An audience would benefit Kennewick council retreat

It's one thing for the Kennewick City Council's all-day retreat Saturday to be open to the public -- that's the law.

It's quite another for the public to actually attend -- no legal requirement on your part.

But in this case, you ought to consider sitting in on at least part of the council's discussion about its priorities for 2010.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Bechtel Room at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitors Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.

The agenda includes Columbia Park, the five-year capital improvement plan, the future of the antique carousel, development at Southridge and cooperating with Pasco and Richland on an aquatic center or other regional facilities.

It's not NASCAR, but the retreat will cover issues vital to the city's future.

Controversy over some of these items -- the city's financial support of the carousel, for example -- helped defeat several incumbents last year.

Here's a great chance to learn more about what their replacements -- newly elected council members Sharon Brown, John Hubbard and Don Britain -- have in mind.