Recent articles in the Town Crier have given us a pretty clear picture of the running debate over the valve questions that derailed the $76,500 grant for paving lower First Street. To readers, it’s a sad commentary on what appears to be the dysfunctional nature of the Winlock Town Council. They have disputed over whether to complete this important repair project for two years, and even with looming time restraints on the grant couldn’t get their act together. It leaves one to wonder if personal differences have been allowed to supersede the needs of the public.
Last year, a friend of the city graciously donated $35,000 to fund the necessary water system repairs so Winlock could qualify for the grant and get the job done. The donor wished to remain anonymous, but with her death shortly after her 100th birthday last summer, I think it would be known Evelyn Harkins Miller gave this money, and she would be very disappointed to see this debacle. How much of her donation has been wasted? Evelyn was born here, and loved the town, and it would have grieved and angered her to see what has happened.
It appears the experts are in reasonable agreement. Surely remaining differences could have been resolved. Why didn’t you work together and accomplish something for Winlock?
Winlock has been my town since 1936. I plead with the Council to give the residents more hope in our future.