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


Nov. 4, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

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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A Sunny Truck and Tractor Day

On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, the City of Lakewood celebrated its 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The event – which was rescheduled from earlier in the month because of impending weather – couldn’t have been more successful, as hundreds of people checked out vehicles, played games, went on hayrides, got their faces painted, chucked pumpkins and much, much more.

Best part: The rain let up just before the event started, and attendees were treated to sun-soaked skies throughout the fun.

View a photo gallery of the event on the City's Facebook page .



Council Preview 

Here is a list of items scheduled for discussion and/or action at the Lakewood City Council meeting  on Nov. 7, 2016:

  • Veterans Day Proclamation: The City Council will officially recognize Nov. 11, 2016 as Veterans Day, as well as recognize November as Veterans Appreciation month. As part of the recognition, the night will include a ceremony that will feature and recognize veterans, military personnel and representatives including and not limited to:
    • Lakes High School Choir
    • Clover Park High School JROTC
    • RallyPoint 6
    • 2-2 Stryker Brigade
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Lakewood Post
    • American Veterans Post 1
    • Disabled American Veterans
    • Veterans Service Officers, Washington State Department of Veterans
    • American Legion Post No. 187
  • Public Hearing on 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget: This is the date the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 Biennial Budget. The proposed budget amounts to $78,857,023 in 2017 and $90,079,932 in 2018. The General Government Budget totals $51,437,562 in 2017 and $51,094,503 in 2018. The City Council will also hold public hearings on the on the 2016 budget adjustments and the 2017 property tax levy.
  • Condemnation Ordinance: It is recommended that the Mayor and City Council adopt this Ordinance providing for the condemnation of a portion of six (6) tax parcels for the purpose of constructing Steilacoom Boulevard Safety Improvements. The ultimate goal of condemnation is to determine the just compensation due to a property owner for the acquisition of his or her property under a governed timeline.
  • Resolution regarding Lakewood Community Foundation Fund: It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution, recognizing the vital role and public purpose of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, operating as a donor advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, was formed to promote the enrichment, vitality and cultural heritage of community, with exclusive dedication to Lakewood, Washington. The collaboration of all parties to these ends are of mutual benefit to the City of Lakewood, its citizens, prospects and the community. In recognition of the public benefit achieved by the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, it is desirable to formally acknowledge the valued public purpose of the organization.
  • Streetlight Retrofit Agreement: It is recommended that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute a revised agreement with Intolight for the retrofit of 1,246 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) powered street lights in the City of Lakewood to LED fixtures for an amount not to exceed $344,994.75. On September 21, 2015 City Council authorized executing an agreement with Intolight for the retrofitting of 1,218 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) powered street lights to LED fixtures, with the work now complete 1,246 PSE powered street lights were actually converted

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


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project (between 96th Street and SR 512) for the week beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Drivers should expect lane closures as the contractor continues work associated with the sidewalk on the east side of South Tacoma Way between Great American Casino and Pal-Do World. Other areas scheduled for work next week include work associated with the signal upgrades at South Tacoma Way-100th Street Southwest and South Tacoma Way-96th Street, as well as curb/gutter/sidewalk work in front of Eagle Leather.

‚ÄčClick here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects



Coffee With The Mayor

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:30 am. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW, Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield who will be presenting the 2017-2018 Proposed Biennial Budget.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. Hope to see you there!



City Offices Closed For Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Lakewood City offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, 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.



Waughop Lake Trail Project Construction

(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 late October.

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.



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.



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,  .


#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Members of the Lakewood Police Department had fun handing out candy this past Halloween. Check out this photo from the City's Twitter feed (@CityofLakewood ):

You know the costume is good when you scare a member of @LakewoodPD


City Council

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
  • Adopt signature authority for federal grant reimbursement requests.
  • 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
  • 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