- Editor’s note: Just short of two years ago, the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) published a Letter to the Editor I wrote concerning water issues at Public Works coupled with the then-resignation of Yelm’s Finance Director (Noah Crocker). Interesting that the Yelm City Council heard last week (June 4th) of water issues at the city’s Cochrane Park and the resignation of yet another Finance Director. The Yelm city council had previously been told that the estimated costs to upgrade the Public Works Dept. just to current standards would be $15-$24 million due to required maintenance and upgrades deferred since 2009. That estimate still stands, as Councilor Carmody confirmed in reply to me on her Facebook post last week. Carmody also wrote, “Cochrane Park is choked with invasive species and the ponds aren’t doing their jobs to properly return water to our aquifers. We’re running a few studies to see exactly how the ponds are (not) working. In the next few months we’ll be dredging them and replacing the liners.”
- Why are these issues repeating themselves here?
Read more from my August 3, 2017 letter published in the NVN.