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


June 10, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

20th Anniversary Summer Celebration

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the community converged on Lakewood City Hall to celebrate the City's 20th Anniversary Summer Event: Celebrating Our Dynamic Future.

The day started off with a mini-parade featuring students from the Clover Park School District, as well as others. The 5,000 or so people who attended the celebration were treated to sun-soaked backdrops and temperatures in the high 80's, mouth-watering food from the City's first Mobile Food Fest, music from The Aprhodisiacs and local performers, booths, displays, scavenger hunts, balloon and fake tattoo artists and much, much more.

Speakers included Mayor Don Anderson , former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson, even our state legislator, Rep. Dick Muri, as well as countless others, about how far our City has come in the past 20 years.

Members of the Lakes High School Dance Team even ran the official City photo booth to capture some of the coolest images from the event. Check out our Facebook page to view our various albums.

The City of Lakewood would like to thank its parter for the event, the Lakewood Historical Society. It would also like to thank our sponsors and highlight our Premium Sponsors:

  • CHI Franciscan Health
  • Lakewood Ford
  • Beyler Consulting, LLC

Thank you all again for making this such a memorable event


Fifth Season of Farmers Market Kicks Off

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the City of Lakewood kicked off the first day of the fifth season of the Farmers Market next to Lakewood City Hall.

Following an opening ceremoney featuring Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Mary Moss and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, market-goers browsed some of the freshest fruits and vegetables, brightest flowers and unique goods. And for those searching for lunch or something to take home, there was an amazing lineup of mobile food trucks, including

  • Lumpia World​
  • VietNom Nom​
  • Charles & Terry - Gourmet Chinese​
  • Arista​ Pasta
  • Josefina's Mexican Restaurant​ Burrito Boy
  • BennyMay's Bar BQ
  • Shelton Dogongood Dogs
  • Only Oatmeal Cookie Creations​
  • Pike Place Nuts​
  • Stina's Cellars​
  • Four Horsemen Brewery​

The Lakewood Farmers Market will take place every Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., June 7 to Sept. 13. It is located around the fountain, at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St., and features fresh food, organic produce, arts, gluten free items, sweet treats, crafts, live entertainment, as well as chef demonstrations.

New this year, each 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


Lakewood Connections Magazine Wins National Award For 'Most Improved Publication'

It’s official: Lakewood Connections Magazine made the country’s biggest leap in terms of quality for a government publication.

The City of Lakewood’s magazine – which is mailed to 30,000 residents and business three times a year and is available online  – captured first place in the “Most Improved Publication ” category of the National Association of Government Communicators’ 2016 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards competition .

The National Parks Service captured Second Place in the same category for its “Cape Lookout National Seashore Unigrid Brochure.” Other Washington local governments that won in this year's NAGC competition are the Washington State Department of Transportation for its “I-405 Express Toll Lane” and Seattle City Light for its social media.

This year’s competition featured 265 entries in 41 categories from federal, state, regional and local government agencies. Of the entries, there were 40 first-place winners, 37 second-place winners and 50 Awards of Excellence (honorable mention).

This marks the second consecutive year the City of Lakewood has won a Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award. In 2015, it took Second Place in the “Shoestring Budget” category for its #IamLakewood social media campaign .

Lakewood Connections began as a newsletter-style community bulletin. Designed and produced by the City, the publication had undergone various tweaks since it was first published in 1996 – the year of the City’s incorporation – but retained a similar look throughout the years. In 2013, the City of Lakewood combined its Parks and Recreation guide with the newsletter to cut costs.

Around the same time, the City Council developed its current set of goals and priorities, one of which is a commitment to being an open, transparent government that adapts to how the community receives information.

When the magazine’s previous publisher did not continue its agreement, Lakewood formally requested proposals from other potential publishers looking to fill the void. It ended up choosing Seattle-based Philips Publishing Group, which proposed a funding model that called for advertising from local business that could actually generate a profit for Philips and the City. Also, Philips would use its expertise to design the magazine, with all editorial content and direction coming from the City of Lakewood’s Communications Division.

