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


May 11, 2018

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Gravelly Lake Drive non-motorized trail project open house

An open house is planned May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 6000 Main St SW for people to learn more about the planned non-motorized trail project.

Construction begins Monday, May 14 and lasts through September 2018.

Residents may have noticed some trees marked with pink. This marking indicates these trees will be removed for the project. Approximately 15 larger Douglas fir trees just south of the Madera entrance are slated for removal. Most of the hedges along this stretch will be pruned, which means they will be bare until new growth comes in.

Expect some delays mid-week next week as the trees come down.

Improvements include a non-motorized path, sidewalks and street lighting along the length of the corridor, improved storm drainage conveyance and pavement restoration.

At the open house the construction management team will talk about the project, the project schedule and traffic impacts. Drop in any time to learn more about what we’re doing to improve pedestrian connectivity and our roadways. Staff will be available to answer questions.

For more information about the project contact civil engineer Eric Swanstrom, (253) 983-7795 or email .


Road Alert: Expect delays on Steilacoom Boulevard

Three different sections of Steilacoom Boulevard located will be impacted by road improvement projects starting as early as 6 a.m. Monday, May 14. Please plan your drive accordingly and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

Steilacoom between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive

Steilacoom will be closed both directions between 88th Street and Ardmore Drive (including the intersection of Ardmore) for paving. Both east and westbound will be detoured to/from Custer Road/Bridgeport Way. Work will begin at 6 a.m. and should wrap up before the evening commute. 

Steilacoom at Circle (Western State entrance)

Beginning Monday May 14 around 10 a.m. contractor Miles Resources will begin grinding the intersection. Traffic will be down to one lane each direction during grinding, which should wrap up mid-afternoon prior to the evening commute. Miles will pave this intersection Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 7 p.m. Traffic will be down to alternating one lane at times. Paving is anticipated to wrap up before midnight. There is no good detour route for this segment roadway, so please plan your drive accordingly and give yourself extra time.

Steilacoom at Lakeview Avenue

Grinding and paving at this intersection near Clover Park Technical College and Mountainview Memorial will begin Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Traffic will be down to one lane each direction during grinding, which is anticipated to be finished by midnight. Paving will immediately follow with traffic restricted to alternating one lane. Lakeview Avenue will be closed at the intersection of Steilacoom Boulevard and detours will be set up at both Steilacoom Blvd and South Tacoma Way to encourage alternate routes. Work should be completed prior to the morning commute.


Countdown to Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event

We’re eight days away from the family-favorite event held on the shoreline of American Lake Park.

Register today for this beloved event and give the youngsters in your life the chance to experience the elation that comes with reeling in a fish for the first (or second, or third, or fourth…) time.

Children are supplied poles, which they get to take home, and the chance to catch up to two fish. We ask that everyone please register in advance for the 30-minute fishing time slots.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $15. Register here.

Seeking volunteers: Do you have a Boy Scout troop looking to earn their fishing merit badges and get leadership skills? This event a great opportunity to do just that. 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 , (253) 983-7887.


Free Boating Classes

The Lakewood Police Department is once again offering FREE Adventure in Boating Education classes for people to earn their boater’s education card.

Current state law requires those 59 years of age and younger to have a boater’s education card in their possession if they are operating a powered watercraft 15 horsepower or greater, or pay a $99 fine. 

Classes will be held at the Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their own snacks/beverages. A 30 minute lunch break will be offered. 

Registration is FREE and is done through the City of Lakewood Parks Department.  If you’re interested in attending one of the classes please email Nicolette York ( ) or call at (253) 983-7835. 

After completing the class, participants will be provided their certificate and application for the boater’s education card. A $10 fee is due to Washington State Parks for the boater’s education card, which does not expire or need to be renewed.


Final push to sell Veteran’s Memorial Commemorative bricks

Fifteen years ago the Veteran’s Memorial at Lakewood City Hall was dedicated to honor those whose contributions and sacrifices have secured our freedoms. Seven hundred commemorative bricks were permanently installed around the memorial.

