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


July 1, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fireworks in Lakewood

Independence Day is right around the corner, which means some residents will be using fireworks to celebrate the holiday.

According to the Lakewood Municipal Code , it is legal to discharge fireworks from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 3-5.

In Washington State it is unlawful to sell fireworks to any person under 16 years of age. It is the responsibility of any seller of fireworks to obtain and/or require proof of age of any consumer at time of purchase.

Permissible consumer fireworks specifically include dipped sticks and sparklers, ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels, ground spinners, filter sparklers, smoke devices, helicopters, roman candles, mines or shells and illuminating torches.

The following fireworks are not legal within the District: fireworks, sky rockets, bottle rockets, M-80’s, M-100’s or larger cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, pipe bombs, tampered, altered or homemade fireworks. To see photos and descriptions of what fireworks are permitted and prohibited, please visit this link , provided by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue wants the community to celebrate safely. Each year thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – fires, devastating burns, other injuries, and even death.

The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend a public fireworks display and leave the lighting to the professionals. The following displays are located in Pierce County:

  • JBLM Freedom Fest at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums – dusk (Military ID required)
  • Steilacoom’s Grand Old Fourth of July on Lafayette Street, Downtown – dusk
  • Tacoma’s Freedom Fair at the Ruston Way Waterfront – 10:10 pm

Independence Day can raise questions and concerns when it comes to safety. Here are some resources should you need to call someone for assistance.

If there is a code enforcement issue or concern related to fireworks, such as tall grass or improper sales, please contact: City of Lakewood West Pierce Fire & Rescue (253) 564-1623.

To report the use of illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the designated dates or times, please contact South Sound 911’s non-emergency dispatch line at (253) 798-4721.

Adult supervision around fireworks is important. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches and lighters. Set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely. Use care in selecting the area for discharge of fireworks, and the type of fireworks appropriate for that area. Weather conditions make grasses and vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire.

  • BE PREPARED - Before you light fireworks
    • Use legal fireworks, available at licensed stands within the District Store fireworks out of children’s reach
    • Keep pets safe indoors
    • Always keep water nearby
  • BE SAFE - When lighting fireworks
    • Only adults should light fireworks
    • Only use outdoors
    • Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
    • Protect your eyes
    • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
    • Never relight a “dud”
  • BE RESPONSIBLE - After you finish
    • Soak used fireworks in water
    • Be considerate – clean up used fireworks
    • Keep matches and lighters away from children

SummerFEST: July 9

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s 20th Annual SummerFEST
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 9
  • WHERE: Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 97th Avenue SW, Lakewood, WA
  • COST: Free

Oh, you thought the big summer parties in the City of Lakewood were finished? Not even close.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the City of Lakewood will hold its 20th Annual SummerFEST celebration, presented by CHI Franciscan, America’s Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union.

The event will feature an entire day’s worth of activities, entertainment, food and fun:

  • As always, the  day will kick off with the SummerFEST Sprint Triathlon
  • Performances from a number of entertainers including Seattle-based Tacocat, one of the hottest acts around, Eurodanceparty USA, violinist Geoffrey Castle, BubbleMan and children’s band The Not-Its!
  • An array of athletic activities for the entire family, including trapeze classes, an Orienteering race, “Yoga in the Park,” football, baseball, outdoor bowling, golf, ping pong, ladder ball, a fitness challenge and obstacle course; Event-goers can obtain a “Passport to Sports”
  • An array of arts-related activities, including a glass flameworking demonstration by the Museum of Glass, print making, chalk art, Lego competition, community art mural, face painting, Henna tattoos and clay creations; Event-goers will be able to obtain a “Passport to Arts”
  • Food trucks throughout the day
  • Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival, including performances representing cultures of Korea, Native Americans, Mexico/Latin America, Russia, Philippines, Hawaii and Guam
  • Partners For Parks Car Show
  • The party will end with the annual Movie at Dusk. This year’s feature: Minions!

For more details and to see the full lineup of fun at the City of Lakewood's 20th Annual SummerFEST, visit the City of Lakewood's website .

Taiwanese Delegation visits Lakewood

On Friday, July 1, 2016, a delegation from Chang-Hua City, Taiwan stopped by the City of Lakewood. Led by Mayor Chiu Chien-Fu, the group has made stops in Seatlle, Bellevue and Lakewood, and it's scheduled to visit Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's Office. Mayor Lakewood Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth and Councilmember Paul Bocchi greeted the delegation in the City Council Chambers.

