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


Aug. 11, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Free Concert in the Park

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band  will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.


2017 Asian Film Fest

2017 Asian Film Fest kicks off today (Aug. 11). Here's all you need to know about what's playing:

The event begins 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 films continue 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. 


Diversity Survey

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Take the survey here.


Kids day at the Market

This week the Lakewood Farmers Market celebrated the young artists, budding entrepreneurs and aspiring performers in our community with Kids Day at the Market.

Lakewood youth spent countless hours crafting, creating and perfecting their acts which were on display during our weekly farmers market. They offered everything from handmade jewelry and pot holders, to knit hats, painted rocks and “fidget foam”.

The city wants to thank all the talented youngsters who participated – we can’t wait to see what you bring next year.



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.


Weekly transportation update

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The six remaining poles were wired on the project. The city is meeting with the contractor Aug. 18 to discuss what needs to be complete on the job to issue substantial completion.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott began installing sidewalk along the west side of Gravelly Lake Drive this week. They will continue next week, along with installing storm drains on Mt. Tacoma Drive. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor poured light pole bases this week along the west side of Gravelly. They will be focusing on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly next week.


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.

August 14, 2017 Study Session

  • Backflow prevention device testing and inspections update
  • Overview of 2017 Legislative Session
  • Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion project update
  • Economic Development update

August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa – Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Proclamation recognizing 100 Year Anniversary of JBLM-McChord – Colonel Nicole Lucas,  JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander
  • Appoint members to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Awarding bids for Ft. Steilacoom Park sports fields improvements
  • Approve Megan Court final plat
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process

Read the agenda.