Archives for category: Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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.

Months earlier- 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

 

 

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We have enjoyed positive interaction with the people who answer Public Records Requests at Island County Planning and the Island County Health Dept.

These people can only provide information that has been previously placed in Island County files.

Island County Planning

We were told that Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 that was issued to the previous property owner was to be closed out and replaced with a new document: COV 228/17.

We wanted to find out if COV 228/17 indicated that any enforcement action had been taken by Island County Re: junk cars on this property. We requested a copy of this document via Public Records Request. On January 11th, 2018, we received results from Island County.

The handwritten note at the top of this page is the closest thing we got back in the way of any sort of inspection/on site visit report. There was time to photocopy this item for Island County files, but not time to prepare any sort of report? We understand taking notes in the field, but this is the finished product? The final draft? This is how work history is documented? This is how cases are tracked? Who signed off on this?

Several complaints from community members are in the files. Some of these complaints are quite detailed and effort was made to prepare and submit them. The county has not made an effort to check back or monitor this situation. Please compare the photo (date unknown) Island County has on file with the photo record we have been able to put together.

Island County Health Dept.

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.”

We were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Please see 8/9/17, 11/21/17 and 12/06/17 below.

 

Timeline:

2/19/15

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.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

Spring/Summer 2017

Multiple junk cars were towed to this property, which is located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

 

8/4/2017

We received an email from an Island County Code Enforcement / Current Use Planner on August 4th, 2017.

“So far the violator has produced a fence on the North, South, and Eastern sides of his property.”

How and why did a Code Enforcement/Current Use Planner make this statement on August 4th, 2017?

Details here: Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

 

8/9/17

Public records request received by Island County Planning on 8/9/17:

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.

Details here:

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

 

8/17/17

We asked several times for the total number of cars present at the property next door.

I received an email from a Code Enforcement Planner on August 17th, 2017.

“Thank you for your call regarding (property address). I have a re-inspection at the end of next week and I can let you know the count then.  Thank you very much.”

A re-inspection indicates that one or more inspections have already taken place at (property address).

We never heard back on the number of junk cars on the property. Details here: Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

 

8/29/17

Rusty blue truck towed in. This truck and another vehicle now on the property next door show up in a mystery photo taken at an unknown location. The mystery photo was provided to us by Island County after a public records request Re: junk vehicles was submitted to Island County earlier in 2017.

 

11/21/17

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

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.”

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.

 

12/06/17

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.”

12/06/17 Public Records Request to Island County Health Department:

Question one-

“I request a copy of any written policies or procedures, checklists, blank forms, or electronic templates used for on-site inspection of junk cars to determine and create a record showing that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Do any procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations?

Question two-

“I request a copy of any record created during the past 5 years showing that any junk vehicle has been identified anywhere in Island County that did not have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Has the Island County Health Department ever found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code?

Jan 11th, 2018 response from Island County:

“After extensive review of our records, we were unable to find any responsive records to either of the aforementioned requests.”  

“This closes out your public records request.”

More here: Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

 

12/18/17

The last property owner was required to remove junk cars because of a Cease and Desist Order. The cars could only be moved to a pre-approved location.

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars states:

III B.

All vehicles must be relocated to a “…pre-approved location within 30 days…”

We wanted to know what location had been approved by the county as a destination for junk cars.

Public Records Request:

I request all records indicating the location or locations that were pre-approved by the Planning Dept. as a destination for the junk vehicles that were removed from (address) Oak Harbor WA 98277.

Response from Island County:

“There are no responsive records to this request. Also, please remember that case number was issued to property owner (first and last name) and has since been closed as he no longer owns the property in question.
This closes this request.”

So- we can not know how this Junk Car storage case was handled Re: the last property owner?

Property history is not available because “…that case number was issued to property owner (first and last name) and has since been closed as he no longer owns the property in question…”

Island County keeps records- but records are no longer available if the property changes hands?

Property history goes away if the property changes hands?

“…he no longer owns the property in question…”

Has the county code changed? It should remain constant no matter who takes over the property.

Details here: Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

 

12/19/17

I received an email from a Code Enforcement Planner on August 17th, 2017.

“Thank you for your call regarding (property address). I have a re-inspection at the end of next week and I can let you know the count then.  Thank you very much.”

