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The Seattle Times reports in its September 2nd edition:
“State Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald wants to move beyond bureaucratese … to fresh ideas for solving transportation problems and is putting up $1,000 of his own money to reach that goal. It’s called the $1,000 Doug MacDonald Challenge, sponsored by the national Transportation Research Board, an organization with the National Academy of Sciences. The idea of generating new transportation ideas from the public with a contest came to him while he was sitting around one day.
‘Every time we pay consultants, we get the same old ideas, the same old graphs and charts,’ MacDonald said. ‘Maybe there’s a better plan to get new ideas, so I decided to make a modest personal contribution in hopes of stirring up interest. ‘I am fascinated by how we are going to get the public’s enthusiasm about the fact we can keep highways moving so we actually get more use out of highways. In a line of stalled traffic, you don’t get much production of the highway. Everyone wins when the lanes move.'”

Doug MacDonald certainly welcomes public input. How about Yelm officials?
This writer and his wife will hereby donate $1,000 to the City of Yelm with “the idea of generating new transportation ideas from the public for a contest” to solicit enthusiasm, ideas and input from our local citizens, along the lines of Mr. MacDonald’s thoughts.

This contest was on the Agenda for Yelm Planning Commission’s September Meeting which they deferred to the Yelm City Council.
The City Council will take up this proposal tonight.
see page 3.
The expectation that City officials will see the value in this and approve are extremely low.

Posted by Steve on October 10, 2006 at 6:54 am | Permalink

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