John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Feb. 3, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future”
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
  • WHERE: City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.
  • WHAT ELSE: Everyone(media included) is invited to the City’s free 20-year celebration

The City of Lakewood invites the entire community to its official 20th Anniversary Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lakewood City Hall.

Twenty years ago, just a few months after voters approved Lakewood’s incorporation, the City opened its doors for business. Two amazing and successful decades later, Lakewood’s progress is visible throughout the community, from its new streets and sidewalks to its police and neighborhoods to its famous parks and lakes.

The Feb. 23 event – which is hosted by the City and the Lakewood Historical Society - is a chance to celebrate how far the community has come, as well as its limitless future.

The event will feature:

  • Several notable individuals from the City’s history, including elected officials, employees, volunteers and community supporters
  • Displays, pictures and slideshows that tell Lakewood’s story
  • Performances by the Lakes High School Studio Choir
  • Trivia related to the City of Lakewood’s past, as well as prizes
  • Refreshments and memorabilia
  • The event is just one of several ways Lakewood is celebrating its 20th birthday throughout 2016. Stay tuned for other announcements.

For more information, contact Communications Manager Brent Champaco at (253) 983-7761.

Lakewood Relay For Life Kick-Off

Year after year, Lakewood Relay For Life brings together hundreds of family, friends and supporters of individuals who have survived, are living with or have lost the fight to cancer.

Judging by the excitement at the kick-off celebration for the 2016 Relay, this year could draw even more passion.

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, Lakewood Relay for Life 206 held its Community Kick-Off at Lakewood City Hall. With the theme "Paint the Town Purple" in mind, supporters of the fight against cancer planned what they hope will be another banner Relay For Life, which this year begins at 6 p.m., Friday, June 3 at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.

The 2015 Lakewood Relay For Life generated nearly $80,000 for the American Cancer society, with 473 participants spread across 46 teams. In all, organizers and supporters honored 89 survivors of cancer. In 2016, the goals are even loftier:

  • Raise $104,000
  • Recruit 55 teams
  • Honor 100 survivors
  • Support Cancer Action Network via 10 new CAN members

At Tuesday's event, the group also specified a timeline of important team rallies and events related to this year's Relays:

  • Team Rally, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, Little Church on the Prairie
  • Bowling Fundraiser, second weekend in March, Bowlero Lanes
  • Team Rally, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, location TBD
  • Realy For Life Auction, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 17, Sharon McGavick Center, Clover Park Technical College
  • Team Rally, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, location TBD
  • Final Team Rally, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, location TBD
  • Lakewood Relay For Life, 6 p.m., Friday, June 3, Harry E. Lang Stadium

For more information on Lakewood Relay For Life, visit the event website .

Lakewood Joins "Point In Time" Homeless Count

On Friday, Jan. 29, 2016,  Human Services Coordinator Karmel Shields and Bruce Sharer stopped by the Lakewood Library to participate in the Point in Time count, the annual Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless census.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count  is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless, categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing.

Also, Community Services Advisory Boardmember Kathy Lind and Mary Dodsworth, the City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, also volunteered to survey library patrons who are experiencing homelessness.

Major Road Work Update

Below is a list of road and transportation projects planned in the City of Lakewood for the week beginning Jan. 30:

