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Thurston City Of Yelm City Council, Position No. 7

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (253) 906-8052
Town where you live Yelm, WA
Yelm's top infrastructure priorities need to be our aging water and sewer system as well as road capacity.

Necessary maintenance on our water and sewer system has been kicked down the road by previous administrations, and now we are paying for that inaction now. I want to see an overhaul in our billing that will do away with base rate charges and replace it with rates based solely on usage. This will give freedom to consumers to control their costs and only pay into maintenance based on their actual impact to the system.

Traffic in Yelm is a nightmare. There are very few through streets to offer alternatives to Yelm Ave. We must continue to pressure our state reps to get the bypass completed. However, it will not solve everything. We must also start looking at increasing capacity on the bridge to McKenna to alleviate the bottleneck there. Also, ideas such as one-ways to keep traffic flowing and the high school access road to ease pressure on Yelm Ave.
Seattle and Olympia have shown what NOT to do. Government programs and policies have done nothing but negatively impact homelessness. The private sector is where we will find solutions that work. Government can start by removing zoning and land use regulations that inhibit organizations looking to provide relief. We create affordable housing by increasing supply beyond demand, not by forcing developers to set predetermined prices on units. Attract more business and jobs by lowering the costs and fees for business to come to town. Address mental health and substance addiction as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.
One day I will be a senior citizen. I have, and always will, treat others the way I would like to be treated. We ought to build a culture that respects our oldest citizens and encourages people to help and look out for one another.
If you are a good person working hard for yourself and/or your family, have committed no crimes, and contribute to your community in one way or another, it does not matter to me where you were born or what your legal status is. Criminals ought to be prosecuted and dealt with accordingly, but I do not support any kind of broad sweep of removing anyone based on their immigration status alone.

So long as an individual is a peaceful resident, going about their life in such a way that is not harming anyone else, the city has far more important things to worry about than someone's immigration status.
I see the most major issues being faced by Yelm are; deteriorating water infrastructure, traffic congestion, crime associated with illegal drug use, and a rising homeless population.
I find it difficult to put either of these issues as more important than the other.

We must fix our existing water system and ensure it is adequate for the current population. Further growth must pay for additional infrastructure to support that growth.

Traffic is going to take a regional effort in order to get any better. We need higher road capacity and to build new roads to be able to handle future growth. The planned access road for the high school will make a huge impact to relieve pressure from Yelm Ave.

We need to have a minimum of two officers on duty at all times. Yelm is no longer a one stop light town. It is unsafe for the officer and the community to ever have only one officer on duty.

The best way to help the homeless is to bring opportunity their way, not handouts. Attract more businesses to create jobs. Housing supply must outpace demand to really create affordable housing. Red tape must be removed, which inhibits organizations looking to help those truly in need.
I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Administrator, and fellow Councilmembers to find common ground on issues and find solutions that promote liberty in every way possible. Today's political climate is so polarized, it's often nearly impossible to get anything done. It's time to put differences aside and come together.
Phone (360) 701-2711
Town where you live Yelm, Wa
Experience (300 characters max) City of Yelm Planning Commission 12 years Board of Directors - Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors - Bounty for Families HOA President - Vintage Greens
Although a lot is new, there is still quite a bit of old infrastructure in our down town core. This particularly comes into play for new restaurants that need to upgrade their septic connection - install modern grease traps etc. This is a very costly part of opening this type of new business in Yelm. For development there are lots of costs like landscaping, curbs etc that are required. Sometimes these are too prohibitive for smaller business'.
We would really need to study the degree and the amount of homelessness very well. Find out what issues have created this. Is it merely a place to live, or do people need rehabilitation, substance abuse help? what are the core issues that are creating this problem. I think it is a way more complex situation than people realize and that cities have a due process with regards to it.
Yelm has several seniors residences of all types, and we JUST opened a brand new facility for memory care patients - with Alzheimer's and dementia. We have a seniors centre that was just newly renovated. I feel we have a broad spectrum of care. Also Yelm has a new Medical facility and a walk in clinic for emergencies.
On a one by one basis.
We are still in the process of acquiring more water rights to support future growth. We now have funding for phase two of the road project that would help alleviate traffic congestion, and the environmental impact regulations in the county that are stopping growth - ie the gopher studies. Also we are attempting to pass an important school bond to upgrade most of the schools we have. They are outdated, too small and literally falling apart.
Water rights is very important but that has been in process for years. Roads are vital, but that process is moving along after years and years in the process. School restructure is vital ! To me, these would be the top three.
The current council and our wonderful new city administrator all have great relationships. I would use any method necessary to continue the good works that are currently being done. We have a very small, personal city and wonderful connections to our county commissioners on these topics. logo


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