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


May 5, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Emergency Food Network Hunger Walk and 5k Run

The Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park the morning of May 20 for the 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run.

Registration and check in is at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9 a.m., the walk at 9:05 a.m. Money raised helps EFN provide food to the Pierce County community.

The event is part of a month-long effort focused on raising awareness about hunger in our community during the month of May, which is hunger awareness month.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Repacking bulk foods into smaller portions;
  • Helping at Mother Earth Farm, an 8-acre organic farm where food is grown for neighbors in need;
  • Sorting through food donations and packing it to go out to Pierce County food pantries;
  • Distributing food to people in need through the FISH/EFN mobile food bank;
  • Holding a food and fund drive at school, work or get-together;
  • Volunteering at the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 13, or the Hunger Walk May 20.

People can also donate on May 10 during GiveBIG day, an annual one-day online giving event for nonprofits in the region.

For more information, including race registration cost, visit the EFN website.


Lakewood’s lakes remain healthy

A recent analysis by an outside consultant of 16 years of lake monitoring data showed little change over time in the water quality of the city’s six lakes.

The city hired WEST Consultants, Inc. to review data gathered from 2000 to the present. The data was gathered by volunteers through an effort coordinated by the Pierce Conservation District.

The district also submits an annual report to the city with its findings.

A snapshot of the analysis shows a warming trend in the lakes during the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter – which is common.

It also found decreased oxygen levels in all the lakes, but no major variations in the levels from one year to the next. Decreased oxygen is an important indicator of the health of the water and its ability to support a balanced system of plants and fish.

Ultimately the analysis determined there were no clear trends regarding dissolved oxygen levels, dramatic changes in temperature or alkalinity, which measures a lake’s ability to neutralize acids.

Click here for more information.


Routine increase coming to waste collection bills

A routine, annual increase is set to take effect in Lakewood June 1, pending City Council review.

The increase is being proposed by Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. (also known as LeMay Pierce County Refuse) because of a 2.1 percent cost of living adjustment and a 5.24 percent disposal rate increase at the Pierce County Landfill that went into effect March 1.

The Pierce County Council previously approved the landfill rate increase.

The city contracts with LeMay for its waste collection service.

For the average residential customer who has a 65-gallon garbage can picked up once a week with recycling service, the rate will go up from $34.36 to $35.48.

For the average commercial business with a 2-yard container that is picked up weekly, the rate will go up from $172.17 to $177.73.

Click here to view the proposed 2017 rates.

Click here to view the 2016 rates.

The annual rate schedule can be found here.


Spring/Summer 2017 Lakewood Connections Magazine is here

Want to know where the City Council stands on expanding the city's housing opportunities? What about the latest transportation and parks projects?

Or how about details of our upcoming Farmers Market (opening June 6) and our annual SummerFEST party in Fort Steilacoom Park?

These stories and more are in the latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 edition.

Copies went out via U.S. Postal Service May 3.


Watch: City Council honors Bataan Death March survivor

Earlier this week the City Council honored Sgt. First Class Dan Figuracion, who died April 3 at 97 years old.

Figuracion was a decorated World War II veteran, Batan Death March survivor, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Philippine Scouts for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 26th Regiment Cavalry that conducted the last horse-mounted charge against armed troops in the Army's history.

Figuracion was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (then Fort Lewis) in the 1960s - his family joined him in Lakewood in 1968. After retiring from the Army Figuracion stayed in the community and remained active with veteran's groups. He was a national hero in the Philippines.




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.

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.

May 8, 2017 Study Session

  • Review Six Year 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program
  • Review of public art proposals at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Review of pedestrian interference ordinance

May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations (tentative)
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update

See the complete agenda packet here.