A re-inspection indicates that one or more inspections have already taken place at (property address).

We never heard back on the number of junk cars on the property.

Public Records Request to Island County Planning on Dec. 19th, 2017:

Please provide all records and inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 17th, 2017 email was sent.

Response from Island County:

No records or inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement Planner (first & last name) took place before or after this August 17th, 2017 email was sent.

I have been told that “…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Details here: Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

 

12/19/17

I received an email from an Island County Code Enforcement/Current Use Planner on August 4th, 2017.

“So far the violator has produced a fence on the North, South, and Eastern sides of his property.”

Dec 19th, 2017 Public Records Request:

Please provide all records and inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement/Current Use Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 4th, 2017 email was sent.

Note: photo at top of page was taken from our back yard on Aug 29th, 2017. View is facing South. Bright colored flowers in lower right of image are on our property. Click image twice to show more detail. Clearly there is no fence between our property and the junk cars in question on Aug 29th, 2017.

How and why did a Code Enforcement/Current Use Planner make this statement on August 4th, 2017:

“So far the violator has produced a fence on the North, South, and Eastern sides of his property.”

Response from Island County:

No records or inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement/Current Use Planner (first & last name) took place before or after this August 4th, 2017 email was sent.

I have been told that “…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Details here: Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

 

12/21/17

We had asked several times why 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.

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago.  Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

Details here: Hard to Get a Straight Answer

 

12/22/17

What we were told by a member of the County Planning Staff on Dec 22nd, 2017:

“…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Pretty hard to expect accountability under this system. Who benefits from these protocols?

“Code enforcement case COV 025/14 is under the name of the previous owner of the property, (first & last name) and will most likely be closed out soon as (he/she) does not own the property in question. The case for owner (first and last name) is under COV 228/17, opened by (name of Planning Dept. staff member) to track (his/her) progress on this case under the current owner of the property.”

Looks like Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars will not stand up to questions- so it’s time to phase that out and start with something new.

Details here: Hard to Get a Straight Answer

 

12/22/17

Public Records Request 12/22/17

Take a look at the rusty blue truck just behind the white pickup truck in this photo. Click image twice to show more detail.
This photo was provided by the county after a public records request Re: junk vehicles was submitted to Island County earlier in 2017.
The same truck was towed onto the property next door to us and added to the collection of junk vehicles on Aug 29th, 2017.

We asked the county for info on who took the photo at the top of this page and when and where it was taken. Was this photo taken as a result of any inspection report or enforcement action?

County Response:

“There is nothing on this photo that identifies its location.”

‘There is no responsive record for this request. It is hereby closed.”

Translation: We do not know where the photo came from. We provided this photo to you as part of a public records request. You recognize that this photo was not taken next door to your home. You recognised at least two vehicles in this photo that were later moved to the lot next door to your home. This photo is in our files and was provided earlier in 2017 as a result of a public records request about junk cars. We sent the photo to you, the citizen but- we can not say when or where the photo was taken. We can not say how the photo got into our files.

We have no idea if this photo was taken as result of any inspection report or enforcement action.

Details here: Public Records Request – Mystery Location

 

1/3/18

We requested a copy of COV 228/17.

We were told on 12/22/17 that this new document would supersede the closed out Island County Cease and Desist Order Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars.

Details here: Public Records Request Results 1/11/18

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request Results 1/11/18

Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

Riepma Ave. Junk Cars

Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

Email to US Congressman Rick Larsen

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

We closed out 2017 with Public Records Requests showing no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 2017.

On January 11th, 2018, all 4 of these photos were provided to us as a result of a 1/3/18 Public Records Request. We wanted to find out if any enforcement action had been taken by Island County Re: junk cars on this property.

We are not able to determine the date that these 4 photos were taken. Does the image below show the entire inventory of junk cars Island County has found to be present on this property?

We requested a count of junk cars way back in August of 2017.

Our effort to find out how many junk cars were on site gained no traction, even though were told by a Code Enforcement Planner on August 17th, 2017:

“Thank you for your call regarding (property address). I have a re-inspection at the end of next week and I can let you know the count then.  Thank you very much.”

Details of that Public Records Request here:

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Please compare the image below from Island County Public Records to images from a history we have created here: Penn Cove Watershed

Public Records Request results provided to us today indicate no enforcement action at this property.

