As we reflect back on the year, we are pleased to report another successful year of accomplishments for the Village Council. The Board of Directors and its one hundred plus volunteer committee members have contributed their time and talents towards fulfilling its mission to be a unifying force, to protect, promote and preserve the community of Port Ludlow.

The Community Welcome Event, Health & Wellness seminars and Movie Night brought North Bay and South Bay members of the community together, while also exposing Port Ludlow to the outside world. We added colorful Banners on the median at the Village Center, highlighting the activities that make Port Ludlow such a great place to live. In that same view, the Holiday Lights brighten our Holiday season. The Trails Committee has fine-tuned its mission to focus on maintaining rather than expanding. With 31 miles of trails already in place, there is plenty to do, not to mention the re-staining of the beautiful gazebo at Picnic Point. Emergency Management has collaborated more closely with the County Department of Emergency Management and as a result is working to establish a centralized Neighborhood Operations Center (NOC). The recruitment and training of Block Captains to be the eyes and ears of our community in an emergency continued successfully. We’re not just preparing for the “Big One” but for those more common events such as power outages, snow/ice storms, or even the increasing threat of wildfires. Our emergency planning will provide structure, information and communication throughout the community and be in constant touch with all available resources.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the heroes listed on the Honor Roll attached to this review. Their enthusiasm and willingness to accomplish many good things for the benefit of the rest of us, makes our little corner of the country a very unique and special place to live and play. Make sure to give them a great big THANK YOU.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Bill Dean


Administration — Chair: Tamra McDearmid
Maintain and update organizational and procedural policies  

The Administration Committee is credited with the complete review and development of the Village Council’s Policies and Procedures document, which was an 18-month project. This document was approved by the Board of Directors at its September, 2019 meeting. In addition, the organization’s Bylaws were amended this year to give clarity to implementing procedural changes.

Admin is also responsible for the administration of the yearly Board Election. A team was formed to produce the Election Ballot Packet, and another team handled the ballot counting during the month of September prior to the Annual Meeting when the results are announced.


Communications — Chair: Steve Frenzl

Provide streamlined communications to share relevant community/area information and maintain contact with the community regarding PLVC activities through its website, email announcements as well as continued archiving of both Council and community important documents.

Paramount in any organization’s success is the communication it provides to its community. PLVC has had an extremely effective system that was initiated last year and fine-tuned in 2019 to provide a streamlined communications process which gives us the opportunity to share relevant community/area information and maintain contact with the community regarding Village Council activities through its website and email notifications. In addition, the Council continues to archive important documents both for the Council and the overall community for easy retrieval and review. Special thanks goes to webmaster Caleb Summerfelt for his professional efforts to manage all aspects of the Council’s electronic communications and archives.

Community Development — Chair: Dave McDearmid
Maintain a relationship with the developer, the county and neighboring property owners.

The Community Development Committee plays a pivotal role in the relationship between the Village Council and our developer, Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) This Committee meets with PLA representatives regularly during the year to discuss and act on several matters in support of its charter. This year those tasks included:

    • contact with the Economic Development Council Team Jefferson to identify opportunities to attract businesses to Port Ludlow
    • tracking events leading to the change of ownership at the Contract Post Office and helping facilitate its uninterrupted operation
    • enhancements of the Village Center
    • extending the Port Ludlow No Shooting Zone to include the entire MPR
    • refurbishment of roadside signs welcoming people to Port Ludlow
    • research of a dog park (current status inactive)
    • coordinating with local food vendors to provide additional options for residents
    • researching community Holiday Tree in the Village Center area

Emergency Management — Chair: Danille Turissini
Establish and maintain a disaster-based emergency plan for Port Ludlow working with county and state agencies. 

By all accounts, this has been a banner year for Emergency Management. The most notable addition was the introduction of the Neighborhood Operation Center (NOC). The NOC will serve as the consolidation point for community wide information during a disaster. The NOC will be the mechanism that communicates with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center if the necessity for outside resources arises. In September, the Committee members participated in a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the NOC and in October, the Port Ludlow Community Church agreed to serve as the location for the newly formed NOC.

In addition, the Block Captain Program now has a standardized curriculum, so that training and resources are consistent throughout the entire Master Planned Resort as well as being in sync with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM).

