Illahee Community Update 9-14-11 Coyotes, Docks, UGA, Peterson Farm, Break-in, Fire

Coyote Email. We receive email responses to most of our updates and want to pass on this one regarding the number of coyotes in one area of Illahee.


THE COYOTES ARE A MUCH LARGER PROBLEM THAN WHAT YOU THINK.  FRIENDS WHO LIVE ON THE EDGE OF THE PRESERVE HAVE A PACK OF COYOTES IN THE VALLEY BESIDE THEIR HOME.  THERE MUST BE BETWEEN 30 AND 40 OF THEM.  I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE LAW IS ON GETTING HELP TO REMOVE THEM BUT PRETTY SOON IT IS GOING TO BE TO DANGEROUS TO WALK THROUGH  THE AREA HUMAN OR PET.  AT NIGHT THEY ARE SO LOUD YOU CAN’T SLEEP!  LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT OR CAN FIND OUT ABOUT IT IF YOU WILL PLEASE.  THANK YOU,

Dock Response. We also have had responses regarding docks along the shoreline.  One email recipient did a bunch of research but did not want us to copy his email.  It is an interesting issue and shows that there are shoreline property owners who would like to put in docks if they could.  We did get another response that we will try to paraphrase.

I attended the public hearing for the University Point dock and found it very interesting in that the reasoning for needing the dock was because there was a one year waiting period for a slip at the Brownsville Marina, that they had limited access from the road, and that they wanted to bring disabled children from their Seattle job to the residence.  They had a consultant who did most of the presentations, she was very good, and like most hearings played on the sympathy of the county and the hearing examiner.  They had a biologist that didn’t see any adverse effects on fish, but because a tribal biologist could not be there there was not a second opinion.  There was input from a few who lived nearby, but when the examiner found out the Corps of Army Engineers wrote there would be no navigation obstructions because the dock was not in the main channel, she seemed to be satisfied in approving the dock.

Illahee and the Urban Growth Area. There was an article in the Kitsap Sun about the Commissioners’ meeting on Monday evening about population projections http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/sep/13/county-planning-policies-still-debated/.  We listened the the public hearing part of the meeting on BKAT (channel 12) and found it interesting that all those speaking said the decision should be delayed.  One of those speaking from Illahee said Illahee should be removed from the Urban Growth Area and the community did not want to be annexed by Bremerton (which is what is supposed to eventually happen if you are in an urban growth area next to a city).

Previous Survey Results. The annexation statement reminded us of a survey that was done a few years ago to determine the desires of Illahee residents regarding whether they wanted to be part of Bremerton, Silverdale, or their own subarea.  The results of the survey were:  2 percent wanted to align with Bremerton, 6 percent wanted to be part of the eventual town of Silverdale, and 92 percent wanted to create their own subarea plan.  And that is what happened several years later.  The Illahee Community Plan can be viewed online at: http://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/community_plan/subareas/Illahee/subarea_finaled.htm

Peterson Farm Event on Sunday. We have been asked to remind residents of the Peterson farm event on Sunday, Sept 18th, from 10 am – 5 pm.  We have attached a link to the Rob Woutat article in the Kitsap Sun a few weeks ago that gives more information on the Peterson Farm. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/may/26/rob-woutat-protecting-a-piece-of-kitsaps-history/

Break-in Report. Received the following report of a recent break-in on Illahee Road.

Our neighbor (at the top of our driveway) almost always has his cop car parked right there in plain site….practically right on the road.  He came home Friday afternoon to his front door kicked in.  House wasn’t trashed, but every drawer and cupboard was open (he didn’t say what was missing).  This is the second incident like this that I’ve heard of in our immediate neighborhood “6200” area.  Pretty brave to break into a policeman’s house in broad daylight…and right on the main road.  These guys are getting very brave and desperate.

Illahee Fire on Wednesday. The Kitsap Sun has covered a fire in Illahee on Wednesday morning.  The link is: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/sep/14/illahee-fire-dispaces-family-of-three/

Jim Aho