Jones defended the process, saying the county was on parallel tracks to explore the future of park management. One lead is the request for information and quotes from potential management companies. The other lead is an organizational analysis of MetraPark which studies how it is managed, how it is managed and how it is seen by users.
This study was approved by the county in late November and is currently underway.
âPeople keep saying, ‘Look at it,’â Jones said, referring to the different management options. “And that’s what we’re doing, we’re looking at it.”
Pitman disputed Ostlund’s intention. Ostlund hopes the hearing will give the public an opportunity to ask questions of the Commissioners and hear the answers from the Commissioners.
Pitman argued that the governing body organizing the hearing was not authorized to respond to questions or comments from the public. Rather, elected officials respond during the public comment period of a meeting, when members of the public are talking about items on the meeting’s agenda.
Ostlund argued it was the opposite and that the public hearings were designed specifically to allow elected officials to be questioned by the public and to provide answers.
Either way, it seemed that the Commissioners were open to scheduling the public hearing.