in the Woodinville Weekly
It is unfortunate that the government official, Parks Director Tom
Teigen, continues to make many misleading and false statements about his
plans and actions.
I feel it is essential to continue to call him on that. Ms. Stewart
was generous when she said Teigen makes “a lot of statements that are
only half true.”
Mr Teigen says he’s met with the community repeatedly and has
responded to their concerns. In truth, he had the entire complex
designed before ever meeting openly with residents. At the first actual
public meeting his message was that it’s a “done deal.”
Teigen has said he’s being open with residents. In truth, during the
recent “public comment period” for his permit application, the plans
residents were supposed to comment on simply weren’t available.
Teigen said critics of his plans make up a small percentage of the community. In truth, at the recent Woodinville Council meeting over 25 residents
spoke out in firm opposition to Teigen’s sports complex. Residents in
Yet Mr Teigen, as quoted in your article, dismisses the residents who
have expressed an opinion and arrogantly claims those who haven’t
spoken up are on his side. (Support from zero people?)
Teigen claims only 25 acres will be developed. In truth, his application asks permission to clear nearly twice that amount.
Teigen’s traffic study describes Woodinville-Snohomish Road as being a
“five-lane” road. In truth, it has five lanes ONLY from the exit from
Costco to the 522 on ramp. A distance not even half the length of
Costco’s parking lot.
The one accurate thing he said is that the Wellington area is a
buffer between the commercial and industrial area and the residential
area. A buffer which Teigen wants to eliminate by filling the area with a
“They say we’re ruining the rural character, but we’re actually preserving it,” he said.
No doubt Mr Teigen also believes he has to destroy the village to save it.
Sean Martin, Woodinville