Rudolph on Making Kitsap’s Place at PSRC TableDecember 16th, 2010 by Chris Henry
Now-former Poulsbo City Councilman Dale Rudolph attended his last council meeting Wednesday. Brynn Grimley reported on fellow community leaders’ perceptions of Rudolph, described as a “Methodical. Dedicated. Community servant.”
Rudolph received kudos at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council. Fellow members of the KRCC recognized Rudolph’s long-time service representing Kitsap County’s interests on the Puget Sound Regional Council, which oversees growth, transportation and economic development in the Puget Sound region.
KRCC Board Chairman Steve Bauer, who is the county’s North Kitsap Commissioner, said Rudolph was the “corporate history” on relations between the KRCC and PSRC. KRCC member Kim Brackett, a member of the Bainbridge Island City Council, spoke of Rudolph’s “encyclopedic knowledge” on the PSRC’s Vision 2040.
Rudolph was brought the meeting on a ruse. He thought he was being asked for thoughts on the PSRC, to pass the baton so to speak. Before receiving a plaque and thanks from the KRCC board, he talked about his experience of serving on the PSRC.
Rudolph, who most recently was on the PSRC’s Growth Management Policy Board, said it was important for those representing Kitsap County to present a unified voice at PSRC. “I found it interesting to represent viewpoints I didn’t necessarily share. I think it was really good for me to realize we are in this together.”
Rudolph urged those on PSRC boards to be faithful in attending meetings. Putting in seat time gives Kitsap County and the KRCC credibility with the PSRC, which also includes the much larger Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, Rudolph said.
There has been considerable discussion in recent years about Kitsap County’s involvement with the PSRC, and whether its to the county’s benefit. One thing on which everyone agrees is representatives to the PSRC must be consistent in attending the meetings in Seattle, in addition to their other local meetings and duties.