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It’s time for some park district commissioners to go | Letter to the Editor

For almost three decades, the Vashon Park District has had only one common denominator: Commissioner Bill Ameling. As an accountant and building contractor, he should be held accountable for his poor leadership of the district.

According to what I’ve been told, the fields project was allowed to move forward, under Ameling’s leadership, with absolutely no pre-construction services contract. Had there been one, water and sewer issues not only would have been identified, but would have been mitigated.

The financial debacle in which the district now finds itself is not one that the public should have to solve with fundraisers. We pay tax dollars to have these public properties professionally developed and stewarded. On the park district’s website, it states that only $300,000 is needed to have all the money in hand to complete the fields project. It is my understanding that the pending state contract that will provide funding will not materialize until the construction problems are corrected; that’s certainly the way it works with grants in most governmental circles.

This is no simple problem, and the one person who could have helped facilitate the correction of these problems has been fired. These are sophisticated construction problems that volunteers certainly cannot correct.

I believe it is time to set term limits for park commissioners so that the arrogance with which issues are handled can be stopped. In addition, at minimum, I believe Bill Ameling and David Hackett should be recalled.

 

— Priscilla Beard

 

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