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


July 14, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


High-speed train testing Saturday and Sunday

Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will be testing all railroad crossings in the city of Lakewood this weekend, as well as every crossing along the Point Defiance Bypass route between DuPont and Tacoma.

That means passenger trains traveling at 50 miles per hour will bisect the city Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.

Drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for trains to come from either direction at various times throughout the day. People are reminded to stay off the tracks and practice good rail safety. Please see the recent Sound Transit release  for more information on the project. 

The track and signal tests are being done in preparation for the rerouting of Amtrak Cascades passenger trains from the railroad tracks that run along Puget Sound to inland tracks known as the Point Defiance Bypass. These high-speed trains are expected to begin running in a couple months and will be traveling at speeds up to 79 miles per hour.


Looking to get outside? Volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park

Join us for an effort to restore habitat around Waughop Lake in our beautiful, 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park.

Restoration efforts include pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and doing other restoration.

Work parties occur the fourth Saturday of every month and will continue into the fall. It’s a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

July 22 is Pierce County Trails Day – a perfect time to come out and work on the trail with other active volunteers. Meet 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

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, Aug. 26.

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!


ROAD ALERT: Repairs coming to Oakbrook

Road improvements are planned for the Oakbrook community over the next couple of weeks. While work is being done you can expect delays up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

Monday (7/17) through Wednesday (7/19) the contractor will place the oil and chip seal, followed by a street sweeper Thursday (7/20).

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT: Wash your car; Water your front lawn; Water down your driveway. Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 


Biggest and best SummerFEST yet

It’s not technically official, but public response to last weekend’s SummerFEST celebration confirms what we already knew: This year’s celebration was the biggest and best the city has seen.

Tens of thousands of people visited Fort Steilacoom Park over the course of the 12-hour festival that had live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities, vendor booths, trampoline stunts, trapeze shows, stilt walkers and fire dancers.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make the event possible and everyone who helped us celebrate.

In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery and video with some of the sights and sounds of the day.

Click here for SummerFEST Triathlon results.

Lakewood SummerFEST July 8, 2017  



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Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 17-21:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way): Contractor RW Scott relocated sections of the Lakewood Water District’s water mains and provided upgrades during the recent nightly closures. The impacted areas will be patched Monday (7/17) and Tuesday (7/18). Once complete work will resume installing storm drains and completing electrical work (installing lights, fiber and spare conduit).

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Substantial completion will be issued once six remaining light poles are installed, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 24.


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. Three vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board : Members provide policy recommendations to the council and staff on a variety of park and recreation related issues. The PRAB meets monthly, typically on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Two vacancies. Deadline: Aug. 14.

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.

July 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – The Fairy Store – Ms. Shirley Ritter, owner
  • Larry Saunders Service Award update – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood is a Pierce County Trail city – Mr. Chris Beale, President, Forever Green Trails
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Community Partnership
  • Approve interlocal agreement regarding Western State Hospital police protection
  • Approve interlocal agreement with City of Puyallup for jail services
  • Adopt Tacoma Public Utilities electric franchise
  • Adopt amendments to purchasing policy
  • Approve interlocal agreement to create Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force
  • Approve agreement to prepare Central Business District Subarea Plan

July 24, 2017 Study Session

  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review of Pierce County ILA regarding law enforcement multi-jurisdictional specialty teams
  • Review of agreement to design Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Solid Waste Clean-Up Day update

Read the full July 17 agenda .