Apply For An Olympia Citizen-Member Advisory Committee

Deadline for First Review of Applications:  Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.
The Olympia City Council’s General Government Committee is accepting applications for positions on 7 citizen-member advisory committees and one community board.  Application information is posted on the City’s website:

The advisory committees are:
•    Arts Commission (2 vacancies; 3 positions with ending terms)
•    Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (1 vacancy; 3 positions with ending terms)
•    Design Review Board (2 Architect or Landscape Architect positions, and 1 citizen-at-large position; all ending terms)
•    Heritage Commission (4 positions with ending terms)
•    Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (1 vacancy; 2 positions with ending terms)
•    Planning Commission (3 positions with ending terms)
•    Utility Advisory Committee (2 positions with ending terms)

The community board is Olympia’s position on the Thurston Community Television Board (TCTV).

Appointments are effective April 1.  Terms of appointment are staggered with about one-third of the positions ending each year.  Current members with ending terms are eligible to apply for reappointment.

While Olympia accepts applications year-round, the deadline for the first review of Spring appointments is Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.  The Council’s General Government Committee will review the list of applicants at its February 11 meeting and determine a selection process at that time. Members of the General Government Committee are Councilmembers Jeannine Roe (Chair), Jim Cooper, and Cheryl Selby.

The positions are non-paid.  At least one-half of the members of a committee at any given time must reside in in the City of Olympia or Olympia’s Urban Growth Area.

January 29, 2014

Burfoot Park Beach Closed In Thurston County

All other park facilities and areas open. Thurston County health officials have closed the beach at the Burfoot Park as a precaution to protect beachgoers from contaminated water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant that serves the Seashore Villa mobile home community.

Inspectors from the Washington State Department of Ecology discovered the problem on Friday while inspecting the wastewater treatment plant for the mobile home park on the shores of Budd Inlet located between Olympia’s Priest Point Park and the county’s Burfoot Park. Inspectors found that partially treated wastewater from the treatment plant was entering directly into Budd Inlet.

County Health officials have closed the beach at Burfoot Park until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed and all of the wastewater can be properly treated. All other facilities and areas at Burfoot Park are open, including the trails, picnic areas and playground.   

Health officials also recommend that nearby beachfront property owners avoid contact with the water until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed.

“The health risk for the public is relatively low in this situation, but it’s best to close the beach and post the warning signs at Burfoot Park until the problem is resolved and this wastewater treatment facility is working properly,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division.

For more information on protecting yourself, your family and your pets from common swimming and water-borne illnesses, visit the county health department’s web page HERE.

For more information about wastewater treatment and how the Washington State Department of Ecology protects and monitors Washington’s waterways, click HERE.

Quinault Area Road Closure

Olympia, WA—An intermittent road closure has been implemented on the Pacific Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety during timber harvest operations on the Hum T timber sale. Specifically, the closure will occur in this area:
Forest Service Road 2204 –Mile Post 3.0 to 7.0

The road is narrow with limited turn around areas. There will not be sufficient room for safe public access once the timber purchaser positions heavy machinery and log decks in the road prism.

The closure may be in effect at irregular intervals from Monday through Friday only. The road will remain open on weekends. During the week the road may be closed entirely, it may be blocked for up to an hour at a time, or it may be open, depending on the purchaser’s activities. This road closure will be lifted as soon as timber harvesting is complete and the purchaser’s machinery has been removed from the area, which should be sometime around June 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Pacific Ranger District office in Quinault at 360-288-2525.

January 27, 2014

Telephone Town Hall with Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton)

Telephone Town Hall When: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Thursday, January 30 with Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton). Residents of the 35th Legislative District should receive a call at about 6:15 PM on January 30. To participate, simply pick up the phone and follow the prompts. Rep. Haigh will deliver short opening remarks and will then open up for questions. If for some reason you don’t receive a call, you can call into 1-877-229-8493 and enter 19530 to participate.