April 30, 2011

YELM PURCHASES LIBRARY FACILITY – FINALLY!


Yelm Timberland Regional Library

Ten years after the City of Yelm was given an exemption to operate the public library in a private, rented building by Timberland Regional Libraries (TRL) in a shared-lease concluding December 31, 2011, the city finally agreed Wednesday night to purchase a facility.

Mayor Ron Harding presented a plan to the TRL Board of Directors where the city would purchase the existing library space on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Park Building for $1 million dollars through a 20-year bond, with TRL paying the annual O & M expenses ($37,000 per year) through the bond’s term. TRL has conditionally accepted the proposal.

Prior to the TRL Board meeting, the mayor presented to Board members his plan calling for Yelm and TRL to split the cost of a facility, which TRL was preparing to decline, citing the city’s contractual responsibility to house a public library and TRL’s bonding limitation.

TRL Director for Thurston County Emmett O’Connell sent an e-mail to those on his e-list on Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30pm, the day prior to Mayor Harding’s presentation before the TRL Board saying:
“First, I absolutely think the Yelm Library should stay where it is. I also think the current location should be publicly owned and not leased from a private landlord. Where my views changes is how exactly we should get to a publicly owned Yelm library at the current location.

Unless something changes about the current proposal [Harding’s $1.2 million to remain at Prairie Park with TRL paying half of the tab = $600,000], I will vote against it. I can’t speak for the rest of the board, but I don’t expect the proposal will be successful. The reason is that Timberland, like every other rural library district, can not bond for a period longer than six years. This means we would either need to take the entire cost proposed by the city off the top of our budget or bond it out over six years at a cost of more than $100,000 annually.”

With TRL’s Board member O’Connell saying the library should be in a public building provided by the city and the Mayor’s Plan unable to be considered because of TRL’s 6-year bonding maximum, Mayor Harding knew Tuesday evening his proposal for the city to split the $1.2 million cost with TRL to purchase the facility was “dead-in-the-water”. Harding missed the Tuesday City Council meeting and with several library supporters present and commenting to the Council, Mayor Pro-tem Isom told those gathered there “WILL” be a library in Yelm, though he said the space may be smaller than the current one.

Thanks to Margaret Clapp lowering the price of the 2nd-floor by $200,000 (16.7%) to keep her building from being mostly vacant, the mayor presented a previously-unannounced proposal to TRL’s Board Wednesday evening for the City of Yelm to finally purchase a public library facility, one that the city had a contractual agreement to provide for 10+ years.

In the end, the City of Yelm was obviously not “crippled” and finally DID “cover the costs of the current situation” (to buy the 2nd floor at Prairie Park).

TRL conditionally accepted the agreement where the city will pay approx. $16,000 over the annual budgeted $58,000 per year for the length of the 20-year bond. Financing the purchase means approx. $74,000 per year X 20 years = $1,480,000 expense.

There was a concern expressed during the Board meeting from an Olympia resident that public-process was omitted about the Yelm library developments. That echoes what has previously been stated on this blog.

Bottom line:
The community’s support for a quality library here was strong.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR HARDING & THE YELM CITY COUNCIL IN FINALLY COMMITTING TO THEIR CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT (FROM OVER 10 YEARS AGO) TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC LIBRARY FACILITY FOR THE GREATER YELM COMMUNITY!

NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE YELM-LIBRARY COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR LIBRARY A JEWEL FOR OUR AREA – FOR THE FUTURE AND OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES!


April 29, 2011

MONROE INSTITUTE WORKSHOP OFFERED HERE TOMORROW

[Editors note: This post was submitted by Yael Klein. Klein is the wife of this Blog’s Host.]

For the first time in our area –
The Monroe Institute (TMI) Excursion Workshop Weekend
A RESULTS-ORIENTED PROGRAM
All you need is a sense of adventure and openness to explore

The workshop will be presented by TMI Outreach Facilitator for South Puget Sound, Yael Klein.

The workshop is scheduled in the Yelm area (Rainier) –
WHEN:
Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, May 1, 2011, 10 a.m. 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Center for the Creative Arts
302 Binghampton St.
Rainier, WA.
Phone: 360-458-1311

COST:
Special Introduction Price only $150 (Reg price $250)
REGISTER HERE

Participants will be given a $200 discount on The Monroe Institutes Gateway program and a free Hemi-Sync CD.
Check-out the area’s Monroe Institute site: Awareness-Now.com

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April 29, 2011

National Drug Take Back Day is April 30

Drug Take Back Day is April 30 (from Sen. Randi Becker)

“I wanted to let you know about the National Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2011. Its a program created by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. The purpose of this National Take Back Day is to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

Events will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and there are many places in both Pierce and Thurston counties participating in the program. Go to this website to find a site near you.


