Ken Klein, District 1 County Councilman, spoke to the club about the Stilly Valley Youth Project and a couple of issues.
County Councilman Ken Klein
After the Oso slide, Governor Inslee and his wife Trudie, visited the Arlington Boys and Girls Club to see if they could help in the Oso recovery. Ken, who is active as a coach and whose children participate at the club, was there and explained that the disaster derailed the capital campaign for expanding the club. The Governor wanted to help.
Ken and his legislative assistant put together a grant proposal to assist Stilly Valley Youth including the Arlington Boys and Girls Club expansion, Darrington School District building, Darrington skate park, bathrooms at White Horse County Park, and expansion of the ball fields at Quake Field was sent to the governor.
Only parts were approved for funding by the legislature. Approved $1.5 million for Boys and Girls Club expansion and $200,000 for little league fields. Likely to bring in another $150,000 for the fields from the County. The final grant also included funding for the White Horse Trail on the old railroad grade between the Centennial Trail and Darrington.
Ken acknowledged the help of State Legislators including Senator Kirk Pearson, our State Representatives and Hans Dunshee.
A donor has contributed all of the necessary lumber to resurface all of the old railroad bridges that will serve trail. Initially it will be a rocked trail but may eventually include two paths similar to the Centennial trail with one being paved and the other for horses.
Many Rotarians have been involved in the process of acquiring the funds for the project, and our club has committed $50,000 for the project.
The Boys and Girls Club is working with Paul Allen's Vulcan group to utilize the field next to the Boys and Girls Club for parking. It will be eventually developed by Allen's group but there is a dog leg running to the property for access that is large enough that some parking for the fields and facility may be available.
The Family Resource Center will be located in the club. Plans include addition of a new gym and teen center. It is hoped that additional funds can be raised to add another 1/2 gym similar the design at Haller Middle School
Other issues: Funds obtained to buy out property owners at pre-slide assessed values. County's charter review gives county the option of removing party affiliation from County Council and County Executive elections making them non-partisan like cities. Ken expressed his desire to see the change made.