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


May 22, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Farmers Market Returns June 2

It’s back – bigger, tastier and more market-ier than ever before. The Lakewood Farmers Market  returns for its fourth season beginning June 2, and it will run every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Sept. 15. Once again sponsored generously by St. Clare Hospital, the market will take place at Lakewood Towne Center on the plaza at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.  This season promises to be the market’s best yet, as the City welcomes back vendors of some of the freshest produce, flowers, plants and other natural offerings around, as well as great arts, crafts and other goods. And if you’re a foody, the Lakewood Farmers Market is offering the best noms in the South Sound. Several regionally popular mobile food trucks will join the market, including:

For more information, click here .

Update on Dead Fish at American Lake

Officials with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) say the mystery of several dead fish at American Lake might be more of a normal occurrence than we think. Last week, the City of Lakewood began receiving word of several dead perch washing ashore  at American Lake parks. It has worked with WDFW and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to determine the cause. WDFW biologists visited American Lake and confirmed the presence of dead perch. Officials hinted that other lakes often experience something similar, especially this time of year. According to state Fisheries Biologist Steve Caromile, the prevalence of dead perch “may be an odd occurrence for American Lake, but it is fairly common to see this in lakes during the spring.” The City will continue to deliver updates as they arise.

Business Licensing FYI

On May 4, 2015, the Lakewood City Council adopted Ordinance No. 610 amending the City’s business licensing regulations. These regulations are found in the Lakewood Municipal Code, Title 5. The new regulations take effect Monday, June 8, 2015. Since City incorporation in 1996, business licensing regulations have not been regularly updated. Many of the current rules are no longer applicable, out-of-date, or inconsistent with state law. The current situation has led to confusion for both city staff who administer business licensing, and local businesses. This subject was brought to the attention of the Lakewood City Council which resulted in various changes. To learn more, click on the brochure to the right.

Construction Open House on May 28

The City of Lakewood is holding an Open House on May 28 for residents and business owners to discuss upcoming roadway construction on Main Street Southwest between Gravelly Lake Drive and 108th St Southwest, as well as 59th Ave Southwest between 100th St and Bridgeport Way. Construction is anticipated to begin July 2015. Roadway work will require temporary roadway closures, driveway closures and detours. Click here for more information.

Community Event June 5 at YMCA

Kick off your summer with healthy choices by attending a June 5 community event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Lakewood Family YMCA! Attend a cooking demonstration led by CHI Franciscan Health, taste-test fruits and vegetables, learn how to make healthy financial decisions from Associated Ministries, take a family-friendly group exercise class, swim in the pool and learn about summer camp at the Y. The Lakewood Family YMCA is located at 9715 Lakewood Dr SW. This event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Ashleigh Killpack at (253) 460-8913 or   .

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event

On Saturday, May 16, the City of Lakewood held the annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event at American Lake Park. The event featured people of all ages casting their lines, hoping for a bite. Members of the City, West Pierce Fire and Rescue and others attended and shared their expertise. Great work, everyone! Visit the City's Facebook page to view an album of pictures from the event. You can also check out this YouTube video that Mark Saldate shot and produced using a GoPro camera.

City Offices Closed for Memorial Day, Meetings Rescheduled

In observance of Memorial Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, May 25, 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. In addition, the regularly scheduled Lakewood City Council study session  has been moved to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 26. Also, the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board  meeting has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. Scheduled for discussion is gathering places at Fort Steilacoom Park.

City Manager at Lakewood Rotary

On Friday, May 22, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield presented the “State of the City” address to the Rotary Club of Lakewood at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

Toxic Algae Bloom in Lake Louise

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in Lake Louise. Areas of the lake with algae are unsafe for people and pets.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake. Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention. For more information, click here .

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

On Wednesday, May 22, the City held a Wellness Walk for its employees, who walked from City Hall to Active Park. There, they walked a few laps before eventually walking back to City Hall. Great job, everyone!


“Dawn’s Dream” Fundraiser on Washington’s Most Wanted

Have you checked out this great story by Washington's Most Wanted on the effort of our Police Department Sgt. Karin Shadow and her niece Dawn, who was diagnosed with a rare germinoma tumor in her brain? It’s absolutely amazing. Grab a box of tissue and click here .

City Council

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

  • Review of the Community Visioning
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting:
  1. Community Visioning
  2. Work Plan
  3. Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of City Council Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of Six Year TIP


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 1, 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
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting June 15, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on the sale of Lakeland surplus property
  • Bid award for Main Street overlay and 59th Avenue improvements
  • Bid award Woodbrook sewer extension (tentative)
  • Approve Lakeholme Road street vacation (tentative)
  • Adopt Community Visioning Plan
  • Approve an agreement to prepare a Stormwater Source Control Study
  • City Manager Report – IT Strategic Plan update