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


July 25, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Eggleston Named ‘Officer of the Year’

During its annual award ceremony July 23, the Lakewood Police Department awarded its first-ever Officer of the Year Award to Det. Brent Eggleston. Det. Eggleston has been with LPD since its inception in 2004, and he has been in law enforcement for almost two decades. He is generally considered the best interviewer in Lakewood, and he brings a professionalism to the job that few can bring. "I work with outstanding people," he said. "I'm extremely humbled to receive this award considering the company I keep, the great men and women I work with."

Police also handed out several awards for officers’ great work. To see a full photo gallery, visit the City’s Facebook page.  To watch our video coverage, visit  .

Pavement Projects/Motor Vehicle License Fee

On Monday, July 21, the Lakewood City Council, acting in its capacity as a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board, approved a motion to set Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, as the date for a public hearing on implementation of a $20 Motor Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) to finance 11 new pavement and other transportation improvement projects between 2015 and 2020.

The VLF is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The funding, coupled with existing City revenue totaling $5.06 million, will finance the pavement and transportation projects totaling $9.14 million in improvements between 2015 and 2020.

If adopted by the TBD Board, the Vehicle Licensing Fee (VLF) would be collected by the Washington State Department of Licensing and would not go into effect until early 2015.

For more information, visit  .

Community Vision Plan Online Survey

The City has launched its page for its Community Vision Plan  - a chance for residents of Lakewood to help chart the course of their community.

Lakewood’s visioning process will take into account input received from the community. From this, priorities will be developed and plausible alternatives for Lakewood’s future will be explored. These alternatives will test how decisions made today may drive outcomes in the future and will help expose opportunities and challenges, identify key variables of success, and recommend proactive strategies to achieve a successful outcome. As part of the process, a visioning workshop will be held in September 2014 to bring the community together to build consensus about what the future of Lakewood can and should look like.

Users can participate in the Community Visioning process by taking this online survey  . For more information, visit  .

TPU Scammers

Scam calls to Tacoma Public Utilities customers have increased in the past couple of weeks, and the utility wants to help ensure no one loses money.

Scammers have mainly targeted commercial customers, demanding they make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or risk having their service disconnected. Customers are often directed to purchase a Green Dot or Money Pak card.

“We sometimes make courtesy calls to remind customers that they have a payment due,” said Customer Services Manager Steve Hatcher. “We may offer customers the option of paying with a credit card, but we never say they must make an immediate payment with a prepaid card or we will disconnect their services.” Get the full story at  .

City Manager on ‘Comcast Newsmakers’

Recently, Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield appeared on a segment of "Comcast Newsmakers." Hosted by Sabrina Register and filmed at Lakewold Gardens, Caulfield discusses economic development in Lakewood, as well as the City's role in addressing congestion issues along the Interstate 5 corridor near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. You can watch Caulfield's interview at  .

Center Drive-Interstate 5 Ramp Closure

Weather permitting, construction crews will close the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 and the Mounts Road weigh station from 11 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 4 a.m. Monday, July 28. Truckers are advised that they will not be allowed access to the weigh station over the weekend.

The same closures are scheduled to occur between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31. The work is weather dependent and the closures will be postponed in the event of rain.

The closures are necessary while crews finish work on the one-lane access road from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to Center Drive. Drivers headed to northbound I-5 should use the Steilacoom-DuPont Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 or find another alternate route.

In addition to the above closures, crews will close the northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive from 11 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, July 26.

Once the ramp work is completed, drivers using the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be able to take a free left turn, while a new stop sign will provide traffic control for JBLM drivers.

The current one-lane road from JBLM to Center Drive was originally built as an emergency access road not intended for routine use. As part of WSDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve I-5 traffic flow through the JBLM area, the ramp modifications will allow continual use by JBLM personnel exiting the base.

Revisions to the Center Drive interchange  are one of several improvements  that WSDOT and its regional partners are working on to help reduce traffic congestion along I-5.

Drivers can check the latest roadway conditions with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s online travel tools such as the travel alerts  webpages. Drivers can also download WSDOT’smobile app  .

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Waughop Lake Meeting

On Tuesday, July 22, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosted a meeting regarding the proposed project to improve the trail around Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park. Approximately 35 people attended the meeting, which was held along the shores of Waughop Lake. The focus was the trail improvement project, but we also discussed site history, potential grants to support the trail project, lake management plan, permitting issues, project support and involvement and fundraising options. Feedback was very positive and we will continue to move forward with our planning efforts.

Economic Development

AAWCC Annual Luncheon

The Clover Park Technical College Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) held its 2nd Annual Luncheon this week, “Working Together to Support One Another.” City of Lakewood Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton spoke as a panelist, joined by Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President of Lake Washington Institute of Technology; Victoria Woodards, President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League; Dr. Claudia Thomas; and Andie Gernon. These women provided advice on supporting and inspiring growth, ways to support women in the workplace, and provided their visions on how to create more equitable workplaces for the future. AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women. Learn more about AAWCC here:  .

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

The 2015 application period is now open. If your business, organization or group’s activities support tourism you may be eligible to receive funds. Applications will be accepted by the third floor reception counter until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in September for 2015 funding. Get your application here: /news/front-page/1802-city-of-lakewood-2015-lodging-tax-grant-funds-available. Please check with Melody at (253) 983-7769 for questions.

Lakewood Toastmasters Award

Chartered in 2008 with just a handful of City employees, Lakewood Toastmasters has grown to 29 members. Lakewood Toastmasters has officially achieved nine of the 10 club goals set by Toastmasters International. This means that in 2014, for the first time in club history, Lakewood met the Area Governor Julie Skaw's challenge and earned the highest club award level: President's Distinguished Award! Of this area’s three clubs, Lakewood Toastmasters is the only one to get the award, and one of eight to get the award in Division A's 68 clubs! Additionally, Public Works Engineering Technician II Tim Nash was named as the club’s Most Valuable Member for the year. The club meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., in the Lakewood Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Guests are always welcome!

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 28, 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 Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Shoreline Master Plan
  • Review of subdivision code amendments
  • Review of communal housing regulations
  • Permits for industrial warehouse projects (Briefing by the City Manager)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 4, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt subdivision code amendments
  • Adopt Shoreline Master Plan
  • Adopt communal housing regulations
  • Approve WSDOT agreement for right-of-entry and construction management for Madigan Access Phase 2
  • Approving a Lakewood Water District ILA relative to constructing water mains along Bridgeport Way from 83rd St. SW to 75th St. W
  • Approving an agreement with WSDOT for reimbursement of railroad and signal elements relative to the Madigan Access project
  • Approve amendment to franchise interlocal agreement with Zayo for cabling fiber along Steilacoom Blvd from Durango to Farwest Drive SW