Tumwater On Tap

February 2013

Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project Open House

Community Open House Kickoff

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

South Sound Manor
455 North Street SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

The City of Tumwater and Thurston Regional Planning Council invite you to attend the first of three open houses to learn about the Tumwater Brewery District and help shape its future. This first meeting is designed as a preliminary visioning effort.

The Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project will examine the character and potential of the 300-acre district surrounding the historic Tumwater Brewery. Building on the 2011 visioning project for the former brewery, the City will work with land owners, businesses, residents and other stakeholders to develop a long-range vision for the District, and an action plan for bringing that vision to life in the coming years.

Visit the Brewery District Planning Project website to learn more about the project, or contact Tim Smith, Planning Manager, (360) 754-4212, tsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

 Vote Tumwater
for "2012 Best of
South Sound"

Recognize the City's outstanding events and services. Browse to The Olympian's website and vote in the "2012 Best of South Sound" contest before February 17.


Best Golf Course:

Tumwater Valley Golf Course

Best Restaurant:

The River's Edge

Best Parade:
Tumwater 4th of July Parade

Best Festival:
Artesian Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show 

Council Profile: Tom Oliva


Tom Oliva was appointed to the City Council in January 2010, and elected to a four-year term in 2011. He is a native of Missouri and holds a BA in public administration and a Master's degree in business administration. He moved to Tumwater in 1996 to lead entrepreneurial initiatives for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, where he continues those efforts.

Tom's appointment to Council recognized his service as a community leader. As founder of the Barnes Lake Conservancy, Tom led a successful effort to organize the neighborhood and form the Barnes Lake Management District, a special taxing district to fund long-term maintenance of the lake. As founder of the Friends of the Old Brewhouse, he focused attention on the importance of preserving Tumwater's most important historical landmark.

He has also served the boards of the Tumwater Farmers Market, Barnes Lake Park Owners Association, Capitol Land Trust and United Communities AIDS Network, among others.

Tom serves on the Council's General Government Committee and represents Tumwater on the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Board, Thurston Climate Action Team, Thurston Regional Planning Council, and the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development Task Force.

His priorities include neighborhood empowerment, sustainable growth and economic development.

Enroll Today in Tumwater University


Updated TU logo 1-25-12For the second consecutive year, the City of Tumwater will offer Tumwater University, Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community. The program provides an interactive informal classroom-style setting for participants to learn how their local government works, about its services, and a chance to contribute to city priorities. Classes will be held on two Monday evenings, February 25 and March 4, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA.


The University-themed program, with a syllabus, curriculum, faculty, and classrooms, offers participants (students) a unique and fun learning opportunity. Plus, every student receives a Tumwater University t-shirt and diploma at "graduation."

Course offerings include:

  • Crime Prevention at Home
  • How the City Pays for Things
  • Neighborhood Traffic Control
  • Brewery Neighborhood and Capitol Boulevard Plans
  • Meet Our Neighbors-An Overview of JBLM, and more.

To enroll, please contact Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, Communications and Marketing Specialist, at (360) 754-4128 or email hcerniwey@ci.tumwater.wa.us. Students are asked to attend both evening sessions. Enrollment is limited to 60 students and only a few spaces remain, so call or email today to register.  

Call for Candidates for Appointment to Tumwater City Council


The City of Tumwater is seeking candidates for appointment to serve as Councilmember for Council Position No. 6. The position will replace Councilmember Judith Hoefling, who retired in December 2012. The term of this appointment is effective until the next general election on November 5, 2013.

To qualify, candidates must be a current registered Tumwater voter, a current resident of Tumwater, and a resident of Tumwater for at least 12 months preceding the temporary appointment. Service involves attendance at numerous City, intergovernmental, and regional meetings.

Application forms are available on the City's website. A printed application is available at the Tumwater City Hall or by calling the City of Tumwater's Executive Department at (360) 754-4120.

Completed applications must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, to Tumwater City Hall located at 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501 (late arriving mail will not be accepted). Applications should be directed to Melody Valiant, City Clerk.

For more information, contact the City of Tumwater Executive Department at
(360) 754-4120. 

Thurston Community Television (TCTV)

 The City of Tumwater contracts with Thurston Community Television (TCTV) to operate Tumwater TV, available through Comcast cable television, Channel 26. Funding for Tumwater TV services comes from franchise fees that cable companies pay for using City streets and roadways for their distribution system.


TCTV cablecasts and records all Tumwater City Council meetings and other significant public meetings during the year. TCTV also operates a readerboard on Tumwater TV and continuously trains local citizens in television production skills. Especially in an area with no local commercial television stations, TCTV provides a vital outlet for local expression and public information.


In 2012, TCTV began a video streaming service for the City. Viewers can access recorded Tumwater City Council meetings for video on-demand viewing on the internet either through TCTV's website or through the City's website.


In addition to Tumwater TV Channel 26, TCTV operates two other public access channels for which Tumwater citizens can produce and cablecast local programs of all kinds. TCTV provides hundreds of hours of specialized and general interest local programming available around the clock on its channels, found on the Comcast cable television.

TCTV services are jointly funded by the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater and Thurston County. The contract between the City and TCTV specifies the number of hours of service that Tumwater will receive every year. For more information, visit www.TCTV.net.

Tumwater Public Safety Honor Guard with representatives of the U.S. Army 17th Fires Brigade
as they raise the flag at the North End Fire Station Grand Re-opening.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855