Two of the three Port Commissioners are about to adopt a new Airport Update Plan which includes destroying the fair grounds. Are We, the People, going to stand for this to happen when the fair grounds land was given to the county by the Miller Family for purpose of fairs back in 1926?
Are we going to stand for this when the fair grounds buildings were built by the taxpayers and businesses with donated labor, money, and materials?
Are we going to stand for this when the fair grounds are a vital part of our economy and recreational opportunities, bringing tourist to our area whenever an event such as OysterFest, Car and Truck Shows, Entertainment, Garden and Floral Shows, Dog Shows, Horse Shows, Rock and Mineral Show, Rodeos, the County Fair and other events are held?
Are we going to stand for this when the fairgrounds have been home to 4-H Youth and FFA youth for over three generations?
It has been brought to my attention that the Ports Plan may be in default because the Washington State Open Meeting Act may have been violated.
John Dobson, Port Director, is recommending the buildings be destroyed based on a 2010 study by the Hexkix Group out of Seattle, paid for by the Port. Are we going to stand for this when the Helix Group from Seattle is the same group that was paid to draw up plans for new buildings previous to 2010. Is this a conflict of interest, or what? Mason County has Qualified individuals who could determine the structural conditions of these buildings.
Annette S. McGee,
Posted Feb. 5, 2013