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Yelm Looking for Public Input on Naming Community Center

The Yelm City Council is accepting public comment about naming the Yelm Community Center.

The Yelm Business Association proposed naming the community center after the Wolf family, because of their long history of benefiting the Yelm community.

Comments can be sent to webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the form on the city’s website at ci.yelm.wa.us or through the city’s facebook page @CityofYelmWA.

Home Repair Assistance Available for South Thurston

The city of Tenino has partnered with Thurston County and the nonprofit South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity to enact a new home repair program for residents in south county.

The goal of the project, according to a press release, is to help low-income homeowners stay safe, warm and healthy in their homes.

Habitat for Humanity will manage the program and complete home repair projects as a general contractor. The program is limited to projects and properties in the cities of Tenino, Bucoda, Rainier and the surrounding unincorporated areas of south Thurston County.

Applicants must meet income and other eligibility criteria to participate in the home repair program, the release said. A pre-application form of eligibility can be found on the Habitat for Humanity website or at the city of Tenino’s website.

The program is a result of work over the past year to develop an eligible program for federal community development grants, which are administered by the county and rotate annually between Lacey, Tumwater and south Thurston County.

The program is part of a larger effort by the city of Tenino to bring attention to housing needs in rural areas, the press release said.

For more information, visit ci.tenino.wa.us orspshabitat.org.

Providence Launches Survey to Highlight Greatest Needs

Providence Health and Services is conducting a community health needs assessment to refine how to best meet identified health-related needs, particularly for the most poor and vulnerable in their service area.

The assessment takes place every three years. The information provided by community members, along with quantitative data from government and private sources, will be used to identify the program areas of greatest need in Lewis and Thurston counties, according to a press release.

Feedback from patients, local organizations and community groups who have participated in the hospital’s community outreach program are also included in the assessment.

The multiple data sources form the foundation of Providence’s analysis of community needs and helps shape the hospital’s community benefit plan for the next three years.

To fill out the survey, go online to surveymonkey.com/r/providencehealthsurvey. The deadline to respond is before Feb. 17.

“Your input will help guide us as we plan for the next three years,” according to the press release. “The results of the survey will be posted on the Providence website in late spring.”

For questions regarding the survey, contact Angela Maki, director of communication and external affairs at 360-493-7907 or email angela.maki@providence.org.

McGregor Announces Bid for Fourth Term on Port

Three-term Port of Olympia Commissioner Bill McGregor announced his intention to seek a fourth term.

McGregor serves the 2nd District, which includes Yelm and Rainier. The port collects 17 cents per $1,000 assessed value on property taxes.

“I will continue to shape the future of the Port of Olympia with a strong emphasis on sustainable economic development in Thurston County, family wage jobs in Thurston County, enhanced environmental stewardship and open participatory government in Thurston County,” McGregor said in a statement.

He has worked to increase development in Lacey, the Port’s New Market Campus in Tumwater and is committed to the Port’s Small Cities Program, he stated in the release.

Property Tax Notices Sent Out

Property Tax notices were sent out in the mail to Thurston County taxpayers on Friday, Feb. 10,  and 2017 property tax amounts can now be viewed and paid through the Thurston County Treasurer’s website at co.thurston.wa.us/treasurer.

Thurston County’s total property taxes assessed for 2017 is $382 million.

There is no additional charge for the electronic check payment option on the Treasurer’s website, but there is a 2.35 percent fee for a major credit card payment and a flat $3.95 fee for a VISA debit card payment (Thurston County receives none of this transaction fee). Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office or the courthouse parking lot drop box located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Olympia. The same fees apply for payments made in person or over the phone.

Treasurer office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the due date. As required by law penalties and interest will be charged for those who do not have their payments in on time.

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