PLVC Board Summary

by Chris Dean, PLVC Secretary

PLVC Board Members attending the April 6, 2023, meeting: David McDearmid, Ken Sondergard, Randy Edwards, Joan Johnston, Jane Holmes, Tam McDearmid, Dave Jurca, Paul Hinton, Chris Dean.

Stakeholder Updates

Diana Smeland-President, Port Ludlow Associates addressed the recent occurrence of pink water in North Bay which was caused by excess potassium permanganate in the supply of water in well #2. The tank has been flushed and the Department of Health has been alerted. If somebody is still experiencing discolored water, they should contact Jason at OWSI. Even though it poses no immediate health threat, it is suggested that residents not drink the water until it is running clear. OWSI has submitted a rate increase request to the State Utilities and Transportation Commission, and there will be a hearing on April 13. A County permit was issued to begin work on Olympic Terrace 2, Phase 2.

Greg Brotherton-Jefferson County Commissioner, District 3 shared that the county will have its own radio show on KPTZ beginning April 14 and running every Friday from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. The Commissioners will rotate speaking on various topics with the first broadcast focusing on the fairgrounds. A series of Commissioner outreach meetings are scheduled, and one is to be held in Port Ludlow. A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the 7th Haven apartment project providing 43 units of affordable housing in Port Townsend. Occupants will begin moving in on April 15. A letter was submitted to Governor Inslee and the Department of Transportation regarding the proposed Hood Canal Bridge closures this summer and it suggested mitigation steps to reduce the impacts. Construction of two roundabouts on Hwy. 104 has been postponed until 2024. Fish barrier work will be conducted on Hwy. 101 through the summer requiring various detours. The state mandate requiring masking has been rescinded as of April 11; contact tracing has been discontinued.

Dan Toepper-PUD Commissioner advised that a celebration of the tenth anniversary of public power and the buyout from PSE is planned for April 11. Broadband buildout work is scheduled for late summer starting in the south county.

Committee Reports

Phil Otness-Maritime Port Ludlow Bay has been quiet this winter. One sailing vessel posed a problem but left after 45 days. A busy summer is expected.

Larry Scott-Trails The benches at Picnic Point have been reset after damage done by a king tide. The committee has begun to widen parts of the Timberton Trail at the starting point of the new McCormick trail. The new trail is projected to open in late fall or early winter and will be approximately a 2.5 miles loop. Larry thanked Jennie Wesdal for treating the work crew to blueberry muffins.

An LMC/SBCA Joint Dog Park Proposal south of Olympic Terrace 2 was discussed and no motion was made.

Board Business

Paul Hinton-Treasurer presented the financial report for the month ending March 31, 2023. It was decided to return to in-person workshop and Board meetings. An ad hoc committee was formed to draft a request to the Utilities and Transportation Commission to delay the decision on OWSI’s water rate increase until required information has been provided and evaluated.

Citizen Comments

If the County were involved in a dog park, it would have to be open to the public, it would be very expensive, and it would take a long time to get approved and developed.

Village Council Meetings

Board Meeting — Thursday, May 4, 3 p.m. — Beach Club

Workshop Meeting — Tuesday, May 16, 3 p.m. — Bay Club