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)
www.YelmBusiness.org


– “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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