This letter was emailed by this writer to Yelm City Officials, representatives of the Yelm Beautification Committee, the local newspaper and copied to Gordon’s Garden Center owner Kellie Petersen:
Yael & I stopped at the arborvitaes on the edge of town at the
Pride of the Prairie signs last Saturday, because we noticed they were brown.
Upon inspection, we noticed they are dead.
According to Kellie Petersen of Gordon’s, she gave a special discount to plant those trees,
paid out of city coffers [reportedly the Yelm Chamber of Commerce donated the trees from tax-deductible, contributed funds]. The Yelm Beautification Committee assisted and asked the public for volunteers, of which Yael & I participated [along with others]. We planted the trees on Hwy 507 along with then Mayor Pro-Tem Harding and Keven Graves [Yelm Beautification Committee Chair at the time] taking photos for the NVN, photos he published.
My understanding is that the city was to care for them.
While the grass around the area has been trimmed, obviously the trees did not receive
enough watering throughout the record dry summer.
Further, the shrubs behind the welcome sign on 510 near the elementary school are severely stressed, if not
on the way out, too.
What is as telling as letting them die,
is letting them stay in place looking so bad – does not look well for the city to be sporting dead trees by the Welcome signs.
I would be interested to know what happened that they are dead 1 1/2 years after planting with such fanfare.
I look forward to a response.
City Welcome Sign at SW Entrance to Town
Photo courtesy Guustaaf Damave, FreeFlowMedia.com