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


May 19, 2017


Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Transportation update: Roads to avoid

There are a number of road projects underway around the city, including on some of our busiest roadways.

To better help drivers navigate their way around the city – and avoid getting stuck in traffic – here’s just some of the work being done next week. Where possible please use alternate routes.

We thank our residents for their patience while this work is done to improve our roadways and make them safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Lakeview Ave from Steilacoom BLVD to Kendrick Street: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving and grinding Tuesday through Thursday (5/23 to 5/25).

Lakeview Ave at its intersection with 100th and 108th: These intersections will be under construction Wednesday (5/24) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., which will cause significant backups so please avoid if possible.

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD: This busy roadway will remain in its current state of one lane in each direction for the next 3 to 4 weeks - FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

108th St. (Main to Bridgeport: Night work is planned from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Monday (5/22) through Wednesday (5/24) and the road will be closed for striping. Local access only.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th) all work happening from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Grinding and patching Monday night (5/22) on east side of road. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Tuesday night (5/23) grinding and patching moves to west side of S Tacoma. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Wednesday night (5/24) overlay of outside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. 100th Street and 96th will be closed, with local access and Pierce Transit access only.
  • Thursday night (5/25) overlay of inside lanes in northbound and southbound directions of S. Tacoma Way. Traffic control provided; no detours.
  • Overlay work will impact access to SR512 from S Tacoma Way, detours will be in place.

Check out this interactive map of upcoming road projects. 


Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event is Saturday

This annual event is tomorrow 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 Guadalcanal 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! 


Clover Park High School: Arlington Project

Clover Park High School will present its annual Arlington Project, Wednesday at 5 p.m. to honor the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and America’s veterans.

In its ninth year, the Arlington Project honors service members killed in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today.

Over a four-day period Clover Park High School students will transform the school’s front lawn into memorial with thousands of white markers to honor the nearly 7,000 service members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The display is left up through Memorial Day weekend so as many visitors as possible have the chance to see it.

Opening ceremony details: Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW; program includes community Wall of Remembrance, choir and band performances, memorial displays, JROTC reenactments, viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance” and guest speaker Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret).


WATCH: #swimbikerunSummerFEST

Check out these videos promoting the upcoming Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, presented by St. Clare Hospital.

Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The videos have been airing on the city’s YouTube channel and posted to Facebook, Twitter and on the website.

Each person has their own reasons for competing; all their stories are compelling.

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight; Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience; Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports; and ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.


Business Showcase: J&J Autobody

Located on South Tacoma Way, J&J Autobody is one of Lakewood’s best kept secrets when it comes to collision repair businesses.

Owner Bill Jensen doesn’t advertise, instead he prefers word of mouth to generate business. Ask anyone who’s trusted their car to J&J Autobody, and they’ll tell you they won’t go anywhere else.

The employees are certified to the highest standards of collision repair, and the office management team views every car that comes through the door as its own.

J&J Autobody’s reputation for quality repairs and customer service is enough to make some people tow their cars from outside the South Sound (including Ocean Shores on the Washington Coast) to Lakewood.

It’s for these reasons the Lakewood City Council chose to recognize J&J Autobody as its May 2017 Business Showcase .


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 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
  • Reports by the City Manager: Pierce County Regional Council organizational structure

June 5, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council recognition and report.
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board members
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Community Services Advisory Board member
  • Endorse Pierce Transit to the AWC Employee Benefit Trust
  • Awarding a bid for 2017 stormwater pipe repairs
  • Approve amendment to Horwath Law public defender services contract
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approve FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan (CDBG & HOME) and funding recommendations
  • Adopt Six Year (2018-2023) TIP
  • Approve custodial services contract for City facilities
  • Reports by the City Manager: Review of Title 18A code amendments

Read the full agenda packet.