The Committee also hosted a seminar titled, When the Lights Go Out which went into great detail about home generators and other components of survival. During the Third Annual Emergency Management Fair, attendees were treated to a neighborhood mapping role play of a simulated wildfire response. Planning is in process for participation in the Great Washington Shake-Out drill in later October to enhance readiness for an earthquake event.

Health and Wellness — Co-Chairs Paul Hinton and Phyllis Waldenberg
Provide to the community Health and Wellness events sponsored by PLVC and others. 

The Health and Wellness Committee had a successful year under the Chairmanship of Phyllis Waldenberg and Paul Hinton with the support, wisdom, and enthusiasm of Steve Frenzl, Pat Lohrey, and Pat Page.

When the committee was first re-formed in 2018 it was envisioned that it would have monthly meetings and take a largely medical point of view. In 2019 a change of direction was planned and quarterly meetings were established with a central theme involving serious life events and how to live through them. These were remarkably successful due not only to the topic but more importantly to the quality of the presentations. A debt of gratitude is owed to Karen Griffith and Judy McCay for the End of Life Planning Seminar; to Steve Frenzl for the Life Alone Presentation; and to Barbara Bethiaume for Transitions-Coping with Life’s Changes.

The attendance with the quarterly presentations far exceeded that of 2018. The Committee was extremely effective in identifying a need and responding to that demand.

Holiday Lights — Chair: Dave McDearmid
A sparkling holiday tradition at the median in the Village.

Port Ludlow’s Holiday Light tradition has brought a sparkle and shine to our Village Center for many years. Up before Thanksgiving, remaining through the Holiday Season, we’ve come to

depend on these decorations as part of our annual celebration. Much appreciated is the work of WAVE Broadband who donate their crews and bucket trucks to help in the loftier elevations of the trees. As always, none of this would happen without the help of community volunteers.

Fundraising efforts to support this activity were again successful. Thanks go to the many donors who gave generously to support our efforts.

Maritime — Chair: Phil Otness
Monitor boating activity and provide a safe Port Ludlow Bay experience.

The Port Ludlow Marine committee has worked hard to continue to maintain a safe, inviting and friendly bay. As a result of these efforts, Port Ludlow’s bay continues to host an increasing number of visitors each year. The biggest challenge with the increase in tourism is the up-tick in the use of standup paddleboards, kayaks, and other water transportation often by novices or beginners who are unaware of the risks inherent in their sport.

A precautionary measure is currently under discussion with the Marina and LMC regarding the replacement of the entrance buoy, which will emphasize the speed limits and improve safety in Ludlow Bay. The Committee stayed on top of boats visiting the harbor, posting notices on those over the 30-day limit. An incident with one vessel required the sheriff’s office to intervene, but the boat was finally removed.

Movie Night — Chair: Pat Page
A community wide event inviting participation from outside Port Ludlow while encouraging locals and tourists alike to enjoy an outdoor movie on the marina lawn.

The 5th anniversary of Movie Night was celebrated on August 24th by showing Free Willy on the Marina Lawn to a crowd of 517 people. There were 263 from Jefferson County; 217 attendees from Kitsap and Clallam counties; 28 from other states and 9 attendees from other countries.

Publicity for the event included articles in the Voice, PLVC eBlasts, street signage in Port Ludlow and Poulsbo as well as flyers posted on all the local ferry routes. Social media outlets included Facebook and the PLVC Web Page.

Once again there was generous financial support from Port Ludlow as well as surrounding communities. A total of $9,400 was raised and in addition, Port Townsend Vineyards provided samples of their varietal wines at a very special cost for sale at the Port Ludlow Fireside Inn during the week before our event. There were also raffle sales, vendor booth fees, business and community contributions. After expenses of $6,700 a surplus of $2,700 was generated for the Council.

The Movie Night volunteers were a magnificent group and parking was beautifully managed by Peace Lutheran Church members, Pam and Steve Kelly. Highway Specialties provided signage, banners, and parking barriers. Dave and Tam McDearmid made our vendor appreciation signs look professionally done while Tam handled the PLVC booth.

Recycling — Recycling Chair: Austin Kerr
Monitor Recycling Center activity and maintain communication with solid waste removal providers. 

