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


June 9, 2017


Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Relay for Life at Harry Lang Stadium

The annual Relay for Life event kicks off June 9 at 6 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium.

This year 29 teams are participating in the event , which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

How it works: Teams come together to raise money, then take turns walking around a track or designated path over a 24-hour period. Each team must have a member on the track at all times, which signifies that cancer never sleeps.

The event begins with a survivor lap, where cancer survivors and people current affected by cancer walk around the track and are cheered and encouraged by those in attendance. Next is the caregiver lap which recognizes those who give support to loved ones during cancer treatment.

Once those laps are complete teams fill the track and begin the relay. Activities are set up around the stadium, which is also where people set up their camp sites for the night. People interact, support each other and build community.

By nightfall a ceremony is held where luminarias are lit to honor people who lost their battle with cancer.

The event wraps the following day with a closing ceremony where volunteers are recognized for putting the event together, as well as the teams that pulled together to walk through the night.

Right now the team with the top fundraising is Team Madigan, with $6,028 followed by the Harborstone Cruisers with $4,321 and then Team St. Clare with $4,239.

The city of Lakewood also has a team participating.


Springbrook Park celebration

Join us TOMORROW from 2 to 4 p.m. at Springbrook Park.

We'll be celebrating the recent improvements out there, including new and improved community garden space, new playground for children of all abilities, a pedestrian bridge over Clover Creek, new shelter and expanded room to play.

There will be live entertainment, food and fun and games for children and adults. Hope to see you there: 12601 Addison St SW.


Open for business

Welcher’s Gun Shop and Shooting Range officially opened this week at 11701 Pacific Highway. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Other stores recently opened in the city include Advance Auto parts, 10620 Pacific Highway and Chronic Taco, 5720 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. (by Target).

And of course if you haven’t seen the newly expanded H&L Produce at 7320 Lakewood Drive it’s fantastic! 

Current development projects


Lakewood Developer’s Forum

Don’t forget to register for the June 15 event at the McGavic Center. Who should attend? Anyone interested in development opportunities.  

Hear from Congressman Denny Heck who will speak about federal housing priorities and Financial Services Committee legislation and talk with Lakewood development staff. Information will be provided about current projects in the city and opportunities that are available. This is a great chance to network.

The event is free, but registration is required. Event is from 8 to 10 a.m.


Marketing to the government

You’re in front of a contracting officer. Now what????

Washington PTAC and the City of Lakewood have teamed up to present a hands-on workshop for area small business owners.

In this interactive class we will work with you to create the basic marketing tools that you will need when meeting with government contracting officials. You will learn:

  • How to create an effective Capability Statement
  • How to network effectively
  • How to craft a 30 second elevator speech
  • Finding appropriate networking events

Who should attend: Small business owners who are trying to sell to government agencies. Registered attendees will receive a Capability Statement template prior to class. Laptops are encouraged.

Details: July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW (in Council Chambers)

Brand new to government contracting?

Register for the Laying the Groundwork workshop before attending this workshop: Friday, June 30. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Thurston EDC, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503

Workshops are FREE but registration is required 


Weekly Transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): This project is largely complete. The contractor is now doing punchlist items on the roadway but no major traffic impacts are expected.

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th):  Work on the project is being put on hold starting today (June 9) because the asphalt needs to cure for 21 days before striping is applied.

Striping work is tentatively planned to begin the week of June 19. All work will be done at night to lessen the impact on drivers.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The contractor will install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the roadway in the next week. On Monday (June 12), the electrical subcontractor is expected to begin installing spare, illumination, and fiber interconnect conduit under the area reserved for future sidewalk. Electrical work will begin at 100th Street and work its way north.


Saying thanks to the 2016/2017 Youth Council

On June 5 the City Council recognized the 2016/2017 Lakewood Youth Council by presenting its members with certificates of recognition. The students also presented this video to the City Council to share what they learned over the year.

Some are off to college next year, while others will return.

We appreciate the time they took to get to know their community and city better, and the volunteerism and leadership they demonstrated. These are our future leaders. 





Farmers Market opening day

The weather couldn't have been better and the crowds were fantastic for the opening day of the 2017 Lakewood Farmers Market presented by St. Clare Hospital.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce was there to do its Blue Ribbon cutting, officially kicking off our market season.

The courtyard outside City Hall was filled with vendors selling everything from fresh produce and hand cut flowers to handmade soap, sweet wine, mead, kettle corn and other speciality items found only at the market.

Lunch hour was especially busy as people hit up the various food trucks, wood-fired pizza oven, authentic barbecue and food booths set up around the market. And considering it was so hot (temperatures exceeded 80 degrees that day) people also made a point to visit our new market vendor Claddagh Coldbrew Co, which was pouring its cold brew coffee over a scoop of ice cream.

We can't wait to see more people every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - and don't forget to Lunch in Lakewood, Tuesdays in Towne Center.

Check out this photo album from opening day.

2017 Lakewood Farmers Market opening day


Lakewood Senior Activity Center open house

This week the Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its annual open house for people to conenct with resources and learn more about the great offerings at the center.

Regular participants at the center demonstrated their various expertise - from singing to artwork and socializing. The Senior Activity Center is a great place to be!

Check out this photo album of the day.

Lakewood Senior Activity Center 2017 open house  


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

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

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

June 12, 2017 Study Session – Following Special Meeting at approximately 7 p.m.

  • I-5/JBLM Corridor improvements update – Mr. Bill Elliott, WSDOT
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan update
  • Review of Municipal code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Plan update
  • Review of 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan

June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase - Harborstone Credit Union
  • Lakewood Lakes Water Quality Report update – Ms. Isabel Ragland, Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager, Pierce Conservation District
  • Creating LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Adopt Municipal Code amendment relative to work crew participation
  • Adopt 2016 Supplement to the 2000 Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Approve Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Plan
  • Approve Lakewood Rotary MOU relative to Ft. Steilacoom Pavilion
  • Approve American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collective bargaining agreement

Read the full agenda packet.