Vote for Marshall, O’Brien and Srebnik for Kenmore council | Letter

To the citizens and community of Kenmore

If you are voting based only on one concern in Kenmore, please consider that Joe Marshall, Patrick O’Brien and Debra Srebnik are open to listening to ALL community concerns directly affecting the whole of Kenmore. Not only about the parks and their importance to the environment and residents, but also regarding the city’s knowledge that all shorelines in Kenmore are contaminated with high levels of pollutants. The sources are not known or being cleaned up.

Walkways and Waterways — the LEVY Kenmore citizens voted for in 2016 and are paying for — is not being clear, honest or transparent to the community that voted for it. The projects the city is planning and developing are not shared with the citizens with full disclosure, pros and cons. The Log Boom Park project sounds great. What does not are the city’s answers, during a question and answer session (watch video here).

The city, which will be committing millions to be spent on Log Boom Park, neglected to let those who are paying for it know that upon completion, “the beach will not be suitable for swimming or water play, it will only be advisable to tip your toes in.” (Rob Karlinsey city manager, in response to Susan Denuski’s questions).

Hard questions and concerns from the citizens need to be addressed, and responded to, by our elected council. We have a very substantial area of pollution being generated in our downtown industrial area, past and present. It has found its way into the water, at our shorelines and in the air we breathe. The community needs to be made aware of Kenmore’s history and the decisions made by past and current councils regarding substantial shoreline development. Kenmore citizens need to know that the past and present councils’ decisions and intent will result in the continuation of heavy industry and this pollution for the next 10-20 years or longer.

Hard questions regarding traffic issues and ease of access to safely traverse Kenmore — whether driving, walking, working or biking — need to be acknowledged and answered by our council. YOU, our community and businesses, need to be heard.

With the current Kenmore council, we are not being heard or even transparently informed. We are being dismissed.

Ask for full disclosure and BE HEARD.

For positive change and a voice

VOTE: Joe Marshall Pos. 2

Patrick O’Brien Pos. 4

Debra Srebnik Pos. 6

Janet Hays,

Kenmore

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