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


January 31, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Show Seahawks Spirit, Gratitude

Lakewood Police showed its brand of Seattle Seahawks spirit Thursday, and it meant much more than simply hoping the team tops the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.
Almost 50 blue-and-green-clad members of the department gathered on their front doorstep to show their support for the Hawks, who play Sunday in New Jersey for the Lombardi Trophy.
As Chief Bret Farrar explained, the outpouring of 12th Man spirit was as much gratitude as it was support. When four of Lakewood's officers were murdered in November 2009, the Seahawks organization went out of its way to welcome the department, he said.
The team brought in and honored the fallen officers' families and members of the department during a game, Farrar said.
"We thought, in return for the kindness they showed us, we would show, as a department, our support for the Seattle Seahawks," Farrar said.
Great stuff. Go Hawks.
To read and listed to KIRO Radio's story on Lakewood Police, visit


Don’t Drink & Drive This Super Bowl

On Sunday, legions of Seahawk fans will watch Super Bowl XVLIII  between Seattle and Denver.

But while Lakewood and the Northwest could be celebrating the team’s first NFL title, the City of Lakewood would like to remind revelers about the dangers of drinking and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  estimates that more than one-third of fatality crashes on Super Bowl Sunday are related to alcohol.

In Washington  , drivers arrested and convicted for driving drunk face up to a year in jail for a first-time offense, a suspended license for up to a year, a fine of up to $5,000 and other penalties.

With that in mind, Lakewood Police offered some reminders for fans who will be drinking while watching the big game:

  • Know your limits
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Call a friend or taxi
  • Have a designated driver
  • Consider spending the night wherever you watch

“We know people will be watching the game and having a good time,” Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “But if drivers have had too much to drink, it’s not worth it to get behind the wheel. We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we want people to be safe.”

“Go Hawks,” he added.

Legislative Youth Action Day

The Lakewood Youth Council attended this workshop & training day held in Olympia this past Sunday. The event was sponsored by the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council and World Vision. It was a full day and evening of speakers, tours, workshops and group presentations geared to provide the attending youth groups the tools they require to advocate for their communities. One of the highlights of the day included Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn speaking on the importance of creating relationships to be successful. A guided tour of the legislative building explaining the history, fixtures and “secret” staircases was also provided to all the participants.

Economic Development

South Sound Magazines “3 To See” this weekend includes Lakewood Playhouse’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Lakewood Playhouse  is bringing the Tony Award-winning play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to life through Feb. 2. The 1962 original play about a middle age couple struggling to find middle ground has been reinvented into a “outside of the box” presentation. When this dysfunctional couple invites another young couple over, cocktails are joined with some hilarious crossfire. The play will start at noon this Sunday so you can catch the Super Bowl after the show. General admission is $25.

Toastmasters International Week

Next week is Toastmasters International Week, as proclaimed by Mayor Don Anderson for the City of Lakewood on January 21, 2014. The Lakewood Toastmasters group is celebrating by having an open house on February 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please join us in the council chambers for food and what should prove to be a very exciting Toastmasters’ meeting. Lt. Gov. of Marketing, district 32 will be a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions contact Diana Halar, VP Membership at (253) 983-7826.

Economic Development Activity

The much anticipated Hobby Lobby is expected to open in about a month! Also opening soon is the new Jack-in-the-Box, Tillicum on Union Ave. Grand opening is scheduled for March 3rd. Economic Development team met with local businesses in the finance and transportation/warehousing industries. A common theme is that finally improved profits have been realized for 2011/2012 and into 2013. Businesses with good managers, good customer service that have been willing to make the hard decisions have weathered the storm. According to one banking institution many clients are actually beginning to bring back raises, bonuses and are hiring. Construction is coming back. We also met with property owners looking to develop/redevelop land in the Springbrook area.

TRCVB Retreat

Ellie Chambers Grady, City Economic Development Manager and Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) board member attended a board retreat this week. There is a lot going on the Pierce County including the first ever “Go West Summit” next month:  with meeting planners coming in from national and international organizations and of course planning for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The TRCVB plays an active role in attracting visitors to Lakewood for overnight stays and day excursions.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Waughop Lake Management Plan

The City is soliciting proposals from companies qualified and interested in assisting the City in preparing a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Fort Steilacoom Park. A lake management plan is the first step in the restoration of Waughop Lake, which has been plagued by toxic algae blooms. A well-prepared lake management plan is needed to determine what actions could be taken to improve water quality and restore beneficial uses of the lake. The City is receiving a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology for this work.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Planning Advisory Board
  • Adopt dog appeals code amendment
  • Approve Teamsters collective bargaining agreement.
  • Approve consulting agreement for property acquisition relative to the Madigan Access Improvement Project.
  • Approve supplemental agreement for field survey relative to the Madigan Access Improvement Project.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 10, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • 2015 US Open Championship Presentation - Danny Sink
  • Review of draft landmarks preservation ordinance.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Review of Legacy Plan
  • Review of 3-Yr HOME Consortium agreement with City of Tacoma
  • Review of transportation grant applications for PCRC