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Wenatchee mayor calls for more seats on transit board

Wenatchee City Mayor Frank Kuntz on Tuesday requested three additional seats on the Link Transit board of directors for its board members.

The board held a special meeting to discuss the idea of ​​redefining the number of board member seats.

This concept is reintroduced every four years.

Kuntz suggested that he and his city council get more than one vote because the city relies heavily on Link Transit services compared to some of the other government agencies.

He also used bus driver retention bonuses and increased Sunday bus service as examples where three more seats for Wenatchee would have yielded different results.

“I want to make sure the board members who sit on this board believe in Link, believe in his mission, believe in all the things he does that are great for our community and I want them to be involved, and sometimes I think there are members of this council who don’t believe in what is due,” Kuntz said. “It’s just a personal opinion.”

Douglas County Commissioner Marc Straub said he felt the council was fine as is and that all council members had an equal vested interest in Link Transit.

Several board members noted that the more seats the board got, the more unwieldy it would become.

Chelan County Commissioner Tiffany Gehring said she disagrees with a 15-member council, but is open to considering what the council might look like in the future. future, including a more people-based council.

East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford has floated the idea of ​​reducing the number of county commissioners from two seats to one.

Chelan Mayor Bob Goedde said Link Transit is already providing more services for Wenatchee and East Wenatchee and it appears to be a question of funding more than representation.

“My concern is, is it disproportionate that smaller towns get a better and larger percentage of services than Wenatchee and East Wenatchee? I mean, it seems pretty obvious to me that the massive amount of services are tied together in the two biggest cities,” Goedde said. “What else do they want if they already get their percentage in dollars and services versus representation, whether they have it or not. ”

In the end, the board decided to keep the same number of seats it had had for four years.