|Don Eddy.||Frank Peep.|
Revised citizen council adopted
The board adopted 5-0 the revised and renamed Woodinville Fire and Life Safety Citizen Advisory Council, with an amendment by Callon to not recognize any other citizen committee.
"This is a working document," explained Commissioner Don Eddy, liaison to the CAC. "It's not meant to be written in blood."
Commissioner Ben May said he feels the board will probably get better input from the revised group.
"I think this is very, very good," he said. "It represents a departure from the way the citizen committee has been structured and directed in the past and simply is a different way of doing it."
'This is politics at its absolute worst'
Mary Baum, spokesperson for the now-former CAC, said their counter-proposal to Commissioner Eddy's proposal was never looked at, and they were never called.
"The whole committee doesn't make sense," Baum said, questioning the need for involvement by public utilities in passing a benefit service charge. "They've made no bones about what they want: a little dynasty. For the past 12 years, the whole committee was made up of people who cared about their neighbors and firefighters. We've fought against the commissioners, and we've fought against the firefighters when we thought it was important. This is politics at its absolute worst."
Baum said the committee met last Tuesday and everybody was very discouraged, but they're not going to go away. "We care too much about this community," Baum added.
Other board business
The board also created an ethics committee chaired by Commissioner May and consisting of J.B. Smith from Shoreline's Fire District; Dolly Costers; and Deputy Fire Chief Steve Smith.
The board held two executive sessions to discuss personnel issues: the first lasting approximately 10 minutes, the second scheduled to take 45 minutes. The second session was at first between the commissioners and Fire District Attorney Clark Snure, joined shortly thereafter by Chief Jim Davis and his attorney.