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

Department Profile: The Executive Department

aThe Mayor and City Administrator  provide leadership and direction to carry out the policies set by the City Council. Mayor Pete Kmet has served as Tumwater's mayor for since 2010. City Administrator John Doan was appointed by the Mayor  that same year to direct the day-to-day operation of the City, including budget implementation and growing a great organization. The Executive Department works with the City Council on goal-setting, meeting support, scheduling, public policy, and communications. Department staff work to facilitate City priorities such as the brewery redevelopment, education and engagement programs, and community partnerships. They work closely with other jurisdictions and outside agencies to coordinate public services.

The department produces public information such as the City website, various newsletters, social media, and mailings, manages the City's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), and hosts educational opportunities like Tumwater University. 
In 2014, the department reorganized to incorporate the City Clerk and the Brewery Project Management functions. The City Clerk manages the repository for City records, public disclosure requests, and meeting records for the City Council and committees. In addition, the City hired a volunteer coordinator last year that coordinates volunteer and engagement programs for the City of Tumwater, including the new neighborhood grant programs.

Grant application deadline extended to April 30th. 
BDo you have an idea for an event in your neighborhood? Grant Funding is now available to help neighbors achieve their vision. Eligible projects must take place within the City of Tumwater and have a lasting or direct benefit to the neighborhood or community. Under this program, community groups provide an equivalent amount of volunteer hours, in-kind donations, or cash resources to match grant funds-up to $1,000.

These grants are available through the City's Community Matching Fund. The fund was established in 2014 to provide incentives for neighborhoods to build community through engaging projects and events. Neighborhood Project Grants are awarded annually and selected through a competitive process. Applications are available online at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/neighborhoodgrants, and at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, during regular business hours. Applications are now due by April 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. 
For more information, please contact the City's volunteer coordinator Monica Langford at (360) 252-5424 or volunteer@ci.tumwater.wa.us.


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Complete the 2015 Community Survey

CPlease take a few minutes to complete our 2015 Tumwater community survey, and let the city know what you think of Tumwater as a place to live, work, shop, and play. 


Click the link below to take the survey.

2015 Tumwater Community Survey


Celebrate  Arbor Day on April 11 and  Earth Day on April 18
DAs a resident of the Evergreen State, what can be more important than celebrating Arbor Day? The City of Tumwater's Tree Board would like to invite you to join the 2015 Tumwater Arbor Day Celebration. 

Arbor Day - Free Seedlings
Saturday, April 11th

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Tumwater Timberland Library 

Community members will join together for tree related give-away items, activities for kids, and tree planting information.


Earth Day Project
Saturday, April 18th
Historical Park
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Continue the Arbor Day Celebration by volunteering this Earth Day. Celebrate with us by volunteering for a local service project. 

This month, hundreds of volunteers in our area will be pitching in to help restore the parks and trails in Thurston County!  Tumwater's volunteer event will take place in Historical Park. Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  You may choose to participate Tumwater's event, a Stream Team event, or even create your own stewardship project. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at tumwaterparks@ci.tumwater.wa.us for more information about this year's planned project or visit the City website for more information


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Save money and energy through Puget Sound Energy programs

 ELighting Fair April 15th at Tumwater City Hall

PSEs Lighting Program provides the opportunity to get low cost LEDs to save energy and money. This program encourages residents to replace inefficient light bulbs with LED bulbs that can be up to 90% more efficient. The lighting in your home can be up to 20% of your household energy use. Learn how to lower your use and save money at Tumwater City Hall, April 15th, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


Appliance replacement program 

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) also has a program to replace your old refrigerator and clothes washer with new, efficient appliances for free.  The new appliances are four times more efficient and can save you more than $200 a year on your electric bill. 


For refrigerator replacement, your old refrigerator should be: 

  • Manufactured on or before 1992 and currently in working condition
  • 10 to 30 cubic feet in size
  • The primary food storage in the kitchen
  • Plugged into a properly grounded (3-prong) outlet

For clothes washer replacement, your old clothes washer should be: 

  • Manufactured in 1997 or before and in working condition
  • Connected to an electric water heater and used with an electric dryer
  • Connected to a properly functioning water hose
  • Plugged into a properly grounded (3-prong) outlet

To learn more or see if you qualify, call 1-877-341-2314, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found at pse.com/appliancereplacement.


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Thousands of children participated in this year's Easter Egg Dash at Tumwater High School on April 4th. 

Tumwater City Hall

555 Israel Road SW

Tumwater WA 98501

(360) 754-5855