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


May 29, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Officer, Firefighter on 'Oprah'

Did you catch the "Where Are They Now?" piece on the Oprah Winfrey Show recently about Anthony Sukto , who at only 8 years old lost his mother and nearly lost his life at the hands of his father? This story has special meaning here in Lakewood, especially for Police Sgt. Mark Eakes and West Pierce Fire & Rescue's Jeff Colquhoun, who were at the scene that fateful night. But the relationship between Anthony (who's now a senior in high school), Sgt. Eakes and Colquhoun didn't end that night. View the story on the The Huffington Post  and grab a box of tissue. The City is proud of everyone who helped turn this story into a happy one after all.

Lakewood, UP and Pierce County to Develop Chambers Creek Canyon Trail

Leaders of Pierce County and the cities of Lakewood and University Place have agreed to work together to develop a trail through the scenic Chambers Creek Canyon. The two cities have already approved the agreement. With the Pierce County Council’s  unanimous approval on May 26, the three entities agree to collaborate on seeking grants and other funding sources to plan and build a recreational trail. “The property borders our respective jurisdictions, and it would be very expensive for any single entity to construct all on its own, so this resolution allows us to join forces and build something great for our residents,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy . Council Resolution 2015-57  , a bipartisan measure sponsored by Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg  and Doug Richardson  , cites the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan  ; the City of University Place Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan; the City of Lakewood Legacy Plan ; and the county’s Chambers Creek Properties Master Site Plan to support the development of natural recreational opportunities that link local communities. Read the rest of the story here .

Fourth Season of Farmers Market Begins Tuesday, June 2

It's back! The Lakewooid Farmers Market for its fourth season next Tuesday, June 2. 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:

The newcomers will join such mobile market staples as Josefina's Mexican Restaurant   Burrito Boy, Sheldons Dogongood Dogs and the Whistle Stop sandwiches. This year’s Farmers Market will also offer cooking demonstrations, courtesy of St. Clare, as well as live entertainment. So whether you’re shopping for the crispiest apples, the brightest bouquets or the juiciest BBQ, this year’s Lakewood Farmers Market will have everything you’re looking for. For more information, visit the Farmers Market page  .

Lancer Brigade to Dedicate Memorial This Saturday

On Saturday, May 30, the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team will hold a dedication ceremony for its new monument that pays tribute to its fallen soldiers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.The event begins at 11 a.m., at Memorial Park. Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell will make the opening remarks. The Lancer Brigade, the City of Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to JBLM, is one of the few brigades assigned to JBLM that doesn’t have a dedicated memorial, according to its Twitter page . The City of Lakewood pays its deepest respect for the men and women of the Lancer Brigade who have fought so valiantly and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

New Gateway

Our new community gateway at the intersection of Bridgeport Way and Interstate 5 is looking mighty sharp.It will be a great way to welcome attendees of the 115th U.S. Open, June 15-21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course. What do you think?

Health Department Lifts Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Louise

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisory for Lake Louise in Lakewood. The toxic algae bloom has decreased in size and no longer presents a public health concern. Toxic algae are capable of producing toxins and, if present in large amounts, can pose a risk to pets and people. Swallowing or prolonged skin contact with algae may cause illness that might include, muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and/or nausea. If you see signs of a new toxic algae bloom or for further information, please contact: Ray Hanowell at (253)798-2845 (  ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253)798-3530 (  ), or visit our website at .

'Playgrounds of the Lakes District' on June 6

At 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, the Lakewood Historical Society will cut the ribbon on its new exhibit, "Playgrounds of the Lakes District" at the Lakewood History Museum, 6211 Mt Tacoma Drive SW, Lakewood, Washington. Running through spring 2016, the exhibit is FREE and open to the public during regular museum hours: Wed-Sat, noon to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served at the opening day reception. Through rare artifacts, photos and narrative displays, museum visitors will learn of the Lakes District's past as the resort of choice for Pierce County's movers and shakers circa 1890-1940. It's a fascinating story, full of surprises. You can learn about this and more June 6. Get more information here .

Parks and Recreation

Register for Camp Create 2015

Let your child's inner-creativity shine! The City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its Camp Create 2015. This is one of the ways the City provides recreational activities for our community's youth and underserved individuals through affordable activities. View the registration packet, including rules, policies and other information, by clicking here .

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's Camp Create 2015
  • WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 22-Aug. 14
  • WHERE: Tyee Park Elementary, 11920 Seminole Road SW, Lakewood
  • COST: $5 per day (free lunch and one snack provided); $3 per half day
  • AGES: 6-12 years old

City Council

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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Colonel H. Charles Hodges, Jr.
  • Proclamation recognizing Colonel Louis Zeisman
  • Proclamation recognizing David Kumashiro
  • Youth Council Report and recognition
  • 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
  • Approve Lakeholme Road street vacation
  • Approve an agreement to prepare a Stormwater Source Control Study
  • City Manager Report – IT Strategic Plan update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 8, 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:

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting:  1) Work Plan
  • Review of model aircrafts in parks 
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise ILA
  • Review of community gardens
  • Review of fire extinguishers and sprinklers regulations
  • Review of Multi-Family Tax Exemption Update
  • Review of Comcast franchise report