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


Oct. 9, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Truck and Tractor Day 2015: Oct. 17

On Saturday Oct. 17  , the City of Lakewood will throw the hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as the 9thAnnual Truck and Tractor Day  .

The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:

Pumpkin Picking
  • What is the best part of October? The pumpkins, of course. The City knows this, which is why kids who attend will take home a free pumpkin while supplies last.  Volunteers will help carve the gourds and provide decorations for children to adorn their pumpkins. Kids will also get free hard hat. Get there early!

Halloween Doughnut Game

  • If you have ever tasted the delicious doughnuts from Lakewood’s own Original House of Doughnuts, you won’t want to miss this game where you try to eat the doughnut, with your hands behind your back, while it dangles from a string! It’s a whole new twist on eating treats!
A Smashing Gourd Time
  • In Lakewood, we have a favorite fall tradition: We like to smash things to bits. This year, you can take control of our pumpkin-chunkin’ launchers and blast those pumpkins across Fort Steilacoom Park, just like they used to do in the ol’ days. (Note: We have yet to confirm with the Lakewood Historical Society whether this actually happened in the ol’ days, but for convenience sake we’ll assume it did).
Hit the Hay
  • Enjoy free hayrides through Fort Steilacoom Park. This 340-acre gem is the largest in the City and a regional attraction. Enjoy a trip around Lake Waughop with the fall leaves crunching underneath those tractor tires.

Read more here .

Police Release August Crime Stats

The Lakewood Police Department​ released its latest monthly report, this one covering August 2015. A few highlights:

  • Burglary is down more than 12 percent from this time last year
  • Robbery is down more than 15 percent - Stolen property is down nearly 5 percent
  • Find these stats and more in this latest report .

City Council Roundup: Oct. 5, 2015

Here’s a roundup of actions that the Lakewood City Council took at its Monday, Oct. 5 meeting  :

  • The City Council adopted a resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Proposition 3 measure, which would impose a 1.5-percent utility tax on all Tacoma Public Utilities customers to finance street maintenance improvements and safety upgrades in the City of Tacoma. That could include some 6,500 Tacoma Power customers who live in the City of Lakewood. Wrote City Attorney Heidi Wachter in her report: “If this proposition passes, the result will be the City of Lakewood residents subsidizing road maintenance for another city while working to address road maintenance issues within Lakewood to benefit the citizens of Lakewood.”
  • The City Council adopted a $46,895 contact with Northwest Abatement Services Inc. to remove the collapsed barn structure at Fort Steilacoom Park. The barn came down during a February 2014 windstorm. Removing the debris required more than simply picking up the wood, as the City discovered lead contamination in the pieces.

Read more here .

Fall and Winter Weather Tips

As fall and winter weather intensifies, Lakewood residents should keep in mind a number of safety tips.

  • Falling leaves and heavy rains can clog storm drains, potentially flooding neighborhood streets.
    • Check storm drains near your property to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. Rake leaves away from blocked storm drains and dispose with yard waste.
    • Street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves, so please do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street.
    • Do not remove the grate!
  • Create a family plan.
    • Identify a safe route from their home, school and work to high ground, a meeting place for family members in case they are separated, and an out-of-state contact to call if local phone lines are busy or down.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
    • Include at least a seven-day supply of food and water, first aid supplies, extra clothing and blankets, prescription medicine, and hygiene and sanitation supplies.
  • Exercise caution while driving.
    • Hydroplaning becomes a serious concern in heavy rain. Remember to brake and accelerate carefully.
    • When the temperature drops, ice may form on the road even if you cannot see it.

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City Gets $1.5 Million Safe Routes to School Grant

The City of Lakewood got some great news this month that will end up making the streets near three Clover Park School District campuses safer.

The State of Washington awarded a $1.5 million Safe Routes to School grant to the City for safety improvements near Custer Elementary, Dower Elementary and Hudtloff Middle School.

The City's Public Works Department requested the state project funds last year but ultimately wasn't selected. This year, however, State legislators included the request in their $16.1 billion transportation package.   Work is scheduled for completion in 2017. Here are the projects are (click here  for location detail): 

  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest Sidewalk & Bike lane Improvements (Weller Road To Phillips Road): Custer Elementary School and Hudtloff Middle School
    • Includes sidewalks with curb and gutter, bicycle facilities, street lights and associated storm drainage on the north side of Steilacoom Boulevard.
  • John Dower Road Southwest Sidewalk Improvements (Custer Road to Steilacoom Boulevard): Dower Elementary School
    • Includes sidewalk with curb and gutter, shared use travel lane, street lighting, and associated storm drainage on the east side of John Dower Road.
  • Phillips Road Southwest Sidewalk Improvements (Steilacoom Boulevard to Agate Drive): Hudtloff Middle School
    • Includes sidewalk with curb and gutter, bike lane, streets lights and associated storm drainage on the west side of Phillips Road.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

"Inspiring Young Creators" Lego® Building Contest

Join the City of Lakewood’s “Inspiring Young Creators” Lego® Building Contest!

The contest is free and highlights the talents of our youth and showcases their creativity.

Children build the creations in their own home and bring them to Lakewood City Hall any time before Nov. 30.

Join as an individual or as a group and build with friends! Winners will be announced during the City of Lakewood Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Fabulous prizes for first- and second-place winners in each category:

  • Boy/Girl
  • Ages 6 years old to 9 years old and 10 years old to 14 years
  • Group categories.

Winning displays will be featured at the Tacoma Children’s Museum. Registration is open now through Nov. 10, 2015. Register today  or visit  .

The City is looking for donations of Lego® bricks for low-income children. Would you like to host a receptacle? Call Recreation Coordinator Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or  .

Economic Development

House of Donuts Up For "Best of Western Washington"

Lakewood's own Original House Of Donuts is up for KING5's Best of Western Washington ! This is a Lakewood original that's known across the region, state, even internationally. Please help by voting for OHOD and sharing with all of your family and friends. Let's help this local establishment get the crown of best around!

Cast your vote here .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 12, 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:

October 12, 2015 Study Session

  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • Economic Development update
  • Review of proposed development services fee schedule amendments
  • Review of sanitary sewer permitting proposals
  • Review of Title 5 (business license code) implementation
  • Review of repealing LMC Sections 03.09.280 & .290 relative to Municipal Court Trust Fund Account & Section 125 Fund.
  • Review of 2015-2016 mid-biennial budget amendments
  • Review of Transportation Benefit District assumption


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 19, 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:

October 19, 2015 Regular Meeting

  • Business showcase – Mt. View Funeral Home
  • Presentation of the 2015-2016 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
  • Setting November 2, 2015 as public hearing on Transportation Benefit District assumption
  • Adopt City of Lakewood Vision statement.
  • Adopt 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda, Legislative Policy Manual and Federal priorities.
  • Repeal LMC Sections 03.09.280 & .290 relative to Municipal Court Trust Fund Account & Section 125 Fund.
  • Adopt FY 2016 CDBG & HOME funding policies
  • Approve a community gathering place design and location at Ft. Steilacoom Park
  • Approve DSHS WSH Community Policing agreement
  • Approve DSHS WSH Community partnership agreement