Illahee 11/14/13 Community Meeting on Monday, Sea Lion Video, Cross Bracing, New Preserve Trail

Community Meeting on Monday.  The signs are up around Illahee to let everyone know there is an Emergency Preparedness meeting at the Sylvan Way library on Monday (11/18/13) at 6:15 pm.  All are invited as there will be a special speaker to inform us on what preparations we should have in place.  Think about what it would be like if we had a major storm or earthquake leaving us without power, water, and supplies for days?  Which is why need reminders as to what needs to be done.  Our speaker is Terry Lerma, the Emergency Manager at the Naval Hospital.

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Sea Lion Video.  Kitsap Sun reporter Chris Dunagan has a “Watching Our Waterways” blog site with lots of information in it.  He monitors our Updates and liked the YouTube video we posted, and like all good reporters took it to the next step by contacting an expert.  Since not everyone is a Kitsap Sun subscriber, we have copied the blog information in addition to providing the link  http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2013/11/14/is-this-sea-lion-off-bainbridge-playing-with-his-food/#axzz2kgPXDMR0.  The video can also be viewed at the illaheecommunity.com  website.
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Cross Bracing.  We have been asked about the term cross bracing as related to the Illahee Community Dock.  It is hard to describe because there really isn’t any on the community dock at this time.  The good news at the Port of Illahee monthly meeting on Wednesday (11/13/13) the commissioners are inquiring about getting bids to install bracing.  We have attached a photo of the Illahee Start Park’s dock, that shows what cross bracing looks like, though it appears amplified because of the reflection.  Cross bracing is a structual requirement to protect docks and piers from possible collapse from major storms or earthquakes.
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New Preserve Trail.  For those who regularly use “Bootleg Trail” in the Illahee Preserve, you are aware of one steep section, that can be difficult when it is wet and slippery.  For several weekends the East Bremerton Rotary Trail Maintenance group has been working on a more gently sloped by-pass trail.  The first photo is looking south with the new trail on the right.  The second photo is looking north and the new trail is on the left.  This is a nice addition to a great trail system. 
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