Washougal councilor quits transportation post after vote vexes Camas

first_imgWashougal city Councilman Dave Shoemaker attended one meeting as the Camas-Washougal representative to the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council before resigning from his post.At that one meeting, Shoemaker cast what he thought was a symbolic vote. It turned out to be a controversial vote that sent shock waves through local government circles and angered the Camas City Council.The Camas and Washougal councils appointed Shoemaker in January to represent the two communities on the RTC, which is a regional transportation planning agency. At his first RTC meeting last week, Shoemaker voted against the board’s list of federal transportation appropriation requests. The list included appropriations to help pay for two Camas projects: a $2 million extension of Northwest 38th Avenue and a $20 million Slough Bridge widening project on state Highway 14.The projects need to be on the list in order to be eligible for certain federal funding.The RTC board approved the list, including the Camas projects, but their lack of support from the local representative sounded alarms. Other board members questioned whether Camas projects should be on the list without Shoemaker’s support. Camas Mayor Paul Dennis and Washougal Mayor Sean Guard received letters, e-mails and phone calls from state legislators and others across the region questioning the communities’ support for the projects.last_img