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


Dec. 21, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


South Sound pulls together after Amtrak train derails

In light of Monday’s tragedy, it is hard to find the right words to explain everything our community experienced.

First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of the three men who lost their lives and those who were injured in Monday’s train derailment. We also offer our support to our neighbors in DuPont and our residents who are still trying to process what happened.

The South Sound community should be proud of how everyone came together to respond to this unspeakable tragedy. That includes the people who stopped their cars on Interstate 5 and ran to help train passengers out of the wreckage, to the first responders and law enforcement that raced to the scene and stayed to help reunite families and set up traffic detours, and to our medical professionals that were ready and waiting to treat patients at the trauma centers as they came in.

Thanks go to the crews that worked around the clock to remove the train cars and inspect the roadway to reopen I-5 and get traffic moving again through the region. Thanks also go to everyone impacted by the closure that were patient and adjusted their commutes and schedules to reduce the number of cars on the road.

The city was told Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) by the Governor's Office that Amtrak trains will not return to the Point Defiance Bypass route until positive train control is installed. This advanced system is designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur, including train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive train speed and train movements through misaligned track switches. 

We will continue to follow the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation closely and share any pertinent information on the city’s website as it becomes available.


Awarding the inaugural Lakewood Police Chief Commendation Award

Last week Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro visited Tillicum Elementary School where he awarded three students with his newly-created Chief’s Commendation Award.

The award was created to recognize elementary school students for community service and/or public safety by demonstrating one of the four applicable criteria:

Integrity: honesty and strong moral principles

Dedication: commits energy and time to an important project or idea

Teamwork: works in an effective and efficient way with others

Courage: shows strength in the face of adversity

Competence: successfully and/or efficiently accomplishes a task or role

Respect: shows admiration or deference toward a person or position

Nominations can be made quarterly, or as opportunities arise.

The Tillicum students recognized for the award were presented with a certificate at a school assembly by Chief Zaro. The recipients were:

  • Isaac Corona-Illan, third grade: Teacher Mr. Carrier wrote: “Isaac has all of the six characteristics of this award stated above. He always tells the truth. Also will work hard on any project as an individual or as a positive team member. If faced with a difficult task, he will always persevere. Finally, respect is his strongest quality.”
  • Yanzel Diaz-Guzman, fourth grade: Teacher Ms. Sheldon wrote: Yanzel is a model student. He is respectful to every student and teacher. He is hard working and can work with any student when doing group work.”
  • Jermaine Marston-Riley, fifth grade: Teacher Mr. Pelgrim wrote: “Jermaine has all the above qualities and is an outstanding role model. He cares about staff and students.”

Congratulations to the students and keep up the hard work!


Lakewood events make the perfect gift

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the father-daughter duo in your life?

Give them an experience they'll never forget: our Pixie & Pirate Father Daughter Dance!

Buy your tickets now , print, wrap and place them under the tree!


Lakewood Officers Charity: Shop with an Officer

Last weekend members of the Lakewood Police Department spent their morning shopping with 16 pre-selected families at the Lakewood Wal-Mart.

This annual event is held by the Lakewood Officer’s Charity Fund in partnership with Wal-Mart. It connects our officers with families in need. The families are nominated by various community groups.

During the shopping event the officers go throughout the store with the designated family member to select whatever they want/need for every member of the family. It is not uncommon to see even the youngest family members choose an item others might take for granted – like a pillow.

The event is a reminder of the importance of giving back during the holidays.

It also offered a great opportunity for the children to have positive interactions with police. Thank you to Wal-Mart and our community partners for making this year’s event another huge success.


New Year’s Day 5k & 1 mile run

Start 2018 off right by setting the tone for a healthy, active lifestyle in the New Year.

Our New Year’s Day 5k runs through Fort Steilacoom over paved and dirt trails. Runners of all speeds and abilities are welcome (so are strollers, but please be mindful of other runners on the narrow trail sections).

Walking more your speed? You can walk the 5k, or sign up for the free 1-mile walk/run, which is also great for kids and families.

Register . ($35 if registered before Dec. 31; $40 day-of registration).


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

The next City Council meeting is Jan. 8, 2018.

January 8, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation declaring January 15, 2018 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February as Black History month. – Ms. Anessa McClendon, Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Awarding a bid on improvements on Steilacoom Blvd from Western State Hospital to Lakeview
  • Awarding a bid on safety improvement on Military Road and 112th Street
  • Awarding a bid for roadway safety project on 40th and 96th 
  • Vacating a portion of Wildaire Road SW