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


March 3, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

South Sound Named One of Best Military Communities in the U.S.

It’s official: The South Sound is one of the best regions in the country when it comes to supporting its military.

On Monday, Feb. 29, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) and the Defense Communities Caucus designated 10 communities across the nation as “Great American Defense Communities” for providing unwavering support to service members and military families.

Thanks to the collaborative leadership from the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, ADC recognized the South Puget Sound region - the only winner that represented a region rather than a single city.

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Lakewood Police Squeeze Local Theft Ring

On Dec. 9, 2015, the Lakewood Police Department Property Crimes/Robbery Unit was contacted by a detective from the Gig Harbor Police Department about a possible fencing operation in the City of Lakewood that was active on EBay.

The Gig Harbor Detective had been originally contacted by the Loss Prevention staff at Home Depot because they had been tracking an organized theft ring operating in the South Puget Sound area. The Lakewood Police Department Property Crimes/Robbery Unit contacted Home Depot and learned the organized theft ring was responsible for almost $100,000 in losses to Home Depot in the South Puget Sound area and believed the items were being sold to a second hand store called “Thrift-T” in Lakewood. The business is located in the 9600 block of 40th Street Southwest.

The Lakewood Police Department Property Crimes/Robbery Unit used “Leads Online” (Pawn/Second Hand reporting program) and found that “Thrift-T” was purchasing large qualities of new items from individuals. After purchasing the items. “Thrift-T” would sell the items on EBay. Further investigation found that the individuals selling the items had criminal histories for shoplifting and theft.

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Orienteering on Sunday at Fort Steilacoom Park

  • WHAT: Orienteering Training and Ract
  • WHEN: Sunday, March 6
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood
  • TRAINING TIMES: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or noon
  • PARTICPATION: By pre-registration only. Visit  to sign up for the Lakewood Parks & Rec Training and Orienteering Course.
  • COST: $15 entry (group/family/team/solo) includes training. Registration closes February 29, 2016.
  • COURSE DISTANCE: 1-mile, 2-mile, and 3-mile options.
  • ADVANCED LEVEL: Register before the race or day of the event for the “Ultimate O.” No training is involved.

Think you know Fort Steilacoom Park? Bring the whole family and try your hand at "Orienteering." Relying a map and compass, you and the family can navigate the trails throughout the park. It is like a treasure hunt! For more information, view the flyer .

WA Driver Licenses Will Not Gain Access to JBLM Starting April 1

A standard Washington State Driver License or ID Card can no longer be used to get a visitor’s pass for access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or Yakima Training Center starting April 1 because neither complies with Real ID Act of 2005 requirements.

This change affects companies with employees who need unescorted access to JBLM or YTC. It also impacts people who need visitor passes for unescorted base access to visit friends, family, the museums, hospital or other locations on either JBLM or YTC.

For more information about the Real ID Act visit the Department of Homeland Security Website at, or for information about how to obtain a Washington State enhanced driver license visit Washington Department of Licensing website .

WSDOT Nighttime, Weekend Traffic Detour: Exit 123, North Thorne Lane

Beginning Thursday, March 10, Sound Transit’s contractor, Stacy Witbeck will remove and replace the existing tracks at the intersection of North Thorne Lane Southwest and the southbound I-5 on-ramp as part of the Point Defiance Bypass Project , according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The intersection will be closed to through traffic from 8 p.m., Thursday, March 10 to 5 a.m., Friday, March 11, and from 7 p.m., Friday, March 11 to 7 a.m., Monday, March 14. 

The work will occur during the day and nighttime hours.

Vehicle detour:
  • Northbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn left onto Berkeley Street Southwest. Turn right on Union Ave Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.
  • Southbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn right onto Berkeley Street Southwest.  Turn right on Union Ave Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.

This project is one of the five traffic signal safety improvements that have at-grade railroad crossings. Sign up for future email updates at For questions regarding the Point Defiance Bypass construction project, email Sound Transit community outreach specialist, Corrie Adams at  .

Work Prohibits Left Turn Off Northbound I-5 Berkeley Ramp on March 8

Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at the Berkeley Street/Exit 122 will need to plan for an alternate route on March 8 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews reinstall a water pump at the ramp terminus.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street. The lane will remain closed until 1 p.m. During the lane closure, drivers using that northbound I-5 exit will not be able to turn left onto Berkeley Street. Drivers will be allowed to make a right turn onto Jackson Avenue, or to continue straight onto northbound I-5. Drivers are reminded to reduce their speeds in work zones.

Rail Work Will Impact Overnight Traffic on I-5 Near Nisqually

The Washington State Department of Transportation says drivers can expect night time lane closures on I-5 northbound between Mounts Road exit and the Rail Bridge beginning Monday night, March 7 to Friday morning, March 11.

The Rail Bridge is being rehabilitated as a component of the Point Defiance Bypass project , which will route Amtrak Cascades passenger trains to an inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood, and Tacoma. 

Single lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and double lane closures will occur between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The work sequence will be west to east, with two left lanes closed Monday & Tuesday nights, followed by two right lanes closed Wednesday & Thursday nights.

Call to Artists for MayFEST Event

Are you an artist who would like your piece on display during Lakewood's biggest art event of the year? Consider entering your work for Mayfest, 2016.

Artists are encouraged to enter a juried show to be exhibited during the Mayfest celebration, May 3-8 at Lakewold Gardens. This highly touted celebration is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission. Artists who are residents of Lakewood or who work within the Lakewood city limits are encouraged to enter.

All artistic media will be included in this event. Details are available on line at the City's website  or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

  • City of Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Attention: Dennis Higashiyama
  • 6000 Main Street SW
  • Lakewood, WA 98499

View a detailed flyer of the competition

TNT Review of Playhouse's 'Death of a Salesman'

Did you check out The News Tribune's  review of the Lakewood Playhouse‚Äč's performance of "Death of a Salesman?" If not, check it out.

Spoiler Alert: The paper really, really liked it.

Did you know that Director Managing Artistic Director John Munn gave out four passes to the show at the City's 20th Anniversary Celebration in February? Great job and congratulations, Lakewood Playhouse.

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

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 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
  • Setting April 18, 2016 as a public hearing on vacating a portion of 84th Street R-O-W
  • Adopt Section 9A.03.050 of LMC relative to disclosing intimate images
  • Approve Lakewood Police Management Guild agreement
  • Adopt solid waste code amendments
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on Bridgeport Way between JBLM to I-5
  • 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 2015 Human Service Annual Report
  • Review of FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan & funding recommendations
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of tree and infrastructure in ROW
  • Review of cottage housing (Ordinance No. 620)
  • 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