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

Riepma Ave. Junk Cars

Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

Email to US Congressman Rick Larsen

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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.”

We started asking about this back in August of 2017. Details here:

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

We recently submitted a Public Records Request: Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

12/06/17 Public Records Request to Island County Health Department:

Question one-

“I request a copy of any written policies or procedures, checklists, blank forms, or electronic templates used for on-site inspection of junk cars to determine and create a record showing that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Do any procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations?

Question two-

“I request a copy of any record created during the past 5 years showing that any junk vehicle has been identified anywhere in Island County that did not have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Has the Island County Health Department ever found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code?

Jan 11th, 2018 response from Island County:

“After extensive review of our records, we were unable to find any responsive records to either of the aforementioned requests.”  

“This closes out your public records request.”

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Riepma Ave. Junk Cars

Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

Email to US Congressman Rick Larsen

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

More here: Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – Ever Find Any Junk Car in Violation of Code?

Email to US Congressman Rick Larsen

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

 

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Handsome sign located across from 3 Sisters Market– facing traffic headed away from Rolling Hills. Why not move it north on Highway 20 so that motorists will have a more accurate idea of where the boundary lies? If residents in Rolling Hills must pay permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve- seems like they should get credit by placing the sign at the edge of the boundary.

 

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.”

We started asking about this back in August of 2017. Details here:

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

12/06/17 Public Records Request to Island County Health Department:

Question one-

“I request a copy of any written policies or procedures, checklists, blank forms, or electronic templates used for on-site inspection of junk cars to determine and create a record showing that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Do any procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations?

Question two-

“I request a copy of any record created during the past 5 years showing that any junk vehicle has been identified anywhere in Island County that did not have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Has the Island County Health Department ever found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code?

So far- no public records from Island County on either of these two questions.

Jan 11th, 2018 response from Island County:

“After extensive review of our records, we were unable to find any responsive records to either of the aforementioned requests.”  

“This closes out your public records request.”

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Email to US Congressman Rick Larsen

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

I have included links here that I was not able to send using the Congressman’s email template.

Congressman Larsen,

I am writing about a large collection of junk cars on a property located within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve boundaries.

Property is located at (street address).

I would send photos– but your email template does not seem to allow that.

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 cannot be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

A new owner took over the property in early 2017.

Earlier last 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.

Congressman, I have 3 questions for you:

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc. Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

Thank you for your time.

Potential Voter

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

Photo-

Handsome sign located across from 3 Sisters Market– facing traffic headed away from Rolling Hills. Why not move it north on Highway 20 so that motorists will have a more accurate idea of where the boundary lies? If residents in Rolling Hills must pay permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve- seems like they should get credit by placing the sign at the edge of the boundary.

 

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.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 2 of 4 F. There is no legally established use.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

What the County tells us:

We received an e-mail from one of our County Commissioners on Dec 21st, 2017. Bold type below indicates information contained in this e-mail:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago.  Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

Our take:

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The business described above is located elsewhere in Island County.

The business described above is more than 7 miles away. How long would it take to walk from here to there?

Is the business described above located in a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars for storage into a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars into the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use.”

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 tells us that there is no legally established permitted use at this property. 

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards makes no mention of a sales business.

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood miles down the road near Penn Cove.

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.

 

From the County:

“Screening is generally viewed from the public right of way, for enforcement purposes. The fence in this case goes from the front of his property all the way back to the trees. Before (name of property owner) obtained ownership of the land, it was owned by a man that did not have a dealership, and that is when the cease and desist was placed.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The property was last owned by a man that did not have a dealership?

The previous owner also ran the same car dealership.

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.

 

What we were told by a member of the County Planning Staff on Dec 22nd, 2017:

“…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Pretty hard to expect accountability under this system. Who benefits from these protocols?

“Code enforcement case COV 025/14 is under the name of the previous owner of the property, (first & last name) and will most likely be closed out soon as (he/she) does not own the property in question. The case for owner (first and last name) is under COV 228/17, opened by (name of Planning Dept. staff member) to track (his/her) progress on this case under the current owner of the property.”

Looks like Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars will not stand up to questions- so it’s time to phase that out and start with something new. We will request a copy of COV 228/17.