Schedule for South Tacoma Way Project

The following is a schedule of the City of Lakewood’s South Tacoma Way project for next week:

  • Contractor will be onsite Tuesday July 5 through Friday July 9
  • Tuesday: Water main connection on 100th St SW. Install street light foundations on the West side of South Tacoma Way
  • Wednesday – Water main connection in front of Western Inn.  Install street light foundations on the West side of South Tacoma Way
  • Thursday – Installation of infiltration trench on Perkins Lane.  Install street light foundations on the West side of South Tacoma Way
  • Friday – Installation of infiltration trench on South Tacoma Way South of 96th St S. Install street light foundations on the West side of South Tacoma Way

Opening of Berkeley Bridge Lane, Ramp Delayed

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the opening of a new lane on the southbound Interstate 5 exit to Berkeley Street and a new lane across the newly-widened Berkeley overpass has been delayed.

The new lanes were scheduled to open to traffic following signal work planned for Thursday, June 30. Crews have since discovered that more work must occur on the signals before they can accommodate traffic. For safety reasons, the new lanes will remain closed until the new signal system is fully operational.

A new opening date will be announced as it is scheduled. Until then, traffic will be able to use the interchange as normal. Semis will continue to be prohibited from turning left from southbound I-5 to Berkeley Street until the new lanes open.

The work is related to the City of Lakewood’s I-5 –Madigan Access Improvements  project. 

Public Hearing for Rental Housing Program is July 5, 2016

It came to the City's attention that a June 17 article posted on the The Suburban Times​ lists an inaccurate date for a public hearing on a proposed Rental Housing Program.


Below is the correct notice , which has been posted on the City’s website for weeks:

The City of Lakewood is considering authorizing a Rental Housing Program and seeks input from members of the public before proceeding with legislation. Since a public hearing is not required for this proposal testimony taken at the hearing will be fully considered along with other input and information.

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or soon thereafter, the Lakewood City Council will hear public testimony and receive additional information regarding the City of Lakewood’s proposed Rental Housing Program. All persons will have an opportunity to present their oral comments at the hearing. The City Council
meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington.

If you have concerns about this matter and want those concerns to be known and considered, they may be presented at the hearing or written comments can be submitted to the City Clerk, 6000 Main Street SW, 3rd floor, Lakewood, WA 98499, prior to the hearing. Comments may also be emailed to
For further information about the program, please call Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager of Development Services, (253) 983-7739. Information on the proposed Rental Housing Program can be viewed on the City’s website at /community-development/rental-housing-safety-program or examined at the City of Lakewood, Community Development Department, 6000 Main Street SW, 2nd floor, Lakewood, Washington.

American Lake Park Boat Launch to Open at 5:30 a.m.

In order to better accommodate residents and fishermen, the City of Lakewood will open the gate to the American Lake Park boat launch at 5:30 a.m.

The park's gates and restrooms will continue to open at 7 a.m. As always, boat launch fees are $15 per day, or users can purchase a season pass at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Only vehicles with trailers are allowed to park in the boat launch parking lot – any single vehicles must park in the adjacent lot at the park.

More information regarding American Lake Boat Launch can be found at /parks-and-recreation/parks/american-lake-park

Employee Recognition Event

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the City of Lakewood held its 2nd Quarter Recognition at Fort Steilacoom Park. City employees were recognized for teamwork, and several members were honored for their tenures with the City. Lakewood City Councilmember Marie Barth, Councilmember Mike Brandstetter and Councilmember Mary Moss joined in the celebration. Attendees even got a primer in yoga exercises from the City's in-house yoga expert.

Summer School Schedule

Classes have let out for the summer, but Summer school for Clover Park School District is about to start (see schedule ). Please drive cautiously!

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.

City Offices Closed For Independence Day 2016

In observance of Independence  Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, July 4, 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.


City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 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:

July 5, 2016 (Tues) Regular Meeting

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Public hearing on rental housing program
  • Approve amendment to agreement with Lakewood Playhouse


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 11, 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:

July 11, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review $2 million agreement for Pt. Defiance Bypass safety improvements
  • Motor Avenue Plan update
  • Review of satellite parking