Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers
On Tuesday, July 10, the Yelm City Council’s resolution on the city’s Transportation Plan included the Y-5A, which realigns 93rd Ave & Burnett across Yelm Highway was passed after a tie vote was broken by Mayor Ron Harding with a provision.
After a Public Hearing with submissions by over 30 property owners against the Y-5A, Harding then directed Yelm Community Development Director Beck to provide Council within 60 days an alternative to REPLACING THE Y5A PROJECT WITH ANOTHER PROJECT. To date, this has not been done nor was this on the Agenda for Sept. 11, 62 days after the resolution passed.
I asked Yelm’s City Council about this omission last night and Mayor Harding said a presentation will be made in 2 weeks. The city did not follow their own Resolution which required a response within 60 days.
The Minutes for the July 10th meeting clearly state the provisions of the resolution:
Resolution No. 532 establishing the 2012 to 2018 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program for the City of Yelm.
MAYOR HARDING CAST THE TIE BREAKING VOTE TO APPROVE THE MOTION ADOPTING RESOLUTION NUMBER 532 ESTABLISING (sic) THE 2012 TO 2018 SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF YELM AS PRESENTED, AND FOR THE MAYOR AND STAFF TO BRING FORWARD AN AMENDMENT OF THE CURRENT STIP BY REPLACING THE Y5A PROJECT WITH ANOTHER PROJECT. CARRIED.
The audio and video from the July 10th meeting was corrupted and these Minutes nor the video shows Mayor Harding getting an agreement from Community Development Director Beck to provide Council within 60 days an alternative to REPLACING THE Y5A PROJECT WITH ANOTHER PROJECT, yet all of the many citizens at the Public Hearing that night can verify that Mayor Harding committed to having a response within 60 days.
I find amazing that the city can not even follow the provisions of their own provision.
Beck told Mayor Harding on July 10th he could not get a report to the council with in 30 days, however he agreed to submitting a report to council within 60 days.
You watch – this will be a slam-dunk — the Y-5A will be on the STIP and no change will be made!
That’s the “Script!” from the Yelm City Council.