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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 31, 2007
Cynthia Stewart, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, 360-709-3063

Thurston County Commissioners Host South County Meeting

OLYMPIA – South Thurston County residents are invited to a meeting with the Board of County Commissioners in mid-September.  This "Community Conversation" in Rochester is the first in a series of such meetings to be held in the rural parts of the county.  Subsequent meetings will be held quarterly in Yelm, Rainier and Tenino/Bucoda.

Commissioner Bob Macleod says the meetings are designed to allow the board to hear from county residents in an informal setting.  "We want citizens in the southern part of the county to know that we are aware that they may have issues that are different from folks in the more urbanized areas.  To that end, we hope to hear from them about those issues, about their goals for the future and whatever else they want to discuss"

Commissioners will visit with those who attend the meeting in a small group setting to allow for the free flow of conversation.  There will not be any presentations by county staff and Commissioners are not seeking "testimony" from anyone on any particular subjects.  Issues that may be discussed include-

  • What do people see for the future of south Thurston County ?
  • What programs and services are, or should be, provided by the County?
  • What can County government do to assist the rural cities and towns and their residents?

The "Community Conversation" with the Board of Thurston County Commissioners will be held at 6:30 the evening of Thursday, September 13th at the Rochester High School Commons, 19800 Carper Rd SW in Rochester .  Those seeking more information on the meeting can call the Commissioner's office at 360-786-5440.  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3