Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

A routine, annual increase is set to take effect in Lakewood June 1, pending City Council review.

The increase is being proposed by Harold LeMay Enterprises, Inc. (also known as LeMay Pierce County Refuse) because of a 2.1 percent cost of living adjustment and a 5.24 percent disposal rate increase at the Pierce County Landfill that went into effect March 1. The Pierce County Council previously approved the landfill rate increase.

The city contracts with LeMay for its waste collection service.

For the average residential customer who has a 65-gallon garbage can that is picked up once a week with recycling service, the rate will go up from $34.36 to $35.48.

For the average commercial business with a 2-yard container that is picked up weekly the rate will go up from $172.17 to $177.73.

Click here to view the proposed 2017 rates.

Click here to view the 2016 rates.

The annual rate schedule can be found on the city website under Public Works, related documents.

Want to know where the City Council stands on expanding the city's housing opportunities? What about the latest transportation and parks projects? Or how about details of our upcoming Farmers Market (opening June 6) and our annual SummerFEST party in Fort Steilacoom Park?

These stories and more are in the latest edition of the Lakewood Connections Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 edition.

Copies went out via U.S. Postal Service May 3.

You can also view the publication online by clicking here.


Two Union Civil War Soldiers who were buried at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park will receive a proper headstone dedication Saturday.

Sergeant Oliver W. Bean, Company D, 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Private Thomas Blanchard, Company I, 4th New York Heavy Artillery will be honored during the ceremony. 

Both graves were previously unmarked. 

The headstone of Sergeant Charles Wesley Cooley, Company G, 49th Ohio Infantry will also be rededicated.

The ceremony is part of a larger effort of the small non-profit Grave Concerns Association, which has worked for nearly two decades to identify and properly mark the grave sites of thousands of former Western State Hospital patients buried between 1876 and 1953 in the nearby cemetery.

Saturday’s ceremony is the result of work by the Gov. Isaac Stevens Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), supported by Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Sons of Veterans Reserve and the Grave Concerns Association.

Research done by SUVCW member James Dimond led to the identification of the unmarked graves of Bean and Blanchard. 

Members of the Grave Concerns Association say there are three additional unmarked graves of Civil War veterans in the cemetery. They plan to dedicate those headstones at a future date when family members are present.

Military funeral honors will be rendered during Saturday’s ceremony. That includes a three-volley rifle salute.

Residents in and around the park between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday could hear gunfire and should not be alarmed.

The dedication is will follow a 1917 ritual of the Grand Army of the Republic, which is modeled after a ceremony performed in 1868 for headstone dedications of Civil War veterans.

A black powder rifle will be used to fire the blanks to commemorate the end of the ceremony. The salute will be followed by the playing of taps.  

In addition to the three Civil War gravestones, Grave Concerns Association volunteers will install a total of 30 headstones to replace the markers that currently only show a number marking the grave location.The group goes out roughly twice a year to replace the markers with headstones that honor those who have died, listing their names and then birth and death dates.They are able to do the work through community donations, grants and this year received money from the city's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Saturday's ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Western State Hospital Historic Patient Cemetery at 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard.

Click here to read more about the Grave Concerns Association and to see a map of the cemetery.

We are accepting applications from vendors interested in showing at our weekly Farmers Market, held Tuesdays in Towne Center starting June 6, and our annual SummerFEST festival held this year on July 8 at Fort Steilacoom Park.

See below for more:





Lakewood Farmers Market

The Lakewood Farmers Market takes place June 6 – September 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays in Lakewood Towne Center.

Join our close-knit, friendly family of vendors! We are seeking crafters and artisans. Deadline is May 15.

Click here for the vendor application . Contact Sally Martinez (253) 983-7758 for more informaiton.






SummerFEST Vendors

Businesses, health and fitness entrepreneurs, artisans, crafters, and organizations are invited to join Lakewood SummerFEST July 8 and gain exposure to 15,000 people. 

With over 25 sporting activities, art, live music, food trucks, international festival, car show and more this free festival engages people of all ages. Contact Sally Martinez at (253) 983-7758 or email  .

Application and event details on our SummerFEST page

At Monday's City Council meeting the council honored Sgt. First Class Dan Figuracion, who died April 3 at 97 years old.

