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City Manager


Jan. 19, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Two Lakewood projects receive regional recognition

Lakewood recently learned it received two Healthy Communities Awards at the platinum level from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

The awards were for the improvements made at Springbrook Park and the city’s Rental Housing Safety Program, which is rolled out at the end of 2017 and will start in the near future. 

The Healthy Communities Awards recognize local jurisdictions that make special efforts to influence the health of their communities. The 2017 award recognized cities that showed a sincere intent and committed steps to promote health communities or health equity by either implementing policies/actions from their adopted comprehensive plan updates, or undertaking a project in response to a council initiative.

The awards will be presented as part of Pierce County Regional Council’s (PCRC) General Assembly Feb.  15, 2018


Capital Budget ready for Governor’s signature

Late Thursday evening the House and Senate passed the 2017-19 Capital budget and a bond bill to fund the $4 billion budget. The next step is for Gov. Jay Inslee to sign the bills, which he promised to do.

This is good news for Lakewood, which made passage of the budget a top legislative priority for this short session.

Two items included in the budget directly impact the city, including transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park from the state to the city and Pierce College and investment in the state wildlife and recreation grant program, which presently has $476,000 allocated for waterfront improvements at the city’s Harry Todd Park along American Lake.


Diane Formoso recognized for dedication to Lakewood children

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, awarded its inaugural Larry Saunders Service Award Tuesday night to Diane Formoso, founder and visionary leader of Caring for Kids.

The 2017 award was presented to Formoso, along with a $1,000 check, at the Lakewood City Council meeting Jan. 16, 2018.

Speaking of Caring for Kids, the nonprofit 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.

Donations are needed for its silent and live auctions, and event sponsors.

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 .


Economic Development update

Building continues and Lakewood is pleased to welcome a number of new businesses. Here’s a sampling of what’s open and significant projects in the works:

New Restaurants: Now Open!

  •         Firehouse Subs, 5700 100th St SW
  •         Jack in the Box, 11023 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Hop Jacks, 5821 Main St SW
  •         Happy Teriyaki, 6007 100th St SW
  •         Gyro Shack, 10519 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         MOD Pizza, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Chipotle Grill, 10427 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
  •         Smokin’ Zee’s BBQ, 8813 Edgewater Dr SW

Other Retail, Hospitality, Industrial, Healthcare and Wholesale companies now open in Lakewood:

  •         Pacific Air, 8607 Durango St SW
  •         North Harbor Physical Therapy, 8524 Steilacoom Blvd SW
  •         Electrolux, 3401 96th St SW
  •         Welcher’s Gun Shop & Indoor Range
  •         Direct Export, 10903 South Tacoma Way
  •         Franciscan Orthopedic & Sports, 11311 Bridgeport Way SW
  •         Marriott TownePlace Suites
  •         Evergreen Wholesale Tires, 8802 Durango St SW

The 467,000 square foot warehouse in Woodbrook is under construction. Completion is expected in April of this year.

What else is new? Ft Steilacoom Park Pavilion, CPTC Advanced Manufacturing Technology building, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Tillicum, and a new middle school at the Alice Mann property are all upcoming projects for the city.


Tillicum Preparedness workshop planned

The Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center will host a Tillicum Preparedness Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This workshop will provide the residents of Tillicum and Woodbrook with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those in their community following a major disaster. It’s always important to help our neighbors, but following a large-scale emergency it will be crucial for neighbors to help neighbors until outside assistance is available.  

Read more about the event.


Local artist reception happening Jan. 22

Join us Monday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Hall lobby for our Winter Artist Reception featuring local artist Gail Janes.

The evening includes a meet and greet with the artist and tour of the first and third floors of City Hall where Janes' work is displayed.

Janes grew up in Spokane and received a BA in art education from Whitworth University. She previously taught art at the elementary and high school levels for Tacoma Public Schools for nine years and taught a special gifted program at McCarver Elementary School, in addition to offering private lessons. She also previously worked for the Tacoma Art Museum as its curator of education, giving educational tours, training docents and installing exhibitions in the children's gallery.

She worked for TAM for 12 years before joining MetroParks Tacoma, where she taught drawing and painting classes for adults and children.

Her art has been displayed at invitational exhibitions at Annie Wright School, Gallery VI, Village Art Gallery, Handforth Gallery, White Dove Gallery and Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard. Her work has also been displayed in Olympia, Bainbridge Island, Federal Way, Renton, Cannon Beach, Ore. and the Frye Museum in Seattle.

Janes has received numerous awards in juried art shows throughout the Northwest. She is an active member of the Pacific Gallery Artists organization and supporter of the arts in the community.


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 early February. The contractor is still working to provide paperwork required prior to start of construction.     

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

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished installing storm drainage infrastructure and subcontractor Amaya started installing conduit. This will continue into next week followed by preparation for new curb and gutter. Expect southbound lane closures during working hours.


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Upcoming Council Meetings

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 for the meeting 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

Jan. 22 agenda


The City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda includes:

February 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation proclaiming February 4-10, 2018 as Washington State Toastmasters Week - Mr. Tim Motoh, President, Mr. Dennis Baker, Vice President of Public Relations, and Mr. Jordan Hoover, Member
  • Reports by the City Manager – Strategic Work Plan update and Small Cell Infrastructure update