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There goes the Yelm City Council – again! –
Uses eminent domain to take citizen’s property


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The Yelm City Council has rescheduled from their Agenda today to September 10th the approval of a
NOTICE OF PENDING EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY
against property owner Steve Craig for his land in the Mosman Avenue realignment.

Mr. Craig reports to the Yelm Community Blog that the City of Yelm has offered him far below the fair market value of his property, hence his unwillingness to just capitulate to the City of Yelm. He will not cave-in unless he is paid the fair market value for his land and has hired an attorney in what the City of Yelm seems willing to engage, a battle that will begin September 10th, when the Yelm City Council votes for eminent domain.

However, City of Yelm tax payers will again shoulder the burden of enormous legal bills, which as is usual, and the City will blame on the property owner.
Don’t buy such rhetoric!

However, THIS is how the Yelm City Council and Yelm’s City Hall officials treat their constituents!
They ruin them if their fellow citizens do not have the resources to fight “City Hall”!

This was highlighted in the Nisqually Valley News on February 18, 2011 about the city seizing the McMonigle’s water rights in a story titled “Family devastated by water sale”
Read more

From today’s Yelm City Council Agenda:
BEFORE THE CITY OF YELM CITY COUNCIL, THURSTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON (rescheduled from August 27 to September 10)

NOTICE OF PENDING EXERCISE OF EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY
Mosman Avenue Improvement Project -Property Acquisition
City of Yelm hereby gives notice of its intent to consider the adoption of Ordinance 977 providing for the exercise of the power of eminent domain for the acquisition of necessary property interests for the purpose of improving the intersection of Mosman Avenue and First Street S. (SR 507); trail improvements; and, associated public improvements within the City (the “Project”). While the City Iemains (sic) willing and able to discuss settlement of just compensation for the property acquisition, voluntary efforts to acquire the necessary property rights for the Project have not been successful to date. The properties subject to the pending proceedings are:

401 First Street SE; 403 First Street SE; and 405 First Street S.E., Yelm, Washington; Tax Parcel No.’s: 227-19-332500,227-19-331000 and 227-19-330900.

These property rights are related to real property in the vicinity of the intersection of Mosman Avenue and First Street S. (SR 507).

It is necessary to move the Project forward. Therefore, the City of Yelm Council will consider the adoption of an ordinance authorizing the condemnation of the property and any necessary property interests for the Project, at its regular public meeting of August 27th, 2013 , at 6:00 p.m., at the City Council chambers in the Yelm Public Safety Building at 206 McKenzie Avenue SE, Yelm, Washington.

– UPDATE: August 29, 2013

” Yelm property owner fights over eminent domain”
“City of Yelm attempts to acquire property for pending Mosman Avenue realignment”
Click here for the NVN rpeort by Steven Wyble.

Posted by Steve on August 27, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

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