Brush Pickers Back. Just when we thought there were no brush pickers in the Illahee Preserve this winter, we received the following report:
On Friday I was walking my dog and I heard and saw 3-4 pickers harvesting in Illahee Preserve @ about 1:30pm.
Walking north from Compass Circle it was on the ridge to the left and across from the first East path intersection.
I called 911 and a unit was dispatched. I received a call from the officer who said he was in the Almira parking lot. @that time I was at the Riddell lot and explained if he walked in to the 2nd main N/S path and travel S he would find them and I would approach from the other side. I ended up running into two of them on my way. Of course there were no police. So I was detaining them hoping the police would soon arrive. So after having a discussion that it was illegal to be harvesting in the Preserve, I left. I called dispatch who had the officer call me again to find out that he was still sitting in the lot waiting for back up. I met them in the lot and escorted them to the area but by this time they were nowhere to be found. You can see the paths and the reduction in vegetation.
In addition to calling 911, you can also call 479-1049 and we can often get some others there to help find them.
Christmas Film Sales. We have had a number of residents purchasing Illahee DVDs for Christmas presents. One of the comments we received from those who saw the film at the Admiral Theater is the colors on the DVDs are much more vivid and bright than it was on the theater’s screen. The film was done in high definition (HD) which provides the great colors and is why there are also Blu-ray copies available. Simply call 479-1049 to have them delivered, or for more information about the film.
Culvert Report. The Illahee Creek culvert continues to be concern for many residents who remember the inconvenience caused by the washout of the Gilberton Creek culvert a few years ago. We took some photos on Saturday (12/15/12) to show what the area upstream of the culvert looks like, with the last two photos showing the left and right sides.
Port of Illahee Meeting. We have been attending the Port of Illahee meetings for years and mentioned to someone that it was an exciting meeting last Wednesday when four residents attended and commented on some current issues. We were then asked if we could put something out in an update so here is our report, which is unofficial as the Port minutes are posted on their website, though usually a month after the meeting. Normally there are only one or two residents who attend the meeting and not much interaction, but this time there was some controversy.
Illahee Store. The Illahee Store has been on the Port’s agenda for many years with not much happening, which is why at the community meeting in November the following was passed unanimously.
After lengthy discussion, a motion was made and seconded that the Port of Illahee actively pursue with due diligence the purchase of the Illahee store.
The concerns expressed at the Port meeting were that something needs to be done to move things forward as it was reported that the owners wanted to sell. The vacant store is an eyesore and in the past residents have had to clean up the area. Some would like to see it become a community center, and others a coffee shop, and other would like to see it be both. One of the big issues is the status of the old gasoline tanks, which need an environmental assessment. The Port has been investigating but evidently some of the residents want to see some action taken.
Flag Pole. This was the really big issue of the evening with some wanting the flag pole moved because it restricts movement past parked cars, and others stating it has been there for years, was put in by the community, and is a community landmark. There were some emotional statements and the Port Commissioners asked the person who wanted it moved to bring them some estimates. Someone suggested the community be queried to determine its position; either FOR or AGAINST or DON’T CARE, so if you want to get in on the decision, we will pass on your sentiments, or do so to one of the commissioners via their website portofillahee.com.
Port Meeting Sign. Another suggestion was for the Port to put up a sign by the flag pole a few days before their monthly meeting as a reminder for residents who would like to attend. A sandwich board was offered up by one of the attendees and Port Commissioner Cassie Magill said she would make up the sign.
Trash Report. There are two trash dumping incidents to report. One at the Almira parking lot, and the other a mattress along Thompson Lane.
Past Updates Saved. Some have commented they save these updates. They are already saved and can be accessed on the community website illaheecommunity.com. In addition they can also be searched by subject matter, which is why we put headings on each paragraph.