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


Feb. 26, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Hundreds Gather for City's 20th Anniversary Celebration


On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, the City of Lakewood celebrated two decades of successfully delivering municipal government services with its “20th Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating Excellence – Past, Present & Future.”

More than 200 people visited Lakewood City Hall to celebrate and learn about the Lakewood’s progress since incorporation on Feb. 28, 1996. The event, held in partnership with the Lakewood Historical Society, featured some of the most notable figures from the City’s past and present, including Mayor Emeritus William “Bill” Harrison, former Mayor Claudia Thomas, former Mayor (and current Pierce County Council Chairperson) Doug Richardson and current Mayor Don Anderson. Andie Gernon, one of the staunchest proponents of incorporation and the community, also shared memories. The event also featured:

  • A 25-minute movie of images from Lakewood’s past that was displayed on two screens throughout the night
  • A 20th Anniversary Celebration photo booth that feature fun props
  • Several trivia questions in which winners earned City-branded merchandise
  • Free doughnuts courtesy of the (world-famous) Original House of Donuts and owner Tom Peterson
  • Commemorative items for visitors, including an official mug, coin and sticker
  • Cake, coffee and other refreshments

The night was the product of months of planning by the City’s 20th Anniversary Celebration committee. It featured countless hugs, smiles and shared memories between community members, all of whom played a role in shaping Lakewood today. The City would like to thank everyone who attended.

If you couldn’t make it to the celebration, the City has posted several photos on its Facebook page , and the official movie that was played during the event is on YouTube . Also, the celebration will continue throughout the year, with committee members currently planning a summertime celebration.

TNT Editorial Board: Lakewood's Incorporation a Success

The South Sound's preeminent newspaper says the City of Lakewood's first 20 years after incorporation have been a success.

On Friday, Feb. 25, 2016, The News Tribune published an editorial titled "Lakewood at 20: Delivering on promises. " The piece provides great perspective on where the community of Lakewood was when residents voted to form a city more than two decades ago. On Feb. 28, 1996, the City of Lakewood officially incorporated. An excerpt from the piece:

On that day, Lakewood started down a path that has largely allowed it to deliver on the hopes and promises of those who backed incorporation efforts.

Read more here:

The piece goes onto outline the progress the City of Lakewood has made at various levels, including police, streets, sidewalks, parks, other infrastructure and services. To read the entire editorial, visit The News Tribune's website .

20th Anniversary Video

Those who attended Tuesday night's celebration got to watch the official City of ‪#‎IamLakewood‬ 20th Anniversary Celebration Movie. By popular demand, the City has posted the video on our website and YouTube channel.

Monitoring Continues at Waughop Lake

The City of Lakewood Public Works Department continues to examine the prevalence of blue-green algae in Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Waughop Lake has a long history of toxic blue-green algae growth that severely limits use of the lake. The lake’s water quality problems probably began more than 100 years ago when the surrounding area was used to raise livestock and grow crops for the nearby state mental hospital. Manure and other agricultural wastes were discharged into the lake from about 1900 until 1965 and likely contributed to the thick layer of nutrient-rich sediment that now covers the lake bottom.

In 2014, the City received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop a management plan for Waughop Lake. The City retained Brown and Caldwell and Dr. Jim Gawel (UW-Tacoma) to help develop the lake management plan.

Read more here .

Expect Night I-5 Lane, Ramp Closures in Lakewood, DuPont

The Washington State Department of Transportation says Interstate 5 drivers between DuPont and Lakewood may encounter night lane and ramp closures next week. During the closures, drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

Monday, Feb. 29
  • Drivers may encounter single- and double-lane closures on southbound I-5 near Lakewood from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
  • Single- and double-lane closures begin at 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. respectively. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. the following day.
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. the following day.
Tuesday, March 1
  • Drivers may encounter single-, double- and triple-lane closures on northbound I-5 near JBLM from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Single, double and triple-lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. All lanes will reopen by a.m. 4 the following morning.
Wednesday, March 2
  • Drivers may encounter single- and double-lane closures on northbound I-5 near DuPont from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Single- and double-lane closures begin at 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. respectively. All lanes will reopen at 4 a.m. the following day.

The closures will allow crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to complete work associated with installation of electronic hardware . The system allows WSDOT to better manage traffic and communicate traffic conditions to drivers. 

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:

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   

Come 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 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
  • Setting April 18, 2016 as a public hearing date on vacating a portion of 84th St. Right-of-Way
  • Adopt Section 9A.03.050 of LMC relative to disclosing intimate images
  • Adopt solid waste code amendments
  • Approve Lakewood Police Management Guild agreement
  • Reports by the City Manager –sewer connections update, Community and Economic Development Department and SSMCP update and City’s 20th anniversary update


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 14, 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 14, 2016 Study Session

  • Review of FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Review 2015 Human Service Annual Report
  • Review of cottage housing (Ordinance No. 620)
  • Review of tree and infrastructure in ROW
  • Abatement program update
  • Reports by the City Manager – Motor Avenue Design update


The City Council is tentatively holding a Council Retreat on Saturday, March 19, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Executive Conference Room 3A at City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

March 19, 2016 (Saturday) Council Retreat, 8:30 AM (tentative)

  • Review of goals and objectives
  • Review of community satisfaction survey