Public invited to open houses focused on I-5 between Tumwater, DuPont

WSDOT and Thurston Regional Planning Council will be holding open house events on January 8th and 9th for the public to review draft results of the study, ask questions, and provide their feedback. Please see the news release below for time and location information.

WSDOT staff have also prepared an online open house for those who cannot attend in person. Thank you for your continued interest in the study!

Public invited to open houses focused on I-5 between Tumwater, DuPont

OLYMPIA – Amid current challenges and future projected growth, the Washington State Department of Transportation has taken an in-depth look at Interstate 5 between Tumwater and DuPont.

WSDOT will offer two open houses and an online open house to present results of a study that includes potential strategies to help reduce congestion along this key corridor.

Participants will have an opportunity to delve into key issues, and how WSDOT used public input to shape the study.

Open house information

When:   4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8

Where: Olympia City Hall Council Chambers
              601 4th Ave. E.
              Olympia, WA 98501

When:  4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9
Where: Lacey Timberland Library
              500 College St. SE
              Lacey, WA 98503    

Details: There is no formal presentation. Attendees can meet with WSDOT staff to learn more about the issues, potential strategies and provide feedback.

The online open house will close 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

Hyperlink within the release:

Scott Lake Custodial and General Maintenance Job Opening

  1. BROAD FUNCTION:
    1. Provides custodial duties, support and general maintenance of park and other areas and properties owned by the Scott Lake Maintenance Company (SLMC). This part time, hourly position reports directly to the SLMC Executive Secretary.
  2. Principal Responsibilities:
    1. Provide general maintenance, custodial and sanitation, and support for community park and other areas of the community as directed by the SLMC Executive Secretary. 
    2. Establish and maintain a good, professional relationship with the SLMC Executive Secretary and elected SLMC Board of Trustees.
    3. Support and maintain a safe working environment through safe work practices and use of personal protective equipment.
    4. Report all safety concerns immediately to SLMC Executive Secretary or Board of Trustees.
    5. Attend SLMC Board of Trustee meetings quarterly or as requested.
    6. Participate in Monthly One on One meetings and Quarterly Performance Reviews with SLMC Executive Secretary.
  3. Basic Knowledge and Skill Requirement:
    1. Self-starter who is well organized and possesses excellent communication skills.
    2. Ability to work independently with strong ownership of assigned duties.
    3. Possess a general understanding of cleaning and sanitation, yard maintenance, and minor maintenance repairs.
    4. Ability to remain flexible with changing priorities and direction as required to support the SLMC properties and facilities.
    5. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs from ground level.
    6. Must be able to turn, twist, bend at the waist repeatedly, occasionally.
    7. Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time.
    8. Must be able to push/pull repeatedly, occasionally.
    9. Understand and support that frequency of work is variable with Spring and Summer months requiring more work than other seasons. Understand that during Fall and Winter support and work is still required with less regularity and at times may be as needed.  
  4. Areas of responsibility and duties:
    1. Walk park and other SLMC properties picking up litter, downed branches and other discarded items as scheduled or as requested.
    2. Garbage and Trash removal: Empty community garbage cans located in the park, park bathrooms, boat launch, ballfield, and at the dog park weekly, or as requested. Note that park garbage pick-up will occur more often during summer months, when activity is higher than other months of the year.
    3. Park Shelter: Sweep and remove debris weekly or as requested. Clean and wipe down tables weekly or as requested.  Provide minor maintenance and painting as needed or as requested.
    4. Park Bathroom is to be unlocked and locked daily starting June 1st and ending September 30th.  Park bathrooms are to be cleaned as scheduled during the following dates – May 31st to October 1stAdditional cleaning during off season months will be done as needed based on events or in support of basic maintenance of the facility. Minor maintenance, plumbing and painting will occur as needed or as requested.
    5. Seasonal Tasks:
      1. All Scott Lake public signs on all SLMC properties will be washed in May and in September or as requested.
      2. Trash cans in all areas of the community will be washed or sprayed out quarterly or as requested.
      3. Storm Clean Up: after windstorms, snowstorms or acts of nature, there may be the need to support park and grounds clean up.  
      4. Report any damages identified on any SLMC property to the SLMC Executive Secretary. Notify the Thurston County Sheriff Office immediately when appropriate in addition to notification to the SLMC Executive Secretary and Board of Trustees.
      5. All dog waste bags will be checked in all 3 locations weekly and resupplied as necessary. Dog waste cans will be emptied weekly or as requested.
      6. Assist on July 5 of each year in park clean up following 4th of July fireworks.
      7. Other assigned duties or requested.
  5. Compensation $15.00 per hour
  6. References required upon request.

Submit Resume to Scott Lake Maintenance Company office at the Community Center.

Property Owner Information form

Please return the Property Owner Information form recently mailed to you.

We are working hard to improve the emergency and non-emergency notification process for all property owners and residents in Scott Lake. The information you provide is critical to the success of this effort.

If you have misplaced your Property Owner Information form, please contact the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office immediately. The office number is 360-352-4787 or email to smaint8812@comcast.net. Another form can be downloaded from here or is available for your pick up or it can be mailed to you.

Thank you to all who have returned their property owner information.

We can’t make a plan and move forward without this information and your quick response is very much appreciated.

Scott Lake Board of Trustees

Don’t Forget to Flush… Your Hot Water Heater

HotWaterHeaterFlushing your water heater is an important maintenance step to ensure you get the most out of your water heater.  By keeping your water heater clean from sediment buildup, you help ensure the maximum life is reached from this important home appliance.

