When I heard some of the things that were said at the meeting or written online regarding the Richland Planning Commission's discussion of the Transportation Plan, I was appalled.
The Kennewick School District was there to advocate for the "Rachel Road extension" because they have plans to potentially build a school in the (now-approved) Clearwater Creek subdivision. Without this road, the Kennewick School District would have to find another site, because of a lack of multiple access roads to the school, which would create safety and congestion concerns. Some people seem to think that because it's the Kennewick School District, it shouldn't have any weight on the decision that will be made in the city of Richland.
They forget that although the potential school would be operated by the Kennewick School District, this is because of the differing boundaries for the cities and the school districts. However, it would be Richland residents attending and utilizing this school. And even if this weren't the case, what has happened to the collaborative nature of these people that they don't want to try and work together? Or maybe because I live in Pasco I shouldn't have an opinion on this matter?
LOUANNE BURTON, Pasco