Community Information Meeting ORM Timber Harvest

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
BAY CLUB AUDITORIUM – 3:30 PM

Olympic Resource Management (ORM), has advised that they are going to commence timber harvesting operations in mid-February on the 91-acre tract of land called ‘Miller Time’ (see map below). It is located between Paradise Bay Road and the previous PLA harvest near the Woodridge Village in South Bay. Harvested trees will be removed from the site south on Teal Lake Road and the parcel will be replanted for future harvest. This harvest has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources.

ORM will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, February 8 from 3:30 to 5 pm, in the Bay Club Auditorium to discuss their specific plans and impacts the harvesting will have on area residents.

For further information, contact Adrian Miller, at 360-697-6626, amiller@orminc.com

PORT LUDLOW CLINIC AESTHETICS

Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn advised the PLVC yesterday that they are undertaking a review of the appearance of the Port Ludlow Clinic. In an email to PLVC President Bill Dean, Mr. Glenn indicated they are working for exterior and landscaping improvements which will address concerns that have been raised by the PLVC. Discussions on the esthetics of the clinic building started with PLA and later PLA and Jefferson Healthcare. They have been ongoing since November 2017, and although details of any enhancements are still unknown, the full contents of Mr. Glenn’s email will be announced at the PLVC meeting on Thursday, February 1, at 3pm and the Bay Club.

NOTICE TO WATER SYSTEM USERS FROM OLYMPIC WATER & SEWER, INC.

COLIFORM MAXIMUM CONTAMINATE LEVEL (MCL) EXCEEDED – NON-ACUTE MCL AND TEMPORARY WATER SYSTEM CHLORINATION

Beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018 we will be feeding a small amount of chlorine which will possibly become apparent at the customer taps. This is being done as part of the investigation of a routine bacteriological sample testing positive for Total Coliform (negative for possible disease causing e-coli and fecal coliform). Please see “PRECAUTIONS” below for more information.

AFFECTED AREA: The South Bay service area lying east of the Ludlow Creek and the North Bay service area east of Oak Bay Road. Additional to this are customers on Osprey Ridge downhill of Wren Ct. including the commercial development containing Snug Harbor Cafe, Dental Office, Sound Bank and Coldwell Banker. The area is served by Wells 14 and 16 and Reservoirs C and D

THE REASON: OLYMPIC WATER & SEWER, INC. Water System, I.D. 68700L, located in Jefferson County submitted routine drinking water samples to a certified laboratory for the month of December 2017 for total coliform analysis. The sample was collected on December 13, 2017.

The test results indicated that there was Total Coliform bacteria present in the sample but no fecal or E. Coli.

 The samples were taken from routine sample stations at 142 Crestview Drive and 92 Dunsmuir Rd. Because of the configuration of the water pipes, we are confident that the only properties potentially affected are in the South Bay Service area and (south and east) of Oak Bay Road with the exception of the Loomis Properties Commercial area.

PRECAUTIONS: Since only Total Coliform has been detected, there is no immediate health risk to our customers. If an immediate health risk had existed, you would have been notified right away. However, as a precaution the Washington State Department of Health has recommend that if you are currently taking chemotherapy, undergoing kidney dialysis, or have an immune deficiency you may want boil water. Total Coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves, however any indication of contamination is thoroughly investigated.

INVESTIGATION: The following investigation and follow up actions are being taken in consultation with Washington State Department of Health:

All of the wells and storage reservoirs that serve the area were tested for total coliforms. The samples from the wells were negative, however the reservoirs on Teal Lake Rd. and at the top of Highland Drive (past the golf course pro shop) tested positive as well as the follow up sample from the original sampling areas on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd. Weeks of flushing and retesting have provided results that are indicating low level coliform to no coliform results that are very inconsistent. Due to those inconsistent results chlorination is the next step in eliminating the coliform.

