Tumwater On Tap

April 2013

Councilmember Spath Says Farewell
to Tumwater


Betsy Spath

Please join us to celebrate Councilmember Betsy Spath's many contributions to the Tumwater community at a public reception on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Tumwater City Hall, prior to the Council meeting. Councilmember Spath announced that she will resign from the City Council effective April 30, 2013. Betsy has served on the Council since 2010. 

During her Council career, Betsy championed an ordinance protecting manufactured housing parks in the City and played a key role in developing a funding agreement for the Thurston County Regional Health and Human Services Council. She also served on the General Government Committee, Public Safety Committee, Human Services Review Council, Thurston County LEOFF Disability Board, Thurston County Emergency Medical Services Council, and the Thurston County Transfer of Development Rights Committee. In addition, Betsy has been an active representative of Tumwater in various inter-agency and community organizations.


Betsy retired from her second workforce career as a geriatric care manager for a Tumwater law practice in December 2012. She and her husband will be relocating to sunny Arizona.


Note: To fill the pending opening created by Councilmember Spath's retirement, the Tumwater City Council will use the existing applicant pool created through a public process to fill the seat vacated by Councilmember Hoefling in December 2012. The Council anticipates making a decision at the regular meeting on May 7.

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Earth Day 2013

Volunteer for a local
service project.
Visit the City website
to learn more.


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The City of Tumwater
was honored with its 
18th consecutive Tree City USA designation in 2012.

"Residents of Tumwater
ought to be proud to
live in a community that
makes the planting and
care of trees a priority."

John Rosenow

Arbor Day Foundation

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 Tumwater's Timberland Library Has Something For Everyone

Tumwater-Library     Tumwater Timberland Library
     7023 New Market Street    
     Tumwater, WA  98501-6563
     (360) 943-7790

The Tumwater Timberland Library opened adjacent to City Hall in March 1995. Within its 17,300 square feet, the library circulates approximately 500,000 items a year. An average 1,000 people visit daily to enjoy wi-fi, use internet computers, and access the 1.1 million-item holdings of the Timberland Regional Library System.

As one of 27 libraries in this five-county system, the Tumwater Timberland Library serves the 475,000 residents of this geographic area through a shared collection. An ever-growing part of the collection is the downloadable audio books, video and music, which, in 2012 circulated over 175,000 items.  Over 100 subscription databases are available to the public, most of which are accessible remotely, from your home using your Timberland Library card.

Knowledgeable library staff assist people daily with job searches, resume help, computer instruction, and reading suggestions. Programs for children (as young as newborns in the Infant Lapsit Storytime), teens, adults and families, (from the ongoing Lego Crew, Bibliotopia, and PageTurners, to special events like the annual Super Heroes Training Academy and Fairy Tea Party) provide something for everyone.

The Library is a partnership between the City of Tumwater and the Timberland Regional Library system. To learn more, browse to Tumwater Timberland Library's website.  
Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with a Service Project

Celebrate Earth Day 2013, by volunteering for a local service project. Choose a Tumwater or Stream Team event, or create your own stewardship project.

Tumwater Earth Day Stewardship Project #1
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Historical Park, 777 Simmons Road SW, Tumwater, WA  
Tumwater Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with Alpine Experience to celebrate Earth Day with a fun and exciting stewardship work party! Join us to remove invasive plants that threaten our native ecosystem. Tools, gloves, water and light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required so we can have tools available for everyone. Visit the City website for more information.

Stream Team Service Project (Thurston County partnership event)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
5044 Delphi Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512
10 a.m. to 12 noon
McLane Creek Nature Trail
Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Join volunteers to maintain the beautiful trail. All volunteers must register to participate. Event details and registration/waiver forms can be found on the Stream Team website. Volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for the event.

Tumwater Earth Day Stewardship Project #2
Sunday, April 21, 2013
9 to 11 a.m.
Pioneer Park, 5800 Henderson Boulevard, Tumwater, WA

Tumwater Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with Grace Works Church of Lacey to celebrate Earth Day with a work party at Pioneer Park in Tumwater. Volunteers will remove scotch broom and invasive weeds, pick up garbage, and maintain the walking trails around the park. Tools, gloves, water, and light refreshments will be provided. All volunteers will need to complete a waiver form. To join us, please contact recreation manager Todd Anderson at (360) 754-4160.  

Public Works Department
To report a pothole or other street maintenance problem, call
(360) 754-4150.


The Public Works Department is responsible for the management, operation, expansion and maintenance of the City's transportation, water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems and the maintenance of the City's vehicles and equipment fleet. The department is comprised of the Engineering division and the Operations and Maintenance division.

The Engineering Division is responsible for overall management of the City's capital projects and the administrative aspects of the utility and transportation systems. The Operations and Maintenance Division is responsible for the daily operations and on-going maintenance of the transportation (roads and right-of-ways) and utility infrastructure (water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater), and rolling stock (fleet).


Funding for the work efforts of the Public Works Department is contained within several funds included in the City budget. The General Fund provides for the engineering and street services that benefit the entire community. The City utilities operate as businesses, or enterprise funds, where fees for services (revenues) must pay for expenses incurred in providing those services. The budget includes separate funds for each of the utility systems. The City's fleet is supported by a separate fund.

Other public works functions include interdepartmental support for graphics, surveying, project management, and pursuit of outside funding (grants, loans and public/private partnerships) for City programs and projects. The department works closely with other cities, Thurston County, regional, state, and federal partners to accomplish City priorities.

Don't Drip & Drive, Fix That Leak
 Don't Drip & Drive logo
Is that oil leak harming more than your car? If your vehicle is leaking fluids, you probably know your engine could be at risk. What you might not know is that leaking vehicle fluids dripping onto streets also creates a hazard to our local waterways. Leaks are washed into the nearest storm drain. Most storm drains flow directly, with little or no treatment, to the nearest water body.

Don't drip and drive, fix that leak! To take advantage of a free visual inspection for vehicle leaks, make an appointment with one of the local participating ASA automobile repair shops. If there is a leak, you  will receive up to 10 percent off service (up to $50) to fix the problem. This offer is good through June 30, 2013, at participating dealers only.  For a complete list of participating Puget Sound auto shops and additional information about the program, please visit

This program is coordinated by the Puget Sound area group Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM). The program in South Sound is coordinated by the Stormwater Utilities of the Cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County.  

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855