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

February 24, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Trains

Train testing resumes this weekend (Feb. 25-26) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This time the trains will travel the full 79 miles per hour. Previously they were running at 50 mph.

Drivers are reminded to use caution and make sure they never stop on the tracks. During testing last week there was at least one incident where a truck made it over the track but its trailer did not and was caught by the train crossing signal.

Train facts:

  • It can take up to a mile for a train to stop when it’s going full speed.
  • At 79 mph will take the trains just shy of 5 minutes to travel through Lakewood city limits.
  • Average time gates will be down at each crossing is 45 seconds.
  • Most trains will travel through Lakewood at 79 mph.
  • Train Length: Amtrak Cascades trains are 650-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood 12 times a day; Coast Starlight trains are 1,100-feet long (approx.) and will travel through Lakewood twice a day.

 

Thank you volunteers

It started as a giant mud pit, but by the end of the week out of the mud rose a blue and green all abilities playground at Springbrook Park.

S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT and Lakewood Parks and Rec staff at Springbrook Park

The new playground equipment was installed over the course of the week by dedicated volunteers including members of the Springbrook community and its Springbrook Connections group and members of the S-2, 1-14 CAV 1-2 SBCT from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. City parks and recreation and facilities employees also did some heavy lifting.

This is the latest phase in the expansion and redevelopment of the city-owned park in Springbrook.

The city is investing nearly $1 million into the project, allowing the park to more than double in size, make way for new walking trails, picnic tables, a second picnic shelter and the new playground equipment and expansion of the community garden.

Completed work includes installing a bridge over Clover Creek to provide pedestrian access to the park from an isolated area of the community off 47th Avenue Southwest, restoring the Clover Creek shoreline and relocating and expanding the community garden at the park.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park is planned for April 22, Parks Appreciation Day. More information on that event will follow.

 

Economic Development

Cranes around town are a signal of strong economic growth and Lakewood has its fair share happening now. So who is under construction and what is opening soon?

Restaurants opening this year:

  • Chipotle Grill
  • MOD Pizza (next to Panda Express in Lakewood Towne Center),
  • Chronic Taco
  • Hop Jacks
  • Black Bear Diner
  • Chick-fil-A

Business under construction:

  • Advanced Auto Parts and Harbor Freight will occupy the vacant land between Mazatlán and Candlewood Suites on South Tacoma Way.
  • Marriott TownePlace Suites, Comfort Inn, and Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range are going in along Pacific Highway.
  • Lee Medical Building is being built in our International District.

Industrial

  • Two buildings a 220,000 square foot building at 96th and South Tacoma Way and 470,000 square foot building in the new Woodbrook Business Park are in the works.

Check out our Winter Quarter activity brochure for a list of projects, priorities, key demographics, and to find out why businesses are choosing Lakewood.

Lakewood is proud to be featured the February issue of a prominent North American publication, Business In Focus . The story begins on page 144. You can also access the brochure on our website.

 

COUNCIL MEETINGS:

Agenda items:

February 27, 2017 Study Session

  • United Way of Pierce County presentation – Ms. Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County
  • Review of Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Review of purchasing policies update
  • Review alarm code and fee schedule amendments
  • Lakewood population projections report

March 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation declaring March 5 through April 28, 2017 as Pierce County READS. - Ms. Kim Archer, Lakewood Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt code amendments to imprest funds RE: SSMCP memberships
  • Adopt code amendments re: purchasing and contracting authority of the City Manager
  • Adopt city boundary line adjustments to include portions of Tacoma Mall Boulevard
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Lakeland Avenue
  • Bid award Lakewood Drive 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd improvements
  • Bid award Ft. Steilacoom Park parking lot improvements
  • Adopt alarm code amendments
  • Approve fee schedule amendments relative to alarm fees
  • Approve purchasing policies
  • Adopt Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Reports by the City Manager – Central Business District Marketing Analysis Report

February 17, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Volunteers needed for Springbrook Park Expansion

Work is set to begin Feb. 21 to install new, all-inclusive play equipment at the recently expanded Springbrook Park in Lakewood's Springbrook neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to help Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. install the playground equipment and get things ready for the anxious children who are jumping at the chance to break in the new play structures.

For more information or to volunteer contact Cameron Faifield at cfairfield@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7827.

Lakewood Police Department recieves kudos:

Praise has been pouring in for the Lakewood Police Department and its officers. The compliments have come from first responders with other agencies, as well as residents who have interacted with Lakewood's officers for various reasons this month.

One resident whose car was broken into and their property stolen compliemented the officers they worked with, saying the police kept them informed about the status of the investigation and were able to recover most of the stolen items.

