Community should oversee Paine Field assets | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
This year, Snohomish County is reviewing its charter, which can be considered our county constitution.
Voters elected 15 people to the Charter Review Commission, and we have been meeting since January. Next month, on April 6, we will be meeting at Mukilteo City Hall at 7 p.m., to hear from you on your ideas for the charter.
We are considering some interesting items: term limits, adding councilmembers to the County Council, eligibility for office and more.
This week, I plan to introduce an additional proposal, concerning Paine Field Airport.
I believe the county should be required to hold a public vote before any sale or transfer of Paine Field Airport. The airport is an important county asset, and voters should weigh in before changes occur.
My other proposal is to empower the Paine Field Community Council to provide more oversight of the airport, to make the Community Council a part of the charter, and to adjust the membership of the Community Council to better represent the public.
You might not realize the Paine Field Community Council meets three times a year and receives updates from airport staff. They rarely take action, and don’t often report on their activities.
I believe more involvement and action from the Community Council will make for a better airport and a better community.
I encourage you to attend the Charter Review Commission meeting on April 6 at Mukilteo City Hall, or attend our May meetings, generally the first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the County Council Chambers in Everett.
Snohomish County Charter Review Commission