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


Aug. 28, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor Testifies on Lakewood Projects in Sound Transit 3

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson testified at the Sound Transit Board of Directors meeting in support of project priorities of Lakewood and the Pierce County communities south of Tacoma in the Sound Transit 3 (ST3)  package that voters could decide in 2016.

In essence, Mayor Anderson’s underlying message to the Board was simple: the initial work of the Seattle/King County Corridor has been completed. It is now time to expand transportation projects elsewhere, including Lakewood and Pierce County.

“ST3 is an opportunity to extend and enhance multimodal transportation opportunities to this population,” Anderson said.

Specifically, the Mayor referred to these projects:

  • Extending the Sounder Commuter rail system from Lakewood Station to the City of DuPont, as well as create a new bus/Sounder station in Tillicum to serve both residents and members of JBLM and their families.
  • Extend Sounder train hours of operation to better serve Lakewood and South Sound commuters, which would significantly increase ridership and boost economic development.
  • Add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), essentially “extending the spine of light rail” from the Tacoma Dome Station south along South Tacoma Way to Pacific Highway South, terminating at the Tillicum Sounder Station. Read the full story .

Radio-Controlled Aircraft Rules at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood has adopted new rules regarding radio-controlled aircraft  usage at City parks.

On July 20, the Lakewood City Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits the use of radio-controlled aircraft except for a designated area at Fort Steilacoom Park and under certain conditions:

  • Electric powered radio controlled aircraft only
  • Pilots assume all risk related to the use of the radio control aircraft area and assume all responsibility for any damage or injury caused by their model
  • Flying outside of established area is prohibited
  • Aircraft must be kept in line of sight at less than 500 feet altitude
  • Pilots flying in “First Person View” must have a spotter
  • Pilots must avoid flying over people in and around the area
  • Pilots shall maintain control during the entire flight and operate in a safe manner
  • Max aircraft weight is 15 pounds
  • Aircraft shall not exceed an 84 decibel sound level at full throttle
  • All spectators must remain behind flying area at all times
  • Flying for commercial use is prohibited
  • Pilots will clean up the area when finished flying
  • All Academy of Model Aeronautics Association (AMA) rules apply at this site and participation in the AMA is recommended. To find out more check out
  • The City can close this area to flying at any time for safety or to support other needs

Park Rules and Regulations can be found under Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.000, available at  In case of emergency – please call 911.

Lakewood on Pandora Radio

Hey Pandora  listeners - have you heard the ad talking about how great of a place Lakewood is to visit? It's airing throughout this month and early September.

Paid for with Lodging Tax Advisory Committee  grant funds, the commercial speaks to outdoor recreation, cultural cuisine, beautiful parks and other amenities our community has to offer. Although locals have known for years how great Lakewood is, it's time to share the same message with folks from out of town.

Have you heard it? ‪#‎IamLakewood‬ ‪#‎Adventureineverydirection‬

What is Pandora?

Pandora is free personalized internet radio. Simply enter a favorite artist, track, comedian or genre, and Pandora will create a personalized station that plays their music and more like it. Rate songs by giving thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback and add variety to further refine your stations, discover new music and help Pandora play only music you love. Pandora is powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a project started over ten years ago to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians.

Third Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest

The Third Annual Lakewood Asian Film Fest  returns Sept. 5-7 at the Lakewood Elks with anothergreat lineup of five emotional, thought-provoking films  during the Labor Day weekend.

The film fest - sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission  - is free to the public.

The acclaimed and emotionally charged Indian film, "Water," is the opening selection and will show at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5. The film highlights the plight of Chuyia an 8-year-old Hindu girl who has been married and suddenly widowed. Custom demands she be sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia's feisty nature soon affects the other widows and causes them to question their faith and social status.

The film's director, Deepa Mehta, received death threats and arson attacks in an attempt to halt production of this controversial film. Ebert and Roeper gave the film "Two Thumbs Up."  Time called the film "A Triumph."  The film is two hours long, subtitled and rated PG-13. Additionally, Lakewood Arts Commissionmember Phil Raschke says a short discussion session will be held following the showing of the film.

The stunning film "The Painted Veil" is the film fest's second Saturday showing and set for 7 p.m. This film is rated PG-13 and stars Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. The film is based on Somerset Maugham's classic novel of the same name. The story is about an English doctor who takes his beautiful, but faithless wife to a cholera ravaged village deep in China. Rolling Stone called it "Magnificent." Diana Rigg, of Ms. Emma Peel fame in the Avenger TV series, is also in the film. "The Painted Veil" is a powerful, terrifically acted, beautifully photographed film. Read the full story.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue at Okanogan Fire

Check out this picture from West Pierce Fire & Rescue Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger, who was deployed to the scene of worst wildfire in Washington state history in Eastern Washington. She writes: "The base camp is located at the Okanogan Fair Grounds, where many of the firefighters are staying when they get to take breaks from the fire grounds. We currently have 1,345 fire troops on the ground from all over the country." Thank you to Christine and all of the other firefighters and emergency personnel who are assisting. Be safe, please.

WSDOT: New Traffic Flow Map Available For JBLM/DuPont Commuters

For drivers who travel through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor, a new traffic flow map  showing Interstate 5 and arterial roads is now available to help them make informed route decisions.

In an effort to give military personnel, base employees and area residents a way to gauge traffic flow around JBLM entrance and exit gates along I-5, the Washington State Department of Transportation worked cooperatively with JBLM officials to install a traffic detection system that uses anonymous Bluetooth technology to show real time traffic conditions. The Bluetooth data are displayed on the map alongside the I-5 radar detection system.

The new traffic flow map, which is also available on the WSDOT mobile app  , includes sections of Steilacoom-DuPont Road and Center Drive in DuPont, giving residents a new way to know which ramp is less congested. 

Parks and Recreation

Inspring Young Creators LEGO Contest

Announcing the City of Lakewood’s “Inspiring Young Creators” Lego Building Competition using LEGO Bricks. Register now at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

This competition is free to all competitiors between 6 and 14 years old.There will be fabulous prizes for first and second-place winners in each of four categories: boys and girls, 6 years old to 9 years old and 10 years old to 14 years old. Winners will be announced during the Annual Tree Lighting Festival on Dec 4 at City Hall!

Creations are due on or before Nov. 30, at City Hall. The winning entries will get  a picture in the next Connections Magazine (which reaches 30,000 households amd businesses)! Winning entries also will be displayed at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma! Read the complete details on the downloadable flyer/registration form at . Click on "Building Competition" on the header. Visit the form directly at .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 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:

September 8, 2015 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 2015 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Proclamation declaring September 2015 as National Literacy Month.
  • Proclamation declaring September 18, 2015 as Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Setting September 21, 2015 as the public hearing date regarding the City of Tacoma’s Proposition 3 utility tax levy
  • Bid award traffic signal upgrade Phase 5 (tentative)
  • Amending Elway contract, in the amount of $10,275 to $69,275 for a community/business survey
  • Adopt Comcast franchise agreement
  • Repeal rental housing code
  • Approve Lakeview Light &Power contract regarding LED streetlighting project.
  • Approve ILA for Fire Marshal services
  • Approve copiers contract
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of lodging tax funding methodology (tentative) and Review of public defender contract

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

September 12, 2015 (Saturday) Retreat, 8:30 AM

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 14, 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 Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of Fort Steilacoom buildings as a community landmark
  • Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County Presentation – Compete Every Day Forever: 2016-2020 Work Plan – Mr. Bruce Kendall, President & CEO
  • US Open Recap
  • Review of Six Year Financial Forecast (tentative)
  • Municipal Finance 101