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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  September 2014
Councilmember Profile: Joan Cathey
topJoan Cathey has served on the City Council since 2008, having been re-elected in 2011. She is a native of California, where she was a high school teacher and coach for 10 years. She holds a BA in Biological Science, English and History, an MA in Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity in Philosophical Theology. She is a Presbyterian minister and has served churches in California and Washington for the past 35 years. 

Joan came to the Pacific Northwest to be the campus minister at the Evergreen State College in 1992. Her diverse background includes being a business owner, a high school teacher and coach, a school board member, and executive director of a local social service agency. A few of Joan's passions are gardening, golf, lots of reading and poetry writing, wandering in nature, collecting antiques and restoring and driving "classic" (old) cars.

She serves on the Council's Budget and Finance Committee and is chair of the General Government Committee. She represents Tumwater on the Community Investment Partnership (formerly Health and Human Services Committee), the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Thurston Regional Planning Council's Urban Growth Management Subcommittee. She lives in northeast Tumwater and is actively involved in the Brewery Neighborhood Planning.

Join us for Community Day on September 17

communityEnjoy a FREE hot dog and interactive activities as you explore an array of City services and resources...

Community Day
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
4:00-7:00 p.m. 
Tumwater City Hall and Fire Station
555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater

Parking: If you're driving, please park at the Attorney General's Office, 7141 Cleanwater Drive SW. Disabled parking is available at the Fire Station and the Library.

Tumwater's Community Day is your chance to get a closer look at local public services. Be there for the opening ceremony with our Combined Honor Guard, Grand Opening of the Police Station and unveiling of the brewery kettle. Tour the facility and learn about the new features that will save energy and money. Celebrate the many improvements to Tumwater public safety services funded by the voter-approved levy lid lift in 2011. Promises made in the ballot measure have been kept. Here's your chance to see inside.

Police & Fire
  • Tour the new Police Station.
  • Explore a fire engine and police car.
  • Protect your identity. Bring up to three grocery-sized bags for the shred truck.
  • Get fitted for a bike helmet. Youth sizes available for purchase, $8 each.
Parks & Recreation
  • Sample fun kid's activities with speed pitch, golf, and basketball challenge (with prizes).
Public Works & Utilities
  • Touch-a-Truck and explore other cool City equipment.
Inside City Hall 
  • Meet your Mayor and Council and find out what they do.
  • Plan and build the future Tumwater through several interactive displays.
  • Find out what's happening at the Brewery.
Community Partners
Explore public service displays provided by the Timberland Regional Library, Stream Team, Thurston County Solid Waste, Thurston Community Television, Intercity Transit, and Tumwater's JBLM Community Connector, the 17th Field Artillery Brigade.

For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160 or www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/community-day.


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What does legalization of marijuana (Initiative 502) mean for Tumwater?
i-502Some have called it the grand experiment. Passage of Initiative 502 by voters in November 2012 legalizing marijuana in Washington, prompted many communities to take actions that protect against potential negative impacts. As the Washington State Liquor Control Board worked to establish regulations to implement the new law, some cities further defined where (zoning) and under what conditions (licensing) marijuana-related business would be allowed to operate. This was the approach taken in Tumwater by Ordinance O2013-013.

Now, those new state regulations are being implemented. The Liquor Control Board began to issue licenses this year for three types of marijuana-related businesses; retail, production, and processing. (Chapter 314-55 WAC). 

Tumwater's regulations provide for marijuana producers (grow, harvest, trim, dry and package marijuana) and processors (process, package, and prepare marijuana products and wholesale to retailers) to be located only in Light Industrial (LI) or Airport Related Industrial (ARI) zones. Marijuana retail businesses (licensed to sell usable forms of marijuana, infused products, and paraphernalia) are allowed in LI, ARI, and General Commercial (GC) zone districts only. Further, the State limits one marijuana retail license in Tumwater and provides for limits on the the number of producers and processors across the state.

To date, the City of Tumwater has received applications for permits and business licenses for four production and processing businesses, within light industrial areas of the city. Additionally, the one state-licensed retail business has applied for occupancy near Littlerock and Trosper Road SW. This retail business is expected to open its doors sometime next month.

Revenues to the City, generated by marijuana businesses are not expected to be significant, limited to B&O tax and the normal distribution of retail sales tax. The state will collect all tax revenue that was created by the initiative. By state law, marijuana product sales are limited to those twenty-one years or older. It's unclear how the legalized use of marijuana will impact our community, but the grand experiment is certainly underway.


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September Calendar
calendarTumwater Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
June through October   
Corner of Israel Road SW and Capitol Boulevard
Emergency Preparedness Expo
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School
225 Dennis Street
Tumwater, WA 

Register for Fall sports, classes and programs today!


Browse the Parks & Recreation Fall Brochure and find out How to Register on the City website or call (360) 754-4160 for assistance. 

Online registration is now available. You can browse the catalog, register and pay for classes. Visit Online Registration to check it out.

The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest hosted over two thousand visitors at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The event was sponsored  by the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Tumwater to celebrate the tradition of brewing in the community.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855