Out of 20 people who attended the city council’s “town hall meeting,” only five wanted to voice issues with the city.
“Nobody else has anything they want to share or complain about?” asked an incredulous Mayor Ken Hays at the end of the session.
Those who spoke at the open meeting, created to increase public discourse between the citizens and the council, had both commendations and questions for the council.
Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd attended to praise the city for its centennial celebration.
“This is a wonderful celebration, a glorious celebration. Our history is so important to us, it’s our grounding, our sense of who we are,” said Kidd. In honor of the centennial, Kidd provided the council with Centennial Pins and memorial envelopes.
Other citizens raised issues with city policy: Danielle Patterson and several girls from the Mountaineers lacrosse team requested the city look into why they couldn’t use the Carrie Blake park fields for their games.
“As far as I know, we’re the only team in our league that doesn’t have quality turf,” said Patterson. She said that after asking several people in city government for an explanation, no one seemed to be able to give her a straight answer.
Susan Bower, with the Peninsula Development District, asked if the city would have any material aid to provide the organization as the state steadily removes more of its funding. Bower asked the council for any kind of support it could offer, whether it was manpower or supplies.
“I’m not coming to you and asking you for a $1,000 contribution. I’m just asking for resources and maybe some staff support.”
City councilors remained optimistic about the event despite the low turnout and were happy to have discourse with the public.
“It went just about as I expected,” said Ted Miller, who noted that none of the community “hotheads” were present. Councilor Candace Pratt said that the meeting was “very enjoyable, because people were able to come to us with their issues.”