Lacey Seeks Public Input On Potential Plastic Bag Ban

The City of Lacey is conducting a public outreach campaign to provide information and gather feedback regarding the proposed plastic bag ban ordinance. The effort kicks off with an open house on Tuesday, November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Chinook Middle School, 4301 6th Avenue NE. The open house will feature a display of plastic bags, including examples of those to be banned under the proposed ordinance and those that would still be allowed. Additional information will also be available, including an outline of how and why the ordinance was developed and the intended goal of the proposed regulation. The open house is informal. Interested parties are encouraged to drop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the city will be on hand throughout the event to answer questions and accept comments from Lacey residents and business owners.

The proposed plastic bag ban ordinance has not yet been decided in Lacey. The City Council continues to study the issue and solicit input from citizens. The outreach campaign will continue through the end of November, at which time a comment card regarding the potential ban will be included with utility bills to customers inside Lacey’s city limits. Residents and business owners are encouraged to return their comment cards for review and consideration before the council takes further action.

For more information, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us/plasticbags or call (360) 491-3214.

October 29, 2013/ City of Lacey Press Release

Evergreen to Offer NOAA Climate Change Lecture

(Olympia, Wash.) Understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and its intimate connection with climate and ocean acidification will be examined by a prominent U.S. government scientist November 7 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 at The Evergreen State College.
Christopher Sabine, director of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss how ocean acidification affects marine life, atmospheric carbon levels, and ultimately the global climate.   
This event is sponsored by: Earth Matters: Geology and Chemistry, Ocean Life and Environmental Policy, and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture Academic Programs, the Evergreen Chemistry Club, and the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.  
This free event is open to the public at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW Olympia, WA 98505.  Parking is $2.00.

October 28, 2013/Evergreen State College News Release

Comment On Thurston County’s 2014 Budget

Thurston County Commissioners encourage county residents to comment on the proposed 2014 budget at a public hearing Tuesday, October 29.  The preliminary budget proposal recommends a reduction in spending for 2014 as inflation continues to outpace revenue growth. Taking into consideration 2013 expenditures and early revenue forecasts for next year, Commissioners will need to trim about $6 million dollars from 2013 spending levels for the 2014 budget.

County manager Cliff Moore says county leadership is committed to good management and financial practices.  “We must be diligent to ensure there are sufficient reserves to meet cash flow needs and the cost of unanticipated emergencies.  Our greatest challenge is to balance the needs of county citizens with our current revenues.”  This is difficult, as the primary source of county revenue- property tax- is capped at one percent growth per year while inflation has been running three percent to seven percent a year.

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TRL Board Of Trustees Meeting

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 7:00 pm at the Oakville Timberland Library located at 204 Main Street, Oakville, WA 98568. The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.