March 23, 2011

YELM GETS APPROVAL FOR MORE WATER SYSTEM HOOK-UPS

Mayor Harding announced to the City Council last night that the city has recently received approval from the Dept. of Health to add 323 additional connections to the Yelm Water System.

Bottom line:
The water savings from a 50% mandatory irrigation cutback on Yelm businesses has been used to obtain the ability to issue more home permits to hook-up to the Yelm water system.

Ed. Note:
A special thanks to the Yelm business owners for providing the water necessary for Yelm to expand.

Question:
How do you Yelm business owners feel about your water being used to approve more home building here?
Hmmm…


March 23, 2011

YELM: SCHAFER GALLERY ANNOUNCES SPRING FRAMING SPECIAL

SCHAFER GALLERY IS OFFERING A SPRING FRAMING SPECIAL THROUGH APRIL 9.

Introducing Rella Schafer

“As a fine artist of 35 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts and graduate studies at Central Washington University, Being an artist myself, framing is a complementary skill I bring to my customers. I am able to give special attention to making each piece something wonderful.

Framing Services

– a wide price range of moulding selection
– conservation framing techniques and materials to protect
the artwork
– personal attention to the details of enhancing the artwork to
look its best

Special Services:

– custom matte cutting
– frame repairs
– cleaning and restorations
– discounts for artists, businesses, and military personnel
– production work for artists such as multiple mattes


Schafer Gallery Art & Frame

104 Yelm Ave E
Yelm WA 98597
Phone 360.458.5509

Tuesday – Friday 10:30 -5:30
Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Closed Sunday & Monday

TELL SCHAFER GALLERY YOU READ ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG! BUY YOUR FRAMES LOCALLY.


March 23, 2011

YELM CITY COUNCIL VOILATES OWN POLICY –
INITIATES ANOTHER MORATORIUM

On April 13, 2005 [YES, in 2005] the Yelm City Council heard from two citizens suggesting the city put a moratorium on approving permits, so growth here could be planned in balance with resources (water, roads, groundwater runoff, sewage, etc.). Immediately, Council member Isom put forth a no moratorium resolution. The Council’s Minutes of April 13, 2005 state:
“MOTION BY BOB ISOM, SECONDED BY JOE BAKER THAT NO MORATORIAMS (sic) BE IMPOSED AND THAT THE ISSUE NOT BE BROUGHT BEFORE COUNCIL AGAIN. CARRIED.”

Listen to Mr. Isom, in his own words from the April 13, 2005 City Council audio record:

This Moratorium has never been changed nor rescinded.
THERE REMAINS IN YELM A MORATORIUM ON ANY MORATORIUM!

Ed. Note:
Good for Council member Mike McGowan for standing-up to Mayor Harding and Mayor Pro-tem Bob Isom, who wanted to curb McGowan’s questions on the Medical Marijuana Moratorium then before the Council last night. McGowan, while voting FOR the moratorium, expressed his concern prior to the vote and unanimous approval, a unanimous approval as expected – slam dunk. Yawn…

Last night, Yelm’s City Council voted in a MORATORIUM anyway on medical marijuana facilities within the Yelm City limits.


March 22, 2011

HARDING: “WE MUST … ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN A CONTROLLED AND WELL-PLANNED ENVIRONMENT”

WHAT IS MAYOR HARDING UP TO IN HIS LATEST COLUMN IN THE NISQUALLY VALLEY NEWS?

Harding responded to the recently released Census numbers identifying Yelm with a 108% population increase in ten years, more than doubling population and dubbing Yelm “Thurston Countys fastest-growing city”:

“I know some will look at these numbers [the population growth doubling here in the last 10 years] and think that our population growth is a bad thing, considering more traffic, larger schools, increased service demands and cost. This may be true, but a growing population also provides the ability to build new roads, schools and provide services not currently available.

