FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2005
Contact: Jan Koske, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Phone: (360) 337-4650
Volunteers Recruited to Address Raceway Livability Questions
Kitsap Board of County Commissioners have authorized County Administrator
Cris Gears to recruit a citizen task force to draft a report to the
community answering quality-of-life questions about the potential of
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) building a raceway in Kitsap
County. The task force will begin its work in January.
‘Livability’ and ‘quality of life’ are highly subjective terms,” said Gears.
“Through citizen-to-citizen dialog, we feel we can best assess the real-life
impacts on those who live with a raceway in their communities. The focus of
this task force will be to talk to randomly selected people living in
racetrack communities to learn about how those facilities impact their
lives. We are looking for a grass-roots group of a dozen people who
represent a diverse cross-section of the Kitsap community to help us with
this assessment,” said Gears.
Interested citizens must be residents of Kitsap County and undecided about
whether a racetrack would be appropriate for Kitsap County. “This group must
have an open mind about the outcome,” Gears explained. “A fair and unbiased
process will provide the best information for our community.”
Citizens need not have any planning or technical background, but they must
be available from January 10 to mid-February for weekly meetings, which will
likely take place in late afternoon. Participants will be selected from all
geographic regions of the county, including representatives from each of the
county’s incorporated cities.
force members will participate in telephone interviews with citizens
randomly selected from racetrack communities. They will consider questions
generated from input received by the county thus far, questions from the
county commissioners and questions generated by the task force itself. A
summary of the information will be presented to the public at the end of the
Research, facilitation and report preparation will be coordinated by Terrie
Battuello of Edge Communications, a public and government relations firm.
Citizens interested in being considered for the task force should contact
Jan Koske, Kitsap County Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-337-4650 or
by December 13, 2005.