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


April 24, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Parks Appreciation Day 2015

Park Appreciation Day is Saturday, April 25. Lakewood residents have made this effort a success the last 14 years. The improvements and beautification projects completed by volunteers every year are too numerous to list, but they have all made a difference in our community’s parks. We count on volunteers each year to prepare Lakewood’s parks for the spring/summer season. The 2015 sites set for City of Lakewood Park Appreciation Day projects on Saturday, April 25, are:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park : Volunteers will be pulling scotch broom!  Other projects include restoring historic cemetery grave markers, planting flowers and repairing roofs and other areas on the playground
  • American Lake Park : The West Pierce Fire and Rescue Dive Team will clean up under water in the boat launch and swimming areas. Volunteers will also rake and clean up the beach and plant flowers.
  • Wards Lake Park : Trail maintenance and invasive ivy removal
  • Lakewood Community Garden:  The City will dedicate the new sign and entry area and then prepare the beds for the growing season
  • Springbrook Park:  Community garden development and plantings
  • Puget Sound Wildlife Area (game farm park in Oakbrook): Removing old fencing and general clean up

Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  To register your family, service organization or your school or church group, please call Cameron at 253‐983‐7827.  We’ll find a spot for you and we appreciate your help.

Lakewood WWII Veteran Awarded French Legion of Honour

Hats off to Lakewood’s newly minted chevalier! Our own Padre Francis Jeffery received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier) earlier in April for his service in France during World War II in Gen. George S. Patton’s famous 3rd Army, 90th Infantry Division. Last Sunday, April 19, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Mount Rainier Chapter, honored Padre Francis with a second presentation of his medal at a larger ceremony at Patriot's Landing in DuPont. The National Order of the Legion of Honour recognizes civilians and military personnel who have made outstanding contributions to that nation. It is typically reserved for French nationals, but the country also awards it to foreign nationals who have served France.

Even in retirement, Padre Francis has been hugely involved in the community and of many military organizations. The City of Lakewood would like to formally thank Padre Francis Jeffery for his service and congratulate him on his newest award.   

For the full story:

WSDOT Open House on Proposed Improvements Along JBLM Corridor

You are invited to an Open House to learn more about ideas to help relieve congestion on I-5 between Lakewood and DuPont, courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation. WSDOT officials will be on hand to discuss several possible improvements to the area of I-5 stretching along Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the McGavick Conference Center,4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Clover Park Technical College.

For more details on the proposed improvements:

Healthy Kids Day April 2015

The Lakewood Family YMCA is holding Healthy Kids Day, a free community fair, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, April 25. No registration needed. Attendees can just head down to the YMCA at 9715 Lakewood Dr SW in Lakewood. Look for the check-in table out front where people can get information, a map, and a passport to help navigate the event. The festivities include:

  • A free lunch will be provided by Clif Bar, Zico and Puget Sound Energy
  • Free t-shirts to the first 100 kids; a raffle for a chance to win a free one-month family membership
  • Performances by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Lakewood Boys & Girls Club, the Fly Dance Company, the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse Robotics Team, and the Lakewood YMCA Grace Gymnastics Team;
  • and the grand opening of the Lakewood Family YMCA's new playground;

There will also be a street clean-up from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. before the fair.

Major Road Work Update

Like we have posted before  , the City of Lakewood 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. Now that we are entering spring, many new road work projects will be starting.

  • Bridgeport Way at Pacific Highway: April 27 to May 27.  Flaggers, modified signal timing, and police officers will be utilized to maintain all traffic movements as much as possible. 
  • 108th Street – Lakeview Ave to Pacific Highway (for Puget Sound Energy): April 30 to May 1.  Both directions of traffic will be maintained via flagging.
  • Lakewood Drive – 100th Street to 2000 ft north:   Fiber placement in the southbound shoulder week of April 27.  Temporary lane closure during working hours (6 a.m. to 5 p.m.) may be required.
  • Lakewood Drive at Bridgeport Way (NE Corner): April 27 and 28. The outside lanes of the NE corner of Lakewood Drive and Bridgeport will be closed during day time hours.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – Hageness Drive to Lakeview Avenue (for Lakewood Water District):  Week of April 27. Temporary lane closures may be required for lane and pavement markings.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th:  Electrical work continues along this corridor (for street lights and signals). Temporary lane closures (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  New signal turn-on at Bridgeport Way / 75th is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28.  Final pavement grind and overlay anticipated to be completed the week of May 4. Most of the final paving work will be completed during evening hours with half street closures.\

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#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this Facebook post that the Lakewood Officers' Charity posted on Monday: Several months ago, the Lakewood Officers' Charity had the opportunity to work with a local store, Lakewood Appliance, to put a happy spin on an unfortunate incident for a Lakewood family. On December 30, 2014, Jose Patino came home from one of his multiple jobs to find three suspects loading the brand new washer he, his wife, and his daughter had just purchased, into the back of their truck. The Patino’s bought the washer to replace the broken one in their apartment and the new machine had been sitting on their back patio waiting to be installed.

