Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers
On March 27, 2012 the Yelm City Council had the final Library purchase agreement on their agenda, yet removed it just prior to the council session. The following week, the public was informed via the local newspaper that the library purchase was postponed to fix contract wording.
Mayor Harding was quoted in the newspaper saying:
“‘Wording in the contract wasnt quite right,’ Yelm Mayor Ron Harding said. ‘Two weeks wont hurt us.'”
Tonight marks one month since the library purchase agreement was pulled and still no official word form the mayor or city council on why. We only learned about a two-week postponement via the newspaper.
– Why was the library agreement redacted from the official council record on March 27th without public disclosure?
– The mayor & city council have a fiduciary responsibility in communicating agenda changes to the public, even those just prior to a meeting.
– The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35A.12.110 says “A journal of all proceedings shall be kept, which shall be a public record.”
– Why did the public learn of this omission via the newspaper instead of the city council meeting?
– The local newspaper is not the journal of council proceedings nor the public record of the council’s agenda, according to state law.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE YELM CITY COUNCIL’S LACK OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE?