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City of Tumwater, Washington  |  www.ci.tumwater.wa.us  |  March 2015 

Councilmember Profile: Nicole Hill
Councilmember Nicole Hill was appointed to the Tumwater City Council to complete an unexpired term in 2012 and was elected to a short term for Position 1 in 2013. Councilmember Hill serves on the Public Works Committee, chairs the Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and represents the City on the Thurston County Economic Development Council.


Nicole works for Pierce County conserving natural areas, parks, trails, forests, and open spaces. She is originally from the Midwest, and has lived in Tumwater since 2009. Nicole earned her BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University. She completed her graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Clemson University. 


Nicole's priorities include building stronger neighborhoods and increasing community involvement, attracting public and private investment, and supporting economic development opportunities that enhance quality of life in Tumwater. She strives to make our City a more walkable and bikable community too. She can often be found exercising her dog, Izzy, around her Tumwater neighborhood or in one of the local parks.

Street maintenance funding on the ballot in April for Tumwater voters
prop1Tumwater voters will be asked to increase the sales tax rate from 8.7 percent to 8.9 percent to fund street and sidewalk improvements through Proposition 1 on April 28, 2015.


City street infrastructure is aging and funding is needed for street and sidewalk maintenance. Transportation infrastructure is one of the City's most valuable investments. Deferred maintenance drives repair costs higher.


State and Federal funding for maintenance and preservation of the City's transportation infrastructure has been reduced in recent years. While these revenues have decreased, ongoing annual costs continue to rise, making it difficult for the City to adequately preserve and maintain streets and sidewalks.


The state Legislature created a section of law (RCW Chapter 36.73) allowing local governments to create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) as a way to maintain local streets. The Tumwater City Council has designated the City limits as the Transportation Benefit District boundary. That enables money raised through a sales tax increase to be spent on maintenance of streets and sidewalks throughout the City. By law, the money raised under this proposition must be used within the City (district) for transportation purposes only.


Download Proposition 1 Fact Sheet or visit the City website for more information.


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Businesses recognized for green practices 
Applications are now being accepted for Thurston Green Business 2014 Awards through
Monday, March 16.

greenVisit www.thurstongreenbusiness.com to learn about green business practices and how you can get your business recognized for environmentally friendly actions. Consumers can find green businesses here too!


Organizations may apply at any time during the year for a Green Business designation in one or more categories:


 * Buying & Selling Green

 * Energy Efficiency

 * Green Products and Services

 * Transportation & Commute Trip Reduction

 * Waste Reduction & Recycling

 * Water Conservation


The Thurston Green Business program is a partnership between the cities of Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey, Thurston County, and the Thurston County Chamber.  Other partners and sponsors include Puget Sound Energy, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Intercity Transit, LeMay, Inc., and Olympia Federal Savings. The program is also supported by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Thurston Energy, and Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT).


The Thurston Green Business program features a county-wide designation program, recognizing area businesses who are taking significant steps toward sustainability. Any business within Thurston County may apply for a designation, regardless of membership in the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.


Celebrate  Arbor Day on April 11
treeThe City of Tumwater's Tree Board invites you to celebrate Arbor Day 2015. 

Please join your neighbors on:

Saturday, April 11, 2015 
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market Street SE 
Tumwater, WA  

The celebration will include free seedlings and tree related give-away items (while supplies last), activities for kids, and tree planting information. 

For more information on the 2015 City of Tumwater Arbor Day Celebration, please contact Chris Carlson, Permit Manager, at (360) 754-4180 or email ccarlson@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

Bring the kids to Tumwater's Easter Egg Dash on April 4

eggdashJoin family and friends for Tumwater's annual Easter Egg Dash on Saturday, April 4 at Tumwater High School! Over 20,000 colorful eggs will be nestled in the large grassy area behind the stadium at Tumwater High School, just waiting to be discovered. Excited youngsters will collect eggs filled with candy, toys and prize coupons. 


Bring a basket to carry home all your treasures. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to pose for pictures, so bring your camera! A special thank you to our sponsor Northstar Church and our many volunteers.


Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 4.

A good time is sure to be had by all!  

FREE event for ages 0-10.  


Dash Schedule:

11:00 a.m.      Ages 3 and under

11:15 a.m.      Ages 4 - 6

11:30 a.m.      Ages 7 - 10


For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation: (360) 754-4160. More details available on the City's website


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Volunteer Tumwater is one year old! Over 4,000 hours were contributed to City projects in 2014 by volunteers! Thanks to the brave dozen who cleaned the streets around City Hall on February 21, 2015, and the many more who served over the year. For monthly events and more info, visit www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/volunteer.

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855