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


Feb. 12, 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.

MyLakewood311's First Month: Unprecedented Engagement

After one month, the new MyLakewood311 mobile app has raised the City of Lakewood to an unprecedented level of engagement with its residents.

The City rolled out MyLakewood311 at the beginning of 2016, giving residents a quicker, convenient method of reporting to and communicating with their city. From Jan. 3 to Feb. 3, residents submitted 133 requests for service – everything from streetlight outages to animal control complaints. More than 80 percent of those requests are complete with the remaining requests being addressed.

At that pace, the City will receive 1,500 to 1,800 requests annually, which is five-to-six times the amount of reports the public submitted before MyLakewood311.

What all the numbers mean: The City is continuously working to adapt to changing technology and trends among the public to assure that communicating with Lakewood is quick and simple.

To download MyLakewood311:

IRS Phone Scam

The Lakewood Police Department recently has received information from several residents about a possible scam involving someone claiming to be from the IRS. This person calls by phone, tells victims that they owe the IRS money and are being sued for the back payment. They then ask for personal information (Date of birth, SSN, etc). This is just a reminder to never give out your personal information to anyone you are not sure is valid. If you receive a request like this over the phone, ask for the person to clearly identify who they are, who they work for and a return phone number. Do not give them your personal information until you have verified with that agency that the contact is legitimate.

Major Road Work Update, 2/11/16

Below is a list of road and transportation projects planned in the City of Lakewood for the week beginning Feb. 11, 2016:

  • 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 is approximately 50% complete with the conversions in the Lakeview Light and Power area which will continue through the beginning of March. 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. 15 – daytime work – shoulder closures only for some roadway work at NB ramp terminal. Night time work – I-5 lane closures for contractor to strip forms and set railing.
  • Berekeley Street at railroad 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. Monday Night – Feb. 22 – Freedom Bridge lane reconfiguration to facilitate bridge widening on the north side of the bridge. Freedom Bridge – one lane alternating; 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. Additional project information can be found at: .
  • South Tacoma Way – SR512 to 96th Street: Lakeview Light & Power will begin relocating overhead utility poles to facilitate the upcoming sidewalk construction. Temporary lane closures will be required. Additional utilities will follow (e.g. phone, cable) – to relocate to new poles. Work anticipated to take place over the next couple of months. The sidewalk (and other related) construction is anticipated to begin in May/June 2016. (Contact: Weston Ott)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Night I-5 lane closures planned in Lakewood, DuPont

(This message is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Overnight lane closures are planned for sections of Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont over three nights beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16. The lane closures will allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to complete a project to help to improve traffic flow through the area.

During the lane closures, drivers may encounter delays. Drivers are asked to adjust their travels or allow extra time.

Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 16-18

  • Drivers using both directions of I-5 will see single- and double-lane closures in smaller segments between mileposts 117 and 125. 
  • Single-lane closures begin at 7 p.m.
  • Double-lane closures begin at 10 p.m.
  • All lanes will open by 5 a.m. each following morning.

City Offices Closed For Presidents Day

In observance of Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day), Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. 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) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

City Manager John Caulfield is delivered his annual State of the City presentation at the monthly "Coffee With The Mayor" morning meeting this week at St. Clare Hospital.

Parks and Recreation

Orienteering Training and Race, March 6

  • WHAT: Orienteering Training and Race
  • WHEN: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and noon, Sunday, March 6
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood
  • HOW TO REGISTER:  Participation by pre-registration only.  Visit  and sign up for the Lakewood Parks & Rec Training and Orienteering Course.
  • COST: $15 entry (group/family/team/solo) includes training.

How well do you know your local Fort Steilacoom Park? This is your chance to test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most popular parks in the Puget Sound area.

The Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with the City of Lakewood to provide special newcomer instruction and training, followed by your choice of the beginner, intermediate or advanced course. 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. Your most valuable tool: your wits. Finding checkpoints is similar to a treasure hunt.

Please bring your own compass (compasses are optional and courses can be completed without them). You can complete the training and race solo or with a group, and you can run or walk - it’s up to you! Orienteering brings the whole family outdoors. Are you a Scout? This activity helps fulfill some badge requirements.

The beginner course is about 1 mile long, and the intermediate course is about 2 miles long. The advanced course is about 3 miles long.

For those who want to test their wits at the advanced level, simply register for the “Ultimate O.” No training is involved.

This event will take place during the Junior ROTC National Championships.  Come participate in your own course while watching local teams compete for a national championship.

Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance, March 12

  • WHAT: Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12
  • WHERE: Lakes High School Commons, 10320 Farwest Drive SW
  • DRESS: Everyone dresses in their own way from casual to semi-formal or costumes. 
  • COST: $35 per couple; $10 each additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Attendees must register by February 29, 2015. Visit  for more information.
  • CONTACT: Sally Martinez, (253) 983-7758 or   

‚ÄčCome to a galaxy far, far away for the City of Lakewood’s 14th Annual “STAR WARS” Father Daughter Dance! Let the force awaken on the dance floor! Enjoy tunes from Tatooine & treats from Admiral Ackbar’s snack bar.

Yes, this is exactly the party dads and daughters have been looking for. May the force be with you.

City Council

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 declaring 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.
  • Approve Pierce County ILA amendment re: 2016 SWM billings
  • Adopt 2016 citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans


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


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 22, 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 22, 2016 Study Session

  • Greater Tacoma Regional Convention Center Public Facilities District update – Ms. Kim Bedier
  • Amending Section 9A.03.050 of LMC relative to disclosing intimate images
  • Annual housing report
  • Waughop Lake Water Quality Management Plan update.
  • Website Phase 2 (mobile application) and 3 update.
  • Review of Solid Waste code amendments