Ed. Note:
Obviously, Mr. Harding has had no Economics classes for him to say that growth is the way to finance roads, schools & services – through fees & taxes.
At some point, the growth will stop due to size and then where will the city be in garnering revenue?
Harding would have learned that had he taken Economics 101.
The City of Yelm is nearly topped-out on growth now, reaching capacity of water resources and having to tax property owners with the city’s annual, hefty water rate increases through 2015, sewer rate increases through 2013, B & O tax increases, an annual 1% property tax increase, and 50% mandatory irrigation cutbacks on our local businesses, so the city can use the water savings to petition Health for more hook-ups to add to the city’s water system.

Mr. Harding went on to say in his column:

“Today, Yelm is experiencing little growth. Unfortunately, that lack of growth has a negative effect on residents and businesses alike…

We want to be progressive; we want housing values to increase; we want job growth and the ability to access services here locally rather than traveling to surrounding areas. What we must strive for is to accommodate and encourage growth in a controlled and well-planned environment.”

Ed Note:
After years of me and others being called “anti-growth” by Mayor Harding and city officials when we suggested the city control and plan here in-step with the environment, Mayor Harding finally writes in his column this week:
“What we must strive for is to accommodate and encourage growth in a controlled and well-planned environment.”

I do not buy it!
Has Mr. Harding all of the sudden changed his coats to be a “smart-growth” advocate?
I don’t see evidence of such – not while he still attempts to get water by seizing a private citizen’s water rights, pursuing the SW Well Area and develop the former Thurston Highlands site, or cutting back businesses’ irrigation to get credit for more permits for water-system hook-ups.

Mr. Harding, 6 years ago and up to today when I brought the ideas before you and the City Council to “encourage growth in a controlled and well-planned environment,” you said of me publicly and in your column I and others were “anti-growth”. That was far from the truth, as you now attest!

Well, yesterday when the Nisqually Valley News closed their question of the week:
“Yelm’s population doubled from 2000 to 2010. How do you feel about this growth?”
49% responded they DON’T LIKE

with the other 51% split between LIKE & DON’T KNOW

That speaks volumes!
As do all of the things you mentioned as a result of this Council’s ten+ years of growth policies:
more crime & “more traffic, larger schools, increased service demands and cost.”

AS MAYOR & CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT, MAYOR HARDING [IN AND OF ITSELF A CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST] CAN TOUT:
WELCOME TO YELM – THURSTON COUNTY’S FASTEST GROWING CITY!


March 21, 2011

YELM TIMBERLAND LIBRARY’S FUTURE –
STILL NOTHING OFFICIAL FROM MAYOR HARDING


Yelm Timberland Regional Library

Now that the end of the 2011 First Quarter draws nigh, let’s look at the facts of what we know about the future of the Yelm Timberland Regional Library (TRL), as previously reported here:

1. Timberland will not contribute any further lease payments in the current, private facility after December 31, 2011, per a ten-year contract signed by Yelm officials in 2010 that concludes the end of this year.

2. Mayor Harding has said the city will not remain in the current Fay Fuller Building’s facility size if the city has to pay the entire lease all alone. Harding says he wants TRL to foot part of the bill to buy a new facility, even though that is the city’s responsibility.

3. Mayor Harding has said without TRL participation, the library here will be very small.

4. City Council member John Thompson (Fay Fuller Bldg. owner’s former manager) told the Yelm City Council on the record recently that he attended the Yelm Library Citizens’ Board meeting about the library’s future [where the Fay Fuller proposal was presented]. The details of that meeting were not made public, even though this is a public committee.

5. Mayor Harding told the Yelm Chamber of Commerce in his February, 2011 State of the City address that he proposed buying the 2nd floor of the Fay Fuller Bldg. in a “condo-type” concept, certainly of benefit to owners Margaret Clapp and her sister. They would enjoy having a tenant and condo-style monthly maintenance fees. However, is a 2nd floor library facility the best option when other similar facilities with ground-floor options and better public parking access are available at the same costs? To date, Harding has not presented any written proposal to the public, the local newspaper or Timberland officials, as verified with TRL last Friday.

