Below you will find the complete text of the call for an investigation into the waterfront sale here in Montesano. The text and comments were delivered in open city council session May 27th 2014 and is now the second call from a sitting council member for an investigation. The following text was provided by the council member on request.
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I”m not one for dramatics, but what the H E Double Hockeysticks?
The latest issue that has come to light has made me extremely upset, and physically ill.
The waterfront issue has so many different issues within it, that it is impossible to look at it as a whole and say that it was clearly a simple mistake.
If we, as the representatives of the City of Montesano, are expecting its citizens, employees and user groups to follow the rules, then why aren’t we setting that example?
If we are so hard up for money for Vessey Field and for improving our roads, why are we selling property valued at far less than its assessed value?
Why wouldn’t the city not jump at the opportunity for a higher bid – twice at what it was sold for? Especially if the city was deemed lucky enough to sell it if most of it is “garbage” or unusable due to the wetlands.
Why were the requests of the council ignored? There is no written clause of public access and no legal was ever published. I know this to be a fact as I was the legals clerk at the time of the sale.
There are way too many unanswered questions and only add onto the city’s ongoing problem in its relationship with its residents.
If an outside investigation is called to look at this issue, how much will that cost?
I personally would like to start hearing some real answers and at least one person to take responsibility.
I love Montesano, but I also want to be proud of Montesano. We need to model behavior that we expect from our residents, employees and user groups.
Marisa Salzer Montesano City Council Position #2 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org