Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 5th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive took place Nov. 26 at the Lakewood Police Department.

Benefiting the Emergency Food Network, the event pays tribute to the four Lakewood Police Officers who were gunned down while filling out paperwork at a coffee shop in 2009 - Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards. The event pays tribute to their memories, as well as their legacies and dedication to serving and helping the community of Lakewood.

The trickle of donations increased to a steady stream throughout the day. The goal is to raise $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food Thanks to everyone who came out to support those struggling in our community.

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628 . If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Nov. 21, 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 Adopts 2015-16 Annual Budget

On Monday, Nov. 17, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted its 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. Other highlights include:

  • Increases resources to preserve and maintain the City’s road system.
  • Funding for several new park improvement projects.
  • Replenishes the General Fund reserves to meet its 12% policy objective by the end of 2016.
  • General Fund operating revenues are projected to grow 2.7% in 2015 and another 1.2% in 2016. General Fund operating expenditures are projected to grow 0.4% in 2015 followed by 2.2% in 2016.

For more information: http://goo.gl/F2wCdl

Nov. 7, 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 Veterans Proclamation

On Monday night, Nov. 3, the Lakewood City Council honored the heroes  who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. As part of its annual Veterans Day Proclamation, the City Council recognized the valor and accomplishments of many of our local veterans. The City Council recognized Mayor Emeritus and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Bill” Harrison, the City’s first Mayor; Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, which is awarded to the individual who has contributed most significantly to the advancement and mission of AUSA; and Anne Sprute, Founder and CEO of Rallypoint/6, Washington’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning service members, veterans and their families located in Lakewood. Finally, the City Council proclaimed November as Veterans Appreciation Month. For more information: http://goo.gl/sReh30 .

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  .

Nov. 14, 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 Ceremony at Clover Park Tech

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Mayor Don Anderson was the keynote speaker at Clover Park Technical College’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. “You are part of that small minority,” the Mayor said to the Lakewood college’s veterans, “who offered to put everything on the line in service to others.” In addition to his address, Anderson joined other a special remembrance ceremony at the college’s memorial wall.

Fall and Winter Weather

Over the past week, Lakewood residents have endured a cold spell, along with the rest of the Puget Sound region. As fall and winter weather intensifies, Lakewood residents should keep in mind a number of safety tips regarding everything from driving safely to preparing your home. Check out the City’s tip sheet here: http://goo.gl/EGStTN .

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. 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  .

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