Summary of Samples and Lab Analysis: (all negative fore-coli)

  • Initial samples on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Follow up on samples on Crestview Drive and Dunsmuir Rd.: Positive for Total Coliform
  • Wells 14 and 16: Negative for all coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir C (Highland Drive): Positive for Total Coliform
  • Sample at Reservoir D (Teal Lake ): Positive for Total Coliform

While we continue our investigation we have decided that the most efficient way to cure the problem is through a light chlorination. We will continue this for up to two weeks, or until all of our follow up samples show that the problem has been corrected.

While we strive to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers, unfortunately situations such as this do occur periodically in a non-chlorinated system. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please do not hesitate to call us with questions.

Sincerely,

Larry Smith
President
(360) 437-8246 direct
(360) 437-2101 main office

Greg Rae
Operations Supervisor
(360) 437-7898

Email:  owsi@portludlowassociates.com

Below is further information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding Total Coliform.

The following is mandatory language required by the Environmental Protection Agency in these situations.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliforms is a possible health concern.  Total coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves.  The presence of these bacteria in drinking water, however, generally is a result of a problem with water treatment or the pipes which distribute the water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated with organisms that can cause disease.  Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headaches and fatigue.  These symptoms, however, are not just associated with the disease causing organisms in drinking water, but may also be caused by a number of other factors other than your drinking water.  EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for total coliforms to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects.  Drinking water which meets this standard is usually not associated with a health risk from disease-causing bacteria and should be considered safe.

Jefferson PUD Staff Recommendation to Install Smart Meters

To: PLVC Board
From: PLVC Utilities Committee
Subject: Jefferson PUD Staff Recommendation to Install Smart Meters
Date: November 21, 2017

The Utilities Committee met today with Jefferson PUD Commissioner Wayne King and Acting General Manager Kevin Streett, concerning the PUD staff’s recommendation to install new Itron Smart Meters replacing a “hodgepodge” of old and failing electric meters throughout the service territory. There is a small minority of customers organized as the Smart Meters Objections Group (SMOG) that have raised concerns and objections to moving forward with this project. Their concerns center upon privacy, radio frequency (RF) emissions, and other miscellaneous issues. We reviewed these issues and believe they have very little merit. This statement is based on the career backgrounds of several Committee members.

Kevin summarized for the Committee the advantages of installing the meters which included:

  1. More accurate meter readings. Many of the analog meters are up to 40 years old and are losing or have lost 1 – 3 percent accuracy. It is estimated that by installing the new smart meters, the PUD could realize an additional $1.1M revenue per year which is a conservative estimate. In addition, the old meters are failing by the hundreds per year. The PUD can’t keep up with the second hand purchasing of enough old meters needed to work in present system we inherited from    Note –  is there is not a current supplier for the older-style analog electric meters.
  2. The crew time to repair/replace meters is very costly and takes away time from other top priority
  3. The required staff time monthly is substantial to read meters. Also, two on-site visits to the subject property are required to disconnect and reconnect meters, due to moving, late bill payment, or when asked to do so by the Fire Department. Again – substantial staff time is
  4. The PUD currently is paying over $300K per year to an outside vendor for reading some meters. Implementing smart meters throughout the service territory would eliminate this
  5. The recommended smart meters will avoid the above problems as they will send information to PUD where meters can be read, and remotely turned off and on. Also, the individual customer can take better control of their electric usage and monitor via a website should they choose to do
  6. Most important is the automatic notification to the PUD of outages – a huge concern to the aging population of Port Ludlow. Installing smart meters will save crew time and reduce the response and length of outages. During a storm event, PUD crews can earn double or even triple overtime in an effort to restore

The above advantages of having the smart meters installed will save the PUD ratepayers somewhere between $1 million and $1.5 million per year. The cost of the new smart meters and installation would be amortized in less than three years if the project were implemented in a one-year timeframe. From a fiscal, operations, and efficiency standpoint it makes sense for the PUD to move forward with this project.

The Utilities Committee therefore recommends to the PLVC Board that the Board write an email to the three Commissioners (commissioners@jeffpud.org) recommending installation of the smart meters ASAP and that Port Ludlow Community would be glad to be first in line.

Enclosure: Article which appeared in The Leader on November 8, 2017.

