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


Oct. 24, 2014
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Council Honors Neel Parikh, Market Sponsors, International Students

On Oct. 20, the Lakewood City Council honored and recognized several special individuals. First, the City Council recognized longtime Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh, who is retiring. She was recognized specifically for her leadership in expanding library services and never faltering in the library's mission to educate and enlighten the community. Second, Councilmember John Simpson recognized St. Clare Hospital, which sponsored this year's Lakewood Farmers Market, as well as entertainment sponsor WSECU. Finally, the City Council was introduced to this year's international student exchange program participants at Pierce College. The students, who are attending school and staying with host families, come from all parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and South America. Although each has a different background, they all expressed the same notion: Lakewood is beautiful, and its residents are welcoming and gracious. Great job, everyone! To view a photo gallery of the night, visit the City’s Facebook page  .

City, State Clean Garbage in Lakewood

Last week, the City of Lakewood partnered with the Department of Corrections and its work crew to clean up areas that were collecting garbage and litter. The crews worked off of Bridgeport Way, Solberg Drive, McChord Drive and 92nd, filling up two large trucks with garbage. This was a great combined effort by the City of Lakewood's Community Safety Resource Team and the DOC work crew. Great work!

Truck and Tractor Day on YouTube

The City of Lakewood has posted a video of its Truck and Tractor 2014 celebration on its YouTube page  . The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department held the always-popular event at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there were trucks. There were tractors. There were also plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day was a great experience for the whole the family. Listen to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth tell you why. To view the video, click here  .

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

Check out this awesome #IamLakewood pic: Several City employees and their families formed a team that participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K that took place Oct. 11 in Downtown Tacoma. According to the American Cancer Society, 137 teams and 1,111 participants have raised more than $89,000. Great job everyone!

Wet, Windy Weather Warning

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for Western Washington: Locally, windy conditions are possible tonight and over the weekend. A low-pressure system will develop off Northern California Friday night. The low center will move inland across Western Washington Saturday evening. Increasing Easterly flow may give windy conditions near the Cascade Foothills Friday Night through Saturday morning. Windy weather is also possible over Western Washington Saturday evening as the low moves ashore. Monitor the latest forecasts Friday and Saturday as this low pressure system nears Western Washington.

Fire Department Fall Safety Day

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, Oct. 25, when West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold its annual Fire Dept. Fall Safety Day 2014.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fire Station 21, 5000 Steilacoom Blvd SW. The event will include:

  • Free pumpkins for the kids
  • Free car seat check
  • Custom fit helmets (bike $7, multi-sport $10, ski $15, cash only)
  • Free jump house & train ride -Bake sale & refreshments

For more information, check West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page  .

Economic Development

Business Showcase: MACNAK Construction LLC

Congratulations to the latest City of Lakewood Business Showcase: MACNAK Construction LLC.

The Lakewood office of MACNAK Construction provides a glimpse into owner Terence “TD” King’s tenure as a pilot and flight instructor with the U.S. Navy, as well as the incredible team of employees with which he has been able to stock his business. On the veteran’s back wall is a framed picture of a VF-32 F-14B Tomcat aircraft flying over Iraq, the photograph bordered by signatures of his squadron mates. Below that is another framed image, this one of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. He knows the U.S. aircraft carrier well, as he took off and landed his fighter jets on the Truman during numerous missions between 2001-2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. King, 41, learned plenty during his military flying days, which included lecturing fighter squadrons from Japan to the East Coast as the Navy’s threat missile Subject Matter Expert and flying as an Adversary Instructor pilot in support of SFARP, Airwing, TOPGUN and FRS fighter classes from the Atlantic to the Pacific. One of the most important lessons he learned, however, had less to do with combat and more to do with Federal Government contracting.

Read MACNAK’s full story here  .

‘Beautiful Tables’ at Lakewold Gardens

Be sure to check out the "Beautiful Tables Showcase" at our very own Lakewold Gardens. The showcase honors Eulalie Wagner, the former owner and visionary behind Lakewold Gardens, who is duly noted as a consummate gardener and hostess. Her elegant soirees are legendary and this event evokes her gracious spirit while offering the visitor ideas to continue the tradition of entertaining at home. This kick-off to the holiday season provides a perfect time to visit Lakewold in its full fall glory and tour the Wagner House and enjoy over 30 beautifully decorated tables. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sunday. For more information, click here  .


Man Arrested by LPD Charged with First-Degree Murder

On Wedneday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment.

Nemetz entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment at Pierce County Superior Court.

"October is domestic violence awareness month and this murder is an unfortunate example of why we need to keep working to end domestic violence," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Read the full story here  .

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 27, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting
  • Review of 2014 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Review of 2014 budget amendments
  • Review of 2015 property tax levy
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Police and Municipal Court)

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Conference Room 1E, located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2015-2016 Proposed Biennial Budget Department Presentation (Community & Economic Development and Legal)

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 3, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Proclamation recognizing Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison
  • Proclamation proclaiming the month of November 2014 as Veterans Appreciation month. – Ms. Anne Sprute, RallyPoint 6
  • Proclamation recognizing Carlene Joseph, 2014 AUSA National Award recipient of the Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal. - Carlene Joseph, Vice President of Military Relations, Harborstone Credit Union
  • Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Progress & Activities Year to Date - Mr. Bennish Brown, President and CEO
  • Public hearing on 2015-16 biennial budget & 2015 property tax levy
  • Public hearing on 2014 budget amendments
  • Approve an agreement with Tri-Tec Communications, Inc. for a phone system
  • Approve an agreement with Xiologix for IT storage upgrades
  • Approve ILA amendment with West-Pierce Fire regarding emergency mgmt. coordinator
  • Approve WA State Military Department Homeland Security Emergency Management Grant
  • Approval of the 2015-2017 State Legislative Agenda