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


Aug. 26, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Abatement Program Update

According to a presentation from the City of Lakewood, nearly 30 structures are under abatement, in the process of being abated or pending potential abatement so far this year.

It was all part of a presentation made to the Lakewood City Council on Monday, Aug. 21, 2016. Program Manager Jeff Gumm offered a summary of the City's efforts to address potentially dangerous and nuisance buildings identified in Lakewood's abatement program. Some highlights from this year:

  • Lakewood has seen completed 10 abatements in 2016, nine of which consisted of dangerous buildings and another was a rental relocation. Of this year's abatements, seven were completed by the owner, and the City completed the other three. The work has been worth nearly $27 million
  • Lakewood has eight structures that are under an abatement complaint or order
  • Lakewood has 11 potentially dangerous buildings the City is currently monitoring or pending abatement action

The 10 structures where the abatements have taken place in 2016 are located at:

  • 8118 Washington Boulevard Southwest
  • 7222 Bridgeport Way West
  • 7324 150th Street Southwest
  • 11014 Lakeview Avenue Southwest
  • 11010 Lakeview Avenue Southwest
  • 7305 146th Street Southwest, No. 2-3
  • 3611 112th Street Southwest, B208
  • 7604 Lakewood Drive Southwest
  • 7610 Lakewood Drive Southwest
  • 8316 Wildwood Avenue Southwest

To view the complete slideshow presentation, visit the City of Lakewood's website .


THIS WEEKEND: JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo

The 2016 JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo at McChord Field is this weekend!. JBLM’s first air show since 2012 will feature the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron—Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team—Golden Knights, and more than a dozen other aerial performances, all scheduled to perform each day.

The Airshow and Warrior Expo is free and open to the public. Gates open at 9 a.m. and flying is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. both days.

Here’s a list of the scheduled performers in alphabetical order:

  • Ace Maker T-33 Jet solo performance 

  • B-17 Flying Fortress fly-by 

  • B-25 Mitchell fly-by 

  • C-17 Globemaster III demonstration 

  • Cascade W arbirds 

  • F/A-18 Hornet tactical demonstration 

  • Huey & Cobra helicopters demonstration 

  • Joint Forces Air Drop Demonstration with CH-47 Chinooks & C-17 Globemaster III 

  • KI-43 Oscar solo performance 

  • P-38 Lightning solo performance 

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team 

  • WWII Warbird Dogfight (P-38 vs. KI 43)

There will be more than 30 aircraft and military vehicles and equipment on display.

Parking options:
  • Pierce Transit: Park at the Lakewood Transit Station, 11424 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, or the Tacoma Dome Transit Station (by Freighthouse Square) and ride a Pierce Transit bus to the Airshow. (More information below)
  • Non-DOD ID Cardholders: Enter JBLM via I-5 exit 125 and proceed to the McChord Field gate.
  • DOD ID Cardholders: Enter JBLM Lewis Main via I-5 exits 119 through 123, or the Lewis Main east gate. Park at Madigan Army Medical Center or the Logistics Center and take free bus shuttles to McChord Field.

From Pierce Transit

 Rides to the event will take place from three locations:

  • Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood, behind the Target and Barnes & Noble stores;
  • Tacoma Dome Station, Bus Platform at Puyallup Ave & East G Street, Tacoma; and
  • Lakewood Sounder Station, 11424 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood.

Parking is free at all three locations. Service to the event runs every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days; there will also be some buses running back to the parking areas during those times. Return service to parking locations resumes at 4 p.m., with the last trip leaving JBLM at approximately 4:45 p.m. Event gates open to the general public at 9 a.m. and flying begins at approximately 11 a.m. Pierce Transit buses will use a separate entrance from personal vehicles, putting riders nearer the air field and helping them avoid having to navigate traffic onto and off the base, as well as secure parking.

  • Bus fares for the JBLM event are:
  • Adults:  $2 for a one-way ride; $5 for an all-day pass;
  • Senior/Disabled:  $1 for a one-way ride; $2.50 for an all-day pass (with valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit); and
  • Youth 18 and under:  $1 for a one-way ride; $2.50 for an all-day pass.

Special “Family Fare” rate:  Up to four children ages 13 and under may ride free with a fare-paying passenger.

Exact cash, ORCA cards and one-ride tickets are accepted. Specialized transportation is available for registered SHUTTLE customers during regular SHUTTLE service hours. Call (253) 581-8000, Option 1, then Option 2, one to five days in advance to schedule the trip.

Identification is required at the entry control point for all guests 16 years of age and older. Visit  for more information, including a list of prohibited and permitted items. 

For more information on the JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo, visit:


Street Closure for JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo

To prepare for the upcoming JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo, the base and Federal Aviation  Administration plan to close 112th Street South between 34th Avenue and 26th Avenue on the weekend of the show. Here are the details:

  • Friday, Aug. 26 (practice flights), 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 (air show performance), 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo website .


