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


April 25, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sister Cities Arts Fest

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA  ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities Arts Fest from Friday through Sunday at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

  • A public market featuring arts and crafts and ethnic food vendors.
  • A Kids Corner with face painting, calligraphy lessons, origami and more.

A full schedule of activities and performances, as well as a list of vendors, can be found at  .

Municipal Court Presentation To Lions

Judge Grant Blinn and Court Administrator Deana Wright were guest speakers at the Lakewood Lions meeting Tuesday. They gave an overview of Municipal Court services and informed members of the day-to-day functions of the Court. The presentation included statistics, court procedures and how the court is undertaking efficiency measures.

Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day is Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon in the City of Lakewood.
We will be working primarily at two sites, Fort Steilacoom Park and Wards Lake Park. We’ll have snack bars for participants. Starbucks has generously donated coffee and water for our volunteers.
Please dress appropriately for the weather – the forecast indicates rain. We have held PAD events on very warm, sunny days; very windy days; very stormy; rainy days and, one year, we actually worked in snow. Nothing stops us in our support of local parks on Parks Appreciation Day! We had a great turnout last week for an extra PAD event for folks who couldn’t come out this week, and we accomplished a lot. We are expecting an even greater turnout at Wards Lake Park on the 88th Street side and at Fort Steilacoom Park. Please bring your friends, family members and neighbors and help us prepare the parks for our busy spring/summer season.

Dan Penrose Named To ADC Board

Dan Penrose, Program Manager of the South Sound Military Community Partnership, a regional organization
supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was recently elected to the Association of Defense Communities Board of Directors. Penrose fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Gary Jones, Executive Vice President of the Columbus (GA) Chamber of Commerce, who resigned his position in February due to work commitments.“Dan brings to ADC a much-needed voice f or western United States def ense communities, especially during this time of draw down and repositioning toward the Pacif ic Rim,” said ADC President Bob Murdock. You can read the ADC's story on Penrose's selection at

Public Works

New Traffic Signals

More than 40 traffic signals throughout the City are getting a face lift. One of the most visual impacts will be the bright yellow tape bordering the signal heads. What do you think? Do they help you see the signal better? Worse? No difference? Tell us about it via Facebook  orTwitter  .

Parks & Recreation

American Lake Park Events

There are two aquatic events happening Saturday and Sunday at American Lake Park:

  • Kayak training event: On both days, about 50 participants (30 trainees and 20 trainers all in kayaks) use the beach area for pre-water entry training. They then move into the water for further training. A number of the participants are seniors. The City pulls the swimming rope back to the side of the swimming area so there is no impediment to smooth water. It also unlocks the gate between the launch area and the swimming area so attendees are able to carry their kayaks from the launch area to the event area in the park. The event has been annually at this site for the past several years,
  • Cast Mater Bass Fishing Club: On Sunday, the Cast Master Bass Fishing Club is conducting a tournament arranged through the WA State Fish and Wildlife Department and launching from the American Lake Park Boat Launch facility – about 20-30 large bass boats involved in the tournament and participants have been directly invited to fish in this event.

Backpacking To Feed Kids

City of Lakewood employees packed backpacks full of food for more than 150 kids in the Clover Park School District on Thursday. Provided to the children via a program from St. Leo Church, the backpacks are stuffed with food that will last the kids through an entire weekend.


Improved Wards Lake Home

Want an example of how persistence can improve literally an entire neighborhood? The City of Lakewood has one, thanks to the work of the Community Safety Resource Team, Lakewood Police and neighbors of a once-dilapidated, crime-inducing home near Wards Lake Park. “It’s like the skies opened and the sun started to shine down on this neighborhood again." Check out our story by visiting  .

TCC Job Fair

On April, the Lakewood Police Department attended the annual Tacoma Community College Job Fair. The job fair drew more than 1,000 participants and more than 50 employers, including the City. Candidates ranged from entry level to Master's Degree-prepared. Officers Charles Porche, Austin Lee and Scott Novasky represented the City, which was hiring for an entry level officer position.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting with the State legislators on Monday, April 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Overview of 2014 Legislative Session

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 28, 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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of information technology plan.
  • Review of imprest funds code amendments.
  • Review of Title 12 Public Works code amendments
  • Review of Tillicum/Woodbrook sewer connection availability

The City Council will be touring Camp Murray on Saturday, May 3, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Building 20, Emergency Operations Center, Camp Murray. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Tour of Camp Murray

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 5, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Claudia Thomas and Andie Gernon
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation Public Works week
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to the Redevelopment Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint a member to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Approval of FY 2014 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
  • Adopt 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
  • Adopt imprest funds code amendments
  • Adopt Title 12 Public Works code amendments
  • Adopt sewer availability code amendments
  • Adopt 2013-2014 budget amendments.