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


Sept. 4, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Invited to Celebrate Completion of Four Heroes Elementary School

Lakewood community members are invited to attend the grand opening celebration for the new Four Heroes Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony

“I would like to thank Lakewood-area voters for their support of the 2010 school construction bond proposal,” said Debbie LeBeau, Clover Park School District Superintendent. “I am proud to welcome our community to the new school.”

On the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, four Lakewood Police Department officers were tragically killed. Four Heroes Elementary School is named in their honor to commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice public servants make every day.

Dozens of police officers, firefighters, EMS and other first responders along with hundreds of Four Heroes Elementary School students, parents and community members will attend the event. Refreshments and tours of the school will be available immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Lakewood-area voters approved a $92 million bond in 2010 to build Four Heroes Elementary School and Harrison Preparatory School and rebuild Hudtloff Middle School. A committee comprised of staff and community members came up with the “Four Heroes” name which was approved by the Clover Park School District Board of Directors in March 2014.

The new school is located at 9101 Lakewood Drive SW in Lakewood. Attendees should turn onto Redwood Drive SW from Lakewood Drive SW. Signs and parking attendants will indicate where visitors should park.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Clover Park School District’s community relations office at (253) 583-5040.

Connections Newsletter

Next week, Lakewood residents and businesses will receive the City of Lakewood's regular newsletter/parks and recreation guide, Connections. But for those who've read our newsletter before, this issue will look different.

In partnership with Philips Publishing, the City of Lakewood is switching to a magazine format for its newsletter, giving the community a better product to see and feel. One thing that won't change, however, is the quality of the content. The City will continue to deliver news, statistics, features and other information about what’s happening in Lakewood.

As always, the issue will include the seasonal guide to the City’s award-winning Parks and Recreation Department. It’s full of information on sports, classes, programs, events and other activities that the City offers on a regular basis.

More to come on this exciting step the City of Lakewood has taken to reach and engage its residents!

City, West Pierce 9/11 Ceremony

In commemoration of 9/11, the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue will jointly host a ceremony Friday, Sept. 11 at Lakewood City Hall.

Residents of Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and all other communities are welcome to attend the event, which begins sharply at 8:30 a.m., at the flag plaza in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

The ceremony is intended to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, including firefighters, police and other first-responders. It’s also intended to recognize the military personnel who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan following the attacks, many of whom were stationed at JBLM.

The event is scheduled to last about 20 minutes and will feature:

  • Bagpipers approximately 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony
  • Comments from Mayor Don Anderson, WPFR Chief Jim Sharp and Interim Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Honor Guard procession
  • Coffee and donuts at the end of the ceremony

For more information, contact Lakewood Communications Manager Brent Champaco at  ;  or WPFR Community & Media Relations Manager Jenny Weekes at   

Point Defiance Bypass: Track and Signal Work

Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation have produced this handout on train track and signal work related to its Point Defiance Bypass project. The work includes signals in Lakewood, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont. To view the handout, click on the icon to the right:

Major Road Projects: 

Below is a list of major roadwork scheduled in the City of Lakewood for the week beginning Sept. 4, 2015:

  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive to South Tacoma Way – OverlayWeek of Sept. 8   - Days,  Concrete curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA and minor pavement patching will be completed.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work.  Week of Sept. 8   - Nights – Asphalt Pavement Overlay.  Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction. 
  • Bridgeport Way – Pacific Highway to 112th - OverlayWeek of Sept. 8   and Sept. 14   – Days: Concrete curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA standards and minor pavement patching will be completed.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work. Week of Sept. 14   - Nights – Asphalt Pavement Overlay.  Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction.
  • 100  th   Street – Lakewood Industrial Park  – Frontage Improvements:  Week of Sept. 14   – Days:  On 100th Street, west of Lakeview Avenue, Lakewood Industrial Park will be completing curb, gutter, and sidewalk along the frontage of their new buildings.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work.  Week of Sept. 21   – Days: On 100th Street, west of Lakeview Avenue, Lakewood Industrial Park will be grinding and paving along the frontage of their new buildings.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work.
  • Veterans Drive (area) Phase 4 – Water Main Replacement (Lakewood Water District Project)Lakewood Water District’s Veterans Drive Phase 4 project is currently under construction and will continue for the next one to two months.  Expect temporary lane closures/detours. For more information, visit
  • Railroad Crossing Utility Relocation Work – Communication Casing Installation at Berkeley Street and North Thorne Lane RR CrossingEarly September, communication contractors will be closing Berkeley Street over 1-2 days on a weekend in order to install a casing across Berkeley Street at the railroad crossing.  Vehicles will be detoured to North Thorne Lane.  On a separate weekend, the same work will take place at North Thorne Lane RR Crossing.
  • Woodbrook Sewer ExtensionThe City’s contractor is scheduled to begin construction of sewer main in the Woodbrook Neighborhood along Woodbrook Drive and 150th Street at the beginning of September.  During construction, these roads will be closed (allowing local access only) with detours to 146th Street. More information to come. 

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.

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.

Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Disaster Preparedness month. Check out these tips to help keep your family safe, courtesy of   Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger:

Family Communication Tips
  • Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.
  • Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.
  • Check with your children’s day care or school. Facilities designed for children should include identification planning as part of their emergency plans.
  • Identify a contact such as a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify they are safe. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Make sure to put the contact on your child’s emergency contact card when school starts. Sample cards can be accessed on the links below. 
  • Place the out-of-state phone contact in your families cell phone.
  • Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through. TEXT DON’T TALK!
  • Sign up for Pierce County Alert to receive emergency notifications on severe weather, major road closures and emergencies in the

City Offices Closed For Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, 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.


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, 1.5% utility company earning tax for Tacoma street improvements
  • Bid award traffic signal upgrade Phase 5
  • 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
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of lodging tax funding methodology 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


September 14, 2015 Council Tour, 6:30 PM

  • The City Council will be touring the Lakewood Traffic Management Center on Monday, September 14, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in City Hall, Second Floor, located at 6000 Main Street SW. 


September 14, 2015 Study Session, following Council Tour

Following the tour, the City Council will be holding a study session at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 6000 Main 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
  • Review of Springbrook Park property acquisition expansion
  • Motor Avenue Design Review