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Yelm Council votes 1/2 million dollar well project tonight –
all while a citizens appeal is in-process. Hmmmm!


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The City of Yelm Staff and the Yelm City Council obviously must have a total disregard for a citizens’ appeal in effect about their SW Yelm Well 1A to have a vote tonight to approve $528,510 for engineering services they say is required to move forward on this well.
WHY THIS VOTE OF APPROPRIATION IF AN APPEAL MAY STOP THE WATER ADDED ALLOCATION?
OR
SHALL WE REVISIT THE CITY SPENDING ALMOST 1 MILLION DOLLARS ON 8 INDIVIDUAL BALLPARK FLUSHING TOILETS USED ONLY 3 MONTHS OUT OF A YEAR, WHILE SOME CHILDREN HERE HAVE NO HOMES EXCEPT TO SLEEP IN CARS?
Of course, City of Yelm residents continue to bend-over and have water & sewer rate increases shoved up their backsides for all of this by their friendly city administrators, and especially for this well.

From the Staff Report:
“In October of 2010, the City completed the successful drilling of SW Yelm Well 1A as a future long term water supply solution to meet the Citys projected twenty year water demands. The drilling of the well into the deeper TqU aquifer supports the Nisqually Watersheds goals of responsible regional watershed management and is the source of supply for the Citys new 942 acre foot water right which was approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology in the fall of 2011. This water right approval is currently being appealed to the Pollution Control Hearings Board. A decision is expected early 2013.

To further the development of SW Yelm Well 1 A, the Citys 2010 Water System Plan identified certain capital improvement projects necessary to bring the well on-line and supply water to the existing customer base as well as provide for the Citys proposed growth over the next six year planning period. Additional capital projects included: property acquisition (well site location);
completing a well head protection plan; additional reservoir storage; distribution line replacement projects; water treatment facilities (building infrastructure, chlorination, filtration); potential booster pump station; and transmission main installation connecting the new source of supply to the existing water system. These improvements have been funded through a water revenue bond secured by the City in 2010 in preparation for the projects.

From the Minutes of the City Council Meeting for Decmeber 11, 2012
SW Well 1A Improvement Project, RH2 Contract
Stephanie Ray reported. Improvement project is a continuation of well development from the 2010 successful deep well drilling. Excited to move forward with funded development plan projects to meet the Citys projected 20-year water demands. The Citys Water System Plan identified certain capital improvement projects necessary to bring the well on-line and supply water to the existing customer base as well as provide for the proposed 6-year planning period. RH2 Engineering was selected as the best fit for the needs of the City on this large and comprehensive water infrastructure project. As project developed, it made sense to incorporate into phases to run parallel, as it will affect the entire infrastructure and treatment. The first Phase 1 Preliminary Design is detailed in the agreement presented.

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