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


May 9, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Recognizes Former Mayor Claudia Thomas, City Councilmember Andie Gernon

Much like they did throughout their years of public service, former Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas and former City Councilmember Andie Gernon walked arm-in-arm Monday night.

But instead of trying to secure funding for a local meals program or convincing kids to become involved in their community, two of Lakewood's founding mothers walked to the Council Chambers podium for a much-deserved special recognition.

The Lakewood City Council honored Thomas and Gernon for their tireless efforts to improve human services and make life better for the City throughout the years.

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen recognized each with a proclamation and City Coin. In attendance were the likes of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison - Lakewood's first Mayor - as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson.

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Lakewood Housing Forum

Join us at 9 a.m., May 15 at the McGavick Conference Center for the City of Lakewood’s first-ever Housing Forum. This week, we added to the agenda Congressman Denny Heck, who will address attendees and deliver timely information on federal housing priorities and finance committee legislation. Lakewood’s first Housing Forum will cover “Lakewood Today,” including what’s here and now, abatement activity, parcels for development and unique demographic data. Trends and new home data, lending patterns, and developer perspectives – they’ll all be discussed. Seating is limited. This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Anderson, Bocchi at Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

On their trip to Washington D.C. last week, Mayor Don Anderson and City Councilmember Paul Bocchi visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where they placed a City coin near the names of Lakewood’s Fallen Four. The Mayor points out that the City coin bears four stars, which represent Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards.

Amphitheater Meeting

Some 75 people braved the elements this week to attend a meeting on the idea of a proposed amphitheater at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, led the meeting, along with the Rotary Club of Lakewood, which is proposing to pay for a proposed amphitheater. Also in attendance were Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth and City Councilmember Mary Moss, as well as Assistant City Manager David Bugher.

Many of those in attendance said they had assumed the proposed outdoor amphitheater was a “done deal,” based on media reports and word-of-mouth from neighbors. Dodsworth told them that simply wasn’t the case. “This is just the first step … the City wants your voice to be heard.”

The City will continue soliciting feedback on the idea of a proposed amphitheater.

Big Lots Grand Opening

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Mary Moss, former Mayor and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson, City employees and citizens attended the Big Lots grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The new store is located at 5401 100th St. SW - next to the new Hobby Lobby. After a much-anticipated wait, the store did not disappoint. It’s one of the company’s larger Big Lot stores, bright and full of huge deals. This is not your typical discount store - lots of good quality home items at closeout prices. It even has a furniture section. Check it out and come back soon as items sell out fast.

Camp Murray Briefing

Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi, City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and City Councilmember John Simpson all attended a briefing last weekend at Camp Murray, which was hosted by Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty. They learned plenty about Lakewood's direct neighbor to the south, specifically the missions completed there by the Washington National Guard. In the Oso mudslide, the Washington State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray played a critical role in the coordination of searchers and rescuers. Camp Murray is also the center for the Washington Youth Academy. Maj. Gen. Daugherty stressed the importance of maintaining resources at Camp Murray for incidents such as Oso.

Parks & Recreation

Tacoma Kids Marathon

Seventeen students from the City’s after-school programs participated in the Tacoma Kids Marathon on Sunday, May 4. The youth are required to complete 25 tasks representing the first 25 miles of the run. The tasks included activities such as jumping rope for 10 minutes, eating a healthy snack or helping someone with a chore. They are then eligible to participate in the Kids Marathon, which is a 1k run beginning and ending at the start/finish line. This year, two participants from our programs finished first and second in the run.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a City Council Retreat on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of City Council goals and priorities
  • Citizens’ Advisory Boards and Committees Council Subcommittee Update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 12, 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 Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of City Council Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Review of proposed Lodging Tax Advisory guideline

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 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:

  • Appoint members to Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Public Hearing on amending the tax incentive urban use center
  • Adopt lodging tax guidelines
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for railroad design work on Madigan Access project
  • Approve agreement with Transpo for consulting services on Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Approve a Sounder agreement relative to the 111th/112th Street improvement project
  • Award a bid for Lakewood Traffic Signal Upgrades Traffic Management Center
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire for emergency management coordinator services
  • Adopt Section 108 Curbside Motors loan agreement
  • Adopt the intention to amend the Comprehensive Plan (tentative)
  • Amphitheater update (Briefing by the City Manager)