Port Ludlow Associates continues to host recycling bins in the Village Center. These bins serve a wide area of the County. The volume of recycled materials in those bins, and in the County generally, has increased substantially in the last year. The Port Ludlow bins continue to be among the least contaminated in the County (which means that almost every user is following the rules.) Some recycling sites in Jefferson County have closed because of contamination and illegal dumping. Following County recycling guidelines (posted on the bins) is essential. Successfully selling of recycled plastics, glass, cans, paper and cardboard requires avoiding contamination from materials that do not belong in the bins.

Roadway Safety — Co-Chairs: Steve Frenzl and Allan Kiesler
Monitor Port Ludlow Roadways and make recommendations to the County for improved infrastructure, lighting and signage.

Based on the Roadway Safety Committee’s recommendations, in May 2019 Jefferson County Public Works contracted a Seattle-based traffic consulting firm to study safety conditions at the intersections adjacent to the Beach Club and Bay Club. The study also included the zones along Oak Bay and Paradise Bay Roads where community trails cross the highway at numerous points. The traffic consultant has completed the study and drafted a report to Public Works with recommendations for improvements and we await the County’s determination.

Trails & Natural Resources — Chair: Tim Rensema
Develop and maintain the trails and natural resources of the community and promote community awareness and appreciation of the established walking and biking trails.   

Looking back on 2019, it has been a year of transition from trail construction to a purely maintenance mode. Current goals include maintenance and engendering natural resource awareness. Over the coming years, Trails will continue to transition into supporting educational goals of nature appreciation.

There has been a move to small groups and individual oriented mode of project maintenance. Perhaps the largest “group” project undertaken was the washing, sanding, and re- staining of the gazebo at picnic point. This project considerably enhanced the value of picnic point as a rest and relaxation site for our community. Plans are to continue these improvements in the future.

In response to educating the community, historic interpretive signs were installed in the marina area and along Oak Bay Road. Pictures of Old Port Ludlow point out interesting sites such as the old cemetery, the Admiralty Inn, and the water reservoir. In future, natural resource interpretive signs are being considered for enhancement of our trails.

The Scotch Broom Pull continues annually and signs are the noxious weed is close to removal along the main roads. This will continue as well as starting a Tansy ragwort removal program.

Of procedural import is the completion of Maintenance Agreements with LMC, PLA, and SBCA to ensure the community continues to work and provide a safe and enjoyable trails program for Port Ludlow in concert with the land owners of the trails.

Utilities — Utilities Chair: Russ Michel
Maintain communications with all utilities which affect Port Ludlow.

The main focus this past year has been monitoring the OWSI Water Treatment Project. Since learning that this project is being required by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the Utilities Committee has been working on behalf of the ratepayers. This has included many meetings with OWSI and State agencies as well as public testimony at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) surcharge hearing. The Cultural and Historical Reviews have been completed and HDR Engineers is currently designing the project. The next step is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review by the County. Following SEPA approval, building permits need to be obtained and final engineering completed. Then construction can begin. The estimated timeline to get the project online is two years once construction begins. In an effort to keep the community informed, OWSI is developing a website that should be online soon.

Welcome Event — Co-Chairs: Phyllis Waldenberg and Pat Page
An annual event to encourage the newcomers to Port Ludlow to meet and speak to the social, sports, business, and service organizations of the community.

The Community Welcome Event, a joint activity funded by the Village Council (PLVC), LMC and SBCA, has been managed by the Village Council’s Welcome Committee for the past few years. The purpose of the event is to invite Port Ludlow residents (long and short term) who would like to learn more about the current social, sports and service organizations as well as local businesses in Port Ludlow.

The event was held at the Bay Club on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4-6 pm. The weather was a pleasant 70 degrees and partly sunny. We hosted an estimated 85 Port Ludlow residents equally divided between North and South Bay. Forty-six organizations and six business participated and provided information to residents.

As always, there were many volunteers who made the event run smoothly. Additionally, Port

Ludlow Brokers donated three beautiful food baskets for the raffle.

The evaluations received included positive comments indicating a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, excellent organization, good food, great to see the businesses participate and good face-to-face conversations.