April 28, 2011

FINALLY – CITY PROVIDES A YELM LIBRARY FACILITY

TRL Board member O’Connell states on his blog about last night’s Board meeting:
“What happened most importantly was that the proposal from the city changed between when it was sent to us last week to tonight when we actually heard from the mayor:

* Most significantly, the price of the condo purchase decreased by $200,000 because of a personal contribution by Margaret Clapp, who owns the current leased site.
* Also, because Timberland can only bond for a period of six years, the city of Yelm would (once the city council approves) bond the entire $1 million purchase over 20 years.

The idea behind Timberland contributing towards O&M is that it would defray for the city the cost of paying back the bond.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR HARDING & THE YELM CITY COUNCIL IN FINALLY COMMITTING TO THEIR CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT (FROM OVER 10 YEARS AGO) TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC LIBRARY FACILITY FOR THE GREATER YELM COMMUNITY!


April 28, 2011

NISQUALLY VALLEY HOME, GARDEN AND TRADE SHOW
APRIL 30 – May 1



Save the date: Home, Garden and Trade Show April 30

“The annual Nisqually Valley Home, Garden and Trade Show is coming up April 30 and May 1 at Yelm High School.

The event will feature a performance by the Prairie Choir and a “Yelm’s Got Talent” contest, among others.

Here’s the full entertainment schedule:

Saturday
10am -11am Middle school
Noon -3pm Mike Wall Antique appraiser
Noon Kellie Peterson
2pm Prairie Choir

Sunday:
11am – Noon Eatonville Dance
Noon Mike Wall Antique appraiser
Noon – 3pm Yelm’s Got Talent

Visit the event’s website for more information and a list of vendors,” quoting KOMO-TV 4 in Seattle.


April 27, 2011

YELM LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD’S COMMENTS STILL APPLICABLE TODAY –
FROM MARCH, 2008

Facebook’s SAVE THE LIBRARY group has totally missed the point – their motto:
“The downsizing or total elimination of our library is not an option!”

If this motto of theirs is to ring true, their rallies should be in front of Yelm’s City Hall and City Council meetings, in whose hands the downsizing of a library will fall, yet they are focused only on Timberland’s Board tonight. They totally do not want to know & understand that the City of Yelm is under contractual responsibility to supply a public library building here. Why do they not want to acknowledge that nor tell the public that fact?

With a presentation by Mayor Harding to the Timberland Regional Library tonight for a plan he proposes to keep the library at the current location with TRL reportedly splitting the purchase price of $1.2 million, this annual report by the Mayor-appointed Library Advisory Board still applies today:

Letter from the Yelm Library Advisory Board to the Yelm City Council
March 25, 2008

My fellow Yelm Library Board members and I are here tonight to not only to give our annual Library report to the City, we are here to raise questions to you members of the City Council and the Greater Yelm Community about the future of a Library in Yelm beyond the current Yelm Timberland Librarys lease expiration date of July, 2012.

While John Thompson [City Council member & then Prairie Park Manager] raised this issue at a Fall 2007 Council Meeting and there was a discussion in one of your Study Sessions and recent Retreat, we are here tonight to bring this issue into the public forum. Further, Mr. McGowan is an employee of TRL, so two members of this Council have a vested interest in this discussion.

The Timberland Regional Library gave the city an exemption for 10 years in 2002 to operate in the Prairie Park (PP) complex and building owned by Margaret Clapp, whose corporate manager is John Thompson. Obviously, PP wants to know the citys intention to continue the building lease for a library beyond 2012, as they want to look for a new tenant(s) if the library is not going to continue there. Further, they have notified their intent to substantially raise the payment of the monthly lease, in which they gave the city quite a favorable rate in 2002. As you know, the State recently notified the city regarding the citys practice of collecting tax money for use of a public facility being housed in a private building as being improper, so continuing a lease in PP may not be an option considering the States notification, along with the likelihood of a substantial rate increase in the existing lease. Additionally, TRL would be hard pressed to grant Yelm another exemption to operate a library in a private facility, as the other 18 jurisdictions in the TRL five-county region are all required to be in public facilities. Some of these cities have expressed their concerns about the favoritism granted Yelm on this issue. The only other anomaly in Timberland is Montesano. The W.H. Abel Library in Montesano was a gift to the former Grays Harbor County Library. The title to the building was permanently transferred to TRL when the District was established.

With 4 years before a planned move needs to be in the final stages, the City of Yelm has no land and/or structure put forth in which to house a Library. Given the short lead-time to acquire land, plan, construct and move, TRL and your Yelm Library Board are letting you know we believe Yelms Library facility beyond 2012 should be recognized as a priority issue by the City Council and the residents of the Yelm area.

