP) Program:  .

State law requires the City to update the plan annually, as the plan is necessary for cities and counties to obtain State and Federal funding. To learn more, visit  .

City Offers Condolences To Lancer Brigade

This week, the City of Lakewood offered its condolences to Col. Louis A. Zeisman, Commander of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division - the City's Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - in light of the tragic loss of Pfc. Andrew Sass on June 21 in California.

Here is the letter Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield sent to Col. Zeisman:

On behalf of the City of Lakewood, we would like to express our sincere condolences, sympathies and support to you and the Lancer Brigade for your loss. Our hearts go out to Pfc. Andrew Sass’ wife, family and friends who are affected and deeply shocked by this sudden and tragic accident.

The Lancer Team has suffered a tragedy, and our community and country have suffered a tremendous loss as well. Please know that we will keep Pfc. Sass, his loved ones and the Lancer Team in our thoughts and prayers. We know that the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for you, and if there is anything our City can do to assist, please feel free to call upon us.

WSDOT: Detour On SR 512 Starts Next Week

Drivers on westbound State Route 512 heading to southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood should expect a detour one night next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation

From 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 through 4 a.m. Thursday, July 3, crews will close the westbound State Route 512 exit to southbound I-5. Drivers will follow a signed detour. To learn more, visit  .

SSMCP Holds Joint Land Use Study Open Houses

As part of its Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership held three open houses this week in Tacoma, DuPont and Yelm. The purpose of the study is to collaboratively plan for growth and land usage around the base. Learn more by visiting  .

Economic Development

Fairy Store Ribbon-Cutting

On Thursday night,  officially celebrated a magical and enchanted ribbon-cutting for The Fairy Store in Lakewood: 2202 84th St. S.

For those who don't know,  is a retail store that's dedicated to lightening the hearts and spirits by bringing magic into the world. On its website, it asks a simple question:

"Do you believe in fairies? We do."

Its mission is to provide an exciting and ever-changing selection of fairy products, from traditional and classic, to the most recent releases, to unique one-of-kind pieces. It's goal is to be the largest store of fairy products that inspire, entertain, enlighten and bring fun and beauty to wherever you are. It has a huge online retail base, and it had to move from its Thurston County location to expand, as well as increase its visibility to passers-by. Now, they have a great location. It's right off I-5, just another perk about doing business in Lakewood.

Thank you,  , for bringing your magic and enchantment to Lakewood!

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Farmers Market: Week 4

It was another successful week at the Lakewood Farmers Market, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 16 outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Check out this video of the St. Clare Hospital cooking demonstration of quinoa tabbouleh:  .

And don’t forget: If you’re taking pictures at the market and are posting them to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, be sure to use the #IamLakewood hashtag. You could win prizes!

‘Frozen’ At Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Special Event Network out of Atlanta has reserved space in Fort Steilacoom Park to bring a "Movie Under the Stars" at 7 p.m., Friday, June 27.

This is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union. There will be multiple activities for children including face painting, inflatable toys and concession food. The movie “Frozen” will be shown at dusk. It is free.

Bring warm blankets and jackets in case the weather cools while you’re watching the movie. Everyone is welcome to bring their families to this early summer event. For more information, please go to  .


Detective Helps Nab Accused Sex Traffickers

Thanks to the great work by Det. Ryan Larson, FBI and Homeland Security agents, authorities arrested two men accused of trafficking women for sex between Portland and Pierce County.

According to Q13 Fox News, authorities found videos of one of the men – James Young – taunting the Lakewood Police Department.

“Maybe he thinks he`s intimidating us with that kind of talk, but quite frankly, just the opposite. He`s probably motivated us to work even harder to get him into custody,” Chief Bret Farrar told the news outlet, adding that they’ve linked them to more than a dozen victims. “I can`t even begin to imagine how many young women he`s destroyed in his antics.”

Added Larson: “So these are two dangerous, very significant players in our area and I definitely think the community and the women, the vulnerable young girls in this area, are definitely going to be safer.”

To read more, visit  .

West Pierce, Police Help Save Dog’s Life

At approximately 9:40 p.m., Friday, June 20, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fire at 5703 110th Street SW in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find a working fire at the home. Crews entered the home looking for any occupants and found a large dog during their search. They performed CPR and gave the dog oxygen, which revived the dog. Lakewood Police Officers transported the dog to the local animal hospital to recover. The occupants of the home were outside upon fire department arrival and no other injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished after using the ladder truck’s water supply. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Council Meetings

There is no City Council meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 7, 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:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Active duty service member community survey update
  • Public hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Adopt tax incentive urban use center and residential target area
  • Bid award for Madigan access improvements Phase I
  • Adopt City Council goals and priorities
  • LED streetlighting financing (Briefing by the City Manager)
  • Gateway entrances design update (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 14, 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:

  • Review of fleet and equipment plan
  • Review of City Funds code amendments

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting following the Council study session on Monday, July 14, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

Transportation projects funding options.