Camas and Washougal should merge
I believe there is a great need to make government more affordable to the taxpayer. All options should be looked at, including the merger of the city governments of Washougal and Camas. I believe our fine cities would benefit with a greater voice in Clark County and in Olympia.
The savings would come thru supporting one city government. There would only be one fire chief, police chief, mayor and city council. There would be a complete merger in government, everyone would keep their addresses, but be supporting only one city government. My neighbor tells me this has been attempted at least three times in her memory, but the need to control the cost of government to the taxpayer should warrant looking into once again.
3rd Avenue speed reduction.
There is no reason to allow traffic to travel at 40 mph along Third Avenue because it is unsafe and needs to be reduced to 30 mph. No bicycle lanes, and having traffic go by at almost highway speeds when on the sidewalk is scary. People are walking more, and Camas is a great place to get out and exercise. We are going to see more bicycles on the road as fuel gets more expensive and Camas and Washougal are not bicycle friendly. The new walking path is being used by both walkers and bicycles, but do not mix well when the path is crowded, especially with young families with kids.
Anyone who has driven down Third Avenue knows that 40 mph to some is too slow and they shove you off the road while they blow by. Having to walk on the sidewalk with cars going so fast just inches away is a terrible accident just waiting to happen. There are no pedestrian crosswalks for almost a mile, and with the speed so high, it is terribly unsafe to cross. A drop to 30 mph would make Third Avenue safer for those of us who do not drive a car.
Camas Cemetery looked great
The Camas Cemetery looked terrific this Memorial Day. The staff and volunteers put a lot of extra effort into the grounds and it showed nicely.