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


Jan. 26, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Lakewood recognized for its financial reporting

The city recently received the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for FY 2016 – the first year the city published this report. 

The report provides an overview of the city’s financial position including sources of revenue and expenditures as well as economic information about the community. It is published to increase public awareness around the city’s financial condition.

From GFOA:

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Report is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. In order to receive this award, a government must publish a Popular Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal. This award is valid for a period of one year only.

Lakewood will continue to produce this report and submit annually to GFOA to determine its eligibility for another award.

The city also received the following awards for first time submittals:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (starting with FY 2013 and received through FY 2015; FY 2016 currently under review).
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (2015/2016 biennial budget and 2017/2018 biennial budget).
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association (WPTA): Investment Policy Certification in 2015.


Lakewood’s economy is bustling

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.

Now open: New restaurants

  •         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

Now open: Retail, hospitality, industrial, healthcare and wholesale

  •         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!


Happy Hearts dinner almost here

Local nonprofit 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.

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 or call Diane Formoso at (253) 279-9777.


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.


Clover Park School District launches new initiative

The Clover Park School District is launching Together, for Students, an initiative focused on bringing community partners, residents and education supporters together to shift the way the school district and community support students.

The effort gets underway at a free public event Feb. 7 at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center at 6 p.m.

During the launch a 12-member Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) will be announced. This group will spearhead the Together, for Students effort.

Also at the event will be award-winning champion of public education and author of “Schools Cannot Do it Alone”, Jamie Vollmer and Lakes High School graduate and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Zach Banner. See the district’s website for more information.

Pierce County Library System wants to hear from you

The Pierce County Library System is seeking the public’s input to identify top priorities for library services across the region and has scheduled open houses in February to hear from the public. (Click here for library locations ).

Meetings are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, noon-2 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 17 locations; except Tillicum Pierce County Library at 1-3 p.m.

The library system is also asking for input via an online survey , now through March 10.

Library leaders will share the public’s ideas with a community advisory committee, which the library system is forming to review and assess funding library services. The committee is expected to make a recommendation about funding for the library system to the Library’s Board of Trustees this summer.

Options to manage funding might include asking voters to increase property taxes to serve the area’s growing communities or further decreasing library services. 

Start planning now for disaster

In partnership with our friends at West Pierce Fire and Rescue we are sharing information regarding emergency preparedness. You can also find this information at West Pierce's website .

We hope our residents will find it valuable and will take the time to make sure they are prepared, should disaster strike. We know it can be intimidating, overwhelming and at times cost prohibitive to try to do everything at once. That's why West Pierce Fire and Rescue broke down its preparedness planning tips by month, so people can take them on one task at a time.

January: The time is now to prepare for a disaster.


Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): Suspension was lifted mid week for the contractor to install signal poles at the intersection of Gravelly Lake and Mt. Tacoma drives. Traffic control will be in place into the next two weeks as work continues to raise mast arms. Expect significant traffic delays when this happens with at least one police officer providing traffic control at the intersection. The signals are tentatively scheduled to go live the week of Feb. 5. Once the old signal is down, the job will be suspended until weather improves for paving.

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 mid February. The proper paperwork has been provided and is now being processed.     

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished saw cutting the curb. Subcontractor Amaya completed its electrical conduit installation. ROAD CLOSURE: The road will be closed to through traffic starting Monday morning when paving begins. Note: There will be no road closures.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished saw cutting the curb and subcontractor Amaya finished its electrical conduit installation.


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:

Community Services Advisory Board: Advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs. Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: March 5.

Board and commission descriptions, 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

The City Council meets every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.

Note: There is no meeting Jan. 29 because it is a fifth Monday. The next meeting is Feb. 5.

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.
  • Awarding a bid for Frot Steilacoom Park Pavilion (tentative).
  • Reports by the City Manager – Small Cell Infrastructure update.


February 12, 2018 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update – Dr. Marylouise Jones, Interim CEO.
  • Rental housing safety program progress update.
  • Review of Dept. of Revenue contract regarding business licenses.
  • Information Technology Plan update.
  • 4th Quarter Police Report.
  • Banner program Phase II update.