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


May 27, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

In One Week: 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.

Lakewood Farmers Market Returns For Fifth Season June 7

The Lakewood Farmers Market returns for its fifth season with new vendors, new food options, a new Master Gardener Speakers series and much, much more.

The Market opens Tuesday, June 7, and will return every Tuesday through Sept. 13. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – rain or shine (but mostly shine) - outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

This season’s Market will offer an entire menu of vendors selling the freshest and brightest vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers and other produce from throughout the state. Those hungry for a quick, fresh bite can enjoy the familiar lineup of mobile food vendors, along with these new offerings:

  • Arista Pasta
  • Bennymay’s Bar BQ
  • Charles & Terry Gourmet Chinese Food
  • Honey’s Fresh Fruit Lemonade
  • Lumpia World
  • Mama Q’s Caribbean
  • Only Oatmeal Cookie Creations
  • Pike Place Nuts
  • VietNom Nom

For beer and wine connoisseurs, two vendors – Four Horsemen Brewery and Lakewood’s own Stina’s Cellars – will offer products to purchase and take home.

New this year, the Market will host a Master Gardener Speakers Series, which will cover topics ranging from Mason Bees to Edible Landscapes to Gardening with Children to Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter. (To view a full schedule of topics and times of the Master Gardener Speakers Series, turn to pg. 25 of the latest edition of Lakewood Connections Magazine ).

Another new Market feature: Healthy Bucks! Bring your child to the market to receive a “Healthy Buck” worth $2 to buy fruits or vegetables. You can pick them up at the St. Clare Hospital booth. One Healthy Buck per child, per market day is offered.

As always, the Market will feature live music, chef demos and special theme days such as Bounty From The Sea  Day (June 21), Kids Day (July 26) and National Farmers Market Week/National Watermelon Day in partnership with Whole Foods Market (July 26).

Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7, when the City will be offering free giveaways to celebrate the start of the Market season.

Find out more about the Market by liking the official Facebook page , visiting the City of Lakewood’s website  or viewing the latest edition of Lakewood Connections Magazine.

The City of Lakewood would like to again thank the sponsors of the Market:

  • CHI Franciscan Health
  • Washington State Employees Credit Union
  • LeMay Inc.
  • Pierce County Planning & Land Services

Mock DUI Crash

Often the most eye-opening experiences have the most impact, especially with youth. West Pierce Fire & Rescue​, Lakewood Police Department, Clover Park School District​ and Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory​ attempted to convery these lessons to students at Lakes High High School during a mock DUI crash exercise recently. You can watch the video on YouTube .

Upcoming Construction Schedule for South Tacoma Way Project

Below is a schedule of construction work related to work on South Tacoma, between State Route 512 and 96th Street in the City of Lakewood, for the upcoming week:

  • Tuesday, May 31: Contractor (Pape & Sons) will install water line on the west side of South Tacoma Way between Enterprise Rent-A-Car and 96th Street.
  • Wednesday, June 1: Contractor will install water line on the south side of 96th Street between South Tacoma Way and the project Limits at the Pierce Transit Training Building.
  • Thursday, June 2 to Friday, June 3: Contractor will install start installing storm on the west side of South Tacoma Way, starting at 96th Street and working their way south towards 100th Street.
  • Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 3: Subcontractor (DBE Electric) will install illumination, fiber, and spare conduit on the west side of South Tacoma Way, starting at Perkins Lane and moving north towards 96th Street. The contractor is not planning any night work for the upcoming week. The contractor/subcontractor will be closing a maximum of one lane at all times, and that will be the outside southbound lane (right lane) on South Tacoma Way between 96th & Perkins, as well as the outside eastbound lane (right lane) on 96th between the Pierce Transit Training Building & South Tacoma Way.

City Offices Closed For Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

State of the City

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, City Manager John Caulfield delivered another "State of the City" presentation, this time to the Rotary Club of Clover Park at Carr's Restaurant. Thanks for inviting me!

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



Economic Development

2016 Cybercrime & Security Forum

On May 26, in partnership with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and Pierce County, the City of Lakewood hosted the 2016 Cybercrime & Security Forum at Lakewood City Hall.

More than 100 attendees listened to experts speak on new threats and emerging trends, SB 6528 Cybersecurity Jobs Act, managing risk in a changing cyber environment, law enforcement in risk management plans, Washington State cyber security and prevent/detecting business identity theft. The City of Lakewood would like to thank everyone who was involved with this very important event.

Developer's Forum

Are you looking for new opportunities and future projects? Commercial, industrial, residential, rehab… Lakewood has a lot going on and we’re celebrating our dynamic future!

