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


May 20, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Reminder: Gravelly Lake Drive Closure

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.

100th Street Nighttime Lane Closures

Sound Transit says drivers in Lakewood can expect night time lane closures at 100th Street Southwest, starting as early as Monday, May 23.

Sound Transit’s contractor, Stacy Witbeck will be digging trenches along the railroad and installing a tube to protect electric cables.

The traffic lanes will be closed starting as early as 8 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.  This work - which is related to the Washington State Department of Transportation Point Defiance Bypass project - is anticipated to last one week.

Upcoming road closures
  • 108th Street Southwest and the rail crossing
  • 74th Street Southwest and the rail crossing

March Police Report

The Lakewood Police Department has released its latest monthly crime report , this time for March 2016. A few highlights:

  • Person crimes (aggravated assault, homicide, kidnapping, etc.) down 13 percent from year before
  • Property crimes down nearly 10 percent from the same time last year
  • Fraud down 27 percent from year before
  • Traffic stops are way, way down compared to last year
  • Aggravated assaults are down 17% year to date
  • Burglaries are down from March 2015

View the full Police report

New Lakewood Connections Magazine

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

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


Two Weeks Until 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.

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:

Dr. Lonnie Howard Proclamation

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Lakewood City Council recognized Clover Park Technical College  President Dr. Lonnie Howard with a proclamation.

Since his appointment to CPTC in 2013, Dr. Howard has been a tremendous partner with the City. Those relationships resulted in, among other things, Dr. Howard delivering the keynote speech at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Dr. Howard - who has accepted a presidential position in Texas - has helped position CPTC as one of the top technical colleges in the nation.

For that and for being such a great partner, the City of Lakewood thanks Dr. Howard. To view a photo gallery of the recognition, visit the City’s Facebook page.

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.

Saturday: Pierce County MakerFest

The Pierce County Library's MakerFest returns Saturday, May 21 at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom, Rainier Building & Science Dome, 9401 Farwest Drive SW. MakerFest is an event where makers can show off what they have made and how they made it. Think of it as a big-show-and-tell event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. MakerFest is inspired by MAKE magazine’s annual Maker Faires, but is not affiliated with or endorsed by the MAKE brand or company. Features of the Fest include; displays, demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities.

For more information, visit .

City Manager Presents State of the City

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, City Manager John Caulfield gave his State of the City presentation to the Springbrook Pacific Neighborhood Association. In it, the City Manager covered an array of topics, including:

  • City Council Goals and Priorities
    • Fiscal Responsibility
    • Public Safety
    • Economic Development
    • Infrastructure
    • Transparency 
  • The City's upcoming 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration
  • Vision Statement
  • Much, much more

Lakewood City Councilmember Mary Moss, Lakewood Police Officer Mike Miller and Communications Manager Brent Champaco also talked about happenings with the City.

#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

Although City Council meetings are usually all businesses, there are light-hearted moments. Case in point: this epic "Mayoral Photo Bomb" by our own Mayor Don Anderson on Clover Park Technical College President Dr. Lonnie Howard and his leadership team Monday night.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Adopt It: South Puget Sound Wildlife Area

You’ve heard of adopt-a-street programs. You’ve heard of adopt-a-sidewalk programs. But have you ever heard of adopting an entire wildlife area?

Thanks to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you’ll get the chance to right here in Lakewood. In collaboration with the City, WDFW is accepting applications from groups and individuals who would like to adopt the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area. The 90-acre unit is located on Phillips Road, east of Oakbrook.

According to WDFW, the tract was acquired in the 1920s and was the site of the former South Tacoma Game Farm and South Tacoma Hatchery. The game farm operation was discontinued in 1980s, but the hatchery still operates and is now the Lakewood Fish Hatchery.

The property is one of the last remnants of south Sound prairie ecosystem that once stretch across thousands of acres in the region. Although now surrounded by urban development, the property continues to support a variety of species that are adapted to open grassland habitats.

To learn more, call (360) 902-2515, or visit . To apply, click here .

Pierce College Volleyball Camps

Pierce College coaches and players will open up their playbooks for young athletes this summer with basketball, and volleyball camps. Featuring the area’s best coaches and top-notch facilities, young athletes will gain tactical skills and confidence in an encouraging, positive atmosphere. Each camp provides instructional clinics, drills, leagues, contests, and other fun activities to keep athletes challenged and excited.

Space is limited for all camps, so parents are encouraged to sign up their children early. Multi-camper, family discounts are available. All campers will receive a t-shirt and ball. Follow the ticketing links below to purchase tickets online for each camp.

Raider Basketball Youth Skills Camp - Register Today

First year Raider Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Ariassa Wilson, along with her staff and players will provide four days of “fun”-damentals and skills instruction. Coach Wilson played college basketball at Highline Community College and Simpson University, followed by one year of professional basketball in Brazil.

  • Dates: June 27-30, 2016 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Who Should Attend: Girls and Boys, ages 7-13
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $90 per camper, paid in advance ($100 day of camp); Limited to first 60 registrations
  • Location: Health Education Center - Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
  • Registration: Use this form  to register for the camp
Raider Advanced Volleyball Skills Camp - Register Today
  • Dates: July 11-14, 2016 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Who Should Attend: Girls ages 14 and up
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $100 per camper, paid in advance ($110 day of camp); Limited to first 60 registrations
  • Location: Health Education Center - Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
  • Registration: Use this form  to register for the camp
Raider Youth Volleyball Skills Clinic - Register Today

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, May 23, 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 23, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments schedule
  • Review of 2015 ICC Code amendments
  • Review of 2017-2018 human services funding strategies
  • Parks and recreation cost recovery report
  • Review of mandatory sewer connections code amendments


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 6, 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:

June 6, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report
  • Proclamation recognizing the Ray Evans Fishing Derby
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakes High School Best High School Silver Award by U.S. News & World Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appointing a member to the Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Appointing a member to the Community Services Advisory Board
  • Appointing a member to the Lakewood Arts Commission
  • Public Hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt 2015 ICC Code amendments
  • Adopt mandatory sewer connection code amendments
  • Reports by the City Manager – Title 18A update, Pierce County Senior Center lease, Rental housing program update