City of Yelm Has Openings on its Boards, Commissions

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 5/17/22

The city of Yelm has several open positions on its boards and commissions that are geared at getting civic input from its residents.

The boards and commissions advise the city’s mayor and …

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City of Yelm Has Openings on its Boards, Commissions

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The city of Yelm has several open positions on its boards and commissions that are geared at getting civic input from its residents.

The boards and commissions advise the city’s mayor and council on how to conduct business.

According to Yelm City Clerk Kathy Linnemeyer, the city began to once again push the openings to get more people involved in the committees after the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down.

“Sometimes people move on so we have these vacancies,” Linnemeyer said. “As you can imagine, it’s hard to get volunteers. People are busy. They have things to do. The city is very appreciative of those people that do volunteer as they give the community a voice and help shape the community for years to come.”

The city has openings on the tree advisory board, the historic preservation commission, the arts commission, the parks advisory committee and the lodging tax advisory committee.

The groups typically gather at least once a quarter or once a month in meetings that last from an hour to an hour and a half, although the amount of time sometimes varies.

“If people want to volunteer, we encourage them to reach out to the city and we can go into more detail in each specific group,” Linnemeyer said.

The boards and committees are purely advisory but their feedback is needed and used by the city’s elected officials to make decisions.

Members of the groups need to be residents in or around Yelm. The mayor makes the appointment, which then goes in front of the city council for a vote.

“These groups give citizens a voice and while the city could operate without them, we don’t have the staff to go through and review items and issues that these committees look into,” Linnemeyer said.

Each board or committee member has a four-year term. The terms are staggered so they don’t expire at the same time.

The application period is currently opening. The applications will then be reviewed by the city.

“Even if they’re not at first appointed, we also keep these applications and if another opening occurs we reach out to them,” Linnemeyer said.

For more information on the boards and commissioners, go online to www.yelmwa.gov.

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