In their own words: "In a day and age where there is utter disrespect for these guys, I will always be honored to share the same roads, restaurants, and communities with the officers. They put their lives on the line every day for people who hate them yet they still fight for those same people."

Other compliments included praise for an officer from a West Pierce Fire and Rescue responder who said the officer stayed with a woman whose longtime spouse had just died and helped her through the intial shock and pain. 

Upcoming City Council meetings:

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

February 21, 2017 (Tuesday*) Regular Meeting (*Note the different meeting day)

  • Business showcase - CR Coachworks, Doug Graf and Julie Stacy, Owners
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Tacoma Public Utilities Rates Presentation – Mr. Bob Mack, Deputy Director for Public Affairs, TPU
  • Bid award 108th St. Rebuild (Main St. to Bridgeport Way)
  • Approve Pierce County contract amendment relative to surface water management billings
  • Adopt aggressive begging code amendments
  • Adopt Six Year 2017-2022 Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming

 

February 27, 2017 Study Session

  • United Way of Pierce County presentation – Ms. Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County
  • Review of Waughop Lake Management Plan
  • Review of purchasing policies
  • Population growth assumptions report
  •  Review alarm code amendments
  • Review fee schedule amendments relative to alarm fees

 

February 3, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Amtrak high-speed train testing begins Feb. 7

Trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will pass through Lakewood starting Feb. 7 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Amtrak passenger trains will run as part of Sound Transit's signal testing for the Point Defiance Bypass Project. The testing will occur along the section of track from the Tacoma Dome station to the Nisqually Junction.

The test period runs through Feb. 15. People are asked to use caution whenever near the railroad right of way. Police will be stationed at the at-grade intersections during the testing to make sure people are safe.

Testing will also occur Feb. 25 and 26.

Potential traffic delays are to be expected at the following intersections during the test period:

  • South 66th Street
  • South 74th Street
  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
  • 100th Street SW
  • 108th Street SW
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest
  • Clover Creek Drive Southwest
  • North Thorne Lane Southwest
  • Berkeley Avenue Southwest
  • 41st Division Drive
  • DuPont-Steilacoom Road

The $89.1 million rail project is part pf a larger state Department of Transportation program to improve service across western Washington along the intercity passenger rail corridor. Once complete Amtrak's passenger trains will run along the inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood and Tacoma. Sound Transit already uses a portion of this route for its Sounder commuter rail service between Lakewood and Tacoma.

For project information or more information about the signal testing happening this month visit Sound Transit's Point Defiance Bypass project webpage .

Construction Updates

South Tacoma Way, state Route 512 to 96th Street roadway improvements: Sarting Feb. 6 there is ongoing work at the traffic signal at South Tacoma Way and 100th Street Soutwest. The new signal will be turned on Feb. 9 and the old signal removed Feb. 10. Drivers should expect lane closures during the signal work. New road signs will go up.

Starting Feb. 13 work will begin on curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the roadway and concrete repairs. Paving will be done on 96th Street west of South Tacoma Way. Lane closures will be necessary to do the work.

Night work will occur on the traffic signal at state Route 512, which will result in lane closures and some intersection closures. Drivers are asked to be patient and use alternate routes where possible.

Upcoming City Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

Regular meeting, Feb. 6, 2017. Agenda items include:

  • Municipal Court Judge Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Proclamation declaring Toastmaster’s Week – Major Heath Dickinson, President, Lakewood Toastmasters Club
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Update – Mr. Mark Lindquist
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as the date for a public hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue and New York Avenue
  • Public Hearing on Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming
  • Adopt accepting donations ordinance
  • Amending the parks code
  • Approve agreement to abate Golden Lion
  • Approve West-Pierce Fire agreement for emergency management coordinator services

Study session Feb. 13, 2017. Agenda items include:

  • Information Technology Plan update
  • Review of flood plain code amendments
  • Review of Title 18A code amendments including sign code and tree maintenance
  • Review of 2017 Comprehensive Plan schedule
  • Review of pan handling code amendments

Advisory boards still seek new members

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies, term runs through 12/31/2019.
  • Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.
  • Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 5/21/2020.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

Happy Hearts Dinner Auction February 4th 

Caring for Kids' annual Happy Hearts Dinner Auction is Saturday. The fundraiser supports underserved children in the community. Last year, Caring for Kids distributed more than 8,000 books, 3,000 dental kits, many many meals and more. Founder Diane Formoso works with other community groups to tackle poverty including St. Leo Food Connection and Tillicum Community Center. Buy tickest from Diane at .

Boots 'N Bling father daughter dance is Feb. 25

This year's father-daughter dance is going western and attendees are encouraged to dress the part. Festivities include dancing, a "glow" booth with wigs, signs, and props for fun pictures to remember the night. Refreshments and snacks for all ages will be served. Visit the city's parks and recreation special event page for more information.

