During the Public Comment section of the Yelm City Council session this evening, area property owner and resident Steve Craig presented a petition representing signatures from 32 business owners in downtown Yelm against the City of Yelm’s plan to move ahead and relocate the skatepark from Yelm City Park to city land across the street, a site these business owners would like to see used for additional parking.
This is significant because this now demonstrates that this Blogger Steve Klein is not the only source expressing concern that there has been no public process, no public forum and no Town Hall on any of these Park proposals, including moving ahead on a Community Center after two failed Park Bond ballots.
No one is against Park improvements, rather the issue continues to be the way that the public is omitted from these decisions, even after Harding went on-the-record in the NVN on November 7, 2013 saying the public WOULD be included in further Park plan discussions.
Stay tuned for more, as this is sure to get heated and again demonstrates Mr. Harding’s disregard for the public process, discussed ad-nauseum here, due to such incessant behavior from City Hall for nigh a decade.
Click here for the video of Mr. Craig’s passionate presentation and comments to Mayor Harding including, “The natives are restless.”
UPDATE: February 28, 2014
Steven Wyble penned this front-page, top-of-fold story in the Nisqually Valley News:
“Skate Park Plans Breed Controversy”