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

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  .

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  .

Sept. 26, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Community Vision Plan Workshop

The City of Lakewood has posted a video from its Community Visioning Workshop on its YouTube page:http://goo.gl/DF1AgR  .

The event took place Sept. 23, 2014 at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City is undergoing its Community Vision Plan process, which will help shape what the community looks like in the future. As part of the process, the City held the workshop to hear directly from residents. At the workshop, almost 100 attendees gathered in groups and, using pieces on a map, pieced together how Lakewood should grow and develop.

The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to get an update on the Community Vision Plan in October.

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  .

September 19, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Vehicle Licensing Fee

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee beginning in March that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation projects throughout the community. The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million. That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020.

To learn more about Vehicle Licensing Fee, along witha list of vehicles it applies to, visit http://goo.gl/97Cu8e  .