Photo above taken in Spring/Summer 2017. Click image twice to show more detail.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards. “Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

The Island County Health Dept. was out on 11/21/17 to do a report:

“No sign of leaky junk vehicles at time of inspection. No further action (NFA).”

How long did this inspection take? When did it start and end? How many vehicles were inspected? Seems like a pretty big task. So big- that we wonder why the Island County Health Dept. did not contact the Island County Planning Dept. and remind them that: No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.”

Cars next door to us are packed in tight- several cars deep. We can’t see how it would have been possible to inspect a vehicle that is surrounded by several other vehicles- so tightly that it would not be possible to open doors, look under the hood, etc.

“Complaint received regarding leaky junk vehicles fluids…”

Not from us.

On 8/9/17 we submitted a public records request.

Our question has always been: “I am interested in inspecting any records indicating verification/inspection of vehicles to ensure all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Conclusion:

Island County Health Dept. had a chance to properly inspect the vehicles to verify that all batteries and fluids had been properly removed and disposed of.

Island County Health Dept. had a chance to tell the Island County Planning Dept. that this was all a waste of time because no more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Neither of these happened.

Island County Health Dept. reported to themselves that vehicles were not leaking fluids. No further action (NFA).

On 12/06/17 we submitted a public records request and found:

No procedures exist for inspecting junk cars.

No junk vehicle has been found anywhere in Island County, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Here is a detailed timeline:

Island County Records Creation Protocols