Conclusion:

Junk cars used to be answered with a Cease and Desist Order. Today, junk cars are OK because of a different owner, a business license for a remote property, or a fence. The county staff performs inspections- but that does not mean an inspection report has been written up. It’s hard to answer questions about the old Cease and Desist Order, so it will be phased out and replaced with something new. Will the county code be phased out if people ask too many questions?

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

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Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

 

Public Records Request 12/18/17

The last property owner was required to remove junk cars because of a Cease and Desist Order. The cars could only be moved to a pre-approved location. We wanted to know what location had been approved by the county as a destination for junk cars.

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars states:

III B.

All vehicles must be relocated to a “…pre-approved location within 30 days…”

Public Records Request:

I request all records indicating the location or locations that were pre-approved by the Planning Dept. as a destination for the junk vehicles that were removed from (address) Oak Harbor WA 98277.

Response from Island County:

“There are no responsive records to this request. Also, please remember that case number was issued to property owner (first and last name) and has since been closed as he no longer owns the property in question.
This closes this request.”

So- we can not know how this Junk Car storage case was handled Re: the last property owner?

Property history is not available because “…that case number was issued to property owner (first and last name) and has since been closed as he no longer owns the property in question…”

Island County keeps records- but records are no longer available if the property changes hands?

Property history goes away if the property changes hands?

“…he no longer owns the property in question…”

Has the county code changed? It should remain constant no matter who takes over the property.

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

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Rusty blue truck is towed in from a mystery location on Aug 29th, 2017

 

We have had positive interaction with Island County employees in several different situations. County Sheriff’s deputies, Animal Control Officer, Public Works, County Planning Records, County Health Dept. Records, Coupeville Recycling Center, Coupeville dump, renewal of licence plate tabs, the property tax office and the County Auditor for a marriage license.

We are not anti-county or anti-county employees. Several years ago Island County employed a man who worked this case. He always handled things in a businesslike manner. He would come on site and notify us of the status of the case. He kept us informed and knowing what to expect. In 2017 it has been difficult to reach people. The concept of asking to speak to a supervisor has been met with being referred back to the people we have already attempted to interact with. In our normal dealings with the county- we have felt no need to contact a Dept. Director, file a public records request or contact elected officials. With the exception of this case- that’s business as usual all of the time. No complaints

Each time we have a question- we are referred back to the people who are newest on the job. No disrespect to these folks.

No one in a leadership position has taken a personal interest in this case. We are unable to get straight answers- so we try to verify what we are told via public records requests. This is not fair to the good people who work in public records. A straight answer though normal channels would be best for all.

 

Public Records Request 12/22/17

Take a look at the rusty blue truck just behind the white pickup truck in the photo above. Click image twice to show more detail.
This photo was provided by the county after a public records request Re: junk vehicles was submitted to Island County earlier in 2017.
The same truck was towed onto the property next door to us and added to the collection of junk vehicles there earlier this year.

We asked the county for info on who took the photo at the top of this page and when and where it was taken. Was this photo taken as a result of any inspection report or enforcement action?

County Response:

“There is nothing on this photo that identifies its location.”

‘There is no responsive record for this request. It is hereby closed.”

Translation: We do not know where the photo came from. We provided this photo to you as part of a public records request. You recognize that this photo was not taken next door to your home. You recognised at least two vehicles in this photo that were later moved to the lot next door to your home. This photo is in our files and was provided earlier in 2017 as a result of a public records request about junk cars. We sent the photo to you, the citizen but- we can not say when or where the photo was taken. We can not say how the photo got into our files.

We have no idea if this photo was taken as result of any inspection report or enforcement action.

 

Several emails were provided as a result of recent Public Records Requests.

November 13, 2017:

An email from a Code Enforcement Planner:

“Yes there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands. Currently (first and last name) who owns a car dealership on (location) owns the lot. According to the code, there is nothing that goes against the number of vehicles he has on property. The code states that if you are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street that it is legal.”

“According to the code, there is nothing that goes against the number of vehicles he has on property. The code states that if you are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street that it is legal.”

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The business described above is located elsewhere in Island County.

The business described above is more than 7 miles away.

