CCIA accomplishes goal
Five years ago a group of us met on a park bench at Marina Park to talk about how we could preserve and protect the Parkersville Historic site.
We were shocked that the Port had purportedly given developers exclusive rights to develop 65 acres on the waterfront without first inviting the public to comment on such a proposal.
We were told by a prominent attorney familiar with such matters that we should get incorporated and to acquire insurance, because community members in similar situations were often recipients of “slap suits” to keep them quiet.
With this advice, we formed Concerned Citizens in Action.
I’m proud to say that I was one of the founding members of this organization. Other founding members of CCIA were Jeff Guard, Mariann Guetter, Richard Hamby, Ceil Kirchner, Martha Martin, Susan Stauffer and Bill Ward. We asked many questions about open public process, including why wasn’t the proposal advertised for competitive bid, and why the background of the developers wasn’t researched before a contract was awarded.
I don’t need to rehash what transpired over the last five years. But, I’m very pleased that the Port and the City of Washougal took action last month to officially rezone the Parkersville Historic Site (including Marina Park) to be zoned community park. This was our goal from the very beginning.