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


April 10, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Opening Day for the Seattle Mariners generated a stadium's worth of excitement Monday, April 6, but it was even more meaningful for the Lakewood community. As it has done the past five years, the Lakewood Police Department had the honor of carrying out and waving the giant American Flag before a sold-out Safeco Field crowd. This year, however, it meant something extra special. The Mariners recognized Chief Bret Farrar, whose last official day was Monday, and whose last official act as chief was accompanying his department onto the field. The Chief's smiling face was shown on the Safeco Field big screen to the crowd, who seemed to know instinctively about his contributions to the community. The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Seattle Mariners for the special recognition. More importantly, the City would like to thank Chief Farrar for his tireless work on behalf of the Lakewood community to keep it safe. Happy retirement, Chief.

And most importantly, we would like to thank our Police Department for keeping our community safe and showcasing our pride to the Northwest. See our full photo album of the Opening Day here:


Sport Stacking Competition at the City Council Meeting

Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama presented a sport stacking to the Lakewood City Council at the Monday, April 6 regular meeting. He was joined by Alexis Gutierrez, a fifth-grader from Tyee Park Elementary School, who demonstrated the various types of stacking. After the demo, Highashiyama encouraged a member of the Youth Council into challenging Gutierrez for a friendly competition. How did it go, you ask? See for yourself in our video   . For more information:

Lakewood Sister Cities - ArtsFest Celebration Set for May 2-3, at Pierce College

Lakewood Sister Cities Association and Lakewood ArtsFest Committee will jointly host a two-day celebration of art and entertainment May 2-3 at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom Campus. This colorful, fun filled, family friendly event is free to the public. Events include:

  • Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Lakewood Sister Cities welcomes the Republic of the Philippines. Colorful dancers, lively entertainment, ethnic vendors. Special exhibit by the famous Philippine Scouts Historical Society.
  • Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: All ArtsFest exhibits available for viewing, craft vendors open, historic display by Philippine Scouts. Continuous music and dance entertainment including the Fly Dance Company and more. Special art awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

For more information:

Lakewood Joins in Recognition for National Service

City of Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson joined 29 other cities and towns in Washington who have named Tuesday, April 7, 2015 National Service Recognition Day. Mayor Anderson read the proclamation at the City Council meeting on Monday, April 6. He presented the proclamation to Carol Farer, the State Director of ServiceNation Washington. A record number of 2,630 mayors and county leaders across the country are uniting to thank AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers for their commitment to service and their positive impact on pressing challenges facing the nation. Local elected officials from large cities, small towns, rural areas, and tribal communities across the nation are participating in the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service   by holding events, issuing proclamations, joining service projects, and using social media to thank service participants.  

For more information:

Sunday Morning Maintenance Work to Reduce I-5 Lanes

Drivers who use Interstate 5 through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor could experience brief delays the morning of Sunday, April 12. The freeway will be reduced to two lanes in three separate locations allowing Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews to perform sign bridge inspections and vegetation management. Drivers should expect alternating right and left lane closures on northbound I-5 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. at milepost 117.5 in DuPont, milepost 120 near the JBLM Main Gate entrance, and at milepost 125 in Lakewood. Southbound I-5 will also have alternating right and left lane closures at milepost 125 in Lakewood during the same hours. While traffic backups are anticipated to be minimal, WSDOT encourages drivers who need to travel during those hours to give themselves extra time to reach their destination.

Real-time traffic information is available on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s travel alerts web pages or by calling 5-1-1.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this great shot of the big screen that the City was able to capture during the pregame festivities of the Seattle Mariners' opening day. A special "thank you" to the Mariners for giving the City an on-the-field, unobstructed view (well, except for those pesky Los Angeles Angels) of the Lakewood Police Department participating in the festivities. It's an honor every year to be recognized. And yes, that's your very own Police Department on the big screen with the American flag #IamLakewood

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 13

  • 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 14

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Fitness & Fun, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Sumi Painting, 9 :30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Thursday Open Computer Lab, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 17

  • 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.

For more information:

Council Meetings

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
  • Review of 2015 Comprehensive Plan schedule
  • Review of 2014 Year End Financial Report
  • Review of 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, April 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 recognizing Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase – Harold Allen Realty
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Public Hearing on 5 Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan extension to 12/31/2015
  • Approve Dept. of Ecology grant agreement for Stormwater Source Control Study