>Miscellaneous Items – 10/20/09

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Stray Dog?  We just were sent an email with a picture of a dog that showed up at an Illahee residence.  If anyone knows who this dog belongs to please call Rodney Mansfield or send us an email and we will pass the info on.
 
Passing of Long Time Residents.  We are sad to report the passing of two long time Illahee residents – Ron Grunden, age 78, on September 19, and Ed Fisher, age 95, on October 13.  Attached are the links to their obituaries in the Kitsap Sun.  It was from Ed Fisher that we were given a glimpse of the number of salmon that came up Illahee Creek to spawn in the early 1900’s.  There is a notation in the Illahee Community Plan that “He also remembers scooping salmon out of Illahee Creek (then referred to as Lamotte’s Creek) and bringing them home where his mother would smoke and can the fish for the winter.”
 
 
Timbers Edge Decision Appeal?  We have been asked if the Illahee Community is going to appeal the Commissioner’s Timbers Edge decision.  We haven’t been able to get an answer yet to that question.  We were told the written decision has to be prepared and sent out and then a 21 day period begins, during which an appeal must be filed.
 
Illahee Preserve Logs.  When the new parking lot at Almira was put built it was felt that the non-marketable logs should be put to some use, and they were therefore set aside.  It was good to see that a good use was found for them, and that the story made the front page of the Kitsap Sun.  Below is the link to the story.
 
University Point Dock Approved.  We reported on the hearing for this private dock in an earlier update, and attended the first hearing.  The hearing was continued to get the Suquamish Tribe’s input, and from what we hear other testimony was also given.  Below is the story in the Kitsap Sun that the dock was approved by the Hearing Examiner.
 
Illahee Community Club (ICC) Annual Meeting.  We just got word that the Illahee Community Club’s annual meeting will be held on November 14, 2009 at the Kitsap Regional Library on Sylvan Way, beginning at 1:30 pm.   The ICC meets quarterly with meetings in Feb, May, Aug, and Nov, with November being the annual meeting.  
 
ICC Membership.  Any Illahee resident is eligible to be a member and the dues are only $10 a year, which we understand will cover the rest of this year and 2010.  We have attached the membership form.
 
Jim Aho

>More Important Info – 8/20/09

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County Staff Recommends Approval of Private Dock.  We have been asked to advise residents that Kitsap County has recommended approval of a private dock in the University Point area.  This is in the area of the northern boundary of the Illahee Community.  Evidently there was only one person who was concerned about the project according to the staff report.  We were told this is likely the situation because very few in the community are aware that a private dock application was submitted.  We were forwarded a copy of the staff report that recommends the dock be approved and have provided the following link to the report: http://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/lu_env/he/reports/he-sr-08-62589.pdf
 
Dock Hearing is Thursday 8/27/09.  The hearing date is Thursday 8/27/09 at 10 am in case anyone is interested in attending.  The agenda is on the county website and we have attached the link to it below for your convenience.
 
 
Community Comments?  We have only received one email regarding the dock.
 
I’m having a hard time believing that I am hearing a private dock is being proposed for the University Point area.  I try to walk the beach area from Gilberton Creek south and can’t imagine a private dock in that area.  I thought the surrounding bluffs were “feeder” bluffs and that the county was considering shorelines as areas that needed some kind of protection.  I’m having a hard time comprehending what I am hearing and am hoping you can provide more information in your updates. 
 
PS  I’m also personally concerned about how I am to walk around this new dock.  My walks are already impeded by bulkheads that protrude out into the shoreline.
 
PS  I hope I’m not the only one concerned about this.  This seems like a really dumb idea, and has anyone thought of the winter storms during high tides, and the debris that is in the water.  Please pass my name and concerns on to anyone else you come across who is concerned.
 
Illahee Community Letter Attached.  The Illahee Community Letter concerning the Timbers Edge Development that is being hand distributed to residents is attached as two files.  (Some residents would like to see the letter sooner rather than later, or are concerned that those delivering the letters, might miss their property.) The distributed letter is printed on both sides of legal paper, but was provided to us as two separate files.   Side 1 / Side 2
 
Your Response is Needed!  The Illahee Community Club wants to hear from as many Illahee residents as possible regarding their agreement or disagreement with the Community’s “Proposal” to the developer and the county, and would like to let people respond by email if they want to save the cost of a stamp.  You can respond to info@illaheecommunity.com or to this update.  Two phone numbers are provided in the letter for those who have further questions.
 
Reminder (1):  Illahee Community Meeting, Sat (8/22/09), Library at 1:30 pm
 
Reminder (2):  Timbers Edge Appeal Hearing, Mon (8/24/09) evening, County Admin Building, at 7 pm
 
 
Jim Aho