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Thurston City of Tumwater City Council, Position No. 6

Term: 4 yrSalary: $9,000The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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How would you work to resolve issues related to increasing numbers of homeless people in Tumwater?

How could Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds be used to help resolve homeless issues?

How quickly can the Tumwater Brewery District renovation plans begin?

What do you envision the Tumwater Brewery District to look like in 5 years?

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Phone (360) 878-9997
Email BRIANTOMLINSON@outlook.com
Town where you live Tumwater
Experience (300 characters max) Olympia Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (5 years), Olympia Historical Society Board Member (past), WFSE Local 443 Shop Steward WDFW, Endorsed by Equal Rights Washington "Together For Justice and Equity"
What to do about homelessness? THERE'S A BETTER WAY This program is working, and it can work for Tumwater. The There's a Better Way campaign gives jobless folks a chance at a change in life and provides caring members of our community with a better way to donate their money. https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/priorities-initiatives/initiatives/theres-a-better-way

Begun in 2015, the city's innovative "There's a Better Way" program addresses four main needs: 1.Give people dignity in work 2.Connect individuals with services 3.Collective Impact to end panhandling 4.Help the Community to understand "There's a Better Way"
Battling homelessness and building strong communities are priorities all of Tumwater shares. By assisting with the development of local neighborhoods and emergency shelters, these grants will go a long way for families and individuals who need help the most. I recognize the need for more affordable housing in Tumwater and how it could impact Tumwater's ability to secure jobs, stability, and ultimately success.
Renovation plans have already begun, and will likely begin to take root in the next biennium, though it could begin much sooner. I vow to continue to convene, encourage, and assist our partners in making the hub a reality. The Tumwater City Council last reviewed the Brewery Action Plan in June 2014. Revisions were presented at the April 26, 2016 Council work session. Elements of the Brewery Action Plan have been included in the 2015-2016 City Budget, budget projections, and the Capital Facilities Plan.
The city’s goal is to transform that area into an economic hub with a mix of residential, retail and tourism developments. The proposed Tumwater Craft Brewing and Distillery Center could generate as many as 662 jobs and more than $101 million for the local economy.

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