Friday, 21 September 2012 10:41
I was the one who pointed out that one of the members of the recently established Belfair Advisory Committee, BAC, didn’t live in the Urban Growth Area, not Randy. Per the County Commissioners resolution the minimum number of the BAC members is seven and all members must reside within the UGA. I wonder if the BAC is a legal group and can they meet as a committee with only 4 members?
I want the BAC to succeed. Barbara Adkins (Community Development Director) is paid to attend the meetings. I'm not nor are any of the committee members but I am committed to attend these meetings because I feel I can offer much needed background. I care about the community I live in even though I'm not a resident of the UGA.I can assure you that Randy Neatherlin has been attending the meetings, for the same reasons!
Randy, and I have been asking the Mason County Commissioners to create a BAC for quite some time, but we wanted one made up of all "stakeholders,” not just residents. When I was rejected from serving on the committee because I was not a “resident”, the commissioners assured me that any actions from the BAC would come before the Planning Advisory Commission of which I was a member.
Randy Neatherlin and I, while serving on the Planning Advisory Commission, stood up to former director Dobey and stopped a planned $15,000 to $30,000 per parcel assessment that was scheduled to begin this year! This was before anyone was focusing on any of these issues. We advocated that the affected citizens be informed of this huge assessment and told that the sewer was about to be forced onto them before most people even knew they lived in the UGA. If we hadn't spoken up, the sewer would already be headed into phase 2 and the residents would already be paying $15K to $30K per parcel as was scheduled to be imposed this year.
I feel Mr. Gunter has misinterpreted Randy Neatherlin’s comments, which he garnered from the Port of Allyn article published in the Belfair Herald on August 9. Name-calling does no one any good. I hope we will all try to seek common ground because if we don’t work together, we will end up with the ill planned, over built and financially devastating sewer in our backyards and quite possibly never see a Belfair Bypass in our lifetimes.