When officers responded, Mr. Patino was obviously distraught, as all three members of his family work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and there was no way they could afford to purchase another washer any time soon. The officer who took the police report immediately contacted the Lakewood Officers' Charity to see if there was any way they could help this hard-working family. The Charity began making phone calls and within days received word from the owners of Lakewood Appliance that they would gladly donate a new washer to the family.

The actual day of delivery was an emotional one for all who were there to witness Jose’s tears of gratitude as Lakewood Appliance not only installed the brand new, donated, washing machine, but removed the old, broken machine, free of charge, as well! Being able to bring this wonderful ending to an unhappy story is why the Charity exists and we cannot thank Lakewood Appliance enough for their generosity and quick response to our call for assistance. They embody all that is good about Lakewood and are a true example of community partnership.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Allen Realtors

The “History Room” of Allen Realtors’ office in Lakewood is stocked with mementos and reminders of the company’s deep roots in the South Sound.

There’s the black-and-white photo of its original location in Downtown Tacoma, where Harold Allen Sr., established the company on Oct. 1, 1940 under the banner of “Allen’s Finer Homes.” In another picture – the small Lakewood branch the company opened eight years later. Patterned among the pictures are recognitions from groups like the Washington Association of Realtors, “thank you” letters and other reminders that Allen Realtors has been in Lakewood since shortly after the end of World War II. Allen Realtors is one of the most successful and longest-running realty companies in the South Sound. On Oct. 1, 2015, Allen Realtors will celebrate its 75th anniversary. It has created a legacy built on its strong relationships – both with customers and the company’s employees who cater to them. It also the reason the City of Lakewood recognized Allen Realtors – a Lakewood institution as much as its distinctive red and white signs – as the City’s Business Showcase at the April 20 City Council meeting.

To read the full Showcase:

Parks and Recreation

Gathering Places at Fort Steilacoom Park

Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will continue the community conversation regarding gather places and spaces at Fort Steilacoom Park on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Lakewood City Hall.  Community meeting #2 will begin at 6:30 p.m. following the PRAB meeting, in the Lakewood Council chambers.  An agenda packet is available on the city’s website at  /documents/city_council/cabc_agendas/parks_and_recreation_advisory_board/2015-04-28_PRAB_Agenda.pdf     

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 27

  • 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 28

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

Wednesday, April 29

  • 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.

Thursday, April 30

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

Friday, May 1

  • 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:


Lakewood PD Participates in Child Abduction Response Exercise

The Lakewood Police Department is a member of the Pierce County – Child Abduction Response Team (PC-CART). This is part of an initiative from the Department of Justice to organize teams that can quickly respond in the event of child abduction. There are 101 deployable teams in the country. Pierce County has been working on creating this team for several years and the process culminated in a final, full scale accreditation exercise that consisted of a mock "Abduction" of a child. The DOJ sent assessors out to observe the process and review our team protocols. After this accreditation process yesterday, the assessors are recommending that the team be certified as a fully deployable CART team. We should find out in the next month or so if the Pierce County team receives the accreditation, which would make our team only the 21st to receive this honor.

The Lakewood Police Department played a significant role in the exercise yesterday, as the mock abduction occurred in Lakewood at Harry Todd Park and we became the lead agency. Once activated the CART Team brings in well over 100 personnel from the Sheriff's Department, surrounding law enforcement agencies, the Pierce County Prosecutor's office,  FBI, Department of Corrections, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many others. The exercise ended with the successful recovery of the mock victim and reunion with her family.

The PCR-CART has a Facebook page that will regularly be updated with child safety information, AMBER Alerts, and team updates:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, April 27, 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:

  • Economic Development update
  • US Open Update
  • National Night Out update
  • Review of business license code amendments
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of public art options

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 4, 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:

  • Welcoming Mayor Del R. De Guzman, Bauang, La Union, Philippines,  Lakewood Sister City
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring May 3 – 9, 2015 as Teachers Appreciation Week, Ms. Myra Johnson, CP Education Association
  • Proclamation recognizing Washington State’s 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year - Mr. Taj Jensen
  • Proclamation declaring May 10-16, 2015 as Police Week.
  • Proclamation declaring May 17-23, 2015 as National Public Works Week, Mr. Don Wickstrom, Public Works Director
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint Public Safety Advisory Committee member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Bid award 2015 chip sealing
  • Bid award for San Francisco Avenue improvements
  • Public Hearing on Lakeholme Road street vacation
  • Adopt 2015 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Establishing a line of credit with Heritage Bank
  • Approve business license code amendments
  • Approval of  5- Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
  • Approval of New Cingular wireless agreement relative to a claim settlement