This was a long time coming.
At last night’s council meeting, a 7-0 vote started the process of allowing you, the citizens of Puyallup, to enact and repeal city ordinances.
We now begin a 90-day waiting period that gives time for someone to file a petition wanting this issue to go to the ballot. They would need to collect around 1,000 valid signatures for that to happen.
Despite the fact that this issue had been beaten down many times over the past four years, it received little resistance this time. Councilmember Kent Boyle, who voted against this issue last year citing influence of special interest groups, did not voice any concerns last night.
Although the Herald labeled this council a “do-nothing” council in last week’s editorial, they have accomplished quite a bit in the first two months. They’ve moved the start time of meetings, initiated discussions on an invocation to start meetings, started to reshape the vision of the River Road Corridor plan, are working on combining city services into city facilities, and this action.
It looks like the campaign promises of some council members are taking shape, something that never would have been accomplished with the past council.
The voice of the citizens is being restored. Right after the vote on initiatives and referendum, the audience broke out in applause. An applause that would have never been heard with the old council and an applause that was a long time coming.