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


Nov. 3, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


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 1:30 to 3 p.m., also at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers. Speakers include U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state 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 100thanniversary of JBLM. Emceed by Bill Baarsma, the official program beings at 2 p.m.


Help bring outdoor concerts to Lakewood

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 selected we would be the first from the Northwest to receive the grant.

Public voting plays a big role in determining who is selected. That’s why we need you to sign up and vote!

Voting closes Nov. 20. Learn more here.


Planning a downtown Lakewood

Want to have a say in how Lakewood's downtown is developed over time? We have three meetings coming up where you can learn more about the process and add your ideas.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW), hear the city's Youth Council present their ideas for a future downtown Lakewood.

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Be part of interactive discussions, see sketches and give your ideas.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. See how downtown plans have evolved and help critique them.

Come to any or all the meetings - drop in, share your thoughts and enjoy refreshments. Can't make it? Provide your thoughts here:


Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be held Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is especially significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to initially honor our officers its purpose is to remember all those who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Can’t give on the 29th? Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.


Springbrook Connections holiday events

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for Springbrook neighbors is Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centerforce. This event is open to all residents in Springbrook and offers a chance for neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Giveaway is planned for Dec. 16. Springbrook families are able to “shop” donated items for their children to ensure they have something under their tree to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to this event, or help with the Thanksgiving dinner contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.


Thank you for participating in the Community Cleanup

Our first-ever free Community Cleanup held last weekend was a huge success. Nearly 800 cars passed through the gates of the Lakewood transfer station between Saturday and Sunday.

The city extends a heartfelt thank you to LeMay Pierce County Refuse for its partnership and opening its facility for the event, as well as a big thank you to Scott, the lone resident volunteer who signed up to help during the event.

Here’s a quick summary of the day’s success by the numbers:

  • Garbage collected: 76 tons
  • Junk tires collected: 648
  • Scrap metal collected: 2 tons
  • Mattresses collected: 125


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.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott finished the pre-suspension paving Monday. Electric subcontractor G&G worked to stand light poles the end of this week and could do more early next week.  Traffic control will be in place while this is done. Suspension is anticipated once the poles are installed.


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.

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 Dec. 18. 

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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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.

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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.

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
  • Appoint Arts Commission member
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Appoint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members
  • Approve State government relations contract
  • Approve Federal government relations contract
  • Approve J. A. Cunningham Consulting, LLC contract for interim Public Works Director services
  • Public hearing on 2018 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Approve 2018 City Legislative priorities
  • Approve an amendment to an agreement with BERK Consulting to complete a CBD Subarea Plan traffic analysis
  • 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
  • Approve Revised SSMCP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
  • 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 

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

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda

Nov. 6 Agenda