Burgerville Bart takes act on the road

I was surprised early Tuesday when the Vancouver City Council actually went ahead and voted on the resolution opposing the Tesoro-Savage oil-handling facility. Based on what I’d heard from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and City Manager Eric Holmes, I thought there was a good chance they’d put the vote off a week or two.

It hardly would have been the first time a local governing body put off making a controversial decision. I’ve been at those meetings, and it’s always a letdown. Everything moves so slowly in government it’s always a little thrill to see something accomplished.

So I appreciated Councilor Bart Hansen’s “Burgerville” speech, which I included in today’s story.

Watch it. Who among us townies can resist an analogy involving Burgerville?

Now Burgerville Bart will be taking his show on the road. He has been named to the Association of Washington Cities’ ad-hoc Freight Rail Committee. According to a letter from Dayton Mayor Craig George, president of AWC, the committee will “represent cities across the state impacted by increased rail traffic.” The first meeting will be during AWC’s annual conference, which is scheduled for later this month in Spokane.

Hey, Bart, treat yourself to a fresh strawberry milkshake on your way out of town.




Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at stephanie.rice@columbian.com or 360-735-4508.

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