Olympia City Council prepares for upcoming mid-year retreat

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Olympia City Council unanimously approved the agenda for its upcoming mid-year retreat.

The retreat is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the LOTT board room, 500 Adams St., Olympia. The agenda includes updates from the Finance Committee, Land Use and Environment Committee, General Government Committee, and the Community and Economic Revitalization Committee.

The purpose of the retreat is to discuss city and council goals. More specific topics will cover the 2015 budget, downtown development plans, the comprehensive plan, the city’s social media presence, the proposed Community Renewal Area and more.

The council approved the agenda 6-0. Mayor Stephen Buxbaum was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, and Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel Jones led the meeting. The council is also going on a two-week hiatus, with no meetings on Aug. 26 or Sept. 2. The council will hold its next regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at City Hall.

Also at Tuesday’s council meeting, the city gave a special recognition to the Salmon Stewards Program volunteers. Since 1999, the program’s volunteers have been educating the public and hosting viewing stations for salmon at three locations: the Fifth Avenue Dam, Tumwater Falls Park and McLane Creek Nature Run. Volunteers for the program attend at least six hours of classroom training and talk with thousands of people a year. According to Patricia Pyle, a program manager, about 15 to 25 volunteers donate about 400 hours of their own time every year.