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


Sept. 25, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Wins (Another) Budget Award

The City of Lakewood received yet another accolade for its financial management.

This week, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (  GFOA) announced that the City has received its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s 2015/2016 Biennial Budget.

This year marked the first time the City of Lakewood has won the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award since 2007. Read more

McDonald's 'Family' Rises Above Tillicum Apartment Fire

For their quick-thinking and compassion during the Union Crest Apartments fire, the City of Lakewood thanks and commends General Manager Jesseca Martinez and the Tillicum McDonald’s.

A quartet of calls to Jesseca Martinez’s cell phone around 4 a.m., June 15 shocked her out of bed.

The general manager at the Tillicum McDonald’s tried to listen to each of her employees on the other line, piecing together the fact that something was wrong at the nearby Union Crest Apartments.

On one of the calls, the voice on the other end faded into garble, then the line went dead. A few minutes later, Martinez came to the realization: the apartment complex where many of her employees and customers live was on fire.

Her heart sank. “We’re like a big family. The manager from the apartment complex comes in every day. You get to know them. We have kind of a close relationship with all of them.” Read more

City Extends Condolences After Loss of Tillicum's Jim Taylor

This month, the City of Lakewood lost one of its longtime residents, volunteers and supporters.

Jim Taylor Jr., “Mr. Tillicum” as he was affectionately but deservedly referred to, passed away peacefully in his home Sept. 12, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82.

The City of Lakewood extends its sincerest condolences to Jim Taylor’s family and friends, as well as the entire Tillicum community. The City also encourages residents to attend a celebration of Jim's life is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., at the Tillicum Baptist Church, 8415 Maple Street SW.

Taylor was a life-long resident of Tillicum, graduating from Clover Park High School in 1951, where he played ice hockey. He served in the Navy and continued his family's third generation masonry business. Jim was a lifetime member of the BAC Local 1 WA and President of its Apprenticeship Committee. Read more

Turn In Unused Drugs on Sept. 26

The Lakewood Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the country that will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday Sept. 26.

Locally, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lakewood Police Department,  9401 Lakewood Drive SW.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for residents to dispose prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Read more

Bark For Life, Saturday, Sept. 26 at Fort Steilacoom Park

  • WHAT: Bark For Life of South Puget Sound , benefitting the American Cancer Society
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park
  • REGISTRATION: $10. Participants can register at the event or online

The American Cancer Society's Bark For Life event is a non-competitive walk for pets and their owners to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. Prior to the start of the walk, organizers will hold fun contests such as "Best Costume," "Most Talented Dog" and "Dancing With The Dogs." The walk route starts at the Fort Steilacoom Park dog park, goes around Lake Waughop and returns.

After the walk, organizers encourage everyone to stick around as they will hand out prizes and raffles, as well as a special treat for the furry guests of honor. All registration money goes straight to the fight against cancer and participates are encouraged, but not required, to raise money.

National Preparedness Month: Prepare a Disaster Kit

(As part of 2015 National Preparedenss Month, here's another helpful article to keep you and your family safe)

Do you have duct tape?

The answer to that question should be a resounding "Yes!" After all, what doesn’t duct tape fix?

Duct tape is one of the many things that residents should add it to their disaster kits. Why prepare a disaster kit? Preparing your family for a disaster doesn’t need to be complicated.  In fact, you might already have many of the items recommended for a kit.

In junk drawers, you might find tools, batteries, flashlights, multiple roles of duct tape, plastic eating utensils and various paper products. Put them all in a cupboard preferably near your home's primary entry and exit point. Some of you might even have a dehydrated emergency food supply bucket, such as this one available for purchase at Costco  .

Other things you can do:

Keep a case of water near your home's primary entry and exit point; keep additional cases in another cupboard, the garage and laundry room

When out grocery shopping, look for canned goods on sale.  Keep pantires stocked with enough food for five days and secure the doors so they won’t open during the shaking

Building a kit doesn’t need to a be daunting task. Simplify it by printing one of the checklist sheets from the City/West Pierce Fire & Rescue   or FEMA  , place it on your fridge and check things off as you acquire or find them. This quick video from FEMA   on building a simple kit provides some great examples.

Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved!

'Connections Magazine' Getting Rave Reviews

In the words of the great Robert De Niro: "I heard some things."

More specifically, we've been hearing a lot of good things about our new Connections Magazine. Readers are loving the new look, and we love that they love the new look. A few responses from residents:

  • "Congratulations on an amazing look to the new Lakewood Connections magazine. It is first class."
  • "Love the New Upgrade."
  • "The new magazine looks amazing!"

Have you gotten a chance to glance through it? What do you think?  If you haven't checked it out, click on the magazine cover to the right.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 28, 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:

September 28, 2015 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2016 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Review of human services 2015-2016 allocations and funding strategy
  • Review cottage housing code
  • Review of 2016 property tax levy
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2015 Financial Report


The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 3, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

October 3, 2015 (Saturday) Retreat, 8:30 AM

  • Community Visioning
  • State Legislative Agenda, Legislative Policy Manual and Federal Priorities


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 5, 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:

October 5, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring October as DV Awareness month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Set November 2, 2015 as public hearing on 2016 property tax levy
  • Set November 2, 2015 as public hearing on 2015-2016 budget amendments
  • Appoint members to Arts Commission
  • Adopt cottage housing code.
  • Approve condemnation of certain properties on Gravelly Lk Dr between 100th Street and Bridgeport Way
  • Adopt FY 2016 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Resolution opposing City of Tacoma’s Proposition 3 utility tax levy
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Approve Tacoma Public Utilities contract for LED streetlighting project.
  • Approve Puget Sound Energy business lighting incentive program agreement for conversion of LED streetlighting project. 
  • Approve contract for abating barn debris at Ft. Steilacoom Park
  • Reports by the City Manager - Snow and ice storm readiness report and Community Satisfaction Survey update.