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This Moratorium has never been changed nor rescinded.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!
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.