Mayor Cheryl Temple
Term expires December 31, 2013
Welcome to Orting. What’s it like to live and do business in Orting? Our vision outlines our way of life: Orting is a diverse, thriving and safe community, nestled in the foothills of Mt. Raininer. A great place to live, work and play. We value our:
- Open space, parks and recreational opportunities
- Affordable housing
- Partnership with excellent schools
- Opportunities for businesses and jobs
- Involved community
- Responsive government
Every day your City Council and staff safeguard that way of life. Our vision shapes the goals that guide our decisions during every City Council or committee meeting, staff meeting, or budget session.
We’re crafting a Parks & Recreation program for young and old. The first step was to welcome the Orting Athletic Association into the fold. We’ll soon be asking you via a survey what you want Parks & Recreation to offer. Our part of the Foothills Trail is a huge draw– from folks that walk every day to the cyclists who come for a tough Saturday. The trail runs through town and by one of our rivers.
Orting’s mix of housing—with its large and small homes, and some apartments—will continue to grow with the likely addition of condominiums in the north part of town on the Gratzer and Engfer properties.
Our partnership with schools means that the new middle school will be up and ready for students in September 2008.
With the development of the Gratzer and Engfer properties, more jobs and shopping opportunities will be offered in addition to some condominiums. I see a growing mix of great restaurants, unique shops, historic buildings and homes.
Volunteerism is a way of life here in Orting. Citizens have built every structure in our main park. The Lions Club is stepping up to help build a new multi-purpose building in the park at the corner of Calistoga and Washington. Our newly-reformed Chamber of Commerce is the most vibrant business group I’ve ever seen. Twenty volunteer citizens make up our Parks, Planning and Civil Service Commissions and the City Council.
Part of responsive government is when the City Council welcomes you to step up to the podium at every council meeting and ask questions or make a comment about whatever is on your mind. This new Web site is a big step toward making the City of Orting more responsive. Responsive government also means police, fire, public works and administration departments that work for you. When you need assistance and call a department in the City, this staff believes your needs are a top priority.
Because we keep a sharp eye on our vision, Orting reflects a community of great schools, friendly neighborhoods and a growing business area with an anticipated increase in jobs and shopping.
For visitors, bring your bike or walking shoes for the trail. Bring your appetite for the many incredible restaurants in town and bring your camera to capture reminders of the beautiful views of the rivers, Mt. Rainier and our “Turn of the Century” architecture.
If you’re thinking of building a business in Orting, call us with your questions and we’ll help you get started without a lot of “red tape.” We’ll bring in the experts for advice when you decide to pursue your dream.
That’s the way we live and do business in Orting. I look forward to speaking with you in person or by phone; or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My best regards to you and your families,