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


December 2nd, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tonight

Tonight the City of Lakewood will throw the biggest Ho-Ho-Ho holiday party with its 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The bells will be jing-jing-jingling from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St.

Once again, opportunities for Christmas cheer at this free, family friendly event will come aplenty. Some of the scheduled fun includes:

  • Check out entries in the City’s first “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition . The LEGO-inspired creativity and imagination of our community’s youth will be on display, piece by piece.
  • Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir.
  • The talents of the Charisma Dancers.
  • Arts, crafts and “Minute-To-Win-It” games for youth and youth-at-heart.
  • As always, a Christmas parade in front of City Hall and a visit by the Kringle-y One himself, Santa Claus!

In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting signals the start of the Christmas season. Join your neighbors and help us welcome the holidays on Dec. 2.


 Click Here to View The Flyer


7th Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, the Lakewood Police Department held their annual food drive. Police officers, firefighters, City staff and community members accepted generous food donations from the public as part of the Fallen Officers Food Drive. Special thanks to the Emergency Food Network and residents like you. 

Take a look at photographs from this year's food drive collection.

About the Fallen Officers Food Drive

On Nov. 29, 2009, the Lakewood Police Department and the entire Pierce County region suffered an incredible loss when four Lakewood officers were murdered in a nearby coffee shop. Every year since the tragedy, it has conducted a food drive in the officers’ honor to benefit the Emergency Food Network of Pierce County.

In the past six years combined, it has collected a total of $138,000 and 135,000 pounds of food for the people struggling in our community. The goal for the seventh anniversary is to reach $150,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.

About Emergency Food Network

Emergency Food Network provides food to 70 food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County. EFN gives 1.3 million pounds of food each month to help out our neighbors in need. Learn more at Emergency Food Network's website: .

Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run

Looking to make up for overindulging during Thanksgiving this year? The City of Lakewood is offering a healthy, fun way to do so.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the City will hold its annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 1 Mile Kids Run , presented by Lakewood’s own St. Clare Hospital.

Both runs take place at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave., Lakewood. The 5K begins 10 a.m., and the kids run will begin shortly afterward. Cost is $15 for the 5K; the 1 Mile run is free.

In addition to the runs, the day will feature a holiday costume contests for both humans and dogs, prizes and much, much more.

Register Online






Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Work

Southbound/Northbound I-5 Lane Closures: Exit 123 – North Thorne Lane Southwest

Sound Transit’s contractor is planning to install a single right lane closure of I-5 northbound and southbound from Monday, Nov. 28 to Thursday, Dec. 8. I-5 southbound nightly closure hours will occur between 9 p.m. to 6 p.m., and I-5 northbound will occur from 8 p.m. to 5.a.m. The lane closures will be located just north of the North Throne Lane interchange (exit 123) to accommodate the directional boring underneath I-5 for the installation of the traffic signal conduits.

What to expect:

  • This work will be occurring at night
  • Traffic signs will be in place 48 hours in advance
  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running and vacuuming gravel
  • Openings will be covered when work is not occurring




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.




Draft Waughop Lake Management Plan

Waughop Lake is the centerpiece of Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. The park is on state-owned land that is leased to the City. Waughop Lake has a long history of toxic blue-green algae growth that severely limits use of the lake.

The City Lakewood has made the protection of Waughop Lake a high priority. In 2013, the City received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop a lake management plan for Waughop Lake. The City contracted with the consulting firm of Brown and Caldwell to prepare the plan. 

The draft lake management plan  is now available for review and comment. A copy of a presentation  provided to the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council on November 16, 2016, by Brown and Caldwell and the University of Washington Tacoma staff is also available for review. 

Please direct questions or comments to Greg Vigoren, Surface Water Manager for the City of Lakewood, by December 31, 2016.  Email:  ; phone: (253) 983-7771; or mail: City of Lakewood, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood, WA  98499.


Draft Waughop Lake Management Plan



City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, December 5, 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:

December 5, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Classy Chassis, Mr. Corey Campbell
  • Proclamation recognizing Charlie Maxwell, LeMay Pierce County Refuse
  • West Pierce Fire & Rescue Life Saving Awards – Police Officer Brian Weekes and Police Officer Arron Grant
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Community Services Advisory Board
  • Appoint members to Planning Commission
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Approve an agreement with Aspect Consulting and Cardno GS relative to assumption of consulting services
  • Public Hearing on Transportation Benefit District assumption.
  • Approve Springbrook Apartments Multi-Family Tax Exemption Credits
  • Approve Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County contract for animal sheltering
  • Reports by the City Manager – Backflow prevention inspection update

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

December 12, 2016 - Study Session

  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Adult Family homes update
  • Review of 3rd Quarter Financial Report
  • Prosecution and domestic violence update

Following the study session on Monday, December 12, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., the City Council will hold a Special Meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

December 12, 2016 Special Meeting – Following Study Session

  • Approve Transportation Benefit District assumption.

Special Recognition for Charlie Maxwell, LeMay Pierce County Refuse

City Council will recognize Charlie Maxwell and his 23 years of service. As Public Relations Director and former General Manager, he worked to improve waste reduction efforts through environmentally safe and efficient recycling and composting methods. He has served as President of the Clover Park Rotary Club, and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by the Lakewood First Lions in 2004.  He has raised many dollars and committed many hours to the community, from campaigning for cityhood to advocating for increased support of public parks, schools and more. His achievements inspire us all to be greater leaders. The public is invited to attend a special proclamation in recognition of Charlie Maxwell on December 5th.