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

Oct. 31, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Day Commemoration on Nov. 3

On Monday, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council will honor the heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council will recognize the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The event begins at 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. First, the City Council will recognize Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor. The military recently honored the former 7th Infantry Division and I Corps commander by naming a building – “Harrison Hall” - in his honor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During his career, Harrison served as the commanding general of 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He was elected as Lakewood’s first Mayor in October 1995. Harrison Hall will serve as 7th Infantry Division's headquarters building. To learn more about what the City has planned, visit http://goo.gl/4attWJ  .

Public Hearing on 2015-16 Proposed Budget

Also on Nov. 3, the City of Lakewood will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. It is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability. To learn more, visit http://goo.gl/wV3zq2  .

Oct. 24, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Honors Neel Parikh, Market Sponsors, International Students

On Oct. 20, the Lakewood City Council honored and recognized several special individuals. First, the City Council recognized longtime Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh, who is retiring. She was recognized specifically for her leadership in expanding library services and never faltering in the library's mission to educate and enlighten the community. Second, Councilmember John Simpson recognized St. Clare Hospital, which sponsored this year's Lakewood Farmers Market, as well as entertainment sponsor WSECU. Finally, the City Council was introduced to this year's international student exchange program participants at Pierce College. The students, who are attending school and staying with host families, come from all parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America. Although each has a different background, they all expressed the same notion: Lakewood is beautiful, and its residents are welcoming and gracious. Great job, everyone! To view a photo gallery of the night, visit the City’s Facebook page  .

Oct. 10, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Proposed Biennial Budget

On Monday night, Oct. 6, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield presented the City’s 2015-16 Proposed Biennial Budget to the Mayor and City Council.

It is a balanced budget that results in residents getting an increase in services. One example: For the first time in a number of years, this budget increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system, which is a key priority identified by the Lakewood City Council. This budget reflects the City’s commitment to providing quality services and amenities to residents while reestablishing Lakewood’s short- and long-term financial viability.

The budget also includes funding for several park improvement projects, including upgrades to the Waughop Lake Trail, expansion of Springbrook Park, replacement of playground equipment and new docks at Harry Todd Park, and trail improvements at the Chambers Creek Properties in partnership with the City of University Place and Pierce County. To read the rest, visit http://goo.gl/DUMsyx  .

Oct. 17, 2014
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

It’s finally here! On Saturday, Oct. 18, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 8thAnnual 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. We’ve given you eight of our favorites here: http://goo.gl/JUoEGm  .

October 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Agency of the Year: Lakewood Wins National Contest

TASER International  and PoliceOne  announced this week that the Lakewood Police Department won “Agency of the Year” in its RISE Awards competition  . Judges received more than 150 nominations nationwide for three award categories: Protect Life, Leadership and Agency of the Year. The RISE Awards are intended to highlight “the countless positive stories within law enforcement across North America,” according to the company’s website. In its comments, judges recognized the Lakewood Police Department – which took its first patrols in 2004, eight years after Lakewood became a city – for its “remarkable policing efforts, which has led to a 12-percent drop in person, property and society crimes in the last year.” Full story here: http://goo.gl/Z60uxG  .