On September 6th, the Puyallup City Council voted 6-1 to purchase two parcels of land in the Shaw Road vicinity.The original plan was for storm water infiltration needs associated with the future Shaw road widening plan.
Now direct discharge is the plan.However the lots still make for possible green belt and “riparian habitat” uses. Even mentioned was to accomodate a soccer field. As much as I love “footie” i have to ask about parking and road access. Wouldn’t this defeat the whole purpose of the ecology goals?
Now I can’t say I would be opposed to the purchase but there is one thing that bothers me. Last week we had a budget shortage and two different tax increases were proposed to pay for infrastructure maintenance.[i.e basic needs] Yet we can afford this purchase when Shaw road widening doesn’t even have a planned start date.
No, our priorities have to be debt reduction and routine maintenance not this luxury item.