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“TRANSPARENCY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT” –
THIS WEEK: WATER ISSUES

“TRANSPARENCY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT”

Two City of Yelm water issues should have local residents within and outside of the city limits take notice!

1. Ecology has posted a copy of the State of Washington DRAFT REPORT OF EXAMINATION FOR WATER RIGHT APPLICATION for Yelm of 942 acre feet a year from the new Southwest well.

The public is invited to comment through Sept. 28, whose letters will be added to Ecology’s final consideration of this draft.
Read more for Comment filing information.

The last time the city went public with plans to draw water from the Southwest area, there were almost 100 comments filed, as the public saw how this volume of water could draw down their own wells and need to be drilled deeper at their own expense. The addition of 942 acre feet per year is more than the city has been pumping per year for the last decade. So, they are effectively more than requesting to double their water withdrawal.
– Can you imagine the affects on the aquifer with this volume of water withdrawn?
– Can you imagine the cost for the City of Yelm to put infrastructure (pipes) to connect to the city’s water supply via construction on city streets?

Read more of the DRAFT Report of Examination.

Read more from JZ Knights comments to the City of Yelm about the Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) regarding the citys Draft Water System Plan in July, 2009, where many of the same issues still apply today.

– And Knight’s letter to the City of Yelm about the water issue dated July 23, 2009.

Read more of the public outcry in 2009 against the city’s plan to withdraw water in 2009.

Read more on how the City of Yelm finally WITHDREW their water rights application in 2009, from JZ Knight.com.

PROPERTY OWNERS SHOULD BE VIGILANT AGAIN IN 2011 AND WRITE THEIR COMMENTS!

2. The City of Yelm again is going to use “eminent domain” to seize the bank-owned property on which they drilled their test well.

This raises several key issues:
– The City of Yelm seized citizens’ water to obtain the McMonigle right. That the City of Yelm would again do this is a dangerous precedent.
One can only hope the public sees this city will take whatever they want!
Where IS protecting the public interests in doing what is right?

– The Yelm City Council voted to drill a test well on a parcel that was owned by the bankrupt Tahoma Terra development. The Thurston County Recorder shows the deed for this property was recorded to the bank, Union Street Holdings, LLC., on April 13, 2010. That very evening, the Yelm City Council voted to approve a $615,223 expenditure to dig a test/production well on the property then owned by the bank.

Now I ask you:
– who would spend 2/3 of a million dollars to drill a test well on bankrupt land taken-over by the lending bank?
– Would you have voted to do this?
– Now, a question MUST be considered:
Are this city’s leaders THAT incompetent – or just ignorant of the facts?

I raised the question on this blog June 21, 2010, why the city would spend that amount of money to dig a well on land that was no longer owned by Tahoma Terra and in receivership, meaning the future fate of the property was in-question.

– Obviously, the city now feels they have to use “eminent domain” to gain control of the property from the bank, expending more legal fees to do so.

– And last, truly, what does the bank know that they are not being more forthcoming to the City of Yelm?

Quoting Megan Hansen in the September 2nd local newspaper, “negotiations, however, may not take place as quickly as the city would like, which is why the city is hoping to speed up the process?”
[Yelm City Administrator Shelly] Badger said the public notice regarding eminent domain may encourage the bank make negotiations with the city more a priority.”

Read more of the City’s Staff Report where the Council WILL authorize eminent domain proceedings against the bank’s property this Tuesday, and all without question or comment!

– An unaware and uninvolved public are City of Yelm officials’ greatest allies in such malevolence or downright ignorance!

THE CITY OF YELM IS TAKING A BIG STICK TO BEAT THE BANK INTO NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE PROPERTY ON WHICH THE WELL IS LOCATED, PLACED THERE ORIGINALLY AT YELM’S ERROR.
WHAT DOES THE BANK KNOW THAT NEGOTIATIONS REQUIRE THE CITY’S THREAT OF SEIZURE?

In closing:
Keven Graves is quoted from his November 25, 2005 editorial in the local newspaper:
“We (he & then Mayor-elect Harding) agree that a transparent government is better government.”

The water issues of the City of Yelm covered here for 5+ years have been conducted in an environment far from being “a transparent government”.

– An unaware and uninvolved public are City of Yelm officials’ greatest allies in such malevolence or downright ignorance!

Read more from Ecology’s September 19th Press Release.

Posted by Steve on September 12, 2011 at 5:59 am | Permalink

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