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


Oct. 14, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Storm, Wind Forecasted To Hit Puget Sound Region

With the amount of rain the Puget Sound may receive, rain and wind will start knocking leaves off of trees. Storm drains may cause some urban flooding.

Christine Badger, the City of Lakewood's Emergency Management Coordinator, advises neighborhoods to clean leaves off of storm drains (see related item below).


A potentially strong Pacific storm system will affect the region on Saturday and Sunday. Models continue to show a very deep surface low tracking into the area that may bring heavier precipitation and even stronger winds than Thursday's system.  In addition to rainfall and winds, this system will also bring seas greater than 30 feet to the coastal waters of Washington and the potential for significant coastal flooding. The details regarding the nature of the impacts of this storm, including the specific timing, location, strength and type of hazards, are dependent upon the track and strength of the surface low, which is not certain at this time.      


These storm systems have the potential to bring a wide range of potentially significant impacts to the region.


Confidence is moderate to high that one or more strong Pacific storm systems will affect the area beginning Wednesday evening through the weekend. In addition, confidence is moderate to high that these storm systems will produce a wide range of potentially significant impacts. Confidence in the specific timing, location and magnitude of impacts is low at this time.


City Closes Park Gates, Could Last Through Weekend

The City of Lakewood has closed gates at all of its parks in preparation of high winds and stormy weather. If there is no damage tonight, they could reopen Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, however, if winds & storm pick up, those parks could remain closed through Saturday. The City encourages residents and visitors to NOT walk through parks and open space areas where large trees could drop branches or debris, which can cause property damage or personal injury. Public safety is our main priority. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for your cooperation.


Truck and Tractor Day Rescheduled to Oct. 29

Due to a high wind and storm warning from Thursday through next week, the City of Lakewood’s 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day  - originally scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15 - has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The event time will remain from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. If you have questions please call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758.

About the event

As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

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Keep Drains Clear When Storms Hit

Heavy rains and wind are expected in the Puget Sound beginning today, Oct. 13, 2016, and expected to last through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service's Seattle Office .

You can help by keeping drains in front of their homes clear of leaves and debris. Here are some tips you could include:

  • Clear your drain only if it is safe
  • Clear only drains next to the curb. Clear from curbside, not out in the street.
  • Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Let our crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin.
  • Clear surface debris only.


More Helpful Tips

In preparation for this week's severe weather, the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management offers these additional tips to weather the storm:

  • Fill your vehicle with gas and have plenty of gas to operate generators.
  • Make sure you have enough supplies including water, food, flashlights, warm clothing, blankets, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, medications, food/water for your pets, and any personal care items.
  • Contact family members and advise them to take precautions and have an emergency communications plan.
  • Check on neighbors who are elderly or disabled before and after the windstorm to make sure they are prepared and haven’t been hurt.
  • Before the winds get too strong, take a few moments to secure any items that may blow away or become damaged by the winds. 
  • If the winds are severe, please take shelter in your home and don’t forget your pets! Please stay off the roads if at all possible. 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, go near downed power lines. Be aware that the ground near downed power lines may also be electrified.
  • Do not, use outdoor cooking equipment (BBQs) inside the home and do not leave children and/or pets unattended with propane heaters, candles, or other open flames.
  • Only call 9-1-1 to report a life threatening emergency.


Health Department: Toxic Algae Advisory for Lake Steilacoom

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a Toxic Algae Advisory  for Lake Steilacoom on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

When you see a toxic algae advisory, it means the water has cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which can produce toxins. Add sunlight and warmer temperatures, and toxic algae can reproduce rapidly in fresh water—creating toxic algae “blooms.” Water with toxic algae can kill pets, waterfowl and other animals and cause serious illness or even death in people.

Until further notice, TPCHD says residents must:

  • Not swim or water ski in areas of scum
  • Not drink lake water
  • Keep pets and livestock away
  • Clean fish well and discard guts
  • Avoid areas of scum while boating

For more information, visit TPCHD's website .


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Oct. 17

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way project  for the week beginning Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Motorists should expect temporary lane closures in both the northbound and southbound directions this week as work continues on South Tacoma Way. Work this week will include preparing for placement of curb and gutter on the east side of South Tacoma Way, placing street light poles on both sides of South Tacoma Way, the south side of 96th St (west of South Tacoma Way) and on 100th St Southwest (west of South Tacoma Way), and trenching conduit from 100th St to State Route 512 on the east side of South Tacoma Way.
  • Motorists should be advised that during the week of Oct. 24, the contractor will be performing work at South Tacoma Way and State Route 512. This work will occur at night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. There will be lane closures during these hours to accomplish the work which will impact traffic exiting from the freeway.


Council Advisory Board and Commission Vacancies

Interested in helping shape policy in the City of Lakewood?

The Lakewood City Council is currently seeking volunteers to fill vacancies for several Commission and Boards:

  • Planning Commission (3 vacancies) 5-year term. DUE: 11/21/16
  • Community Services Advisory Board (2 vacancies) 4-year term. DUE: 11/21/16
  • Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board (4 vacancies) 3-year term. DUE: 11/14/16
  • Arts Commission (6 vacancies) 3-year term. DUE: 10/31/16
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee (1 vacancy) 1-year term. DUE: 10/24/16

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  .


Lakewood Historical Society Seeks Volunteers, Board Applicants

(This message comes from the Lakewood Historical Society)

The Lakewood Historical Society is looking for people interested in Lakewood’s history to serve on its Board of Directors and/or as volunteers. People with professional skills such as previous board experience, marketing, program management, artistic display, writing, records archiving, and craftsmen are welcome. If you have and interest or are seeking a new and interesting direction for your spare time, personal enrichment, or desire to give back to the community, please consider joining us.

We would appreciate an opportunity to talk to you, answer your questions about the many programs the Society engages in, and learn how we can best bring together our needs with your skills and available time.

Please contact Glen Spieth, Society Board Director and Nominating Committee Chair, at 253-3-970-0383,   or Sue Scott, Society Vice President, at (253) 588-6354,  .


City Council

The City Council will be holding a Council Retreat on Saturday, October 15, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Mount Rainier Conference Room, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

October 15, 2016 (Saturday), 8:30 A.M. Council Retreat

  • State Legislative Agenda, Legislative Policy Manual and Federal Priorities


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, October 17, 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:

October 17, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Presentation of the 2016-2017 Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation Calendar
  • Business showcase - Centerforce
  • Appointing members to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Public Hearing on 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Approve low impact development code
  • Adopt FY 2017 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Approving an addendum to an ILA with Lakewood Water District relative to South Tacoma Way SR512 to 96th Street
  • Reports by the City Manager - SSMCP: JBLM/Camp Murray Survey Analysis & Presentation; and North Clear Zone (NCZ) Study Update


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 24, 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:

October 24, 2016 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Municipal Court update
  • 3rd Qtr Police Report
  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget and 2017 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2016 year end budget adjustments
  • Review of wireless telecommunications code amendments