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Yelm to approve building Community Center tonight –
City went around public after 2 defeated voter bonds


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

On the City of Yelm Council’s Agenda tonight:

This will be unanimously passed tonight after the city did an end-run around the public, who voted down the Park Plan/Community Center bonds twice in 2013. The City of Yelm solicited grant money to build the Community Center on Yelm City Park land after the city:
1. authorized payment to relocate the Yelm Skatepark from Yelm City Park against a petition by 32 Yelm business owners,
2. received the grant and tonight authorized the building of the Community Center on Yelm City Park land. A grant is still public taxpayers’ monies, though without public input!

From the Yelm City Council Agenda tonight –
Staff Recommendation
Authorize Mayor Harding to sign the Department of Commerce Projects that Strengthen Communities Grant Program for the Yelm Community Center in the amount of $970,000.

Background
In August 2013, the City was notified that we were the successful recipient of a $1,000,000 appropriation from the 2013-2015 State Capital Budget for the Yelm Community Center project.
This funding will be administered by the Department of Commerce (DOC) through their Projects that Strengthen Communities Program.

Combined with the funding from the 2010 LTGO Bond, miscellaneous local funds and a Port of Olympia grant, the City has $2,065,000 available for Phase 1 of the community center per the City Park Master Plan. This phase will include new parking facilities, a community center of approximately 4,950 square feet with a multi-purpose community meeting room, commercial kitchen, and new restroom facilities for both inside and outside use. Phase I is being designed and constructed with the larger park plan in mind so that when future funding becomes available the Council can choose to add on.

On February 11, 2014, the City Council approved the fee agreement and scope of work with BCRA, Inc. for design and construction management services required to complete Phase 1 of Citys Community Center and design is underway.

Posted by Steve on April 8, 2014 at 5:17 am | Permalink

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