TALA POINT CLEARCUTTING INFORMATION MEETING

On July, 5, at the PLVC Board Meeting, 3pm, at Beach Club, Olympic Resource Management (ORM), formerly Pope, will discuss the clearcutting they will be doing on Tala Point. A 234 acre parcel on the hill across the bay from the Beach Club will be cut commencing the middle of August. Adrian Miller of ORM will discuss what, where and how the cut will take place. He will demonstrate the visibility of the cut from various places in Port Ludlow.
Separately, at the meeting John Fillers will discuss the Port Ludlow trails status.
All members of the Port Ludlow community are invited to attend.
Click the following link to see the entire meeting agenda: PLVC Meeting Agendas

Fireworks Prohibited on National Forests

Public Service Announcement: Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National Forest
Olympia, WA, June 29, 2018 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, fire officials want to remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all national forests.
“Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the Olympic National Forest,” says Micah Johnson, Zoned Fire Management Officer, “we welcome visitors to our public lands, however, we ask that everyone stay safe and deal with fire responsibly.”
Fireworks are banned on national forests at all times, regardless of weather conditions. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a fine of $5000 and/or up to six months in jail. Additionally, anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.
At this time, no other fire restrictions for the public are in place on the Olympic, but visitors are asked to be mindful of Washington’s increasingly dry conditions when visiting the national forest this summer.
If you plan on having a campfire, please remember:
  • Know before you go whether campfires are allowed where you are visiting and check if fire conditions have changed
  • Use a designated fire ring when available
  • Keep fires away from low-hanging vegetation
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby
  • Extinguish all campfires before leaving – remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave
Enjoy a great Fourth on your public lands, and play safely and conscientiously. Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at www.smokeybear.com.

WE WANT YOU TO JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) elections are coming up in October. Four Board of Directors seats are open for election, although two present Directors are planning to run for re-election.

Here is your opportunity to serve the Port Ludlow community and assist in maintaining our trails, recycling, monitoring our utilities, guide community development, emergency management, holiday lights, community welcome and many other valuable activities that make our lives better.

Unlike the SBCA and LMC, participation in the Village Council gives a broad look at the entire community and serves to help unify the various factions herein. Additionally, it offers the opportunity to work with various members of the County government and related service organizations.

For more information, contact Bill Dean below:

DOG PARK IN PORT LUDLOW?

At the request of some Port Ludlow dog owners, in August 2017 the Village Council formed a committee to research the possibility of creating a dog park in Port Ludlow. Phyllis and Glenn Waldenberg were appointed co-chairs. Our committee was joined by an equal number of North and South Bay residents. Much time and effort has been spent by many dedicated people and we thank them.

We wanted to know how much interest and support exists in Port Ludlow for a dog park? In a poll posted on Next Door, 70% of 120 responses said yes, they would support a dog park. Currently there are 275 dogs licensed in Jefferson County by owners living within Port Ludlow. Statistics suggest there may be twice as many unlicensed, since on average, 44% of households in the US own a pet.

We researched County land-use requirements, studied other parks to determine the size land needed, (one half to three quarters of an acre will do) common surfaces, costs of fencing, water, parking, insurance, signage, rules, waste equipment and removal and maintenance of the property. We investigated what type of volunteer organization is needed to raise funds to operate and maintain the park. Under the umbrella of Port Ludlow Village Council, the dog park committee could operate similar to the PLVC Trails Committee, which maintains the trails owned by Port Ludlow Associates and common areas.

After we gathered the information, in October 2017 we met with Port Ludlow Associates President Diana Smeland to inquire into the company’s interest, if any, in creating a dog park within the Master Planned Resort.

Ms. Smeland said in the future the company plans to build single family homes on property adjacent to Oak Bay Road, across from Admiralty Condos. The County requires the company to provide a park and playground within this new development. The park itself would be located on the corner of Oak Bay Road and Marina View Drive. The County could approve a dog park in place of the park and playground to meet this requirement. Ms Smeland said she believes this is an excellent location for a dog park because the resort is dog-friendly, and that guests as well as all Port Ludlow residents, could enjoy its easy access within walking distance of the Inn and Marina. Another benefit to the dog park in this location, in place of the park and playground, is that the large trees could be left in place for the dog park, but would have to be removed for the park and playground. We agreed to continue our investigation and prepare a proposal to meet again in late March of 2018.

On March 1, 2018, the proposal, complete with a site plan, aerial photos, location of fencing, parking, gates, pet waste and water stations, signage, benches, costs of all components needed, insurance, operation and annual maintenance, and how the property would be held,  was presented at the Village Council Board meeting. The committee received approval to present the proposal to Ludlow Maintenance Commission Board, Admiralty I & II Boards, and to Port Ludlow Associates.

On March 15, 2018, the proposal was presented to the Ludlow Maintenance Commission Board. Directors voiced opposition to the dog park in this location, citing concerns of noise, smell and traffic. On March 20, 2018 PLVC received a letter from the LMC Board, stating the Board supports a dog park, but is opposed to this location for the reasons listed above.

On April 4, 2018, in a meeting with Ms. Smeland, she said the County would not grant replacing the park and playground with a dog park if there was opposition to it. We reviewed other appropriately zoned areas within the MPR that could allow a dog park. Most areas include either very difficult terrain, lack of roads or easy access, wetlands, would most likely incur opposition and would require additional costs, leaving very limited possibilities for a dog park. We continue to look into alternatives. The idea of a dog park in Port Ludlow is not dead yet, but just barely breathing.

Phyllis Waldenberg
PLVC Dog Park Co-Chair

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)