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


Oct. 27, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Make a Difference Day is Saturday

This summer 10-year-old Lakewood resident Malikhi Griffin walked into Lakewood City Hall with a sandwich bag filled with coins. Inside was $21.50.

He met with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and handed the bag over, telling her he was giving the money to the city to buy more plants for the city’s parks.

“I wanted to raise money for the city because I think it’s important to have things like parks and things like that so people can get into nature more,” the fifth grader said.

On Saturday Malikhi will be at Fort Steilacoom Park to help volunteers plant trees around Waughop Lake as part of the national Make a Difference Day event. One of the tress was purchased using his donation.

Malikhi loves the beauty of nature, he said, and wants to see “more plants added” in his community. His donation this summer is the second time he’s given his hard-earned savings to the city to help with beautification efforts.

The city appreciations Malikhi’s generosity and participation in our community events – he helped during Parks Appreciation Day in April, too. We can’t wait to see what great things are in store for this young man and his continued involvement with Lakewood.

Want to help Malikhi Saturday? Head to Fort Steilacoom Park to help with tree planting or grave site restoration from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Or head to The Little Church on the Prairie for other events requiring less manual labor. Full details here. 


Free Community Cleanup is Saturday/Sunday

Pierce County Refuse will open its Lakewood Transfer Station Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the first-ever free Fall Community Cleanup, hosted by the City of Lakewood and LeMay Pierce County Refuse.

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.

For items in good condition that aren't ready for the trash there will be a donation truck on site.

Address: Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW, Lakewood

More details. 


Third Quarter crime statistics

Lakewood Police Assistant Chief John Unfred presented the third quarter crime statistics to the City Council at its Oct. 23 study session. Highlights include:

  • Total calls for service: 17,256
  • Total arrests:
    • Felony: 126
    • Gross misdemeanor: 4
    • Misdemeanor: 257
    • Warrants: 146
  • Violent crime numbers are down significantly for third quarter, including a noticeable decrease in reported aggravated assaults (49 percent drop).
  • Property crimes continue to decline, as do crimes against persons.
  • Motor vehicle thefts, which had been gradually on the rise, fell by 26 percent in the third quarter.

Save the date: Veteran’s Day ceremonies planned

The public is invited to two ceremonies honoring Veteran’s Day in Lakewood.

The first will happen Monday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, as part of the City Council’s meeting. The council will officiate the event, which will include participation from members of the Clover Park High School JROTC, the Lakes High School choir, a POW/MIA table display by the 2/2 Stryker Brigade.

A proclamation will be given to Joint Base Lewis-McChord base commander Col. Nicole Lucas, 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 2/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Jay Miseli and Charlie Bailey, USO senior director of site development and operations.

The second event is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Participants include Reps. Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson and others.

The ceremony will recognize the 100-year anniversary of when the United States entered World War 1 (April 6, 1917) and the 100th anniversary of JBLM.


Lakewood in the running to host outdoor concerts in 2018

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma applied for a matching grant to help bring free, outdoor concerts to Fort Steilacoom Park in 2018.

We recently learned we are a finalist for the $25,000 grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national organization dedicated “strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music.”

Fifteen nonprofits across the country will be selected to receive the $25,000 matching award. If we are selected we would be the first from the Northwest.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why in the coming week the city and Broadway Center will launch social media campaigns to raise awareness and encourage people to vote.

Voting opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 20. We hope people will take the time to sign up and vote so we can bring more free outdoor concerts to the South Sound. Learn more here.


Register for Lakewood’s Youth Basketball League

Sign your child up today for Lakewood's Youth Basketball League and set 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.    


Weekly transportation update

150th Street:  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): Project is complete.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): The parallel parking spaces in front of the businesses on Mt. Tacoma Drive were paved today (Friday). Work is being done to open the roads to traffic while the project is put on hold during the rainy season. The roads will be passable without delays 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. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

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.

No meeting Monday, Oct. 30 because it is the fifth Monday of the month.

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)
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Approve state government relations contract
  • Approve federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • 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
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic impact
  • 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


November 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, located at 9401 Lakewood Drive SW)

  • Joint Youth Council meeting
  • Review of 2018 lodging tax funding recommendations
  • Review of 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Review of 2018 human services funding recommendations
  • Review of marijuana options
  • Adult family homes/ESF update (tentative)


The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda
  • 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