Our community is changing whether we like it or not. I decided I needed to be involved in the process, so I would have some say in the decisions being made and hopefully create a more vibrant, welcoming community. It was time to get off the sidelines and truly be a part of the process, so when the call came out for volunteers, I joined the Windjammer Park Integration Community Advisory Group. Because of the new Waste Water Treatment Facility being built in Downtown Oak Harbor at Windjammer Park, this group was formed to provide input to the architects, engineers and City Council as to how to mitigate the impacts the new facility will have on our beloved park.
Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 pm, will be the initial Public Open House at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, to review the ideas presented to and by the CAG, and for the public to provide their own input regarding the integration plan. This is a wide ranging plan, that could reshape the entirety of Windjammer Park, with ideas as grand as relocating the baseball fields, re-purposing the windmill, rebuilding or relocating the RV park, adding a splash park, altering the lagoon…and a vast array of other ideas to modernize and enhance the park. If you are at all interested in the future of this great park and have ideas of what it could be, or would hate to see an element disappear, please come to the open house, or contact me to share your input.
The City is also renewing it's 20 year transportation elements plan, and is hosting an open house tonight (Wednesday Feb. 3) at City Hall from 7:00 to 8:30, and you can review previous recommendations and give input regarding the plan.
Island County has an opportunity to get involved as well. The Island County Board of Commissioners are seeking someone to fill a vacancy on the Conservation Futures Program Citizen Advisory Board. This person needs to be from District 2, and will review and evaluate applications to acquire by purchase, gift, grant, bequest, devise, lease, or otherwise, except by eminent domain, the fee simple or any lesser property interest, development right, easement, covenant, or other contractual right necessary to protect, preserve, maintain, improve, restore, or limit the future use of, or otherwise conserve selected open space, wetlands, habitat areas, farm, agricultural, and timber lands for the public use and enjoyment and as one tool for salmon preservation purposes.
Interested individuals should provide a letter of interest and statement of qualifications by mail, email or FAX to: Island County Board of Commissioners, Attn: Pam Dill, Re: Conservation Futures Program Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB), Post Office Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. The FAX number is (360) 679-7381 and email applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Application materials should be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 26th, 2016. For additional information please phone (360) 679-7353 or e-mail Pam Dill at the above address.
These are just a few ways you can get involved in the decisions affecting our community. I urge you to consider getting involved and providing your input, so you can help shape the future of our community in a positive way.