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


July 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Saturday is Pierce County Trails Day

Celebrate by volunteering to restore habitat around Waughop Lake in our beautiful, 350-acre Fort Steilacoom Park.

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

While Saturday’s work party is being done in conjunction with the countywide trail celebration, the habitat restoration work around the lake is part of ongoing work parties at the park that occur the fourth Saturday of every month.

It’s a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours to help 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.

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 park beautiful!


ROAD ALERT: Oakbrook work nearing completion

The final leg of road work in Oakbrook is set to conclude early next week. Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

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. 


Save the date: Asian Film Fest

The fifth annual Asian Film Fest is nearing.

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.


Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .


Weekly transportation update

Here’s what’s happening with Lakewood’s roads July 24-28:

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport Way: Upcoming work for the next two weeks includes installing storm mains and electrical work (installation of illumination, fiber, and spare conduit).

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th Street): Substantial completion will be issued once six light poles are stood. This work 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 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