Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Woodland Creek Estates Sanitary Sewer Project is complete. This has been a very successful since most projects of this kind require adoption of a Utility Special Improvement District (ULID) in which all the costs are passed on to the property owner to pay for over a 20-year period. In this case Thurston County received grants and a loan to pay for the sewer mains and installation of the STEP systems at each of the 128 homes in both the Woodland Creek Estates and the Covington Place neighborhoods. The County has committed to paying for the $1.23 million dollar loan at no cost to the residents.
The project realized significant savings, thanks in part to a very competitive bidding climate, three good contractors, in-house engineering and design, the cooperation with the City of Lacey Public Works and County Environmental Health. These savings resulted in the project being completed with some grant funds remaining.
The Board of County Commissioners has elected to use unspent grant funds to pay the Sewer Connection Fees for all residents. This means residents are no longer required to pay the connection fees per agreement. This does not affect monthly sewer service charges. All residents will still be required to pay for monthly sewer service to the City of Lacey.

If you have questions about your sewer service, monthly sewer charges or need assistance with your new STEP system, please contact the City of Lacey at 360-491-5616.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Construction is complete! Thanks to your patience and cooperation over the past few years, we are now sending over 30,000 gallons per day of wastewater to the LOTT treatment plant in Olympia and away from Woodland Creek. We've striven hard to minimize the impact the best we could, but also understand working in and around construction work can be very frustrating. So, thanks again!

Over the next few months, we'll be closing out the project as all the final bills come in.

Please remember the City of Lacey will be providing ongoing operation and maintenance of all new STEP systems. For questions or to report problems, please contact their office:

After hours: 360-704-2740

-The Thurston County Public Works Staff-

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 2013 Update

August 14, 2013
Johnson & Maddox Inc. is very close to completing the Phase II installation of 52 STEP Systems. The last two systems are near completion. Thurston County Public Works, Staff expects further site restoration (landscaping) activities to continue into the coming month. If you would like more information regarding the installation and/or site landscaping please contact:

Thurston County Inspector, John Moore at (360) 239-4244.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

APRIL 9th, 2013th Update

Woodland Creek S.T.E.P. Updates

Northwest Cascade is nearly complete with the installation of 73 STEP systems. The last remaining residences are scheduled to be connected by April 19.  They will be working in the area until end of the April with minor work and project closeout items.
On April 2, 2013, the Board of Thurston County Commissioners authorized the award of the second and final STEP system construction contract to Johnson & Maddox Inc. of Olympia, WA.  This contract includes installation of 55 STEP systems. Johnson & Maddox hopes to move on site in late April and begin construction in early May.The projected completion date is for early November, 2013.

For residents in S.T.E.P. Phase2:
At least five business days before construction begins on your property, Thurston County Public Works and Johnson & Maddox staff will be going door to door to let you know when construction will begin on your property.  This will give us the opportunity to go over the construction details with you as well as answer any questions you may have.  If you have plans to be out of town for things like a family reunion etc., please let us know the dates so we can look at making adjustments to the construction schedule.  Once the details are worked out, we will need a signed Sewer Construction Notice from you.  This form will be provided to you when we meet. If you are not home, staff will leave a door hanger with our contact information.  Please contact Matt Balder (contact info below) to set up a time that we can meet with you to go over the construction details.

Matt Balder: 360-867-2340 or 360-239-5468 (cell)

Monday, February 11, 2013

February 11th, 2013

New Community Block Grant Applications Available

We would like to provide those who either missed the opportunity to apply last year, or did not qualify because their income exceeded the 2012 CDBG income limits to apply at this time.  If your income has changed, please take this opportunity to apply.

You may click the link above (Community Block Grant Application) and download and fill out the form, and return to the address found in the form.

The deadline is April 30th.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Week of January 7, 2013

The installation of STEP Systems continues as does the continuation of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). In the first offering of the grant we were successful in approving 34 applicants for the CDBG grant. Approved applicants will not have the added responsibility of paying for connection charges.

We have been authorized to make a second offering of the grant program for property owners who did not make application or who applied the last time but were disqualified based on income thresholds. Every year the Federal government adjusts the income thresholds to qualify for the CDBG grant program based on inflation. We expect to have new income threshold qualifications for the 2012 year time frame in March.

Once we have the information we will mail applications to all residents in the project area except for those that qualified for the grant in 2012. We will also announce and post online the application and qualifications when we have the necessary information.

Stay tuned! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Week of November 26th, 2012

As expected, the wet weather is slowing the work down. The contractor has reduced the number of crews installing the STEP systems and continued protecting construction areas from erosion. Work over the next few weeks will be focusing on homes along Woodland Creek Street and some on 17th Avenue.

County staff recently requested a courtesy site visit from Department of Ecology (Ecology) to review the project's stormwater and erosion control plan and to ensure the plan met with best management practices. As part of this meeting, county staff presented Ecology the plan to continue work on those homes (mentioned above) during the next few weeks and identified the proposed erosion control measures to be used. Ecology staff was satisfied with the plan and concurs with the erosion control and stormwater management approach.