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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Last Update: April 24, 2024

Forest Road
1 / Q: Where can I find the link to attend the general Community Council meetings?

A: If you are on the e-mail list, a link is sent to you at least once before the meeting. If you don’t see one by the date of the meeting, check your spam folder. One e-mail will go out 10 -11 days before the meeting. Another is usually sent as a reminder the day of or the day before the meeting. You can sign up to be on the e-mail list on the bottom of this page.

The link to our community meetings  is also published on the Events page of our website. The meeting information and agenda usually goes up at least a week before the meeting. The agendas for the meetings are very detailed, and they get updated frequently with additional information useful to prepare for the meeting. They are now done as a Google Doc, so you will be able to see the latest agenda right up to the meeting.

2 / Q: What can I do if the ferry runs late (and I can't make it home before a council meeting starts)?

A: You can call in to the meeting from your cell phone and participate that way. The call-in number for the meeting will be on the website Events page.

3 / Q: Are the dates and times of meetings set well in advance?

A: Yes. Community Council meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month, from 7-9pm. The board meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month, also beginning at 7pm.   Here are the scheduled dates for the 3rd Thursday Community Council general meetings.

2024

January 18

February 15

March 21

April 18

May 16

June 20

July - No Meeting In July this year

August 15

September 19

October 17

November 21

December 19

4 / Q: Who is on the board?

A: 

1.    Ben Carr - At Large Board Member
2.    Debra Gussin - Vice President
3.    Diane Emerson – President

4.    Elena Camarillo - At Large Board Member

5.    Jamilla Stigall - Secretary
6.    Jessica Anakar - Corresponding Secretary
7.    Tammy Dye - Treasurer


Their terms run through November, 2024. Election for new board members is coming up in October. Please consider running for a position on the board. You can make a huge difference to our Island community.
 

5 / Q: I have an important issue I think the Community Council should address. What should I do?

You can always attend a meeting of the Community Council and raise the issue there during the Open Discussion portion of the agenda. It will help if you contact us in advance to arrange for time on the agenda, if we know someone wants to speak at that time, we can better arrange for your presentation.

6 / Q: Where do you get your funds to operate?

A: We have received some grant funding from King County through the Alan Painter grant, and some funding to help King County with the Community Needs List Survey. We also have raised funds through sales of strawberry shortcake at the 2022 and 2023 Strawberry Festival. We also gladly accept donations  to cover the expenses we have.  You can donate here.

7 / Q: How do you become a member of the Community Council?

A: If you are 18 years old or older, and reside, even part time, on Vashon-Maury Island, you may become a member. Residents 18 years and older may vote on all issues which come up at the monthly meetings of the community council.  Visit our Home Page and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE AND THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MEETINGS OR BE ON A COMMITTEE.

8 / Q: Where can I see meeting recordings?

A: We have a YouTube channel where you can see recordings of past meetings. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/@vashon-maurycommunity3890

9 / Q: How do i put forward a motion for the community to vote on?

A: Once you are a voting member, you can propose a motion in a meeting during Open Discussion. Or, you can contact a board member for guidance on how to word your motion, and ask for the board to approve it first, before it goes to the full community for consideration. Your choice. For details on how motions work, please see the Democratic Rules of Order, 10th Edition. This is what we use to guid our meetings, motions, etc. 

10 / Q:What has the community council Accomplished?

Our Island has had a community council off and on since 1933. Early on the Council helped to stop illegal developments and an apartment complex rezone; helped establish Island local bus service by Metro; prompted WSF dock repairs and improved ferry service; and assisted the County in conducting its Comprehensive Land Use and Zoning Study and Plan.  Many of our key Island organizations began as ideas - then committees - of the Community Council, before spinning off on their own. The Groundwater Protection Committee, Vashon Household, and initial support for the Vashon Parks District are a few of the most well-known.  At one point the Community Council rented a passenger ferry and took Islanders to Olympia to protest poor service by Washington State Ferries.

Most recently, the Council has been instrumental in organizing of help and support for our beleaguered Post Office, helping the Chamber lobby King County to install sturdy trash cans, helping to remove the 'fee in lieu' concept from the King County comprehensive plan,  and most recently, bringing attention to Puget Sound Energy's Tree Wire Program, which has the potential to remove many of our roadside trees.

Over the years the Community Council has resolved many community issues through public discussion and has enabled Islanders to express their points of view on matters of concern, such as a proposed bridge, affordable housing, and the coming drug and alcohol treatment center.  It has allowed elected officials, agencies, and private companies like Puget Sound Energy to regularly speak to Islanders in an open town hall forum where questions are asked and often answered.

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