December 18th, 2017

Senator Bailey,

I am writing again about a large collection of junk cars on a property located within the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve boundaries.

Details:

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

A new owner took over the property in early 2017.

Earlier this year, multiple junk cars were towed to this location.

Public records requests show no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 2017.

Public records requests show no indication that the County Health Dept. has verified that vehicles have had all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We are trying to understand why the previous property owner was issued a Cease and Desist Order, and there is no record of the Planning Dept. making any visit to this property in 2017.

Two photos from last month- On Nov 8th, 2017- another vehicle was added.

First photo from inside the living area of our home. Fence in lower part of image is on our property and was installed by us:

Any potential buyer of our property would surely question this Junk/Salvage Yard operation next door- which can not be permitted in a rural residential zone.

We have gone through all proper channels- to include filing complaints and contacting County Commissioners. We have been patient about allowing time for things to change.

What do we do when our county is not responsive on this issue?

We request your assistance.

Thank you for your time.

 

 

 

 

Photo at top of page-

Aug 29th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in.