We understand there is a “CLOSED” “workshop” meeting for the EDC to discus the future of the Fairgrounds Strategic Plan. This just another example of Price-Johnson and followers choosing not to involve the public in the planning of the future of the Fairgrounds.
HPJ’s recent articles in the paper paint a picture that the proposed plan is in fact not DEAD.
What it will take and how many people have to express their distaste for this plan to die.?
At all the public meetings the only people that were and are in favor of this proposed plan are those on the steering committee. This tells us steering committee is disconnected from reality and is continuing to not listen to the public
Aside from the issues with the current steering committee the other issue at hand is in the current structure of the Fair Association and Board.
Last fall at a Fair Association meeting many were appalled at the behavior of the Fair Administrator.
When discussed with Dan Ollis after the meeting his response was he “was not concerned with the day to day operations”.
Dan Ollis and many others know this is an issue that has been going on for some time now but they choose not to do anything!
So we have 3 issues at hand which are
*The steering committee is disconnected as seen by their actions,
*The public meetings have come and gone and nothing has come out of them,
*The ongoing issue within the current Fair association and Board is still an issue.
Lack of financial support by the County who is the actual property owners is long overdue.
If Helen Price-Johnson would have spent half the energy she has spent on pushing this proposal down the throats of the citizens of Island County maybe the Fair facilities wouldn’t be in such disrepair.
All we’ve seen come out of this proposal is elected officials neglecting their responsibility, ignoring the public they represent, and throwing money in the air as if it grows on trees.
Maybe the next step is should be burn the proposed plan that is apparently not dead!
Then advise the Steering committee their services are no longer needed
The “Friends of the Fair” people will probably be pleased take over the combined planning for the future of the Langley Fair. This combined effort includes the talents of the many people in our great community.
The only thing that has come out this so far is evidence that people in Government positions make a big mess of things. So lets learn from their mistakes and let the so called little people of Island County clean it up!