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


May 15, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Celebrates Lancers

On Friday, May 15, some 5,000 people stopped by Fort Steilacoom Park for Military Appreciation Day, celebrating the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The Lancer Brigade is Lakewood's "Community Connector" to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event - which was produced by the City of Lakewood and the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army - offered activities galore for service members, their families, veterans and the entire community. Those included a car show, vehicle displays, vendor booths, a bouncy house, live music and free pizza. The day also featured a crossfit fitness challenge between the Lancer Brigade, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the Lakewood Police Department. There was even a special guest appearance by a Seahawk SeaGal. "This is great," Mayor Don Anderson said. "This is a great way to show support for our military." The City has posted photos from the event on its Facebook page .

State Monitoring Dead Fish at American Lake

The City of Lakewood has recognized that a number of dead fish have washed ashore at American Lake parks in recent days. The City is working with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), as well as the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to determine the reason. According to Larry Phillips, WDFW Fish Biologist, “seeing dead perch this time of year is not uncommon as they have recently spawned. We’ve received reports from several others and are monitoring the situation.” A likely scenario is the fish are dying of natural causes due to extremely low precipitation and a mild winter. American Lake historically has developed a strong thermocline and an associated anoxic (low dissolved oxygen) zone in the 25 –to-35-feet range. Recent spawning and filamentous algae growing on the bottom of the lake can hide the food source of these bottom-dwelling fish. Fish and Wildlife will continue to investigate, and the City will update the public as new information emerges.

Funding for I-5/JBLM Corridor 

On Friday, May 15, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which included an amendment that would provide funding for roads in urban areas around military installations, such as Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The amendment from Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) authorizes $25 million to be made available through the Office of Economic Adjustment for “transportation infrastructure improvements associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas related to recommendations of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.” Read our full story here .

Construction Open House

The City of Lakewood is holding an Open House on May 28 for residents and business owners to discuss upcoming roadway construction on Main Street Southwest between Gravelly Lake Drive and 108th St Southwest, as well as 59th Ave Southwest between 100th St and Bridgeport Way. Construction is anticipated to begin July 2015. Roadway work will require temporary roadway closures, driveway closures and detours. Get more details here .

Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event

The annual Ray Evans Memorial Fishing Event returns Saturday, May 16 at American Lake Park . The event - and the person it honors - is truly something special. Commander Ray Evans was one of only six US Coast Guard recipients of the Navy Cross during WWII. During the battle at Guadalcanal, Ray and his shipmate, Doug Munro piloted landing craft vessels to transport a battalion of marines on shore. The marines immediately came under heavy fire so Ray and Doug were ordered to go back to the beach and evacuate the marines. To learn more and for details on the event, read our full story .

2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K

On Saturday, May 9, Studio Fitness and the City of Lakewood‬ conducted the 2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K, benefitting the City's Healthy Start after-school program. The program provides kids with physical activity and nutritious snacks. It starts when the school day ends, with a snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and nutritioun lessons. Oakwood, Tyee Park and Tillicum Elementary schools host the program. Funding for student transportation is necessary to keep the program running.

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

Check out this picture of Mayor Don Anderson as participants in the 2nd Annual Studio Fitness 5K prepare to start.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting May 27

Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, the City of Lakewood's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting will take place Wednesday, May 27. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, to accommodate those wanting to learn about potential gathering places at Fort Steilacoom Park. An agenda will be posted on the City’s website  prior to the meeting.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Approve fee schedule for temporary business licenses

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 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 Planning Commission meeting:
    1. Community Visioning
    2. Work Plan
    3. Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of City Council Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of Six Year TIP
  • Review of proposed Comcast franchise agreement