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


March 7, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Adopts Lakewood’s First “Legacy Plan”

After three years of work by the City, the Lakewood City Council this week adopted the community’s first “Legacy Plan,” a 20-year, strategic plan that will help the City develop and sustain a healthy parks and recreation system.

The Lakewood Legacy Plan, which can be found on the City’s website,  will function as our parks and recreation master plan. By facilitating a comprehensive public input process, the City interacted and learned from the community, which allowed it to create an environment for employees, the general public, stakeholders and customers to identify and discuss issues, concerns, values, goals and strategies. The City created a number of documents that provided data used to create the main plan document. The City used the planning process to build trust, create new relationships and partnerships, and educate the community on the importance of sustaining a parks and recreation system to the health and vitality of Lakewood.

The City Council gave kudos to Parks, Recreation and Community Services, as well as stakeholders and the general public for helping the Legacy Plan become reality.

Register for March 15 Daddy-Daughter Dance

The 12th annual City of Lakewood Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakes High School. The theme is “Dancing on the Boardwalk.” Registration is open at this time. The fee is $35 per couple; an additional daughter’s registration is $10. Each Dad will get one picture, but he may purchase additional photos directly from the photographer. Each girl will get a rose and a sweet treat and everyone will enjoy cookies, fresh fruit and punch/water. You may call (253) 983-7887 to register by phone or you may register on-line through the City’s web page at  . Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing and lifetime memories!

Fort Steilacoom Playground, Shelters Closure

Much like they did in 2006, volunteers and project coordinators will gather for a weeklong work party to complete restoration projects to the playground equipment at Fort Steilacoom Park. The FSP playground and two shelters will be closed while the projects are completed from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Please note these closure dates on your calendar so your family is not disappointed during a park visit while construction and restoration are active. If you have questions, please call the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983-7887.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

2015 U.S. Open Parking at Fort Steilacoom Park

The Lakewood City Council voted to approve a $40,000 agreement that will allow the USGA to use a portion of Fort Steilacoom Park for off-site parking during the week of June 15-21, 2015, when the U.S. Open will come to Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Mary Dodsworth, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director for the City, said the USGA can now determine exactly how Fort Steilacoom Park – one of many regional parking sites during the tournament - will be used to shuttle people to the University Place course.

The USGA has been looking throughout the region for parking locations. Along with studying routes and methods of transportation (bus, boat, train and car) to get visitors to the event, it is studying how to distribute parking locations for the estimated 245,000 people who will attend (plus 4,500 volunteers and 2,000 media contacts).

The City met several times with members of the USGA logistics team to assess Fort Steilacoom Park, as well as to discuss ingress, egress, traffic patterns and other transportation and site impacts. The USGA is looking to park approximately 5,000 cars each day at this site. Large buses would take the event attendees from the park to the golf course.

Edible Gardens Workshop Series

Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest – from seed to table. This series is designed as a basic introduction to the whole adventure of gardening, and it’s FREE! Whether you are trying to revive some garden beds in your backyard of just joined a community garden in your neighborhood – we hope you will join us!

All workshops are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall in Lakewood Towne Center, 6000 Main Street SW.

Instructors are from the Tacoma-Pierce County Community Gardens, a program of Pierce Conservation District and Pierce County Public Works & Utilities Environmental Education.

The first class is scheduled for March 12 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Click here  to view a list of classes, registration and other information.

Economic Development

Regional and State Trends, Trials, and Triumphs

The recent Tacoma/Pierce County EDB Annual Meeting focused on three key industries in the region, Health Care, International Trade, and Real Estate. Panel member, Diane Cecchettini, President & CEO for Multicare noted that 10 percent of the population equaled 80 percent of the health care costs. She emphasized that this “diseased based” industry needs to transition to a “health outcome” based industry and the finances related should take a pro health approach. MultiCare is growing in community care, recruiting talent and building large campus buildings (50,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet). John Wolfe, CEO for the Port of Tacoma announced that Tacoma container trade increased by 10 percent, but this is at the expense of Seattle, which lost 2 percent in revenues. The reason? Competition with Canada – importers can bypass our federal taxes and run products East via their rail system and then transport South into the United States. California will soon face the same threat, as Mexico is increasing its market share of port activity. Regulatory reform and infrastructure will be key to overcoming the challenges that have created this “container crisis.” Bill Frame, Senior VP for Kidder Mathews noted that jobs will drive development. Expect to see higher density in the urban areas. Visit the EDB site for more highlights:  .

Speaking of Real Estate

The City attended a recent Seattle NAIOP breakfast meeting addressing re-urbanization and opportunities in all asset classes. We’re looking at one of the largest industry shifts in decades. Of the 42,000 apartment units currently planned for the region, more than 30,000 will be built in urban areas. Here at home in Lakewood, we’re looking at additional multifamily, perhaps mixed residential (residential/retail), redevelopment opportunities and more. We’re planning a housing forum for early May, so stay tuned. Snapshot on single family: Current residential inventory in Lakewood (homes on the market) for single family homes is 136, slightly down from a year ago at 162. Four percent are currently distressed properties. Median days on the market is holding at two months. The median price per square foot is up at $130 versus $116 this time last year.


Promoting Prostitution Warrants Served

Late last week, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations and CSRT, LPD Special Ops served promoting prostitution warrants at a local massage parlor and residence. This was the result of undercover operations led by Detective Ryan Larson.  In the end we arrested one female for promoting prostitution and seized one vehicle and $11,000 in cash.   CSRT inspected the building and Red Tagged it for the immediate future.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 10, 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:

  • Review of FY 2014 CDBG & HOME funding recommendations
  • Review of 2014 South Sound Military Community Partnership Work Plan
  • Review of Joint Land Use Study contract
  • Review of 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with the City of Tacoma

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 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 on Pierce County READS
  • Set April 21, 2014 as a public hearing on the FY 2014 Consolidated Action Plan (CDBG & HOME)
  • Approve Joint Land Use Study contract