The Malaga-Colockum Community Council was established with a two-fold purpose: to be able to present a community-wide consensus of opinion to County officials regarding planning and development, and to have an organization in place to sponsor action regarding in-community needs.
During the late 1970's, an ad-hoc committee, chaired by Herb Troxel and advised by Chelan County Planning Department, spent some eighteen months drawing up a Malaga Supplement to the Wenatchee Urban Area Comprehensive Plan. The supplement was adopted by the County Commissioners on July 12, 1979 and implemented by appropriate zoning changes. Among the goals it lists are:
To: develop a Community Council, with representatives from the Malaga area, to deal with local problems.
To: aid in opening the doors to better communication among the various components of the community.
To: provide a united voice into the governmental decision making process.
To: work toward the betterment of the entire community.
Spurred by controversy over a request for a Planned Unit Development permit to allow gravel removal, a series of meetings were held in 1981 and 1982 to discuss Articles and By-Laws. In November 1982, the first members of the Community Council were elected. They were: Vickie Bradley, Gary Goodman, Debbie Cawdery, Susan Conklin, Doug Ensminger, Gertie Jewett, Dave Olson, Bill Scroggie and Orletta Hill.
The general area defined as the Malaga precinct (the old Malaga School District) was accepted as boundaries. Six geographical areas were defined for council representation, with three more members elected at large.
The Three Lakes Estates Homeowners' Association generously offered the use of their clubhouse for meetings. Postage to mail a first newsletter was donated by Cabot Corporation (now KB Alloys). Susan Conklin volunteered to gather information and edit a monthly bulletin called "The Malaga Grapevine," with the newspaper. She also wrote Council news for the paper.