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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  February 2014
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If you are looking to get more involved in the community, please consider serving on one of the City's advisory boards. Currently, there are four vacancies open to residents; three on the Tree Board and one on the Planning Commission.
The Tumwater Tree Board advises the City Council on urban forestry issues. Meetings are held monthly and the position requires a three-year commitment. Of the three current vacancies, one member may live in Tumwater's Urban Growth Area; at least two must be City residents. This year, the board will work on updating the City's Comprehensive Street Tree Plan.

The Planning Commission meets twice monthly and is an advisory body to the Council on land use and comprehensive planning policies. Issues on the work plan this year include updates to parking regulations, zoning and design standards for the brewery district, and new design review guidelines city-wide. The current vacancy is open to a Tumwater resident and requires a four-year commitment.
Pete Kmet, Mayor

Service on a City board or commission is a great way for civic-minded citizens to get involved in local government. Applications are accepted year-round for all Tumwater citizen advisory boards and commissions. Please visit the City's website to download the application or call (360) 754-4120 to request a mailed packet.
Help shape the future of Tumwater through service today.


Registration open!
Check out the Tumwater Parks & Recreation Winter/Spring 2014 brochure for sports,
programs and classes.  
Call (360) 754-4160 for details.


Crime Alertalert

Burglaries in Tumwater and around Thurston County are on the rise and the local law enforcement agencies are working collaboratively to combat this problem. Crime analysts continue to sift through data to identify trends and potential suspects. This information is then provided to officers in an effort to put an increased presence into identified areas and/or to locate suspects.
On a national average, each year, one in every twelve homes will be the target of a burglary. Homes with easy access and/or hidden entrances and getaways are often targets. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and notify police immediately if they see a burglary in progress. Below are a few tips from the Tumwater Police Department to stay safe.
If someone breaks in while you are home:
  • Keep a cool head
  • Do not confront the burglar(s); your property is not worth your life.
  • Lock yourself in a room (with a phone)
  • If you have access to a phone, call 9-1-1
If someone breaks in while you are away: 
  • Do not go inside; someone may still be in your home.
  • Call 9-1-1 (use a cell phone or neighbor's phone)
  • Do not touch anything!

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Volunteers Needed!volunteer

Join your neighbors for a roadside clean up project on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Volunteers will gather at Tumwater City Hall at 10:00 a.m. to clean roadsides and right-of-ways. Community members are invited to participate in this project. No experience is necessary, but be prepared to walk up to two miles. 
Roadside Clean up Project
Volunteers will walk approximately 2 miles and remove litter near Israel Road and Tumwater Boulevard.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Begin and end at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Please register by calling (360) 252-5424.
Must be 15 or older to participate in this roadside cleanup project. Please wear walking shoes or boots and bring gloves.
To register
Sign up for this project or get more information by calling Monica Langford, City of Tumwater volunteer coordinator, at (360) 252-5424 or MLangford@ci.tumwater.wa.us. This is the first in a series of monthly volunteer events to launch the City of Tumwater's volunteer program.
Interested in more volunteer opportunities? 
Sign up for the City's new Volunteer News email list to learn about future volunteer events and programs. 
Go Greengreen


Pay your Tumwater utility bill online to save 
Managing your Tumwater utility account online is easy and convenient and it saves some paper too. Take three easy steps to set up your account and make monthly payments online or register for automatic payments. Utility customers can view a summary of water useage, get an account history and more. Visit the City website for instructios or register today.
Need help? Call us at (360) 754-4133 for assistance.
Businesses can be green too
The Thurston Green Business Program provides resources, success stories and endless ideas for businesses wishing to make a positive difference on the environment and perhaps save a little cash too. 
 Find tips and resources for:
  • Green building practices
  • Waste reduction and recycling
  • Water conservation
  • Energy conservation
  • Transportation
  • Pollution prevention
  • Buying and selling green and more!
Businesses can apply for a 2013 Thurston Green Business designation and be recognized for their efforts. Applications are accepted through March 7, 2014.  Visit the Thurston Green Business website for more information.
This local program is sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber, the City of Tumwater and more partners and sponsors.  
Enrollment now open for Tumwater University, Class of 2014university
For the third year, the City of Tumwater offers 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 the services it provides, and have a chance to contribute to city priorities. Register today and join your neighbors on two Monday evenings, March 3 and 10, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA. Participants should plan to attend both sessions.
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."  
Updated TU logo 1-25-12Course offerings include:   
  • Crime Prevention at Home and in School
  • (Don't) Flush it Down - Toss it Out
  • How Does the City Pay for Things?
  • Cameras & Potholes: Keeping our Roads Safe
  • Brewery Neighborhood and Brewery Update
To enroll, please contact Heidi Behrends Cerniwey, communications and marketing specialist, at (360) 754-4128 or email hcerniwey@ci.tumwater.wa.us. Enrollment is limited to 60 students and only a few seats remain. Register today.  
Tumwater commuters have more options for express bus service bus
Intercity Transit's Express Route 609 provides weekday service between Tumwater and Lakewood with connections to Seattle. Park free at the Tumwater Park & Ride lot at Bonniewood Drive and Israel Road or at Hawks Prairie Park & Ride Lot to catch Route 609. This route and several other Express and local routes, also serves the Olympia Transit Center. Fare is $3 each way. Monthly passes are also available.

Find Express Route maps and schedules:    
More info:
Call Intercity Transit for more information at (360) 786-8585, 1-800-287-6348 (Outside Thurston County) or TTY (360) 943-5211.
Tips to prevent a burglarytips 
Taking a few simple actions for your home or business may help prevent property break-ins. Consider these tips from the Tumwater Police.  
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Use security alarms
  • Install timers on your lights
  • Strategically place security signs around the exterior of your residence
  • Install security/motion lights
  • Consider adopting a dog
  • Do not leave lawn equipment out
  • Pick up mail/newspaper daily
  • Trim trees/bushes
  • Keep landscaping short to revome hiding places
  • Keep indoor/outdoor lights on
  • Have an up-to-date household inventory list, and keep serial numbers readily available in a secure place (not in a removable safe)
  • Keep curtains closed when having exterior work done to your home or lawn 
  • Know that open curtains and lights on inside the residence is an invitation for people to look inside your home to see what you have that is easily accessible
  • Outside doors should be metal, metal-clad, or solid wood, not hollow core
  • Keep all doors locked
  • Install single cylinder deadbolts
  • Never attach an ID tag to your keychain
  • Install a lens peephole or wide-angle viewer
  • Never let anyone at the door know you are home alone
  • Use metal rods in sliding doors or windows
  • Use lockable screen doors
  • Use an inside door latch
  • If you lose your keys, install new locks right away
  • When moving into a new home, install new locks right away
  • Use window screens
  • Bars on windows
  • Pin locks are available for double-hung windows
  • Keep all curtains and blinds closed at night

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City Hall 

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855