By David Anderson, President, Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association
“Rest assured,” City Manager Andrew Neiditz writes in an attempt to calm the very ill at ease Tillicum public over yet a second attempt in as many years to relocate Camp Murray’s gate, and its resultant grievous impact, to the interior streets of the neighborhood.
“City staff (has) heard loud and clear the concerns of citizens about maintaining the residential character of Tillicum,” Neiditz continues, suggesting that “the extensive mitigation requirements are a direct result of that concern.”
The conclusion drawn by Neiditz that a roundabout, directional arrows, and speed bumps is to have heard from the residents is not at all an accurate assessment of Tillicum’s angst over this issue.
How can “rest assured” possibly be a correct read of the growing unrest not only in Tillicum but spreading beyond its boundaries to people who don’t even live here but care enough about what matters in-and-to a community not their own?
Is the building momentum for litigation evidence that Tillicum residents are accepting of mitigation?
In the July 2007 issue of “Lakewood Connections” – the city’s publication of happenings throughout the city – Neiditz quoted one of the Army’s top officers as saying “Our values are sacrosanct, but everything else is on the table.” Neiditz then stated, “Our citizens expect and deserve a city government that is ‘value-driven.’”
What values would those be?
What matters to a community – ours, or that of anyone else?
“We would love nothing better than to just live quiet lives, take our kids to soccer & swim lessons, go to work, pay our bills and enjoy our community,” said one of the moms gathered in a living room of like-minded couples in a city near our own this past Thursday night.
But because they can’t, they’re fighting for community values.
So are we.