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Husum-Bz Council Names New Members

Back to full strength

By JESSE BURKHARDT

The Enterprise

The Husum-BZ Corner Community Council is once again at full strength.

At the April 7 meeting of the council, four new members were named to serve on the seven-member board.

The action came in the wake of the recent resignations of four longtime Community Council members, which left the board without a quorum. Following the resignations, the council was left with just three members -- holdovers Jim Tindall, Bill Gross, and Todd Collins.

Council members George Mersereau, Jim Fritchey, Bill Anderson, and John Riggleman resigned on March 3. The resignations came after the council received a letter from Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney Tim O'Neill, who explained that community councils have "no legal standing," and that the county would not provide community councils and their members with any legal protection in the event of litigation.

Recently, the remaining three members of the Husum-BZ Corner Community Council advertised that it was seeking local residents interested in serving on the council.

At last week's meeting, council members Tindall, Gross, and Collins interviewed five candidates who had expressed interest in the open seats. Four were subsequently chosen to serve on the council.

The new council members selected were: Jake Anderson, Lea Rachford, Sharon Walker, and Jeff Lemley.

Following the addition of the new members, the Community Council's officers were voted into place.

Tindall, who lives in Husum, was elected to serve as chair of the council. Collins was chosen to serve as vice chair, and Walker was selected to be secretary/treasurer.

Tindall said he was gratified to be selected as chair, and praised the composition of the Community Council.

"It's proving to be a lot of work, but so far, all positive," Tindall said. "I think we have a great group of seven individuals willing to work hard for the Husum-BZ community, and it's a diverse board politically. There should be some interesting discussions."

In other business, three standing committees were formed:

Bylaws Committee, chaired by Anderson;

Budget & Fundraising Committee, chaired by Walker; and

Elections Committee, chaired by Collins.

The next meeting of the Community Council will be on May 5 at 7 p.m., although the location has not yet been determined.

Tindall explained that the Husum Fire Hall may no longer be available for public meetings.

"The location is in doubt, because Fire District No. 3 is concerned about liability with the council meeting on their property," explained Tindall. "If we aren't given access, we will meet at Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting."

Tindall pointed out that the issue of fire district liability could also impact the Snowden Community Council, because the Snowden council meets at the Cherry Lane Fire Hall -- a property also within Fire District No. 3.

Tindall added that the agendas for upcoming meetings -- including where the meeting will be held -- will soon be posted at the BZ Grocery and the Husum post office.

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