More changes are in store for the TRAC event center in Pasco.
Franklin County commissioners decided Wednesday that Dave Beach, chairman of TRAC’s advisory board, can no longer serve because he recently moved to Kennewick and isn’t a resident of the county.
TRAC General Manager Troy Woody asked commissioners to rule on Beach’s eligibility because no provision exists in the board’s bylaws to require members to live in the county, which jointly pays for TRAC along with Pasco.
The change in leadership to the board comes as Woody himself is wrapping up a decade running the facility. He is resigning, effective April 10, to focus on operating his solar business.
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Commissioners initially differed on whether Beach should be allowed to stay on the board.
Beach might still love Franklin County, but it is doubtful citizens there would support a non-resident representing them, commission Chairman Brad Peck said.
“I confess to being a believer that fresh eyes on a process can be a healthy thing,” he said.
But Commissioner Bob Koch said he could still support Beach because of his longtime service to the county.
Commissioner Rick Miller initially wanted to try to find a replacement for Beach, but allow him to stay on if no one else could be found.
“I think we can probably let Franklin County (residents) have the first shot at it,” he said.
Woody questioned the idea.
“How do you want me to phrase that to Mr. Beach, ‘You’re the winner if no one else comes along?’” he said.
Commissioners decided to seek a replacement for Beach and to look at changes to the advisory board’s bylaws to make the rules more clear related to residency and meeting attendance.
They also talked about concerns about board member Brenda Alford of Pasco. Woody said she has attended about 10 percent of meetings recently. An official will contact Alford and ask if she will be able to attend more meetings in the future.
“You don’t know what circumstances have taken place in a person’s life that may have affected attendance,” Peck said.
County Auditor Matt Beaton asked that the advisory board, which makes recommendations to the commissioners, but has no official power, take a more robust role in overseeing the facility after a state audit last year faulted TRAC for lacking adequate control over its cash machines.
The board has since moved its meetings to a monthly basis, instead of quarterly, and the City Council filled a long-vacant position.
Beach did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, commissioners:
• Approved a request to subdivide 67.2 acres into 62 lots west of Dent Road and north of Burns Road northwest of Pasco. The lots will be connected to Pasco drinking water.