Figuracion was a decorated World War II veteran, Batan Death March survivor, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Philippine Scouts for the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 26th Regiment Cavalry that conducted the last horse-mounted charge against armed troops in the Army's history.

He and other Philippine Scouts rode their horses, guns firing, at Japanese tanks and machine infantry in an attempt to stop the Japanese from taking over a city. They were successful and held them at bay until reinforcements arrived.

Figuracion was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (then Fort Lewis) in the 1960s - his family joined him in Lakewood in 1968. After retiring from the Army Figuracion stayed in the community and remained active with veteran's groups. He was a national hero in the Philippines.




Improvement projects totaling $56.5 million are planned for Lakewood’s roads over the next six years. Between now and 2018 there are 30 projects slated for completion, totaling $28 million.

That’s a lot.

To help keep people informed the city created an interactive map that will live on the city’s website. It indicates completed (green), in progress (orange) and upcoming (gray) projects on the city’s 431 miles of roadway.

Here’s a look at some of the more visible projects:

  • South Tacoma Way: state Route 512 to 96th Street: Good news, this project is expected to wrap up by summer. When finished South Tacoma Way will be wider with shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter and sidewalks. Also added: LED street lighting, updated traffic signals at state Route 512, 100th and 96th streets and new pavement. A gateway entrance sign with the neighborhood designation will be built in the island at 100th Street.
  • South Tacoma Way: Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street: Road widening continues for shared bike lanes, concrete curb and gutters, sidewalks, LED street lighting, new traffic signal at Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street intersection and new pavement. A second right turn lane will be added to Steilacoom Boulevard onto South Tacoma Way to make it safer and faster to pass through the intersection.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive: 100th Street to Bridgeport Way: This sidewalk project also adds curb and gutter to Gravelly Lake Drive from 100th Street to Bridgeport Way Once completed there will be continuous sidewalks on Gravelly Lake Drive from 112th Street to Bridgeport Way.
  • Lakewood Drive reconstruction/overlay: 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard: Pavement reconstruction planned from 100th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard. New curb and gutter and concrete sidewalks will be added to the western side of the road.
  • Sidewalks are coming to Lakeview Ave/112th St from Kendrick St to Steilacoom Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety as part of a state Department of Transportation-funded project to mitigate for the high-speed trains that will soon pass through the city.

2017-18 projects

  • 2017 chip seal program Oakbrook
  • Repave Onyx Drive SW from 87th to 89th streets
  • Military Road and 112th Street safety improvements
  • Safety improvements to 40th and 96th streets
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements Washington Boulevard to Nyanza
  • Gravelly Lake Drive improvements, 59th Street to Steilacoom Boulevard
  • Safe Routes to Schools: John Dower and Phillips roads
  • Dekoven Drive traffic calming project

Click here to see a comprehensive list of road projects planned for the next six years (2017-2022). 













The city recently approved a tree removal permit for six trees at the Lakewood Colonial Center.

The trees could come down as early as tomorrow (April 7) with work continuing through the weekend.

The Westwood Financial Corporation was granted the permit April 5 to address hazard trees on its property located on the 9300 block of Bridgeport Way SW near its intersections with Gravelly Lake Drive and Motor Avenue.

In total there are 79 trees on the site and only six will be cut. Of those, two are large Garry oak trees; the others are maples.

Westwood Financial submitted an arborist report with its permit request detailing the health of each tree on its property. The report determined the six trees slated for removal were hazardous and posed a public safety risk.

The report noted the two Garry oak trees to be removed were troublesome because of how they were located on site and maintained.  

The tree located at the entrance of the center has a “large fungal fruiting body,” according to arborist Robert W. Williams.

“The appearance of this fungal growth indicates internal decay is present,” Williams wrote. “The presence of decay increases the likelihood of trunk breakage. Failure in this tree has a high probability of causing harm.”

Along with removing the hazard trees, Westwood Financial has also hired tree specialists to prune the existing trees on the property – which does not require a permit.

The trees are mature, but have not been properly maintained over the years. The proposed pruning is anticipated to improve the condition of the trees by removing dead, dying, diseased and weak branches from the crown.

Pruning techniques like topping, over lifting and lion tailing are prohibited in the city.

The tree removal and maintenance is being done as part of Westwood Financials plans to renovate its property and bring in new business.

Click here to read the permit application approval and full arborist report.




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