What: Boots 'n Bling father-daughter dance

When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.

Where: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

Tickets: $25/pair (one father and one daughter), $10 each additional daughter

More: To volunteer and learn more contact Sally Martinez, or (253) 983-7758

February 10, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Longtime Lakewood volunteer recognized

City Manager John Caulfield and Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth thank Lakewood volunteer Kurt Sample.Lakewood resident Kurt Sample was recognized Feb. 8 by City Manager John Caulfield for his service to youth in the city. 
 
An employee of Pierce College, Sample headed Lakewood Clubhouse, an afterschool program for area students geared toward technology and science, for 15 years. He also ran Lakewood’s Promise which focused on providing Lakewood youth the opportunities necessary to succeed.
 
Thanking Sample for his contribution to the city, Caulfield said "the city needs more folks like you."
 
"The level of energy you brought to Lakewood has been second to none," he said. "On behalf of the Mayor, City Council and city of Lakewood I want to say 'Thank you'."
 
Visit the city’s communications page to learn more about Sample’s contribution and watch the YouTube video of Sample's recognition  at the Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting.

 

 

Lakewood featured in Canadian business magazine

The city of Lakewood was highlighted in Business in Focus, a business magazine with subscriber reach of 350,000.

The in-depth feature focused on the city's history, its recent growth and the work city leaders have done to promote the city's economic development and step up recognition for the quality of life Lakewood residents enjoy. 

The article featured interviews with Mayor Don Anderson, deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Manager John Caulfield and Economic Development manager Becky Newton. 

Read it for yourself here.

Lakewood’s newest Municipal Court judge

Judge Susan Adams was sworn in as Lakewood’s Municipal Court Judge Feb. 6, 2017 before the Lakewood City Council.

In the coming weeks she will visit the cities of University Place, DuPont and the town of Steilacoom to be sworn in at each location as Municipal Court Judge for the respective jurisdictions.

Adams replaces Judge Grant Blinn who was elected in November to the Pierce County Superior Court.

Adams was appointed in January 2017. She previously served as director of the Crystal Judson Family Center in Tacoma for nearly 12 years. 

Prior to joining the Tacoma nonprofit Adams was a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office for 14 years. While prosecutor Adams served as division chief, supervisor of the domestic violence unit, felony trial team chief and felony trial lawyer.

Learn more about Judge Adams on the city’s news page and visit the city of Lakewood YouTube channel  to see footage of Judge Adams being sworn in.

 

Source of Waughop Lake sewage spill identified

The source of raw sewage that was flowing sporadically into Waughop Lake from nearby Pierce College was found at the end of January.

City stormwater management officials met with the college's contractor as they found where a sewer pipe was mistakenly connected to a stormwater pipe. The contractor dug up the pipe and capped it, preventing further sewage from spilling into the lake through an outfall pipe from the college.

Work is ongoing to clean the lake and the city is working with the appropriate state and local agencies. Read more here .

 

High-speed train testing continues

Amtrak will continue to test its high-speed passenger trains along the railroad bisecting Lakewood. Testing will occur through the weekend, with an end date of Wednesday, Feb. 15. 

During the testing trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will cross through the city, including at many at-grade railway crossings.

Drivers are reminded to never stop on railroad tracks and adhere to all warning signs and signals. People could experience delays at some intersections and should consider alternate routes when possible.

Lakewood police officers will be stationed at the city's various at-grade crossings to monitor safety during the testing periods.

Affected intersections include:

  • South 66th Street
  • South 74th Street
  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
  • 100th Street Southwest
  • 108th Street Southwest
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest
  • Clover Creek Drive Southwest
  • North Thorne Lane Southwest
  • Berkeley Avenue Southwest
  • 41st Division Drive
  • DuPont-Steilacoom Road

 

Construction Updates

South Tacoma Way, state Route 512 to 96th Street roadway improvements: Starting Feb. 13 work will begin on curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the roadway and concrete repairs. Paving will be done on 96th Street west of South Tacoma Way. Lane closures will be necessary to do the work.

Night work will occur on the traffic signal at state Route 512, which will result in lane closures and some intersection closures. Drivers are asked to be patient and use alternate routes where possible.