Is the business described above located in a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars for storage into a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars into the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Island County Cease and Desist Order Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars:

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

“17.03.180M.2. b. outdoor storage of junk vehicles may exceed the thresholds established in section M.1. provided that it is secondary to a legally established permitted use…” all vehicles are completely screened from view through the use of berms, landscaping, fencing and/or existing vegetation.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

 

Email from from a Code Enforcement Planner to Planning Director on November 13, 2017:

“Also, I pass by this property every day to get to / from work. As it is on my route to work, I am able to monitor the property in the morning and afternoon. Since this summer, I have 1) not actively seen any other vehicle brought onto the property and 2) the screening is effective in administering section 17.03.180M.2.b “all vehicles are completely screened from view…” If you have any more questions please feel free to contact. Thank you.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

Driving by on the county road does not tell the story.

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.

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

 

Email on September 5, 2017

From Code Enforcement Planner to Panning Director:

“The new owner a Mr. (first/last) has been voluntarily complying with his Code violations and is in the process of bringing his property into compliance.”

What are the violations? Is there a report?

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

“The complainant Mr. XXX has been kept in the loop on this one as well. Unfortunately the bad history that he had with the previous owner has created a mess for us because he wants everything gone from the site but that is not what is required for the property to be brought into compliance. Environmental has also been involved with this case to address any alleged violations on that end. Talk with you soon (first name)”

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.

“the bad history that he had with the previous owner has created a mess for us because he wants everything gone from the site but that is not what is required for the property to be brought into compliance.”

I have never met with or spoken on the phone with any Code Enforcement Planner in 2017. I never had any bad history with the previous owner. Where is this coming from?

“…he wants everything gone from the site but that is not what is required for the property to be brought into compliance.”

Never, have I told any person at any time that I want “everything gone from the site…” Where is this coming from?

 

August 16, 2017- email from Code Enforcement Planner to County Commissioner:

“Also, there are no regulations of how many vehicles can be on Ebey’s Landing.”

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Is there anything written in County Code or in any other reference that confirms there are no regulations on how many vehicles can be on Ebey’s Landing?

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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.

For months now- we have been trying to understand why the previous property owner was issued a Cease and Desist Order, while public records requests show no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 2017. We started asking about this during the summer of 2017.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

We received an e-mail from one of our County Commissioners on Dec 21st, 2017. Bold type below indicates information contained in this e-mail:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago.  Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The business described above is located elsewhere in Island County.

The business described above is more than 7 miles away. How long would it take to walk from here to there?

Is the business described above located in a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars for storage into a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars into the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Island County Cease and Desist Order Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars:

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use.”

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 tells us that there is no legally established permitted use at this property. 

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards makes no mention of a sales business.

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood miles down the road near Penn Cove.

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

 

“Screening is generally viewed from the public right of way, for enforcement purposes. The fence in this case goes from the front of his property all the way back to the trees. Before (name of property owner) obtained ownership of the land, it was owned by a man that did not have a dealership, and that is when the cease and desist was placed.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

The property was last owned by a man that did not have a dealership?

The previous owner also ran the same car dealership.

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.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

When it’s hard to get answers through normal, everyday channels- what is left is to go though public records requests or elected officials.

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.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

 

But wait- asking questions results learning new ways of thinking.

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago.  Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The business described above is located elsewhere in Island County.

The business described above is more than 7 miles away. How long would it take to walk from here to there?

Is the business described above located in a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars for storage into a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars into the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Island County Cease and Desist Order Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars:

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use.”

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 tells us that there is no legally established permitted use at this property. 

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood miles down the road near Penn Cove.

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

 

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

Outdoor storage of junk is permitted at a scale and intensity that is commonly associated with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use; or
b.
At a scale and intensity that exceeds what is commonly associated with and secondary to a permitted use, which may be permitted if all items are completely screened from view through the use of berms, landscaping, fencing and/or existing native vegetation.

Even if the vehicles were permitted, they are not completely screened from view.

“Screening is generally viewed from the public right of way, for enforcement purposes. The fence in this case goes from the front of his property all the way back to the trees. Before (name of property owner) obtained ownership of the land, it was owned by a man that did not have a dealership, and that is when the cease and desist was placed.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

All the way back to the trees? Photo at top of page shows that the fence does not extend all the way back to the trees.

Who made this “all the way back to the trees” report?

The property was last owned by a man that did not have a dealership?

