From the NVN about Mayor Harding’s State of the City Address on the future of the Yelm Timberland Regional Library:
“One challenge the city faces is determining a new location for the Yelm Timberland Library.
Only a certain number of people are taxed for the library, but many more people use it.
‘The library is a unique situation,’ Harding said.
‘Theres only so much 5,000 people can pay for.’
‘Im confident in the end there will be a library in Yelm.’
This comment by the Mayor should be an outrage for all of those property owners outside of Yelm’s city limits who pay property taxes to support the Yelm Timberland Regional Library. Mr. Harding, more than the 5,000 people of the City of Yelm fund the Yelm Library, in case you did not know!
Property owners from the Timberland regional area and outside of Yelm fund Yelm’s Library, too!
NVN Publisher/Editor Keven Graves penned an Op-Ed piece Friday, February 13th titled:
“Hoping that mayor seeks second term”
where he said:
“Just to make it clear, I also have a great appreciation for well-intentioned government watchdogs.
Open government is essential to a free and democratic society, and taxpayers have every right to know how their money is being spent.”
That’s right, Mr. Graves.
This writer sure wishes you & your newspaper staff were as zealous in investigating the comments of government officials of the City of Yelm as you are being watchdogs for the Cities of Roy and Rainier.
There is no question your loyalties lie with Mr. Harding, yet I am truly amazed your newspaper did not follow-up on Mayor Harding’s ridiculous comment about Yelm Library funding and service area. You seem to be an intelligent and observant man and were present in the Chamber Forum when Mayor Harding presented this information on the library. Your and your newspaper’s silence on the remarks of the Mayor about Yelm TRL Library’s funding and future speaks volumes!
The City of Yelm always gets a “bye” from the NVN on important issues.
Mayor Harding touts planning for a community youth center while giving lip service to the future of a Yelm Library facility that has the largest youth participation in the whole TRL system.
And, the silence by City Council member and Yelm TRL employee Mike McGowan about a smaller library here is noted, as well.
Where was your newspaper’s award-winning investigative reporting on this, Mr. Graves?
Interestingly, Yelm is not currently on the list for public meetings asking for public input regarding budget cuts.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!
If you want a local meeting, email: firstname.lastname@example.org now!
The Yelm Timberland Regional Library serves a two county area including the cities of Eatonville, McKenna, Rainier, Roy, and Pierce & Thurston County residents, which includes many from Fort Lewis and those surrounding these communities.
TRL to seek public input on budget cuts
“Timberland Regional Library’s Board of Trustees met in a special board meeting Thursday evening [Feb. 19] at the TRL Administrative Service Center in Tumwater to determine how public input should be gathered regarding reductions in spending and revenue options to meet an expected $2.5 million shortfall in the library system’s 2010 budget.
TRL will hold town meetings in the month of March in each of the five counties that have Timberland libraries. The meetings will provide the public an opportunity to understand the financial challenges facing the library district, learn what various programs, initiatives and services cost and participate in a facilitated discussion. In addition to town meetings, patrons in the month of March will be able to provide comments and suggestions via an online survey at www.TRL.org, by suggestion forms in all library branches or by email to email@example.com.
Public input will be gathered and provided to TRL task forces focused on reviewing ideas for reducing expenses and increasing revenues. Recommendations will be delivered to the TRL Board of Trustees in the April or May 2009 board meetings, with decisions on budget cuts made by the June Board Meeting, which will be held at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.
The following town meetings have been confirmed and the public is invited to
attend. Additional town meetings will be announced when confirmed.
(SEND IN YOUR REQUEST!)
March 9 – 6:30 P.M. Olympia Timberland Library
March 10 – 6:30 P.M. Mountain View (Randle) Timberland Library
March 12 – 6:30 P.M. Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library
March 17 – 4:00 P.M. Lacey Timberland Library
March 18 – 7:00 P.M. Montesano Timberland Library (W.H. Abel Memorial Library)
March 19 – 7:00 P.M. Aberdeen Timberland Library
March 25 – 4:00 P.M. Shelton Timberland Library (Wm. G. Reed Library)
If you want a local meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org now!
Media Contacts: Jeff Kleingartner, Communications Manager, 360-704-4507;
Leanne Ingle, Communications Specialist, Olympia area: 360-704-4508, or 877-284-6237.
Timberland Regional Library
in the Olympia area, or 1-800-562-6022.”
LET TRL KNOW WE WANT A MEETING IN YELM!
TELL THEM YOU READ ABOUT THIS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!
THAT YELM HAS BEEN OMITTED IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY!