It was election, not rule changes, that split council | Letter to the Editor
The rule changes didn’t split the Black Diamond City Council, as you reported; the election did.
Last fall the mayor and four incumbents campaigned for the status quo. Their incumbent favorites (Ron) Taylor and (Craig) Goodwin lost big, garnering about 30 percent of the vote. Some of us wrote letters to your paper warning the mayor that it wouldn’t be a good idea to endorse one side or the other. She did, and lost big.
The mayor’s behavior at the first council meeting of the year was abysmal. She gave a big block of the council’s time to YarrowBay’s dog and pony show. She offered up her committee appointments without even consulting with the newly elected council members. She gave Janie Edelman control of the Growth Management Committee. Then, when the council offered an amendment to appoint their own members, she declared that only she had the authority to create committees, and only she could unilaterally remove items from the council’s agenda, which she proceeded to do on every other issue when one of the newly elected council members offered an amendment that she didn’t like.
Folks, I voted for a mayor-council, aka “strong mayor,” form of government, but I didn’t vote for a “dictator-council” form of government.
Bills show hundreds of residents doubled or tripled their water usage in the past two months, but many say they’ve not increased, or even decreased, their water consumption, and the city’s system must be wrong.
For the last decade, Ellen Boyd has been taking care the city of Buckley, most recently as its director of the youth center, senior center and parks department. So when Ellen was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian germ cell cancer, her friends decided it was time the community she dedicated her life to should come out to support her.
Mushroom pickers hiking just outside Greenwater recently stumbled upon a spooky scene — a human skull among the ‘shrooms.
Oakpointe is gearing up to start home construction in the Ten Trails project in Black Diamond — the developer is only waiting for is final authorization by the City Council. Final plat authorization was submitted by Oakpointe to city staff on Aug. 30, and after staff review, sent to the City Council for action on the Oct. 5 meeting. Council tabled the item to the Oct. 19 meeting. Additionally, a new roundabout opened in the city.
Some Black Diamond residents have been the target of a recent phone scam by an individual that identifies themselves as a police officer, at times using a legitimate officer’s name.