PLVC Volunteer Honor Roll 2019

Arlene Alen-Movie Night
Bakst, Jay-Emergency Management
Belmont, Brian- Community Development
Berthiaume, Barbara-Community Welcome
Best, Karen-Community Development
Bense, Willie-Emergency Management
Bima, Jamie-Community Welcome
Bodman, Fran-Community Welcome
Boock, Mike-Community Development
Chanpong, Gail-Emergency Management
Chanpong, Robert-Utilities Couch, Bill-Hood Canal Bridge
Crooks, John-Emergency Management
Darrow, Dan-Trails
Darrow, Soozie-Trails
Dawson, Ron-Emergency Management
Dean, Bill-Officer
Dean, Chris-Community Development Deering, Randy-Director
Diehl, Piper-Movie Night
Doggett, Ken-Trails
Ely, Beth-Trails
Fillers, John-Trails
Ford, Bob-Trails
Franzel, Phil-Utilities & Recycling
Franzel, Sally-Roadway Safety
Frenzl, Steve-Officer
Gagnier, Ann-Movie Night Gerstenberger, Cheri-Hood Canal Bridge
Gerstenberger, Chuck-Hood Canal Bridge
Goldwood, John-Trails
Govert, Adele-Community Welcome Green, Tink-Emergency Management
Grieves, Dick-Community Development
Hamilton, Rob-Emergency Management Hammond, Steve-Officer
Henry, Russ-Emergency Management
Hinton, Paul-Officer
Huber, Doug-Roadway Safety
Jurca, Dave-Community Development
Kerr, Austin-Utilities & Recycling
Kiesler, Allan-Director
Kiesler, Nancy-Community Welcome
Lazarus, Bill-Community Welcome
Lloyd, Clydene-Community Welcome
Lohrey, Pat-Emergency Management
Makarowski, Mark-Trails
Makarowski, Maureen-Trails McClung, Ron-Movie Night
McDearmid, Dave-Holiday Lights
McDearmid, Tamra-Director
Merritt, Marlene-Community Welcome Meryhew, Mary Ellen — Community Welcome
Michel, Russ-Utilities & Recycling
Moffit, Jim-Emergency Management Montone, Lori-Community Welcome Morgan, Dean-Community Welcome Mount, Marrily-Trails
Muller, Jim-Trails
Munger, Ginny-Emergency Management
Myers, Richard-Trails
Navone, Jane-Trails
Nilsseon, Mike-Community Development
Otness, Phil — Maritime
Page, Bob-Community Welcome
Page, Pat-Officer
Peterson, Brian-Emergency Management Petrick, Dana-Community Development Ralls, Jan-Movie Night
Ratigan, Dan-Movie Night
Rensema, Tim-Trails
Riley, Kate-Emergency Management
Rothwell, Sandy-Community Welcome
Satterly, Tom-Trails
Schuch, Denny-Trails
Shadrick, Susan-Emergency Management
Simpson, John-Welcome Event Skinner, Gil-Director
Smeland, Diana-Movie Night
Smith, Rick-Emergency Management
Stapleton, Kris-Community Welcome
Summerfelt, Caleb-Communications/Archive
Sweet, John-Roadway Safety
Tallerico, Pete-Welcome Event
Tallerico, Vicki-Community Welcome
Towner, Mike-Director
Turissini, Danille-Emergency Management
Umbreit, Terry-Holiday Lights
Wagner, Al-Trails Ward, Kori-Movie Night
Waldenberg, Glenn-Community Welcome
Waldenberg, Phyllis-Health & Wellness
Watson, Laurie-Welcome Event Wells, Linda-Community Welcome
Whiting, Harlen-Emergency Management
Wills, Dale-Emergency Management
Wills, Debbie-Emergency Management


The Port Ludlow Village Council has had a busy and community-building year, from completing one new trail while maintaining others, working with Jefferson Healthcare to enhance the Port Ludlow Clinic’s exterior, hosting county political candidate forums, realizing substantial growth of the Emergency Management activities, holding the annual Newcomer Welcome Event and various Health & Wellness forums, and managing the Movie Night while developing our new logo and mission statement to reinvigorate our purpose to unify and improve our great community.

