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PUYALLUP: Council actions are again self-serving

Letter by A. David Churchman, Puyallup on Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm | 3 Comments »
August 25, 2010 1:45 pm

A couple of months ago, two Puyallup City Council members (Rick Hansen and Chris Boyle) craftily changed an agenda item which would have changed the start times for executive sessions to moving the start time of all council meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning in September. This was done purely to benefit their own personal schedules.

The issue is that this was done without prior public notice and comment. The earlier start deters those who work outside the city and many others who would otherwise participate, or even inhibit prospective talented candidates from running for office. This is self-serving in the extreme.

At the last council meeting, Boyle clearly took credit for a day-long speed trap on 39th Avenue in Puyallup which netted more than 130 tickets. It was unclear as to whether this was for safety or revenue generation (or something else). Boyle earlier this year advocated for speed cameras to be installed all along Shaw Road for revenue-generation purposes.

It is odd that a local politician would take so much pleasure in creating grief for residents and taxpayers that he or she supposedly represents. Now Hansen, Boyle and the rest of the council eagerly await their annual salary increases on top of their lavish expense accounts and “Cadillac” health and dental benefits provided by taxpayers. Nice.

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