STAY TUNED AS THIS DRAMA CONTINUES TO DRAG ON OUT INTO THE FUTURE!

WHEN IS THE CITY OF YELM GOING TO DO WHAT THEIR OFFICIALS AGREED & PROVIDE A PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING?

AND WITHOUT SHOVING THAT RESPONSIBILITY [OR PARTIAL RESPONSIBILITY] ONTO TIMBERLAND?

Read more about Yelm Timberland activities this week.


March 20, 2011

TODAY MARKS THE SPRING EQUINOX IN YELM

The Spring Equinox will be on Sunday, March 20 and Spring will officially begin at 4:21pm PDT in Yelm.
Read more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.


March 20, 2011

CONGRATS TO 2010 YELM HIGH GRAD COMPLETING NAVY BASIC TRAINING

“Navy Seaman Recruit Katelyn C. Neill, daughter of Christine M. Neill of Yelm and Michael D. Neill of DuPont, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Neill is a 2010 graduate of Yelm High School,” quoting The Olympian.


March 20, 2011

VANDA BOONE’S ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS “GUILTY”


Yelm resident Vanda Boone

Jeremy Pawloski reported for The Olympian:
“The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorneys Office will recommend that Bernard Keith Howell spend more than 26 years in prison for Vanda Boones homicide, according to his negotiated plea deal. A conviction for first-degree murder carries a mandatory minimum 20-year prison sentence, the plea deal states.

Howells sentencing date has not been set, according to a clerk at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorneys Office. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Powers could not be reached for comment Friday.

Boone, 60, died after her throat was slit on the Yelm-Tenino Trail, according to the Thurston County Sheriffs Office. Blunt-force injuries to her head and neck and asphyxia resulting from strangulation also contributed toward her death, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock has said. Detectives have said they think Boone was walking or riding a bike when she was killed.

Boone had moved to the Yelm area from New York City in March 2010 to work as a massage therapist. She worked at Radiance Herbs and Massage in Olympia and studied at Ramthas School of Enlightenment.”

Read more about Boone’s murder, Sunday, August 8, 2010.


March 19, 2011

NEW LIFE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER – YELM

“New Life Child development Center is a childcare and preschool facility. The director and staff of NLCDC are committed to meeting the needs of the individual child physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. Our team has a passion for quality care and early education. We realize that you have many options for preschool or childcare and consider it an honor to come along side your family. We are a ministry of New Life Christian Center and on site with Eagle View Christian School.

We are a childcare and preschool facility that emphasizes early learning. Our goal is to make your family part of our family; to make your child feel at home away from home. Go ahead, check us out, you’ll be glad you did!”

New Life Child Development Center
13036 Morris Road SE
Yelm, WA 98597

www.nlcdc.net

Tel: (360) 458-2290
Fax: (360) 458-4990

Director: Mical Gaynor
nlcdc@hotmail.com

PLEASE TELL NEW LIFE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


March 18, 2011

SUNSHINE WEEK: OPEN GOVERNMENT & THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT-TO-KNOW CLOSES WITH NARY A WORD IN OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER!

Sunshine Week, which begins today [Saturday, March 12], started in 2002 as a nationwide effort to highlight the public’s right to know what its government is doing and why. The American Society of News Editors took the lead in this initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

It’s not just a newspaper initiative; you’ll find participants from broadcast and online journalism along with civic groups, libraries, nonprofits and schools — all have an interest in the public’s right to know, as does the public itself. The main goal is to foster a discussion about the need for open government; participants can raise awareness by putting on a public forum, for example, or initiating a classroom discussion, quoting the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Ed. Note:
While the Nisqually Valley News supports the value of this nation’s newspapers, their silence on this initiative by newspapers and the lead taken by The American Society of News Editor is very conspicuous.


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