Quoting the City of Yelm website,
Yelm Avenue West Local Improvement District Update
“Phase 2 of the Yelm Avenue LID is underway. Work is advancing along Killion Road and Yelm Avenue West… Removal of trees in the right-of-way on the south side of Yelm Avenue is currently scheduled for Sunday, February 10th, weather permitting. Also, relocation and installation of utilities along the south side of Yelm Avenue from Killion Road to 93rd Avenue will occur after the tree removal.”
Of course, Killion is Yelm’s ROAD TO NOWHERE.
Built on the backs of the surrounding property owners through a Tahoma Terra Development requested LID, where over a third of the Yelm Ave. West & Killion improvements will be borne in taxes to those adjacent property owners, Killion is to be expanded and built all the way to the planned Yelm Bypass, a facility well over a decade away before being opened, if not longer. Therefore, Killion is a road to nowhere!
While I respect developers’ Steve Chamberlain’s & Doug Bloom’s aggressive use of “the system” to get all that they want for their planned subdivisions, I find placing ANY funding on the backs of our fellow citizens an aberration. After all, were it not for Tahoma Terra, there would be no city-induced requirements to improve the Yelm Ave. West, Killion & Tahoma Blvd. interchange and only the Yelm Community Schools would be funding the improvements in front of their property to the 93rd intersection.
Since the traffic to the Tahoma Blvd., Killion & Yelm Ave. West interchange is coming from Tahoma Terra, shouldn’t THEY pay for the entire upgrade amount? Your Yelm City Council said no, and approved Tahoma Terra’s slightly over 50% payment for road improvements, instead of 100% coming from Tahoma Terra!
So goes it in Yelm!
SINCE THE CITIZENS OF YELM ARE SILENT ON THE TRAFFIC ISSUE HERE, YELM MAYOR HARDING’S VISION OF YELM AS A RETAIL HUB IS NOT CHALLENGED AND TRAFFIC GETS WORST.
THEREFORE, YELM ONLY DESERVES THE CONTINUING TRAFFIC CRISIS.
WATCH FOR MAYOR HARDING’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ON FEBRUARY 12TH WHICH WILL SPEAK OF THE PROGRESS YELM IS MAKING ON RETAIL GROWTH AND HANDLING THE TRAFFIC HERE, AS THE MAYOR DESCRIBED IN THE PIERCE COUNTY BUSINESS EXAMINER LAST WEEK. WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING WHAT THE CITY HAS DONE WITH THE MANY SIDE STREETS THAT HAVE BEEN ADDED, TRAFFIC ON THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE KEEPS GETTING WORST BECAUSE THERE IS NO ADDED CAPACITY. ADDING MORE DEVELOPMENTS AND RETAIL BUSINESSES WITH ONLY A CENTER-TURN-LANE DOES NOT ADD CAPACITY TO HANDLE MORE VEHICLES. HAVE YOU NOTICED THE AIR POLLUTION WITH ALL OF THE GRIDLOCKED YELM AVE. WEST TRAFFIC MANY AFTERNOONS AND MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING SCHOOL LINEUPS?
THE LEGACY OF THIS MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WILL BE YELM AVE. AS A “CAR-STRANGLED SPANNER” CONNECTING WAL-MART WITH TAHOMA TERRA. STRETCHING OUR ENVIRONMENT TO THE LIMIT IS CALLED PROGRESS. Hmmm!
I HAVE HEARD THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL ALWAYS SAY,
“WHY PAY FOR SOMETHING UNTIL WE NEED IT.”
EXACTLY! WHY PAY FOR KILLION RD TO BE WIDENED TO THE BYPASS UNTIL THERE IS A BYPASS?
DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE PLEASED ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY TAXES FUNDING A ROAD TO NOWHERE, WERE YOU A LID-TAXED PROPERTY OWNER?
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