Port Of Shelton - An Economic Engine w/o A Conscience?
Here are some of the generalities provided to the citizens by Port Commissioner, and candidate for reelection, Tom Wallitner, at the July 23 KMAS Candidates' Forum:
- "... delicate real estate stuff."
- "...really big deals."
- "90,000 square feet"
- "employment potential"
And my favorite, and Tom's too it would seem:
- "We're all over it."
Granted these are taken out of complete sentences, but the complete sentences amounted to Mr. Wallitner saying he should be re-elected, following his 6-years at the Port, because they are doing some really great stuff now that he cannot talk about.
This is what causes the citizens concern when it comes to the Port of Shelton.
Why are the Port Commissioners engaged in things that they cannot talk about to the citizens of the Port District?
Where is the transparency?
As an opponent of the Port's plan to bring Duke Energy and a French nuclear company to the Port's property, I am made very nervous by secret negotiations and "delicate real estate stuff."
The County is busy re-writing the Comp Plan, under the direction of the Economic Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce, and the Port is engaged in "delicate real estate stuff."
This should alarm our community. This should make the hair on the back of our neck stand up.
I don't know Sue Patterson, but she is a citizen, not a pilot, and she speaks to bringing transparency to the Port and engaging with the citizens.
Mr. Wallitner is a very nice man, but I don't trust a politician who tells me he's got it, he's on top of it, he's, well, "all over it," while declining to provide details concerning what exactly it is that he is "all over."
I think a change at the Port of Shelton is in order.
Vote Sue Patterson. Let's give the Port of Shelton a conscience!
Katherine A. Price, Shelton, WA
July 24, 2015