To all our committee chairs, generous contributors and volunteers, a huge debt of gratitude is owed to you for your commitment and generosity throughout the year.  We simply would not be the Port Ludlow we know and love without you. Following is a compilation of the goals, objectives and accomplishments of those who work so hard year-round to make our community a place to enjoy. An Honor Roll of the volunteers is included at the end of the review.

Administration— Maintain and update organizational and procedural policies.

Chair:  Tamra McDearmid

The Committee worked to update the Policy and Procedures consistent with the revised Articles and Bylaws.  In addition, they established new procedures for the election, which were tested for the 2018 election.  Both of these activities will be finalized and recommended for board approval in the near future.

CommunicationsProvide streamlined communications to share relevant community/area information and maintain contact with the community regarding PLVC activities through its website, email list as well as continued archiving of important documents.

Chair: Caleb Summerfelt

PLVC’s communication efforts were well received this year with the most commonly visited web pages being the Osprey Trail Progress and Emergency Management Information.  The information provided regarding the change in Jefferson County Property Tax process was particularly effective in March of this year.  As of September this year the PLVC website hosted 6,259 unique views with the most common inquiries going to HOA’s and CC&R’s, and information about Recycling.  Additionally, the PLVC Archive was moved to a more secure platform.

The newly implemented E-blast schedule has worked very well, whereby the community is notified two weeks prior to an upcoming event and a follow-up blast is sent two days prior to an event.  This has resulted in increased attendance at many of the PLVC sponsored community functions.

Community DevelopmentMaintain a relationship with the developer, the county and neighboring property owners.

Chairs: Dave McDearmid and Dave Jurca

The Community Development Committee transitioned this year with a change in leadership and committee members.  They continue to be committed to a proactive approach to identify and fulfill activities in support of the committee’s charter which is to: (1) maintain a relationship with the developer to keep lines of communications open to share important development activities with the community, assist with compliance to the Development Agreement and County regulations, address the feasibility of additional developments and/or enhancements the community desires, and address the “workings” of the MPR after the build-out is complete; (2) maintain a relationship with appropriate County officials to support the remaining build-out of the MPR, preserve and maintain the intent of the MPR after the Development Agreement, and address issues that may arise requiring the County’s intervention; and, (3) foster relationships with neighboring property owners, such as Olympic Resource Management, to address activities that may impact the MPR.

Dog ParkAn investigation into the possibility of a dog park within the Master Planned Resort of Port Ludlow. 

Co-chairs: Phyllis and Glenn Waldenberg

The committee members took an informal poll of residents, which showed that 70 per cent of the respondents would support a dog park.  Based on these results, the committee researched other dog parks in the area, investigated costs, and determined the specific costs, requirements and codes.  They then met with the representative from Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) to determine a site for the park. PLA indicated that they would be willing to donate space at the corner of Marina Drive and Oak Bay Drive as part of a future development.

The committee drew up plans for the park along with cost estimates, which were presented to the Homeowner’s Associations surrounding the tentative site.  Unfortunately, the surrounding HOA’s and neighborhoods determined that the site was not appropriate for that use and voted against the proposal.

The committee is open to investigate other sights within the MPR and hopes to develop a dog park at some future date.  

Emergency ManagementEstablish and maintain a disaster based emergency plan for Port Ludlow working with county and state agencies.

Chair: Danille Turissini

With a new motto, “We are stronger when we prepare together” Emergency Management was revitalized by the addition of participation from the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management, a new Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator and a Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) coordinator.  With these new team members the committee has expanded its already successful Block Captain program made up of neighborhood volunteers who will be the first to organize and coordinate help in the event of an emergency. In addition an initiative to encourage businesses to prepare a plan of action for the first 30 days has also been established.

All of these efforts were showcased at the Second Annual Emergency Management Fair held in June, which had over 100 attendees.  Many tasty and some not so tasty examples of emergency preparedness food were sampled.  In addition, attendees learned how to “camp in their homes” safely turn off utilities, effectively store water and food supplies, and try out the wide variety of emergency gadgets available for purchase.

Further efforts this year have included Red Cross First Aid classes, additional DART training and the October 18 Great Washington Shake Out earthquake simulation and communication event.

Health & Wellness Provide to the community Health and Wellness events sponsored by Jefferson Healthcare and others.

