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


July 9, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates


It's finally here! On Saturday, July 11, the City of Lakewood will be throwing its biggest party of the year: SummerFEST 2015.

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?

We'll see everyone Saturday! #IamLakewood

Army Downsizing

The Army's plan to draw down the number of active personnel at its installations includes a reduction of 1,250 soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Local officials say given the Department of Defense's (DoD) original plans for an 11,000-soldier reduction, this week's announced figures are relatively good news. "I think it's even better than we expected we could come out,"Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson was quoted as saying by KUOW . “It’s good for our community, but it’s also good for our Army and national defense given the pivot to the Pacific," Anderson added. "JBLM is the most important power projection platform in the Western United States, so seeing it cut substantially would I think be a problem." As the largest single-point employer in the state and the second-largest overall only behind The Boeing Co., JBLM is a vital economic engine for the City of Lakewood and all of Washington. After the DoD released its initial estimates in 2014, the South Sound rallied to voice its concerns to Army officials during a public forum in Lakewood earlier this year. Some 600 people attended the event, which was organized by South Sound Military & Communities Partnership. Overall, the Army will draw down its number of active personnel from 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018. JBLM is one of six bases across the U.S. The others: Fort Benning, Ga (3,402); Fort Hood, Texas (3,350); Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK (2,631); Schofield Barracks, HI (1,214) and Fort Bliss, Texas (1,219). View the rest of the article .

Road Work for Week of July 8

Here is an update of major road work in the City of Lakewood for the week of July 8

  • Main Street Overlay – Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street (pavement overlay):  Pavement grinding will occur, Thursday night, July 9. Pavement overlay will occur on Friday night, July 10. All impacted adjacent business owners and residents have been contacted and temporary parking and access has been arranged. Permanent striping will be completed in the evening during the week of July 13.
  • 59th Avenue – 100th Street to Bridgeport Way (striping):  Permanent striping will be completed in the evening during the week of July 13.
  • Lakewood Drive – 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard (surveying):  Survey crews will be out on Lakewood Drive between 100thStreet and Steilacoom Boulevard to provide mapping for the 2016 pavement reconstruction project.
  • Steilacoom Boulevard – Lakewood Drive to South Tacoma Way – Strom Drainage Repairs: Beginning the evening of July 13, 2015 and continuing for 3 weeks, the City’s contractor will be completing several storm drainage repairs on Steilacoom Blvd 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.
  • Bridgeport Way – Pacific Highway to 112th Street Storm Drainage Repairs: Beginning the evening of July 13 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.
  • 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.  (View this map  for locations)
  • Major Arterials – City-Wide (paint striping)Pierce County crews are expected in Lakewood toward the end of July to complete paint re-striping on several major arterials.  Please pay attention to the paint crew trucks to avoid tracking fresh paint.

Online Permitting

The public this week found 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).

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  .

Active Shooter Training

On Wednesday, Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue personnel participated in an active shooter training at the former Lake City Elementary. Police posted photos and a video on its Facebook page that gives viewers a taste of how realistic the training truly was.

Coffee with the Mayor on July 14

Please join Mayor Don Anderson for Coffee with the Mayor on July 14, 2015 at 7:30 amWe will meet at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center, 4908 112th Street SW. Our guest speaker will be West Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Sharp, who will provide an update West Pierce: Today & Tomorrow. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705 or   .  We hope to see you there!

Delays on Thorne Lane Ramp

(This is from the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Drivers using the ThorneLane on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood may encounter overnight delays on Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 as Washington State Department of Transportation crews perform maintenance on southbound I-5 between mileposts125.2 and 122.9.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 13, the two right lanes of southbound I-5 will close near New York Avenue South. At 10 p.m. the Thorne Lake on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close. All lanes and ramps will re-open by 5 a.m. the following day. The same closures will take place overnight on Tuesday, July 14.

WSDOT offers a lot of information for drivers. Information is available via the WSDOT mobile app  and the WSDOT regional Twitter feed  . Advance information is also provided on the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates  page.

Summer School Means Flashing School Zone Lights

Just because it's summer doesn't mean school is completely out. Many students in the Clover Park School District are attending summer school. Just like during the school year, flashing yellow school zone lights will be activated when before classes start (between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.) and once they let out (between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.). The City reminds drivers to slow down in school zones, or it could cost you.

Here is the summer school schedule, according to CPSD:

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)

#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

This week, the City received its Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators. 

The City of Lakewood won second place in the “Shoestring Budget” category – a new category this year that recognizes the best communication efforts with limited funds – for its #IamLakewood social media/community pride campaign. According to the City of Lakewood’s entry:

At the beginning of 2014, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals was to better promote the positive aspects of its community. However, the City had little to no funding to engage in a traditional, far-reaching promotional campaign. Instead, Communications Manager Brent Champaco decided to leverage two resources available to the City: social media and community pride. He coined the Twitter hashtag: #IamLakewood. The meaning and power behind the hashtag is simple: Lakewood residents are proud to live and work in the community, and they want to let others know about it. The hashtag served as a free, yet far-reaching, method of spreading this message.

At that point, #IamLakewood became a regular feature of the City’s social media posts. The Original House of Donuts  , an iconic Lakewood business, began printing the hashtag on some of its bags and stickers. The Lakewood Boys & Girls Club  began using the hashtag in its postts and photos. Today, a search of #IamLakewood on Twitter  , Instagram  , Facebook  and YouTube  will generate a trove of posts and images from the City and others throughout Lakewood.

City Council

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 6000Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review model aircrafts code in parks

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, July 20, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Colonel H. Charles Hodges, Jr.
  • Business showcase – Ram Restaurant & Brewery
  • Appoint member(s) to Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
  • Adopt model aircrafts code in parks
  • Adopt Six Year Transportation Improvement Program
  • Express support for the West Pierce Fire & Rescue levy