Public Safety Building housing Council Chambers, Yelm
1. Ordinance No. 1003 & Ordinance No. 1004
Amendment to the Yelm
Municipal Code relating to animal control and keeping of chickens, ducks and rabbits as pets did pass last night.
2. BCRA Fee Agreement Amendment No. 2 – Yelm Community Center
Authorize Mayor Harding to sign Amendment No. 2 with BCRA, Inc. in the amount of $20,160.00, for additional construction management services required to complete Phase I of the City’s Community Center.
Editor’s notes: Everyone knew more expenses were coming down the pike on the Yelm Community Center, and more are expected. Mr. Harding acknowledged at the end of the Council session that he was responsible for Ryan Johnstone’s (Public Works Director) Staff Report on this project and clarified some Council questions. Why he did not respond to Councilor Littlefield’s initial question during Mr. Johnstone’s presentation was strange, especially in not coming to the aid of Mr. Johnstone.
3. Hotel/Motel Lodging Tax Committee
“The committee’s membership must be a minimum of five members confirmed by the council and made up of equal number of business members of the community that collect the tax and eligible agencies that request funding from the revenue collected from the tax, including any municipality, used directly or indirectly through convention, visitors bureau or destination marketing.”
Editor’s Note: Why is Mayor Harding the Council representative on so many of the city’s committees, including this one?
4. Resolution No. 560 Transportation Facilities Charge Update
Clearly, with no Projects Manager nor City Administrator replacements on duty to make Council presentations, the city’s staff presenters at last night’s Council session, while giving their best, do not have the expertise in the areas they presented last night – they are covering for open city positions. Even Mr. Harding commented and joked about the volume of work the staff possess. That the Yelm City Council has done nothing to get Major General Harding to post the city’s highest paid position (City Administrator) and begin interviews for a replacement should be noted by the 2015 Yelm Council candidates!