Mayor appoints former city administrator to keep agency alive

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DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum will try just about anything at this point to persuade and recruit DuPont residents to volunteer on the city’s Planning Agency. From asking citizens during a council or finance committee meeting to trying to persuade patrons at a local watering hole to step up and volunteer, he is determined to bring new ideas and new members to an agency that has seen a revolving door of vacancies over the past year.

During the April 10 DuPont City Council meeting, Mayor Grayum made what some residents consider a controversial move and asked the council to appoint DuPont’s former city administrator, Bill McDonald, to serve on the agency until three qualified candidates apply and are chosen to fill all vacant seats on the agency.

In an interview with South Puget Sound News, the mayor explained that he had Mr. McDonald’s application for some time and was concerned about moving it forward for the council’s consideration based on a possible conflict of interest of having a former city administrator serving on the agency.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mr. McDonald, his knowledge and experience. But I also have reservations about having our former city administrator serve on the planning agency. But the bottom line is, our planning agency needs to function,” said Mayor Grayum.

The agency did not have enough members to conduct the business at hand.  Without a quorum, and no other qualified applications coming in, Mayor Grayum felt he had no other choice. The DuPont City Council approved McDonald’s appointment  by a vote of 6-0.

“It’s very important that the Planning Agency continues to meet and work on important projects,” he said.

So far this year, the Planning Agency has held hearings on the Shoreline Master Plan update, heard presentations from the Tree Board and may have some involvement with the sign code. The agency is now down to two members. McDonald’s appointment gives the agency a quorum so they can continue to meet. Once the three open positions are filled, McDonald will step down. Current Planning Agency members are Tammy Corey and Eric Corp.

To volunteer on the DuPont Planning Agency, you must be a resident of the City of DuPont. To apply, send a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience, your reasons for desiring to be appointed to these positions, and your thoughts on the most significant planning issues facing the City in both the short and long term, to City Hall, Attn: Erin Larsen City Clerk, 1700 Civic Dr., DuPont, WA 98327.

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1 Comment

  1. RealDuPont April 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm - 

    Shameful that McDonald is involved, at any level, in the affairs of DuPont.

    When is City Hall going to wise up and figure out why people no longer want to volunteer for such agencies? The answer is known and discussed by many in town but until you get city leadership to listen to the criticism I guess they will have to be content with running on a treadmill.

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