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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  July 2014
City Department Profile: Administrative Services


Information Technology (IT) is a division within Administrative Services.  With an ever-increasing dependence on technology, this division now has four staff members to meet the City's demand for service and support.  IT maintains over 400 different pieces of equipment - computers, servers, printers, copiers, scanners, projectors, etc., in nine separate City facilities.  This division also maintains the citywide phone and voice mail system.  Computers and phones are an integral part of every employee's ability to accomplish tasks, and they require constant monitoring for the most efficient operation.


Although the work of Administrative Services is often behind-the-scenes, there is no doubt that this department plays a vital role in the City government structure.  Administrative Services staff provide support to the rest of the City employees and help to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly.  

Tumwater says thank you to the 17th Field Artillery
bannersVisitors at the Tumwater Artesian Family Festival on the evening of July 4 took the opportunity to thank the 17th Field Artillery for their service to our country. Three banners were available for people to sign at the festival. After making rounds to several community groups this week, the banners will each be shipped to one of three 17th Field Artillery units, currently deployed overseas. Banners were sponsored by the City of Tumwater and the Tumwater Fire Fighters Local 2409. The 17th Field Artillery (formerly 17th Fires Brigade) is Tumwater's Community Connector through JBLM.


Thunder Rumble on August 16

If you're looking for an opportunity to support the troops, please consider coming to the Thunder Rumble 5K/10K fun run on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The run benefits soldiers and families of the 17th Field Artillery. Both runners and spectators are welcome at the event. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. near the corner of 78th Avenue SW and Center Street SW in Tumwater (near the Olympia Airport). At least one battalion of soldiers will run the 5K and sing cadences along the Tumwater route. A live video feed at the event will connect soldiers deployed overseas running with the Tumwater troops. Plan to run along or stand and cheer. Don't miss this powerful experience.

Visit the event website for registration information and directions.
Take the survey...tell us what you think about street maintenance funding
It is less expensive to maintain streets than it is to repair or replace them. Because the City of Tumwater does not have dedicated funding for street maintenance, historical practice to fix failing roads has been to replace them in conjunction with large construction projects, mostly funded by grants and impact fees. But state and federal funding for streets has been drastically reduced in recent years, leaving the City with no consistent funding source for street repairs or maintenance.


As the City grows, so does the road system. Tumwater now has 101 miles of streets. And the ongoing annual cost to preserve and maintain street infrastructure continues to rise. It would take $24 million to bring Tumwater's current transportation system to industry standards and continued funding to maintain them in good condition.  Preventative Maintenance (crack sealing and seal coat) for the approximately 9 miles of street to preserve conditions would cost $6 million. Rehabilitation (patching, overlay and surface reconstruction) of the poorest 2.5 miles of roads would cost $18 million.


Dedicated funding for maintenance

This year, City leaders will consider a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), authorized by Chapter 36.73 RCW to create a consistent and dedicated funding source for a street maintenance program to help preserve our public street system asset. A TBD provides for levying additional revenue for transportation system maintenance and preservation, in the form of a license tab fee ($20/vehicle is most common) or an additional 0.2% ($0.002) sales tax. These funding options provide differing amounts of revenue.

Option 1 - $20 License Tab Fee

 A $20.00 license tab fee would provide $280,000 per year for Tumwater streets.



Option 2 - 0.2% Sales Tax 

An additional 0.2% (.002) retail sales tax would provide $800,000 per year for Tumwater streets. 


Option 1
$20 License Tab 
Option 2
0.2% Sales Tax
What would this new funding provide?
$250,000 provides funding for one of the following...
$800,000 provides funding for one of the following...
Maintenance (Chip Seal), Average cost $6/sq yd2.15 miles7 miles
Rehabilitation (Street Overlay), Average $35/sq yd 0.35 miles1.2 miles
Reconstruction, Average $100/sq yd0.12 miles (600 feet)0.4 miles



Have a SAY! Tell us what you think...

complete a quick survey today.




Three groups adopt Tumwater roads before the signs are posted

adoptThroughout the City, new Adopt-a-Road Litter Control signs will soon be installed along sections of Tumwater streets. This program is one of several new volunteer opportunities in the City. The Adopt-a-Road program offers residents and businesses a chance to contribute to the community through litter collection activities. Three groups have already adopted roads through the program. 


Thanks for helping keep Tumwater beautiful! 

The first volunteer groups to adopt streets are OBEE Credit Union, South Sound Foursquare Church, and the Tumwater Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers from these organizations will be donating their time and energy by picking up litter along 1/2-mile sections of Tumwater streets at least four times each year. Adopt-a-Road signs will display group names on their adopted sections.


Getting involved in the Adopt-a-Road program is easy! Contact the City of Tumwater Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 252-5424 or volunteer@ci.tumwater.wa.us to get started or visit the City website at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/adopt-a-road to learn more.  

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 23 celebrates brewing tradition
retiresTumwater Artesian Brewfest

Saturday, August 23

1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tumwater Valley Golf Course


The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest (renamed from the inaugural Tumwater Oktoberfest event in 2013) provides a venue to celebrate the legacy of brewing and its importance in Tumwater history. The event takes place in the shadow of the former brewery, at the driving range of the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 23, 2014. The event offers a selection of tastings from 30 different breweries and several local wineries, local cuisine, outdoor games, a 5K fun run, hole-in-one competition, and live entertainment. 


Tickets are on sale now. Visit http://www.TumwaterArtesianBrewfest.com.


This event is hosted by the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Tumwater to celebrate the tradition of brewing in the community.

Summer calendar
Tumwater Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
June through October   

Corner of Israel Road SW and Capitol Boulevard

Looking for Summer activities for the kids?

It's not too late to register for Summer Day Camps, classes, and sports programs through Tumwater Parks & Recreation. Browse the Parks & Recreation Summer Brochure and find out How to Register on the City website or call (360) 754-4160 for assistance. 
Screen on the Green: Fridays in August
Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four of your favorite movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is guaranteed fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE. Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic, as long as you abide by park rules. Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.

2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up
Friday, August 1 - "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (PG-13)
Friday, August 8 - "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (PG)
Friday, August 15 - "Star Trek Into Darkness" (PG-13)
Friday, August 22 - "Frozen: The Sing-Along" (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar, sponsored by the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce 


Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information at (360) 754-4160.  
Visit the community calendar at www.VisitTumwater.com

Whether you're entertaining guests from out-of-town, planning a stay-cation or just looking for something to do this summer, check out the new Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau website. Browse to www.visittumwater.com to find a community calendar with events and activities from all around Thurston County.


Dancing at the Tumwater Artesian Family Festival prior to the Thunder Valley Fireworks Show on July 4, 2014. Over 11,000 people came to watch fireworks from the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855