The Agenda from the meeting regarding Yelm’s Thompson Creek
at the Washington State Dept. of Ecology in Lacey took place Monday morning January 19th at 9am.
All gathered introduced themselves including state, county & city officals, residents, and property owners
of the affected area…
The introduction to the Thompson Creek flooding area was with maps, site pictures, charts, and graphs
provided by Bill Hashim of the Dept. of Ecology and Ed Wiltsie, PE of the Olympia engineering firm Morrissette & Ass.
with an excellent, clear and concise presentation on the creek’s geology.
The public expressed their concerns followed by comments and presentations from:
Kevin Farrell. Dept. of Ecology about flooding, channel modification
Key McMurry of the WA. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife about undersized culverts & reeds canary grass blocking flow
Derek Rockett of the Dept. of Ecology on sedimentation & stormwater
Bill Hashim of the Dept. of Ecology on impervious surfaces and runoff
Grant Beck, City of Yelm Development Director, who declined to make a presentation
Others present in audience were:
Thurston Conversation District
Thurston County engineers
City of Yelm associate planner
Tahoma Terra engineer
Yelm Community Blog host
JZ Knight’s general manager
Nisqually Tribe representative
The fact that all of these people came together to discuss this issue created an atmosphere of understandings from all viewpoints on the problems for everyone…
The one glaring omission was the deferral of comments by the City of Yelm representatives. Only when pressed by several questions as to who was the governmental entity responsible for Thompson Creek issues upstream of 93rd in Yelm, did all of the officials in the room specify the City of Yelm. When asked, Yelm official Grant Beck deferred questions to the developer, who opened his remarks by saying he does not represent, nor was he answering for the City of Yelm.
[Ed. Note: Everyone was in wonder as to the attitude of City of Yelm officials present not engaging with State & County representatives or their own fellow neighbors, nor making a presentation of any kind. This was an embarrassment. Yelm property owners/taxpayers pay these peoples’ salary to serve the city, yet were on the receiving end of blatant silence.]
Also noticed was that no one from the Nisqually Valley News identified themselves. That’s interesting since they had a large story about this meeting on page A3 in their January 19th edition.
At the end of this meeting, there was an understanding of who is responsible for what in each governmental
entity and whom to call when the public needs assistance:
Key McMurray – Fish and Wildlife 360 249 4628 ext 231
Key is the habitat manager for this area
Joe Butler — Thurston County 754 3355 x6699
Joe is the flood control officer for Thurston County
Kevin Farell — Dept. of Ecology 407 7253
Kevin the flood control manager for this area
Derek Rockett — Dept. of Ecology 407 6697
Derek is a enforcement officer for Dept. of Ecology
Deb Cornett — Dept. of Ecology 407 7269
Deb is the unit supervisor for enforcement
Grant Beck — City of Yelm 458 3835
Grant is the development director for the city
WHAT SAY YOU?
YOUR COMMENTS WOULD BE WELCOME!