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


July 2, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Coming Monday: Online Permitting System

The public will soon find a faster, more convenient method of meeting its permitting needs through the City of Lakewood.

Starting Monday, July 6, the Community Development Department is introducing its online permitting system that residents can utilize via the City’s website  (  ).

The City’s new online module will allow users to run queries and view the different permits for a specific property. If you’re a contractor who has applied for a permit, you can check the status of your permit as well. You will also be able to schedule inspections online and check the status of the inspection request.

But that’s not all. The City’s new system allows users to apply and pay online for two types of permits: hot water tank replacement and furnace replacement.

Finally, business owners can renew their City business licenses online. (Note: Those applying for a new business license will still have to either print an application and bring it to City Hall, or apply directly at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW).

Fireworks in Lakewood

As the country celebrates its independence this Fourth of July, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks. But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least. To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks   in the City of Lakewood. West Pierce Fire & Rescue also offers these tips:

  • Store fireworks out of children’s reach
  • Always keep water handy
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
  • Never relight a “dud” - Soak used fireworks in water
  • Be considerate and clean up used fireworks
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children

City Offices Closed For Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015.

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.

Plan on lighting off fireworks in the City of Lakewood? Be sure you read "Q&A: How To Do Fireworks Right in Lakewood.  "

Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Heat Wave: Do Not Leave Pets in Cars

Western Washington is in the midst of a heat wave, one that looks to linger for some time. Given the forecast, the Lakewood Police Department reminds drivers to never leave their dog or cat in a parked car during the hot summer days - not even for a short trip to the store. The build-up of heat inside your car can kill pets. On an average summer day, the temperature inside your car can reach an unbearable 160 degrees in the sun. Even if with windows cracked a little, a dog or cat can die of heat prostration within a short time. Even if a pet survives the hot car, it could suffer unseen brain damage. Dogs and cats don’t sweat the same way people sweat. An animal’s lungs are its main cooling system. When a pet has only overheated air to breath, it can’t live very long. Remember, shaded parking areas, open windows and air-conditioned cars with motors off won’t work (illegal to leave your car running).

Basically, if you love your pet, leave it home.

JBLM Joint Land Use Study Meetings in Lakewood, South Sound

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is nearing completion, and open houses will be held in July to seek public input. The JBLM JLUS is a collaborative process among federal, regional, and local governments and agencies; tribes; the public; and the South Puget Sound region’s military installations, JBLM and Camp Murray. The study is designed to create a collective regional dialogue around sometimes complex issues of balancing military operational demands and mission changes with the region’s and local communities’ land use plans, economic development and infrastructure needs, and goals for environmental sustainability. The study area generally encompasses those communities within two miles of the JBLM boundary.

Public Meetings

South Sound Military and Communities Partnership staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive feedback from the public on the  ongoing Joint Land Use Study. Three open-house style meetings will be held:

  • Monday, 20 July, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St S, Tacoma
  • Tuesday, 21 July, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Yelm Public Safety Bldg., 206 McKenzie Ave., Yelm
  • Wednesday, 22 July, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood

For more information, check out the JBLM JLUS Website .

Lakewood SummerFEST 2015 on July 11!

What? You thought the summer of huge events in Lakewood was over? Not by a long putt, er, shot. On Saturday, July 11 – yes, less than three weeks away – the City of Lakewood will hold its biggest event of the year with SummerFEST 2015,   beginning at 11 a.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. Lakewood’s annual summer celebration gets bigger and better each time. This year’s party promises to be no different. A few reasons why:

  • Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon: This annual event, presented by St. Clare Hospital, is a test of will and draws some of the fiercest competitors to the community. The competition requires competitors to swim, bike and run. It begins with a swim at American Lake Park and ends with a run at Fort Steilacoom Park. Competitors are expected to begin crossing the finish line around 10 a.m., for SummerFEST-goers who want to arrive early and cheer them on.
  • Vendors, Vendors and More Vendors: Beginning at 11 a.m., more than 75 public market vendors and 20 food vendors will offer an array of goods to buy, browse and/or eat. There will also be a beer garden.
  •   Free Entertainment: These days, every penny counts. The City of Lakewood knows this, and that’s why it works every SummerFEST to provide family fun and entertainment free of charge. This year, SummerFEST will feature two stages of great live music (check out the lineup for our Main Stage   ) and a soccer tournament, as well as free displays of Police, Fire and other vehicles.
  • Safety First: West Pierce Fire and Rescue will be on site to provide safety information as well as sell life vests and bike helmets.
  • KidsZone: For a small fee, children can bounce, climb, race and enjoy a petting zoo in the KidZone.
  • Classic Car Show: Come see hot rods, convertibles and other classic cars displayed at thePartners for Parks car show
  • Movie in the Park: Everything is awesome at this year’s SummerFEST! Why? Our feature outdoor film, which starts at dusk, is none other than the LEGO Movie   . How cool is that?

