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


July 28, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


National Night Out

Neighborhood block parties, barbecues and small parades are planned around Lakewood in celebration of National Night Out which is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The national event is focused on building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

Join us for two city-sponsored celebrations at American Lake Park and Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will also make visits to various neighborhoods.



No agreement on Capital Budget

The state Legislature was unable to reach agreement on the capital budget, which means there isn’t one for 2017-19.

The impact is significant for Lakewood, which had a number of items encompassed in the budget including: Transfer of ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to the city; and grant funding totaling $467,000 to help pay for improvements planned for Harry Todd Park.

The budget also included $2 million for the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership to help with the North Clear Zone process that includes the relocation of businesses from the designated 260-acre area north of McChord Field.

For now the city plans to carry these items into the 2018 Legislative session unless there is resolution later this summer or fall.


Team Tillicum 5K

Participate in the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s and help support youth and athletic programs in the Tillicum community.

The event takes place at scenic Harry Todd Park  next to American Lake. The course is flat and fast and gives runners and walkers a view of all Tillicum has to offer.
Organized by community residents, leaders and partners, the even raises awareness and visibility to Tillicum, engages the community through walking and running and encourages residents to grow as a safe, clean and healthy neighborhood.

Register before Aug. 1 and pay $20 for adults, $5 children (6-12 years), 5 and under free. Adult registration increases to $25 on Aug. 1 and is $35 on race day.

Registration is open now.


Larry Saunders Service Award

Lakewood, in partnership with the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, has created the Larry Saunders Service Award to annually recognize a person or organization who, through their service to Lakewood, merits community recognition and appreciation.

The award is named after the Saunders, Lakewood’s first Police Chief, who died in 2016.

Saunders not only helped form the Lakewood Police Department in 2004 and led it, he also had a distinguished U.S. Army career and returned to the military to organize police training in Baghdad.

Larry championed community service through his work with the Lakewood Lions and Rotary clubs, partnered with the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club, helped found Rally Point 6 and participated in numerous neighborhood association initiatives.

This newly created service award is meant to recognize other community leaders and organizations who share a similar dedication to the city. Nomination forms will be available for pick up Tuesday, Aug. 1 at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter.

The award, which includes a separate grant selection for a Lakewood organization, will be presented at the first City Council meeting of 2018.


Pavement Patching

Beginning Aug. 21 and continuing through Sept 15 city maintenance and operations crews plan to patch at least 2,633 square feet of pavement that has been identified as a high need – including a number of former potholes. 

In total there are 63 tasks to be completed and each task ranges in size from 1 square foot to upwards of 188 square feet. 

The tasks are based on areas city crews identified this past winter, coupled with roadways that scored low on the city’s 2016 pavement management report.

The city has never done this before, but if it is successful we will look to continue the program which would essentially allow the city to patch pavement year round – pending available funds.


Lakewood declared Purple Heart Community

Wednesday, July 26, Mayor Don Anderson welcomed members from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support, who stopped in Lakewood as part of the 2017 Purple Heart Run - a 8,500-mile journey across the nation to raise awareness and support for combat wounded veterans.

At the visit Anderson declared Lakewood a "Purple Heart Community", showing our continued support for our service men and women and their families.

The cross country journey is being done in a modified, mobility-equipped 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck, which is being driven exclusively by amputee veterans.

The run began at the foot of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. on July 1 and will end Aug. 13 in Dallas, Texas at the Military Order of the Purple Heart national convention.

That's also where the keys of the truck will be presented to Marine Sgt. (Ret.) Marshall Kennedy, a Purple Heart recipient from Arkansas who was selected as recipient of the truck. Kennedy was on his fourth deployment in 2011 when he lost his legs and severely wounded his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The city thanks the organizations for stopping in Lakewood and appreciates the opportunity to show its support for our veterans and active duty service members.


Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): A project suspension that has been in place will lift Monday for two nights where work is scheduled at state Route 512 and South Tacoma Way. No closures are planned, but traffic control will be in place. Please avoid area if possible.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Mt. Tacoma Drive will be closed to all through traffic on Monday (7/31) Tuesday (8/1) and Wednesday (8/2) while contractor RW Scott does storm work. Local Access will be maintained to businesses.

RW Scott will also install curb and gutter along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive next week and G&G, the electrical subcontractor, will install signal/illumination foundations.


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Upcoming Meetings

There is no meeting Monday, July 31 because it is a fifth month. The next meeting is a regular meeting, Aug. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Aug. 7, 2017

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Appoint 2017-2018 Youth Council members
  • Awarding a bid for 150th Street sewer extension
  • Awarding a bid for LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Approving Gray & Osborne design agreement for Steilacoom Blvd –Puyallup to Farwest
  • Awarding a bid for Ft Steilacoom Park soccer fields improvements
  • Approve WSDOT MOA agreement for maintenance on I-5 gateways
  • Reports by City Manager – Review of Megan Court final Plat