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


April 3, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sen. Patty Murray Discusses Sequestration in Lakewood

In the middle of budget-writing season, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wanted to make sure Lakewood and South Sound residents told her how potential cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord would impact them before it’s too late. On Tuesday, March 31, Murray traveled to Lakewood to hear from residents directly about the potential elimination of 16,000 military and civilian jobs at JBLM, a result that the Senator’s office argues could happen if sequestration starts again in October. At the end of the session, Murray said the threat of cuts and furloughs is “very immediate,” and she is going to deliver Lakewood’s story back to the other Washington.

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City Council Takes Up Sport Stacking

With the sharp staccato of clacking plastic cups, Alexis Gutierrez and Danny Green of Tyee Park Elementary School in Lakewood raced through cup stacking relays at the 2015 US National Sport Stacking Championships/Washington State Open last month in Auburn. The students, both fifth-graders, will join City of Lakewood Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama during a presentation about the sport stacking competition at the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday, April 6. Gutierrez and Green will perform a timed demo of the three different categories of sport stacking. Afterward the students will invite any willing Councilmembers to a friendly game. Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) is a sport based on stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences as quickly as possible. There are three sequences in which competitors stack cups in official events: the 3-3-3   , the 3-6-3   and the cycle   .

Gutierrez placed 10th nationally in the 3-3-3 category and 9th nationally in the cycle. Green placed 10th nationally in the cycle.

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Notice Some Road Work in Lakewood? It’s Not a Coincidence

In 2015-16, the City is conducting an unprecedented amount of transportation improvement projects that will make Lakewood safer and easier to navigate, whether you’re behind the wheel, on a bike or on foot. Given the Northwest’s weather, much of the work will take place over the spring and summer months.

For a breakdown of the work for Lakewood residents:

Check out this video featuring Transportation Division Manager Desiree Winkler, who explains what's going on at some of our biggest projects:

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Don't forget to look for your very own Lakewood Police Department at the Mariners Opening Day game on Monday April 6! We'll have the honor of carrying out the American Flag again this year, and it will be outgoing Chief Bret Farrar's last official act as Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. It will be a bittersweet day, for sure, but we are all looking forward to participating in such an amazing experience again this year. Go Seattle Mariners! 

Maintenance Work Prohibits Left Turn Off Northbound I-5 Berkley Ramp

Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at the Berkeley Street/Exit 122 will need to plan for an alternate route beginning April 6 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews extract and repair one of two water pumps at the ramp terminus. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6, crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street.  The lane will remain closed until 6 a.m., Tuesday, April 7. During the lane closure, drivers using that northbound I-5 exit will not be able to turn left onto Berkeley Street. Drivers will be allowed to make a right turn onto Jackson Avenue, or to continue straight onto northbound I-5.

The two water pumps, which move storm water between I-5 and nearby storm water ponds, were installed in 1954 when the freeway was built. During the lane closure, a large crane will extract one of the water pumps to be repaired off-site. Once the pump is repaired, drivers can expect a similar lane closure for reinstallation. 

WCC at Wards Lake Park

The Washington Conservation Corps was hard at work this morning, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. WCC crewmembers cleared away layers of ivy from the ground and trees of Wards Lake Park as part of a partnership between Lakewood and the City of Puyallup. Earlier in 2014, the City of Puyallup received a grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to utilize a WCC work crew. Puyallup is hosting that WCC crew for the entire 2014-2015 year and received three free months of crew time through the grant. In an effort to help other jurisdictions with grant-funded resources, Chris Beale, Senior Planner at the City of Puyallup, offered to send the WCC crew to Wards Lake Park.

Check out photos of the WCC at work here:    


#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Saturday, March 28th, 2015, we celebrated Chief Farrar and his 27 years of dedicated police service. It was a great night with lots of laughter, a few tears, cake and cookies!

Parks and Recreation

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, April 6

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Cake Day, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Wednesday and Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Friday, April 10

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

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Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • National Sport Stacking Competition Presentation
  • Proclamation declaring April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 20, 2015 as a public hearing date on the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget amendments
  • Supporting a transportation package
  • Approving a public art project location at Washington Blvd and Gravelly Lake Dr.
  • Approving Ft. Steilacoom Park lease agreements
  • Reports by the City Manager - Review of Washington eminent domain laws 

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 13, 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:

  • City Website
  • Municipal Court Update
  • Community Visioning update (tentative)
  • Review of Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments