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


March 11, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Tillicum, Woodbrook Sewer Connections Update

More than 40 percent of the homes in the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods are now connected to the sanitary sewer system that the City of Lakewood began building in 2009.

The Lakewood Public Works Department reported at the Lakewood City Council meeting on March 7 that, to date, 148 out of the 352 properties that are adjacent to the constructed sewer systems have connected.

Twenty-eight properties are in the process of connecting. Another 42 properties are vacant and not required to connect.

The 148 properties already connected represent 394 Residential Equivalent Units, a unit of measure used for calculating sewer flows. Enough connections have been made that the sewer system has been fully operational (i.e., not needing supplemental water) for the past year.

Public Works says the City reached that particular milestone sooner than expected.

According to the City’s Municipal Code, use of interim septic systems is allowed for properties for up to 5 years from the date of the Notice of Availability of sewer. The first 73 properties will be coming due to connect to the sewer system on Nov. 1, 2016. There are a total of 134 properties due to connect between November 2016 and July 2018. The 134 properties include 115 single and multifamily residential properties totaling 449 dwelling units, and 19 commercial properties. Sewer will be made available to more properties when the next phase of Woodbrook construction is completed this year.

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

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 

3rd Annual Studio Fitness Healthy Start 5K

Attention runners, joggers, walkers and anyone else interested in fun activities while supporting a great cause.

The 3rd Annual Studio Fitness Healthy Start 5K returns Saturday, May 14. The event benefits the City of Lakewood's Healthy Start Program - an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritous snacks. In 2015, the event generated $8,000 for the program.

This year, the race will once again start and finish at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW in Lakewood. Registration is $40 a person, and the registration deadline to guarantee yoursel an official t-shirt in Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Register for the event

About the Healthy Start Program

The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, children do a few minutes of journaling, followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and butrition lessons. Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary Schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

Major Road Work

  • North Thorne Lane at railroad tracks closure - March 10 (evening); 8 p.m., March 11 to 5 a.m., March 14: The Point Defiance Bypass project contractor will be replacing the railroad crossing on North Thorne Lane the weekend of March 11 requiring a full closure of North Thorne Lane at this location. All vehicles will be detoured to the Berkeley Street interchange at this time. For more information regarding the Point Defiance Bypass Project see:
  • 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 70 percent complete with the conversions in the Lakeview Light and Power area, which will continue through the middle of April. 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 its service area starting at the end of April.
  • 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 signal foundations.
  • Lakewood – Signal Upgrades – Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) – Phase 5: Contractor will be completing sidewalk restoration related to the 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 will be required.
  • 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.

Council Recognizes Pierce County READS, Caring for Kids

On Monday, March 7, the Lakewood City Council read proclamations declaring Feb. 7 to April 29 as Pierce County Library READS, as well as a proclamation recognizing Caring For Kids' Diane Formoso

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 .


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:


Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial

Mark your calendars: The Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial is happening on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW,, Lakewood, There will be a reception and refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

City Council

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 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 the Rainier Room (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

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


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 21, 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 21, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase
  • Pierce Transit Destination 2040 Long Range Plan – Mr. Darin Stavish, Principal Planner and Ms. Rebecca Japhet, Public Relations Officer, Pierce Transit
  • Appoint a member to serve on the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Approve Teamsters contract
  • Adopt Ordinance No. 620 relative to cottage housing (continued from 2/1/16 Council meeting)
  • Adopt Chapter 12A.9 street classification code amendments – (tentative)
  • Reports by the City Manager - Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers CIP Progress Report