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City Manager


June 20, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sterling Norris Chalks Lakewood Police Department

Leading up to Thursday, budding Lakewood chalk artist Sterling Norris was a little skeptical and even more intimidated by police officers. My, what some pizza, a bag of goodies and a giant canvas can do for a soon-to-be fourth-grader such as herself. Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar invited Sterling - a Custer Elementary student - her family and some of her friends to the station for a drawing job she isn't likely to forget anytime soon. The Chief welcomed Sterling and Co. with a pizza party. Each of the seven children got a bag full of goodies, including stickers, pencils and, to their delight, bubbles. Then, the real fun began for Sterling and her friends when - armed with chalk - they created their own artistic expressions on the entryway outside of the station. Within minutes, the once-blank pavement started to sprout colorful creations. The young artists produced hearts of all shapes and colors. One girl drew an American flag. Another wrote "Chalk The' followed by Earth and two adorable Labrador puppies. (At least that's what it looked like, anyway). To read the rest of the story, visit  .

City Manager Speaks at CPTC Commencement

City Manager John Caulfield gave the address at the Clover Park Technical College Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. Speaking to almost 500 graduates in attendance – which school officials announced was a record – Caulfield offered words of inspiration and encouragement to graduates. He acknowledged the presence of veterans, for whom Caulfield, a veteran himself, thanked and emphasized the importance of helping them find employment as they enter the civilian workforce. He also acknowledged the fact that women constituted the majority of the graduating class. He also spoke to the importance of carrying oneself with integrity and confidence. Lakewood City Councilmember Mary Moss also attended and handed out diplomas. To view pictures, check out the City's Facebook page  .

City Installs Speed Radar Trailer

You spoke. Your City listened, Lakewood. Prompted by an e-mail from a concerned resident, the City of Lakewood re-established its popular Speed Radar Trailer on Tuesday, this time on Onyx Drive Southwest, just west of 87th Avenue. Although an e-mail or telephone call won’t always net a speed trailer in your neighborhood, the Public Works and Police Departments thought the resident’s concerns over speeding warranted an extra look, particularly with students out of school for the summer. After some initial assessment, the City decided that Onyx, in fact, warranted a Neighborhood Traffic Control program. The trailer will be on Onyx for a week.

Studio Fitness Donates $7,000 For Healthy Start Program

During its Business Showcase at the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday night, Studio Fitness owner Shane Simmons presented a $7,000 check to the City of Lakewood to support its Healthy Start after school program. Funds were generated by participants and sponsors at a 5K fundraising run. Studio Fitness saw that their mission fit well with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services mission of creating a healthy and vibrant community.

SummerFEST Commercial With ‘Mattress Ranch Guy’

Be on the lookout for a television commercial that the City recently filmed for Lakewood SummerFEST 2014, July 12 at Fort Steilacoom Park. The spot was filmed at the Lakewood Mattress Ranch, 8916 Lakewood Dr. SW. It featured Parks, Recreation and Community Services, along with the City Communications Manager, members of CSRT and St. Clare Hospital. Bonus: The City got a cameo from Ted Sadtler, owner of the Mattress Ranch stores himself. The ad is featured at the top of the City’s homepage and is posted on YouTube:  .

Economic Development

Filming For New ‘Video Tourbook’

On Tuesday, June 17, a cameraperson from New York-based CGI was in Lakewood to film segments for the City’s upcoming “Video Tourbook,” which will be featured on the City’s website. As some may recall from the previous tourbook, the video gives visitors a chance to learn about the different facets of our community, covering everything from living to education to business. Those interviewed Tuesday included Lakewood Hardware owner Donn Tyler, Clover Park School District Superintendent Debbie Lebeau, Lake City Neighborhood Association President Larry Woods, Mayor Don Anderson, Recreation Coordinators Arielle Carney and Dennis Higashiyama and Parks Maintenance Manager Scott Williams.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

AWC Scholarship Winner

Lakewood Youth Council member Nina Klinkhammer was recognized this week at the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Conference in Spokane as one of the four scholarship recipients for Quality Communities. The AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship Fund supports active and involved senior high school students in local communities who plan to continue their education. Nina was selected for her service in the local community as well as her efforts on an international basis in the Philippines. She will be attending the University of Washington-Seattle in the fall.


Fireworks Q&A

As the country celebrates its independence this July Fourth, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks to show their patriotism.

But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least.

To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks in the City of Lakewood:  .

Air Force Commander’s Coins Presentation

Air Force Colonel Davit, Commander of the 627th Air Base Group, came to the Lakewood Police Department on Monday, June 16, and presented Commander’s Coins to Assistant Chief Zaro, Lieutenant John Unfred, Officer Wiley, and Officer Figueroa, thanking the LPD for our assistance with the memorial procession for repatriated Vietnam War MIA Capt. Douglas Ferguson on May 2, 2014. A number of other Officers assisted with the procession and Colonel Davit wished to express the gratitude of the Air Force and JBLM personally. For pictures, visit the Lakewood Police Department's Facebook page  .

Three Officers Graduate From Basic Law Enforcement Academy

On Wednesday, June 18, the City celebrated and welcomed three new officers to the Lakewood Police Department as they graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Congratulations, Officers Dennis Harvey, Kristofer Henderson and Donald Sichmeller! To view photos, visit the Lakewood Police Department’s Facebook pag  e.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 23, 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:

  • Community Safety Resource Team update
  • Review of human services funding strategies
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2014 Financial Report
  • Communications Strategy
  • Review of City Council goals and priorities
  • Review of cottage housing (Briefing by the City Manager)

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)