February 20, 2012

PRESIDENTS’ DAY 2012

“Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states,” quoting Wikipedia.

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February 19, 2012

YELM’S HISTORIC WOLF BUILDING OFFER ARTISTS SPACE

Attention local artists and craftsmen!

The Wolf Building on the corner of Yelm Hwy and 1st is a great location for an antique/flea market, Bazaar for artists and an independent film/music house.

It is the heartbeat of Yelm and needs some TLC.
Each artist can purchase a section of space in the front of the building with window exposure.
Only one person required to operate. All merchandise would be numbered and priced.
This would be an inexpensive way of having your own mini gallery for extra income too.
If interested please email inquiry to:
ohsojayne@msn.com. Other ideas also welcomed.


February 18, 2012

DO THE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL KNOW YELM HAS A COMMUNITY CENTER?

The cornerstone of Mayor Harding’s State of the City Address to the Yelm Chamber of Commerce forum on February 14 about the future was in seeking funding to purchase property for a community center, something Mr. Harding first proposed his first year in office.

Do Mayor Harding and the Yelm City Council know Yelm already has a fine community center with all of the facilities they seek.

– Youth Activities
– Social Services
– a fine facility

Ed. note:
Yelm Community services Director Marchand-Cecil told the Yelm Community Blog that they would not have financial challenges if area patrons would just purchase their annual car tabs via Yelm Community Services.
Read more to learn how to renew your car tabs locally to support a worthy cause.

Won’t you stop by and become familiar with all of the fine facilities Open to the Public at:

Yelm Community Services

624 Crystal Springs Road NW
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360.458.7000
www.yelmcommunityservices.com

[Editors note: This post was written by Steve Klein. Klein and his wife Yael are annual donors to the Yelm Community Center holiday food distribution program.]

TELL YELM COMMUNITY SERVICES YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


February 17, 2012

YELM FOOD CO-OP’S INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE!

Yelm Food Co-op’s HUGE Inventory Reduction Sale!

Come by and shop for a wide variety of great sale items!
– Health and beauty aids
– Nutritional supplements
– Delicious snacks
– Delectable foods

Add healthy, natural products to your home
At terrific sale prices!

Yelm Food Co-op
404 1st Street, SE
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210

Monday Saturday 10 am 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm 5 pm.
www.yelmfood.coop
Follow us on Facebook @ Yelm Food Co op

[Editors note: This post was written by Steve Klein. Klein is a charter member and contributor to the Yelm Food Co-op.]


TELL THE YELM FOOD CO-OP YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


February 17, 2012

PROPERTY TAX HIKES IN THURSTON COUNTY


The Olympian reported on Valentine’s Day:

“Thurston County taxpayers will pay $324 million in property taxes, about $9 million more than in 2011.
Thats less than the $10 million increase from 2010 to 2011.

‘Most of the taxing districts are allowed by law to increase their budgets for the year, and mainly they do that because of the costs of services,’ said County Treasurer Shawn Myers. ‘Its common. They do this every year. Its the cost of living.‘”

Property tax payers received their tax notices in recent days.

Editor’s Note:
If any consolation to Thurston County taxpayers, at the very least, they will not have to pay any of the 20-year bond (debt) to purchase a one-million-dollar library facility on a non-prime second floor and with square footage that is way too large, what with printed library book stocks shrinking as book distributions shift to electronic media!

No, the costs will be borne on the backs of City of Yelm property tax payers only, as agreed in the city’s contract with TRL decades ago. Just unfortunate that city leaders were so myopic (had on blinders) to be tied to buying the currently leased library facility. There were many more options, however city officials were warned 6 years ago about doing something then to purchase an appropriate library facility, yet waited until being behind the 8-ball at the very last moment, thinking TRL would rescue them.

[This post was written by Steve Klein. Klein is a former Mayor appointee to the Yelm Library Citizens Advisory Board and subsequently that Board’s chosen Chair.
Klein, along with his wife Yael own several parcels and pay property taxes in the Cities of Yelm & Tenino and in Thurston County within the Yelm zip code.]


