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


Aug. 18, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Free concert at Fort Steilacoom 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 this Sunday 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.


Lakewood recognized for its 2017-2018 biennial budget

The City of Lakewood received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Presentation Award for its 2017/2018 Biennial Budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the city. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • policy document
  • financial plan
  • operations guide
  • communication device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

There were 1,541 governments awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. In Washington there were 45 recipients broken by entity types as follows:

  • Three counties
  • Three school districts
  • Five special districts
  • 34 municipalities

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budget. 

This recognition is a positive reflection upon Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus, our finance team, department directors and all city employees. It is a reflection of the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial transparency. 


Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park design before Council

For three years the city has worked with the Rotary Club of Lakewood to establish a community gathering space in Fort Steilacoom Park.

A series of public meetings were held, including a thorough community review process, which ultimately led to the design of a multi-use structure and a preferred location for the “Pavilion in the Park” project.

Funding for the project will come from the city’s lodging tax capital funds and cash and in-kind services from the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

The pavilion will provide a venue for community gatherings, ceremonies, performances, entertainment and special events.

The City Council is expected to review a motion at its Monday meeting requesting approval of the design for the pavilion. If approved the next steps are to prepare construction drawings and other site development improvements as needed to apply for a building permit.


Looking to get outside? Volunteer with Lakewood

Next Saturday is the fourth Saturday of the month and you know what that means: Time to volunteer at Fort Steilacoom Park !

Every fourth Saturday volunteers gather at the blue barn near the dog park to embark on a restoration effort of the Waughop Lake Trail.

Work includes pulling ivy, cutting back blackberry bushes and other restoration efforts.

This is a great opportunity for community service groups and others looking to clock volunteer hours around the city.

Meet up at 9 a.m. at the blue barn near the dog park. Please bring your own garden gloves, 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 time, this is a recurring event so mark your calendar for the next work party, Sept. 23!

Thank you for helping us keep our city beautiful!


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.


Lakewood Lodging Tax applications due Monday

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): City staff met with the contractor this week to discuss what needs to be completed to issue substantial completion. Remaining work consists of improvements to the illumination system and the signal at SR512/South Tacoma Way. There is no schedule for this work at this time.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott demoed behind the back of walk this week on the west side of the roadway. They also transitioned over to the east side of the roadway, demoing for future curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements.

RW Scott will put down asphalt and behind the back of walk/in driveway aprons on Monday (8/21) and Tuesday (8/22).

Electrical subcontractor G&G focused on signal improvements at Mt. Tacoma/Gravelly this week. They will begin laying conduit on the east side of the roadway next week.

Gravelly Traffic Impacts: Traffic control will be maintained on Gravelly Lake Drive. Expect minor delays, but no closures are anticipated.


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:

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 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • 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
  • Setting October 16, 2017 as public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment process
  • Approve the Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion design


August 28, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Update – Dr. Anthony Chen
  • Review of Community Visioning
  • Unmanned aerial system update


Read the agenda.