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


Sept. 2, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Officer's Efforts Shared on Social Media

You know when we talk about some of "good things that often go unnoticed?" Well, here's a great example, courtesy of Police. Instagram user JerDear @fitjd4life posted about an innocuous interaction between a woman and one of our officers:


Council Preview, Sept. 6, 2016

Here is a list of items scheduled for discussion and/or action at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Sept. 6, 2016 :

  • Youth Council Report: This will be the first Youth Council Report delivered during the 2016-17 school year. Clover Park School District will also present a report
  • Patriot Day: Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro will be present for a reading of a proclamation declaring Sept. 11, 2016 as patriot day and day of remembrance in the City of Lakewood
  • Public Hearing on Sound Transit: This is the date set for a public hearing on the November 8, 2016 General Election of Sound Transit’s ballot proposition to expand mass transit in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and expand light-rail, commuter-rail, and bus rapid transit service to connect population, employment and growth centers and authorize Sound Transit to levy or impose an additional 0.5% sales and use tax; a property tax of $.025 or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation; an additional 0.8% motor-vehicle excise tax; and use existing taxes to fund the local share of the $53.8 billion estimated cost including inflation, with independent audits, as described in the Mass Transit Guide and Sound Transit Board Resolution No. R2016-17.
  • Boulevard of Remembrance: The City Council will be presented with a resolution expressing its support for the naming of the proposed Boulevard of Remembrance and the Remembrance Corridor, as well as placement of  a historical marker and the ongoing efforts to preserve surviving trees along the area of I-5 from the Mounts Road exit to the McChord exit

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.


Public Hearing on ST3

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, the Lakewood City Council will conduct a public hearing on whether to support the Sound Transit 3 General Election ballot measure .

The Sound Transit Board approved the final ST3 package by a unanimous vote at their June 23, 2016 meeting. The package will be on the November 8, 2016 ballot for voter consideration as Proposition 1.

The total estimated cost for the package is $53.8 billion with a 25-year project timeline that concludes in the year 2041. If passed, starting in 2017, ST3 would increase:

  • Sales tax by an additional 0.5 percent
  • MVET by an additional 0.8 percent
  • Property taxes by 25 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

If approved, Lakewood residents would contribute an additional $5.5 million in sales tax, $2.7 million in MVET, and $1.2 million in property tax for a total contribution of $9.5 million per year. This is in addition to the current $10 million in support of Sound Move and ST2 from Lakewood residents. The additional contribution to ST3 would bring the total contribution to over $20 million per year.

The Lakewood City Council passed resolution 1996-21 in support of Sound Move on June 17, 1996, six months after incorporation. The City Council did not consider a resolution when the ST2 initiative was put to the voters in 2008.

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.


New, Mid-Day Sounder Train Between Lakewood, Seattle Begins Sept. 12

(This message is from Sound Transit )

Sound Transit is adding a mid-day Sounder train to its popular south line service beginning Monday, Sept. 12th. The new train will provide flex-schedule workers and other riders an additional travel option for bypassing highway gridlock that now snarls traffic throughout the day.

The mid-day train will depart Lakewood at 10:18 a.m. and stop at all south line stations before arriving in Seattle at 11:31 a.m. The return train in the afternoon will depart King Street Station at 2:32 p.m. and arrive in Lakewood at 3:45 p.m.

This mid-day Sounder train will bring to eleven the number of daily trains serving the popular south line Monday through Friday. Eight of these trains will operate as northbound trips to Seattle starting from Lakewood at 4:41 a.m., with return trips leaving King Street Station beginning at 3:12 p.m. Two reverse-direction trains leave Tacoma for Seattle at 6:15 and 6:50 a.m. each weekday morning, and return to Tacoma at 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

The new mid-day train will start as a two-car train, and increase to seven cars when nine new Sounder coaches arrive early next year.


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Sept. 5, 2016

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • No work will be done on Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day)
  • Expect temporary lane closures in the southbound direction beginning Tuesday as the contractor will be paving driveway entrances
  • Expect lane closures in the northbound direction beginning Tuesday or Wednesday as work begins on water main improvements on the east side of the road. This work will begin at 96th Street South and progress towards SR 512. There will also be some electrical installation happening just north of Great American Casino. No impacts to traffic at SR 512 are anticipated this week

‚ÄčClick here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects


Point Defiance Bypass: I-5 Lane Closures Sept. 6-8

(This message is from Sound Transit)

Drivers can expect nighttime lane closures on I-5 southbound between Mounts Road exit 116 and the rail bridges.  The lane closures will happen each night beginning on Tuesday, September 6, until Thursday, September 8. The rail bridges are 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 the two left lanes closed Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and Thursday night will be the right lane closures.  During this time, the southbound I-5 onramp at Mounts Road will be closed.


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 .


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 .



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



City Offices Closed for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Lakewood City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, 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 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
  • Approve CPSD fuel contract
  • 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 2nd Quarter Financial Report