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Not an April Fool’s joke –
Yelm approves Skatepark: no public forum, no public bids

Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The Mayor, Yelm City Council and City of Yelm Staffers turned their collective backs on their constituents, discarded the public process Mayor Harding touted he would involve, and totally ignored a petition presented to the Council by 32 downtown business owners and voted to utilize a $439,208 Block Grant to relocate the Skatepark. A Block Grant is still taxpayer money for which local constituents had no public Town Hall Meeting or Open House in which to learn and comment on this project by city staffers.

On Tuesday, March 25, the Yelm City Council unanimously approved this Staff Report verbiage:
“The Council should authorize the Mayor to sign the sub-recipient agreement with Thurston County for the Community Development Block Grant. After approval, the City will begin final design of the new facility and go out to bid for construction.”

When I requested the city supply information on how the Skatepark plans contract was made public, they responded:
“‘Contracting for professional services are governed by Chapter 39.80 Revised Code of Washington, the key requirement of which states at Section 39.80.030 RCW Each agency shall publish in advance that agencys requirements for professional services. The announcement shall state concisely the general scope and nature of the project or work for which the services are required and the address of a representative of the agency who may provide further details. An agency may comply with this section by: (1) Publishing an announcement on each occasion when professional services provided by a consultant are required by the agency; or (2) Announcing generally to the public its projected requirements for any category or type of professional services.’

‘The City follows subsection (2) through subscription to MRSC Rosters, a service provided by Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington. The service provides both small works and consultant rosters. The City chose to request a scope of work and fee proposal from Landau Associates for the skateboard park based on their qualifications from the roster and Thurston Countys past history with the firm.'”

Posted by Steve on April 1, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

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