I wanted to put a letter out regarding the newest fire levy. I am sure many will disagree with my thought process, and I will gladly embrace that. This is America and we should be allowed to disagree in a civil manner.
Fire District 28 again wants the taxpayers to pony up a larger percentage of their income so that those working in this government agency can receive a compensation package so beyond anything in the private industry it is proof as to why firefighters will tell you "It's a great gig" with a big smile on their face.
First of all, thank you to our amazing firefighters for their skillful and swift response when my son, Beau's life was hanging in the balance. Because of them, he was stabilized and transported to Harborview, as quickly as possible.
Rich Elfers is needlessly confused and completely wrong in his analysis and question "why the Republican party has antipathy toward the President" (March 30, editorial).
Just watch the news…Everyday unexpected tragedies and accidents happen. If you or a love one has ever been the victim, you have a clear understanding the value of first responders.
WR Bridge repair plan is appalling both in cost and inconvenience. The request for bids (if there was one) should have set closing only one lane as a requirement.
YarrowBay and the city of Black Diamond entered into development agreements which required the city to hire a consultant to perform a study regarding General Governmental Facilities Charges ("GFC's," such as a City Hall, police department, municipal court, public works facility, etc.), so that the city could establish "GFC mitigation fee rates" to be imposed on new development. There was a deadline in the agreements for the work to take place, as well as the adoption of the GFC fees.
I am on the Board of Fire Commissioners for King County Fire Protection District No. 28, but I am writing this letter as a private citizen and resident of the city of Enumclaw.
I have lived in Black Diamond my whole life. My parents were from here. My cousin, Vivian Bainton, served as mayor back in the '80s. I raised a family here. One of my daughters in particular has gotten deeply involved in the area and in Save Black Diamond.
Some people are attacking volunteers for getting involved in local issues. This is a tactic that serves to scare the public. Don't request public records from the city - the mayor might be upset that you are questioning her. The staff might complain that you are taking their time.
My name is Chance LaFleur, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve as one of your Enumclaw City Council members, but I must first preface my statements that they are mine as private individual and do not reflect the view of the City Council or the city of Enumclaw. With that said, I would like to share my personal support of a levy measure that will be coming in your ballots soon.
The people of Enumclaw Fire District 28 have an opportunity to vote and approve a six-year operations levy that would strengthen the fire andEMT safety of our community.
I am writing this letter as a resident of King County Fire District 28 and a citizen, not as a fire district commissioner.
I’d like to encourage support by April 26 when Enumclaw voters will be asked to vote on the 2016 levy lid increase.
Some points from the last Feb. 4 Black Diamond Council meeting. While having a quorum on a council committee may not be illegal if properly noticed per RCW 42.30, there are still serious conflicts of interest if this were to actually occur in the small town of Black Diamond. Having three members of a five member board on a standing committee makes no sense.
I recently drove down Cole Street and was pleased to see a sign in the window that Valley Cities Mental Health will be joining our community in the old Suburban Soul building. The sign states that Valley Cities will be providing mental health and substance abuse counseling along with services for women, infants and children, but it has been confirmed that we will not be getting a methadone clinic in Enumclaw.
I am writing about the Jan. 20 article, “School bond won’t pay for all high school upgrades.”
During the 2015 Enumclaw school bond campaign the school district arranged private meetings with 22 businesses and organizations within the district to do sales pitches for the upcoming election (District officials told me that these organizations asked for Mike to come and give the pitch for the bond. This sounded highly unlikely). When I went to the organizations the superintendent spoke with, I asked the people there: “Was Mike Nelson here to get a yes vote?” They all said yes.
Black Diamond’s new council members are doing all the right things, but their opponents from the election are wasting time and taxpayer money trying to disrupt them. With sour grapes after their endorsed candidates lost last fall, in a landslide election, some are trying to keep doing business the old way.
The rule changes didn’t split the Black Diamond City Council, as you reported; the election did.