While TRL is a committed partner with the greater Yelm community by being willing to pay the full cost of financial/site analysis, a feasibility study, financial considerations, 50% of architectural services up to the point where the project is ready to go to bidders, interior design costs and TRL professional support for developing the new library (i.e. physical plan), they can only do so if and when the City has committed to funding the purchase of land for a public Library facility and set aside resources for its share of professional architectural services.

Once there is a commitment from the public and City Council to purchase land for a Library, the TRL Foundation (TRLF) can work with the city to provide data as to how much can the city employ from other financing sources, cost of project vs. dollars raised information and assistance in requesting donated/discounted land from developers or private individuals. TRL and the TRLF can also begin working with financial donors to solicit funds for construction, furnishings and equipment once there is a commitment from Yelm.

Bottom line: Your Yelm Library Board and TRL officials are standing before you tonight to raise the red flag about the future of the Yelm Timberland Library. We wish to work in partnership with the City to assure that this future includes this valuable community resource. A monumental project such as this requires the combined efforts of city officials, the resources of TRL and the citizens of the greater Yelm community. The Yelm Library Board and TRL are ready to start the process needed to create a permanent Library facility as soon as the Citys commitment has been demonstrated.

Thank you,

Yelm Library Advisory Board
Jeanette Burnham
Steve Klein, Chair
Annie McCandliss
Roberta Stephenson
Kristen Blalack, Librarian

Then Library Advisory Board member Ronni Nutter asked to have her name removed from the Board Letter saying she thought the Board’s role was not to tell the city and council what to do about the Library.

This was the mandate on the city’s website about the Library Board’s function:
“The Yelm Library Advisory Board makes studies, reports, and recommendations and serves as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council in all matters relative to the need for acquisition, utilization, care, maintenance and disposition of the library building or buildings and all property or equipment pertaining to or associated with library purposes which is or is intended to be owned by the City of Yelm.”

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April 26, 2011

PULBIC HEARING ON YELM SCHOOLS DISTRICT REALIGNMENT THURSDAY

From KOMO-TV 4 News:
A public hearing to allow the community to review proposed school district realignment is coming up on April 28.

State law requires every school district to redraw its board of director districts after each 10-year census.

The current and proposed districts for Yelm Community Schools are available to view online.

When: Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Where: District Office Board Room, 107 First Street North, Yelm, WA 98597

Read More from Yelm Community Schools.


April 25, 2011

CITY OF YELM NEWS


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

Public Hearing on Marijuana Dispensaries
The Yelm City Council will hold a Public Hearing tomorrow night and then “Adopt Resolution 523 adopting findings of fact and conclusions of law supporting Ordinance 935 establishing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries”.
Read more from KOMO-TV 4 News.

Downtown Well Construction
“The City of Yelm has started a construction project that involves the installation of a large watermain along Second Street and Mosman. This project will require road closures of 2nd Street and Mosman at various points in the project cycle. Note that local access will be provided to property owners along the corridor, however there will be no through traffic. Please click the headline to see the traffic control plan for further details,” quoting the city’s website.

Former Saars Marketplace to get new tenant
In what city planners say they call the “Saars Demise” [Tenant demising], the City of Yelm has received an application from Goodwill to divide the Saars Marketplace building into three spaces; one for Goodwill and 2 future retail sites, according to Community Development Dept. Associate Planner Tami Merriman in a presentation to the Yelm Planning Commission on April 18. Merriman said a new third entrance will be required in addition to the current two, to provide access to all three spaces.
Ed. Note: In passing-by last Saturday indeed work was very noticeably underway to up a new wall inside.
See More from the Planning Commission video.


April 24, 2011

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT THIS WEEKEND

Traveling hazardous waste collection station in Yelm Saturday
“The county is bring (sic)its traveling collection station for household hazardous waste to Yelm Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

It’s a chance to clear your garage of thinners, glues, adhesives and other toxic household products.

Learn more about the program at the county’s website,” quoting KOMO TV 4 News.

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April 23, 2011

YELM MCDONALD’S HIRING

From Rolf Boone in The Olympian:
“McDonalds restaurants throughout South Sound were busier than usual Tuesday [April 19], serving food and interviewing prospective job candidates as part of an employment effort to hire 50,000 people throughout the country in one day.

McDonalds restaurants participating in Tuesdays [April 19] hiring day included six restaurants in Thurston County owned by longtime franchise owner Laurie Berryman…

Berryman is a true believer in the value of a job with McDonalds.

She started when she was 16 and never looked back, having now spent nearly 34 years with the company. Berryman today owns McDonalds franchises in Olympia, Tumwater, west Olympia, Yelm, Lacey and at the Pilot Travel Center on 93rd avenue.

‘This is not a dead-end job,’ Berryman said, adding that for new hires there is plenty of opportunity for training and advancement. ‘Ive learned more from McDonalds than I did in high school.’

Although Berrymans restaurants are hiring, the turnover rate at her restaurants has fallen, likely because of the slower economy, she said.”


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