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


March 18, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

PHOTOS: 2016 Star Wars Father Daughter Dance

The Force was strong with this one.

That's right, hundreds of fathers, daughters and family members trekked to the City of Lakewood 2016 Star Wars Father Daughter Dance on March 12. Whether you were on the Dark Side or not, there were plenty of activities and fun. You can view a photo album of the event on the City's Facebook page .

Lakewood Restaurants Featured in TNT

Did you check out the story in Thursday's Tacoma News Tribune from TNT Diner​'s Sue Kidd about some of her favorite steaming, sizzling dishes in the South Sound? As you would guess, included in the list were two Lakewood restaurants: Cho Dang Tofu​ and Tacoma Szechuan​, both of which are located in the Paldo World Tacoma​ shopping center. Definitely worth a read.

Construction Alert: Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Work

Drivers can expect night time lane closures on Interstate 5 southbound between Mounts Road exit and the rail bridge beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, March 21, to 6 a.m. Friday, March 25.

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

Single-lane closures will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and double-lane closures will occur between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The work sequence will be east to west, with two left lanes closed Monday and Tuesday nights, followed by two right lanes closed Wednesday and Thursday nights. During Wednesday and Thursday night, the southbound I-5 Mounts Road on-ramp will be closed.

Vehicle detour during Mounts Road on-ramp closure:

  • Drivers wanting to head south on I-5 from Mounts Road: Take Exit 116 northbound on I-5. Take Exit 118 and merge onto Center Drive. Turn left onto the southbound I-5 on-ramp and continue onto I-5.

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

Meet Sherman Alexie on April 29 at Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood will host the signature event of the Pierce County Reads 2016 program  on April 29 when the community welcomes Sherman Alexie - outspoken poet, novelist and screenwriter explores modern-day Native American issues.

The event, titled “Meet Sherman Alexie,” is schedule for 7 p.m., April 29 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW.

The free event headlines this year’s program, which unlike years past will focus on five books written by the Northwest native, giving participants an extra month read and discuss the selections. The five books are:

  • “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (1993)
  • “Reservation Blues” (1995)
  • “Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” (2007)
  • “Flight” (2007)
  • “War Dances” (2009)

Alexie, who was born and raised in the Northwest, connects readers around the world to the American Indian experience, making them laugh, cry and think through his semi-autobiographical writings, according the Pierce County Library System.

The New Yorker named Alexie one of the 20 top writers for the 21st century. He is “the world’s first fast-talking, wisecracking, mediagenic American-Indian superstar,” according to Men’s Journal. Read the rest of the story .

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

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.

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:

City Council

The City Council is 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 community satisfaction survey
  • Review of goals and priorities


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 Mr. Peter Stackpole, Service Planning Assistant Manager, 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
  • Reports by the City Manager - Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers CIP Progress Report


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, March 28, 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 28, 2016 Study Session

  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Rental housing program update
  • Review of 2009 LTGO bond refinancing
  • Reports by the City Manager – Sewer Connections update