Yelm Mayor Ron Harding
Photo from City of Yelm website
Yelm City Administrator Badger responded on September 11th to my request for information about the Yelm Economic Development Committee (EDC) as follows :
Yelm EDC Committee members:
Mayor Ron Harding
Councilmember Bob Isom
Shelly Badger, City Administrator
Grant Beck, Community Development Director
Steve Ruff, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce President
Cecelia Jenkins, Yelm Chamber Executive Director
Michael Cade, Thurston County Economic Development Council Executive
Glen Cunningham, Yelm Chamber representative
Margaret Clapp, Yelm Chamber representative
2007 meeting schedule: Bi-monthly April 13, June 8, August 10, October
12, December 14. Meetings from 8-10 in the Yelm City Hall conference
Meetings are staff level meetings and are not open to the public.
Ed Note: I know Mayor Harding feels he has done his best in these appointments and I applaud the service to the city by these fine people, however where is infusion of fresh new concepts and skills by others willing to serve?
My observations & comments on September 8th still stand and even more so with Ms. Badger’s response, since Mr. Cunningham works for Ms. Clapp, as does Yelm Council member John Thompson.
City Staff, Yelm Chamber Board members & the Thurston County EDC Executive all “play in the same sand box” and there is no one to ask questions, challenge, initiate ideas and expand beyond this group’s cabal [click here for Webster’s definition of cabal.].
‘Where are citizen appointments and participation from a broad cross-section of this community?
PERHAPS, AS MENTIONED TO THIS WRITER BY MR. CUNNINGHAM, THESE ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMMUNITY.
WOULD YOU OFFER YOUR TALENTS TO THE COMMUNITY IF ASKED BY MAYOR HARDING?
LET’S HEAR FROM YOU ON THIS ISSUE?