EDC to discuss Whidbey fair plan, privately

The Island County Fairgrounds proposal to redesign the property and its buildings, criticized for being crafted without public input and held up after vocal opposition, will be discussed by the agency that hired its creator in a closed-door session April 30.

Sami Postma, executive assistant of the Island County Economic Development Council, said board meetings are typically closed to the public unless the board president decides to make them public. Wayne Morrison, president of the EDC board, declined to comment.

Secrecy around the meeting led to several phone calls to the EDC office by residents interested in the fate of the fairgrounds and the proposal. But Postma said the board which oversees EDC business  including the hiring of Norm Landerman-Moore, the consultant who created the fairgrounds proposal   will be reviewing the plan after a few rounds of public presentation and public input.

“The board’s seeing what the final product is, basically,” Postma said.

The EDC board has no authority over the proposal, she said, other than to ensure that it eventually goes before the Island County commissioners as is stipulated in the contract.

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