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


May 6, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

New Lakewood Connections Magazine

The latest issue of Lakewood Connections Magazine began arriving in mailboxes this week.

Some of the great content you'll find inside:

  • Coverage of the upcoming 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration and 20th Anniversary
  • A feature on Lakewood WA Police Department​ Behavioral Health Contact Team
  • News on the Motor Avenue Project and economic development in the City
  • Seven pages dedicated to the upcoming SummerFEST 2016 and Lakewood Farmers Market
  • Information on Parks and Recreation classes and events
  • Much, much more!

To view an online version of the magazine, click here:

Lakewood Connections - Spring/Summer 2016

Outfall Water Quality Vault Project

The City of Lakewood is installing three large, water quality vaults at various locations throughout the City as part of the Outfall Water Quality Vaults Project.

Construction at one location, near Ponce De Leon Creek, will require the closure of Gravelly Lake Drive between Avondale Rd SW and Main St SW. Traffic will be detoured through Lakewood Towne Center during the closure. Details for the closure are as follows:


  • Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. to Monday, May 23 at 6 a.m.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive will be closed/barricaded between Avondale Road SW and Main Stree. SW to all traffic, with the exception of local traffic to select businesses and residences. A detour route (See Map) will be available during closure hours.
  • Installation of a large water quality vault and storm upgrades will improve water quality to storm surface water entering Ponce De Leon Creek/Lake Steilacoom.


Countdown To City's 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Anniversary Summer Event “Celebrating Our Dynamic Future!"
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW

The countdown is on to the City of Lakewood’s biggest birthday bash in its history.

On June 4, 2016, the City will hold its 20th Anniversary Summer Party. This event runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., outside Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Everyone is invited to this outdoor event that will feature something for everyone, including Lakewood’s first mobile food fest, fun activities for the entire family and entertainment headlined by The Afrodisiacs and much, much more.

Best part? With the exception of the mouth-watering dishes at the mobile food fest, everything is FREE. Still not convinced? Check out this jam-packed lineup of reasons to attend.

City Council Recognizes Certified Employees, Public Works, Police

The May 2, 2016 Lakewood City Council meeting featured a trio of proclamations recognizing public employees who make the lives of Lakewood residents better on a daily basis.

  • First, the City Council declared the week of May 2-6, 2016 as Certificated Employee Appreciation Week. Jim Schell with the Clover Park Education Assication officially accepted the proclamation.
  • Second, the City Council declared the week of May 15-21, 2016 as National Public Works Week. Public Works Director Don Wickstrom with the City of Lakewood officially accepted the proclamation.
  • Finally, the City Council delcared the week of May 15-21, 2016 as National Police Week. Sgt. Ralph Evans with the City of Lakewood Police Department accepted the proclamation

The City of Lakewood would like to thank all of the public employees who work on behalf of residents to make their communities better.

Vote to Help Springbrook Receive Playground Equipment

You can help the Springbrook neighborhood earn money for much-needed playground equipment, and all you have to do is vote from your computer, phone or tablet.

Beginning Monday, May 9, and each day until May 27, the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park would appreciate your vote for the $25,000 in playground equipment that it hopes to win for Springbrook. You can vote every day during that period simply by clicking the link below.

According to Mike Darrah with Kiwanis Club, “We need to be one of the Top 10 vote getters to be considered for the equipment, so pass on the word to your friends and contacts. Our Kiwanis Club of Clover Park is serving the children of our community. Thanks”

To vote, follow this link:

Did You Know? Lakewood's Bright Economic Development Future

Did You Know? Lakewood is experiencing increased activity and positive movement across the board, according to an update  from Economic Development Manager Becky Newton to the Lakewood City Council on Monday, April 11, 2016:

  • Retail sales tax increased by 5.3% in 2015
  • Retail vacancy rate decreased from 8.2% in 2013 to 5.8% in February 2016
  • The median home sales price rose from $199,000 in 2013 to $250,000 in 2015
  • Bank foreclosures and days on the market are half what they were in 2013
  • Average new home value is holding at roughly $350,000.
  • Lakewood gained 861 jobs, 2012-2014, and another 719 in 2015

New jobs are up in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, professional/scientific & technology, healthcare, and food services. Interestingly, retail trade jobs have remained relatively flat despite gains in retail sales tax.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event Returns May 21

  • WHAT: Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event for Kids
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21
  • WHERE: American Lake Park, 9222 Veterans Drive SW
  • COST: $10 per participant per session - includes rod and reel, up to two fish

This annual event honors former Lakewood resident and World War II hero Ray Evans.

Ray was a Navy Cross recipient for his heroic actions during the battle of Guadalcanal. Ray and his wife Dottie were long‐time supporters of our local fishing event through their association with Trout Unlimited. It continues to be a wonderful testament to his many years of promoting fishing as a family. Feel the excitement of reeling in a big fish!

Ages 5-14: Please note that participants must be accompanied by an adult. Only children and youth may fish. Adults can only assit.


  • A) 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • B) 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • C) 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • D) Noon - 12:30 p.m.
  • E) 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Register Here

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 9, 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:

May 9, 2016 Study Session

  • West-Pierce Fire and Rescue update – Fire Chief Jim Sharp
  • Review of Six Year Transportation Improvement Program
  • Rental housing program update


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 16, 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:

May 16, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Dr. Lonnie Howard
  • WSDOT I-5/JBLM Corridor Improvement Project
  • Adopt 2015-2016 carry forward budget adjustments.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Public Art Request for Proposal; Ft. Steilacoom Park gathering place update