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

February 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fort Steilacoom Park Barn

On Wednesday, overnight winds knocked down an aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located on the edge of the park’s historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park. The barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City erected temporary fencing around the site.

February 7, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fort Steilacoom Park Lease Transfer Finalized

It’s official: the City of Lakewood now holds the lease for one of the biggest and most popular parks in the South Sound.

Last week, the City assumed control of the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park, which is owned by the State of Washington. The state, Pierce County and the City had to approve the agreement. The Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease  in December, and the transfer between Pierce County and the City was finalized last week.

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

I-5 Traffic Pattern Study

Over the next two weeks, crews will study traffic patterns between Interstate 5 interchanges, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the greater Lakewood area.

But they aren’t going to use traffic-counting devices. No one is going to be standing on a corner counting cars, either.

As part of an “Origin-Destination” study being conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation – which is part of a larger I-5 JBLM Interchange Justification Report (IJR) - crews will be installing solar-powered devices that can pick up Bluetooth signals and track the routes of drivers.

Those devices will track how many vehicles use I-5 to access JBLM and surrounding areas. That data will help determine the South Sound’s transportation future in terms of what improvements are needed in one of the most congested regions in the state.

Click here to read more about the project and the device  that will be used to track traffic patterns.

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Show Seahawks Spirit, Gratitude

Lakewood Police showed its brand of Seattle Seahawks spirit Thursday, and it meant much more than simply hoping the team tops the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVLIII.
Almost 50 blue-and-green-clad members of the department gathered on their front doorstep to show their support for the Hawks, who play Sunday in New Jersey for the Lombardi Trophy.
As Chief Bret Farrar explained, the outpouring of 12th Man spirit was as much gratitude as it was support. When four of Lakewood's officers were murdered in November 2009, the Seahawks organization went out of its way to welcome the department, he said.
The team brought in and honored the fallen officers' families and members of the department during a game, Farrar said.
"We thought, in return for the kindness they showed us, we would show, as a department, our support for the Seattle Seahawks," Farrar said.
Great stuff. Go Hawks.
To read and listed to KIRO Radio's story on Lakewood Police, visit http://goo.gl/TRMTIl

January 17, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18

On January 18, the City of Lakewood will celebrate its cultural diversity with the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  . This year’s theme - “The Dream Begins” – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood.

The celebration features an array of cultural performances from Lakewood. This year’s lineup includes: