On April 26, 2011, the Yelm City Council adopted Resolution 523 “findings of fact and conclusions of law supporting Ordinance 935 establishing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries”.
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While I have no issue with Resolution 523, this action violates the City Council’s own Moratorium on Moratoriums imposed in April, 2005. Two weeks ago, I wrote to the city requesting all documents that the April, 2005 moratorium was overturned or rescinded. I received an official response from the City of Yelm that none could be found. One then would have to assume this moratorium is still in effect.
Therefore, no moratoriums can be issued by the City Council.
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 bristled at these citizens, putting 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 and then-Mayor Adam Rivas in their own words from the April 13, 2005 City Council audio record:
This Moratorium has never been changed nor rescinded.
THERE REMAINS IN EFFECT A MORATORIUM THAT NO MORATORIUM BE ON THE YELM CITY COUNCIL’S AGENDA!
WHY DOES THE YELM CITY COUNCIL NOT FOLLOW THEIR OWN RULES?