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


Aug. 4, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Asian Film Fest: Showing times announced

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

The event opens with box office blockbuster “Bridge on the River Kwai”, winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Musical Score.

The film airs at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus, Cascade Building on the fourth floor. Admission and parking are free.

The Film Fest continues Saturday, Aug. 12 with the gripping Australian film “Rabbit Proof Fence” at 2 p.m., then Indian high voltage thriller “Airlift” shows at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 13, award-winning Japanese film “Like Father, Like Sun” airs at 2 p.m. The three-day event concludes at 7 p.m. and with the film “Neerja”, a breathtaking, true story of a young Indian flight attendant who risks her life to save passengers from terrorists on a hijacked airliner. 

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 Lodging Tax applications now available

The city's lodging tax application period is open and the city is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in the city. Funding for the projects come from the city's share of taxes that are collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in city limits.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017. 

Find the application here,  along with more information about what is required to apply.


National Night Out celebrates community

On Aug. 1 neighbors came together to celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, barbecues and small parades.

The night was all about building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie between neighbors to make neighborhoods safer.

Officers from the Lakewood Police Department, West Pierce Fire and Rescue representatives and our City Council made stops around the city throughout the evening.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro visited the city of Fircrest's celebration to show support to LPD Officer Arron Grant's family. Grant, a Fircrest resident, died in April.

Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman recognized Grant and his family at the start of Fircrest's National Night Out event that included the release of white doves by Grant's family and others.


Western State Hospital Community Conversations

The public is invited to Western State Hospital’s quarterly Community Conversations education event Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The focus is education about mental illness. Community Conversations participants also gain a better understanding of symptoms, and leave knowing more about mental health care services.

Western State Hospital is located at 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood. The event will be held in the hospital’s Organizational Development, Building 10, near Sentinel Drive. Participant check-in is at 11 a.m., and lunch is provided. Sessions begin at noon. RSVP to Scott Mannering,


Lakewood Police: Second quarter report

The second quarter police report was reported to the City Council at the end of July. In total there were 16,513 calls for service, 169 felony arrests, three gross misdemeanor arrests, 262 misdemeanor arrests and 158 warrant arrests for the three month period between April 1 and June 30, 2017.

View the full report, including a breakdown of each patrol district and the most common calls for service.


Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Project suspension was lifted July 31 for two consecutive nights for work at state Route 512 intersection. The job is suspended again; six poles need to be wired.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott installed curb and gutter along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive this week, and is began pouring driveways Aug. 4. RW Scott is also doing storm work on Mt. Tacoma Drive. The electrical subcontractor began pouring light pole bases this week; signal bases will be poured next week. Storm installation on Mt. Tacoma continues next week, as does pouring sidewalks on the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive.


Team Tillicum 5K

Be part of the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s. Proceeds 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. Cost: $25 adult ($35 day of race); $5 children 6-12 years. Registration is open.


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 are available at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW., at the front counter. Deadline is Sept. 29.

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


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.

Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. Five vacancies. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2017

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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 .


Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood.

Aug. 7, 2017 regular meeting

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint 2017-2018 Youth Council members
  • Approve Gray & Osborne, Inc. agreement to design improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Puyallup St. to Farwest Drive
  • Awarding a bid for LID 1109 re: street improvements on 146th St, 150th St and overlay of Spring St
  • Awarding a bid for 150th Street sewer extension project
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of Megan Court final plat and Review of Comprehensive Plan amendment process


August 14, 2017 Study Session

  • Backflow prevention program update
  • Overview of 2017 Legislative Session
  • Review of Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion project
  • Economic Development update
  • Review WSDOT Memorandum of Agreement for maintenance on I-5 gateways

Read the agenda here.