I would like to start a community conversation regarding electing our Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District commissioners. Because the MPD is its own separate taxing district, I believe Tukwila residents should be given the opportunity to elect their board of commissioners. That is not the case currently with the City Council acting in ex-offico capacity as the MPD board. Here is a copy of a short speech I gave during public comment at the last MPD board meeting.
I’m here to speak on change of governance. This subject has come up many times over the past few years.
For whatever reason or excuse it fails to be addressed.
Mistakes have been made and change is needed. Now is the time to start that process.
First we really did not have a choice in accepting the ex-officio model of governance in the beginning due to city budget circumstances and election dates for creating the MPD.
We also didn’t have a choice in operators but have since resolved that issue.
I was hoping that elected City Council members could change hats acting as a board and leaving the politics in the council chamber. That just hasn’t happened.
One thing is true though. There is no room for politics in the administration of our pool MPD.
Second, the board needs to be made up of concerned knowledgeable members that have a deeply connected interest in the success and future of the pool.
People that realize just how big a part of their lives the pool really is.
People who have the time to devote to administrating as well as assisting pool employees in growing the pool within our community.
It truly takes a total team effort with everyone working as one to: Do the right things, for the right reasons, that benefits the whole community
Third, those people exist in our community and need to be given the chance bring their skills, talent and expertise to the MPD. But they need to be empowered to come forward and serve. Only you can give them that chance.
This MPD can do much better. This MPD must do much better to be successful.
It’s time to vote to change governance to an independently elected board.
David Puki, Tukwila