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Auditor debunks channeler?s claim.....

Unread post by David McCarthy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:33 am

Study wasn?t done to benefit development
By Megan Hansen
Nisqually Valley News
Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:04 AM PDT
An investigation released this week by Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag shows the City of Yelm did not misuse taxpayer money to fund a water study for the benefit of a private development.

Channeler JZ Knight and her spokesman, former Yelm mayoral candidate Steve Klein, repeatedly asserted that the city funded a $550,000 water study to benefit the Thurston Highlands development.

City officials maintained that the study was needed to update and improve the city?s water system plan.

Knight made her allegations in two full-page advertisements purchased in the Nisqually Valley News and the ?Shopper,? as well as a regional daily newspaper. She also posted the ad on her Web site, www.jzknight.com
Klein was also critical of the city?s handling of the Golder Water Study. In recent months, he sent a letter to Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger, a copy of which he posted on an online blog.

?The Golder Water Study the city council authorized for Thurston Highlands had only one purpose, and that was to find water for a private developer to locate water on their private (not city owned/controlled) land and bring to the city with their three applications,? Klein asserted.

?Subterfuge continues to be the city?s policy of the day,? Klein charged.

?The fact that the city did not have a contract with a private developer and used taxpayer money for a water study on private land has been turned over to the Washington State Attorney General and auditor?s offices requesting an investigation into these and other city practices.?

In response to complaints made to the state auditor?s citizen hotline, an audit of the city?s handling of the Golder Water Study was conducted to determine whether or not the city was in compliance with the water study contract, and whether it was appropriate for the city to fund the study.

Klein said he has commented to the auditor?s office on several issues concerning Yelm, but does not know if he commented specifically on the Golder Water Study.

?I?m going to have egg on my face if I did,? Klein said.

Because he could not confirm if he sent a referral to the auditor?s office, Klein requested his name not appear in this article.

He did, however, acknowledge that he and Knight have made public comments regarding the Golder Water Study and the allegation the city used taxpayer money to fund the study, they allege was for a private development.

In a letter to Badger dated Aug. 12, the auditor?s office said it concluded that the study was in response to the Nisqually Watershed Management Plan, which was completed in October 2003.

?That study recommended that the city should consider moving its water supply to the southwest portion of Yelm to pull from a deeper aquifer with less effect on surface water levels,? concluded Angela Cady, audit manager.

?In addition, the city is required by the (state) Department of Health to submit a water system plan every six years that projects water needs 20 years into the future,? Cady said.

The audit findings also noted that the Golder Water Study was used for the city?s most current water system plan.

?We found it is reasonable that the city would pay for this water study, not the private developer,? Cady said. ?In addition, the city received $300,000 from the state Department of Ecology to help pay for the study.?

The state audit also found that the city had a valid contract for its water study.

Badger said she wasn?t surprised when she received the auditor?s request for information.

The request followed on the heels of Klein?s letter to Badger.

The city submitted all documents pertaining to the Golder Water Study and its approach to an Environmental Impact Statement and Water System Plan on June 29.

?I was comfortable in our submittal to the state auditor?s office because I felt confident in the material,? Badger said.

?It is very nice to have the auditor?s office review the material and agree with us.?

See this week's Nisqually Valley News publisher's column

http://www.yelmonline.com/articles/2009 ... 160353.txt

Yelm Online > Local News

http://www.yelmonline.com/articles/2009 ... 734302.txt
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A fire that never should have been lit

Unread post by David McCarthy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:37 am

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By Keven Graves
Nisqually Valley News
Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:00 AM PDT
Former Yelm mayoral candidate Steve Klein and his boss, channeler JZ Knight, have taken some very public jabs at the City of Yelm and the Nisqually Valley News over the city?s Golder Water Study.

In two full-page paid advertisements placed by Knight in the Nisqually Valley News and a regional daily newspaper, she repeated accusations that the water study was paid for entirely by the city, and was intended to benefit the developers of Thurston Highlands.

On a Web site Klein maintains, he said the water study had only one purpose: ?To find water for a private developer.?

?Interesting that both the NVN and The Olympian chose not to report that the City of Yelm used taxpayer money to fund a private developer?s water study, which caught several eyes, including a state representative (Tom Campbell), who also wrote the Washington State Auditor and Attorney General requesting they look into that issue. HMMM!,? Klein wrote.
?Subterfuge continues to be the city?s policy of the day,? he said.

Klein charged that the City of Yelm and Nisqually Valley News were deliberately keeping the public in the dark, and promised the truth would come out.

Well, this week, the truth came out.

It just wasn?t the truth Klein was hoping for.

As a result of a tip made to the Washington State Auditor?s hotline, an investigation was launched into the city?s Golder Water Study.

An unidentified citizen expressed concern that the City of Yelm inappropriately used taxpayer money to pay for the study. The citizen asked if private developers are required to pay for their own water studies as part of the permit approval process.

In summary, the auditor who was in charge of investigating the claim determined that the city did absolutely nothing wrong.

The study was done in response to the Nisqually Watershed Management Plan, completed in October 2003, years before the Thurston Highlands, in its current form, was even thought of.

That study recommended the city should consider moving its water supply to the southwest portion of Yelm to pull from a deeper aquifer with less effect on surface water levels.

Also, the city is required by the state Department of Health to submit a water system plan every six years that projects water needs 20 years into the future, the auditor said.

?We found it reasonable that the city would pay for this water study, not the private developer,? the auditor concluded in her report.

In addition, she noted, the city received $300,000 from the state Department of Ecology to help pay for the study.

For some time, Klein has giddily derided the city for its handling of water issues, traffic and other matters. He has accused the NVN of sweeping matters under the rug.

More recently, Knight has jumped on his bandwagon.

I think the report released by the state auditor?s office puts matters in perspective for the citizens of Yelm.

My hope is this finding will result in less mudslinging and fewer baseless accusations, which only helped to fuel a fire that clearly never should have been lit.

Keven R. Graves is editor and publisher for the Nisqually Valley News.

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http://www.yelmonline.com/articles/2009 ... 160353.txt
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Hello guys

Unread post by Robair » Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:47 pm

Hello from Alaska the last Frontier.

And Ramtha did not know That.He know what going to happen in 2012 but don't even know what happening in his own backyard.
That Enlightement for you.
Hey Steve Planning an other run for Mayor :lol: :lol:

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Unread post by Caterpillar » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:52 pm

Hello Oldone in Alaska! :-)

Steve has A LOT to say here, on Aug 27, 2009:

http://yelm.com/ (DEAD LINK)

He is trying to avoid "egg on his face". Ramtha must have given his some tips.

JZK already has her face on an egg...

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Unread post by ex » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:57 pm

yes steve kline the auditor of wa state did not share yours and jzrs? opinion. and now all this kiking and screaming. looks like you r just in a narzistic selfserving cult. isent the real issue that jzs neighbourehood doesent develop like she focused? doesent it mirror that the discipliens are failing? why dont you sit down and focus all the time you research and write? ramtha adwiesed people to do bluebody during the time you would need to go to the doctor and wait in the waitingroom. is the 20miles safetyzone around the ranch wasted to some jzr unwanted yelm citizens?

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