 

Upcoming City Council meetings:

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

February 13, 2017 Study Session:

  • Information Technology Plan update
  • Review of flood hazard overlay and habitat protection for rivers and streams
  • Review of Title 18A land use and development code update
  • Review of 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Review of pan handling code amendments

February 21, 2017 (Tuesday*) Regular Meeting (*Note the different meeting day)

  • Business showcase - CR Coachworks, Doug Graf and Julie Graf, Owners
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Tacoma Public Utilities update – Mr. Bob Mack, Deputy Director for Public Affairs, TPU
  • Bid award Gravelly Lake Drive 100th to Bridgeport Way improvements
  • Bid award 108th St. Rebuild (Main St. to Bridgeport Way)
  • Approve Pierce County contract amendment relative to surface water management billings
  • Adopt pan handling code amendments
  • Adopt flood hazard overlay and habitat protection for rivers and streams code amendments
  • Adopt Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming
 

January 27th, 2017

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood Receives 2015 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lakewood was recognized for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting  by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada(GFOA). The GFOA presented the award to Tho Kraus, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Service and Chief Financial Officer at the City of Lakewood, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  . This award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, for providing accurate and transparent information in aiding the pursuit of financial well-being. Read more about the certificate and recognition .

Happy Hearts Dinner Auction on February 4th 

'Caring for Kids' is organizing the annual Happy Hearts Dinner Auction on Saturday, February 4th. Caring for Kids puts on this annual fundraiser to support underserved children in the community. Last year, Caring for Kids distributed over eight thousand books, three thousand dental kits, many many meals and more. She addresses resources to tackle poverty together with other groups like St Leo Food Connection, Tillicum Community Center, and others. Email her at to buy a ticket for the dinner auction.

Save the Date! Father Daughter Dance February 25th

Boots ‘N Bling Father Daughter Dance 
This year, we are inviting daughters on the frontier to the annual Father Daughter Dance to shake up Lakewood. There will be a dance floor with music from a professional DJ, along with refreshments and snacks for all ages. The dance is western-themed and everyone is invited to dress in the spirit of the event. Take part in the "glow" booth with wigs, signs, and props for fun pictures to remember the traditional dance. Visit /parks-and-recreation/special-events/father-daughter-dance-event for more information.
Date: February 25, 2017, Saturday
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College
                4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW 
               Lakewood, WA 98499
Cost: $25/pair (one father and one daughter), $10/each additional daughter
For more information on the event or to volunteer, contact Sally Martinez (253) 983-7758

 

Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Testing

Testing of the new Point Defiance Bypass signals and tracks    will occur in January and February 2017. Watch for trains traveling up to 79 mph between the Tacoma Dome Station and Nisqually, including the tracks that parallel Interstate 5 from South Tacoma, through Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis McChord and DuPont.

WSDOT wants to ensure you stay safe during this testing, so remember:

  • Trains will be traveling at speeds up to 79 mph
  • Trains may come from either direction, day or night
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before proceeding
  • Obey all signals at all times (pedestrians and vehicles)
  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • If police or flaggers are present, follow their directions

 

Looking for Active Residents to Serve on Community Advisory Boards

Are you an active member of the Lakewood community? The City of Lakewood is looking to fill a vacancies on our community adbisory boards  . Board members typically have some experience or expertise in the subject, are able to meet on a monthly basis, and serve for a specific number of months or years. For more specific information on each of the vacancies and for questions on how to apply, please refer to the descriptions linked below.

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.    Members work to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the City’s historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. 2 vacancies, through 12/31/2019.
  • Community Services Advisory Board    Members help to conduct public hearings, make recommendations to Council regarding community service fundings, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 12/15/2020.
  • Arts Commission    Members help to promote the visual, performing and literary arts and encourage the creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy through 10/15/2017.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board    Members make recommendations to Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 5/21/2020.

 

New Issue of Lakewood Connections Magazine 

The latest issue of Lakewood Connections is out! Read about the latest on the city budget, local transportation and road projects, updates on Waughop Lake Trail and more. Find out about upcoming winter programming and activities like the Father Daughter Dance, the Ray Evans Fishing event, snowshoeing, and classes at the Senior Activity Center. Read the latest issue online   .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 30, 2017 (Special Meeting) Joint Clover Park School District Board, 6:00 PM 
•    Facilities Advisory Committee recommendations
•    Youth Council update
•    Joint Quarterly CPSD and City of Lakewood Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

February 6, 2017 Regular Meeting
•    Municipal Court Judge Swearing-In Ceremony
•    Proclamation declaring Toastmaster’s Week – Major Heath Dickinson, President, Lakewood Toastmasters Club
•    Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Update – Mr. Mark Lindquist
•    Youth Council Report
•    Clover Park School District Report 
•    Bid award Gravelly Lake and Nyanza and Ft. Steilacoom Park gateway signs 
•    Setting April 3, 2017 as the date for a public hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue and New York Avenue
•    Public Hearing on Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming
•    Adopt accepting donations ordinance
•    Amending the parks code
•    Approve West-Pierce Fire agreement for emergency management coordinator services
•    Approve agreement to abate Golden Lion