*** REGIONAL STORIES OF NOTE THIS WEEKEND ***
+ From Yelm’s Mayor Joe DePinto:
“What a busy but super productive first week in office. We accomplished so much and I’m loving having the ability to transform the culture at city hall and create positive change for the community that has given me so much throughout my life.
“I am meeting with every single city employee and really appreciated hearing their ideas and suggestions on how to improve operations for both the employees and the people we serve. One major change we are going to consider is changing business hours at city hall to Monday-Thursday 7am-6pm, giving those working folks more time to access city services at a time more convenient for them.
“Another big thing that happened this week was we came to a tentative agreement with the Teamsters Union (they rep most of the public works employees) for a new working contract. This was supposed to happen last year but talks stalled. I really enjoyed negotiating and working with the city team and Teamsters team to reach an agreement that was fiscally responsible for the taxpayers but also fair and equitable for our hard working employees at Public Works.
“There’s so much I want to talk about for our accomplishments this week but ill stop on a subject that I know folks are going to be excited to hear about. Yesterday I spoke with the CEO of South Sound YMCA and we agreed that we should start those conversations up again. Next month I will be speaking to the Y’s Board of Directors on how we can bring a Yelm Branch YMCA to fruition.
“It’s been an amazing first week in office and I can’t wait for Monday to come around and get back at it. Have a great weekend everyone!“
*** FROM AROUND WESTERN WASHINGTON ***
+ KING-5 TV News: Snoqualmie Pass on track to open Sunday
+ KING-5 TV News: Floodwaters begin to recede but impacts linger in Lewis County. Officials said even if water looks low, people should not pass road barricades or “Road Closed” signs.
+ KOMO-TV 4 News: Leavenworth declares disaster due to record-breaking snow
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