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


Jan. 16, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 17

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Army Listening Session Jan. 21

Join South Sound Military & Communities Partnership at the Army listening session on Jan. 21, 2015, 10 a.m. to noon. Senior Army leaders will discuss and listen to citizen input about a proposal to eliminate up to 11,000 combined military and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The session will be held at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center.

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Municipal Court Judge Sworn In

On Tuesday January 13, 2015 Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn was sworn in as the Judge for the newly formed DuPont Municipal Court by Mayor Grayum. DuPont is contracting with the City of Lakewood for Municipal Court services as of January 1, 2015.  Mayor Grayum commented on the savings the contract will provide to the taxpayers of DuPont, as well as the convenience of Lakewood’s proximity and ease of parking.  Mayor Grayum had positive remarks on the extensive professional and community experience that Judge Blinn brings to the bench.

Lakewood Gets $1.6 Million in Federal Grants

The City of Lakewood will get almost $1.6 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds that will pay for two projects intended to make our roadways safer. The two projects are part of $48 million worth of projects across Washington that received federal funding, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced last week. The Lakewood projects are:

  • Safety improvements (Military Road & 112th Street), $788,500
  • Roadway safety improvements (40th Avenue and 96th Street), $823,350

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Lakewold Gardens Named to the National Register of Historic Places

It's official: Lakewold Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lakewold Gardens was added to the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation in December. The City first brought news of the local landmark’s nomination   late last year.

The City got official word of Lakewold’s inclusion on the National Register this week. The 10-acre complex – which is canvassed with rare and native plants, State Champion trees, more than 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and a stunning statuary – is also recognized by the Washington Heritage Register.

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City Hall Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Respond to Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Jan. 13, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to fire at 8118 Washington Boulevard SW in Lakewood. Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke and flames coming from the building. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from an abandoned building. The building was unoccupied and the fire is currently under investigation.


Lt. Dave Guttu Retirement 

Lt. Dave Guttu retired from the Lakewood Police Department on Friday, Jan. 9, after 31 years of law enforcement service. He began as a Reserve Officer for the City of Fife before becoming a Deputy with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 1983. Lt. Guttu was one of the very first hires for the Lakewood Police Department and was instrumental in the hiring process, as our Background Investigator and Polygrapher, for the first 100 officers who began serving the citizens of Lakewood in September 2004.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 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 declaring February 1-7, 2015 as Toastmasters International Week
  • Setting Tuesday, February 17, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on amending the Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Approve property donation at 3710 100th St. SW
  • Approve an agreement with WA Department of Enterprise Services for LED streetlights conversion
  • Approve an agreement for indigent defense
  • Approve ILA with Pierce County and University Place re: Chambers Creek Trail
  • Approve agreement with Humane Society for animal sheltering

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 26, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Overview of CDBG, HOME, NSP and Section 108 programs
  • Review RTA, RTA2 and RTA3 amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Ordinance 591 subdivision code re: sewers
  • Review of Pacific Highway redevelopment fiscal analysis
  • Review of Lakewood Towne Center site development