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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.
Community Events, June 2016
I wish to express my concern regarding the current proposed zoning for the Town Center area in Maple Valley, and to urge readers to support a more sustainable solution that meets the city's most urgent needs.
I want to thank our city of Maple Valley citizens who turned out to vote during the April 2016 special elections. On the ballot was the much anticipated, and widely discussed, city of Maple Valley parks bond measure. As your mayor, I respect your vote and the council hears you loud and clear. This bond was not what the majority of our citizens wanted. We will take this vote as a strong message about what our community wants and needs.
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.
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.