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


Aug. 25, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Volunteer Saturday to help restore Waughop Lake habitat

Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better!  Can you join us?

As you walk through the park, you may notice that destructive plants are taking over many areas. Scotch Broom, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry are the main culprits, but other invasive plants are also gaining a foothold. Left unchecked, these plants will steadily crowd out or smother our wonderful native plants. They will destroy the habitat that our local birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial pollinators, and small woodland animals rely on.

You can change this! Join us to help eradicate these invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We meet monthly on the fourth Saturday of every month, and would welcome your help whenever you are available. 

Join us from 9 am to noon.

What you need…

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 
  • Dress in layers for our changeable weather.
  • Bring sturdy shoes.
  • Leather work gloves are helpful.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Bring water.

Why do we volunteer?

  • Connect with your community.
  • Have fun.
  • Learn which native plants are best for a specific site.
  • See how to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
  • Learn about invasive plants and how to eradicate them.
  • Make the park better for future generations. Help make a lasting change!
  • Support improved water quality.
  • Gain community service hours and enhance your resume. Great for students.

Everyone is welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Fore! Golf for a cause

The Friends of the American Lake Golf Course is holding its annual 9/11 Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.).

This is the nonprofit group’s primary annual fundraiser that helps raise money for capital improvements and big equipment purchases needed to maintain the course.

The golf course is an all-volunteer run organization. Yes, that’s right. From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone donates their time, expertise and hearts to make sure veterans of all ages and abilities have a place to experience camaraderie and support in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance. Oh and play a little golf too.

This year’s tournament is being held in honor of former minor-league pitcher and Tacoma resident Stan Naccarato who died in 2016 and retired professional golfer and Friends board member Ken Still, who died earlier this year.

Golf package (includes lunch): $175 single; $300 pair; $500 foursome. Additional contests are also offered to raise money. Call the course for more information or to register: (253) 583-1058 or email .


Sewage spill advisory lifted from Waughop Lake

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lifted is sewage spill advisory from Waughop Lake Friday, following water quality tests that show the water quality has improved.

The health department posted the advisory earlier this year after storm lines from Pierce College drained into Waughop Lake. The College addressed the problem and worked to clean up the site.

Recent water quality samples from the lake showed the average E.coli levels below the health department’s threshold for requiring public notification of a sewage spill. The location near the outfall where the sewage drained from the college had one of the lowest results for E.coli.

The water quality results, in combination with the efforts by Pierce College led to the removal of the Sewage Spill Advisory.

An additional E.coli sampling will be taken following the next rain event to make sure residual sewage doesn’t impact the lake.

The toxic algae advisory remains in effect and areas with visible algae should be avoided.


Patriot Day of Remembrance

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will again hold a joint 9/11 remembrance ceremony this year to honor the lives lost and impact Sept. 11, 2001 had on our nation.

The event is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at noon in front of City Hall at the flag plaza, 6000 Main St. SW. Pipers will begin playing at 11:45 a.m. with a short program to follow starting at noon.


City Council: Public health and unmanned aircraft

This week’s City Council study session will include a visit from Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, who will give an update on the agency.

Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro will provide an update on the department’s plans to use an unmanned aerial system in police searches for missing people, assessing damage in hazardous conditions or helping in the service of search warrants. A draft policy for how this would work was recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and with input from the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee with a focus on safety, transparency and privacy in mind. The goal is to have the program operational by the end of next month.


Three Farmers Markets left

Yes, that’s right the Lakewood Farmers Market season is already drawing to a close. Where did summer go?

The last market is Sept. 12, so if you haven’t made it yet you better hurry!

The Lakewood market has everything from fresh produce and handcut flowers, to homemade spa grade soaps and bath bombs, dried lavender, coldbrew coffee, wine from local wineries and artwork.

Join us for our final three Tuesdays in Town Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Weekly transportation update

108th (Main to Bridgeport): Project punchlist is complete. Physical completion will be issued and closeout process will start after the last progress payment is issued next week. 

South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): 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 for future curb, gutter, and sidewalk on the east side of the roadway this week. RW Scott also put down asphalt in the roadway patch section on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday (8/26), RW Scott will likely finish installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive, which will finish storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked this week on signal improvements and trenching spare, illumination and interconnect on the east side of the road between Bridgeport and Mt. Tacoma Drive. Next week they will install illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working south toward 100th Street.

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.

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.Open until filled.

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


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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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 28, 2017 Study Session

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

September 5, 2017 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11, 2017 as patriot day & day of remembrance. – Police Chief
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Commute Trip Program Award – Ms. Charmaine Riley, Communications and Marketing Specialist and Ms. Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator, Pierce Trips Program, Pierce Transit
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Approve Clover Park School District fuel contract
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections

Read the agenda.