City Manager's Weekly Bulletin Oct. 7, 2022 written over a photo of a young child holding up a pumpkin by its stem

Lakewood Manager’s Bulletin: Oct. 7, 2022

Truck & Tractor Day is here
Two children posing for a picture sit among pumpkins at the base of a tree at Lakewood's Truck & Tractor Day

Join us Saturday, Oct. 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. for our annual Fall Festival: Truck & Tractor Day.

This family-friendly event has something for everyone. Get there early to get a free pumpkin and hard hat (while supplies last) for the kids. We’ll have food for purchase, vendor booths, entertainment and hands-on kids activities. Stay for hayrides around Fort Steilacoom Park and let the kids crawl on the trucks and tractors on display.

Looking to enjoy the event without the horns? Get there early for a horn-free experience from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

Everything happens at Fort Steilacoom Park near the playground, main picnic shelter and the Pavilion. Fort Steilacoom Park is located at 8714 87th Ave SW.


How do you get around Lakewood?

How do you use Lakewood’s sidewalks, bike lanes, or other routes that don’t allow cars?

The city of Lakewood is updating its non-motorized transportation plan to reflect the improvements made over the last 10 years and to provide direction on how to expand its walking and rolling network.

We want to hear from you. How do you use the system and what non-motorized improvements are most important? The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time and input!


Lakewood Council Corner: Oct. 3, 2022

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Lakewood City Council took time at the start of its meeting Monday to recognize the impact this violence has in our community.

All residents are asked to join in recognizing domestic violence as a crime with impacts on individuals, families and children, with the goal of educating, protecting and ultimately, reducing and eliminating acts of domestic violence. If you or someone know you is experiencing domestic violence find help and resources online or call the Pierce County helpline 253-798-4166.

Introduction of the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget: City Manager John Caulfield presented the proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget to the Council at the meeting. In his presentation Caulfield highlighted the proposal:

  • Offers a balanced operating budget
  • Uses sound underlying financial assumptions and policies
  • Is consistent with adopted financial policies
  • Does not use one-time funds for ongoing operations
  • Ensures operating expenditures do not exceed operating revenues
  • Achieves reserves requirements
  • Provides for financial stability
  • Targets prudent investment opportunities
  • Preserves the city’s excellent credit rating

Read the budget: Want to see what’s proposed? Read the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget. Review the budget introduction slides, or watch the Oct. 3, 2022 meeting.

Department budgets: Council had its first opportunity to dive into the proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget at a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. That’s when department directors outlined their proposed budgets for the biennium. Budgets reviewed at the meeting included:

  • City Manager
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • Police
  • Legal

Watch the meetingCity Council Meeting of October 5, 2022

Future budget meetings: The next budget meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 at 6 p.m. to hear the remaining presentations from city departments, including:

  • Municipal Court
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Public Works Engineering
  • Administrative Service

Find the full meeting timeline online.

What’s on deck: Council will hold a study session Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tentative agenda items include:

  • Review of Tree Preservation Code Updates
  • Joint Lakewood Arts Commission meeting
  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sub-recipient Presentations: Career Team and Rebuilding Together South Sound
  • Review of three-year Energy and Climate Change Work Plan

How to attend: Attend in person at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW; Join via Zoom (or dial (253) 215-8782 and enter meeting ID: 868 7263 2373), or watch live on the city’s YouTube channel.


Lakewood Road Roundup

112th is finally patched!

This week a contractor performed emergency repairs on 112th Street SW between Holden Road SW and Butte Drive SW to improve the roadway.

Due to the high traffic volume from the Washington Boulevard SW detour the roadway deteriorated, needing to be patched. The city authorized an emergency contract to fix the road.

With the patching complete, 112th Street SW is now open without reduced lanes and is not expected to see additional road work in the immediate future.

Work continues in Lake City

Comcast removed its lines from the poles near the roundabout at Gravelly Lake Drive and Nyanza Road. The poles should be removed soon by Puget Sound Energy. Once gone, the city’s contractor will pour the final sidewalk panels south of Nyanza Road.

Work continues next week at Washington Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue and along the road to prepare for curb installation. Concrete is anticipated to be poured in this area by the end of next week.

Want to know the latest about the work happening with the JBLM-North Acess project? Visit the project page to sign up for email updates.

Steilacoom Boulevard sidewalk installation

All sidewalks east of Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street SW are done with the exception of one pour. Paving behind driveways will happen early next week. Then the contractor will have a short period of no work while they gather material for the wall planned for the south side of Steilacoom Boulevard, west of Phillips Road.

Construction will stop on this project for the winter. This is due to a delay in when new signals will be available, which is the result of a number of factors outside the city and contractor’s control. The contractor expects to get as much work done as possible before stopping.


We’re hiring! Be part of the city of Lakewood team

Are you looking to make a career move? The city of Lakewood has a variety of career opportunities available for people looking to join a collaborative work environment where teamwork and public service take priority.

To see the full job descriptions, health and retirement benefits and paid holidays, or to apply, visit the city’s job listing website.