  • LED Street Light Conversion
    • The City of Lakewood’s contractor continues to replace all of the public street lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED). The contractor has completed a majority of the street light conversions in the Tacoma Power area. The Contractor has started conversions in the Lakeview Light and Power area and will continue through the end of February. Traffic impacts will be limited to rolling temporary lane closures with the high volume arterial roadways being completed during evening hours. Puget Sound Energy will be replacing the street lights with LEDs in their service area starting within the next couple of months.
  • Madigan Access Project: Berkeley Street
    • Night work continues with partial lane closures, and full roadway closures Thursday (midnight to 4 a.m.) and Friday evenings (midnight to 6 a.m.) to complete utility crossing and railroad crossing underdrain work.
      • Bridge Work, week of Feb. 1 and Feb. 8: daytime work – shoulder closures only. Sidewalk, abutment, and curb concrete placement. Night time work – I-5 lane closures for contractor to set girder brackets on the north side of the bridge.
      • BERKELEY STREET at RR crossing – FULL WEEKEND CLOSURE to replace the RR track crossing and install casing and conduits: Scheduled for Feb. 19-21. All traffic will be required to use the North Thorne Lane interchange to get to and from Tillicum. Additional project information can be found at:
  • Woodbrook Sewer Extension
    • Sewer construction has been suspended due to high levels of groundwater. Contractor has backfilled the sewer construction and will be completing the storm and base lift of asphalt in the coming weeks, weather dependent. It is anticipated that sewer construction will begin again in late summer/early fall 2016. (Contact: Troy Pokswinski)
  • Lakewood – Signal Upgrades – Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) – Phase 5
    • Construction has begun on signal upgrades along Steilacoom Boulevard, the north end of Bridgeport Way, and on Pacific Highway between 108th Street and SR512. Temporary day time lane closures (limited to 100 feet of roadway at a time) should be expected over the next couple of months.
  • 112th Street at Steele Street
    • Utility Crossing, evenings, Jan. 31-Feb. 3 (tentative): SFENCO Construction will be completing an open cut utility crossing on 112th Street at the west leg of the 112th / Steele Street intersection. The intersection will have temporary lane closures, but will still allow traffic through with the signal operating in flash with law enforcement flagging.
  • Pierce County Sewer – Manhole Rehabilitation
    • Various locations. Pierce County Sewer’s contractor will be completing manhole lining/rehabilitation in various areas throughout Lakewood. Temporary lane / road closures with detours will be required. Work with greater traffic impacts is taking place on Saturdays during the day.

City of Lakewood at Chamber Chili Cook Off

In terms of boot-slapping, yeehaw-ing fun, the City of Lakewood got its fill Thursday at the 19th Annual Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off.

The event - which took place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center - featured chili recipes from 12 or so businesses and organizations. The City of Lakewood's entry: 20th Anniversary Chili (recipe by our own Melissa Plemmons).

Despite Mayor Don Anderson and City Councilmember Marie Barth's best attempts to "sway" judge and former Mayor Doug Richardson's vote, the City's entry came up short.

However, the City did not come away empty handed. Following an auction battle for the ages, City representatives indulged in a sinfully rich choclate cake. Better yet, both Anderson and Barth snapped epic selfies with a pony - the 12th Pony of Seattle Seahawks fame, to be specific.

Thank you again to the Chamber and other who participaated and made this event once again a success. For a photo gallery of the event, visit the City's Facebook page .

City Council Round-Up: Feb. 1, 2015

At the Lakewood City Council meeting, there were several presentations made:

  • Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro awarded a Commendation to two Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers - Army Specialist Jonah Atkinson and Specialist Labeisha Ingram - who helped keep a man alive who had been shot in November. Using their military training, they helped the man long enough for paramedics to arrive.
  • The Lakewood City Council read a proclamation declaring Feb. 1 to Feb. 6, 2016 as Toastmasters International Week. Dennis Baker and Karen Devereaux (who's also a City of Lakewood employee) of Lakewood Toastmasters Club accepted the recognition.
  • Several exchange students from Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom greeted the City Council and shared what they loved about the Lakewood community.
  • Clover Park School District Boardmember Carole Jacobs offered several updates on the district, including a new 2-minute promotional video titled "Creating Promising Futures."


City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 8, 2016, 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 8, 2016 Study Session

  • Lakeview Light and Power Presentation – Mr. Ray Grinberg, General Manager
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans
  • Capital Needs Update
  • Rental housing inspection program progress update
  • Information Technology Plan update
  • Reports by the City Manager – City’s 20th Anniversary Update


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 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 16, 2016 (Tuesday) Council Meeting

  • Proclamation Classified School Employees week
  • Proclamation declaring February 28, 2016 as the City’s 20th anniversary
  • Partners for Parks Waughop Lake Trail project presentation –Ms. Sally Saunders
  • Business showcase – Greer Steel, Mr. Dave Kapla, General Manager
  • Approve intergovernmental agreement with City of DuPont for animal control services.
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans
  • Approve Pierce County ILA amendment re: 2016 SWM billings


Following the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

February 16, 2016 (Tuesday) Transportation Benefit District Board following Council Meeting

  • Approve Transportation Benefit District Annual Report