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


Sept. 1, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood will be closed to through traffic while work is done on the final sewer extension project in the area. The road will reopen after the Sept. 30 project completion date.

Cars will have to access 150th Street from the Thorne Lane/Murray Road side. Access from the east is closed because Joint Base-Lewis McChord is repaving Perimeter Road.

The road will be closed from Woodbrook Drive (Lakewood's project) to Military Road (JBLM's project). The JBLM project will conclude Sept. 22. During this overlap Barnes Gate and McChord Field commercial vehicle inspection point will be closed to traffic.

Unlike last year, the city’s project this year is only 600 feet long and will be less intrusive. Access to property will be maintained for local residents, but through traffic is not allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work quickly to get your roadway restored. Thank you for your patience.


Going to the State Fair this weekend?

Planning to visit Puyallup for the Washington State Fair but don’t want to mess with traffic? You can hop on a Pierce Transit shuttle from Lakewood Towne Center (see the schedule here ).

New this year you can use Pierce Transit’s PiercePay, which allows you to use your phone to pay your fare instead of having exact change. PiercePay is available through the Hopthru app, which is free and easy to set up (search for it in the Google Play store or on in the Apple store).

While you’re at the fair make sure you stop by Original House of Donuts, which has two locations this year:

  • Gold Gate serving its world famous handmade donuts and fresh brewed espresso
  • Orange Gate from its mobile food truck the Holy Roller where it will serve its donuts and drip coffee.

In addition to traditional favorites, OHOD will serve new offerings from a Fair Specialty Cake line that includes a lemon cake, blueberry cheesecake, orange creamsicle, cookies and cream and chocolate caramel coconut.


Toxic algae advisory issued for Lake Steilacoom

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Lake Steilacoom Aug. 29, 2017. That means there are areas of the lake with algae that are unsafe for people and pets.

The advisory means people and pets should avoid areas of the lake where algae is present.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Read more here.


Lakewood Fall Connections arriving soon

The Fall 2017 Lakewood Connections magazine hits mailboxes Labor Day weekend.

This edition includes:

  • Recognition of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on its recent centennial celebration
  • A reminder that fast trains are coming to Lakewood soon (December)
  • Information on our Fall Community Cleanup (scheduled for Oct. 28/29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Feature article on our recently established Veteran’s Treatment Court
  • Information on registering for the Rental Housing Safety Program
  • Updates on economic development, transportation and park improvements
  • Listing of upcoming events including the 11th annual Truck and Tractor Day, scheduled for Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

View the online version.


City Hall closed Monday

Lakewood City Hall and city services will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Business will open as usual Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.


Waughop Lake Trail dedication

The trail was paved this spring but we waited to celebrate the recent improvements until the parking lot paving was complete. With both projects finished it’s time to celebrate the work of our partners and supporters who helped make the new trail around the lake possible.

A celebration is planned for Friday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a “mix and mingle” at the shelter near the lake. Presentation and thank you to sponsors and partners will happen at 6 p.m. followed by trail walk around the lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


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.

From the grounds keepers to golf course manager, everyone at the course 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.

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  .


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.


Two roundtrips added to Lakewood Sounder service

Sound Transit is adding two new roundtrips to its popular south line Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood beginning Monday, Sept. 25. The new trains will provide more choices, more capacity and more frequent departures. With the addition of these two trains, there will be 13 daily roundtrips on the Sounder south line in South King and Pierce counties. 

During peak hours, Sounder trains will arrive as often as every 20 minutes. In the morning peak, an additional train will run between the first Lakewood departure at 4:36 a.m. and the 5:45 a.m. departure. This additional train will help ease congestion on the line’s most crowded trains. 

In the afternoon, the new schedule will provide earlier service to Lakewood during the traditional peak, and reduce the gap between the first and second trains to 40 minutes. To enable this earlier departure, the 2:35 p.m. southbound train will terminate in Tacoma, with connecting express bus service from Puyallup to Lakewood. The last evening trip will depart King Street Station 10 minutes later, at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, a third reverse-peak roundtrip will be added, allowing late morning travel to Tacoma and early afternoon travel to Seattle. To add capacity to the popular mid-day train Sound Transit launched last September, additional cars will be added. 

The new schedule and additional details found here.


Save the date: Greater Pierce County purchasing forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department, with participating agencies, are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies

Learn how to access agency portals

Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities 

Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers

Participate in educational breakout session(s) - to be announced 

Additional information: Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom BLVD SW, Lakewood (Clover Park Technical College). Contact Hans Kueck
; (253) 798-2335


Weekly transportation update

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 finished installing storm drainage improvements on Mt. Tacoma Drive this week, finishing storm drainage improvements for the project. RW Scott’s electrical subcontractor, G&G worked installing illumination conduit down the east side of Gravelly, starting at Mt. Tacoma and working their way south towards 100th Street. Sept. 5, paving will occur behind the back of walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons). Other work planned for next week include forming luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and pouring signal foundations.

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

Road improvements:

Pilot road patching program: On Aug. 22 the city’s road crews began work with rented equipment to repair pavement identified throughout the city as high need. In the first week crews patched 4,100-square-feet of pavement with 69 tons of asphalt on 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood. The program will continue through Sept. 15, when the rental period. This is something the City has never undertaken in its history and if it works out, we will be looking to either lease or purchase equipment to continue this program to allow us to pavement patch essentially year round.  This is not a replacement for our regular pavement patching contract that we expect to let later this summer/early fall; that contract addresses larger size patches. 


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. Six 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 .


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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.

Monday’s meeting will be held Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

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
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Lakewood Water District regarding backflow prevention device testing and inspections
  • Adopt 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendment

Read the agenda.  

September 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Transportation Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Report