As the former manager of the Walla Walla Regional Airport and employee of the Port of Walla Walla, I listened with interest to a recent radio interview with Barlow Corkrum. I was amazed to hear him say the Port only began taking minutes at their Port Commission meetings for the past six years. His exact quote was, "up until six years ago, I don't think minutes existed".
This is a clear misrepresentation of the facts. As this is Corkrum's third attempt at the Port commissioner position, he is well aware that the Port of Walla Walla has on file minutes for every meeting since its inception in 1952. These minutes are open to the public and available at the Port's administrative office.
During my tenure as Airport Manager from 1990 to 2005 I estimate I attended over 350 Port Commission meetings. Every meeting I attended, minutes were taken and published.
For the record, the Port's minutes and agendas for several years now have also been posted on the Port's web site. The Union-Bulletin regularly publishes a listing of agenda items to be discussed at upcoming Port Commission meetings.
The Port Commission several years ago changed the meeting schedule to include one evening meeting each month to help facilitate and encourage public attendance. The Port Commission also has a "public comments section" on each Port Commission agenda that allows members of the public to make comments on any Port or airport issue.
The president of the Commission, Mike Fredrickson, always gives members of the public an opportunity to provide input after Port Commissioner's discuss specific topics.
For those who know me, I am very reluctant to get involved in local elections. However, I cannot stand by and let Mr. Corkrum suggest to the public that the Port up until six years ago did not take minutes of its meetings. The public has the right to know the facts.
Please join me in voting for Mike Fredrickson for re-election.
Larry G. Adams