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


Oct. 28, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Truck and Tractor Day: Saturday, Oct. 29

Rain or shine, head on out to the City of Lakewood's annual hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.

The event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park.

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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Public Invited to Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony

The Boulevard of Remembrance  will become reality.

Following an overwhelming show of support from the City of Lakewood and other local governments and organizations, the State Transportation Commission this month approved the naming of stretch of Interstate 5 near the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor.

The effort – intended to commemorate and honor of those who served in World War I, as well as the South Sound’s military heritage - involves the placement of a historical marker and preservation of surviving trees between the Mounts Road exit and the McChord exit.

To celebrate, the public is invited to The Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony on Veterans Day. Speakers will include Rep. Dick Muri and Rep. Christine Kilduff, former Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, JBLM I Corps Deputy Commanding General for Operations Brigadier General Dany Fortin and Charlotte “Polly” Medlock.

Here are details on the event:

  • WHAT: Boulevard of Remembrance Ceremony
  • WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW

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Waughop Lake Trail Project Construction Begins

(This message comes from Erin Meinershagen with Bruce Dees & Associates, landscape architect for the Waughop Lake Trail project )

Construction began on the Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park on Monday, Oct. 24.

Fort Steilacoom Park is a 350-plus-acre site located in the northwest portion of Lakewood. More than 1 million people visit the park each year for active and passive recreational opportunities.

Improvements include the renovation of the trail around Waughop Lake by creating a new accessible mile-long asphalt perimeter path, adding benches, a picnic shelter, and a viewing platform. Other site amenities include interpretive signage, ADA parking, and habitat enhancements such as native plant restoration.

The City of Lakewood retained Landscape Architect Bruce Dees & Associates to create the design along with community input through a series of public and ad hoc meetings. The construction is headed by Ceccanti, Inc. Due to the importance of the park and trail to the community, the City of Lakewood is committed to completing construction as soon as possible to keep the impact on users to a minimum. Construction is expected to be completed in four months.

Once complete, Waughop Lake Trail will be a safer, more accessible asset to the community.


Fort Steilacoom Dog Park Up For 'Best of Western Washington'

The City of  Lakewood's famous Fort Steilacoom Park Dog Park has been nominated for best "Dog Park" in the KING 5 Evening​'s Best of Western Washington contest.

We need you to follow the link and scroll down to the "Dog Park" category and cast a vote for us. We've said for years how much Fort Steilacoom Park and its dog park are jewels of the South Sound. Help us prove it by casting your vote!

Voting ends Oct. 30, 2016.


Vote for the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park here



Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar Presentation

On Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, the Lakewood City Council recognized the young artists from Four Heroes Elementary School who produced the artwork for the 2016-2017 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.

A dozen of the calendar's youn artists attended Monday's meeting, where they received a certificate from Mayor Don Anderson and took a picture with the City Council. 

Congratulations to all of the youth (along with their extremely proud parents) who contributed to this awesome project this year.

View a photo gallery of the presentation on the City of Lakewood Facebook page .


WSDOT I-5 Environmental Hearing-Open House on Nov. 7

(This message is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

The public is invited to attend a combined environmental hearing and informational open house about potential environmental effects  of proposed improvements to Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McCord on Monday, Nov. 7. Commuters and residents are encouraged to participate and provide comments.

Displays that demonstrate the effects of building additional lanes and rebuilding key interchanges between Mounts Road in DuPont, and Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood will be available for review. Participants may provide oral or written testimony to a court reporter. No formal presentation will be provided.

Event details
  • Date and time: Monday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Location: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest, Lakewood.
  • Transit options: This location is served by Pierce Transit route 3.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration recently published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-5 – JBLM Vicinity Congestion Relief Project. The official public comment period for the EA is Oct. 17 – Nov. 22. Interested parties unable attend the Nov. 7 event may review the EA and comment  online. Hard copies of the EA are also available for review at local area libraries.


WSDOT: I-5 Lane Closures Near Gravelly Lake Drive

(This message comes from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will finish installing variable message signs  on Interstate 5 in Lakewood near Gravelly Lake Drive at milepost 125 during overnight hours from Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 3. Drivers can expect to encounter multiple-lane closures in both directions of I-5.

  • Monday, Oct. 31: Double and triple-lane closures on northbound I-5 near Gravelly Lake Drive will occur at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: Double and triple-lane closures on southbound I-5 near Gravelly Lake Drive will take place at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. The Bridgeport Way SW on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close at 10 p.m. All lanes and the ramp will reopen by 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: Double lane closures on southbound I-5 near Gravelly Lake Drive will take place at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: Single and double lane closures will be in place on northbound I-5 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively. All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m. Friday.


EFN Abundance Dinner and Auction Successful

The City congratulates the Emergency Food Network, which on Oct. 24 celebrated a successful Abundance Dinner and Auction. Here's the group's recap:

The Emergency Food Network Abundance Dinner and Auction was a huge success! Thank you for sharing your abundance with those in need and for generously supporting our mission to ensure that no person in Pierce County goes hungry.

With your help, we raised $378,476 to provide food for thousands of families and individuals who would otherwise go without.

Another tremendous achievement for a homegrown organization that provides an invaluable service.



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 special meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 2, 2016 (Wed) – 6:00 PM - Joint Port of Tacoma Commissioners

  • Economic development update


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, November 7, 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:

November 7, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation declaring November 11, 2016 as Veterans Day and the month of November as Veterans Appreciation month
  • Bid award Gravelly Lake Drive Steilacoom Blvd to 59th Street sidewalk improvements
  • Bid award South Tacoma Way (Steilacoom Blvd to 88th St)
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget and 2017 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2016 budget amendments
  • Adopt right-of-way condemnation relative to Steilacoom Blvd safety project
  • Adopt wireless telecommunications code
  • Recognizing Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Approve 2016 minor capital project pavement and sidewalk repairs


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

November 14, 2016 Study Session

  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Update – Mark Lindquist
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Plan update
  • Review of delegation of signature authority for federal grant reimbursement requests
  • Review of 2017 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Review of 2017 human services funding allocation
  • Review of 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget
  • Review of 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments