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


Oct. 13, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Lakewood employees receive Guiding Principle Award

As part of its quarterly employee recognition, 14 City of Lakewood employees recently received the city’s Guiding Principle Award.

The award offers special recognition to those who consistently perform well in their regular job functions and demonstrate superior examples of any, or all, of the city’s guiding principles including:





Third quarter recipients of the award are:

Members of the Operations and Maintenance crew: Tom Cummins, Brad Ritterbush, Bob Toy, Jeff Cota, Justin Pierce-Powell, Stacy Hoekstra, Shelby King, Damien Sims and Adrian Powell

This team came together this summer to execute a pilot project aimed at addressing stretches of roadway throughout the city notorious for potholes. It was all hands on deck for four weeks while the city had the rental equipment. The team quickly learned the new protocols and patched nearly 10,000 square feet of roadway with 184 tons of asphalt.

Sgt. Jeff Carroll, Elizabeth Schied and Joe Kolp

This trio was largely responsible for coordinating retired Police Chief Bret Farrar’s memorial, held at First Baptist Church in Lakewood. That included coordinating arrangements with the church, sourcing food, programs, staff resource and other items needed for the service.

Sgt. Carroll helped coordinate with Farrar’s family on the final arrangements and acted as their driver/escort the day of the service.

Schied balanced her role as director of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center with planning the memorial service. She arrived hours before the ceremony to set up and stayed hours after to clean up.

Kolp served as Honor Guard commander for the ceremony and gathered Honor Guard members from other agencies to assist, as well as planned the honor portion of the ceremony, not an easy task.

Cameron Fairfield

Cameron was promoted to Recreation Coordinator within the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in June – one of the busiest times of year for the department. One of his new duties was taking charge of the city’s Camp Create, a summer camp that runs from June to August and sees up to 60 kids a day. During the summer Cameron started and ended his days at the camp, all the while doing other duties of his new job and his former position that had yet to be filled. His hard work made Camp Create a wonderful experience for the kids and staff.

Christina James

Christina James, office assistant with Lakewood Police, sits on the city’s Wellness Committee as its secretary. She played a key role in the city’s receipt of a $2,250 grant from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s worksite wellness grant program this year and helped make sure all the grant requirements were met. She stepped up and wrote the grant application again this year for 2018 funds and agreed to lead planned wellness activities for the city until other resources are available, should the city receive the grant again.


Partners for Parks wants to hear from you

Partners for Parks wants to renovate the H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park as its latest community project with the intent that it will one day be available for community use.

The volunteer-led group is preparing a study and wants to gather community input regarding this exciting opportunity. 

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers (6000 Main St SW). 

Partners for Parks has a proven track record of driving and supporting local initiatives, including cleaning up park sites around the city, building restrooms and picnic shelters and most recently contributing $100,000 to the Waughop Lake Trail paving project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

For more information please email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at   .  


Truck and Tractor Day is Saturday

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).

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

To save yourself from standing in line fill out the waiver in advance

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


Walk the “NEW” Waughop

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

Walk the newly paved lake trail and raise money for two community projects on the horizon: Completion of the 2.5 mile Chambers Creek Canyon Trail and restoration of H barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

More info:


2017 Purchasing Forum draws a crowd

Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier welcomed over 200 attendees, including 21 agencies, to the annual Purchasing Forum at the McGavick Center this week.

Attendees learned about efforts by the state to increase access to government contracting for small, and minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, how to register on the MRSC Small Works roster, how to do business with various agencies, hiring incentives for business, and the impact initiative 1433 (minimum wage and paid sick leave) will have on the business community.

Patrick Hughes, of Hughes Group, delivered an engaging story about how he created a successful contracting business. It’s always a favorite event for all with great networking and connections to valuable resources.


Early Bird deadline fast approaching for the Triple the Fun Run series

The special $55 Early Bird discount for Lakewood’s Tripe the Fun Run Series – three races in October, December and January – ends Monday, jumping to $75 Oct. 17. The last day to register is Oct. 29.

Register here . Read more about the races


Lakewood’s Free Community Cleanup is Oct. 28-29

The city of Lakewood and Pierce County Refuse are teaming up to offer a free fall cleanup for residents.

Pierce County Refuse is opening its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the event. A photo ID or a recent utility bill is required to prove Lakewood residency. If you need assistance, please contact (253) 875-5053/800-34-LEMAY.

Click here to see what will be accepted. 


Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and lay the foundation for their future by teaching them the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Registration deadline is Dec. 8, but register by Nov. 3 and receive a $10 discount.

Click here for more information.  


Let's put Lakewood on the map

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 contractor will be onsite over the weekend paving the roadway. The road is expected to reopen Monday, Oct. 16.

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. Flaggers will be onsite to regulate traffic during the paving work. Minimal delays are expected. 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): Work is expected next week, but there will be no traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished most of the sidewalk, and in-road patching (east side of Gravelly) was scheduled for Oct. 13. Patching behind the back of walk (east side of Gravelly) is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 16. The project is weather dependent, so some delays are anticipated as rain moves into the region.


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.

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
    • Chip seal program
    • Streetlight design
    • Onyx Drive improvement options
    • Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th to Washington Boulevard
    • Steilacoom Boulevard improvements
    • Washington Boulevard improvements
  • Legislative Priorities
    • State Legislative Priorities
    • Federal Legislative Priorities
    • Pierce County 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


October 23, 2017 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2018 City Legislative Priorities
  • 3rd Quarter Police Report
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • South Sound Military Community Partnership update


Oct. 16 agenda