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CAUTION: Toxic Algae present at Steilacoom Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in Steilacoom Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color. Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 ( ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253) 798-3530 ( ), or visit our website at .

Coffee with the Mayor- Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in Classrooms A/B.

Our guest speaker will be Weston Ott, Civil Engineer, City of Lakewood who will give a State of the Streets presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson

No RSVP is needed.

Coffee with the Mayor- Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speakers will be Fire Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire and Rescue who will give a State of the Fire Department presentation and Parks and Recreation Coordinator Amanda Richardson who will give a presentation on the Farmers Market.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson

2014 Lodging Tax Grant Applications Accepted through August 22

The City of Lakewood is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in Lakewood, Washington. The source of monies from which projects will be funded is the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels within the City of Lakewood.

Beginning Thursday-August 1, 2013, application forms will be available on the city’s website at and by contacting Melody at (253) 983-7769 or . The 2014 Lodging Tax Grant Application provides information regarding eligible uses of motel/hotel tax revenues and the process for proposal submission.

Grant application packets must be complete, signed, and received by the city’s third floor receptionist, or received in the mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday-August 22, 2013. Late or incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee which will make funding recommendations to the City Council. Final funding decisions for 2014 will be made by the Lakewood City Council in November-2013.

If you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact Melody at or (253) 983-7769.

Applications will be accepted by the third floor reception counter at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499 until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday-August 22, 2013. Please address your proposal application to the attention of Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.

Lakewood Selects John Caulfield as new City Manager

At its meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. Mr. Caulfield is currently serving as the city manager in Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, a job he has held since January 2006. He previously served as a deputy city manager in University Place and held various finance positions at the City of Federal Way. He is a graduate of Boston University (BS) and Seattle University (MBA). Caulfield was first introduced to the Lakewood community over twenty years ago while serving with the Army’s 2-75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis.

The Lakewood council was enthusiastic in discussing Caulfield’s qualifications before they cast their votes. Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen stated that Caulfield “met all the attributes we were looking for in the ideal candidate.” Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant observed that he appeared to possess the shared strengths of Lakewood’s first two city managers. Other councilmembers referenced his strong leadership and his depth of experience in economic development and finance.

Mayor Don Anderson thanked the citizens and staff who participated in the hiring process and provided valuable insights to the Council. Mayor Anderson said it was reassuring that Caulfield was “currently successful in a city that wants to keep him. He is familiar with Lakewood and the military and will hit the ground running.”

On Friday morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.”

While his contract with Mountlake Terrace requires 60 days notice, the Lakewood Council is hopeful he can report earlier once they finalize a contract.