Co-chairs: Paul Hinton and Phyllis Waldenberg

This revitalized committee has partnered with Jefferson Healthcare to bring to Port Ludlow several first rate seminars facilitated by the doctors in residence.  They have presented in-depth information on such subjects as strokes, cardiovascular health and orthopedics to our community with an outlook to expanding the program in the coming year.

Holiday Lights A holiday tradition at the village square 

Chair: Dave McDearmid

The Holiday Lights tradition has brought a twinkle to our long winter nights and holiday season for many years.  The lights go up before Thanksgiving in order to be turned on for the holiday season, and remain up until the beginning of March thanks to the many volunteers who give of their time and energy to organize, test and install the lights.  Much appreciated is the work of WAVE Broadband who donate their crews and bucket trucks to help in the loftier elevations of the trees.  Fortunately this year, the weather cooperated and the installation was completed in record time.  Unfortunately, two more trees were lost due to storm damage and had been removed by the county.   There are now 16 of the original 24 trees planted years ago.

Fundraising efforts to support this endearing community activity were a great success.  Thanks to the many donors who gave generously to allow for payment of traffic control during installation as well as miscellaneous materials, light replacements and items damaged due to exposure in our Northwest winters. The committee looks forward to continuing the tradition of the holiday lights and adding a bit of sparkle to Port Ludlow’s Village Center.

MaritimeMonitor boating activity and provide a safe Port Ludlow Marina experience

Chair: Phil Otness

Port Ludlow can claim bragging rights on a beautiful setting for its Marina and boating facility and the committee has worked hard to continue to keep the area safe, inviting and friendly.  As a result of these efforts, Port Ludlow’s marina continues to host an increasing number of visitors each year.  The biggest challenge with the increase in tourism is the up tick in the use of standup paddleboards, kayaks, and other water transportation as well as the use of high-speed tenders which continue to be a safety problem, although most users are following the posted signs of 5 MPH.  A current project is to replace the entrance buoy, which will emphasize the speed limits, however, the expense is considerable with new Department of Natural Resources requirements.

Monitoring the illegal anchorage of boats in the Marina requires that a watchful eye as well as the authority to present the offenders with a letter explaining that after 30 days, the offending vessel must vacate the marina.  The committee has excelled at keeping the area in excellent shape while continuing to be as accommodating as possible.

Movie NightA community wide event inviting participation from outside Port Ludlow encouraging locals and tourists alike to enjoy an outdoor movie on the marina lawn.

Co-chairsTam McDearmid and Pat Page

The Village Council took over management of the Port Ludlow Free Movie Night after the previous organizers had determined we were best equipped to maintain the momentum of this extremely popular community event.

The movie selection was determined by the students of Chimacum Creek Primary School who overwhelmingly voted for WALL-E as their favorite.

Sponsorships were solicited from various businesses, which had supported the event previously as well as several new contributors.  The committee raised $5,400.  In addition, there was an advertising fund provided by the State of Washington in the amount of $3,900 which was used to it’s full advantage in spreading the word about our event on five separate ferry routes, on Facebook, a billboard in Poulsbo and banners and signs placed in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The event hosted six food vendors and one flower vendor, lost and found/first aid station and a PLVC booth of movie themed novelty items for sale. There were also raffle items including a ukulele, television, tablet, birthday party basket, and Hood Canal boat cruise.

Despite the drizzle and light rain on the day of the event, the vendors arrived and set up shop with delicious food, flowers and toys.

The Jefferson County Chamber compiled the attendance numbers by county and we were happy to report that a total of 412 people attended the event including 23 from out of state and 17 from Canada, 6 from Mexico and 3 from Spain.

Roadway Safety Monitor Port Ludlow Roadways and make recommendations to the County for improved infrastructure, lighting and signage 

Chair: Steve Frenzl

This past year, the Roadway Safety Committee successfully worked with the county make several safety improvements on our roads.  After holding two public hearings at Port Ludlow’s Beach and Bay Clubs the committee determined several action items to be discussed with the County.  Subsequently, the installation of a streetlight on Paradise Bay Road at the entrance to the Bay Club was completed and the temporary traffic control speed monitors were set up on Paradise Bay Road.  Future projects will focus on the intersections adjacent to the Beach Club and Bay Club and the zone along Oak Bay Road where community trails cross the highway at numerous points.  

