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


May 30, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Economic Development E-Newsletter

On Tuesday, the City of Lakewood launched its first Economic Development e-newsletter! It's called the "Lakewood Index," and it's full of information, news and stats from our Economic Development Department. This inaugural issue covers the City's first Housing Forum, a feature on H&L Produce and more. For you numbers people, the City is also providing the latest Economic Indicators to help guide your decisions and keep you informed, including information on real estate, income, business activity and more. Click here to view the newsletter  . Click here to sign up for it online  .

Math Relay 2014

On Thursday, the City of Lakewood held Math Relay 2014, an event that challenged kids' math skills, as well as their physical skills. Some 360 participated in today's event, which took place at Harry E. Lang Stadium courtesy of the Clover Park School District. The kids had to complete exercises such as running and jump rope, as well as answer math questions to complete the course. West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Communities In Schools sent volunteers. To view the City's YouTube video of the event, visit  .

Senior Activity Center Open House

On Thursday, the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its open house. This year, the theme was - what else - the Seattle Seahawks! Decked out in championship blue and green, the center gave seniors and older adults the chance to learn more about what it offers. The open house was also a chance for organizations and businesses to tell seniors what services are available locally to help them meet their needs. Indeed, there was nothing pedestrian or mediocre about this event.

Youth Advisory Council

With many of our students on the cusp of their graduation ceremonies, the City held its own "commencement" for its Youth Advisory Council on Monday. The students-leaders showed initiative and tireless effort throughout the year - meeting regularly, volunteering at events, etc. They inspire and remind all of us why these will be the folks who will one day run the show. Thanks again for all of your hard work, and for you seniors, good luck in your future endeavors.

City Council Remembers Larry Humphrey

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council read a special Proclamation of Remembrance for former City Councilmember Larry Humphrey, who passed away in April. In attendance were wife Natalie Flather Humphrey and son John Humphrey. John Humphrey spoke on behalf of his family: "My family expresses its sincerest appreciation for the kind memorial presented to my father this evening ... This proclamation is a most-kind 80th birthday gift to my father, who would have turned 80 today." To watch a video of John Humphrey speaking, visit  .

Coffee With The Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for “Coffee with the Mayor” on Tuesday, June 10, 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 Parks, Recreation and Community Service Director Mary Dodsworth, who will be giving an update on Community Gateways and the 3rd Annual Lakewood Farmers Market. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Hope to see you there! No RSVP is needed.


Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run

The Police Department’s own Assistant Chief Mike Zaro, Officer Jason Cannon, Officer Darrin Latimer and Officer Jeff Carroll, as well as Elizabeth Schied, Recreation Coordinator at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, participated in the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run again this year. Runners from all over the state, including soldiers from JBLM, participated. It was a beautiful day. Thanks to all who participated!

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course

The Police Department, along with members of West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Puyallup Police, Bonney Lake Police, WA State Patrol, Pierce County SWAT and Metro Pierce County SWAT all participated in a Washington Army National Guard Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course at the Rainier School in Buckley back in April-a course which was featured in “The Ranger” newspaper this month.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 9, 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 Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Review of 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Review of industrial warehouse building permit fees

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 16, 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:

  • Business showcases H&L Produce and Studio Fitness
  • Sound Transit update
  • Review of 1st Quarter Financial Report
  • Public Hearing on 2013-2014 biennial budget amendments
  • Appointing a member to the Arts Commission
  • Implementing Bill on religious holidays
  • Approve AFSCME contract
  • PCRC transportation improvement projects (Briefing by the City Manager)
  • Tax incentive urban use center and residential target area (Briefing by the City Manager)