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


Jan. 5, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018. We’re excited to begin another year of serving you, the residents of Lakewood, and continuing with our plans to help new businesses move into our community, existing businesses with their operations and upgrade and improve things like our roads, parks and free family events.

We have roughly $12.8 million worth of road projects planned for this year. That includes a focus on Lake City area roads with our chip seal program; overlaying 59th Street and Main Street to 100th Street in the central business district and Lakewood Drive from Fleet Creek to the north city limits; building sidewalks and bike lanes on John Dower and Custer Roads as part of a Safe Routes to School grant; initiating sidewalk projects along Gravelly Lake Drive, Bridgeport Way, Military Road and 112th Street and Steilacoom Boulevard and building a non-motorized trail along Gravelly Lake Drive and from 112th Street to Washington Boulevard, to name a few.

In our parks we’ll see the sports field improvements completed at Fort Steilacoom Park by this summer, the road into the park paved and new parking areas and the Pavilion in the Park finished. Other park improvements planned for the year include the first phase of waterfront improvements to Harry Todd Park, the first phase of the Chambers Creek Trail between Lakewood and University Place, the Edgewater Park dock, more expansions at Springbrook Park and the installation of new street banners around the city.


Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Lakewood

The City of Lakewood invites the public to honor and celebrate “The Dream Today” at its 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, happening this year on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

This free public event is family-friendly and will include performances by the choirs of Tyee Park Elementary and Clover Park High School, the Little Church on the Prairie Prairie Bells Handbell Choir and YMCA dancers/The BareFoot Collective.

Students from Hudtloff and Woodbrook Middle Schools will read poetry, local singer and actor LaNita Walters will sing the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem and The Denny & Bill little big band will provide the musical prelude.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Lakewood Councilwoman Mary Moss will also offer remarks.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Tuncap, who has worked in education and race relations at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the state faculty and staff of color conference leadership team and has spoken alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson, Gov. Jay Inslee and other renowned experts and leaders.

Three Clover Park students will also be recognized for essays they wrote for the Lakewood Arts Commission’s annual MLK Essay contest. The students were asked to write about what “The Dream Today” means to them. Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton was this year’s winner, followed by Clover Park High School seniors Anthony Grassi and Guadalupe Emanuel Ramos-Orozco, who received honorable mention.


Lakewood Connections Winter 2018 edition is here

Hot off the presses, the Winter 2018 Lakewood Connections magazine should hit residents' mailboxes this week (if it hasn't arrived already).

The latest edition is chock full of information, including a look back at some of the city's accomplishments in 2017. 

Inside you'll also find information about:

  • The city's downtown planning efforts;
  • A student essay by Lakes High School senior Connor Winterton, first place winner of the city's MLK Essay contest;
  • Employee spotlight on Lakewood native Paul Candler;
  • New businesses coming to Lakewood;
  • Information from our community partners West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Clover Park School District;
  • Road construction and park project updates;
  • Lakewood Police updates: drone use, third quarter crime stats, recognition of Good Samaritans;
  • A complete list of 2018 events;
  • Class and program listings for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Want to read the magazine online? You can view it and past editions here.

Didn't get your magazine in the mail? Extra copies are available at the Lakewood City Hall front desk between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 6000 Main St. SW.


Lakewood Police now using drones

The Lakewood Police Department began using drone technology at the end of 2017. That’s when its Unmanned Aerial System program was established.

Before capturing bird’s eye view of Lakewood, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the devices will be used. The city’s public safety advisory committee helped draft the document.

The regulations were sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which vetted and reviewed them before ultimately issuing a Certificate of Authorization.

While using drones the department will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency and privacy. Each month the city will post the monthly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reports to the city’s website, which show how the device was used. Visit for that information.

View the reports.


Transportation updates

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): The project was awarded to Axum General Construction, Inc. at the City Council’s Jan. 2, 2018 meeting. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. There is a tentative late April date to advertise for bids. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and the Lakewood Farmers Market, etc.


Stay up to date with MyLakewood311

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 City Council meets Mondays at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW.  Agenda items for the meetings include:

January 8, 2018 Study Session

  • AT&T small cell infrastructure presentation
  • Review of Woodbrook Hunt Club designation as a historic landmark
  • Review of Council Chambers technology upgrade
  • Review of Gravelly Lake Drive Non-Motorized Trail streetlight options
  • Review of Lakewood’s Promise Strategic Plan
  • Review of 2018 citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions work plans.
  • Review of City Council liaisons to citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions and City Council representation on external committees and boards.


January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • Appoint member to Arts Commission
  • Adopt citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commissions Work Plans
  • Approve an agreement for Council Chambers technology upgrades
  • Approve designating Woodbrook Hunt Club as a historic landmark
  • Reports by the City Manager - Six Year (2017-2022) Financial Forecast and Strategic Work Plan update

Jan. 8, 2018 Agenda