Community Council reaches out to city supporters

"The Central Kitsap Community Council distributed letters to supporters of the recently defeated Silverdale incorporation, asking them to attend the council's Tuesday, March 14 meeting.The council hopes to find out why city backers were so unhappy with county services in the first place. Some (Community Council) members talked about it and thought, there had to be a reason for this incorporation thing, said council President David Peterson. So we thought, let's try to find out what that reason was.And see if there is anything the council, a 15-member board that advises the county commissioner on CK issues, can do about it.Peterson said the council hopes to discuss which county services city supporters were unhappy with and how the county can fix those problems.Area residents defeated a proposal to create a new city of Silverale by a 20-point margin on Feb. 1. During the nearly two-year cityhood campaign, incorporation supporters often complained about Silverdale's lack of voice in county government.The council was created in part to give people who live here that voice. And Commissioner Tim Botkin recently announced plans to give the council, now in its second year, new responsibilities in gathering public input.The council hopes to talk to incorporation supporters - and other Silverdale residents - about how the county can better serve area residents on transportation, parks and land-use issues.The thinking is ... to look at what (cityhood supporters) are really unhappy about, said council Secretary Bob Dietz. They're the main item on the agenda.Avowed opponents of incorporation also received special invitations to the meeting, Peterson said. He also hopes that Silverdale residents who didn't actively participate in the election will attend.Peterson hopes to find out what are the things that were on their minds? What can we get out of this? ... We need to do something, let's see what we can do.Among the items the council hopes to discuss with city backers are three projects Botkin asked the council to work on at its February meeting. One is a rural preservation plan, one a Silverdale traffic circulation plan and one is a plan for parks projects like the Clear Creek Trail and the Old Mill site.The council is scheduled to meet from 6-8 p.m. March 14 at Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 56, located at 6470 Seabeck Highway near Newberry Road."

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