Fort Steilacoom Park RC-Fly Area to Close During Parts of JBLM Airshow

To adhere to Federal Aviation Administration restrictions during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Airshow & Warrior Expo,  the RC-Fly area at Fort Steilacoom Park will close for portions of each day through Aug. 28.

The park falls within the Temporary Flight Restriction area that the FAA will place around McChord Field during airshow and the practice leading up to it. During specified times, all aircraft operations must cease between the ground and 15,000 feet, which would include RC-controlled aircraft.

The FAA’s required closure is as follows:

  • Friday, Aug. 26: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 28: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Improvements to Bridgeport Way

Take a look at this picture that shows major improvements on Bridgeport Way Southwest between Interstate 5 and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The improvements include new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, sharrows, street lighting, street reconstruction and overlayfrom McChord Drive to the Interstate 5 ramps.

This is a great project for the neighborhood and drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who use the neighborhood

For more information on this and other Public Works projects, visit Public Works Project page .


WSDOT: Slowdown on SR 512 for Utility Work

Drivers who use State Route 512 between Puyallup and Lakewood can anticipate short delays during night hours between Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Sept. 2, while utility crews replace transmission lines across the highway near Canyon Road, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The crews need approximately three to six rolling slowdowns to complete their work. Due to the nature of the work, specific times for the rolling slowdowns are unknown, however they will occur sometime during the work hours listed below:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, to 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2

The rolling slowdowns will start on eastbound SR 512 at milepost 0 near Interstate 5. Traffic will be held for a short time at the Steele Street, Pacific Avenue and Portland Avenue eastbound on-ramps to SR 512.

On westbound SR 512, rolling slowdowns will start at milepost 10.6 near Pioneer Avenue. Traffic will be held for a short time at the 94th Avenue, Canyon Road and Meridian on-ramps to westbound SR 512.

Advance information is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates  web page. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app  and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter  feed.


Point Defiance Bypass Construction: Shoulder Closures

This message comes from Sound Transit)

Starting as early as Monday, Aug. 29, drivers can expect shoulder closures at DuPont-Steilacoom Road. Sound Transit’s contractor will be digging potholes in order to locate the existing utilities before boring conduit underneath the roadway. This work is anticipated to last four days.


Police Report: July 2016

The Lakewood Police Department has released its latest monthly report covering July 2016 . Some highlights:

  • Through July 2016, Crimes Against Persons were down nearly 15 percent
  • Property crimes were down slightly compared to the same time in 2015
  • Societal crimes were down more than 30 percent for the month and down slightly for the year

Read the Police Report for July 2016


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Aug. 22, 2016

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  , project for the week beginning Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Expect closures of the right lane in the southbound direction as the contractor prepares for and paves the areas in back of the new sidewalk. This  work will also require temporary driveway closures on the west side of the road.
  • Expect closures of the right lane in the northbound direction as the contractor begins installation of water main on the east side of the road. Work will begin at the 96th Street/South Tacoma Way intersection and progress towards 100th Street Southwest/ South Tacoma Way intersection. 

(Note: The contractor will have the roadway fully open for this weekend to accommodate traffic to the JBLM air show)

Click here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects



No City Council Meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

As a reminder, there is no Lakewood City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, as it is the fifth Monday of the month.


Lakewood Residents Can Take Chambers Creek Regional Park Survey

(This message comes from Pierce County)

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department and the Pierce County Public Works Department invite county residents to help shape the 2017 update to the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan. 
This 930-acre regional park includes over two miles of saltwater shoreline, two and a half miles of urban creek and canyon, walking trails, soccer fields, open lawns, and breathtaking mountain and Puget Sound views. 
Your answers will provide meaningful insight on how to better serve you as a member of the Chambers Creek Regional Park community.

For more information, visit the Pierce County Public Works website .

Take the Survey


Economic Development

New Lakewood Index Out

The City of Lakewood has posted its latest copy of the Lakewood Index , its official Economic Development E-newsletter.

In this issue, users can read articles about:

  • An update on the exciting Motor Avenue Project
  • The latest in a slew of new restaurants coming to Lakewood
  • Diamond Designs Unlimited and Bite Me! Inc., two local businesses honored as the City's Business Showcase
  • The latest economic statistics about Economic Development in Lakewood

Click on the image above to view the latest Lakewood Index.



City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Tuesday, September 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:

September 6, 2016 (Tues) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11 as Patriot Day and Day of Remembrance
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Set October 17, 2016 as date for public hearing on 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Public Hearing on Sound Transit 3 ballot proposition
  • Adopt Title 12A complete streets policy
  • Expressing support for the Boulevard of Remembrance/Remembrance Corridor


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 12, 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:

September 12, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Waughop Lake Water Quality Management Plan update.
  • Review of Six Year Financial Forecast (2016-2022) and Preliminary 2017-2018 Revenue Estimates
  • Review of 2nd Quarter Financial Report