February 16, 2012

2nd DISTRICT’S SEN. BECKER & REP. WILCOX IN YELM THIS SATURDAY – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Sen. Randi Becker and Rep. J.T. Wilcox have announced town hall meetings on Saturday which include Yelm:

Saturday, February 18, 4-5 p.m
Yelm Public Safety Building
206 McKenzie Ave. S.E.
Yelm, WA


Senator Randi Becker


Representative. J.T. Wilcox


February 15, 2012

TIMBERLAND REGIONAL (TRL) LIBRARY INKS AGREEMENT WITH YELM CITY COUNCIL


Yelm Timberland Regional Library

The Yelm City Council had an agenda item last night to approve an Operations & Maintenance agreement from the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) where TRL will pay $37,000 per year for the 20 years of the bond to purchase the building, except in 2012, paying only for 10 months.

Previously, TRL Director Michael Crose told the Yelm Community Blog last August:
“TRL will not write a $37,000 check to the city annually for 20 years, rather pay the annual aforementioned services up to $37,000. If only $15,000 a year, that is what TRL will pay, for example”, and that agreement with the City of Yelm for services would be finalized by the end of September, 2011.

This past week, I asked Director Crose about the delay of an agreement and the changes.
He said, “defining every potential service and imposing all imaginable restrictions made the maintenance agreement we had envisioned too cumbersome to manage. Also, an evaluation of the current costs of the services that [TRL] would provide indicated that we already would be close to the agreed upon maximum annual expenditure of $37,000. Finally, we recognized a potential for having to split invoices for services if the dollar maximum was exceeded. We felt that this had the potential of opening up the issue of library building maintenance every budget cycle many times.”

Crose went on to say the $37,000 annual agreement was a simple solution to one that interfered with the Timberland Yelm relationship for almost 6 years. The time from the anticipated contract completion date last September to now was required to complete the minutia of details to make this simple.

Crose added this bottom line:
“We just want to get back to keeping our focus on our patrons and providing quality library services at the Yelm Timberland Library.”

Now, with the TRL agreement signed, finalizing the library purchase is totally in the hands of the City of Yelm, from whom the public has heard nothing about their costs of the bond.

[This post was written by Steve Klein. Klein is a former Mayor appointee to the Yelm Library Citizens Advisory Board and subsequently that Board’s chosen Chair.]


February 14, 2012

OUR SCHOOLS’ VALUE IS RECOGNIZED –
YELM SCHOOLS LEVY PASSING

The Yelm School’s Levy is passing with resounding success!
Thurston County Elections shows over 60% in that county.
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February 14, 2012

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YELM


Photo courtesy of JZ-Rose website, Copyright 2001-2008 JZ Knight. Used with permission.

“Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, donating to charity or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished,” quoting Wikipedia.

Be sure to check-out Limited Edition Perfume by JZ Knight sold exclusively in Yelm.
Ed. Note: To dispel any appearances of a conflict of interest, this blogger is employed as the Event Services Manager for JZ Knight and Ramthas School of Enlightenment.

This Valentines Day message first appeared on the Yelm Community Blog in 2008.


February 14, 2012

YELM – 3 EVENTS HAPPENING TODAY AFFECTING OUR FUTURE

These three events happening today will affect the future of our area for decades:
1. Yelm Community Schools Levy ballot due today
– “Vote today on school issues”
“Ballots are due today: Mailed ballots require first-class postage. Postage isnt required if you use a drop box by 8 p.m”

“Yelm Community Schools is asking voters to approve a four-year M&O levy for $9.3 million in 2013, $9.7 million in 2014, $10.1 million in 2015 and $10.7 million in 2016,” quoting The Olympian.

– “Replacement Levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance & Operations”
Read more from Yelm Community Schools

2. Yelm’s City Council accepts Timberland Regional Library (TRL) agreement tonight
The Yelm City Council will vote tonight to unanimously approve the following from the Staff Report:
– TRL provides $37,000 per year to the City of Yelm through year 2031(coincides with the payoff of the 2012 General Obligation Bond). For 2012, the payment is pro-rated for a 10 month period. Payment shall be by September 30th of each year.
– The City of Yelm is the lead agency providing operations and maintenance to the facility, with the authority to direct and control performance of its building O & M.
– Identifies responsibilities of the City of Yelm including janitorial services, building O & M for the library space, utility fees, pest control, security monitoring and building O & M.
The “ball is now in Yelm’s court” on finalizing a library purchase agreement. They can no longer place the delay at anyone else’s doorstep.

3. Yelm Mayor Ron Harding’s State of the City Address today

will be delivered not to his own citizens, rather to members of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, many of them with businesses and residing outside of Yelm city limits, non-residents whom are the very people city officials have marginalized in the past.
He will propose another bond to purchase a building for a community center, placing more debt burden on the backs of his people, when Yelm already has an excellent center at Yelm Community Services.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


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