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:

FREE ORTHOPEDIC HEALTH SEMINAR

Free Orthopedic Health Seminar: Degenerative Joint Pain, an Orthopedic Perspective

Thursday, May 10, 4:00 pm
Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Pl, Port Ludlow

Meet Jefferson Healthcare’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Edward Eissmann, and Mitzi Hazard, DPT, Physical Therapist, who will present on our total joint replacement program and rehab therapies. Stay afterward to speak directly with Dr. Eissmann and Mitzi Hazard.

For information, call 360.344.0400
For the must up to date details please visit the Event Calendar

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