Why would anyone be against the Waterwheel Park, which would become the first real park in the Belfair UGA? This Park and expanded trail network, including an ADA fishing pond, would be a beautiful attraction for all ages.
But wait a minute, something fishy is going on! Ted Jackson is actively trying to stop it. Jackson, using his Port of Allyn email, declaring himself a Port Commissioner and Chair of the Port of Allyn, lobbied the Mason County Commission against the Park without the consent of the other two Port Commissioners. Jackson sent emails to Mason County, saying “As a Port of Allyn Commissioner and current Chair I do not support the current proposal. I understand why and who is behind this request”.
The proponent partnership of the Park, North Mason School District, Port of Allyn, State of Washington, and Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group was only asking the Mason County Commission to support the project. No Mason County funds were requested. Jackson went rogue and broke from the Port of Allyn commission, promoting his own agenda without a vote and against the wishes of the other two port of Allyn commissioners, who wholeheartedly support the park project. Equally disappointing, after the email was sent to the Mason County Commission, Commissioner Neatherlin made a motion to support the park, but neither Commissioner Trask nor Shutty would second the motion due to Jackson’s email.
Was there a backdoor conversation between Jackson, Trask, and Shutty? Why should “why and who” matter? What is the basis for denying support of the Park? Being one of hundreds of local citizens to commit in-kind funding and support to this asset for Mason County, I am extremely disappointed.
Jack Johnson, Belfair