The previous owner also ran the same car dealership.

 

What we were told by a member of the County Planning Staff on Dec 22nd, 2017:

“…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Pretty hard to expect accountability under this system. Who benefits from these protocols?

“Code enforcement case COV 025/14 is under the name of the previous owner of the property, (first & last name) and will most likely be closed out soon as (he/she) does not own the property in question. The case for owner (first and last name) is under COV 228/17, opened by (name of Planning Dept. staff member) to track (his/her) progress on this case under the current owner of the property.”

Looks like Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars will not stand up to questions- so it’s time to phase that out and start with something new.

Conclusion:

Junk cars used to be answered with a Cease and Desist Order. Today, junk cars are OK because of a different owner, a business license for a remote property, or a fence. The county staff performs inspections- but that does not mean an inspection report has been written up. It’s hard to answer questions about the old Cease and Desist Order, so it will be phased out and replaced with something new. Will the county code be phased out if people ask too many questions?

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

We have had positive interaction with Island County employees in several different situations. County Sheriff’s deputies, Animal Control Officer, Public Works, County Planning Records, County Health Dept. Records, Coupeville Recycling Center, Coupeville dump, renewal of licence plate tabs, the property tax office and the County Auditor for a marriage license.

We are not anti-county or anti-county employees. Several years ago Island County employed a man who worked this case. He always handled things in a businesslike manner. He would come on site and notify us of the status of the case. He kept us informed and knowing what to expect. In 2017 it has been difficult to reach people. The concept of asking to speak to a supervisor has been met with being referred back to the people we have already attempted to interact with. In our normal dealings with the county- we have felt no need to contact a Dept. Director, file a public records request or contact elected officials. With the exception of this case- that’s business as usual all of the time. No complaints.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Tow truck driving past fence that does not extend all the way back to the trees.

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

Background:

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.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.


I received an email from a Code Enforcement Planner on August 17th, 2017.

“Thank you for your call regarding (property address). I have a re-inspection at the end of next week and I can let you know the count then.  Thank you very much.”

A re-inspection indicates that one or more inspections have already taken place at (property address).

Never heard back on number of junk cars on property.

Public Records Request to Island County Planning on Dec. 19th, 2017:

Please provide all records and inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 17th, 2017 email was sent.

Response from Island County:

So far- no records or inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 17th, 2017 email was sent.

I have been told that “…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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I received an email from an Island County Code Enforcement / Current Use Planner on August 4th, 2017.

“So far the violator has produced a fence on the North, South, and Eastern sides of his property.”

Dec 19th, 2017 Public Records Request:

Please provide all records and inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement / Current Use Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 4th, 2017 email was sent.

Note: photo at top of page was taken from our back yard on Aug 29th, 2017. View is facing South. Bright colored flowers in lower right of image are on our property. Click image twice to show more detail. Clearly there is no fence between our property and the junk cars in question on Aug 29th, 2017.

How and why did a Code Enforcement / Current Use Planner make this statement on August 4th, 2017:

“So far the violator has produced a fence on the North, South, and Eastern sides of his property.”

Response from Island County:

So far- no records or inspection reports indicating any visits to (property address) by Code Enforcement / Current Use Planner (first & last name) that took place before or after this August 4th, 2017 email was sent.

I have been told that “…an inspection means our code enforcement planner goes out to the site to see what is happening, it does not mean an inspection report has been written up.”

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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.”

Public records request received by Island County Planning on 8/9/17:

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.

A later Public Records request resulted in an email conversation between the Planning Dept. Director and Health Dept. Director on 8/18/17.

Planning Director question to Health Director:

“Do you have any thoughts about this?  How would we (IC) have any records about disposal of fluids from junk vehicles, assuming he’s referring to privately owned vehicles?”

No answer from Health Dept. Director is revealed in e-mails.

Another Public Records Request to Island County Health Dept. on 11/29/17

“I request all records- going back to June 1st, 2017 showing that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

Response from Health Dept. on 11/30/17:

“As discussed, here are the records that we have on our computers. When the email search is finished, if there are any additional files, I will pass those on to you or let you know that the request is closed with the files I am sending today.”

No indication found in “…the records that we have on our computers.” 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.

