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


Dec. 8, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Lobbying for Lakewood

Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield spent three days in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with our Congressional leaders and other federal representatives to discuss the city’s federal legislative priorities. They were joined by Bill Adamson, program manager for South Sound Military and Communities Partnership.

The short trip included back-to-back meetings with representatives from the Association of Defense Cities, Office of Economic Adjustment, Office of the Air Force and staff from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Additionally the trio met with the offices of U.S. Reps. Adam Smith, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

The city’s federal legislative priorities focus on:

- Improving transportationin the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord;

- Maintaining federal funding for community development programs aimed at helping our vulnerable populations and expansion of the low-income housing tax credit;

- Funding critical military infrastructure needs and increased funding for the Office of Economic Adjustment to help communities impacted by military facilities plans for force reductions or expansions.

The city is also focused on solving the urban encroachment problem around JBLM’s north McChord Field and requests federal support to help relocate businesses in the area and acquire the land to ensure it remains unoccupied.

Finally the city supports green stormwater infrastructure efforts led by Reps. Heck and Kilmer aimed at improving water quality in Puget Sound.

See the complete list of Lakewood’s federal legislative priorities.


Recognizing LeMay Pierce County Refuse for Community Cleanup

The City Council recognized Larry Meany, District General Manager, LeMay Pierce County Refuse & LeMay Transportation Services, at its Dec. 4, 2017 meeting with a proclamation thanking the organization for its outstanding work on the city’s first-ever Fall Community Cleanup.

The two-day event at the end of October saw nearly 800 vehicles with stuff to be thrown away. That included 648 junk tires, 125 mattresses and other waste. In total 76 tons of garbage were collected that may have otherwise been left along the side of the road, or private property.

The city would not have been able to put on the event without LeMay’s expertise or its staff, which manned the Lakewood Transfer Station to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

Because of its huge success the city plans to offer this free opportunity to residents twice a year in 2018 – once in the spring and again in the fall. More information will be available as those events are finalized. Additionally we’ll be looking for community volunteers to help us make sure everything runs smooth.


Items before the City Council

The City Council’s Monday study session includes a report by BERK Consulting, the firm hired to complete the city’s subarea plan for creating a future Downtown Lakewood.

A series of public outreach and engagement efforts occurred this fall for residents to share their vision for Lakewood's future. Activities and events were designed to promote meaningful dialogue within the city’s diverse community of businesses and residents to ensure the Downtown Plan reflects local desires and needs, and lays a foundation to create a future commercial core that will serve as a central gathering place for the community.

Here are just a few of the key themes the public outreach identified:

  • More entertainment venues and restaurants;
  • More retail choices, both Mom & Pop and brand stores;
  • Well-designed housing for seniors and disabled and mixed-use (housing/commercial together) within walking distance of work, shopping and buses;
  • Pedestrian friendly street design, well-maintained and safe roads;
  • Family activities and gathering spaces including outdoor recreation like sprayparks, climbing walls, skating rink, etc., and indoor cultural facilities like a children’s museum or expanded library.

View the full report.

Also on Monday's agenda is an update on the work the city is doing around adult family homes and ensuring the adult family homes in the city are being used as intended. The council will review a recommendation by the city’s legal and community and economic development teams that three ordinances aimed at offering additional public protection be studied by the planning commission and council for future consideration.


Fast trains are coming

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

This train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains that will travel in both directions. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 

Watch this PSA put together by Joint Base Lewis-McChord to educate its residents about train safety. The message applies to everyone who lives in Lakewood.



Inaugural Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest winners

The winner of the first-annual Holiday Store Front Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is…

Robi’s Camera Center.

Vital Family Chiropractic and Burs Restaurant tied for second place.

Thank you to all the local businesses that submitted entries. All were fabulous and put a tremendous amount of time and effort into decorating! Thank you!

  • AA Meats
  • Drangsholt Orthodontics
  • The Gyro Shack
  • Lakewood Racquet & Sports Club
  • The Pet Doctor
  • The Sock Peddlers

We plan to make this an annual event and can’t wait to see what people have in store for 2018.



Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade saw record participation

Thank you to everyone who came out Dec. 1, 2017 to help us kick off the holidays with our 21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and parade.

Participation in this year’s parade grew exponentially and we can’t wait to continue to see increased community involvement in the coming years to make it one of the best parades in the South Sound.

Once again Santa arrived by West Pierce Fire and Rescue fire truck and helped Mayor Don Anderson and the crowd count down to the tree lighting. The Clover Park High School Marching Band kicked off the parade and played holiday jingles around the tree with the Lakes High School Choir.

We saw more than 30 LEGO Brick Builderz contest entries where local children designed their “Winter Wonderland” using LEGOs and showcased them for everyone to see. They did a great job.

The Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus regaled families waiting to get their pictures taken with Santa, and then performed for everyone to close out the evening.

We had a great time celebrating with everyone. Visit Facebook to see photos from the event.


Lend a hand this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

  • Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas. If you would like to donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.
  • Caring for Kids: The Caring for Kids at Holiday Fairis Saturday at Hudtloff Middle School. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466.
  • Lakewood Historical Society: Celebrate the holidays by helping the Lakewood Historical Society preserve and celebrate our local history. The society is putting on “A Christmas Carol” fundraiser, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center BLVD SW. Tickets: $20. Available for purchase from the Historical Society Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr. SW or by calling (253) 682-3480.


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:

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.

December 11, 2017 Study Session

  • Tacoma Public Utilities Power and Water Meter Upgrade/AMI update
  • Downtown Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
  • Adult Family Homes/Enhanced Service Facilities update

Dec. 11 Agenda.