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City Manager


February 10, 2017


To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Longtime Lakewood volunteer recognized

City Manager John Caulfield and Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth thank Lakewood volunteer Kurt Sample.Lakewood resident Kurt Sample was recognized Feb. 8 by City Manager John Caulfield for his service to youth in the city. 
An employee of Pierce College, Sample headed Lakewood Clubhouse, an afterschool program for area students geared toward technology and science, for 15 years. He also ran Lakewood’s Promise which focused on providing Lakewood youth the opportunities necessary to succeed.
Thanking Sample for his contribution to the city, Caulfield said "the city needs more folks like you."
"The level of energy you brought to Lakewood has been second to none," he said. "On behalf of the Mayor, City Council and city of Lakewood I want to say 'Thank you'."
Visit the city’s communications page to learn more about Sample’s contribution and watch the YouTube video of Sample's recognition  at the Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting.



Lakewood featured in Canadian business magazine

The city of Lakewood was highlighted in Business in Focus, a business magazine with subscriber reach of 350,000.

The in-depth feature focused on the city's history, its recent growth and the work city leaders have done to promote the city's economic development and step up recognition for the quality of life Lakewood residents enjoy. 

The article featured interviews with Mayor Don Anderson, deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, City Manager John Caulfield and Economic Development manager Becky Newton. 

Read it for yourself here.

Lakewood’s newest Municipal Court judge

Judge Susan Adams was sworn in as Lakewood’s Municipal Court Judge Feb. 6, 2017 before the Lakewood City Council.

In the coming weeks she will visit the cities of University Place, DuPont and the town of Steilacoom to be sworn in at each location as Municipal Court Judge for the respective jurisdictions.

Adams replaces Judge Grant Blinn who was elected in November to the Pierce County Superior Court.

Adams was appointed in January 2017. She previously served as director of the Crystal Judson Family Center in Tacoma for nearly 12 years. 

Prior to joining the Tacoma nonprofit Adams was a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office for 14 years. While prosecutor Adams served as division chief, supervisor of the domestic violence unit, felony trial team chief and felony trial lawyer.

Learn more about Judge Adams on the city’s news page and visit the city of Lakewood YouTube channel  to see footage of Judge Adams being sworn in.


Source of Waughop Lake sewage spill identified

The source of raw sewage that was flowing sporadically into Waughop Lake from nearby Pierce College was found at the end of January.

City stormwater management officials met with the college's contractor as they found where a sewer pipe was mistakenly connected to a stormwater pipe. The contractor dug up the pipe and capped it, preventing further sewage from spilling into the lake through an outfall pipe from the college.

Work is ongoing to clean the lake and the city is working with the appropriate state and local agencies. Read more here .


High-speed train testing continues

Amtrak will continue to test its high-speed passenger trains along the railroad bisecting Lakewood. Testing will occur through the weekend, with an end date of Wednesday, Feb. 15. 

During the testing trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will cross through the city, including at many at-grade railway crossings.

Drivers are reminded to never stop on railroad tracks and adhere to all warning signs and signals. People could experience delays at some intersections and should consider alternate routes when possible.

Lakewood police officers will be stationed at the city's various at-grade crossings to monitor safety during the testing periods.

Affected intersections include:

  • South 66th Street
  • South 74th Street
  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
  • 100th Street Southwest
  • 108th Street Southwest
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest
  • Clover Creek Drive Southwest
  • North Thorne Lane Southwest
  • Berkeley Avenue Southwest
  • 41st Division Drive
  • DuPont-Steilacoom Road


Construction Updates

South Tacoma Way, state Route 512 to 96th Street roadway improvements: Starting Feb. 13 work will begin on curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the roadway and concrete repairs. Paving will be done on 96th Street west of South Tacoma Way. Lane closures will be necessary to do the work.

Night work will occur on the traffic signal at state Route 512, which will result in lane closures and some intersection closures. Drivers are asked to be patient and use alternate routes where possible.


Upcoming City Council meetings:

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

February 13, 2017 Study Session:

  • Information Technology Plan update
  • Review of flood hazard overlay and habitat protection for rivers and streams
  • Review of Title 18A land use and development code update
  • Review of 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Review of pan handling code amendments

February 21, 2017 (Tuesday*) Regular Meeting (*Note the different meeting day)

  • Business showcase - CR Coachworks, Doug Graf and Julie Graf, Owners
  • Proclamation Classified School Employees Week – Ms. Irene Oda, President, Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park
  • Tacoma Public Utilities update – Mr. Bob Mack, Deputy Director for Public Affairs, TPU
  • Bid award Gravelly Lake Drive 100th to Bridgeport Way improvements
  • Bid award 108th St. Rebuild (Main St. to Bridgeport Way)
  • Approve Pierce County contract amendment relative to surface water management billings
  • Adopt pan handling code amendments
  • Adopt flood hazard overlay and habitat protection for rivers and streams code amendments
  • Adopt Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming