Gig Harbor Council passes resolution of solidarity with Ukraine

Posted on March 15th, 2022 By:

Gig Harbor stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and condemns the Russian invasion. So says a resolution passed unanimously by the Gig Harbor City Council on Monday, March 14.

The resolution notes that Gig Harbor is home to many Ukrainian families who have relatives in Ukraine and asks local citizens to find ways to show support for them.

Radiation study requested

Councilmember Jeni Woock asked the council to commission a baseline study to measure electromagnetic radiation throughout the city. The findings could be used for comparison with future measurements. Woock said the study would cost about $1,000.

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Interim City Administrator Tony Piasecki and City Attorney Daniel Kenny reminded the council that the city has no authority or ability to do anything with the findings, such as trying to stop 5G cellular service, which is governed by the FCC.

The council voted have staff review the issue and possibly issue a request for qualifications, then report back.

In-person meetings to resume

Mayor Tracie Markley announced that the council will resume in-person meetings on March 28, the next scheduled full council meeting. Study sessions and board and commission meetings will continue to be virtual for the time being.

At a study session last week, the council reviewed its work priorities for 2022, based on discussions at a January council retreat. The council also agreed that candidates for boards and commissions will be interviewed and selected by council members, as has been done in the past, rather than having the mayor select commissioners.

Picture of the front of Gig Harbor City Hall

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