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May 12, 2017


Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


North Clear Zone action plan moves to implementation phase

Federal, state and local elected officials joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior leaders and South Sound business owners at the Eagles Pride Golf Course May 11, 2017 for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council meeting. 

The big moment came near the end when leaders from the state, JBLM, Pierce County and city signed an agreement signifying a commitment to execute a long range plan that will restore 206 acres of land known as the North Clear Zone north of McChord Field to an uninhabited state.

The signing was a milestone moment in the ongoing effort led by SSMCP to address public safety issues due to urban encroachment around the JBLM airfield.

A portion of the North Clear Zone falls in city limits and includes 16 buildings and businesses on privately owned property. The land does not comply with the federal government's guidelines for public and air safety.

With the agreement in place the next step is for the various jurisdictions to work together on the implementation of the relocation plan developed by SSMCP.

In the coming years the goal is to relocate the businesses, acquire the property and keep it free of people.

Representatives who signed the agreement:

  • Mark Barkley, assistant director local government division state Department of Commerce
  • Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive
  • Col. Dan Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Don Anderson, Mayor city of Lakewood
  • John Caulfield, chairman South Sound Military & Communities Partnership

Additionally Congressman Denny Heck, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of I Corps at JBLM, Col. Leonard J. Kosinski, commander of 62nd Airlift Wing at JBLM, and Pierce County Executive Dammeier addressed the crowd and spoke of the importance of community support of JBLM as we prepare for another review under the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Click here to see photos from the meeting.  


Gravelly Lake Drive Construction open house planned

An open house is scheduled for Tuesday (May 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW in the American Lake room for people to learn about planned construction along Gravelly Lake Drive between Bridgeport Way and 100th St SW.

Drop in any time to meet the design team, learn about traffic and business impacts and see the construction timeline. Work begins May 22.

See more here


Get active for a cause

Looking to get outdoors, be active AND support a good cause?

You’re in luck, there are some great events happening this month and next that benefit good causes, while also bringing our community together.

May 13: Healthy Start 5k

Saturday – yes THIS Saturday – is the Studio Fitness Healthy Start 5k.

Healthy Start is an after-school program that provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. The program starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After snacks, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games, and nutrition lessons.

Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

Event details: Run/walk starts and ends at Studio Fitness, 11112 Gravelly Lake Dr SW; Registratio is $40 and can be done at Studio Fitness or email

Learn more here.

May 20: 37th annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run

Emergency Food Network and Associated Ministries are set to take over Fort Steilacoom Park in the morning for the 

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.

Learn more here.

June 4: First annual “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run and free Kids Dash

Register by May 24th to secure a spot and race goodies like bib, medal and swag bag.

This event is Jamicka Edwards’ vision to create a race where people aren’t competing against each other but instead are cheering each other on with more than a high five.

A runner herself, Edwards wants people to feel like they matter, feel important and “leave that 5k a different person with a new hope and maybe a new spark toward a goal in some area of their life that they didn’t have before.”

As part of the event Edwards will have a bounce house and other family-friendly activities. She also has planned a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. Edwards will have supplies on hand for people to make cards and write letters of inspiration to the girl and her family, which she plans to deliver to them at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“I’m very honored, excited and determined to make this event one that the community of Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont will never forget,” Edwards said.

Click this link to register and learn more. 

Read this Tacoma Weekly piece to learn about what motivated Edwards to do the race.


The Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event for Kids 

This annual event is May 20 at American Lake Park (9222 Veterans Drive SW).

Commander Evans was a long-time Lakewood resident and a WWII hero. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle of Gualdacanal as they evacuated Marines from the beach. A coast guard cutter based out of Florida was named in his honor in 2014. 

Ray and his wife Dottie have been long-time Trout Unlimited members and were mainly known for generously donating their time to rig the rods and reels for this kid’s fishing event.

Join the fun while honoring Commander Evans. Pre-registration is required and only $10. Each kid receives a rod and reel to keep as well as two fish they catch! 

Register here


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 15, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – J&J Autobody
  • Awarding a bid for frontage improvements at Union Avenue
  • Public hearing date on Six Year 2018-2023 TIP
  • Adopt pedestrian interference ordinance
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for public art at Gravelly Lake Drive & Washington Blvd.
  • Reports by the City Manager – Legislative Update


May 22, 2017 Study Session

  • Adult Family Homes update – Mr. John Ficker, Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council of Washington State
  • Joint Planning Commission meeting
  • 2017 waste collection rates update
  • Review of amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract

See the full agenda packet here.