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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  September 2013
Public Safety Levy Update - Police expansion nearing completionactiontop

The 5,000 sq ft police facility expansion is nearing completion, while the renovation portion of the project should be finished early next year. Officers and staff are preparing to move into the new addition next month while the the current space is remodeled. The project will provide improved safety for officers and visitors, a protected police entrance, fenced parking, additional space for holding cells and a secure evidence room. Pervious asphalt was also installed in a portion of the new police parking lot. This police facility project is funded primarily by property taxes from the levy lid lift, approved by voters in 2011, to improve public safety (police and fire) services in Tumwater.

Enhancements were made to other portions of City Hall as part of this project and are not funded by the public safety levy. These include replacement of the roof, building security improvements, and HVAC upgrades (funded primarily through general fund building reserves). A copper kettle from the former brewery will be displayed as public art (funded by lodging tax). Total project cost is will be nearly $4 million.

The public safety levy outlined specific service enhancements to police facilities, provided for six new staff (3 police and 3 firefighters), and a fire equipment replacement program. In addition to the police facility expansion, progress to date includes:

  • Eleven new Tumwater police and fire personnel have been hired: two new police officers, eight firefighters, and one paramedic. One additional police officer will be hired this year to replace the school resource officer, promoted internally. Funding for the additional fire staffing came from contract changes, the west side annexation and grant funding.
  • The City procured a new fire engine and initiated a 25-year equipment replacement program.
  • As a result of these changes, the North End Fire Station was re-opened for the first time in many years, providing a higher level of service than anticipated in the original plan.

For more information, see Promises Made, Promises Kept on the City website.  

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State funding kick-starts Deschutes Watershed Center oktoberfest

concept-planThe Washington State Legislature provided over $7 million in funding for the Deschutes Watershed Center in the 2013-2015 budget. The project was planned over a decade ago and kept alive by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Squaxin Island Tribe. The watershed center was designed to be a fully functional salmon hatchery, enhance trail connectivity and tourism options, and provide watershed education.


The project will take several years to complete. It will upgrade and enhance existing operations at Tumwater Falls Park and bring a new facility online at Pioneer Park. Public amenities include construction of a trail system with educational signs about the Deschutes watershed.


Currently, all of the fish released on the Deschutes at the Tumwater Falls facility are raised in several other facilities around Puget Sound. Having all aspects of the hatchery in one location reduces stress on the fish and provides a better probability of return each year. 


Most of the funding provided by the legislature in this budget cycle will go to renovate the existing facilities at Tumwater Falls. The remaining $1.3 million will go towards preparing the Pioneer Park site, including a new water delivery system, expanding some trails and installing signs. Partners in the project will continue to seek funding to complete facility construction and trail connections from the hatchery to Capitol Lake and beyond. Visit the Squaxin Island Tribe's website for more information.

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Visit Tumwater Falls to see the salmon! gpchallenge

The Chinook are making their annual return to the Deschutes River. It's always a treat to see these magnificent fish make their way up the river to Tumwater Falls Park.
Stream Team will have Salmon Stewards stationed at the park on most weekday evenings from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. These trained stewards will be available to talk to the public about the salmon.
"Salmon at Tumwater Falls" video featuring Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife staff Lee Pilon, explains the salmon run and operations at the fish facility. You can view the program on TCTV at various times through mid-October. Check the TCTV schedule to find air times. The video is also available on YouTube.

The annual Return of the Salmon Celebration will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Tumwater Falls Park. The Stream Team booth will feature salmon-related arts and crafts activities.
All Stream Team programs are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit www.streamteam.info. The Tumwater Stream Team Coordinator, Debbie Smith can be reached at dmsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us or (360) 754-4148.

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Future of Henderson House under reviewroundabouts 

The Henderson House is a two-and-a-half story Queen Anne-inspired home located at 602 Deschutes Way in Tumwater. The home was built in 1905 for William Naumann, a brewmaster from Hamburg, Germany who worked across the river at the Olympia Brewing Company. At the same time, the brewery was also building a fine new six-story brewhouse-a landmark structure of red brick and sandstone that opened the following year.

In its day, the house was considered quite modern with novel conveniences of hot and cold running water, steam heat from a coal-fired boiler and electric lights in each room. Electricity was provided by the Olympia Power and Light Company, which had just erected a new powerhouse on the river below the home, down at the Lower Falls.

The (now) Henderson House was occupied by several families, before the city purchased the property in 1974 with the aim of restoring its dignity and using it as a museum. The house is listed on the Tumwater Register of Historic Places and the National Register as part of the Tumwater Historic District.  Over the years some work has been done to repair and restore the home and bring back its aesthetic details, but house has been closed to the public since 2011 and the fate of the house is undetermined.

The Tumwater Historical Commission authorized a study to help the City determine the best use of the Henderson House. At one time, conversion to an early 20th century period house was planned, but the commission needs more information to determine the best use and cost. Artifacts Architectural Consulting, Inc. was selected to conduct a historic structure analysis and report for the house and site. The final report assessing physical structure, alternatives for future use, feasibility, costs and ultimately, an action plan should be complete in 2014.

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Tumwater Oktoberfest - Partnering to preserve historyevent

tumwater-oktoberfestFun was in the air at the inaugural Tumwater Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 7, 2013, as residents and visitors celebrated the tradition of brewing. The festival could not have happened without important City partnerships-the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), two important historical foundations, many local businesses and an abundance of community volunteers.

Envisioned to preserve Tumwater history, the Oktoberfest theme was uniquely chosen to reflect the brewery founder Leopold Schmidt's German heritage. The month of September was consistent with the traditional festival season kickoff. And the VCB was the perfect partner to help build that legacy and keep Tumwater on the map.

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation and the Old Brewhouse Foundation provided valuable historical information about the past, present and future of Tumwater's treasured brewery at the Tumwater Oktoberfest. A Brewer's Breakfast was held earlier that day with tours of the Schmidt House, rose garden and an antique car show for those who wished for a first-hand account of brewing history.

Volunteers from the VCB board and the community stepped forward to plan, prepare, execute and clean up after the event. Businesses provided cash and in kind resources for the event. Volunteers from a local church worked all day to safely park and shuttle participants. Organizers are considering options to create a family-friendly event in the future.

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17th Fires Thunder Rumble 2013
The inaugural Thunder Rumble 5K to benefit the soldiers and families of the 17th Fires Brigade was held in
Tumwater on August 17. Over 250 soldiers marched down 78th Avenue after running the 5K in formation, singing cadences, inspiring participants and creating a unique event.

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