Yelm City Hall
"The City of Yelm is an elected Mayor-Council form of government, and a non-charter code city.
As described in the Yelm Municipal Code and Revised Code of Washington, certain responsibilities
are vested in the City Council and the Mayor. Basically, this form of government prescribes that
a City Council’s role is that of a legislative policy-making body that determines not only the
local laws that regulate community life, but also determines what public policy is and gives
direction to the Mayor to administer the affairs of the City government in a businesslike and
prudent manner," quoting the City's website.
The current interim mayor of Yelm was appointed to serve the year and a half left of the term left vacated by the elected mayor's abrupt resignation. This seat is up for election in November 2017. U
City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. at
he Yelm Public Safety Building. The council and mayor are assisted by a city administrator and
city clerk. Within the oversight of the city government are the Community Development Dept.,
Police Dept., and Public Works. The citizen advisory committees (comprised of volunteers from
Yelm and vicinity) include Yelm’s Planning Commission, Yelm Tree Advisory Board, Parks
Advisory Committee, Library Advisory Board, and the Historical Preservation Committee.
The City is guided by the Yelm Comprehensive Plan, last updated in early 2017, which represents the
vision of the City for development of the community over the next 20 to 25 years. The plan states
hat sustainability will be its guiding principle — “A sustainable community thoughtfully provides
or the needs of its residents with efficiency and stewardship for the future.” Within the
multifaceted scope of this plan, the City is actively updating and proceeding with major changes
to the Transportation and Water Plans. The City Council through the Planning Commission is also
creating regulations for the establishment of the city's first Farmers’ Market.
Managing the growth of this vibrant, bustling town is a concern to every citizen, and active
participation in city government is the hallmark of a progressive community. From grass-roots
neighborhood organizations to individual citizens who share their views with city officials on important issues, a sprited and
enlivened populace is ensuring that Yelm can meet its goal as a sustainable community.
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