Mark your calendars for this great family event.

More SummerFEST: Reptile Isle

Need another reason to attend Lakewood SummerFEST 2015? How about something more retilian in nature.

This year's event will feature Don "The Reptile King" Riggs and Reptile Isle. That's right, those who attend SummerFEST will get an up-close look of The Reptile King and his slimy, scaly, slithery friends. Watch the YouTube video to get an idea of how much fun Reptile Isle can be!

Lakewood SummerFEST 2015  takes place July 11 at Fort Steilacoom Park and will feature our famous Triathlon, nearly 100 market and food vendors, a classic car show, Movie in the Park featuring The Lego Movie and much, much more.

Mayor Delivers 'State of the City' to Lakewood Chamber

On Thursday, July 2, Mayor Don Anderson gave his State of the City presentation to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Great American Casino. The presentation covered everything from Council Goals to public safety to economic development to the community's relationship on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The underlying theme, according to Mayor Anderson: "The state of our City is strong."

Summer School: Drive Carefully

Summer school in the Clover Park School District began this week, and the Lakewood Police Department is asking motorists to drive carefully. The schedule is as follows:

  • June 22 - July 23: John Dower, Oakwood, Tillicum, Tyee Park and Park Lodge Elementary Schools; Lochburn and Woodbrook Middle School; Lakes High School (Additional "Lancer Days" Aug. 17-21); Clover Park High School (Additional "Warrior Days" Aug.19-20)

Road Projects

Here is an update of major road work in the City of Lakewood for the week of July 1:

  • Main Street Overlay – Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street (pavement overlay):  Construction continues on Main Street between Gravelly Lake Drive and 108th Street. Temporary daytime, partial lane closures will be required to upgrade pedestrian ramps and complete minor storm drainage repairs. Pavement grinding and overlay will occur in the evening and early morning hours on July9-10. Permanent striping will be completed in the evening during the week of July 13. (Project Manager: Weston Ott)
  • 59th Avenue – 100th Street to Bridgeport Way (reconstruction):  Final paving will be completed July 1 and temporary striping placed and the road reopened by Thursday morning, July 2. Permanent striping will be completed in the evening during the week of July 13. (Project Manager: Weston Ott)
  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive to South Tacoma Way – Strom Drainage Repairs: Beginning the evening of July 13, 2015 and continuing for three weeks, the City’s contractor will be completing several storm drainage repairs on Steilacoom Boulevard between Lakewood Drive and South Tacoma Way. Work will take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.,Monday through Friday and require temporary lane closures. Two-way traffic will be maintained through the area. (Project Manager: Greg Vigoren)
  • Bridgeport Way – Pacific Highway to 112th Street: Beginning the evening of July 13, 2015 and continuing for three weeks, the City’s contractor will be completing several storm drainage repairs on Bridgeport Way between Pacific Highway and 112th Street.  Work will take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday and require temporary lane closures.  Two-way traffic will be maintained through the area. (Project Manager: Greg Vigoren)
  • 2015 Chip Seal Project (Oakbrook Neighborhood):  Chip sealing of the roadways will begin the week of July 20, 2015. This will require short-term temporary lane and roadway closures. Project Manager: Weston Ott)

Economic Development

RAM Nabs Multiple Awards

Congratulations to Lakewood's own RAM Restaurant and Brewery, which continuted its Northwestern success by bringing home two bronze medals from the 3rd Annual Washington Beer Awards at the Washington Brewers Festival on Saturday, July 20.

RAM Brewer, Bill Jenkins, from the Northgate RAM location was awarded for The RAM’s Flagship Blonde Ale and Chachi Rodriguez from The RAM’s production facility in Tacoma was honored for a RAM rotating spring seasonal beer, the Maibock.

“It's exciting to win a couple of medals at the Washington Beer Awards. It's awesome to get another medal for our Blonde, which pours at all locations year round and shows the passion and quality of our brewers. This year's Maibock was one of my favorite batches to date. It was an awesome helles bock. We look forward to that seasonal selection every spring,” said Dave Leonard, Director of Brewing Operations.

The competition is “a way to celebrate Washington’s growing brewing culture and recognize excellance in craft.” The judging for the Washington Beer Awards were held on May 30th, drawing over 700 entries from 70 breweries from across the state. Medals were awarded in 45 different categories by a panel who evaluated beers spanning 100 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. For a complete list of winners and other information about the Awards please visit

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 6, 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:

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Presentation of West-Pierce Fire District Levy – Fire Chief Jim Sharp
  • Bid award for Madigan Access Phase II
  • Public Hearing on Six Year TIP
  • Adopt Investment Policy Resolution & Creation of the Investment Control Fund
  • Adopt 2015-2020 Region 5 All Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 13, 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 Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review model aircraft code in parks
  • Review of ILA for Fire Marshal services