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


June 19, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

The 115th U.S. Open Arrives in Lakewood's Back Yard

After years of planning and anticipation, the 115th U.S. Open - professional golf's biggest showcase - finally arrived at Chambers Bay Golf Course, right in Lakewood's back yard. On Monday, the public first converged on Chambers Bay for the practice rounds. One of the official park-and-shuttle locations for the championship is Fort Steilacoom Park. Throughout the week, Police and other law enforcement have reported that traffic is flowing smoothly.The championship runs through the Saturday and Sunday (and possibly Monday in case of a playoff). To view the City's numerous photos and posts, visit its Facebook , Twitter or Instagram pages.

Business Showcase: Crane's Creations

The City is happy to announce that Cranes Creations Florist, a local institution, as its June 2015 ‪Business Showcase. "Since 1970, the family owned-and-operated business has provided countless prom-goers from Clover Park, Lakes and Steilacoom High Schools with corsages and boutonnieres. It has saved apologetic husbands and boyfriends by offering an array of bouquets for their wives and girlfriends. It has done everything it can to allow grieving families to worry about one less thing after the loss of a loved one." For its years of dedication, commitment and operating in Lakewood, the City of Lakewood would like to recognize Crane’s Creations as its Business Showcase for June 2015. Read the Business Showcase on Crane's Creations .

Condemnation Ordinance

On June 15, the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 612  , which authorizes acquiring two parcels along South Tacoma Way via condemnation to use as public right-of-way. The City Council’s action falls in line with its bigger vision of improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety along one of its busiest roads. Through this particular project, the City will build sidewalks on both sides of South Tacoma Way from State Route 512 north to 96thStreet South. In addition, it will widen outside lanes to accommodate a bicycle lane, storm system improvements, a water main, a new illumination system and new signals 100th and 96th Streets South. To date, the City has acquired 10 out of the 12 parcels necessary for the work, and the ordinance passed by the City Council on Monday identifies condemnation of the two remaining parcels. The two parcels are 1,255 square feet and 152 square feet in size respectively. Read the full article .

Lakewood Farmers Market: Week 4

Be sure to stop by the Lakewood Farmers Market for its fourth week of the season! Enjoy some of the freshest fruits and produce, brightest flowers, neatest crafts and best food around! The Lakewood Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 15 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

Overlay Work on Main, 59th Begins Monday

The City of Lakewood will begin construction on the Main Street Overlay project from Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street Southwest and 59th Avenue Southwest from 100th Street Southwest to Bridgeport Way on Monday June 22. These projects will result in a new roadway overlay with minor pedestrian improvements on Main Street and a complete roadway reconstruction with minor pedestrian and storm drainage improvements on 59th Avenue. The Contractor, Miles Resources, will do paving and roadway milling at night. Additionally, the contractor is not allowed to work on Main Street on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work the first week will involve primarily putting portable changeable message signs, traffic control as necessary and removal of non-ADA compliant pedestrian ramps. Please direct any questions to Public Works .

Meetings on Potential ST3 Package Includes June 24 Meeting in Tacoma

Lakewood citizens connect to multiple destinations throughout the region every day. As our population grows and congestion increases, these connections are getting tougher to make. Sound Transit is planning for the next round of system expansion to increase mobility for people throughout the Puget Sound Region. The Sound Transit Board is seeking input on a draft list of projects  to be considered possible candidates for a ballot measure to fund the next round of regional mass transit investments. After collecting input on the Draft Priority Projects List, the Board will identify a final list of projects to be studied this fall. The results of those studies will support further narrowing by the Board to shape a draft ST3 measure for public input in early 2016. An interactive Sound Transit 3 website   offers community members a chance to learn more about regional transit benefits, explore potential projects, and take a survey through July 8. In addition, six public meetings   around the region begin June 16. Find out more information .

Museum Exhibit Covers 'Playgrounds of the Lakes District"

Hey local golf fans - the Lakewood Historical Society has opened a new exhibit, "Playgrounds of the Lakes District," that covers the history and significance of the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, the oldest west of the Mississippi, as well as the also the history of the Tacoma Speedway, Lakewood Ice Arena and Fort Steilacoom Park. According to President Becky Huber, the Museum is a perfect place to retreat from the "maddening crowds" and traffic. It has extended its hours from noon to 6 p.m., tonight and Saturday, June 20. Be sure to check it out.

Municipal Court Amnesty

Attention: Those who are in collections with Lakewood Municipal Court: For a limited time the Court’s collection agency, AllianceOne Receivables, is offering to settle accounts for less than what is owed. You need to contact AllianceOne at (253) 620-2222 or (800) 456-8838 to see if you qualify for amnesty. DO NOT WAIT as this program is only being offered for a short time.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 22, 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:

  • Bid award storm drain repair project (Bridgeport Way & Steilacoom Blvd)
  • Bid award Bridgeport Way overlay (Pacific Highway to 112th St) and  Steilacoom Blvd overlay (Lakewood Drive to w/o South Tacoma Way) 
  • Approve Youth Athletic Facilities grant application for Ft. Steilacoom park baseball field improvements

Following the City Council special meeting on June 22, 2015, the Council will be holding a Study Session, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting 
  • Review of Community Visioning Plan
  • Review of Investment Policy Resolution & Creation of the Investment Control Fund
  • Review of 1st Quarter 2015 Financial Report

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 29, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in Conference Room 3A, Lakewood City Hall located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan