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Special Report: Yelm’s water-sewer system’s current status,
Public Works requires funding upgrades for city to grow!

Written on April 19, 2021 at 12:31 am, by

Council must approve Public Works funding for city to grow Ed. note: The April 6th city council Study Session and April 13th council meeting had briefings and discussions on allowing a property owner to petition the city for his 10 acres of county property contiguous to the city limits to be annexed. Secondly, also discussedContinue Reading


Yelm’s Public Works Dir. Colt on low interest loan for the water reclamation facility!

Written on February 23, 2021 at 12:30 am, by

PUBLIC WORKS DIR. COLT ANSWERS QUESTIONS Ed. note: I put some key questions to Public Works Director Cody Colt, who I found open, informative, and welcoming of the opportunity to inform Yelm Blog readers: Yelm Blogger: Do you have any information on status of the $23M low-interest loan for the water reclamation facility (WRF) theContinue Reading


SPECIAL REPORT:
Public Works Director Colt answers key questions!

Written on November 2, 2020 at 11:27 am, by

Editor’s note: I have been hearing and seeing much discourse by city officials, city council members, and citizens on social media sites about water issues in Yelm, that I decided to go directly to the source, Pubic Works Director Cody Colt. I found Director Colt to be very transparent, open, clear and concise. Key interviewContinue Reading


Why is Yelm’s council spending on an education center study?
Public Works water/sewer upgrades should take priority!

Written on October 20, 2020 at 12:30 am, by

Story highlights Council votes 5-1 to spend $135,000 in 2019 state funding for study, Councilor DePinto was lone dissenter, citing “red flags.” DePinto: too soon to take on more debt after borrowing to buy new city hall/land. DePinto: This is a large amount of money, “This is a big ask.” He also noted the lackContinue Reading


Mayor Foster appoints Councilor Colt as Public Works Director,
Heidi McDonald appointed as Finance Director.

Written on April 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm, by

City Welcomes New Public Works Director, Interim Finance Director also confirmed From the City of Yelm: “Last night Mayor Foster discussed with City Council and announced his decision to appoint Council member Cody Colt as the new Public Works Director for the City of Yelm.” [Cody Colt will remain on the Council until he beginsContinue Reading


GOP state legislators: Proposed budget can’t survive recession,
With an economic downturn at hand, Yelm’s Public Works upgrades more in peril!

Written on February 28, 2020 at 12:01 am, by

“GOP lawmakers say Democrats’ proposed budget increases can’t survive next recession” Editor’s note: With the long-term uncertainty of the Coronavirus resulting in a contracting economy, and stocks down 10% in four days, the purse strings on many projects will soon be pulled shut until the depths of this crisis are ascertained! Where is Yelm goingContinue Reading


Top Blog stories of 2019 for the City of Yelm:
* Public Works requires $24-27m. in upgrades, $350k “triage fund” requested,
* City is about out of water for hook-ups, awaits more water rights,
* City to own foreclosed 640 acre parcel + $1.1 million in L. I. D. debt!

Written on December 30, 2019 at 12:05 am, by

Editor’s note: The City of Yelm has many issues in closing out 2019, however three stories will dominate this town’s budget in 2020. Current lack of water rights plus Public Works infrastructure challenges are major issues. Of course, the question remains as to how a decrepit sewer infrastructure can handle the current load plus additionalContinue Reading


UPDATE: Per Blog readers’ requests –
Yelm’s council finally addresses Interim Public Works Dir. contract issue

Written on December 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm, by

Council questions staff about Interim Public Works Director contract Editor’s note: Several blog readers have requested an update on the Interim Public Works Director contract issues, covered here previously. This is the history: The Facts On Oct. 2, 2019, council was informed via e-mail that Public Works Director Chad Bedlington had resigned October 1, 2019,Continue Reading


Yelm Public Works now in critical mode,
Public Works Director resigned amid massive issues!

Written on October 17, 2019 at 12:01 am, by

Story highlights: Public Works Director Chad Bedlington resigned, Public Works requires $27 million for maintenance upgrades, Council keeps postponing funding decisions, Council asked to consider $350,000 in triage funding to cover emergencies, Yelm residents need to brace for certain water/sewer rate increases, Now two department heads are in an acting capacity (Public Works, Finance), TurnoverContinue Reading


City council facing Public Works water/sewer rate increases request!

Written on September 26, 2019 at 12:05 am, by

Editor’s note: The Yelm city council was faced with the inevitable Tuesday, September 24th – they will be forced to consider more water/sewer rate increases! I join council candidate James Blair commending Councilor Tracey Wood for speaking up on behalf of Yelm constituents, which you can hear beginning on the video at the 41:00 minuteContinue Reading


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