TName of Observer: Jane Ficalora
Observed Meeting: Langley City Council
Date of Meeting: 7/17/2023
Members present: Rhonda Salerno, Thomas Gill, Craig Cyr, Gail Fleming
Members absent: Harolynne Bobis
Others present (staff, media, public): Mayor: Scott Chaplin, Temporary Clerk: Christian Abraham, Planning Director: Meredith Penny, Director of Public Works: Randi Perry, Finance Director: Wanda Gone, Chief of Police: Tavier Wasser, Representatives of Snohomish Tribe of Indians, Jennifer Noveck of Economic Development Council for Island County, and public participants.
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Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
• City Hall welcomed representatives of the Snohomish Tribe of Indians. Council motion and accepted proclamation of this week being "Snohomish Tribal Canoe Week" in Langley. Representatives of the tribe gifted their flag to city and spoke on bringing back some traditions and having more community connections in the future.
• During public comment period one citizen asking if missing funds mentioned in a past meeting had been found and if past agenda items had been changed online. Other comments included an expression of concern regarding new housing proposal by treatment plant, and commendations to council for welcoming Snohomish tribe.
• Jennifer Noveck was present to update council on comprehensive development economic strategy (CEDS). A link to a survey has been put on homepage of the Langley city website and input is accepted until August first.
• Planning Director Penny mentioned monies for Comprehensive Plan have been awarded by WA State Dept of Commerce. In order to receive funding the planning department must submit update grant application materials by September 30th.
• Police Chief Wasser mentioned a new Tesla patrol car has been purchased and the department hopes to have it labeled in time to attend National Night Out in Oak Harbor on the first Tuesday in August. https://natw.org/
• Three members of council talked about the great time they had at the Pride Parade they had attended. It was colorful, fun and an important expression of human rights.
List any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs:
(League positions can be found here.
Economic & Social Justice
Fair & Adequate Revenue
Shorelines, Wetlands and Land Use
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? No
If ‘yes’ what action do you recommend?
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? Yes – All in attendance were polite and the motions were discussed and voted on in an orderly manner.
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes:
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Members adhered to amended agenda
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes - see link above
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? No
If yes, for what reason?
List any other concerns or observations:
Observer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date submitted: 7/18/2023