Only 242 bricks remain for you to leave a permanent legacy to honor a veteran. Please consider engraving one of these bricks to help complete the memorial.

Click here for more information, including the form you must fill out to reserve your brick(s). For more information call City Hall, (253) 589-2489, or email


PSRC Survey: Planning for future growth

The central Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties) is preparing for growth in the coming decades – about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by the year 2050.

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050, a long-range growth plan, will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and will consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

Over the next two years, the Puget Sound Regional Council will work with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups, and the public to develop VISION 2050. Be heard! An online survey on issues and experiences in the central Puget Sound is now open. Responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Find it here. 


Leadership Forum for students with disabilities

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is holding its 18th Youth Leadership Forum for high school students with disabilities July 22-27 at The Evergreen State College.

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1. This exciting, fun, educational, five-night, six-day Leadership Program will accept approximately 35 to 50 high school students through a competitive process.

Students/parents will not be charged expenses to attend this forum.

To apply email Elaine Stefanowiz ( ) for an application, or call (360) 902-9362.


Pierce County Library offers teen volunteer program

Teens have an opportunity to give back, have fun and earn service hours this summer as a volunteer with the Pierce County Library System’s first-ever Teen Library Corps.

The Teen Library Corps is open to teens, ages 14-18, and is available at nine Pierce County Library locations, including the Lakewood branch on Wildaire Rd. Students will volunteer at a participating library from June 23 to Sept. 2. Through volunteering, students gain valuable skills and experience that will reflect well on a college application and resume.

Email for an application and apply today! Priority application deadline is June 15.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the library, visit .


Transportation updates

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.

Fort Steilacoom Park entrance road: All underground work is complete, along with excavation of the existing road and grading of the gravel base. Next week concrete curbing will be poured. Paving is expected to begin the end of May with a tentative reopen date of just after Memorial Day.

Steilacoom Boulevard: See above for road impacts at three locations on Steilacoom Boulevard where improvements are underway.

Military Road/112th Street: Contractor RW Scott is continuing with preparations for curb and gutter. Expect lane restrictions for the duration of the project.

Woodbrook: Paving and landscape work continue. Paving was to be finished Friday (May 11). Remaining work includes completing the landscaping, paving driveways on Spring Street, and striping the road.

Gravelly Lake Drive Non-motorized Trail: Contractor NW Cascade is scheduled to begin work Monday, May 14. An open house scheduled in the City Hall Council Chambers on May 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for people to learn more about this project. Expect lane closures mid-week when tree removal occurs.

Roadway Safety Improvement Project (40th & 96th Streets): Roadway paving was completed this week. Next up is raising utilities and minor electrical work. No road closures expected at this time.

59th Avenue Overlay (Main to 100th Streets): Construction began May 7 and the contractor spent this week doing demolition work. New curb and gutter were poured at the end of the week at new pedestrian ramps. Next week the contractor will finish all concrete work. Heavy construction will be performed at night to avoid conflict with local businesses and is expected to begin next month.


Join a community advisory board

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. /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies 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. Boards with openings:

Lakewood Arts Commission: Vacancy: 2 positions. Deadline: May 21.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board: Vacancy: 1 position. Deadline: May 21

Board and commission descriptions, meeting schedule and application form can be found online. /city-council/advisory-boards/notices-of-vacancies


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

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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.

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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. Agenda items include:

May 14 Study Session

  • West-Pierce Fire and Rescue update – Fire Chief Jim Sharp
  • Engineering and pavement standards update
  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Review of MOU with Lakewood Rotary regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Review of surface water management fee

The City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers to review Council Chambers technology.

A regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m.

May 21 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Pacific Machine, Mr. Jim Tschimperle, Owner
  • Adopt 2018 carry forward budget adjustments
  • Adopt marijuana land use regulations
  • Adopt surface water management fee
  • Adopt moratorium on adult family homes – (Continued from the meeting of 5/7/18)
  • Approve MOU with Rotary Club of Lakewood regarding Ft. Steilacoom Park Pavilion
  • Reports by the City Manager – Fee schedule amendment on building permit fees

May 14 Agenda