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Yelm’s Economic Summit Part Two is August 15th –
City cannot grow without investments in the Public Works infrastructure –
Without assurances of water, economic development can not be supported

Story Highlights:
* City of Yelm government will conduct Part Two of the Economic Summit,
* The city wants to get business owners sharing ideas to attract new stores,
* Discussions are hoped to lead to changes that enhance Yelm’s economic development.
* While this is long overdue, how can businesses feel confident to locate here,
* Yelm’s Public Works experiences breakdowns, infrastructure not kept up with growth,
* The city needs to bite the bullet and invest in water/sewer/computer systems.
* “Without assurances of water, new development is doomed in some remote areas.”

“Tuesday, August 15th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Yelm Community Center”

“As promised, Yelm is holding Part Two of its Economic Summit. At the first meeting, we listened to [the participants] to understand the needs of new and existing businesses. We recorded every comment, found areas of commonality, and have begun looking at ways to respond to the challenges presented.
At this second meeting, we will present our findings, and work with [those present] on prioritizing an action plan to address the needs indentified (sic).
You can find comments received at the first meeting on the City of Yelm Website at www.ci.yelm.wa.us/economic-development,” from the City of Yelm.

– Due to maintenance/upgrades deferments, Yelm is looking for immediate funding.
+ A $2 million low-interest loan is being pursued to fund Phase 1 @ $40,000+ annual interest.
+ The total Public Works project is estimated to cost between $11-17 million.
+ This for a city that has a $7 million annual budget.

– From the Nisqually Valley News, April 6, 2017:
“The total cost of the project has not been finalized because city staff keep finding ways to reduce costs, [Public Works Director] Bedlington said. The initial project estimate was about $28 million; this number has been reduced by $11 million to $17 million. The cost is expected to fluctuate until each phase begins.”
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– From the Nisqually Valley News, July 27, 2017:
“Immediate Phase One Improvement Plan”
“Immediate Phase One has five improvements and was designed in a collaborative effort between the city of Yelm, VanBuskirk and the Washington state Department of Ecology.

The first improvement is to replace the operating system and software to allow WRF operators better control of the setpoints of the system.

The second improvement will replace the hardware components of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System, which will allow the system to operate safely, reliably and effectively.

The third will replace the pumps and pipes that are overdue for replacement due to current demand.

The fourth will include upgrading compressors for pressurization and airflow.

The fifth includes the construction of an underdrain system in the equalizing basin for efficient operations and maintenance of sludge.”
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– From The Olympian Editorial Board:
“Get smarter on water before it’s gone”
“A Washington state Supreme Court decision last fall altered the realities for home water wells in rural parts of the state.

One reality is that water resources are finite and cannot be tapped forever as if supplies never run out. Another reality is that without assurances of water, new development is doomed in some remote areas.
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– “Measuring Up US Infrastructure Against Other Countries”
“To address challenges of resilience and sustainability, future infrastructure systems will have to embrace cyber-physical technologies and data-driven approaches.

A smart city is a city that is efficient in providing services and managing assets using information and communication technology,” by Hiba Baroud, The Conversation.
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Posted by Steve on August 14, 2017 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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