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

April 17, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Harry Todd Park Dock Removal

Users might notice a different look to the popular dock at Harry Todd Park. This week, the City had to remove the inner-most sections of both “L”-shaped docks because of damage over the years. Essentially, where previously the two docks connected to form a “U” shape from overhead, the two docks now look like two straight lines or “fingers.” Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth says the damaged sections are about 45 years old. “They have been patched, repaired, reconfigured and removed over the past 12 years,” she said. “Each year, the dock has been harder and harder to sustain.” Specifically, the metal and materials connecting the dock sections had been compromised, and each of the removed sections is significantly waterlogged. The wave action - caused by storms in the winter and boating in the spring and summer season - contributed to the ongoing wear-and-tear of the dock system. That created multiple safety issues, Dodsworth says. The City has developed a capital program to replace the dock sections, as well as create better access for all to the shoreline area of the park, although it’s not going to happen this year. “Prior to replacement, we’ll need to complete the necessary design, environmental and permitting work," Dodsworth said. "Safety is a priority for us and the main reason for needing to remove the dock sections this year.” “Unfortunately, based on the condition of the dock, we couldn’t wait any longer to remove the sections,” said added. “We appreciate residents’ concerns and will do our best to create a fun and safe place for our community to play.”

April 10, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Opening Day for the Seattle Mariners generated a stadium's worth of excitement Monday, April 6, but it was even more meaningful for the Lakewood community. As it has done the past five years, the Lakewood Police Department had the honor of carrying out and waving the giant American Flag before a sold-out Safeco Field crowd. This year, however, it meant something extra special. The Mariners recognized Chief Bret Farrar, whose last official day was Monday, and whose last official act as chief was accompanying his department onto the field. The Chief's smiling face was shown on the Safeco Field big screen to the crowd, who seemed to know instinctively about his contributions to the community. The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Seattle Mariners for the special recognition. More importantly, the City would like to thank Chief Farrar for his tireless work on behalf of the Lakewood community to keep it safe. Happy retirement, Chief.

And most importantly, we would like to thank our Police Department for keeping our community safe and showcasing our pride to the Northwest. See our full photo album of the Opening Day here: http://goo.gl/VwobEl

March 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014. Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com  . At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report. The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent. For more information: http://goo.gl/am1psu

April 3, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sen. Patty Murray Discusses Sequestration in Lakewood

In the middle of budget-writing season, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wanted to make sure Lakewood and South Sound residents told her how potential cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord would impact them before it’s too late. On Tuesday, March 31, Murray traveled to Lakewood to hear from residents directly about the potential elimination of 16,000 military and civilian jobs at JBLM, a result that the Senator’s office argues could happen if sequestration starts again in October. At the end of the session, Murray said the threat of cuts and furloughs is “very immediate,” and she is going to deliver Lakewood’s story back to the other Washington.

For more information: http://goo.gl/Ew6rSW

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

March 24 Meeting to Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.