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


Sept. 22, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Save the date: Artist reception Monday, Sept. 25

Hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission, the public is invited every quarter to join us for a local artist reception to view the work of local artists displayed in City Hall. 

The upcoming meet and greet reception is this coming Monday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Artist Rob Roy Wilson will be in attendance to discuss his work. Wilson lives in Fircrest and started painting in fourth grade. He uses acrylic paint, recycled frames and even some recycled canvases to make his beautiful paintings. 

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English literature and art. Aside from painting his hobbies include fishing for steelhead, golf, singing in choirs, gardening and hiking.

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or seeing more of Wilson’s collection please call (253) 566-5909.

If you are interested in having your art on display, contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 for more information.


Private memorial this weekend for retired Police Chief Bret Farrar

Since the passing of retired Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar last week many people have reached out to express their sympathy to the police department, city and Farrar’s family. We appreciate the support and thank the public for its kindness.

At the request of the family a private memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lakewood.

The memorial is for family, friends and law enforcement.

If there are members of the public who would like to pay their respects, they are welcome to gather at the corner of 112th Street and Bridgeport Way.

A large police procession is not planned, however there will be a small procession with Farrar’s family expected to arrive at the church around 3:30 p.m. from Bridgeport Way to 112th Street.

Farrar’s family and the City of Lakewood extend their thanks to the community for its compassion and understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lakewood Officers Charity Fallen Officer Fund (P.O. Box 98298, Lakewood, WA 98496-8298).


Volunteers needed: Bicycle/Pedestrian Count

The Ninth Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count is open for volunteer registration. Join residents across the region to count people using active modes of transportation. Data collected by volunteers helps our local agencies estimate demand and benefits of bicycle and pedestrian investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. Previous years’ count data can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation data portal . These annual counts would not be possible without the public’s support.

This year’s count is happening Sept.  26, 27 and/or 28. Volunteers can choose a two-hour morning shift, (7-9 a.m.), or evening shift (4-6 p.m.). Register here .


First Rental Housing Safety Program informational meeting is next week

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. 
  • 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.


Nominations due FRIDAY 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 First 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 Friday, 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.


Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Three separate road projects in and around 150th Street in the Woodbrook neighborhood have impacted drivers recently. At least one of those projects – the project by Joint Base Lewis-McChord that halted access to Perimeter Road – was scheduled to end by Sept. 22.

The city’s project on 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive that has the road closed while work is done on the final sewer extension project, is set to finish next week. The road will reopen after Sept. 30.

The third project is tied to the Tacoma Gateway project, a warehouse project across from Woodbrook Middle School. Traffic on 146th and 150th streets and Spring Street is affected while road widening, paving and the addition of curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the warehouse are installed. Spring Street will get a pavement overlay.

Drivers should anticipate temporary delays and lane closures during construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): Substantial completion was issued this week. The electrical subcontractor has been working at S. Tacoma Way/SR512 signal on punch list items. We should be wrapping this project up in the next couple weeks.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Due to weather, sidewalk and driveway work was pushed out to next week. Contractor RW Scott continued to prep for sidewalks this week. G&G Electric poured light pole foundations. By the end of week next week, all light pole and signal foundations should be poured. Sidewalk/driveways are scheduled to be poured on Friday (9/29). Other work scheduled for next week is landscape/irrigation rehabilitation behind back of new sidewalk.


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:

Community Services Advisory Board : Members advise the City Council on matters related to Human Services and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Ace (HOME) programs. One vacancy. Due Nov. 20.

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 25, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Community Services Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies and proposed use of funds
  • Review of 2017-2018 funding strategies
  • Review of multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Review of 2018 property tax levy
  • Review of 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments


October 2, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • GFOA Distinguished Budget Award. – Mr. Ade’ Ariwoola, President of Washington Finance Officers Association/GFOA Representative
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness month
  • Pierce County Library District Strategic Plan – Ms. Georgia Lomax, Executive Director
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Arts Commission
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for 30 unit multi-family residential units at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Reports by the City Manager – Banner program presentation and Community satisfaction survey update

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