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


Oct. 20, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Public input sought on barn restoration

Community group 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 email Partners for Parks contact Dave Betz at  .


Tyee Park Elementary students honored

Each year the city’s Stormwater and Surfacewater Management team works with Clover Park School District students to put out an annual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Calendar. This year the city partnered with Tyee Park Elementary School, requesting students to submit artwork for the calendar.

The project is two-fold, it allows the city to showcase our talented youth, while also teaching our children about the importance of not polluting our waterways.

The City Council recognized the students at a meeting Monday. In total 15 students’ artwork was chosen to comprise the calendar.

They are:

  • Ashyra Kinchen (4th grade)
  • Virginia Toailoa (4th grade)
  • Alana Clouthier (3rd grade)
  • Robert Coats (1st grade)
  • Keighlauna Eberly (3rd grade)
  • Luis Vaca (3rd grade)
  • Cassandra Bower (5th grade)
  • Kennedee Robinson (4th grade)
  • Tyler Koden (2nd grade)
  • Angela Sanchez (5th grade)
  • Arciniega Elian (5th grade)
  • Ashley Lagunez (3rd grade)
  • Carlos Salgado (2nd grade)
  • Yuihanis Torres-Quintero (3rd grade)
  • Joseph Ramos (1st grade)


Keeping drains and roads clear

After this week there’s no question, Fall storm season is upon us. Anticipating the winds and rain the city’s Operations and Maintenance team got to work inspecting storm drains and cleaning around them prior to the storm systems hitting the region. This proactive approach will continue through winter. 

The company under contract to sweep the city’s roads started this month and focused on neighborhoods known for lots of leaves. They will continue sweeping these neighborhoods every other week through January. This is in addition to their regular sweeping.  Click here for the map outlining street sweeping routes.

The sweeping contractor will run three sweepers at night Monday and Tuesday due to Thursday’s heavy wind and rain and the storm anticipated to hit the area Saturday.


Save the date: Make a Difference Day

Join your neighbors in Make a Difference Day, a national day of giving back. The event is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Here’s how to get involved:

Fort Steilacoom Park

Tree planting around Waughop Lake (City of Lakewood)

Restoring historic grave markers at FSP Cemetery (Grave Concerns Foundation)

Little Church on the Prairie

  • Operation Christmas Child: Packing boxes to be delivered to children in countries around the world who lack basic items like shoes and socks, and who may have never tasted candy! We will be making an item to send and writing a personal note.
  • LASA Box Wrapping: We will team with the Living Assistance Support Alliance (LASA) in Lakewood to help them wrap items for the holidays. Their headquarters is a few blocks from the church.
  • Moldova Girls: Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. Help cut fabric (bring scissors!) to be made into necessary items for girls ages 10-18. They will be delivered by the project leader when she goes there on a mission trip in 2018.

Contact Recreation Coordinator Cameron Fairfield at, (253) 983-7827 for more information.


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.

The city is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Click here for volunteer information .

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.   


Help put Lakewood on the map

We're up against some steep competition in King 5 Evening’s 25th Annual Best of Western Washington recognition program.

Our Fort Steilacoom Park needs your help to win. Voting closes Sunday, Oct. 29.

Please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! Click here  and look for Fort Steilacoom Park. You also enter yourself a chance to win a grand prize. 

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


Weekly transportation update

150th Street: Previously closed while a sewer line extension was completed, the road reopened to traffic Oct. 15.

Work 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): Three items were to be finished Oct. 20. No traffic impacts.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The project has been bogged down by weather this week. Pavers are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Once that is done the work will be put on hold until after the rainy season. The roads will be reopened without traffic impacts during the pause.


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 .


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 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

November 6, 2017 Regular Meeting

  • Proclamation recognizing Veterans Day –Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, JBLM, Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Base Commander, Colonel Jay Miseli, 2/2 SBCT Commander, and Mr. Charlie Bailey, USO Senior Director of Site Development & Operations
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award. - Mr. Shawn Bruner
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Awarding a bid on the DeKoven Traffic Calming project (tentative)
  • Appointing Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approving a grant agreement with WA State Office of Public Defense for social work services to assist public defense attorneys, investigator services and public defense attorney training
  • Reports by the City Manager – Special events presentation and Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast

Oct. 23 Agenda