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


January 6th, 2017


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Proclamation and Recognition for Becky Huber

On Tuesday, January 3rd, City Council recognized Becky Huber for her commitment to preserving and memorializing the history of Lakewood.  She served as President of the Lakewood Historical Society for ten years, where she sought to celebrate Lakewood, and it's role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. Through the Society's work, she commemorated the landmarks and historical buildings that made up the community's identity. Becky Huber and the Lakewood Historical Society also hosted a variety of lectures, book talks, programming and other events. Lakewood City Council recognizes Becky Huber and thanks her for all her accomplishments. 


Proclamation for MLK Jr Day and Black History MonthDeputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Brittany Higgins, Carolina Robles and Dennis Higashiyama

Tuesday night, City Council proclaimed February as Black History Month and Monday January 16th as the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.  Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen presented the proclamation to Brittany Higgins, Carolina Robles and Dennis Higashiyama on behalf of Jo Ethel Smith, Founder of the MLK Committee. The City of Lakewood will again honor the distinguished legacy of Dr. King during the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. You are invited to attend "The Dream in Person" with featured speaker Cinthia Illan-Vazquez (Daffodil Princess, Act Six Scholar, graduate of Clover Park High School and Whitworth University) and featured performers Morris Northcutt, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir, Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

When: Saturday. January 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Free admission, free parking


Proclamation declaring January as School Board Recognition Month

City Council also proclaimed this month as School Board Recognition Month. The School Board Directors align school district resources to goals, build collaborated relationships,  and sustain community oversight for student achievement. Clover Park School District continues to outline a vision of high levels of learning and achievement for all students in the jurisdiction. The City Council thanks all members of the Clover Park School District Board of Directors, for their dedicated service in preparing today's students for tomorrow's world. 

Looking for Active Residents to Serve on Community Advisory Boards

Are you an active member of the Lakewood community? The City of Lakewood is looking to fill a single vacancy on three boards. Board members typically have some experience or expertise in the subject, are able to meet on a monthly basis, and serve for a specific number of months or years. For more specific information on each of the vacancies and for questions on how to apply, please refer to the descriptions linked below.

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board. Members work to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the City’s historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities.
  • Community Services Advisory Board Members help to conduct public hearings, make recommendations to Council regarding community service fundings, among other responsibilities.
  • Arts Commission Members help to promote the visual, performing and literary arts and encourage the creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board Members make recommendations to Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities.


Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Testing

Testing of the new Point Defiance Bypass signals and tracks will occur in January and February 2017. Watch for trains traveling up to 79 mph between the Tacoma Dome Station and Nisqually, including the tracks that parallel Interstate 5 from South Tacoma, through Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis McChord and DuPont.

WSDOT wants to ensure you stay safe during this testing, so remember:

  • Trains will be traveling at speeds up to 79 mph
  • Trains may come from either direction, day or night
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before proceeding
  • Obey all signals at all times (pedestrians and vehicles)
  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • If police or flaggers are present, follow their directions

Orienteering Training & Race Tomorrow at Fort Steilacoom Park

You have a map, a compass, and a mission: To find all of the checkpoints (control markers) on your map in the least amount of time, relying on your own wits. Go solo or with a group: run, walk, it’s up to you! A perfect activity to get the whole family outdoors, finding checkpoints is like a treasure hunt. This activity also helps Scouts fulfill badge requirements. Cascade Orienteering Club is teaming up with Lakewood Parks and Rec to provide special newcomer instruction and training; followed by your choice of the beginner or intermediate course. Please bring your own compass if you would like to use it, compasses are optional and beginner and intermediate courses may be completed easily without one.

Where: Fort Steilacoom Park
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Time: Registration opens at 9:30 AM
Beginner course between 1-2.5K
Intermediate course between 2-3K
Pre-Register: series-wiol-5/
More information online in our flyer

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 9, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 9th, 2017 Study Session

  • Economic Development update
  • Pavement Management system update
  • Review of Adult Family Homes
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 17th, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting 

  • Business showcase - Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital – Ms. Mary Oberson, Manager

  • AMTRAK update – Mr. David Smelser, Rail Capital Program Manager, WSDOT

  • Adopt City Council Rules amendments

  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission 2017 Work Plans

  • Reports by the City Manager – North Clear Zone Strategy and Action Plan update; and review of accepting donations ordinance