YBA co-sponsors Yelm Summer Jazz Fest

* Yelm’s First Jazz Fest co-hosted by Pizzeria LaGitana, YBA, City of Yelm.

– “Yelm to Host First Jazz Fest”
“The city of Yelm will host its first jazz festival in August. Further details will be determined in the coming months.

Yelm Mayor JW Foster made the announcement Tuesday [March 14] during the state of the city address at the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon forum.

He said the goal was to promote the city and bring people into the area,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA’s Schmier on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

YBA President Cynthia Schmier
Photo credit: The Cynthia Schmier Team, RE/MAX Country

– YBA President Cynthia Scmhier was officially appointed to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
by the Yelm City Council, according to the conditions set forth in the following Staff report:

To: Yelm City Council
From: Michael Grayum, City Administrator
Date: March 10, 2017, (for the March 14, 2017 Council meeting)
Subj: Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Member Recommendations

In 2015, the Yelm City Council adopted ordinance No. 993 establishing the formation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). RCW 67.28.1817 requires the appointment of a minimum of five members to the Committee. Two members must be from the hotel industry which collects the lodging tax, two members must be from agencies who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenues received from the tax, and one member is to be an elected official of the municipality who will also serve as chair of the committee.
At the March 7, 2017 City Council study session, Mayor Foster shared that he was resurrecting the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) to support local businesses, bring the community together and use dedicated funds to promote tourism in ways to put “heads in
beds” in local hotel rooms. (Currently, there is $213,000 in the fund. The city receives an average of $15,000-$20,000 per year.) The City Administrator briefed the Council on next steps, which include:
1. LTAC Committee members confirmed;
2. LTAC Committee meets to identify funding criteria, schedule, application materials, Final Report form, and other supporting documents;
3. The application process is publicly advertised;
4. LTAC Committee reconvenes to review applications and make recommendations
to the City Council for distribution of lodging tax funds;
5. City Council approves distribution of lodging tax funds;
6. Applicants complete and submit a Final Report form to the City.

Recommend approval – Confirming of Mayor Foster’s appointments of:
* Margaret Clapp (Owner, Prairie Park Hotel)
* Denise Hibbeln (Manager, Prairie Park Properties)
* Line Critchfield (Executive Director, Yelm Chamber of Commerce)
* Cynthia Schmier (President, Yelm Business Assoc.)
* Noah Crocker (Finance Director, City of Yelm)
* JW Foster (Mayor, City of Yelm and LTAC Committee Chair)
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– “Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Formed”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA Prez on Community Center naming decision

YBA President Cynthia Schmier
Photo credit: The Cynthia Schmier Team, RE/MAX Country

– YBA responds to council decision on Community Center naming proposal
“The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Board first presented the idea of the Yelm Community Center naming to the city council in June 2015.
We felt this would be a commendable way to recognize the contributions of the Wolf Family for over 80 years to the fabric of life in Yelm.
While there are other Yelm citizens, families, and Nisqually Tribe residents equally deserving of consideration, we are elated our request was properly vetted. This issue brought important information to Yelm citizens that the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC) has an ordinance and procedures to name city buildings, and specifically that the public is to be a part of that process. We are elated our friends and neighbors had the opportunity to respond with their views on naming the Yelm Community Center, over a year and a half after being presented to the council. The YBA Board thanks the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) for presenting our proposal to their readers on several occasions.”

Cynthia Schmier, President
Yelm Business Assn. (YBA)

– “Council Elects to Keep Community Center Name”
“Yelm Business Association Proposal to Name It After the Wolf Family Denied”

“The Yelm City Council voted 6-1 to not name the Yelm Community Center after the Wolf family. The building will continue to be called the Yelm Community Center.

Councilor Joe DePinto cast the dissenting vote”

Prior to the YBA proposing the name change the city lacked a clear process on how to proceed, Community Development Director Grant Beck said. City code is on the books to name public buildings, but in the past it only gave the authority to the council to do so; it did not say which process had to be followed.

‘We developed the policy and then implemented that policy,’ Beck said.

The newly created policy requires the proposal be reviewed by the community economic development committee, chairs of the parks advisory commission and the historic commission. Public notices must be sent out and the public must have the opportunity to comment. They will make a recommendation to staff and then staff makes a recommendation to the council who has the final say.

‘We now have a process in place if the question comes up again,’ Yelm Mayor JW Foster said,” quoting Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA proposal to restore historic water tower

Yelm water tower engineer’s sketch
Courtesy: Steve Craig

– “Council Ponders Historic Options for Water Tower”
“Yelm’s ‘Space Needle’ If Restored Could Light Up the Night Sky”

“The Yelm City Council discussed for the first time on Tuesday the possibility of adding the Yelm water tower to the Washington list of landmarks and historic sites.

‘It is a great idea,’ Mayor JW Foster said. ‘Many people have great affection for the water tower.’

The proposal started with the Yelm Business Association, YBA Vice President Steve Craig said. If it is added to the register a neutral nonprofit group would be formed to apply for grants to restore and maintain the tower,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA proposal naming Community Center for Wolf Family – Public comments close March 10, 5pm

YBA’s 2015 proposal to name the Community Center for the Wolf Family
City of Yelm accepting public comment through Friday, March 10th at 5pm.

Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce

City of Yelm Public Notice:
The Yelm City Council would like your feedback before it takes action on a proposal to name the new community center at 301 2nd Street “the Wolf Family Community Center”. The Yelm Business Association has made the proposal to honor the Wolfe family [first presented to the city council in June 2015], a long time local family with a tradition of service to the community. Before deciding on the proposal, the City Council would like the community’s feedback on the proposed name and any alternatives that should be considered. You may submit your comments on the proposal by emailing webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the comment form at www.ci.yelm.wa.us, or through the City’s Facebook page @CityofYelmWA.
Location: 301 2nd Street.
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– Local Briefs in the Nisqually Valley News
Yelm Looking for Public Input on Naming Community Center

The Yelm City Council is accepting public comment about naming the Yelm Community Center.

The Yelm Business Association proposed naming the community center after the Wolf family, because of their long history of benefiting the Yelm community.

Comments can be sent to webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the form on the city’s website at ci.yelm.wa.us or through the city’s facebook page @CityofYelmWA, Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 1:57 pm in the Nisqually Valley News.
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Four YBA initiatives on council’s study agenda

– Four YBA initiatives are on the Yelm City Council’s Study Session Agenda March 7th:
* Food Trucks regulations proposal,
* Water Tower on Historical Registers,
* Yelm Arts Commission,
* Yelm Hotel/Motel Tax dissimulation to promote local tourism.
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– YBA Mission Statement is all about advocacy to city
“Our mission is to interact directly with the City of Yelm’s government in order to better our community.”
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Yelm Comp. Plan update includes YBA proposal

– “City of Yelm Updates 20-Year Growth Plan”
“The Yelm City Council adopted a revised version of the city comprehensive plan that lays out goals for the city and plans on how to accommodate growth, which is required under the Growth Management Act.”

“The plan is also the base of policy changes for the city, Beck said, the first round of which includes regulations concerning food trucks. Food trucks were allowed before the Yelm Business Association proposed an ordinance last summer, Beck said. The proposal clarified the regulations making it easier for food trucks to operate,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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