Access library services in Lakewood

The Pierce County Library System continues to serve Lakewood with pop-up libraries and other services with community partners throughout the city. From book talks for adults and tech help, to family story time for all ages, the Library System is still offering programs for residents. Some of the services will be held at the Tillicum Community Center and some at Lakewood City Hall, while others will pop up in various places around the community.

Visit lakewoodlib.pcls.us for up-to-date info on services and locations.

In June, the Library System closed the aging Lakewood Library at Wildaire Road SW because it was in critical and unsafe condition and needed significant maintenance and repair. In addition to the Current Lakewood Library Services, the Library System encourages people to visit nearby DuPont, Steilacoom, Tillicum and University Place libraries. This month, workers installed tarps on the roof of the downtown library to prepare for the rainy season. Currently, the Library System is working with the city of Lakewood to install cyclone fencing around the building to protect the property.

Sign up to receive Lakewood and Tillicum building updates. Send an email to [email protected].


FAB Fest returns

The Film, Art, Book (FAB) Fest kicks off next week and runs through the weekend (Oct. 14-16, 2022) at the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW.

This year’s event will feature 18 entries from Lakewood’s Reel Life 96 short film contest, held in February. These locally produced, five minute long films had to be shot and edited within a 96 hour period and incorporate a dance scene, a lit candle and the dialogue “sometimes you have to be happy for what you don’t get”. Some of the films are emotional, some moving and some outright hilarious.

The films will be shown Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in three groups of six films each. Audience discussion will occur following presentation of each group.

Throughout the three-day event visitors can view art exhibits, meet authors and see special entertainment. Following the Reel Life 96 film viewing Saturday guests can stick around for a 6 p.m. showing of the Oscar-nominated film “Elvis & Nixon”, followed by a Q&A.

Admission and parking are free. Doors open at noon. An indoor concession stand and TinHut BBQ food truck will serve food. View the complete schedule.


Lakewood PD Chief search: Online survey still open

Lakewood Police Chief Recruitment

Have you heard? Lakewood is conducting a national search to find its next police chief to replace Chief Mike Zaro who will retire at the start of 2023.

As part the process the city wants to hear from residents about what qualities they want in a new chief. Please take a minute to take a short, anonymous online survey.

Take the survey. The survey closes Oct. 21, 2022.

Answers will be used by the firm to help identify well-qualified candidates for consideration.


Comcast RISE grant application open

Small businesses owned by women and people of color continue to recover from the pandemic and the impact of rising inflation. With this in-mind, Comcast’s RISE program continues to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support.

As part of Comcast RISE, small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, in King and Pierce counties may apply for a $10,000 grant from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Comcast will award $1 million in grants to 100 eligible businesses in these two counties, as well as technology and marketing resources to eligible businesses statewide.

Applications will be accepted until Oc. 16. Find more information at www.ComcastRISE.com. Winners will be notified in November.


Wanted: Entries for Holiday Parade of Lights

Lakewood’s annual Holiday Parade of Lights and annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony return to Lakewood Towne Center this December and we need you to join the parade!

We are accepting applications now for those who want to be part of the fun. Sign up your business, organization, youth group or team and gain great visibility in front of the roughly 7,000 people that line the route specifically to see the floats and displays as they make their way to Lakewood City Hall.

Awards will be given for floats/displays in the categories of “Most Original”, “Most Spirited”, and “Best Overall Appearance”.

This year’s event is Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The parade ends at Lakewood City Hall in time for the countdown to light the city Christmas tree.

Interested? Fill out at a parade application today.


Road project updates

  • Patching of 112th – Holden to Butte: Roadwork repairs were completed this week. Work is done and the road will not be further impacted by patching work.
  • JBLM-North Access Improvement
    • Phase 1: Comcast was on site this week relocating its utilities. Next Puget Sound Energy will remove the poles. Once done, the city’s contractor will pour the final sidewalk panels south of Nyanza Road. Work will continue next week to fix the curb damage on the roundabout at Gravelly Lake Drive and Nyanza Road.
    • Phase 2: Grading of the intersection of Washington Boulevard/Edgewood Avenue and along the road in preparation for curb will continue next week. Concrete is expected to be poured toward the end of next week.
  • Steilacoom Blvd, Weller to Custer: All sidewalks east of Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street SW are done with the exception of one pour. Paving behind driveways will happen early next week. Then the contractor will have a short period of no work while they gather material for the wall planned for the south side of Steilacoom Boulevard, west of Phillips Road. Construction will stop on this project for the winter. This is due to a delay in when new signals will be available, which is the result of a number of factors outside the city and contractor’s control. The contractor expects to get as much work done as possible before stopping.
  • Pacific Highway/South Tacoma Way from 108th to SR 512 Overlay: Permanent striping will occur Monday through Wednesday nights (Oct. 10-12, 2022).

Upcoming city events

Truck & Tractor Day presented by WSCEU is Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Lakewood's Fort Steilacoom Park. Enjoy hayrides, games, food trucks and vendor booths, kids activities and more.

Two of our favorite signature city events remain this year. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss them!

  • Oct. 8, 12-3 p.m.: Truck & Tractor day at Fort Steilacoom Park. Learn more.
  • Dec. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lakewood Holiday Parade of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting, downtown Lakewood and Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Learn more.