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


Oct. 6, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Rental Housing Safety Program: Accepting registration

The city’s Rental Housing Safety Program website went live this week, allowing rental property owners in the city to register their properties online.

The site includes video tutorials of how to use the website to register single family and multi-family properties, change taxpayer information, how to register multiple taxpayers and how to register as an inspector.

An informational meeting is also scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, for those who have questions or want to learn more.

At this training city staff will offer training and information on the new program, which requires all owners of residential rental properties in the city 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.


Two community events planned for Fort Steilacoom Park

Oct. 14: 11th Annual Truck and Tractor Day

We’re one week away from the city’s big Fall festival. 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 .

Oct. 15: Walk the “NEW” Waughop

Partners for Parks is hosting the second annual “Walk the NEW Waughop” fundraiser at Fort Steilacoom Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

It will be an incredibly fun afternoon of walking the newly paved lake trail and raising money for two community projects on the horizon for Partners for Parks. One is to help complete the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail that will connect Lakewood with University Place and Pierce County and the other long term project is to restore one of the historic barns at Fort Steilacoom Park. This will be a multi-year project with multiple stakeholders providing input on how best to renovate this historic building.

Get involved: Walk the lake Oct. 15, send a donation or get pledges from family and friends. The Clover Park Kiwanis will provide a hot dog meal for sale or to those who become members. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event! Find more information at


Register now for the Triple the Fun Run Series

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Lakewood is hosting the Tripe the 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.


Keep voting for Lakewood

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: Last month the City initiated the final planned sanitary sewer extension along 150th Street. The initial completion date was not met because of unplanned factors. The contractor has worked 14-plus hour days to get the work done as fast as possible.

The pipe installation is expected to be complete this week. The pipe must then be tested to meet Pierce County’s requirements (the ultimate owner of the sewer line). After testing the road will be rebuilt. Estimated project completion is now Oct. 13.

Local access to the apartment complex, homes and equestrian businesses directly east of Woodbrook Drive is only granted from the west — the most direct route. The road and shoulder can adequately handle this limited traffic, including garbage trucks, postal vehicles, delivery trucks and trailers.

The City recognizes this project is a significant inconvenience to those that live or frequent equestrian businesses off 150th Street and those that use the road to access I-5 from east Pierce County.

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 this construction. This project is estimated to be complete the second week of November.

S. Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th): The electrical subcontractor is expected to complete the last item at South Tacoma Way/SR512 signal over the weekend.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott and the electrical subcontractor installed the remaining roadway crossing for the Gravelly/Mt. Tacoma signal this week. Other work this week included landscaping and prep for remaining concrete sidewalk and asphalt on the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma. Next week, RW Scott will finish the sidewalk, and patch in the road and on driveway aprons along the east side of Gravelly Lake Drive and on Mt. Tacoma.


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. 

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Oct. 16. 

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 9, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Jury Response Heat Map Presentation – Mr. Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator
  • Municipal Court update
  • Dangerous Building 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


October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – AA Meats - Ms. Tammy Faelnar, owner
  • Presentation of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Lakewood’s Phlebotomy Program – Mr. Greg Frederickson, Regional Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Smoke Detector Program – Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
  • Public hearing on vacating a portion of Wildaire Rd SW
  • Adopt FY 2018 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Adopt Civil Service authority
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small cell towers update

Oct. 9 agenda