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

December 23rd, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Orienteering Training & Race on January 7th

You have a map, a compass, and a mission: To find all of the checkpoints (control markers) on your map in the least amount of time, relying on your own wits. Go solo or with a group: run, walk, it’s up to you! A perfect activity to get the whole family outdoors, finding checkpoints is like a treasure hunt. This activity also helps Scouts fulfill badge requirements. Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with Lakewood Parks and Rec to provide special newcomer instruction and training; followed by your choice of the beginner or intermediate course. Please bring your own compass if you would like to use it, compasses are optional and beginner and intermediate courses may be completed easily without one.

Where: Fort Steilacoom Park
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Time: Trainings begin at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM
Beginner course between 1-2.5K
Intermediate course between 2-3K
Pre-Register: http://cascadeoc.org/event/winter-series-wiol-5/
More information online in our flyer

Parks Special Events: Save the Date! Martin Luther King J Celebration, Father Daughter Dance

Lakewood's 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, "The Dream in Person" with featured speaker Cinthia Illan-Vazquez (Daffodil Princess, Act Six Scholar, graduate of Clover Park High School and Whitworth University) and featured performers Morris Northcutt, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir, Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

When: Saturday. January 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Free admission, free parking
More information online at our special events page flyer for MLK Jr Day.  

The Boots 'n Bling Father Daughter Dance: Get your dancing boots on and create memories with your daughter on this wonderful night! Country western theme with casual or semi-formal attire. Snacks, photo booth, DJ and dancing. Register now at active.com

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 
More information online at the special events flyer for the dance .

Snow and Ice Response Priorities

Winter is here! When cold weather comes, take extra time and planning to reach your destination safely. Lakewood Public Works will be working to keep your daily commute free of hazards. Take a moment to review your route on our priority response map for snow and ice(PDF) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Activity Center Rally for Seahawks Football

Tuesday December 13th – As part of the 12 Days of Goodness -- Touching Hearts of Seniors over the Holidays-- the Senior Activity Center held a special Seahawks rally with a special appearance from NFL Alumni and Seahawks fans! The Seahawk Rooster, the Chef and former pro baller Hillary Butler stopped by to spread a little cheer and raffle off prizes to our senior community. Find more photographs from the rowdy event on the City of Lakewood Facebook page . Thanks to South Sound Seahawkers and Visiting Angels and the rest of the volunteers for their generosity.   

Springbrook Park Improvements

The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood are continuously working to make better infrastructure, attractive environments, and ensure a sustainable and high standard of living for all residents. Some of this work includes expansion of Springbrook Park and installation of new equipment, as well as work on new sidewalks, lighting, signals and lanes on Bridgeport Way. Learn more about the City's efforts work to-date in this blog post and find photos  of what's in store.

Safer Shopping Tips This Holiday Season

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro has a few suggestions on how to have a fun and enjoyable holiday season while you're out shopping.

City Council

December 27, 2016 Tuesday Study Session - Cancelled

January 3, 2017 (Tues) Regular Meeting 
•    Proclamation recognizing Becky Huber
•    Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
•    Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Appointing members to Arts Commission
•    Appointing member to Public Safety Advisory Committee 
•    Approve amendments to Legacy Plan 
•    Approve agreement for gateway signs at GLD & Washington Blvd & Ft. Steilacoom Park  
•    Approve agreement with Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare for mental health services  
•    Reports by the City Manager - Review of 2017 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees

January 9th, 2017 Study Session 
•    Economic Development Update
•    Pavement Management Index Report
•    Review of citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Review of Central Business District Marketing Analysis (tentative)
•    Review of Adult Family Homes(tentative)

January 17th, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting 
•    Business showcase
•    AMTRAK Update - Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager, WSDOT
•    Adopt City Council Rules amendments
•    Adopt citizens' advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans
•    Reports by the City Manager - North Clear Zone Strategy and Action Plan Update; review of accepting donations ordinance; and 2017 City Council Retreat

 

 

December 16th, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Senior Activity Center Rally for Seahawks Football

Tuesday December 13th – As part of the 12 Days of Goodness -- Touching Hearts of Seniors over the Holidays-- the Senior Activity Center held a special Seahawks rally with a special appearance from NFL Alumni and Seahawks fans! The Seahawk Rooster, the Chef and former pro baller Hillary Butler stopped by to spread a little cheer and raffle off prizes to our senior community. Find more photographs from the rowdy event on the City of Lakewood Facebook page . Thanks to South Sound Seahawkers and Visiting Angels and the rest of the volunteers for their generosity.   

Springbrook Annual Toy Giveaway

Springbrook Connections is accepting items for its annual holiday gift giveaway, including gifts, especially for preteens, and holiday decorations. This year, the event takes place Saturday December 17, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Centerforce building, 5204 Solberg Drive SW . To donate items contact Alyce Brame-Galyean at bramegalyean@yahoo.com or call (253) 861-0192.

Springbrook Park Improvements

The Parks Department, Public Works Department, and City of Lakewood are continuously working to make better infrastructure, attractive environments, and ensure a sustainable and high standard of living for all residents. Some of this work includes expansion of Springbrook Park and installation of new equipment, as well as work on new sidewalks, lighting, signals and lanes on Bridgeport Way. Learn more about the City's efforts work to-date in this blog post and find photos  of what's in store.

December 2nd, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tonight

Tonight the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.

Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.

 

 Click Here to View The Flyer

 

7th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, the Lakewood Police Department held their annual food drive. Police officers, firefighters, City staff and community members accepted generous food donations from the public as part of the Fallen Officers Food Drive. Special thanks to the Emergency Food Network and residents like you. 

Take a look at photographs from this year's food drive collection.

About the Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Nov. 29, 2009, the Lakewood Police Department and the entire Pierce County region suffered an incredible loss when four Lakewood officers were murdered in a nearby coffee shop. Every year since the tragedy, it has conducted a food drive in the officers’ honor to benefit the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County.

In the past six years combined, it has collected a total of $138,000 and 135,000 pounds of food for the people struggling in our community. The goal for the seventh anniversary is to reach $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.

About Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network provides food to 70 food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County. EFN gives 1.3 million pounds of food each month to help out our neighbors in need. Learn more at Emergency Food Network's website: http://www.efoodnet.org/ .

December 9th, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run

Looking to make up for overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

TOMORROW! The City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

Register Online

 

Snow and Ice Response Priorities

Winter is here! When cold weather comes, take extra time and planning to reach your destination safely. Lakewood Public Works will be working to keep your daily commute free of hazards. Take a moment to review your route on our priority response map for snow and ice(PDF) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Tacoma Way Improvements Between SR-512 and 96th St S on hold

The roadway improvement project on South Tacoma Way (between SR-512 and 96th St S), will be on hold until after winter.  If motorists notice safety concerns with the project they should contact Paul Candler – Project Manager with the City of Lakewood. You can read more about current projects at City of Lakewood Public Works  online.

 

Nov. 25, 2016

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, the Lakewood Police Department will offer a pull-up donation station with officers, City staff and community members available to accept food donations as part of the Fallen Officers Food Drive.

The Lakewood Police Department asks the public to join in honoring the memories of its Four Fallen Officers and drop off donations anytime from between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 29 at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW.

About the Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Nov. 29, 2009, the Lakewood Police Department and the entire Pierce County region suffered an incredible loss when four Lakewood officers were murdered in a nearby coffee shop. Every year since the tragedy, it has conducted a food drive in the officers’ honor to benefit the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County.

In the past six years combined, it has collected a total of $138,000 and 135,000 pounds of food for the people struggling in our community. The goal for the seventh anniversary is to reach $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.