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


March 21, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

4-2 Raider Brigade Inactivation

On Friday, March 14, the Army conducted the official inactivation ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker)  at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

And with it, Lakewood officially said goodbye to its longtime Community Connector to the base.

The ceremony marked the end of a remarkable relationship between the City and the Raider Brigade. The two were intertwined, as much as a community and brigade could be.

When the 4-2 returned from deployment and rejoined their families and friends, the City celebrated. When they lost a soldier, the City mourned. Lakewood was mentioned multiple times on the official Army video about the Brigade, which can be viewed on the City of Lakewood's hompage  .

Raider Brigade soldiers were seen throughout the community, whether it was volunteering at a community festival, thanking a business owner or speaking to elementary school students about the importance of Veterans Day.

On Friday, the 4-2 recognized the City for its support and gave Lakewood an award for organizing a community parade when the Brigade returned from deployment in 2013. It also recognized former Lakewood Mayor and Pierce County Councilman Douglas Richardson with the highest civilian honor for his support of the Brigade during his tenure.

The ceremony had special meaning for Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson, who as a journalist embedded twice with the Brigade while overseas, something for which he said was an honor.

He added that while Friday marked the end of Lakewood's relationship with the 4-2, the community can reflect on the unique connection it had to the Raider Brigade.

"This is a good day," Simpson said. "It marks the end of a great chapter in Lakewood's history."

Again, the City thanks every member of the Raider Brigade and their families for our relationship, which Lakewood will never forget. We also can't wait to start a new relationship with our new Community Connector, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division  .

Click here  to view a Facebook photo gallery of Friday's festivities.

Hobby Lobby Opening

Hobby Lobby, the craft superstore, opened this week at the former location of K-Mart.

Hobby Lobby will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, March 24, at 9 a.m. The Lakewood store is Hobby Lobby’s ninth location in Washington. Jeremy Hayes is the store manager of the 55,000 square-foot retail facility located at 100th Street SW and Bridgeport Way.

The store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public. Local dignitaries, ambassadors from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders will attend the celebration.

Council Approves JLUS Study

The City of Lakewood took a major step this week in charting the region's future growth and development with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council awarded a contract for professional services to AECOM Technical Services, Inc., to assist the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in completing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for JBLM and surrounding communities.

The purpose of the JLUS is to create a long-term planning partnership that balances the protection of the health, safety, quality of life, and economic prosperity of local communities while ensuring the continuation of the military missions of the area. The study will emphasize ways to promote coordination, maintain the positive economic impact of the installations, and preserve critical civilian and Department of Defense investments.

The JLUS is a cooperative process among state, county, and local governments, the public and JBLM. The study examines land use, growth trends, and civilian and military activities in a region that hosts a diverse range of critical military operations, highly urbanized and growing population centers, and uniquely valuable environmental assets. The study area consists of portions of Thurston and Pierce Counties, the cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place, Roy, Yelm, Lacey, DuPont, and Steilacoom, the Nisqually Indian Tribe Reservation, JBLM, and Camp Murray.

The project will officially begin in April 2014 and will include multiple opportunities for public participation and comment. The projected completion date for the study is September 2015.

If you would like additional information, please contact Mary Huff, Program Coordinator for SSMCP, at 253-983-7774or at

Lakewood Police Department Open House

Lakewood Police will hold an Open House event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13. The open house is intended for anyone interested in learning about the Police Department.


Blood/Bone Marrow Drive

On Monday, March 17th, we were able to register 37 blood donors and 14 bone marrow donors. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and donated/joined and showed their support of this great cause. According to Puget Sound Blood Center, our donations on Monday will help 90 patients in the coming days! We want to note, really quickly, that the Puget Sound Blood Center supports ALL the cancer hospitals in Western Washington, and since our focus for this whole drive was the bone marrow registry for children diagnosed with Leukemia, such as Tyler, it warms our hearts to know that we helped those exact patients in every way possible Monday. And yes, because so many of you have asked, we WILL do another one in the future!

Economic Development

Housing Forum

Save the Date! Lakewood is hosting a housing forum at the McGavick Center on May 15th. Developers, builders, real estate brokers, lenders, investors or anyone interested in what’s possible in the area of revitalization, new housing, lending patterns, and JBLM off-base housing needs should plan to attend. We’re keeping an eye on what’s possible in the South Sound.

Parks & Recreation

Shield Recognized at CPTC

Elizabeth Shied, Recreation Coordinator at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, along with other speakers from across the State, was honored at a luncheon last week at Clover Park Technical College. The event was the conclusion of a yearlong research project which collected a series of personal interviews from prominent public speakers . A world premiere of the video trailer was also shown. The project included excerpts of interviews where the speakers were asked a series of questions including how do people become great public speakers, how do you overcome fear and stage fright and what advice would they give to someone preparing for a speech. Students at CPTC and around the country will be able to benefit from expertise, insights and advice shared by the speakers. The full video will be available soon on the CPTC website.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 24, 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 Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting
  • 2013 Year End Police Department Report
  • Review of lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Economic development update

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

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Recognizing the Clover Park School District STEM students
  • 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigades Presentation
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the 2014 budget amendments.
  • Adopt lodging tax collection code and guidelines.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court transport services.
  • Approve an agreement for Waughop Lake management
  • Approve a street sweeping contract
  • Approve grant agreement for 111th/112th St. improvement (Bridgeport Way to Kendrick)
  • Approve a $100,000 Sounder agreement for their participation in 111th/112th Street improvement project (tentative)
  • Review of sole source traffic signal equipment.
  • Review of Council Comprehensive Plan amendments