Public is Encouraged to Be Part of Forming Olympia’s Downtown Strategy

The first public workshop for Olympia’s new Downtown Strategy will take place Saturday, November 21 from 9:30 a.m.-Noon, at the Olympia Center. The public will have an opportunity to review existing downtown conditions and goals and engage in discussion of more specific objectives and mapping of preliminary downtown sub-districts (areas of special character or function). Input will help to shape preliminary land use and urban design alternatives that will be presented to the public for evaluation in February.

The Olympia Center is located a located at 222 Columbia St. NW. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Free child-care will be provided during the workshop.

Can’t make the workshop? A corresponding online opportunity will be available at November 25 - December 7.

We are in stage one of a 5-stage process to form Olympia’s Downtown Strategy. The Downtown Strategy will identify what steps we take over the next 5-6 years to move our community’s vision and goals for downtown forward. Learn more at

Nov. 23 - Citizen Meeting: Discover Thurston County

Thurston County Commissioner Romero hosts meetings with new Visitor and Convention Bureau Director

OLYMPIA – From the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge to the Mima Mounds, Thurston County is a beautiful and diverse place to explore. On Monday, November 23, join Commissioner Romero and her guest, Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) Director Shauna Stewart, for coffee. You will learn about the resources the OLTVCB have available for local business owners who are working to attract travelers.

The OLTVCB is a non-profit organization funded by hotel and motel lodging taxes and membership investments to develop and market Thurston County as a visitor destination. The tourism industry in Washington State employs over 150,000 people and generates $16.9 billion annually for the state’s economy. Agritourism attractions, small businesses, hotels, and restaurants are just a few of the local industries that benefit from travel to our region.

Shauna Stewart, Executive Director of the OLTVCB, is a Thurston County native who kicked off her career doing Membership and Marketing Development for the VCB in 2006. Since that time, she spent five years with the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau where she served as VP of Sales and Marketing and Interim Executive Director. For the past two and a half years, Shauna led the marketing department for an Executive Coaching firm in Portland, OR while teaching tourism and destination marketing classes on the side. Shauna earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Western Washington University and her Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She fiercely believes that travel changes the world and is passionate about promoting Thurston County to visitors.

Commissioner Romero meets once a month with community members for informal coffee chats on a wide variety of local issues. At the end of the guest presentation you will have an opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Romero is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.


Rainier: 9:30am – 10:30am, Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester Street West

Yelm:   11:00am – noon, NEW LOCATION: Mr. Doug’s, 210 NE 103rd Ave SE

Lacey:   2:00pm – 3:00pm, NEW LOCATION: Forza Coffee, 130 Marvin Rd. SE

Nov. 16: Mason County Fire District #11 Budget Meeting

Mason County Fire District #11 will be holding a special meeting to adopt a budget for 2016 at their station located 130 E. Island Lake Road in Shelton.  The meeting will be held Monday November 16th at 10:00 am

Nov. 16 & 17: Board Of Mason County Commissioners Briefing & Regular Meetings

Draft Briefing Meeting Agenda

411 North Fifth Street, Shelton WA 98584

Monday,  November 16, 2015

Commission Chambers

 9:00 A.M.            Closed Session – RCW 42.30.140 (4) Labor Discussion

 9:30 A.M.            Support Services - Bill Kenny

10:00 A.M.           Sheriff/Equipment Rental & Revolving - Frank Pinter

                              2015 Sheriff Request for Vehicles

10:30 A.M.           BREAK

10:35 A.M.           Public Works - Brian Matthews & Melissa McFadden

                              Utilities & Waste Management  - Brian Matthews/Erika Schwender

11:00 A.M.           Public Health & Human Services – Vicki Kirkpatrick


 11:30 A.M.            Department of Community Development – Barbara Adkins

                              Commissioner Discussion – as needed


 2:00 P.M.          2016 Budget Workshop

                         Sheriff’s Office

                              Commissioner Discussion – as needed

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Commission Chambers

10:30 A.M.           2016 Budget Workshop

                              Assessor’s Office

                              Review of 2016 Budget


Board Of Mason County Commissioners

Draft Meeting Agenda

Commission Chambers – 9:00 a.m.

411 North Fifth Street, Shelton WA 98584

TUESDAY, November 17, 2015


Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

Correspondence and Organizational Business

4.1     Correspondence

4.2     News Release:  Mason County Parks & Trails Advisory Board Openings.  Staff:  Jeff Vrabel


Open Forum for Citizen Input (5 minutes per person, 15 minutes time limit) 

         If you wish to address the Commission, raise your hand to be recognized by the Chair.  When you have been recognized, please step up to the microphone and give your name and address before  your comments. The Mason County Commission is committed to maintaining a meeting atmosphere of mutual respect and speakers are encouraged to honor this principle.

Adoption of Agenda

         Items appearing on the agenda after “Item 9. Public Hearings”, may be acted upon before 9:30 a.m.

Approval of Minutes – November 3, 2015 regular meeting minutes.

Approval of Action Agenda: All items listed under the “Action Agenda” may be enacted  by one motion unless a Commissioner or citizen requests an item be removed from the Action Agenda and considered as a separate item.

8.1  Approval to set a budget hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. to consider budget adjustments to the 2015 budget.

8.2  Approval of the resolution to close Old Belfair Highway (County Road 98250) from December 6, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Belfair Christmas Parade. 

8.3   Approval for the Emergency and Information Manager to sign the Emergency Management Performance Grant contract E16-109.  The County will receive $50,269.00 and there is a 50% match which has been budgeted for 2016. 

8.4   Approval to extend the contract with for live streaming of Commission meetings for 2016.  The rate is $50 per meeting for half day meetings and $100 for full day and is anticipated in the 2016 budget. 

8.5   Approval of the resolution adopting the Interlocal Agreement for Pacific Mountain Workforce Region Workforce Investment Act Implementation. 

8.6   Approval of the Veterans Assistance Fund Applications for:  Food $500.00 and Utilities $242.05 for a total of $742.05 as recommend by the Veterans Service Office. 

8.7   Approval of Warrants

        Claims Clearing Fund             Warrant #   8031832                  $       370.00

        Claims Clearing Fund             Warrant #’s 8031930-8032191    $1,773,499.51

        Direct Deposit Fund               Warrant #’s 26691-27070           $  583,589.55

        Salary Clearing Fund              Warrant #’s 7001458-7001498    $3,230,439.80

        For a total of $ 3,230,439.80

        Claims Clearing YTD Total                  $32,235,925.30

        Direct Deposit YTD Total                    $13,111,746.98

        Salary Clearing YTD Total                  $14,049,964.16


 9:30 a.m. Public Hearings and Items Set for a Certain Time

9.1   Public Hearing to consider rezone No 15-01 by Ronald Szalay to amend the outer boundary of the Belfair Urban Growth Area and rezone three parcels.  Parcel numbers 12332-50-00094, 12332-50-00096 and 12332-50-90102.  Staff:  Allan Borden

Other Business (Department Heads and Elected Officials)


Board’s Reports and Calendar