A commenter to the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) online edition said of Mayor Harding’s community center at Yelm Park proposal:
“whatnext wrote on Feb 28, 2013 5:17 AM:
“A fountain, I cant keep my lawn green in the sunner (sic) here but they want to build a fountain. Hope they are going to use reclaimed water for that. What would thrill me for Yelms (sic) future would be clean up the trash. Im (sic) sick of driving passed homes that look like they should be in a third world country. Horses living in front yards one block of main street. Finish the Yelm bypass. Buy some new city trucks even if its from auction. More parks, dear lord stop. Fix some roads . Bring in new buisness (sic) and fill these vacant store fronts.”
Good point, “whatnext”.
I had not thought of that issue – that of a fountain at Yem Park requiring replenishing evaporating water in the summer sun when, at the same time, our local businesses are placed on water irrigation restrictions annually. And you are correct noting the number of vacant Yem storefronts, in addition to Yelm’s hurting business owners.
However, don’t expect anything further from Mayor Harding, as he now has a full-time job as Thurston County Deputy Auditor, as reported by The Olympian, requiring his Yelm Mayor responsibilities to be relegated to the “back-burner.”