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


January 13th, 2017


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood earns IRWA Chapter 4 'Project of the Year' Award

Congratulations to the City of Lakewood, Brian Fagernes, and Kinnon Williams for the hard work they have put into the Gravelly Lake Way and Mount Tacoma Drive Improvement Project! The International Right of Way Association recognized their work to address accessibility and safety issues with a special award! The Puget Sound Chapter of IRWA adds that "proactive nature in which the City of Lakewood took on the project, as demonstrated by the multi-pronged team approach with the engineers, right of way agent, and legal counsel all sharing in contributions to the process, allowed the project to be completed without delays or controversy". 


Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration Tomorrow at Sharon McGavick Conference Center

Tomorrow from 10am to noon, the City of Lakewood will celebrate Dr King's dream and legacy. Join in to hear from Cinthia Illan-Vazquez, a hometown Act Six Scholar, Whitworth University Alumnus and Daffodil Princess.There will be more music and performances from trumpeter Morris Northcut, the Prairie Bells, Harrison Prep School Choir and  Reverend Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir. 

When: Saturday, 10 am to noon, January 14, 2017
Where: Clover Park Technical College, Sharon McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW



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



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. 2 vacancies, through 12/31/2019.
  • Community Services Advisory Board  Members help to conduct public hearings, make recommendations to Council regarding community service fundings, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 12/15/2020.
  • Arts Commission  Members help to promote the visual, performing and literary arts and encourage the creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy through 10/15/2017.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board  Members make recommendations to Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. 1 vacancy, through 5/21/2020.

Free Car Maintenance Workshops at Clover Park Technical College

Does your car drip? Ever wondered if a ‘spot’ on the ground came from your car? Want to learn how to properly maintain your car? Join the experts for a FREE Auto Leaks workshop - a $125 value. Open to everyone in Puget Sound. At this workshop you’ll: 

  • Get a free professional car health assessment from a certified automotive instructor. 
  • Learn how to identify and prevent leaks. 
  • Receive tips on repairing minor common leaks. 
  • Learn preventive maintenance. 
  • Leave the class with a FREE Vehicle Maintenance Check Kit and the confidence to talk to your mechanic.

Read more and register for a workshop at Fix Car Leaks  

New Issue of Lakewood Connections Magazine 

The latest issue of Lakewood Connections is out! Read about the latest on the city budget, local transportation and road projects, updates on Waughop Lake Trail and more. Find out about upcoming winter programming and activities like the Father Daughter Dance, the Ray Evans Fishing event, snowshoeing, and classes at the Senior Activity Center. Read the latest issue online .

City Council

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 17, 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

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 23, 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 23, 2017 Study Session
•    Chambers Creek Master Plan update. – Mr. Joseph Coppo, Pierce County Parks and Recreation
•    Parks CIP Progress Report
•    Legacy Plan Progress Report
•    Review of sponsorship guidelines
•    Parks code update
•    LED streetlights project update

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 30, 2017 (Special Meeting) Joint Clover Park School District Board, 6:00 PM 
•    Review of CPSD Board decision on school facilities