Houghton residents: Vote to continue Community Council | Letter

On Tuesday, residents of Houghton will be asked to weigh in on several issues and candidates, including Proposition 1 regarding the continued existence of the Houghton Community Council.

I urge Houghton residents to vote “Yes” for the continuation of this community municipal corporation.

The HCC was formed in 1968 when the cities of Kirkland and Houghton merged. A key aspect of the merger was that the HCC would have veto power over land-use regulations within the boundaries of the former city of Houghton. Every four years, Houghton residents vote whether the HCC should continue to exist.

Over the last 20 years, my wife and I have been involved in various aspects of our community, including the Lakeview Elementary School PTSA and the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association. During those years, the HCC board members have added value and insight into land-use decisions made by the Kirkland City Council.

In my role as a former president and current role as vice president of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association, I know the HCC has been in tune with and sensitive to the opinions and desires expressed by Houghton residents in open forums. The HCC board has helped shape our community into the very desirable place it is to live today through thoughtful deliberation and keen insights.

For these reasons, I urge Houghton residents to vote “Yes” for Proposition No. 1 for the continuation of the Houghton Community Council.

Brian Staples,

Kirkland

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