Johnson won’t run again

Voters in the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District will have two vacancies to fill in the November election.

Tom Johnson told fellow commissioners at Thursday’s meeting he will not be seeking reelection.

Johnson said he had “gotten everything done I had wanted to do on the platform I had run on,” and this was the reason he decided not to seek a second term on the board.

“We’ve got all the major improvements done with the exception of the glass which we are working on,” he said. “We had the money to get the improvements made and we got them completed. The only thing I didn’t get accomplished was getting the water safety classes reintroduced for the fourth and eighth-graders like we used to have in the schools. These classes promoted water safety for the kids and what to do in the event of a boating accident.”

Fred Henninger submitted a letter in March indicating he would not be running again and cited “fiscal policies adopted by the board” as his reason for not seeking another four-year term.

The filing period for the offices is the first week of June in the Island County Auditor’s Office in Coupeville.

As part of the swimming pool capital improvements exploratory committee, Chairwoman Sally Dillon said she and Pool Director Craig Carlson, along with Commissioner Harvey Prosser and swim lesson coordinator Merrie Perkins, made a field trip to view some of the facilities other communities in the area have.

“We took a lot of pictures of the city facility at Mountlake Terrace,” Dillon said. “They have a round building and reportedly have the largest swim school program in the state. We also toured the Bainbridge Park District facility that is about 30 to 35 years old, just like the one we have here.”

Dillon said this facility has undergone a major remodeling and they have included a fair amount of rooms that are used for other community activities.

Also of note, the Hershey Track meet scheduled for Oak Harbor has melted away.

“We only had 18 people sign up despite having a lot of advertisement,” Carlson said. “We actually had more volunteers sign up than we had participants. I really don’t know why, maybe it was because of all the other activities that are going on right now.”

Carlson said the district will be reevaluating the situation in the future to see what can be worked out.

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