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


Feb. 19, 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.

Partners For Parks Presentation

On Feb. 16, Partners For Parks presented a $100,000 check to the Lakewood City Council.

The money will help fund improvements and upgrades to the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. According to PFP, the money was raised over the past couple of years at the organization's events such as the Black Tie & Blue Jeans event, the SummerFEST car show/beer garden and Walk the Waughop. Great work!

WSDOT: Berkeley Street Closure Scheduled in Tillicum

Drivers planning to use Berkeley Street Southwest in Tillicum will need to plan an alternate route, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, crews will close Berkeley Street Southwest to all vehicles between Union Avenue Southwest and Interstate 5. The roadway will remain closed until 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

A signed detour route will be provided. Drivers are encouraged to plan extra time to travel through the detour.

The closure will allow crews to make modifications to the railroad tracks that run adjacent to I-5. The work is part of the City of Lakewood’s I-5 - Madigan Access Improvements  project, designed to help reduce congestion and improve traffic flow at the I-5/Berkeley Street interchange.

Jermaine Kearse Inspires Clover Park Technical College Students

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Lakewood native and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse spoke to students at Clover Park Technical College during a special presentation titled, "Championship Mindset."

The Lakes High School and University of Washington graduate inspired students by talking about his experiences before, during and eventually after the NFL.

He also spoke about the 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation, which supports military youth, and its three values: Work Hard. Persevere. Believe.

Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Mary Moss, City Councilmember Marie Barth and City Councilmember John Simpson attended the event.

Check out the City's Facebook page for a photo gallery and video interview with Jermaine.

You can also check out the photo gallery posted by the Seattle Seahawks .

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:

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Greer Steel, Inc.

Check out the February 2016 Business Showcase: Greer Steel, Inc.

The story of Greer Steel, Inc. began 61 years ago and 2,200 miles away in a garage in Fairbanks, Alaska.

At the time, Glenn Greer recognized the need in his community for consistently built, quality steel fuel storage tanks. Using a small set of plate rolls to bend the steel, Greer began making 100-, 200- and 300-gallon tanks.

In the following decades, Greer built a shop suited for welding and earned a license to build UL listed tanks. In 1972, Greer expanded to Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city – to meet a growing a demand. Still, that state’s geography and lack of roads meant Greer couldn’t reach Alaska’s southeast coastal region.

That’s when the company decided to open a location in the South Sound, where barges could originate and navigate to the regions in Alaska that were difficult to reach via land. The company started on the Tacoma Tideflats but realized it needed more space to operate.

In 1995, it moved to Lakewood where available space wasn’t an issue. The rest, as one might say, is history.

Read the full Business Showcase here .

Sherwin-Williams Celebrates Grand Opening

This week, Sherwin-Williams is celebrated the grand opening of its Lakewood store - located at 5211 100th St SW next to Cricket Wireless. The nation's largest paint store is celebrating 150 years of business this year. The company prides itself on research and development, and personal customer service. Welcome to Lakewood!

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 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
  • 2015 Annual housing report
  • Waughop Lake Water Quality Management Plan update.
  • Website Phase 2 (mobile application) and 3 update.
  • Review of Solid Waste code amendments


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 7, 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:

March 7, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation on Pierce County READS – Ms. Jeanine Adams, Tillicum Branch Manager, Pierce County Library System
  • Proclamation recognizing Diane Formoso.
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on Bridgeport Way between JBLM to I-5
  • Adopt Section 9A.03.050 of LMC relative to disclosing intimate images
  • Adopt solid waste code amendments
  • Reports by the City Manager –sewer connections update, Community and Economic Development Department and SSMCP update and City’s 20th anniversary update