Letters to the Editor for Nov. 4, 2014

Help guide Camas’ development

Recently, the Camas City Council has considered multiple issues that could potentially change the way we view Camas.

As we studied options, it became clear that it would be nice to hear what the citizens value about our community. Luckily, the city is preparing an update of its Comprehensive Plan. The last plan, adopted in 2004, helped guide the development of the neighborhoods, schools, parks and downtown that we enjoy today.

Camas 2035 is a community-wide process to envision our desired future 20 years from now. The purpose is to preserve what we value most about Camas today, while providing ideal conditions for housing, jobs, recreation and other community needs for future generations. The results of this process will be used to update the 2004 Comprehensive Plan and help direct Camas’ long term growth and development.

The first phase of the project is to collect community input on a vision for Camas. Some of you may have completed a survey online or at the Camas 2035 booth at Camas Days. If you have already provided your input — thank you. If not, there is still time. The city will be hosting a Vision Summit this Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the fire station on Parker Street. This kid-friendly meeting will start promptly at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30. You can visit the project website at www.camas2035.com for more information.

Please join me, your neighbors, and other community members at this meeting and help guide Camas’ development for the next 20 years.

Shannon Turk, Camas City Council

Waiting for city to give seniors breaks on utility bills

I enjoyed Judy Jendro’s letter to the editor in the Oct. 21 Post-Record, “Camas needs to prioritize spending.”

Judy calls for restrooms in city parks. I call for a break in utility bills for seniors. I appealed to the city at their budget meeting last year. At that time, their reply was that they are looking into options. We are still waiting for those options. As a reminder, seniors only use those services once a month.

What I think would be cool would be for each citizen to write a letter to the editor, saying what they would like to see done.

David Sanks, Camas