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


Sept. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Waughop Lake dedication is tonight

Have plans for tonight? Come join us out at Waughop Lake for our trail dedication.

Mix and mingle starts at 5:30 p.m. at the new picnic shelter followed by a short presentation at 6 p.m.

Then the newly paved trail is all yours to discover and walk from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be stations at different points around the lake trail for you to learn about the lake habitat, see how the trail has transformed and learn how invaluable our volunteers and community partners were in making the improvements happen.

There will also be live music by local musicians playing around the lake.

Park in the recently paved parking lot by the dog park and follow the signs to the new picnic shelter at Waughop Lake for the ceremony.



Team Tillicum 5K is Saturday

Be part of the inaugural Team Tillicum 5K Walk and Run presented by Lowe’s happening this weekend. 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.

Cost: $25 adult ($35 day of race); $5 children 6-12 years. Registration is open.


Fore! Golf for a cause this Saturday

The Friends of the American Lake Veterans 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 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.


Lakewood recognized by Pierce Transit

At Monday’s City Council meeting the city was presented with a Commute Trip Program Award from Pierce Transit.

The award comes from the transit authority’s Pierce Trips Program and was given to recognize the work the city has done to encourage its employees to find alternatives to commuting alone.

Assistant civil engineer Tim Motoh is the city’s employer designated transportation coordinator and as such has worked hard to provide information and resources for city employees to encourage things like vanpools, ride sharing or bicycling to work.

Motoh was at Monday’s meeting to share in receipt of the award that was presented by Charmaine Riley, communications and marketing specialist, and Karen Henderson, employer services coordinator, from the Pierce Trips Program.

The state’s Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act is focused on improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and minimizing energy consumption. The act requires affected worksites to develop employer-based programs that encourage people to find alternatives to driving alone.

The act applies to all employers (public and private) that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single location. These “affected” employees are those working 35 or more hours a week and who work between 6 and 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for at least 12 continuous months.


Nominations due Sept. 29 for 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, advocated for 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.


Rental Housing Safety Program informational meetings planned

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss one of the upcoming informational meetings planned to bring rental property owners and managers up to speed on the soon to be implemented Rental Housing Safety Program.

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m. OR Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

At these meetings city staff will offer training and information on the new Rental Housing Safety Program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties to register their property every year and have it inspected once every five years.

The training and informational session will include a general description of the program, registration timeline and requirements and a “how-to” session on registering your property and navigating the program website.


Sign up now for the Triple the Fun Run series

Triple the fun this holiday season and stay in shape while having a blast by signing up for the Triple the Fun Run series -- three races put on by Lakewood and held at our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park.

Save money by registering for all three races instead of registering individually.

And after you finish your last race you will walk (or run) away with a crazy hat, t-shirt and scarf, as well as a special medal for those who complete all three races!

Register here

Race details:

  • Triple the Fun Run Early Bird Special: $55 for all three races (on or before Oct. 16).
  • Triple the Fun Run Regular Fee: $75 for all three races (Oct. 17 to Oct. 29)

Individual race fee:

  • Halloween Crazy Hat 5k and 10k: Oct. 29, $35 (register )
  • Jingle Bell Rock 5k: Dec. 9, $15 (register )
  • New years Day 5k: Jan. 1, 2018, $35 (register )

Read more about the races here


Road closure: 150th Street/Perimeter Road

This week 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive in the Woodbrook neighborhood 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.


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

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Electrical subcontractor is working on the Illumination System. Once finished substantial completion will be issued. The electrical subcontractor is tentatively scheduled to start improvements on the S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal (punchlist) Sept. 13. Traffic control will be in place at the intersection of S. Tacoma Way/SR512. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott paved behind the back walk on the west side of Gravelly (driveway aprons) this week, and continued to demo on the east side of Gravelly for upcoming curb and gutter placement. Curb and gutter is scheduled to be installed on the east side of Gravelly Sept.14. Other work for next week includes excavation and forming for luminaire bases on the east side of Gravelly and on Mt. Tacoma Drive.

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

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. They continued this week on Gravelly Lake Drive near Nyanza, patching problem locations.

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.

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


September 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pizza Casa, Mr. Dan Harris, owner
  • Business showcase – Bruno’s European Restaurant, Mr. Bruno Tomaszewska, owner
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board Youth Council representative
  • Awarding a bid for improvements on John Dower Road and Phillips Road Safe Routes to Schools project
  • Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County Library System
  • Approve Robert Half Technology agreement for development of rental housing safety database and website portal
  • Approve Ft. Steilacoom Park road improvement design contract
  • Approve Department of Justice Byrne grant for an Officer Wellness program

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