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


Sept. 16, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

'Connections Magazine' Arrives in Mailboxes

Arriving in mailboxes beginning today: The Fall 2016 edition of the award-winning #IamLakewood Connections Magazine. In this issue:

  • Update on the Motor Avenue Project
  • More dining options coming to Lakewood
  • Update on transportation, parks projects
  • 20th Anniversary "Future Leaders" Letter-Writing Winners.

Don't want to wait for your copy? You can view an electronic version of the magazine here: /communications/connections


Joint 9/11 Remembrance

On Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue​ conducted a Joint 9/11 Remembrance ceremony.

Nearly 100 people gathered outside of Lakewood City Hall for the event, which featured a flag-raising, bagpipes, invocation, benediction and comments from Mayor Don Anderson, Police Chief Mike Zaro, West Pierce Fire Chief Jim Sharp and 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division​ Commander Col. Jerry Turner.

Officials in attendance included City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, Councilmember Mary Moss and Councilmember John Simpson, as well as State Rep. Dick Muri​ and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson​.

To view videos and photos of the event, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .



SSMCP Studying How to Increase Safety in 'McChord Field North Clear Zone'

(This message is being posted on behalf of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership )

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) is studying how to increase safety in the area known as the “McChord Field North Clear Zone” near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

Beginning Sept. 13, 2016, SSMCP will be contacting property owners located in the North Clear Zone. SSMCP will evaluate property appraisals and produce relocation estimates to determine the potential cost of bringing the North Clear Zone into compliance with federal safety guidelines through a strategy that may include acquiring properties and assisting businesses in moving out of the North Clear Zone.

SSMCP has identified five main objectives for the North Clear Zone Project:

  • Ensure public and air safety
  • Bring use of the North Clear Zone into Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense regulatory compliance
  • Preserve JBLM “Mission Assurance”
  • Maintain full operational capacity and capability
  • Implement the 2015 JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

SSMCP works to address issues that affect military and civilian communities around JBLM and to foster outcomes that are mutually beneficial for the South Sound region.

As part of this work, SSMCP recently completed the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). One of the highest-priority recommendations that came out of the JLUS is to research strategies and develop an action plan to bring the North Clear Zone into compliance with Department of Defense guidelines for public and air safety. SSMCP recently hired a team of consultants to assist us in completing this project.

A Clear Zone is a federally-designated, 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the end of a runway. This area has the highest statistical possibility of aircraft accidents. Department of Defense guidelines call for Clear Zones to be undeveloped, meaning they should not contain any buildings, businesses, people or flight obstructions. This protects the public’s safety and the military’s ability to carry out its missions. The North Clear Zone does not currently meet these guidelines. SSMCP is studying a number of potential strategies to address this, including acquiring properties and providing assistance for businesses to relocate elsewhere in the vicinity.

SSMCP has hired Montro & Johnston, an independent appraisal firm, to develop cost estimates for property acquisition and business relocation assistance.  The firm will contact property owners and tenants in the North Clear Zone to discuss acquisition and relocation considerations and request a site visit in September or early October.

Initial research on potential strategies for the North Clear Zone will be completed this winter.

Questions can be referred to Col. (Ret.) William (Bill) Adamson, Program Manager for South Sound Communities & Military Partnership, (253) 983-7772.


Community Garden at Springbrook Park

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, nearly 60 people volunteered to help build the community garden at Springbrook Park.

The effort stemmed from an Eagle Scout project from JP Bega, a member of Troop 436 /Pack 412. JP and his team built the boxes over the summer off-site. The City of Lakewood provided the materials. Tacoma TAGRO donated the soil. Chips came from trees and branches the City removed after recent storms. 

Friends, neighbors, City employees and volunteers from RallyPoint 6 laid out the boxes, filled them with soil and put chips around the boxes to stabilize the area. Fencing and irrigation will come soon. The work will also include painted murals that will be installed at the end of the project. Planting for this area will start next spring. 

It was truly an amazing day, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, and it was a great way to officially kick off the start of the Springbrook Park project

View a photo album of the day on the City's Facebook page .


Vacancy on Public Safety Advisory Committee

Interested in helping shape public safety in the City of Lakewood and with the Lakewood Police Department?

The Lakewood City Council is currently seeking volunteers to fill a vacancy on the Public Safety Advisory Committee .  Your assistance is being requested in identifying and reaching out to individuals in your neighborhood associations, civic groups, and community organizations who would be best suited to fill this volunteer position.  The term of the vacant position is to fill an unexpired term through August 6, 2018. 

The role of the Public Safety Advisory Committee is to provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies.  The Committee will report to the Council and will also assist the Council in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with City and department policies. 

The Committee meets on the first Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., at Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA.

Further information and application forms about the City Council advisory boards and committees can be found at   or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 983-7701,or emailing    Applications for the Public Safety Advisory Committee will be accepted through Monday, October 24, 2016.  


Point Defiance Bypass: Track and Signal Work, Sept. 16, 2016

(This message is from Sound Transit on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation)

The road closure at Clover Creek Drive will need to be extended from Sunday, Sept. 18 until Thursday, Sept. 22. Sound Transit’s contractor needs the additional time for the civil improvements that are being added to that intersection to increase the safety at the rail crossing.

  • Access to residence and businesses will be maintained through Nyanza Road Southwest and Glenwood Avenue Southwest.


North Thorne Lane closure and traffic detour: Exit 123 - North Thorne Lane Southwest

Beginning as early as Friday, Sept. 23, Sound Transit's contractor Stacy Witbeck will be closing the intersection of North Thorne Lane Southwest and the rail crossing in order to complete civil improvements at the rail crossing. The intersection will be closed to through traffic from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 6 a.m. Monday morning. The work will occur 24 hours per day for the duration of the closure.

Vehicle detour
  • Northbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn left onto Berkeley Street Southwest. Turn right on Union Avenue Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.
  • Southbound traffic: Take Exit 122 and turn right onto Berkeley Street Southwest. Turn right on Union Avenue Southwest. Turn left on North Thorne Lane Southwest.


City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, September 19, 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 19, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Hess Bakery & Deli
  • Appointing members to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Vacating a portion of Bridgeport Way and Lakewood Drive
  • Resolution regarding Sound Transit 3 ballot proposition
  • Approve Transpo agreement for signal design at Military Road and 112th Street
  • Approve BCRA agreement for safe routes to school at Phillips Road, John Dower and Gravelly Lake Drive trail


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 26, 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 26, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2017 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Review Title 15A appendix amendments
  • Review of naming and sponsorship policy
  • Review of Preliminary 2017-2018 Revenue Estimates and 2017 Property Tax Levy