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


May 1, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Launches New Websites

The City of Lakewood has a new online look and is planning even more improvements to help better connect with residents. The City of Lakewood has launched its new website. It has also launched a new Economic Development-oriented website at . For anyone who interacted with the City of Lakewood’s previous website, the new version provides a completely different experience. Designed and produced in-house, the City’s new website is easy to use and navigate for web users of all abilities. 

For more information:

Sumer-Spring Connections Newsletter

The Summer-Spring 2015 Edition of Connections, the City of Lakewood's official newsletter and parks and recreation guide, is scheduled to arrive in mailboxes beginning Friday, May 1. This edition is packed with stories and information about your community, including:

  • A feature on longtime Police Chief Bret Farrar, who retired in April after nearly three decades of serving and protecting Lakewood
  • An update on the City's vastly improved finances
  • A piece on the $23 million worth of road and sidewalk improvements that Lakewood will perform in 2015-16, which is the most construction City has performed since its incorporation in 1996
  • Articles intended to help Lakewood residents prepare for when the 115th U.S. Open takes place in June at Chambers Bay Golf Course, as well as outline the best golfing options in Lakewood
  • A Business Showcase on Lakewood-based Allen Realtors, which is celebrating its 75th year in business this year
  • Information on the City's "Military Appreciation Day" celebration May 15 to honor the 2-2 Stryker Brigade soldiers and their families
  • A feature on the new gate at the Lakewood Community Garden, which Boy Scout and Lakes High student Levi Ott made a reality
  • Information on SummerFEST, Lakewood Farmers Market, Ray Evans Mememorial Fishing Event and much more

Look for the newsletter to arrive in your mailbox or read Connections online:

Mayor’s Letter-to-the-Editor

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson wrote an opinion piece about the need to pass a comprehensive transportation package this legislative session that ran in The News Tribune.

For the full story:

Lakewood Sister Cities – ArtsFest Celebration, May 2-3

This weekend, Lakewood Sister Cities Association and Lakewood ArtsFest Committee will jointly host a two-day celebration of art and entertainment at the Cascade building of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Plan now to join the fun! Parking and admission are free.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2: Lakewood Sister Cities welcomes the Republic of the Philippines, in honor of Lakewood’s Sister City of the municipality of Bauang, La Union. Colorful dancers, ethnic vendors, Kids Corner, Face Painting, student and military art displays. See a special exhibit by the famous Philippine Scouts Historical Society.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3: ArtsFest exhibits, craft vendors and a historic display by the Philippine Scouts. Continuous music and dance entertainment and a special art awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

For more information:

Throwback Thursday

When we do ‪#‎tbt  in â€ªLakewood, we go way, way back.For example, the Lakewood Historical Society will be holding a program May 21 at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, the oldest private golf club west of the Mississippi River.

"Founded by Scottish immigrant Alexander Baillie in 1894, the Tacoma Country & Golf Club occupies a beautiful stretch along the shores of American Lake. Don't miss a rare opportunity to visit TC&GC's grounds and learn its history in a presentation by club manager Josh Bridge and course superintendent Joel Kachmarek."

For those who would like to attend, you must RSVP. To learn more, visit

Military Appreciation Day, May 15, 2015

On May 15, the City of Lakewood and the AUSA Lakewood Subchapter will host a “Military Appreciation Day” for the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. 

  •  WHAT: “Military Appreciation Day” for the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 15
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood
  • COST: Free

The Lancer Brigade is Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As such, this celebration will offer a SummerFEST-like atmosphere. An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers with families and children are expected to attend. Admission and parking to the event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Entertainment will consist of a public market, food vendors, a car display, “kids zone” play area, live music and fitness competitions.

WSDOT Open House Tuesday, May 5

Tired of sitting in I-5 traffic through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area? Come learn about proposed improvements to traffic flow during an open house hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation and a NEPA environmental scoping meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood. This event is also intended to solicit public feedback and seek the public's input on items you think should be studied during the environmental process for the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be provided. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

The McGavick Conference Center is located at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood. Find out more here:  .

View proposed changes to I-5 interchanges on Flickr:

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Saturday, April 25,  residents across Pierce County participated in Parks Appreciation Day. However, the day was particularly special in ‪#‎IamLakewood , where the City held an official dedication for the new gate at the Lakewood Community Garden, including Mayor Don Anderson. If you remember, Boy Scout and Lakes High student Levi Ott, along with a few of his fellow scouts, helped build the gate this month, with hopes of becoming an Eagle Scout. Not only (at least there should be little doubt) will he reach his goal, but none other than Congressman Denny Heck  was on hand Saturday to help Levi celebrate the gate's dedication.

According to the Congressman's office, Heck was "thrilled" to meet Levi: "The gate is absolutely beautiful, and the gate is a wonderful touch. Levi definitely has the heart of a servant."

Great job!

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, May 4

  • 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, May 5

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Card & Board Games: Mah Jongg, 1 p.m.
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 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.
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Card & Board Games: Cribbage
  • Mother’s Day Celebration: You Are My Sunshine, 1 p.m.
  • Sassy Scrappers, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, May 8

  • 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 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.- Interim Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • 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 seal program
  • Bid award for San Francisco Avenue improvements
  • Public Hearing on Lakeholme Road street vacation
  • Adopt 2015-2016 Biennial Budget Amendments
  • Establishing a line of credit with Heritage Bank
  • Approve business license code amendments
  • Approve  5- Year and FY 2015 Consolidated Plan (CDBG & HOME) funding recommendations
  • Approve New Cingular wireless agreement relative to a local utility tax claim settlement

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 11, 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:

  • Development Services cost recovery review
  • Mental health professional services status report
  • Amending fee schedule for temporary business licenses
  • Review of Lakeland Park sale of surplus property