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Directing your attention to an informal poll on the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) website requesting your vote:

“Right or wrong track?

Do you think the City of Yelm is on the right path, or wrong track, when it comes to dealing with residential and commercial growth?
Please select one:

0 -The city is doing a great job dealing with, and planning for, growth

0- The city is doing an OK job, but could do better

0- The city is keeping up, but isn’t doing much planning

0- There is no planning

0- The city is doing a flat out lousy job”

At the time of this writing, 53% of those respondents said, “The city is doing a flat out lousy job.”
While an unoffical poll, this is a stinging rebuke given the other voting options!

Further, when I ran for Mayor of Yelm in 2005, I was labelled the anti-growth candidate by my opponent & his camp. As I said then and still say today, I am not anti-growth, I am for wise, controlled growth to maintain our small-town composite. I warned then that Yelm citizens in the future would look back on 2005 and question what our city offiicials were thinking approving all of the development and lacking the proper infrastucture to support such.

Now, today we have Mayor Harding giving his State of the City Address in what will be glowing terms, I am sure. Yet, not mentioned will be the city’s water urgency, flooding, water rights issues, unbridled development, city officials in a cozy relationship with the developers and an unfunded Loop years away to handle a traffic mess in this town.

Hopefully, the fact that the NVN is finally taking a vote on growth here may be signalling some awareness to bring much-needed attention to this issue.

Won’t you take the time to click one of the boxes so your voice can also be heard?

Posted by Steve on February 13, 2007 at 6:44 am | Permalink

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  1. The city of Yelm is doing a lousy job managing growth. The mayor, city officials and city council are not listening to the community, are not serving the community, are guilty of gross irresponsibility to the citizens of this community.

    Comment by Marian Clements on February 13, 2007 at 11:39 am

  2. How do I vote? Where do I click?

    Please accept my “Flat-out, lousy job” vote.

    In fact, may I add a new category: “Flat-out dangerous and destructive, driving me away from Yelm and I don’t like it” vote.

    Bruce A. Smith

    Comment by Bruce Smith on February 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm

  3. I would be interested in knowing the results of this NVN poll.

    Comment by Victoria Blazejewski on March 8, 2007 at 9:49 pm

  4. Yelm has become obscenely too big. Without a doubt there needs to be impact fees associated with each new house to help with local infrastructure (roads, parks, schools, police, etc.). Yelm stopped being a small town when people started living in Clearwood full time and full “neighborhoods” were being built.

    Comment by Kyle Phillips on May 3, 2007 at 8:04 am

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