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


June 3, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

It's Finally Here - City of Lakewood's 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the City will hold its 20th Anniversary Summer Event - perhaps the biggest summer celebration in our City's history.

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.

  • 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

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:

Mobile Food Fest

  • Budha Bear Bagels
  • Burrito Boy
  • Carr’s Restaurant
  • Fleischkeuchle
  • Frying Dutchman
  • HomeTown Dogs
  • House of Donuts
  • Lumpia Wold
  • Vietnom Nom


  • The Afrodisiacs
  • Mini-Parade (Clover Park High School Drum Line, Clover Park and Lakes High School Marching Band, Lakes  Dance Team, Life Christian Drum Line, Lakewood Lutheran Church and School Kids & Candy)
  • Lakes High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Jeanlizabeth Folk Music
  • Mann Middle School Rendition of High School Musical
  • Mann Middle School Drum Line
  • Blue Cloud Celtic Band
  • Spectra Band


  • Hand Tracing “Hands Building Lakewood Today and Tomorrow”
  • Coloring Activity
  • Spin the Wheel for cool memorabilia
  • Instagram Scavenger Hunt with Prizes
  • Pop Culture Trivia with Prizes
  • Photo booth with props
  • Face Painting
  • Air Brush Tattoo
  • Balloon Twister
  • Science Activity
  • Sharing Books and Reading Activity
  • Making Mouse Ears
  • Making Magnets
  • Hands-on Mosaic Building and Photo Opportunity
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art and Seedlings Giveaway
  • Other Crafts & Activity


  • Stryker 2-2 Stryker Brigade
  • Lakewood Police & West Pierce Fire
  • LeMay Family Collection Foundation Vintage Cars
  • Personal Collection of Vintage Cars
  • Grand Prix Raceway Vintage Go Kart
  • Lakewood Ford Vehicles
  • LeMay’s Dump Truck

It's Back! 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

New Municipal Court Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, June 6, 2016, the Municipal Court Serving Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and DuPont will offer new hours of operation. The change is taking place as more residents and users access the courts online and more convenient methods.

The new hours of operation:

  • Counter & Payments: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 9:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

South Tacoma Way Construction Schedule

The following is a schedule of construction work related to work along South Tacoma Way near State Route 512:

  • Pape & Sons will be installing storm sewer starting at 96th on Monday, June 6, and work its way south towards 100th Street through the week.
  • Pape & Sons will be providing water service connections to properties along the west side of S. Tacoma Way starting on Wednesday, June 8.
  • Electrical subcontractor will be installing conduit on the west side of S. Tacoma Way starting at 100th on Monday, June 6, and work its way north towards 96th

Outfall Water Quality Project

In addition, KBH Construction will be finishing up storm work and pouring curb, gutter, and sidewalk on Gravelly Lake Drive near Ponce De Leon Creek for the Outfall Water Quality Vaults Project, on Monday, June 6. The outside northbound lane will be coned off for the entire day, and traffic control will be in place.

WSDOT: Southbound I-5 Exit to Berkeley Street Closed Overnight on June 6

The southbound Interstate 5 exit to Berkeley Street in Lakewood will close overnight on Monday, June 6 so contractor crews working for the City of Lakewood on the Interstate 5 – Madigan Access Improvements  project can pave the off-ramp, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The ramp will close at 10 p.m. Monday, June 6, and re-open at 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 7. Signed detours will be provided. Berkeley Street will remain during the ramp closure.

Drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations during the closures

For advance information about highway construction in Pierce County, visit the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates  web page. Real-time information is available at the Tacoma traffic and cameras  web page and WSDOT on Twitter

Hottest Temperatures of the Year Expected This Weekend

The hottest temperatures so far this year are possible during the upcoming weekend in Lakewood and the Puget Sound area, according to the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, June 4, NWS predicts high temperatures are likely to reach the upper 80’s to mid-90’s along the washington coast and in the interior from about Everett southward.

On Sunday, June 5, temperatures will likely be even higher in the lower to mid-90’s in the interior from Seattle southward. Low temperatures on Sunday will only fall to around 60 degrees in the Puget Sound area.

If these hot temperatures materialize, sensitive groups such as seniors and those with existing health concerns may experience impacts from the heat, according to the NWS. Seniors and those with existing health concerns should remain hydrated and attempt to stay in a cool place during the heat of the day.

Boys & Girls Clubs Event Honors Youth, Chief Saunders

On Friday, May 27, 2016, the Legendz Keystone Club of the Lakewood branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound​ held its "Dining for the Future" fundraiser.

It was an amazing night. Not only were those who purchased a seat or table treated to mouth-watering food courtesy of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center​, but they got to learn and be inspired by some very special youth.

The night featured countless memborable moments, but two of those highlights had special meaning for the City.

First, the club honored Lawrence Yamut, a 17-year-old Clover Park High School​ student, for his immeasurable dedication to the club, as well as being an example of the positive impact that the Boys & Girls Club can have on teens. In fact, Lawrence has been such a shining example that organizers announced the creation of an outstanding member award in his name: The Y.A.M.U.T. (Young, Admirable, Motivated, Unique Teen) Award that will be given out annually. Congratuations! Here's something that's just as exciting: Lawrence will speak at the City of Lakewood's 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration , this Saturday, June 4, at Lakewood City Hall.

The other highlight of the night came when the club did a moving tribute in memory of Larry Saunders, the Lakewood Police Department’s first Chief and staunch supporter of the club. Elvin Bucu, former branch director and now the Director of Programs & Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound​, offered a tearful tribute.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the event. We at the City are honored and proud to have such tremendous youth in our community.

To see more pictures from the evening, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

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

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



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
  • 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 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., Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Room 4, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

June 11, 2016 (Saturday) Joint Clover Park School District Board Special Meeting

  • 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
  • Review of Tacoma Mall Blvd from 84th to 80th Street right-of-way annexation
  • Rental Housing code update
  • Review of tree and infrastructure in ROW (tentative)
  • Review of Astound franchise agreement