Please join the City for the 2nd Annual Developer’s Breakfast Forum on June 15th at the McGavick Conference Center.

Why Lakewood? 
  • $55 Million in new infrastructure improvements planned
  • Free construction watch program
  • No development impact fees
  • New 150 acre industrial business park in development (within Port of Tacoma FTZ)
  • New complete streets urban renewal in historic Colonial Center
  • Aggressive abatement program, turning over properties for new development (commercial and residential)
  • New regional outlet mall on I-5 in planning, feasibility and conceptual design
  • No local B&O tax
  • Strategically located on I-5, at the 512 Junction
  • Award-winning school district and two state-of-the-art colleges
  • Business friendly City Council and wrap-around services to help developers succeed
Why should you attend?
  • Learn about Lakewood’s projects and what we have planned
  • Find out where the opportunities are
  • Hear from top professionals in the commercial and residential real estate
  • Learn about JBLM needs for contracting
  • Hear about timely financial and housing legislation
  • Discover how you might fit into the future regional plan
  • Networking


National Wine Day

In honor of National Wine Day, the City of Lakewood took to social media to highlight that we are home to a couple of wineries that offer unique selections:

  • Stina's Cellars ​, located at 9316 Lakeview Avenue SW, Suite B, is a family owned and operated by Perry, Penny and Ethan Preston, along with a lot of help from family and friends. It opened for sales in June of 2006 producing wines from grapes grown in eastern & western Washington.
  • Dragon's Lair Country Wine & Meads Outlanders Keep, LLC ​, located at 6714 Lake Grove St SW, is a Craft Winery specializing in Country Wines and Meads. All of its wines and meads are made from 100-percent Washington State fruits, berries and honey. From the mild, wet climate of the Puget Sound to the hot, arid regions of the Columbia Valley, Washington produces some of the best fruits and berries in the world, both cultivated and wild. Whether it be cranberry, buckwheat, blackberry or wildflower, it chooses honey for its bold flavor and gentle sweetness.

OHOD Inks Deal With T-Dome

Here's some very cool and exciting news that involves Lakewood's own Original House Of Donuts​ and a certain iconic, dome-like structure located in our neighboring city to the north. Check out the full release:

The Original House of Donuts is very proud to announce a special partnership with the Tacoma Dome, with wide exposure of our handmade donuts, billboard branding inside the arena and online.

The Tacoma Dome, which is one of the largest wood dome structures in the world and is rumored to be designed after one of our glazed raised donuts (ok we made that up) will now be featuring our donuts to all guests of "The Overlook", rock stars, sports heroes, and touring staff from all over the world.

"We love making our handmade donuts each and every day since 1959 and couldn't be more excited with this special hometown partnership" says Tom Peterson, owner of the Original House of Donuts.

For more info about our donuts and us please visit our Facebook page at or our website

We are always looking for local partnerships and special events in Downtown Tacoma, Lakewood, or at your location with our mobile trucks.

Serving you since 1959. Thank you for all your business and support. We hope to see you soon!

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 Recap

The City of Lakewood enjoyed another successful Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event this past Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Festivities began around 9 a.m. Although it was raining, the fish were still hungry. More than 100 kids participated in this year's event, and fish were caught in every session, according to Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama.

In fact, organizers were able to raise the limit from two fish per child to four, as well as added extra sessions for members of the Wounded Warriors program. More than 50 members of the program were able to participate with members of their families, with each receiving a rod and reel that they could keep. Program members also could catch as many fish as they wanted.

"Every one of them expressed their appreciation for being invited to the event and are looking forward to being involved next year," Higashiyama said.

(Pictured is Marika Oswald with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who organized the extra session and actually caught one of the largest fish taken from the event)

Lakewood Senior Activity Center Open House June 2

City Council

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 Ray and Dottie Evans
  • 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
  • Approve amendment to agreement for Waughop Lake Trail design specifications
  • Approve amendment to agreement for Springbrook Park improvements
  • Public Hearing on the Six Year TIP
  • Adopt the 2015 ICC Code amendments
  • Adopt mandatory sewer connection code amendments
  • Reports by the City Manager – Title 18A update and Rental housing program update


The City Council will be holding a joint meeting with the Clover Park School District Board on Saturday, June 11, 2016, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

June 11, 2016 (Saturday) Joint Clover Park School District Board Special Meeting, 9:00 AM, Location To Be Determined

  • Woodbrook Middle School


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 13, 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 13, 2016 Study Session

  • South Sound Behavioral Health Coalition Presentation
  • Rental Housing code update
  • Review of tree and infrastructure in ROW (tentative)
  • Review of Astound franchise agreement