April 18, 2012
Do you really want motor sports in Snoqualmie?
I know many of you are aware that the city of Snoqualmie is in the process of annexing the old Weyerhaeuser mill site. The King County Council is scheduled to vote on, and likely to approve, the annexation April 23.
What many of you may not be aware of is this annexation is based on an agreement between the city, county and property owners, called an interlocal agreement.
You can read the agreement on www.yoursnoqualmievalley.org. Annexation through an interlocal agreement has only been done one other time in King County. The typical method of annexation is by voting, whereas the citizens get to decide if they want annexation.
Unfortunately, in this case, the citizens have no say. I find this especially troubling considering the amount of opposition expressed by so many people over the past year.
To better understand why the county is interested in annexation, I recently met with King County Council staff members. The county believes that, in general, annexation is good for the community and will foster growth.
To be clear, it is not annexation per se that is troubling to so many, but rather the use of the old Weyerhaeuser Mill Site after annexation as a motor sports facility, and the disregard in the interlocal agreement of known environmental contamination and known flooding concerns associated with the property.
What I learned is that King County Council members are unaware of these greater issues and are unaware that the overwhelming majority of Snoqualmie residents are opposed to the development of a motor sports facility in Snoqualmie.
To better inform the King County council, I request that you fill out our survey. This is your chance to make your voice heard. Go to www.yoursnoqualmievalley.org for a link to the survey. We will share the results with the King County Council members prior to their vote.