Double Rainbow. Thanks to those who share their photos and for this one of a double rainbow taken from Illahee and looking toward Bainbridge Island.
Crime Report. And thanks to Vic who shared the Sheriff’s report on the breaking and entering, burglary, and theft of a vehicle report. We hope to get more details soon.
Local Crime Report. We do get email notification of local crimes and attached are what they look like. The one above is from a distance and the one below is closer in.
Port Meeting on Wednesday. The regular Port of Illahee meeting is the second Wednesday of each month, which is tomorrow, August 12th, at 5 pm at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. More later on one of the agenda items.
Illahee Preserve Work Party on Friday There will be a major Illahee Preserve work party on Friday August 14th with over 50 Washington Youth Academy cadets and the Preserve’s Rotary and Community Leadership Team.
Wheelbarrows Needed! With lots of wood chips to be spread more wheel barrows are needed. They can be dropped off at the Almira entrance between 7:30 and 8:30 am and picked up after 3:45 pm. Larger wheelbarrows are preferred to small ones, but all are needed.
Illahee Day. Saturday August 15th is Illahee day at the Illahee Dock and at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road, between 4 and 7 pm. Food and beverages will be provided by the Port of Illahee. Come and meet the commissioners and your fellow Illahee residents.
Port Explanatory Statement. We haven’t seen the wording for the proposition that will be on the ballot in November to eliminate commissioner districts, but we understand this is what went in to explain it.
The port commissioners adopted a resolution proposing that the Port of Illahee cease using three commissioner districts. Currently commissioner candidates must come from the commissioner district in which they reside. If the proposition is approved candidates will only need to reside within the Port of Illahee boundary. This is authorized by the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 53.12.021, and requires a simple majority vote for approval.
Voter’s Pamphlet Requirements. There is a state statute to ensure the right information is included in the voter’s pamphlet, and it it up to the port to find those both for and against a ballot measure. See the requirements below:
Pro and Con Statements. The Port needs help to find both those for and against dissolving district representation in favor of at-large representation for port commissioners and it is hoped attendees will help with the draft statements. Below are two draft statements to get the process started.
CON STATEMENT. The Port of Illahee has been running just fine for the past nearly 93 years with Commissioners elected from the districts in which they live. With such a great record, it is ridiculous to think that we need to change now, especially since there are more and more people living within the districts.
PRO STATEMENT. The Port of Illahee is a small port extending three miles along the waterfront and extending approximately one mile inland. Currently the port is divided into three geographical commissioner districts and commissioners must reside within their district boundaries. The port has found it difficult at times to recruit within these small districts. Discussions weighing the advantages and disadvantages of commissioner districts resulted it a Port Resolution to eliminate the district requirement in favor of at-large representation. Residents of similar small ports, such as Manchester, Keyport, Poulsbo, and Eglon, voted to eliminate their commissioner districts in 1996 – 1998. Approval of this proposition will eliminate individual commissioner districts, and any resident within the port boundary will be eligible to run for a commissioner position.
Required Port Committees. Please consider attending the Port meeting on Wednesday and help out with the required committees and helping develop the statements for the Voters Pamphlet! Below is the form the county requires to document the committee’s makeup.
TE Preliminary Plat. Below is the TE preliminary plat the was approved by the Hearing Examiner many years ago. It is being used now to determine the appraised value of the property that is being purchased as part of Phase 1 of the Lost Continent purchase. The second drawing shows the number of lots that could have been built, 8 + 18 + 9 = 35. (Note that with the Phase 1 purchase of the 25.5 acres, there will be no sewers and the 84 small lots shown on the plat will be replaced with 43 larger lots, and Phase 2 plans are to work with a land trust to purchase them.)
Appraised Value? The appraiser needs to determine the net value of those lots in today’s market that could run between $20K – $25K per lot. We heard the RCO does not consider the open space tracts that we had valued at $10K – $15K per acre. In either case we feel the price the property is being purchased for will be more than substantiated.