Council member (Pat) Pepper asked "for the floor" to speak at the beginning and after each agenda item. The mayor (Carol Benson) obviously refused to call on her. The mayor may "preside" over the meeting, but she is not supposed to keep a council member from speaking. But she did. In contrast, the mayor's friend Council member (Janie) Edelman was able to talk at length.
OK, which other small town in King County would you make all the people move to as the population grows? Don't you think they feel the same way? Of course they do.
Editor's note: John Scearcy is the principal officer at Teamsters Local 117. Teamsters Local 117 represents a group of 11 professional staff at the city of Black Diamond.
The Enumclaw Planning Commission will soon make a recommendation to the City Council that they adopt some proposed changes to the Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan. They have put a lot of thought and effort into this document, and are to be complimented for taking on the difficult task of integrating the wishes of a community having diverse viewpoints with Washington's Growth Management Act.
I really appreciate the kind messages I have received from folks after the Courier-Herald story announcing my decision not to run this year for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives. It has been my honor to serve you in Olympia.
The presidential primary season has seen an earthquake of shifting alignments for both political parties, something few if any predicted six months ago. According to Michael Lind, writing an article for "Politico Magazine" entitled, "This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like," the political changes we have seen are really the end of the process, not the beginning.
I wasn't going to respond to Mr. DeVol's comments on the law enforcement officers and firefighters (LEOFF) retirement benefits because I'm confident our history of service justifies them. But as John Calvin once said, "A dog barks when his master is attacked."
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the voters, for approving the EMS Levy Lid Lift on April 26th. Resetting the collection rate back to the previously approved 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value will allow us to continue delivering the quality service you expect and deserve.
The YMCA and more recently the Target Corporation have announced their locker rooms, dressing rooms and restrooms will now be gender neutral to accommodate transgender individuals. I am firmly for tolerance and inclusivity, but this approach creates a loophole for predators. A man does not have to be dressed as a female, but simply "identify" as female to have unquestioned access to the locker room or bathroom of his choice.
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.