Ed. Note: On March 23, the Yelm city council conducted a public hearing about the proposed biodryer and septage receiving station, the next step in a comprehensive plan to overhaul Yelm’s Water Reclamation Facility. Public Works Director Cody Colt and his colleagues delivered an exceptional presentation that fully addressed public concerns.
How biodryers work. Biodrying is the process of rapidly heating biodegradable material to reduce moisture and reduce its overall weight. As in composting, biological heat is available through the aerobic degradation of organic matter. In biodrying, that heat is used to evaporate surface and bound water connected to mixed sludge. One advantage of the process is that it doesn’t require supplementary fossil fuels and consumes minimal electricity, making it more environmentally friendly than some other methods.
What are Class A biosolids? The biodryer’s end products are Class A biosolids, a category of dewatered and heated sewage that meets guidelines for land application. Read more from the City of Yelm.
The city council was told, “Class A are exceptional quality biosolids available for public use.”
Mayor Foster said he and the Yelm city council would not do anything to harm the environment here.
From the City of Yelm on Biodryer & Biosolids
“The installation of a Bioforcetech (BFT) biodryer and septage receiving station is the next step in a comprehensive plan to overhaul Yelm’s Water Reclamation Facility and this new technology will help us advance our commitment to sustainability. In the initial phases, the Public Works Department replaced the Reclaimed Water Pump Station and updated the SCADA computer system to enhance the system’s reliability. The biodryer will create the capacity for the city to manage its own septage, eliminating the need to transport waste-activated sludge to a facility in Shelton where it is turned into biochar at an annual cost of approximately $300,000. With the biodryer, we will process the waste activated sludge into a fertilizer to be used on all of our parks, Yelm Community Schools fields and eventually will become available to the public for use on their yards or gardens.” Read more
‘Preserve the Commons’ on Yelm’s Proposed Biodryer Installation
Editor’s note: With more state legislatures considering bills similar to Georgia’s to restrict voting access in Black precincts, this country is on the verge of minority rule, which is a true autocracy. Unless there is a federal bill mandating equal voter access nationwide, this country will no longer resemble a democracy, because majority rule by voters can be overturned by Republican state legislatures enacting such laws. Think about that for a moment – minority rule is anathema to our democracy!
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Editor’s note:The Yelm Community Blog was begun at the invitation of a supporter to my 2005 Yelm mayoral campaign, who said I had garnered so much knowledge during that election year, that to just walk away would be a travesty to the community. I heard this supporter’s message and with his encouragement, began the Yelm Community Blog on March 29, 2006, as a free service to the public and as a live archive of important stories of local and historical significance. Click here for the first blog entry 15 years ago.
With the diminishing budgets of our newspapers, blogs have become part of the fabric in reporting important stories and events of local interest. This has been reflected in the increasing volume of site visitors, re-tweets and Twitter followers for this blog. So I thank you for your continued interest and support!
Editor’s note: The gun violence situation has required Congressional action mandating background checks and a waiting period to receive a weapon after purchase, at the very least.
The New York Times: “More guns mean more deaths. Republican members of Congress often claim otherwise. After the Boulder shootings, John Thune of South Dakota, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, dismissed calls for restricting gun availability, saying, ‘There’s not a big appetite among our members to do things that would appear to be addressing it, but actually don’t do anything to fix the problem’” But there is overwhelming evidence that this country has a unique problem with gun violence, mostly because it has unique gun availability.”
On 03/26/21 at approximately 8:00pm, a Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a disturbance at a residence in the 16900 block of Holly St SE in Yelm, WA. According to the 911 caller, a man at the home was making threats. The deputy arrived on scene, and within two minutes of her arrival, the deputy advised Dispatch that shots had been fired and she had been stabbed. Officers from the Yelm Police Department and other TCSO Deputies arrived and began rendering aid to both the Deputy and the suspect. The Deputy, a female in her mid- thirties, was transported to St Peters Hospital where she is in serious but stable condition. The suspect, a white male in his early 40’s, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.
This incident will be investigated by the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT), which is comprised of investigators from the Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Mason and Thurston County Sheriff’s Office’s, as well as the Washington State Patrol. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will have no part in this particular investigation. The Region 3 CIIT, is currently led by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
Due to our involvement in this incident, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide any additional information. Further media inquiries will be handled by Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Dracobly, email@example.com, in accordance with WAC 139-12.
WSDOT communications consultant Doug Adamson wrote in an e-mail reported by the Nisqually Valley News (NVN), “WSDOT is required under state and federal regulations to evaluate this project’s effects on the environment and neighboring communities. Historic and cultural resource reviews are required on all WSDOT projects that include ground-disturbing activities or effects to historical or culturally sensitive areas. We were aware of recorded sites within the corridor before we started this process, and it was no surprise to find one site eligible for the national register.” He added they cannot share much more information at this time because of the high sensitivity of this process and out of respect to their partners.
Editor’s note: Yelm’s Wal-Mart opened in 2007, yet Yelm’s Traffic Mitigation Plan for Wal-Mart required the bypass to be completed by 2013. However, the bypass was unfunded in then-Gov. Gregoire’s budget until the 2021-2023 biennium. To this day, there is still no Bypass to mitigate Wal-Mart’s traffic and may not be until 2025.
Click here for the complete story previously covered on this blog.
Next steps: WSDOT is in the process of a federally required environmental assessment phase that will continue into fall 2021. The in-depth process will involve an update of the Environmental Assessment which will be completed in 2021. Efforts will produce a detailed environmental document called a Supplemental Environmental Assessment.
The End Result In this project, crews will build the 3 remaining miles of SR 510 between Cullens Road and 170th Street Southeast. The new connection, like the previously built Phase 1, is proposed to be a two-lane highway with bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Environmental reevaluation – Winter 2019 – Fall 2021
Project advertised for competitive bidding – Early 2023