Well here we go again with more information, all from Island County records again proving that there is not now nor never has been a wetland on Emerson’s property
A February 6 Public Documents Request regarding the short plat division of the parcels surrounding the Emerson’s home and Emerson’s parcel indicated the following:
Official county records confirmed NO WETLANDS or Sensitive lands existed during the original development of that area in 1994.
Additionally, the two adjacent properties to the north of Emerson’s property had new homes built in 2007 and on the upper lot and the property immediately to the rear of Emerson’s property which is actually closer to County’s PHONY WETLAND/ STREAM where another new building was put up in 2010 showed “NO WETLANDS” .
All of these other properties had their Building Permits approved by County Planning with NO WETLAND indications, despite being closer to the bogus wetland County claims exists on Emerson’s property.
Planning Director Bob Pederson, his enforcers, probably other Planning Department staff members, Commissioners Homola and Price-Johnson, State Department of Ecology and Steve Erickson of WEAN, who provided Planning staff his wetlands critique of Emerson’s wetland, all obviously ignored these documents in County’s record files
County even decided to challenge the documented facts stating no wetlands existed in a report prepared for Emersons by a state Certified and licensed Hydrogeologist Engineering Geologist, Steven Nuegebauer of the SNR Company
Pederson didn’t like the SNR Company report and he ordered Emersons provide a peer review for a second opinion report which they did
That report agreed with all the findings in the SNR Company, Nuegebauer report
Over 2 years have now passed and Pederson still demands Emersons resolve the wetland problems on their property before he will release the approved building permit
Our review of County documents included letters from Pederson but it was not clear if his “fines” ended with the $37,500 or if the $500/day was still being accessed
We found only letters from Pederson demanding Emerson’s pay fines and requesting authorization, BUTthere were NO LEGAL documents authorizing Pederson’s demands for payment or placing a lien on their property
Nothing has been done to by Pederson try to resolve this issue and Emersons remain in limbo trying to figure out what County’s next move will be; one way or another
Pederson recently stated to Emersons’ attorney, Justin Park, “…as to your belief that no wetland exists, this question can be easily answered by a site assessment performed in accordance with accepted methodology…I do not see any benefit to issuing a final decision unless the wetland and stream questions are first resolved”
What’s Pederson going to do now that Island County’s own records prove there are no wetlands on or near the Emerson’s property.
The entire wetland fiasco has been a bogus political sham that’s cost the Emersons thousands of dollars and wasted staff hours and tax dollars of County resources
To me that ?borders? on violations of:
RCW 42.20.040 False Report,
RCW 42.20.050, Public officer making false certificate, and/or
RCW.20.100, Failure of duty by a public officer, a misdemeanor???
Something is rotten in Coupeville and it’s called Island County Planning Department
THERE IS NOT, NOR HAS THERE EVER BEEN A WETLAND IN THAT AREA
Pederson’s plan has been, “If you try and don’t succeed, cheat. Repeat until caught. Then lie”…
BUT, ENUFF IS ENUFF PEDERSON; STOP… STOP IT NOW!