Granite Falls citizens come togetherBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR As with any growing city, Granite Falls citizens are concerned about progress and growth within their city.
On Thursday, May 14 the Granite Falls Concerned Citizens Association (GFCCA) held their first town meeting which included input from community members and guest speakers.
Matt Hartman, who has been a Granite Falls City Councilman for the last 10 years, came to explain the costs and reasoning behind the new alternate truck route that will be built in Granite Falls.
Councilman Tom Fitzgerald spoke on the Adults with Disabilities Act (ADA) including when and why it was established.
Fitzgerald also stressed the importance of community involvement stating that there was a need on the Library Board, Civil Service Commission, and Planning Commission.
With three city council positions up for election this year and position 2 in Fire District 7 and numerous positions on the Granite Falls School Board, Fitzgerald now is the time to step up and get involved.
Granite Falls Librarian, Jude Anderson spoke on the Teen Project at the library which took place on June 3.
The project is designed to talk about key assets that teens need in order to become active members in their community.
The vision of the Granite Falls Library is they want to be a warm, safe, and welcoming place for the kids and community.
Local business owner, Sheikh Saleem. He told of how he became involved in the GFCCA when he realized the city was going in the wrong direction.
“The power of the community is stronger than we realize,” Saleem said.
He encouraged everyone to join in the Association.
State Representative Kirk Pearson spoke on the stimulus package and how it will be used, he also touched on health care pharmaceutical costs and the Blue Ribbon Commission.
Community concerns that came out during the meeting include the expansion of the Menzel Lake Gravel Pit, the proposed motor-cross track on the Mountain Loop Highway and what was happening with a Boys & Girls Club.
Another meeting will be announced in the future. In the meantime you can contact GFCCA at P.O. Box 1134, Granite Falls, Wash. 98252 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.