Letter: Setback for democracy

July 6, 2014 

The June 17 Richland City Council meeting that considered the 2015-2020 Transportation Improvement Plan and the Rachel Road extension through the Amon Creek Natural Preserve was a setback for the democratic process.

Mayor David Rose showed utter disrespect to the Tapeal Greenway group by refusing its President, Scott Woodward, several extra minutes to speak for the entire Tapteal board of directors.

Tapteal Greenway is the one organization, along with hundreds of volunteers, over the past decade that has worked tirelessly to maintain the trails and integrity of the Amon Creek Natural Preserve, while the city of Richland has been negligent in its charge to maintain the preserve.

Despite Tapteal Greenway raising about $385,000 in land donations to the city, $200,000 of volunteer hours and $60,000 in cash to maintain and expand the preserve, the mayor saw fit to allow the Kennewick School District all the time it wanted to provide testimony to the council that evening.

This charade was a slap in the face to the vast majority of local citizens who have voiced their disapproval through testimony and letters in opposition to the Rachel Road extension that would destroy the Amon Creek Natural Preserve.

DAVID HARVEY, Richland

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