By David Anderson
Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neidtiz suggests that “two Tillicum residents” charged the City – and Camp Murray – with not having fully explored “all options with regard a new Camp Murray gate.” That however, is not a shot across the bow. It is a direct hit on our ship of state.
In a letter to Camp Murray, dated September 16, 2010, later underscored by the entirety of the Tillicum Action Committee, Assistant City Manager of Development Dave Bugher fired off 11 separate indictments of the Washington State Military Department’s plan. All landed on Camp Murray’s deck. Of the military’s promised “rigorous review of all gate options” Bugher wrote that in fact “all alternatives had not been thoroughly vetted.”
This observation led Bugher to conclude that “the primary impetus for the new main gate is convenience.”
Neiditz suggests that the “tremendous amounts of time and energy invested by City Council members and staff” – investments “underwritten by our taxpayers” that include “upgraded roads, sewers, water lines, sidewalks, street lights and park facilities” and “code and police officers. . .regular presence” – are disparaged through the feeling expressed by Tillicum residents as having been sold out.
But again, all these commendable activities notwithstanding, how else to explain yet another charge by Mr. Bugher just months ago that Camp Murray’s gate relocation plan was “thoroughly insufficient in that it focuses on the installation itself and not the affected area, the Tillicum neighborhood through which traffic would be redirected”?
How is THIS plan different than THAT plan – other than speed bumps, or as Neiditz calls them “disincentives for cut-through traffic” – when traffic will still be redirected, still will cut-through?
As it turns out, City Councils, staff, code and police officers have the responsibility to conduct community-happiness – not covert – operations. It’s their job.