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Council setting the city back
I just completed reading the excellent editorial in Feb. 5s Mirror (Municipal project is a ship in search of a port), and although I agree totally with its evaluation of the City Councils dubious machinations, I find it far too charitable.
With the notable exception of Councilwoman Linda Kochmar and hopefully the new councilman, Jack Dovey, this council is autocratic, out of control, obsessed with its own interests and, as one letter writer to this paper said, becoming dangerous to this community with their tax-just-because-we-can attitude. The writer attributed the label dangerous to Councilwoman Mary Gates, whose actions have shown it to be a well-merited label.
Gates and those council members who support her views Eric Faison, Dean McColgan, Mike Park and Jeanne Burbidge, giving them a majority vote now, out of the blue, want to combine the city hall, police station, courthouse, community center, senior center and swimming pool into a civic center for one reason only: They believe they will be able to build in the core area (starting at $41 million) in the face of universal opposition, and against the advice of the 11 people the council itself appointed to the Municipal Facilities Advisory Committee.
I have yet to see the document the committee submitted to the council after nine months of hard work quoted exactly, but I have read it. They not only recommend building at the current location but urged, in the strongest terms, not building in the core area. Also that building there would not necessarily attract growth.
Council members who so diligently pursue their own interests will not be remembered with respect and admiration. They will, however, attain a certain immortality. They will be remembered for setting Federal Way back 50 years and making it difficult, if not impossible, to grow in a normal, affordable fashion. The unified majority of this council should open their eyes to the fact they are serving this community, not ruling it. If not, fellow citizens, remember their actions on election day.