The new incarnation of the magazine debuted in January 2015, and the magazine’s quality, advertising and readership has grown in the two issues since then.

Judges for the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards wrote: “Overall design and layout have been significantly improved. Looks much more professional in comparison to the previous newsletter design. New printing and paper quality is much better and slicker. Typography decisions are more consistent and make the publication look cleaner.”

Communications Manager Brent Champaco led the effort to redesign the City’s newsletter into its current format and, as the publication’s Managing Editor, supplies all of the City’s content, save for program information from the Parks and Recreation Department.

“This NAGC Award is particularly meaningful because it shows how far we’ve come in a few short years with Lakewood Connections,” Champaco said. “This is the age of social media and digital technology, and we're fully committed in that area. But our City also recognizes the importance of printed publications such as our magazine.”

“The best part is hearing from the community about how much it loves our new magazine,” he added. “It’s a great partnership between the City, Philips, local businesses that advertise with us and readers. I’m excited as ever to continue to strengthen that relationship.”

Work To Impact Overnight I-5 Traffic, June 13-17

(This is a message from Sound Transit)

Drivers can expect night time lane closures on I-5 southbound between Mounts Road exit 116 and the rail bridge beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, June 13, to 6 a.m. on Friday, June 17. 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 onramp at Mounts Road will be closed.

Drivers wanting to head south on I-5 from Mounts Road:

  • From Mounts Road, merge onto northbound I-5 and continue until exit 119. 
  • Take exit 119. 
  • To get back onto southbound I-5, take a left onto the I-5 on-ramp and continue onto I-5.

Lakes High Proclamation

At the Lakewood City Council meeting June 6, 2016, several of the community's extraordinary youth got some much-deserved recognition.

First, the City Council recognized Lakes High School for being named the No. 2 high school in Pierce County by U.S. News and World Report . Several students of the school were recognized.

Second, the City Council recognized the Lakewood Youth Council on an exceptional year, one that included countless hours of members volunteering, studying, working and being accepted into college to start new chapters in their lives.

Congratulations, everyone! You are shining examples of hard work and dedication, and you inspire your community.

Ray Evans Proclamation

On June 6, 2016, the Lakewood City Council recognized Ray and Dottie Evans with a proclamation presented to Rosendo Guerrero of Trout Unlimited. Ray Evans, a Navy Cross recipient for his valor in World War II, is the namesake for the City of Lakewood's annual fishing event for children. His story  is quite amazing.

Guerrero brought with him a plaque that named Dorothy Evans an "Honorary Plankowner" following her husband's passing. Again, the City of Lakewood would like to recognize and thank the Ray Evans family for their countless and generous contibutions to our community.

WSDOT: Work Limits Access to Tillicum From Northbound I-5

(This is a message from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Drivers heading to Tillicum from northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street (Exit 122) will need to plan an alternate route on Tuesday, June 14.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the left lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street. The closure is necessary so crews can safely access a storm water pump.

Drivers will be able to turn right onto Jackson Avenue, or to continue forward onto northbound I-5.

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.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this picture of Mayor Don Anderson with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Col. Jerry A. Turner at the 241st Army Birthday Ball, Thursday, June 9 at the Tacoma Convention Center. The Lancers are the City of Lakewood's Community Connector brigade to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


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 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

  • Property and facilities-related issues of mutual interest
  • Development of ongoing collaboration between the City Council and CPSD Board


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 Astound franchise agreement
  • Review of Tacoma Mall Blvd right-of-way boundary line adjustment from 84th to 80th Street
  • Rental Housing code update
  • Reports by the City Manager – Department of Commerce grant for SSMCP Land Evaluation Relocation Study


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 20, 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 20, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Bite Me!
  • City’s 20th Anniversary Youth Letter-writing Awards and Student Art Murals
  • Adopt Six Year TIP
  • Awarding a bid for chip sealing
  • Approve Astound franchise agreement
  • Approve amendment to agreement for Springbrook Park improvements