Tumwater On Tap

March 2013

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Let's Keep Our City Clean


Did you know it costs taxpayers money to pick up litter on the sides of our streets? The City spent over $5,100, including labor, disposal fees, and supplies to clean litter along our city streets in 2011. That's a lot of time and money that could be spent on providing other important maintenance services (mowing grass, repairing potholes, etc.) along our streets and in city right-of-ways.


I periodically go out and pick up litter in my neighborhood, and often fill a 20-gallon garbage bag in just a few blocks. I'm amazed at the items I find...over $3 in coins and bills so far! But the amount of litter on our streets bewilders me. I've noticed that the presence of litter seems to attract more. Streets that are kept clean tend to remain clean longer.


Whether you are walking, biking, or driving, please be considerate of others and don't litter. If everyone does their part to help keep our city clean, our street crews can focus on the big jobs, and Tumwater will be a much more pleasant place to live, work, and play.


Pete Kmet, Mayor  

Arbor Day 

at the



7023 New Market Street SE


April 6, 2013 

10 to 12 noon

Free seedlings,

activities for kids,

and tree care


Sponsored by City of Tumwater

 Tree Board and the

Timberland Regional Library.


Councilmember Lucas signs Oath of Office with Mayor Kmet.
New City Councilmember
Kyle Taylor Lucas

Kyle Taylor Lucas was appointed to Council Position No. 6 on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Councilmember Lucas has twenty years of government and public policy experience, is a professional mediator, and is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. She served as executive director of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs and as tribal affairs manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Currently, she is a self-employed consultant and believes that in addition to her public service background, her perspective as a small business owner will be an asset to the Council.

Preserving the small-town character of the community while helping Tumwater prosper with compatible and sustainable economic opportunities is an important priority for Kyle Taylor Lucas. She believes the environment and a strong economy are not incompatible. 

"I thank the Council and I accept this appointment with appreciation for the responsibility entrusted to me," said Lucas. "I consider it a privilege to serve the people of Tumwater and our community, and hope to emulate Judi Hoefling's dedication and years of tireless service to the community."

In her spare time, Councilmember Lucas enjoys time with her family, fishing, golfing, gardening, word games, baseball (Go Seattle Mariners!), and she's learning to play guitar. 

Capitol Boulevard Planning Project

Public Open House #4
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School, Cafeteria

6600 Capitol Boulevard SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

The City of Tumwater, Thurston Regional Planning Council, and consultants MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design are partnering on a study to support the transformation of Capitol Boulevard, between Southgate and Israel Road. The purpose of this planning project is to promote economic activity along the corridor, improve the aesthetic appeal of the street, and improve transportation options and safety for walkers, cyclists, and motorists.
Results from past meetings, zoning and design guidelines for Capitol Boulevard properties, and what the new regulations mean for residents, businesses, and property owners will be topics discussed at the open house. We want to hear your priorities on implementing the plan.

For more information on the project or to review past meeting results and videos, visit the Capitol Boulevard Planning Project website. Contact Tumwater senior planner David Ginther at (360) 754-4210 or dginther@ci.tumwater.wa.us with questions.

17th Annual Easter Egg Dash 

Saturday, March 30, 11:00 a.m, Tumwater High School

This year marks Tumwater Parks and Recreation's 17th Annual Easter Egg Dash.  Each year, this popular event draws over 1,000 children (and their parents) to Tumwater High School - rain or shine.  Thanks in part to generous sponsorship from Northstar Church and donations from many local citizens and businesses, over 20,000 colorful eggs will be nestled in the large grassy area at Tumwater High School, waiting to be discovered. 

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., excited youngsters will begin dashing across the field scooping up colorful eggs as they go.  Children will collect eggs filled with candy, toys, and prize coupons.  A few lucky children will find a "golden ticket" and claim a bicycle or tricycle at the end of the event.  Of course, the Easter Bunny will also be on hand to greet children and pose for pictures. 

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 30, and plan to join us for a Tumwater tradition.  A good time is sure to be had by all!  This free event is intended for ages 0-10.  Call Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160 for more information. 

Pay Your Tumwater Utility Bill Online!


A new online payment service is available to all City of Tumwater water utility customers this month. To access this convenient service, browse to the City of Tumwater website and select Utility Payments in the Online Services section. Follow three easy steps to pay your Tumwater utility bill online.

Please keep your water utility bill statement handy to access your account number and last name field (which must be entered "exactly" as it appears on the bill) to complete your eUser account setup. Detailed instructions are available on the website to help you through the registration process.


Questions? Don't struggle with registration, please call City of Tumwater Utility Billing at (360) 754-4133 for immediate assistance.

The Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project Open House on February 28
attracted many interested community members.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855