To help you flush your water heater properly, please refer to the instructions below, provided by Paul Robischon, Manager of Washington Water Service.

How to Flush Your Water Heater

CAUTION: When flushing your water heater there is danger of being scalded.  Be careful and keep children and pets away during the procedure.

Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.  How often your model needs to be flushed depends upon the quality of the water in your area.  Areas with high mineral content will have to flush more often.

What is sediment, and why is it a problem?  The sediment is sand or other grit from a well, or any other material that has gotten into the municipal water mains.  Sediment can also come into your home after the water company flushes out their lines.

Over time, your heater can accumulate this sediment consisting of sand, gravel, grit, and various mineral deposits.  This buildup can reduce the amount your water heater holds, create a variety of interesting noises, and reduce the efficiency of your unit.  The buildup of sediment at the bottom can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.

Cleaning this sediment out of your water heater is not particularly difficult; here is how to do it.

  1. If your water heater is gas, set the gas valve to “Pilot” to prevent the burners from coming on while you are flushing it.  If your heater is electric, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers.  With an electric water heater, if the water level drops below the heating elements, and the thermostat turns the elements on, the heating elements will probably burn out quite rapidly.
  2. Connect a heavy-duty garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Make sure the outlet of the hose is in a safe area away from pets and children.  It can be very hot and can scald quickly.
  3. Close the shut off valve on the cold inlet to the water heater.
  4. Carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever.  Leave the valve open.
  5. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater allowing the water to flow out through the garden hose.  If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
  6. In some cases, the sediment hardens into large chunks that can block the drain valve.  If so, then wait until everything cools down, remove the garden hose from the drain valve, remove the valve if necessary, and use a long screw driver to break up the clog.  This is a very messy procedure.  Once completed, re-attach the hose and continue flushing.
  7. Drain the tank completely.  With the drain valve still open, close the pressure relief valve and turn the cold water inlet valve back on. This will scour the bottom of the tank and flush the sediment out.  Flush the tank until the water runs clear.  When the garden hose runs clear, you are finished.
  8. Close the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and remove the garden hose.
  9. Close the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank if it is still open, and turn the cold inlet valve back on.
  10. Open a hot water faucet in your house, and let it run until no air bubbles come out.
  11. Turn the heater back on, and with gas units re-light the pilot if necessary.

Paul Robischon, Manager
Washington Water Service

4th of July Fireworks Rules

Big Explosion

  1. Only Safe and Sane fireworks permitted – NO ILLEGAL FIREWORKS
  2. Fireworks may be lit within 15 feet of lake shore in designated area.  NO fireworks in ball field, Community Center parking lot, or tennis court.
  3. Bring your own platform to launch fireworks. Tables, docks, and other park equipment MAY NOT be used.
  4. Bring a bucket to pick up ALL fireworks debris.  Dumpsters available at park kitchen area.
  5. Anyone carelessly setting off fireworks will be asked to leave.
  6. No one under the age of 12 may set off fireworks without parental supervision.
  7. No fireworks after 11:00 PM.

County Ordinance 6.68.055

Dicharge restricted to:

  • July 3, 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • July 4, 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Easter Breakfast

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The Scott Lake Mens Club (SLAMS) is sponsoring the annual Scott Lake Easter breakfast on Sunday, 4/12/2020 at the community center. Hours are from 8 AM to 11:00 AM.  Adults $6, 12 & under $5, 5 & under free.  All you can eat. The Easter breakfast is the major SLAMS fundraiser for the Scott Lake Kids Fishing Derby. Bring your families, friends and neighbors and enjoy a good breakfast and help support this worthy cause.

Fishing Derby

FishingScott Lake Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 30th, 2020 from 8AM to 11AM.  Free registration at the park kitchen from 7 AM to 9 AM for Scott Lake kids and guests age 14 and under. The lake will be planted with trout.  Volunteer boats will be available. Every kid receives a prize. Rain or shine.  Fish cleaning station. It is suggested that each participate have their own bait and tackle. The derby is sponsored by the Scott Lake SLAMS club and supported by donations from local businesses, clubs, fire departments and individuals. Everyone is welcome to watch the kids catch some fish, win prizes and have fun.

Book Club

Please join the Scott Lake Book Club!

It’s free!

We meet once a month, usually on a Saturday evening for snacks and to discuss the current book we are reading.

We choose our books from the Timberland Library Book Club set list, so we don’t have to pay for books.

The Scott Lake Book Club is open to friends and family outside of Scott Lake.

For more info please refer to the Scott Lake Community Family Support Group FB events tab or contact Deanna Ball @360-790-3638.

December Emergency Preparedness – Home Hazard Hunt

All of Washington State has the potential of being impacted by a major earthquake.  Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning.  When they occur, they cause the ground to undulate and shake, perhaps violently.  Buildings – and their contents – are vulnerable to this rocking and rolling.  Fortunately, experts teach how to secure homes to their foundations, and contents to wall studs.

  • Identify potential hazards that will need to be bolted/strapped: such as water heater, tall furniture, cabinets; items that are heavy, breakable, expensive, precious, and/or toxic.
  • Make a timeline to complete these safety projects.

Watch our videos

For complete information go to  http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/personal and find the Prepare in a Year Booklet and the Getting Ready Home Booklet.

Animal Complaints

Are you having an issue with lose animals in your area of the community?  Your Scott Lake Maintenance Company is unable to directly help with these complaints.  All complaints must be filed directly with the Joint Animal Services.  Contact information is as follows:

Phone: (360) 352-2510