As a new 16% water rate increase goes into effect in Yelm today, this writer has received an earful from area officials outside Yelm in recent weeks, reporting they do not want to be like Yelm:
– Tenino is doing things differently to avoid ending up like Yelm, i.e. to insure they are not out of water, or choked with traffic & sprawl, and do not allow developers to dictate the city’s future. Their City Council and residents are very involved in measured growth. Tenino’s website is much easier to navigate compared to Yelm’s & has more for the public. Just compare their Council Minutes format to how difficult Yelm’s is to find.
Try locating Yelm’s Council Minutes!
– Rainier does not want to be like Yelm with these same issues & has been in the shadow of Yelm’s growth.
– this writer was told recently by an outsider who knows this town well that the perception was that Yelm officials have what was described as “incestuous relationships” that are very difficult to deny.
Yelm’s mayor is on the Board of Directors of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, he received a Citizen of the Year award last year from his own Chamber Board members, is Yelm’s Chamber Board Treasurer, yet directs his own Council to vote on advertising appropriations for the Chamber, from where he will receive the City’s check to deposit into the Chamber’s account, and his own appointed Planning Commission member is the Chamber President-elect. And, there are even more of these type of relationships here.
– And finally, in the Legal Notices of the NVN was this little item:
Scenic Shores Water Co will be holding a public forum on March 27, 2010 @ 2pm in our community park. We will be discussing our water use goals for the upcoming years. For more info log into www.scenicshoreswater.com or contact 360-878-2204. Directions: Bald Hills Rd, right on Vail, left on 153rd Ave, right on Scenic Shores Dr, right on 155th Ave.
So, while this was published on March 19 and 26 and the event date passed, Scenic Shores obviously cares about their situation & the public’s point of view, discussing very openly their “water use goals for the upcoming years”. Outside of a few Open Houses, there has been NO Public Forums about Yelm’s water issues. Yelm residents & businesses will find another 16% water rate increase effective today (on top of 16% last summer) no joking matter.
YELM IS LOOKED TO BY AREA JURISDICTIONS FOR WHAT NOT TO DO! AND THIS IS NO JOKE