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


July 15, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

SummerFEST Triathlon Photos

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the City of Lakewood held its 20th SummerFEST celebration at Fort Steilacoom Park. The day began with the annual SummerFEST Triathlon and featured the Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival. It also featured a host of activites for the thousands of people who visited and enjoyed the party throughout the day. From LEGO art to trapeze artists to musicial acts such as Tacocat and The Not Its! to Bubbleman to various physical activities for youth, tthe party featured something for everyone. Not to mention an array of food trucks and vendors.

The City of Lakewood thanks all of its workers, volunteers, vendors, performers and participants for making SummerFEST 2016 a success. An extra thank you to the sponsors for making the event possible: 

  • CHI Franciscan Health
  • ACU
  • Lakewood Sister Cities
  • Pierce County Refuse
  • Navy Federal Credit Union

The City of Lakewood is still composing all of the pictures and footage snapped at SummerFEST 2016, but it has posted images from the Triathlon through several photo albums on its Facebook page .

Lakewood Police Officers Show Support in Dallas

Check out members of Lakewood WA Police Department  showing their support in Dallas. Via Twitter:

Monica Cordova @MonicaDPD 1h1 hour ago
Thank you to @LakewoodPD and @PuyallupPD for coming to Dallas during this difficult time. ‪#‎DallasStrong

The Lakewood Police Department sent representatives, along with the Puyallup Police Department, to Dallas to show our support for that City's police department in the wake of its loss of police officers.

As with the Police Department's tragedy in 2009, officers found an outpouring of support from the Dallas community for the Police Department and their fallen officers.

They were also lucky enough to get this picture with students from St. Philip’s School and Community Center, which also showed its support.

South Tacoma Way Construction Schedule, July 18-22

The schedule for construction work on South Tacoma Way for week of July 18, 2016 is as follows:

Monday July 18 to Tuesday July 19
  • Expect right-lane closures in southbound direction for the following work:
    • Construction of curb, gutter and driveways on west side of South Tacoma Way from Perkins Lane to 100th St SW
    • Construction of foundations for traffic signals at South Tacoma Way & 100th St SW, and South Tacoma Way & 96th St S
Wednesday July 20 to Thursday July 21
  • Expect right lane closures in southbound direction for the following work:
    • Construction of curb, gutter and driveways on west side of South Tacoma Way from Perkins Lane to 100th St SW
    • Installation of junction boxes and utility vaults

Point Defiance Bypass Construction Update: July 13, 2016

Nighttime and weekend traffic detour: Exit 119 – DuPont-Steilacoom Road

Beginning Thursday, July 14, Sound Transit's contractor Stacy Witbeck will remove and replace the existing tracks near the intersection of Barksdale Avenue and Wilmington Drive/DuPont-Steilacoom Road, as part of the Point Defiance Bypass Project.

Sound Transit says DuPont-Steilacoom Road at the rail road tracks will be closed to through traffic from 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14 until 5 a.m. Friday, July 15, and from 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 18. Drivers who use DuPont-Steilacoom Road to and from I-5 (exit 119) will need to use Center Drive (exit 118) during the closures.

  • The work will occur during the day and nighttime hours
  • Detour signs will be posted as early as Saturday, July 9
  • Noise impacts similar to a truck engine running, with occasional rail cutting and beeping
  • Track installation, welding and grading

Drivers entering and leaving DuPont can use Center Drive and Interstate 5 interchange during the weekend shutdown work near Barksdale Avenue. Center Drive will temporarily be used as a truck route during this outage. Traffic coming from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord DuPont gate will still have access to the southbound I-5 ramp.

Pendleton Lane closure

Starting as early as Wednesday, July 13, one lane of Pendelton Avenue will be closed until Sunday, July 17. In addition, a full road closure of Pendleton Avenue will occur on Thursday, July 14 and Saturday, July 16 from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m. The road closure is needed so crews can raise the Pendleton rail bridge and bring the track to the proper height.