Russ Michel
PLVC Utilities Committee Chair

(Note: This memo was approved unanimously at the Utilities Committee meeting on November 21, 2017)

OSPREY TRAIL PROGRESS

The new Osprey trail gets better and better all the time. When the trail opened on May 5, 2017 it included 139 log steps. The trail now has a 182 steps and counting. Last Wednesday the Fun Day Trails crew installed an additional 35 steps and they did some shoring to make the trail safer. However, the trail still needs more work. The estimate is that an additional 30 to 40 steps are required plus more shoring of the trail sides.

You might wonder why we are putting so much effort into one trail. The answer is that this is a very special trail. When you hike this trail, which is surrounded by houses, it’s like you are in the deep woods. You can’t see any of the houses. You can only see the woods and in the winter the small stream that runs down the middle of the ravine.

At first, I also thought this was a trail too far, but I’m surprised at how many people have said that they love this trail. Yesterday, when I went back to review what we did (i.e., counting the log steps), I met a young man who said he walks this trail at lunch time every day.

This Fun Day crew (see below) did an excellent job making this trail a pleasure to walk. It’s not easy to carry the logs to where they are needed, dig out a place for each log and then secure the log with rebar. I wish to give a big thanks to the Fun Day crew below for making our trails better and better.

Happy Trails,

John Fillers
Trails Committee Chairman

NOVEMBER 2 2017 -BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

LAST CHANCE before election day to ask about Proposition 1 and the Sheriff’s Petition for additional deputies.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
November 2, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Beach Club

AGENDA

  • County Commissioner Report, Kathleen Kler
  • County Department of Community Development (DCD) Report, David Wayne Johnson
  • PLA Developer Report, President Smeland
  • Community Interest Reports
    • Election Forum, October 9 – Pat Page
    • Emergency Management, Danille Turissini
  • Citizen Comments two (2) minutes each
  • PLVC Internal Reports/Actions
    • Secretary – Pat Page
      • September Minutes
      • October Minutes
      • Correspondence
    • Treasurer – October report – Paul Wynkoop
    • Finances Ad Hoc Committee, Bill Dean
    • Food Bank Donation, Gil Skinner

PLVC ELECTS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

The following were elected to the Board of Directors and the Annual Meeting on October 5, 2017:
  • Paul Hinton
  • Pat Page
  • Caleb Summerfelt
  • Phyllis Waldenberg
  • Paul Wynkoop
And the Directors elected the following as officers:
  • Bill Dean – President
  • Tam McDearmid – Vice President
  • Pat Page – Secretary
  • Paul Wynkoop – Treasurer
Click on the following link to review the see the: PLVC Year in Review It summarizes the many and varied activities of the Council during the past year.

PLVC 2017!

The purpose of the PLVC as stated in our Article of Incorporation continues to be threefold: Be a unifying force by building consensus, maintain and preserve trails and open space, promote the general interests of the community. To accomplish those purposes, the past year has seen the settlement of the tree harvest dispute in conjunction with LMC

REGISTER TODAY! Emergency Prep Workshop Series for Vulnerable People.

The Port Ludlow Village Council Emergency Management Committee (PLVC-EM) will host STEPUP, a two-part “Special Training in Emergency Preparedness for Unique People”, on Monday, September 18, from 1pm-4pm, at the Beach Club, and 1pm-4pm, Wednesday, September 20, at the Bay Club. Unique people in this context are those with disabilities, Senior Citizens and the vulnerable population

Deb Reithmeyer, Program Coordinator for Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM), will facilitate the two-part workshop that will cover many unique topics, including sheltering in place, caring for your service animal or pet during a disaster, compiling your important documents prior to a disaster, among other related topics.

STEPUP is sponsored by the JCDEM and offered free of charge. However, seating is limited at both venues, so please pre-register today with Deb at dreithmeyer@co.jefferson.wa.us or 360-344-9728 so she knows how many people to expect. There will be a drawing for a Stuffed Grab and Go Backpacks at each session, but you must be present to win.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about how to get ready and/or help your neighbors to do the same by becoming a PLVC-EM volunteer.