Trails & Natural ResourcesDevelop and maintain the trails and natural resources of the community and promote community awareness and appreciation of the established walking and biking trails. 

Chairs: John Fillers and Tim Rensema.

Every year the trails committee relies on its four sponsors, LMC, PLA PLVC, and SBCA for their equal donations, which makes it possible to fulfill their mission. Over 50 volunteers contribute many hours as trails stewards and workers on special projects.

This year, in addition to the regular mowing, weed whacking, clipping and downed tree removal activities, the group further developed and repaired three of the seventeen trails which total 26 plus miles of walking, hiking and biking opportunities.

Those three trails include Osprey, Interpretive/Ludlow Falls Loop and Picnic Point.  Osprey is the newest trail and quickly becoming a favorite.  Terraced steps and cleanup of the Native Plant Garden were undertaken in the Interpretive Trail and the Picnic Point Trail received a facelift, which eliminated the mud problem and now allows for a pleasant walk year round.

Other activities include the annual Scotch Broom Sweep, the cleaning of 54 birdhouses and the addition of new shelters, chain saw use training, and completion of the map of the trails.  Additionally, a long-range plan and organization, policy and procedures documents were approved to help the committee to work better toward their future goals.

Welcome EventAn annual event to encourage the newcomers to Port Ludlow to meet and speak to the social, sports, and service organizations in the community.

Co-chairs: Phyllis Waldenberg and Pat Page

Thanks to funding from LMC, PLVC and SBCA the Welcome Event was a huge success. This year’s event was held on a beautiful Wednesday, July 11 at the Bay Club where approximately 77 newcomers attended with 41 clubs and organizations and for the first time, 8 businesses participating in the meet and greet event.  Along with the free food and refreshments beautifully displayed with donated centerpieces, there were raffle items that were taken home by two very lucky new Port Ludlow residents.  Shuttle service was provided to satellite parking areas to avoid congestion at the Bay Club parking lot.

Utilities & RecyclingMaintain communications with all utilities with affect Port Ludlow.

Chairs:  Russ Michel and Austin Kerr, Recycling

This year the Utilities Committee’s main focus has been to track the geoduck issue, which had not been resolved in 2017.  In 2016 Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc. (OWSI) and Larry Smith, President began working with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the sewer outfall easement with an initial charge of $134,000 per year.  After two years of work that included underwater surveys, studying pipeline alternatives, and direct negotiations, an amount of only $8,500 per year was assessed.  This resulted in a bi-monthly rate increase of only $2.00 per ratepayer.  The cost to perform the surveys and alternatives studies was $79,082 which OWSI will recover with the stated bi-monthly surcharge.

We are fortunate to have within our community a convenient and comprehensive recycling station.  However, reported misuse of the bins has continued and the Utilities Committee responded to a request for improved signage.  In addition, changes in the international recycle market have posed a challenge to county officials to maintain a viable recycling program.  An education campaign is underway to improve recycling practices and new signs have been posted.  The County introduced the motto “When in Doubt, Throw it Out” in an effort to reduce the amount of trash that is placed in the recycle bins.


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


Other Traffic Safety & Remediation Programs in Our Area

Port Ludlow is not alone. In recent years Quilcene (Jefferson County) and Hansville (Kitsap County) have experienced similar traffic safety concerns — excessive speeding being the most significant among them — and addressed them through detailed studies and remediation programs. Comprehensive reports of those programs can be reviewed by clicking on the links below:

As you can see, many of the safety issues we face in Port Ludlow are similar to those in neighboring communities. Indeed, a number of the recommendations for remediation in Quilcene and Hansville may also be pertinent and practical in resolving our local challenges.

During the next few weeks and months, the PLVC ROADWAY SAFETY committee hopes to identify areas of greatest concern and develop a remediation program in collaboration with Jefferson County. In early 2017 we plan to present a draft of our findings and recommendations to Port Ludlow residents, seeking final inputs to the program before submission to Jefferson County for implementation.

Your participation in upcoming forums is strongly encouraged. Please help us achieve our mission to make Port Ludlow’s streets, roads, walkways and trails safer for us all.