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


Sept. 29, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Save the date: Truck and Tractor Day is Oct. 14

We’re two weeks away from the city’s big Fall festival: The 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park.

This family friendly event includes hayrides, a chance for kids (and their parents) to climb around big trucks and tractors and free pumpkins and hardhats (while supplies last).

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks 4 Kidz will be there with arts and craft activities, games and we’ll have a giant slingshot for hurtling pumpkins.

Live music will be provided by Seattle-based Squirrel Butter and Lakewood’s very own Original House of Donuts will be the main supplier of doughnuts for the fan-favorite “Doughnut on a String” game – join us to see just how hard it is to eat a doughnut with no hands!

Admission and parking are free; there will be food for purchase from food trucks on site.

We do ask people to sign a waiver for this event. To save yourself from standing in line fill it out in advance

Questions? Call Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email


Springbrook Park featured at Seattle breakfast

Lakewood’s Springbrook Park was one of two parks featured at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition’s annual breakfast, held at the Westin in Seattle Sept. 27.

The theme of this year’s breakfast was “Together We Can” – which is exactly what Lakewood and its various community partners, residents and statewide organizations did, they came together to see the Springbrook Park expansion realized.

The state’s Recreation and Conservation Office contributed nearly $200,000 in grant funding to the expansion project, helping the city get the ball rolling on the much-needed park improvements in Springbrook.

The spirit of community was highlighted at the breakfast, which was attended by Gov. Jay Inslee. The event included the presentation of the inaugural Evans & Lowry Distinguished Leadership Award to former governors Dan Evans and Mike Lowry, who died earlier this year.

Inslee and state Sen. Hans Zeiger presented the award which recognized their extraordinary collaboration to preserve the state’s outdoors, ensure public access for future generations and in their words “to leave a better campsite.”

Springbrook resident Jamese Williams also spoke at the breakfast, sharing her story about the importance of open space and having a place to go outside and play based on her experiences growing up and now living in Lakewood.

It was an honor for our park to be recognized at such a great event.


Register now for the Triple Fun Run series

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Lakewood is hosting the Tripe Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January.

Held in our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park, these races are perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike.

Now through Oct. 16 we are offering a special Early Bird discount for all three races for just $55. That price jumps to $75 on Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Registration includes takeaways from each race: crazy hat from the Oct. 29 Halloween Crazy Hat 5k/10k, t-shirt from the Dec. 9 Jingle Bell Rock 5k, and scarf from the Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day 5k. You’ll also receive a medal for completing all three races.

Register here

Read more about the races


Save the date: Rental Housing Safety Program informational meeting

Do you own or manage a rental property in Lakewood? If you answered yes you won't want to miss the upcoming informational meeting 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 the meeting at City Hall in Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood:

Monday, Oct. 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

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.


Vote for Lakewood

It's time to show your #IamLakewood pride!

Our beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park is nominated for King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington for dog parks.

We're up against some steep competition and need your help to win. Voting is open between now and Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Click here and look for Fort Steilacoom Park - then click vote. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

Help show the rest of Western Washington what you already know: That Lakewood is the best!!!


Weekly transportation update

150th Street: The completion deadline for the city’s project on 150th Street just east of Woodbrook Drive has been bumped to Oct. 13.

A number of factors contributed to the delay, including weather, unforeseen/unmarked utilities and drivers who are disobeying road closed signs and driving through the construction zone causing trenches to slide.

The contractor has worked 14-hour days since work began and is trying to finish as soon as possible. To help that happen the city reminds people to please obey all road closure signs and do not drive through unless you are a local residents accessing your home.

Crews are seeing 100 cars per hour during peak commute times ignore the road closures and drive through to get to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or Spanaway. JBLM is ticketing people who disobey the signs.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and ask for your patience while work is complete.

Work also continues on 146th, 150th and Spring streets to widen the road, pave and add curb, gutter and sidewalks bordering the Tacoma Gateway warehouse project under construction across from Woodbrook Middle School.

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): The electrical subcontractor continues to work at the South Tacoma Way/SR512 signal on punchlist items. We should be wrapping this project up in the next couple weeks.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott prepped and poured sidewalk this week on the east side of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives. This will continue into next week. RW Scott will also be prepping driveways for paving on the east side of Gravelly and Mt. Tacoma next week. G&G Electric poured light pole/signal foundations this week and will continue into next week.


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. /city-council/advisory-boards/community-services-advisory-board

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

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.

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 with Two Ironmen, LLC to construct a 30-unit multi-family residential project at Lake Grove St. SW
  • Reports by the City Manager – Banner program presentation and 2017 Community satisfaction survey update


October 9, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Jury Response Heat Map Presentation – Mr. Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator
  • Municipal Court update
  • Abatement program update
  • Review of Civil Service authority


The City Council will hold retreat Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Lakewood Police Station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. 

Agenda items include:

Transportation Improvement Projects/Capital Improvement Program

  • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
  • Onyx Drive improvement options
  • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
  • Chip seal program
  • Streetlight design

Legislative Priorities

  • State Legislative Priorities
  • Federal Legislative Priorities

Read the Oct. 2 agenda