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


Feb. 9, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Fort Steilacoom Pavilion in the Park

At its Feb. 5 meeting the City Council received an update on the progress of the Pavilion in the Park project, which would build an outdoor event facility at Fort Steilacoom Park near the playground and picnic shelter.

The city recently received six bids from companies interested in building the facility. Due diligence is now being done on those six proposals. The company with the lowest bid amount, or lowest responsive bid amount depending on review, will be selected and presented to the City Council for review.

Once the council awards the bid, work will begin to move the project forward. The council is currently expected to review and make a decision on the contract award at its Feb. 20 regular meeting.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood approached the City Council in the spring of 2014 with a pledge of $300,000 to dedicate to a community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. Read more.


Work begins on CVS building

Drivers along Gravelly Lake Drive at its intersection with Bridgeport Way couldn’t miss the work being done this week on the Lakewood Colonial Center property.

The building, formerly home to FedEx, Multicare and at one time Ethan Allen, was torn down to make room for a 13,162-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. The project will include a drive-thru prescription window.

See pictures.


Register for 'Marketing to Government' forum

Are you a small business owner? Have you been thinking about trying to land a government contract for your business, but don’t know how? Now’s the time to learn!

Register for our upcoming FREE “Marketing to Government” forum, co-hosted with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Washington PTAC. At this workshop we’ll work with you to create the basic marketing tools you’ll need when meeting with government contracting officials.

The event is Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Chamber, 6310 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, Suite B.

Secure your spot by registering today.


Lakewood Playhouse kicks off 80th season at annual auction

The Lakewood Playhouse will hold its annual auction this year Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

This party not only serves as the kickoff to the nonprofit theater group’s historic 80th season, but it also as the second-annual fundraiser for the playhouse. Live and silent auction items include VIP tickets to the Rainiers with refreshments and a tour of the field, a private getaway to Cedarbrook Lodge, tickets to the Northwest premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, a luxury state at Snowater Resort at Mt. Baker, and more.

Light appetizers will be provided by Carr’s Restaurant and Catering. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the playhouse’s annual “Friends Fund” which helps keep theater costs down. Money from the auction will go toward upgrading the playhouse bathrooms and purchasing new body microphones for actors to wear during musicals.


  • $25 (includes apps and apple cider);
  • $50 (includes apps, apple cider and glass of wine);
  • $75 (includes apps, apple cider and two glasses of wine).
  • VIP tables also available for purchase, but are selling fast.

Purchase tickets online , or by calling (253) 588-0042. VIP table purchase by phone only.


Lakewood recognized by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The City of Lakewood was recently notified by the Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department that its Rental Housing Safety Program and the work done to expand and upgrade Springbrook Park were awarded Healthy Communities Awards.

Lakewood is the only South Sound city to receive two awards -- both of them platinum.

From TPCHD: The 2017 Healthy Communities Award winners took a comprehensive approach to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that make people healthy. They showed a commitment to incorporate health considerations when implementing comprehensive plans. 

“People in the communities are the true winners,” said Amy Pow, principal planner. “They benefit from the upstream work of municipal leaders to make our communities better places to live, learn, work, and play,” she said. 

Read more.


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 ).

Upcoming meetings:

  • 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. 


Transportation updates

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The new signals are scheduled to go live Tuesday, Feb. 13. Once the old signal is down, the job will be suspended until weather improves for paving.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Construction is tentatively scheduled to start at the end of February. Fliers will be distributed ahead of construction to let businesses know what to expect during the work.

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: Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 20 for the construction of two compact roundabouts at 100th Street and Meadow Road.

John Dower Road: The road remains closed to through traffic while both lanes are repaved as part of this Safe Routes to Schools project that adds curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti installed roadway crossings this week to minimize traffic impacts. Sidewalk paving is scheduled to begin Feb. 12.

Steilacoom Boulevard: New transmission poles will be set by Tacoma Public Utilities through the weekend, so expect some delays.


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.

February 12, 2018 Study Session

  • Western State Hospital update – Dr. Marylouise Jones, Interim CEO
  • Review of state Dept. of Revenue agreement for business licensing services
  • 4th Quarter Police Report
  • Banner program Phase II update

February 20, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Northwest Abatement Services, Inc., Mr. Mark Stephens, President
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Approve state Dept. of Revenue agreement for business licensing services
  • Approve FCS Group contract regarding stormwater utility rate study
  • Approve an Anchor Environmental agreement for the Harry Todd Park Phase I
  • Approve an amendment to an interlocal agreement with West Pierce Fire & Rescue for emergency management coordinator services
  • Authorizing Investment of City of Lakewood monies in the Local Government Investment Pool
  • Reports by the City Manager – Class Action Pharmaceutical update

Feb. 12 agenda