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


April 14, 2017


To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 


Lakewood loses a legend

Retired Sergeant First Class Dan Figuracion passed away April 3 at 97 years old. He came to Lakewood in the 1960s while stationed at Fort Lewis and stayed to raise his family in the South Sound.

Figuracion was a Bataan Death March survivor, POW, decorated World War II veteran and a Vietnam War veteran. He also was a national hero in his home country of the Philippines for his military service as a member of the U.S. Army Philippine Scouts.

His death marks the passing of the last living member of the 26th Cavalry Regiment, which conducted the last cavalry charge against an enemy in Army history.

Figuracion was one of 27 men that galloped on horses, pistols firing, into Japanese tanks and machine infantry to keep the Japanese from taking the city of Morong. They held off the Japanese until reinforcements arrived. Only three cavalrymen were injured.

He later escaped a POW camp, crawling through the jungle to a village. Little did he know he had arrived at the home of his future wife.

He is survived by wife Ely of 71 years, seven of his eight children and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Figuracion was laid to rest April 11 at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery. The city of Lakewood joins the community in mourning Figuracion's passing and offers its condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Figuracion, thank you for your service, your dedication to our veterans and your dedication to our country.


Parks appreciation day April 22

Calling all #IamLakewood  volunteers: Parks appreciation day is April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and we need your help!

Work parties are happening at five parks this year:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park: restoring historic cemetery grave markers, plantings, weeding, playground maintenance, trail cleanup.
  • Harry Todd Park: weeding, planting, ivy removal, beach cleaning.
  • Wards Lake Park: trail maintenance, invasive ivy removal, garbage clean up.
  • Springbrook Park: community garden plantnings, spread wood chips.
  • Lakewood Community Garden: preparing beds for growing season.

Bring your garden gloves and tools - we hope to see you there!

Register: Email Cameron Fairfield ( Include name (or organization/school/church group name), number of volunteers, phone number and preferred site location.


Saturday lane closures on Interstate 5

Headed south at all between now and Saturday? If you're on I-5 you'll need to factor in this Point Defiance Bypass work:

Both directions of I-5 will be closed between 9 p.m. at 6 a.m. at the Mounts Road overpass in DuPont for final inspection and welding of the overpass.

Sign up for email updates on the Point Defiance Bypass Project .




Council preview

A snapshot at some of the items before the City Council Monday.

SSMCP North Clear Zone:

The council will review and vote on a resolution that approves the McChord Field North Clear Zone implementation plan.  

Last year and the start of this year the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) developed a plan of action to bring the McChord Field North Clear Zone (NCZ) into compliance with federal guidelines for public and air safety. T

he NCZ is a federally-designated 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the north end of the McChord Field runway. It is partly within Joint Base Lewis-McChord and partly within the city. The part in Lakewood includes many light industrial business uses on privately held properties.

Based on federal guidelines, these uses pose public and flight safety risks and are incompatible with runway operations. Some of these uses are currently allowed under Lakewood’s zoning code, and some are nonconforming uses. The businesses are valued community members and contribute to Lakewood’s economy.

Recognizing Nyah Hall

The council will present Clover Park sophomore Nyah Hall with a proclamation recognizing her recent accomplishment of being named the state Boys and Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year.

Hall joined the Boys and Girls Clubs at a nursery in Japan where her family was stationed. She has been a member of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Center for five years.

Hall is an honor roll student and a javelin thrower on the track and field team. During the Youth of the Year process, Hall talked about the impact of the Youth Center at JBLM and the source of encouragement it provides children from military families.

Youth of the Year is the highest honor Boys and Girls Club members can receive. Each year a representative is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competitions.

Winners are chosen first at a club level, then state, regional and national levels. This year’s regional competitions will be held over the summer in Los Angeles. Hall will compete in August.

Business showcase

The council will also recognize longtime Lakewood business the Lakewood Racquet and Sport Club at its meeting as the city’s April 2017 Business Showcase.

The member-owned, private club is more than just a place to play tennis – it’s a social club connecting people of all ages in the community.

Read the full agenda packet here.


Waughop Trail is now open


The Waughop Lake Trail is now OPEN! Go out and get your exercise on and enjoy the new trail around the lake - don't forget your raincoat. Still to come: trees, which will be planted in the fall. Thank you everyone for your patience while the trail was closed.




Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies, term runs through 12/31/2019.

Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.

Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.

Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. Three vacancies.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Upcoming 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.

April 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Nyah Hall, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Military Youth of the Year.
  • Proclamation declaring April 22, 2017 as Parks Appreciation Day
  • Business showcase - Lakewood Racquet Club - Mr. Bruce Dayton, General Manager/Director
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th St to Bridgeport Way
  • Awarding a bid for the 2017 Chip Seal Program
  • Intent to form LID 1109 and setting May 18, 2017 as Hearings Examiner hearing re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Public Hearing on FY 2017 Consolidated Action Plan
  • Public Hearing on 2017 Carry Forward Budget Adjustments
  • Adopt domestic violence criminal related ordinances
  • Adopt vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue to New York Ave.
  • Approve North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan & Memorandum of Agreement
  • Approve 2016 Transportation Benefit District Annual Report
  • Reports by City Manager –Review of development subsidy and down payment assistance HOME loans for Habitat for Humanity and the Homeownership Center of Tacoma and Marijuana update


April 24, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Chambers Creek Trail update
  • Economic Development update
  • 1st Quarter Police Report
  • Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers CIP Progress Report