At the 11-21-14 meeting of the board of Island Transit a childish immature display was brought forth by Joel Servatious Oak Harbors alternate member to the board of Island Transit. It seems that Oak Harbor’s alternate member of the board brought it upon himself to seat himself as the regular board member from Oak Harbor even though the permanent representative from Oak Harbor was in attendance and objected to his actions. This is really stunning behaviour by Mr. Servatius, he knows he was chosen as the alternate board member and was to only fill in when the regular board member Mayor Dudley was not present. Mayor Dudley was present at this meeting and Mr. Servatius ignored that fact taking it upon himself to seat himself at the dias. Oak Harbor’s bad acting and actors are now on display at Island Transit Board meetings, thanks to Mr. Servatius.
The video below was taken at the Senate Transportation Committee meeting held on 11-20-2014 where the findings of the recent audit of Island Transit were discussed with the committee.
Click the Read the rest of this entry » link below to view the video
Details of I-594:
(9) “Firearm” means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.
(10) “Gun” has the same meaning as firearm.
The Lynden Pioneer Museum will remove World War II-era guns from a current exhibit and return them to their owners, to avoid violating the new background-check law, according to the museum’s director.
Several years ago Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik, a former Transit Board member recommended Island Transit should consider charging a ridership fee because it makes sense that Island Transit should charge a fare with costs of fuel and their need of a new office facility that charging fares would be a way to get an income,
Slowik also said Island Transit should speak with Skagit Transit about their method of charging fares.
Martha Rose, executive director of Island Transit, rejected the fare plan saying the move still doesn’t make sense financially.
Obviously the Board was then and still is, not in charge; Rose was the final decision maker and things were done “her way or no way”
The tabulation of the votes today increased Rick Hannolds lead in the District 3 Commissioners race.
Rick Hannold now has 14,828 votes to Karla Jacks 14,689 votes, a 139 vote lead.
These close results will call for a recount of all the ballots cast in this election but history has shown that in Island County the votes have been always counted accurately and an election has never been overturned in a recount. We had a recent recount in the race for Treasurer in the primary election and the difference between the recounted votes and the original vote tally was zero. This is due to the excellent job that Sheilah Crider and her staff in the elections office do.
I do believe it is now time to congratulate Rick Hannold in his win for the seat of Island County Commissioner for District 3.
Congratulations Rick! Wooooo Hooooo!
At a special meeting Wednesday, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner agreed in a 2-0 decision that the best way to know whether or not taking over the Island County Fairgrounds is an economically viable proposal is to do it.
“It’s like deja-vu, all over again.”
When the existing maintenance contract between County and the fair association expires this April, and depending on the outcome of two grant applications, the port will take over management of the nearly 13-acre facility for a period of one year while at the same time conducting a comprehensive $85,000 feasibility study.
Selected quotes and portions of this information were published in the WNT and maybe other Sound Publications: Read the rest of this entry »
At the Oak Harbor Lodging and Tax Advisory Committee meeting held on 11-12-2014 a quorum of the Oak Harbor City Council attended the meeting and a Special Meeting Notice was not published as required by law. The city published a regular meeting notice for the committee but the members of the council obviously did not inform the city clerk that they would be attending this meeting so no special meeting notice was published.
Council members Bob Severns, Danny Paggao and Beth Munns attended the meeting that was chaired by the Chair of the Committee Jim Campbell. These 4 members constitute a quorum of the city council.
A new ballot tally will occur tomorrow November 12th for the election held on the 4th. It will be more than interesting to see how the race between Rick Hannold and Karla Jacks for Island County Commissioner changes. As it stands the candidates are separated by only 134 votes with Rick Hannold in the lead.
The tally tomorrow will count a total of 124 ballots with the results posted online at 2:00 PM
These ballots are a combination of newly received ballots with correct postmarks on/before November 4th, and ballots that have been “cured” of signature issues.
This new count will contain all countable ballots received to date.
Well… 124 ballots will not change the outcome of this election but we will still have to wait until the 25th when the election is certified to know who is the winner for certain and if a recount will be necessary.
View the results at the link below:
At the upcoming Langley City Council meeting on November 17th Island Transit Board member Scott Dudley will be asking the Langley City Council to replace their selected Island Transit Board member Jim Sundberg.
If you are able to attend this meeting please do.
It is critical that all of the board members that have caused the fiasco that we know as Island Transit be replaced. We have seen in the last few weeks the full court press by certain members of the board to give cover to those that have made those mistakes by writing misleading letters to the editor and doing everything they can to keep the status quo at Island Transit. The citizens of this county deserve better in the leadership of this agency. Please attend…
In a letter to the editor in the South Whidbey Record Jim Sundberg wrote the following”
“Theft of sick leave not in audit
The official state audit report covers 2013 and part of 2014 and recommends more careful definition and tracking of paid leave (sick leave, vacation time, and compensation time). It did not document any “theft” of sick leave, vacation time, or compensation time; rather it recommended better documentation of these categories for all salaried personnel, which has been instituted immediately. Unfortunately, the Audit Report did not mention that accrued vacation days for 2013 and 2014 for the former executive director can and do accurately account for the longer dates out of the office in 2013 and 2014.”
This is what the auditor actually stated in the findings:
Where have all our real leaders gone…
Rick Hannold 14,770 votes
Karla Jacks 14,636 votes
Rick Hannold ahead by 134 votes
Wanda J. Grone 15,511 votes
Ana Maria d Nuñez 13,264 votes
Wanda Grone ahead by 2247 votes
Sheilah Crider 15,361 votes
Rebecca Wagner 12,121 votes
Sheilah Crider ahead by 3240 votes
Next Ballot Count On 11/25/2014 12:00 PM
More local elections results at:
A Special Meeting of the Island Transit Board of Directors will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 1:30 PM at the Island Transit Operations & Administration Building, 19758 SR 20, Coupeville, WA.
The purpose of the meeting is:
1) an executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment (1:35 PM to 5:00 PM);
2) an open public meeting/reception to meet the candidates for interim executive director (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM);
3) an executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment (6:00 PM - TBD).
Open public meeting to resume upon completion of executive session with possible action relating to the selection of an Interim Executive Director. Accommodations will be made available upon request.
The meeting room is accessible and is open to the public. For more information, please call (360) 678-7771 or email@example.com .