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


Jan. 12, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


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 Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

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.

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

Read more about the event.


City Hall closed Monday, Jan. 15

City Hall, and all city services, will be closed Monday in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. City operations will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, at regular business hours.


City sends letter to Federal Railroad Administration, state leaders

This week Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the City Council sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sound Transit board chairman Dave Somers urging the permanent suspension of Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance Bypass route in light of the Dec. 18, 2017 Amtrak Train 501 derailment.

The letter reads in part:

“Simply installing Postitive Train Control (PTC) systems is not the solution to the numerous public safety issues associated with the Amtrak rail traffic along the Point Defiance route. This bypass route is not safe for high-speed rail and its passengers and poses a substantial risk to the communities through which the Amtrak trains travel.”

It goes on to cite the city’s 2013 lawsuit, concerns with the inadequate safety measures to protect the public – including two schools near the tracks, seven at-grade crossings in the city and the 250 school busses that cross the tracks each day – and notes the city speaks for its nearly 60,000 residents and will continue to advocate in the best interest of public safety.

Read the letter in full.


2018 Legislative session has begun

The 2018 Legislative session began Monday, Jan. 8. This session is the second year of the two-year legislative biennium and is scheduled to last 60 days, concluding March 8.

Bills that were introduced during the 2017 session will be alive for the 2018 session. Hundreds of bills were pre-filed and several were scheduled for public hearings this first week of session. The first cutoff deadline is Feb. 2, when policy bills need to be out of policy committees.

Late last week both the House and the Senate released new Capital budget bills. The bills are similar to the version released July 20, 2017 with minor adjustments. Language directing the transfer of Fort Steilacoom Park and $476,000 for Harry Todd waterfront improvements via Washington Wildlife Recreation Program grant are included in the new versions.

In order for the Legislature to approve a capital budget, 60 percent of each chamber must vote in favor of a bond authorization bill to fund the capital budget. 

Read the city’s complete state legislative agenda.


Lakewood’s financial forecast before City Council Tuesday

At its meeting Tuesday the City Council will receive an update from Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus about the city’s six-year financial forecast.

As part of the city’s financial policy, the city is required to prepare a forecast for six years to include the current budget period. This projection extends current operations to determine if the services are sustainable and to identify future funding gaps and their magnitude, where applicable.

This look into the city’s financial future allows for proactive planning and the ability to implement corrective measures with enough time to avoid sudden or drastic changes in services levels and/or revenues.

The original six-year forecast for 2017-2022 was finalized in October 2016 as part of the 2017-2018 biennial budget. The update Monday will focus on the General Fund – the city’s main operating fund -- and is in advance of the upcoming 2019-2020 biennial budget process. An update on all other funds will occur as part of the 2019-2020 biennial budget process.

Read the forecast.


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.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: Start of construction is estimated for late January. The contractor is still working to provide paperwork required prior to start of construction.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti began installing storm drainage infrastructure this week on this Safe Route to School project. This will continue into next week followed by the installation of the electrical for the new streetlights and preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect northbound lane closures during working hours.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti began work this week by saw cutting and starting to clear out the area. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect southbound lane closures during working hours.


Help support Lakewood kids in need

Caring for Kids is hosting its major fundraiser, the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction, Saturday Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard.

The nonprofit is also in need of donations for its silent and live auctions, and sponsors for the event. Contact Diane Formoso for more information, or to purchase tickets: (253) 279-9777, or email .

This all-volunteer group helps thousands of Lakewood children each year by providing them new clothing, including jackets and shoes, toiletries, toys and educational materials.

For more information visit


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Upcoming Council Meetings

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

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Larry Saunders Service Award – Mr. Bob Warfield, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund
  • Appoint members to Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board
  • 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

Jan. 16 agenda

The City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018, with the Clover Park School District Board, beginning at approximately 7 p.m., at the Clover Park School District Student Services Center, Room 4, located at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.  Agenda items include:

January 22, 2018 – Joint Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Meeting

  • City/School District Partnerships
  • CPSD Capital Projects update
  • CPSD Community Engagement Leadership Team update
  • City Economic Development update
  • City Infrastructure (Transportation and Parks) update