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


March 9, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Flapjack Fundraiser is Saturday

The Lakewood Historical Society is hosting its second annual Flapjack Fundraiser Saturday (as in tomorrow!). Come with a hearty appetite for a morning filled with great food, good conversation, and lots of fabulous prizes.

Details: Flapjack Fundraiser at the Lakewood Towne Center Applebee’s, 10407 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW Lakewood, Saturday, March 10, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Tickets: $10

Phone: (253) 682-3480


Adding sidewalks to Lakewood streets

Earlier this year work began on two pedestrian safety projects in Lakewood that included adding sidewalks and lighted pedestrian crossings on two roadways near two Clover Park School District schools.

The city was able to make these safety improvements in large part from a federal Safe Routes to Schools grant, which is awarded to projects that make it safer for students to walk to and from school.

The schools that benefitted from this work are Dower Elementary and Hudtloff Middle schools.

Sidewalks, curb, gutter and new pedestrian crossings were added to John Dower Road between its intersection with Steilacoom Boulevard and Custer Road. The pavement was also replaced because it had deteriorated and it no longer made sense to continue to patch it with temporary fixes.

Over on Phillips Road the city also added curb, gutter, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and LED lighting between its intersection with Steilacoom Boulevard and Agate Drive.

The total project cost for both streets was just over $2 million. The city contributed $603,000 for the projects, which includes the cost to repave John Dower Road.

Work is expected to conclude in mid-March on both projects.

See what other road projects are planned between now and 2023.


Economic Development Board recognizes Lakewood business

At its annual meeting Thursday the Economic Development Board of Tacoma recognized the Panattoni project currently under construction in Lakewood’s Woodbrook Business Park as one of its “Excellent 10” recipients.

Each year the EDB highlights ten great economic development projects in Pierce County that were worked on or completed between January and December of the previous year. The projects on the list vary from industrial and office expansions to educational facilities to sewer infrastructure, or from hospitals to museums.

The Board evaluates projects that are key drivers of jobs, capital investment, or other important community development in our region.

The city was proud to see the private development project recognized.


Road improvements: Onyx Drive open house

An open house is planned for March 20 at Oakbrook Elementary in the library from 6-7 p.m. for Oakbrook residents to share their thoughts on planned street improvements for Onyx Drive.

The city has plans to improve Onyx between 97th Avenue and Phillips Road, but the first phase will focus on Onyx between 87th and 89th avenues. Public input is needed to shape the city’s plans.


Prepare in a Year: March: Water storage

Clean water is essential for life, both for hydration and to prevent the spread of disease, that’s why clean water storage is a top priority in disaster preparedness. As part of its ongoing effort to help residents prepare for an emergency by month, West Pierce CERT’s March preparedness tip is focused on water storage preparation.

Each person in a household requires one gallon of water per day for drinking and sanitation. FEMA recommends storing enough water for each member of a household for two weeks. While specialized barrels to store large amounts of water and tools to maintain water purity are available for purchase, it is not the only method in which you can store water.

Read more about water storage and emergency planning.


How well do you know Lakewood?

This week Pierce County released its video of former Lakewood Mayor and now Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson testing Councilwoman Marie Barth’s Lakewood historical knowledge.

The pair filmed a Pierce County Trivia piece for Pierce County that highlighted some of the great things we have to offer in Lakewood. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here.


Downtown Plan open house scheduled

We have entered the next phase of our downtown planning process. The draft downtown plan and draft planned action environmental impact statement will be presented to the public at an open house March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The city’s Planning Commission is hosting the meeting, which will have interactive displays and a chance for discussion. Refreshments will also be available. The plan will go up on the project website March 16 and from there a 30-day comment period will begin. Review the documents and provide your thoughts and comments online .


Save the date: Spring Community Cleanup

The city, in partnership with LeMay Pierce County Refuse, will host a spring community clean up for residents. The event is Saturday, May 5 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, May 6 (8 a.m. to noon) at the Lakewood Transfer Station, 3869 94th St SW. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the event and multiple shifts are available. Please email Assistant to the City Manager, Shannon Kelley-Fong, if interested in volunteering ( ).


Free community event to discuss mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pierce County teamed up with Clover Park Technical College and The Healing Field to offer a free showing of the documentary Crazywise, a thought-provoking film that explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive, transformative experience.

The screening is Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood.  The event includes a panel-led community conversation immediately following the film. Mental health professionals from Greater Lakes Mental Health Care will also be available to answer questions.

More information


Calling all Boy Scouts

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is looking for Boy Scouts to help with its Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event, happening this year on May 19 at American Lake Park.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills. Scouts will be asked to help hand out poles, bait hooks and even show how to cast a line.

For more information or to sign up a troop, contact Sally Martinez at   or call (253) 983-7887.


Transportation updates

As spring nears we’re entering the busy season for road work. To see what’s planned throughout the city from now until 2023 read the city’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Gravelly Lake Drive (100th Street to Bridgeport Way): The remaining project concrete work will occur Monday. Minor patching happened this week. Once patching is done the work will suspend until April.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): This week’s work consisted of potholing utilities and saw cutting. Next week, the contractor will begin installation of storm and electrical. Motorists should expect minor delays.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Design has begun. The project will be advertised March 20 for April construction. Construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses.

Dekoven Drive traffic calming: The contractor installed the compact roundabouts and widened shoulders on Dekoven Drive at its intersections with 100th Street and Meadow Road. Intersections will permanently change to ALL YIELD control once permanent signs are installed. The project will be suspended until the weather improves to allow final marking and striping.

John Dower Road: Contractor Ceccanti finished final paving this week. Only small work items remain. This Safe Routes to Schools grant-funded project added curb, gutters and sidewalks.

Phillips Road: Contractor Ceccanti completed most of the work, only small items remain.

Steilacoom Boulevard: CenturyLink will begin relocating its cable next week. Miles Resources hopes to start construction in early March.


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:

  • : Advises the City Council and city staff regarding the availability and delivery of the five promises within the city. Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: April 16.

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.

March 12 Study Session

  • Review of 2019-2020 Human Services funding strategies
  • Review of FY 2018 Consolidated Annual Action Play and amendments to FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan and proposed use of funds
  • Abatement program update
  • Central Business District Subarea Plan update
  • Strategic Plan update


March 19, 2018 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Lakewood Appliance
  • Proclamation declaring March 11 – May 11, 2018 as Pierce County READS
  • Awarding a bid for Fort Steilacoom Park road improvements
  • Awarding a bid for pavement patching
  • Adopt zoning code amendments relative to flea markets
  • Adopt Title 5 business license amendment relative to flea markets

March 12 agenda