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


August 29, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Street Work Scheduled For Lakewood

Lakewood drivers might want to take note of construction work that is scheduled for early September:

  • Madigan Access Project – Union Avenue and Berkeley Street
  • Temporary lane closures to allow placement of curbs, gutters and asphalt. Lane-widening will occur during the day through the first two to three weeks of September.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Patching
  • Patching will be completed on Gravelly Lake Drive between Nyanza (south) and Lake Steilacoom Drive, as well as 75th Street between Custer and Lakewood Drive during the week of Sept. 8. Temporary lane closures will be required.

City Offices Closed For Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Clover Park School District Begins New Year

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Clover Park School District kicked off the 2014-15 school year.

Schools in Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcomed back thousands of students from summer break. At Lakeview Hope Academy, the school celebrated with a "Tunnel of Hope" ceremony.

To see video highlights of the first day of school, visit  .

The City of Lakewood would like to wish Clover Park School District students and employees, as well as other students, the best of luck this year. There's no doubt that you all have the ability to accomplish great things! #IamLakewood

West Pierce Fire & Rescue Retains Class 3 Rating

West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating.

Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.

Starting in 2013, West Pierce began providing fire protection service to the Town of Steilacoom. Due to this contract, the fire protection class rating for the Town of Steilacoom improved from a 6 to a 3. This is a very significant improvement in their rating and may even have an impact on insurance premiums. The WSRB recommends Steilacoom residents and business owners contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings as a result of this change. West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue are the only Class 3 fire departments in Pierce County.


Police Searching For 'Quick-Change Bandit'

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, Aug.18, and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, Aug.16.

The subject may be a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6 feet tall, and of stocky build (see photo). He threatened tellers during the robberies.

The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies, including in Lakewood. Read the full story here  .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation recognizing the TREE Program
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Review financial policies
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Clover Park School District for fuel purchase
  • Approve US Justice Grant for Partnership between Mental Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with Lakewood Water District to construct water mains along South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St. SW)

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 8, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Title 9 Criminal Code amendments to move LIDs to Title 12A Public Works
  • Review of proposed code regarding public defender rules (tentative)
  • Amendment to Tax Incentive Urban Use Center boundary
  • Amending zoning code (Starlite Swap Meet) (tentative)
  • Review of South Sound 911 agreement
  • Review of Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees code amendments