City sets special council meeting at McCormick Woods
October 1, 2009 · 11:08 AM
The Port Orchard City Council will hold a special work-study session next week, for the purpose of discussing the annexation of the McCormick Woods subdivision in the city.
“This is a great opportunity for the residents of McCormick Woods to put a face to the names they have heard during the annexation process,” said Annexation Committee Chairman Dick Davis. “It will allow them to hear firsthand some of the things that are going on with the city and how they will be impacted by these actions.”
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Clubhouse in McCormick Woods.
It is open to the public.
A normal work-study session, usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, is less formal than a regular meeting and usually does not include time for audience participation.
In this case, interaction with the residents is part of the program.
Davis said there are a number of issues that need clarification, such as sewer charges, snow removal and streetlights.
“Some of the streetlights are municipally owned while others are in private areas,” Davis said. “We need to clarify which is which for the residents.
“People ask questions of each other but don’t get clear answers because they don’t know all of the facts,” he said. “With this meeting they will have a chance to get to know the people who can give them the right answers on a regular basis.”
Annexation committee member Dick Ziglar said he was looking forward to the event, writing in a newsletter that it is the first step in coordinating the details of the annexation.
“We are beginning to test drive the representation that we worked so hard to achieve through annexation,” Ziglar wrote. “We are acutely aware that with the influence we will wield comes a requirement that we exercise that influence responsibly and positively. We will depend on you to point out to us when we begin to drift off that course but we will not be bashful about forcefully representing your interests.”
Ziglar said that McCormick Woods residents will always consider what is best for the general population but will place their own interests before that of the entire city.
“This meeting will give residents a chance to share their concerns about incorporation with city government,” said City Councilman Jerry Childs. “The more that people share, the better the city will run.”