The following was provided by Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson
Friends, there is more than one issue that Commissioners Price-Johnson and Homola have scheduled for discussion this week that have a huge impact on Island County residents, our rights and way of life.
Location (Unless otherwise noted): Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room (Room 102B Basement), Island County Annex Bldg., 1 NE 6thStreet, Coupeville, WA
- New Signage and Outdoor Lighting Standards (Public Hearing)
- Commissioners discuss Draft Ordinance on Discharge of Firearms
- Curbside Recycling (Public Hearing)
5:30 PM: New Signage and Outdoor Lighting Standards - You will want to look at the new wording – I find it vague and subject to your vision of Island County, my vision, and the
Commissioners’ visions. This is something you need to pay attention to! The proposed sign code can be found by following this link: http://www.islandcounty.net/planning/SignCodeUpdate.htm
PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR THE FIREARMS HEARING IS CHANGED TO DECEMBER 20TH!
9:00 AM: BOCC Reconvenes – Regular Agenda – (Regular Agenda Items include continued Commissioners’ discussion regarding draft ordinance on discharge of firearms)
1:00 PM: Public Hearing – Curbside Recycling
You most likely are up to speed on the shooting ordinance but you probably want to hear how the Commissioners will attempt to make it more palatable.
The Commissioners also need to hear from us about Curbside Recycling.
The following email I received (from former IC Commissioner Dick Caldwell) defines the issues very well.
“(I have submitted copies as letter to the editor, but do not expect to see them in print. I don’t think many people know about the hearing. Would you notify people on your lists about the hearing? The proposal will not affect people who are not customers of Island Disposal. Dick)
Following is testimony for the Public Hearing on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm regarding Ordinance C-143-12/SW-21-12 adopting new Island County Code Chapter 13.04.
We are submitting written rather than oral testimony because of the unusual and exceptionally inconvenient time you have chosen for this public hearing. Please have this testimony entered as part of the official record of this hearing.
We are opposed to this proposal to require all single-family residence customers of Island Disposal located in unincorporated Island County to pay for a new curbside recycle program because it is unnecessary and is not cost effective.
Curbside recycling is unnecessary in unincorporated Island County.
Island Disposal currently provides dependable and affordable residential trash pickup.
Recycle centers are conveniently located near most shopping centers in Island County.
Most of us deposit recycle material as part of a trip to a store near a recycle center so there is almost no extra time and travel required.
State Department of Ecology ranks Island County recycle rate for 2010 as better than most other counties (17 of 39), so the current voluntary system is working.
Curbside recycling in unincorporated Island County is not cost efficient.
If the cost of this proposal is $11.00 each month, residential customers like us, with one can weekly service would experience a rate increase of more than 63% for additional service that we do not need or want. And we would still need to take our glass to a recycle park!
The current system allows individuals to collect, separate and deliver recycle materials with almost no added time or travel cost. We rarely spend more than five minutes at the recycle park and drive only a few hundred feet out of our way to reach it.
Instead of minimal extra travel for individuals, this proposal would require large trucks traveling all over the island in order to collect recycle materials, and would require hiring people to separate recycle materials which individuals now do voluntarily. How does this make any sense?
Curbside recycling in unincorporated Island County may have unintended consequences.
If this proposal becomes law, some will discontinue Island Disposal service and will make dump runs as necessary to dispose of trash. If a significant number of residents drop residential trash pickup, the cost for residential service could increase for those remaining since the cost of trucks and drivers is relatively fixed.
We do not want to leave Island Disposal. We think they provide good service at a fair price, but we will not willingly buy a service that we do not need or want!
Please reject Ordinance C-143-12/SW-21-12.
Thank you for your consideration,
Dick and Joan Caldwell”
If you are unable to attend these meetings, I suggest you contact each Commissioner and let them know 1) you want to be updated regarding each issue, and 2) whether you support or oppose their proposed actions.
You may email the Commissioners at:
Kelly Emerson firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Homola email@example.com
Helen Price-Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by phone:
Office: (360) 679-7354
Fax: (360) 679-7381
Camano: (360) 629-4522 x7354
South Whidbey: (360) 321-5111 x7354
Camano Island Courthouse Annex:
360-387-3443, Ext. 0
Frankly, I find it really crappy that Price-Johnson and Homola have decided to address these very important issues during the week before Christmas. If I was in a poetic mood, I’m sure I could come up with some verses about how the “Grincheners” behaved the week before Christmas trying to have all the ordinances “tied up in a bow” before the end of the year. That ain’t no way to treat your taxpayers – no way
Thanks for your time and I apologize if you receive this more than once. Have a great week!
Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson
REPUBLICANS OF ISLAND COUNTY
Founding Member/Board of Directors