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


Nov. 10, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Veteran’s Day ceremony is Saturday

The public is invited to join us tomorrow at Lakewood City Hall in Council Chambers for a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

 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, doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program beings at 2 p.m.

Thank you to all of the veterans in our community and their family members for their sacrifices and service to our country.



Public input needed on downtown plan

We have three meetings this week to learn more about our downtown planning process.

Wed, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., City Hall (6000 Main St SW).

Thurs, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

Sat, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10310 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW.

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


Follow @cityoflakewoodwa on Instagram         

Starting Monday the city’s Instagram will be taking over the South Sound Proud Instagram account.

The takeover gives us a chance to show off our city, its beauty and some of the the great things that separate us from our neighbors.

Make sure you check the @south_sound_proud account throughout the week to see what we’re posting and like the posts to show your #IamLakewood pride. And, If you haven’t followed the city on Instagram yet, get on it!


Join Lakewood’s holiday parade

The deadline is getting close for people to register for the annual Lakewood Holiday Parade, held on Dec. 1.

This year’s parade will march down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center, ending at the roundabout where the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will occur.

You don’t need an elaborate float – a car, sign and Christmas lights will suffice!

Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 17. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities begin with caroling at City Hall, refreshments and a chance for kids to show off their LEGO building skills with the Winter Wonderland Brick Builders 4 Kidz LEGO contest. People are encouraged to line 59th Street to cheer on the parade participants, see Santa arrive by fire truck and catch candy. Everything you need to know about the night’s activities can be found here .


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 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. We're currently 23rd and need as many votes as possible to get into the top 15.

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.


Fallen Officers Food Drive

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

This year’s event is 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.


Weekly transportation update

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th to Bridgeport): Contractor RW Scott has eight light poles left to stand. This will occur early next week. In the meantime, the electrical sub-contractor wired the illumination system. Once light poles are up work will stop until after the rainy season.


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

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.

Nov. 13, Study Session (note location: Multi-Purpose Room, Lakewood Police Station, 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 SHB Estates final plat
  • Review of marijuana options


The City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., Council Chambers

  • Review of State Legislative Agenda


Nov. 20 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Ed Selden Carpet One – Ms. Gayle Seldon, Manager
  • Police Chief’s Commendation Award – Mr. Eric Forsythe, Mr. James Turbyfill and Mr. Omar Rodriguez
  • Adopt SHB Estates final plat
  • Approve Municipal Court Judge contract
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW
  • Adopt 2018 property tax levy
  • Adopt 2017-2018 mid-biennium budget adjustments
  • Adopt 2018 fee schedule amendments
  • Adopt 2018 lodging tax funding allocations
  • Adopt 2018 human services funding allocations

Nov. 13 Agenda