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


May 26, 2017


Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Chambers Creek Canyon Trail open house

An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on the effort. The canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

The open house is a drop-in format and will offer people a chance to chat with city and county staff about the project, learn the details of a recently created trail design report and share information about the next steps.

The meeting is at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street SW, University Place.

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887,

Click image for more information.



Seahawks wide receiver to visit Lakewood Sunday

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation 

has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

The train safety event will feature fun activities for kids and adults, including a LEGO play area, model train display, mini train rides for kids and information about the new train route through the city, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids.

Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

The event is free and will be held in the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SE.

Find more information about train safety here.


Weekly transportation update

Lakewood Drive between 100th St and Steilacoom BLVD remains down to one lane in each direction while new pavement is installed.

Work was stalled after crews found stumps beneath the road that were causing a depression. The road was excavated an additional 5 to 7 feet so the stumps could be removed – no one knows how long they’ve been there. Their removal should fix the recurring pavement dip.   The road is expected to remain in its current state another 3 to 4 weeks – drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting is planned for Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in council chambers for people to learn about a planned traffic calming project on Dekoven Drive.

Compact roundabouts will be installed on Dekoven at 100th Street and Meadow Road/Brook Lane to improve safety and reduce car speeds. The project will also include improvements to signage, striping and marking. Construction is estimated to start in September.

For more information contact: Jon Howe, Associate Civil Engineer, (253) 983-7847

Cruising down Lakewood Drive




Championing Lakewood in Washington, D.C.


Mayor Don Anderson, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilwoman Mary Moss and City Manager John Caulfield spent two days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with elected leadership like Sen. Maria Cantwell (pictured).

The visit included back-to-back meetings with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, and meetings with the Association of Defense Communities executive director, director of the Office of Economic Adjustment and House Armed Services Committee staff. The group also planned to meet with the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

The purpose of the short trip was to discuss development of the National Defense Authorization Act (including funding for Congressman Heck's Commute Act), military encroachment mitigation as it relates to the North Clear Zone at McChord Field, and continued funding in support of the Office of Economic Adjustment as it relates to the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership work.



Artist reception at Lakewood City Hall

The Lakewood Arts Commission coordinated its first artist reception May 22 at City Hall for local painter Carole Boughton.

Boughton’s artwork was recently hung on the first and third floors of the building as part of an effort to recognize and showcase the talent of local artists.

Approximately 60 attended the soiree and took tours of the building to view the watercolor pieces by Boughton hung for public viewing.

The bulk of Boughton’s work is displayed on the first floor near the elevator.

Read this Sub Times piece for more about Monday’s reception.



City Council holds joint meeting with planning commission

The City Council met with its planning commission at its study session May 22.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the commission about the various stages of projects it is working on.

Some items before the commission include an update to Title 18A – the section of city code dealing with development regulations. The majority of the updates will have an impact on developers within the city.

The commission is also preparing to embark on a public process to draft a sub area plan for the city’s Central Business District.

The city wants to hear from residents about their visions for a future Downtown Lakewood – do you want a downtown? How should it look? More information will be available about this process as public meeting dates are set.


Black bear strolls through city

In case you missed it, a black bear took a morning stroll through the city May 22.

The bear was spotted walking on Bridgeport Way before it found a field off the 8700 block of John Dower Road. Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue responded after people called 911 to report the unusual visitor.

The bear remained in the field while police and fire crews blocked off the area. State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded and brought Spencer, a Karelian bear dog who is trained to help officers corral the wild animals.

The bear climbed a tree, which allowed wildlife officials to shoot it with a couple of darts. They set up a tarp to break the bear’s fall. He sleepily tumbled out of the tree, onto the tarp and then the ground.

Officers moved him into a bear trap where he was kept until they could assess he had no injuries before releasing him into the wild – away from Lakewood.

A good reminder for this time of year: keep bird feeders, pet food and garbage cans inside, or in air tight containers so bears and other wild animals don’t come into your yard in their search for food.


Save the date: “You Matter Movement” 5k Walk/Run 

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.

It’s happening June 4 at 9 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The event includes a bounce house and other family-friendly activities and a free kids dash for children 10 and under which is dedicated to a little girl from DuPont battling a recurrence of cancer. 

“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.


Lakewood Police participate in simulated training

Lakewood police were given the opportunity this week to participate in a simulated training program to brush up on their training. The exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

Watch this video of Police Chief Mike Zaro running through one of the active shooter drills.


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.

Public Safety Advisory Committee : Members provide citizen input and advice to the City Council in developing and monitoring public safety policies. The committee reports to the council and assists in assessing that department resources allow for compliance with city and department policies. 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.

No meeting Monday, May 29 – City Hall is closed in observation of Memorial Day.

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


A joint meeting with the University Place City Council June 12, 2017, will begin at 6 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

June 12, 2017 Joint Meeting with University Place City Council – 6 p.m.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council update.
  • Review of Regional Centers Framework Report –Mr. Josh Brown, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council


Study session begins at 7 p.m.:

June 12, 2017 Study Session

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of code amendment regarding work crew eligibility criteria
  • Review of Chambers Creek properties MOU update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

Read the full agenda packet.