Letters to the Editor

Council realizing community holds it accountable

I have been reading a lot in the paper about the Federal Way City Council finally standing up and showing concern over the proposed new Sound Transit park-and-ride. I have witnessed council members innocently stand back and say they did not realize that the community was so upset about this issue. My response to that is: Bull!

It is time that the truth comes out. I have seen reporters and council members alike question why now? The answer to that question and the questions about citizen input are simple: The smothering cloak of former councilwoman Mary Gates has been removed. She can no longer dominate the will of the council. The other council nembers now see that we as a community will hold them accountable for there actions.

It is a shame that this process, if you can call it that, has been allowed to go this far.

Let’s review how we got in here in the first place: Back in 2001, when the Sound Transit contracts were put before the council, they were placed under the consent agenda and labeled “23rd Avenue Road Improvements, 100 percent design approval and authorization to bid.” Does that sound like big parking garage to you? When an item is on the consent agenda, it is not open for public comment. It is just one item in several, and usually agreed to.

This was a coward’s act and downright wrong.

Since that day, there has been little public input on an issue that will forever change the face of our city.

Critics will argue that I am wrong, but the facts are clear. How a council body could even let this pass so naively is another issue altogether. I hope some of you are listening, because 2005 is right around the corner.

Steve Sherrouse

Federal Way

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