What to expect:

  • One lane closed on Pendleton Avenue during the duration of the work
  • A full road closure on Thursday and Saturday night from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m.

The state Department of Transportation has contracted with Sound Transit to deliver the track and signal work, which includes upgrading crossings, bridge rehabilitation and construction and retaining wall construction.

The Point Defiance Bypass project includes a new Amtrak passenger train station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square, new and upgraded track between Tacoma and DuPont and five reconstructed at-grade crossings, each with advanced warning and signal systems. When all work is complete in 2017 it will provide more frequent, reliable and faster Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in Washington.

Lakewood Asian Film Fest July 30-Aug 1

The Lakewood Arts Commission proudly presents the 4th Annual “Lakewood Asian Film Fest,” July 30-Aug. 1.

The free festival – which will be held at the Lakewood Elks - will feature five emotional, thought-provoking Asian films (some subtitles) that cover an array of genres and tastes, beginning with the internationally acclaimed Australian–Laotian film, “The Rocket." Here is the festival's full film schedule:

Film Schedule:

  • “The Rocket,” 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30: Australia-Laos, Subtitles, PG-17, Young, cursed Montagnard boy enters contest to a build rocket using leftover American bombs (sleep­ing tigers). An international sensation and “Rotten Tomato” favorite!
  • “Wolf Totem,” 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30: China, Subtitles, PG 13, Breathtaking story of Mongolian herdsmen, marauding wolves, advancing civilization. “Majestic”, J. Ross.
  • “English – Vinglish,” 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31: India, PG-13, Sridevi triumphs as a non-English speaking woman visiting New York. Superb, “if you only see two films this year, see English-Vinglish twice!” SJ.
  • “Anna and the King,” 7 p.m., Sunday, July 31: U.S.-Thai, PG 13, Spectacular true-life story of Siam King Mongkut and English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. A masterpiece filled with high adventure and intrigue. RR. Stars Chow Yun Fat and Jodie Foster.
  • “The Lover,” 7 p.m., Monday, Aug.  1: French-Vietnamese, PG-18, Teenage French girl begins an affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1928 Saigon. Smoldering film of M. Duras’s bestselling novel. Stars Jane Marsh and Chinese sensation Tony Leung.

The event will also feature a special “Saigon 67” photographic exhibit, ArtsFest and Philippine Scouts displays.

Lakewood Elks is located at 6313 75th St. W., Lakewood. It features a concession stand, air conditioning and free parking. Seating is on first-come basis.

Organizers would like to thank the event’s sponsors: Casa Mia, Clover Park Rotary, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery and Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County.

For more information, contact (253) 861-1366.

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

Summer School Schedule

Classes have let out for the summer, but summer school for Clover Park School District has started (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.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this picture that the Lakewood Police Department posted on its Facebook page: "And the award for cutest show of support so far goes to the family who just dropped off Officer Bear of the BBPD (Build-A-Bear Police Department.). Thank you so much to Lisa and her sweet children! You made us all smile and we appreciate that!" Pictured are Chief Mike Zaro (sitting) and Officer Bear (also sitting).

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, July 18, 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 18, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Diamonds Designs Unlimited
  • Approve agreement for Pt. Defiance Bypass safety improvements
  • Approve North Clear Zone contract for services
  • Adopt satellite parking
  • Adopt Motor Avenue Plan
  • Expressing joint support with Pierce County, University Place, Tacoma and Steilacoom to work together to attract another US Open
  • Awarding a bid for Springbrook Park improvements


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 25, 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 25, 2016 Study Session

  • Emergency Preparedness/Cascadia Rising Earthquake Exercise update
  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review Pierce County Senior Center lease extension
  • Review Lakewood Water District ILA regarding backflow inspections
  • Review multi-family tax exemption application on 108th Street in Lakeview
  • Review rental housing safety program