Response from Health Dept. on 12/15/17:

“As discussed on the phone, the email search returned no responsive records.This officially closes your request from 11/29/2017.”

 

Property History:

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.

I was carbon copied on a March 04, 2015 email conversation between a County Commissioner and the Director of Island County Planning:

County Commissioner: First name of Planning Director “…were you able to find out any facts on this property.” First name of Health Director “…said it is not a health matter as the vehicles are not leaking hazardous fluids. I am just curious what is happening, if anything.”

A public records request has been submitted to the Island County Health Dept. to request a copy of any written policies or procedures used for on-site inspection of junk cars. So far- this request has resulted in no written policies, procedures, checklists, etc. from Island County.

 

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

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.

We are tracking developments on Facebook:

Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

And on Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

Thank you for your time.

 

 

 

 

Photo at top of page-

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

 

Take a look at the rusty blue truck just behind the white pickup truck in the photo above. Click image twice to show more detail.
This photo was provided by the county after a public records request Re: junk vehicles was submitted to Island County earlier in 2017.
The same truck was towed onto the property next door to us and added to the collection of junk vehicles there earlier this year.

Same truck is towed in on Aug 29th, 2017:

All done:

We asked the county for info on who took the photo at the top of this page and when and where it was taken. Was this photo taken as a result of any inspection report or enforcement action? The county provided us with no answers. Island County has no info on how this image became part of their files?

The white pickup truck in the center of the photo at the top of this page has also been placed on the property next door. It can be seen behind the blue van in the photo below. Click image twice to show more detail. Wiper blades can be seen in the same position in both photos.

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars states:

III B.

All vehicles must be relocated to a “…pre-approved location within 30 days…”

At one time, Island County did not want people to move junk vehicles from one property to another where they would be in violation of county code.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

More here:

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

The Island County Dept. of Natural Resources has been working “…to improve marine water quality and habitat in the waters around Whidbey Island…”

The Island County Health Dept. includes several programs that would seem to apply here:

Shorefriendly Program
Marine Resource Committee (MRC)​

Surface Water Quality Program

Salmon Recovery Program

Surface Water Quality Program
Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC)​

 

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

A public records request was submitted to request a copy of any written policies or procedures used for on-site inspection of junk cars. So far- this request has resulted in no written policies, procedures, checklists, etc. from Island County.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

More here:

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Photo above is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017. Fence in lower part of image is on our property and was installed by us.

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards.

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.

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.

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.

More here:

Public Records Requests – 2017 Summary

Public Records Request – Property History Goes Away

Public Records Request Mystery Location

No Legally Established Permitted Use

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Many photos here: Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Boundary map of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve here.

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

Typical phrase found on building permit/application signs posted in the Rolling Hills community:

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

Handsome sign here is located across from 3 Sisters Market– facing traffic headed away from Rolling Hills. Why not move it north on Highway 20 so that motorists will have a more accurate idea of where the boundary lies? If residents in Rolling Hills must pay permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve- seems like they should get credit by placing the sign at the edge of the boundary.

What is the meaning of this seemingly arbitrary National Historical Reserve boundary?

Seems like the bar is set pretty low.

Photo below is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017. Fence in lower part of image is on our property and was installed by us.

If you are required to obtain special permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve for construction in Rolling Hills- doesn’t this seem like a weak link?

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

More here:

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

 

The scene here has been transitioning in recent weeks. This property is located within the boundaries of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Penn Cove Watershed.

Aug 16th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Aug 19th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Aug 21st, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

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

Nov 8th, 2017- another vehicle is added:

View from inside the living area of our home:

More here: Sorry- No Time

 

Island County is working to clean things up.

In the news:

Stanwood Camano News-

Property rights at root of cleanup issues
Island Co. discusses ‘team approach’ to difficult cases

Whidbey News-Times-

New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

Sorry, no time for reporters to interview property owners, neighbors, business people, volunteer groups, etc.

 

From comments:

“After reading the article in full, it seems as though the ones who have been violating said code enforcements can just blame it on mental instability , get a big hug and told it’s ok..the tax payers are here for you…hmmph.”

Last time the local paper ran a similar story- it also had a “not much we can do” sort of feel to it:

Property clutter poses problems for county regulators

More here: Can’t Do Anything About the Really Stubborn Violators

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

More here: Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve