John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

Nov. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Appreciation Month Proclamation

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, the Lakewood City Council held a ceremony in which it issued a proclamation recognizing November as Veterans Appreciation Month.

The ceremony featured several veterans, as well as Jr. ROTC students from Clover Park High School (Air Force) and Lakes High School (Army).

The ceremony also featured an amazing medley of songs from each branch of the military performed by the Lakes High Studio Choir. (Video to come)

Mayor Don Anderson also read a proclamation that was accepted by Anne Sprute, CEO of RP/6 , a group dedicated to helping veterans and their families transition out of service and into civilian life.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank all of the veterans, students and volunteers who participated in the ceremony.

More importantly, the City of Lakewood would like to thank the men and women who serve in our military, as well as their families. We cannot express how truly, truly appreciative we are of your sacrifices. Thank you.

Oct. 30, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Halloween, Lakewood

Going trick-or-treating this Halloween night? Check out these safety tips  courtesy of the Lakewood Police Department that will help you and your family enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween night! You can also get Chief Mike Zaro's tips on how to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween by watching the video below:

Lakewood to Survey Citizen Satisfaction

The City of Lakewood has questions and it’s turning to its residents for the answers. Beginning in November, a random selection of 1,400 City of Lakewood households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2015 National Citizen Survey, which measures eight aspects of community livability. The survey measures citizens’ satisfaction in eight areas:

Oct. 16, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Michael Zaro Appointed Police Chief

Michael Zaro has been appointed Police Chief for the City of Lakewood.

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield made the appointment, which took effect Oct. 16, 2015. 

Chief Zaro has served as Interim Police Chief since April 2015, as part of the transition when former Police Chief Bret Farrar retired. Even before his term as Interim Police Chief, he had been in charge of the Police Department on several occasions as Acting Police Chief the past three years.   

“I’ve had the opportunity to observe Mike’s performance as Interim Police Chief the last six months and I have been very pleased," City Manager John Caulfield said. “His calm demeanor, demonstrated leadership and proven track record will serve the Lakewood community well.” 

“I’ve also gotten many compliments from the community and our City employees about Mike," the City Manager added. “It is evident he has earned the support and trust from many in the community."

Read more here.

Truck and Tractor Day 2015: Oct. 17

On Saturday Oct. 17  , the City of Lakewood will throw the hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 9thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  .

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

Oct. 24, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Launches Commercial Property Listings Feature

Looking for available commercial property space in Lakewood? Look no further than cityoflakewood.us .
The City’s Economic Development Department, working with Officespace.com , has launched a feature that lists available commercial property in Lakewood  that’s up for sale or for lease. No more searching different real estate sites or placing faith in ones that you’ve never heard of.

And it’s good for those selling or leasing property, too. Brokers and property owners can list their properties in Lakewood for free by simply registering withOfficespace.com  .
Each listing on the City of Lakewood’s website includes information such as:

  • Building Name/Address
  • Sale price/lease rate
  • Square footage
  • Year built/renovated
  • Number of buildings
  • Number of floors
  • Parking ratio
  • How long space has been on the market

Economic Development Manager Becky Newton says the feature is simply another way the City can help anyone who wants to or may be interested in investing in the community.
“We really want people to see the kinds of investment opportunities that are available in Lakewood,” she said. “We want to give people a one-stop shop to find opportunities, as well as to let them know that the City is here to assist them.”
To view the new feature, visit cityoflakewood.us/economic-development/available-commercial-properties .

Oct. 9, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Truck and Tractor Day 2015: Oct. 17

On Saturday Oct. 17  , the City of Lakewood will throw the hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 9thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  .

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

Pumpkin Picking
  • What is the best part of October? The pumpkins, of course. The City knows this, which is why kids who attend will take home a free pumpkin while supplies last.  Volunteers will help carve the gourds and provide decorations for children to adorn their pumpkins. Kids will also get free hard hat. Get there early!

Halloween Doughnut Game

  • If you have ever tasted the delicious doughnuts from Lakewood’s own Original House of Doughnuts, you won’t want to miss this game where you try to eat the doughnut, with your hands behind your back, while it dangles from a string! It’s a whole new twist on eating treats!
A Smashing Gourd Time
  • In Lakewood, we have a favorite fall tradition: We like to smash things to bits. This year, you can take control of our pumpkin-chunkin’ launchers and blast those pumpkins across Fort Steilacoom Park, just like they used to do in the ol’ days. (Note: We have yet to confirm with the Lakewood Historical Society whether this actually happened in the ol’ days, but for convenience sake we’ll assume it did).
Hit the Hay
  • Enjoy free hayrides through Fort Steilacoom Park. This 340-acre gem is the largest in the City and a regional attraction. Enjoy a trip around Lake Waughop with the fall leaves crunching underneath those tractor tires.

Read more here .