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


June 23, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Starting Saturday (6/24) and continuing the fourth Saturday of every month, people can come to Fort Steilacoom Park to help restore sections of the 350-acre park.

The first work party will focus on restoration work around the Waughop Lake Trail. 

Work will include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other work.

This will continue through the dry summer months - and is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

Saturday's meet up begins at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves and remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen - it's supposed to be a hot one!

The city will provide vests and first aid kit. If you're interested please RSVP to . Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Saturday, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, July 22!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!


June 2017 Business Showcase: Harborstone Credit Union

Monday night the City Council recognized Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase .

The council selected Harborstone for its commitment to the community. Here’s a snippet of the recognition: 

Whether it’s volunteering for street clean ups through the city’s Adopt a Street program, gathering supplies for a back to school drive, or participating in Operation Turkey Drop to deliver turkeys to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Harborstone Credit Union and its employees are dedicated to giving back to the community.

With administrative offices in Lakewood, Harborstone serves 80,000 members with branches in Pierce, Thurston and King Counties.

Founded in 1955 on then-McChord Air Force Base, the member-owned, not-for-profit organization served only the military at first.

By the mid-1990s the organization expanded membership to the general population.

Today its $1.2 billion in assets make it one of the largest credit unions in the state and affords it the ability to offer a full suite of services to members.

But don’t let Harborstone’s size fool you – at the heart of its operations is a commitment to community.  That’s why its employees volunteer and the credit union is a regular sponsor and supporter of community events – including  many in Lakewood.

It’s because of its longevity in the community and its commitment to making Lakewood and Pierce County a better place to live that the Lakewood City Council recognizes Harborstone Credit Union as its June 2017 Business Showcase.


Legislative Update

The State Legislature ended its second special session this past week; the third special session picked up where that left off Wednesday. The stalemate is around adoption of a 2017-2019 biennial budget and how to fund public education. Legislators must reach agreement on the budget - or other stop gap measures - by June 30 to avoid a state government shut down.

Historically when faced with this situation the Legislature has reached agreement in time, preventing the shutdown. Should this Legislature not follow that trend and no agreement is reached, the state government will shut down July 1, with the exception of essential services. Or the Legislature will adopt some variation of a short-term fix.

All eyes will be on Olympia next week to see what happens.


Lakewood Youth Council member receives Association of Washington Cities scholarship

Claudia Penney was the recent recipient of the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities scholarship.

She was one of six students across the state to receive the $1,000 scholarship. A total of 43 cities nominated students for the recognition.

Penney recently graduated from Harrison Prep and is a two-time member of the city’s Youth Council. She has set her sights on becoming an oncologist.

She was unable to accept the scholarship this week at the annual AWC conference because she is currently out of the country. Councilman Mike Brandstetter accepted the scholarship on her behalf.

Here is Penney’s acceptance speech:

“Quality communities; communities with quality people and places. The city of Lakewood is a quality community in which I am glad to have lived in for the past 7 years.

These past 7 years in Lakewood have taught me many valuable lessons about life and most importantly leadership. The citizens in Lakewood are extremely active in anything and everything service related which has most definitely had a large role to play in the superb quality of the community of Lakewood.

This has allowed me to instill values within myself concerning leadership and service. These values which I have obtained through my time in Lakewood have helped me be more successful in my endeavors and are ones I know will help me along my college journey.

I thank you all very much for the opportunities you have opened up for me through this scholarship and I hope that you have a wonderful day.”


Save the date: Asian Film Fest

We’re just over a month away from the fifth annual Asian Film Fest, held this year at Pierce College in Lakewood.

Presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission, this year’s event is Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Admission is free and the five films being shown won’t disappoint.

This year’s selection includes: “The Bridge on the River Kwai”; “Rabbit-proof Fence”; “Airlift”; “Like Father, Like Son”; and “Neerja”.

Along with these powerful films the event will include a juried art and photo exhibit, Bonsai display and live entertainment by flutist Jeannie Hill.


Lakewood SummerFEST is July 8

We are three weeks away from the city's biggest party of the year: Lakewood SummerFEST.

This year's event is all day Saturday, July 8 in our beautiful 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park. This family-friendly, FREE festival is a great chance to get outdoors, enjoy the summer weather (fingers crossed), and participate in a wide array of events.

The morning kicks off with our annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon, which begins at American Lake Park and sends athletes through the city on their bicycles until they reach Fort Steilacoom where they'll throw on their running shoes and run through the trees and trails toward the finish line. Check out the stories of some of our previous participantsRegister here

For those a looking to expend a little less energy, there is a 5k and 10k race, as well as a 1 mile Kids' run. Learn about those events here.

Running not your speed? Don't worry there's plenty to do for those who just want to relax. We'll have live music, children's arts and crafts, vendor booths, food trucks, trapeze shows, extreme trampoline performances, car show, International Festival and if you stick around for the evening hours fire dancers will perform at dusk.

The night concludes with a movie in the park. But before you curl up on your blanket in the grass check out the pet parade happening at 8 p.m.

Check out the full listing of events here.

The day starts at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies including Taiko Drummers and Dragon Dance at Fort Steilacoom Park. We hope to see you there!


Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads next week:

108th (Main to Bridgeport): The contractor has one last item on the list to complete, which should happen next week. City staff will inspect the signal at 108th and Main streets to ensure everything is working as planned.  

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Striping began this week and will continue Monday (6/26) and Tuesday (6/27) nights.

Elsewhere on South Tacoma Way striping will occur Monday and Tuesday (6/26-27) on 100th, 96th and South Tacoma Way between 96th and 90th streets.

Detours will be in place, but expect delays. The city will work as quickly as possible to restore full access and thanks residents and visitors for their patience while these improvements are completed.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Work continues to install storm catch basins and pipe along both sides of the road, as well as potholing to identify potential utility conflicts.

You may have noticed some demolition work on the west side of the road this past week. That was done to prepare for future curb, gutter and sidewalks.

Monday (6/26) 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 (on the west side) and work its way north.

Lakeview Avenue: Closures are planned for today and Saturday (6/24) between Kendrick Street and Steilacoom Boulevard for striping. Sections of road will be closed starting at 8 p.m. The intersections of Lakeview Avenue and 108th Street and Lakeview Avenue and  100th Street will close around midnight Saturday.


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.

June 26, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2017 Financial Report
  • Proposed 2017 Comprehensive Planning ordinance amendment RE: Pierce County property located in Springbrook

Read the full agenda .

The July 3 regular meeting is canceled. The council will return July 10 for a study session.