Archives for category: Penn Cove Watershed

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

 

Photo at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

The beach above (MONROE LANDING) is on the north shore of Penn Cove. Here is another beach on the south shore with the same status:

Public Clam and Oyster Beaches: COUPEVILLE

More here: Penn Cove – Treated Water Not Safe?

 

 

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Image above: Google satellite

When we signed Real Estate papers in 2013- there was just one classic Ford truck between us and the garage.

This inspection report authorized the results seen in the photos below: 

We sent a public records request for more information on how decisions were made in this case. Details here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

2017:

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

Merry Christmas:

Related:

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

 

Photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

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 car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

“…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 7 miles down the road near Penn Cove.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards

Here is what it says: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

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?

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.

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?

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

 

 

May 31, 2018

Stanwood Camano News: Crews clean junk-filled Camano property

“Thirteen tons of junk.”

“The remnants of 14 vehicles still need to be removed, he said.”

“We still don’t know what all they had in there and we don’t know what was below the soil,” Hannold said. “It was the worst (nuisance property) on Camano.”

“The county Health Department also will test the soil for contaminants.”

 

Over in the Penn Cove Watershed:

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.

How many junk cars are being stored at this property?

We have asked the county and they have no answer.

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

 

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

We made a public records request for the report. The inspection report is posted on a personal blog here: Packed In 4 Deep?

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.

How long did this inspection take?

When did the inspection start and end?

How many junk cars and trucks were on site on this date?

How many junk cars and trucks were inspected on this date?

The inspection report does not provide this information.

By making public records requests, 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.

By making public records requests, 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.

Details here:

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

 

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.

 

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 car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

“…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 7 miles down the road near Penn Cove.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards

Here is what it says: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

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?

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.

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?

 

Photo-

Penn Cove – Sailing event in the distance

 

 


Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish.

NE shore of Penn Cove:

Treated water not safe?

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Washington State Dept. of Health image:

View NE shore Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

See all of Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Possibly of interest:

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 were home when the Island County Health Dept. was out on 11/21/17 to do a report.

We made a public records request for the report. The inspection report is posted on my personal blog here: Packed In 4 Deep?

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.

How long did this inspection take?

When did the inspection start and end?

How many junk cars and trucks were on site on this date?

How many junk cars and trucks were inspected on this date?

The inspection report does not provide this information.

By making public records requests, 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.

By making public records requests, 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.

Details here:

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

 

Background:

Island County Code – 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.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

Photo- Riepma Pier

WDFW:

“Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatement plant outfalls.”

 

A recent response to a 5/6/18 public records request:

Dear (Name withheld)

“Attached you will find the only record responsive to these 6 requests. This record is responsive to PRR-518, asking for complaints filed in the last 6 months regarding…” Property address withheld.

One record of a complaint was provided for the past 6 months. Our HOA made a complaint in March of 2018. For some reason, the HOA complaint was not made available as a response to this request.

“Regarding requests for records (PRR-517 and PRR-519) I have spoken with both Code Enforcement Planners and there are no responsive records to these requests. In addition the existing code enforcement cases, related to these requests for records have been closed. At least one of the cases shows the follow comment: The Initial Enforcement letter and Cease and Desist have been brought into compliance through use of screening.”

“All 6 of these requests are now closed.”

A few questions:

“At least one of the cases shows the follow comment: The Initial Enforcement letter and Cease and Desist have been brought into compliance through use of screening.”

Why am I told what it says- instead of being provided with a copy of the files for my review?

“In addition the existing code enforcement cases, related to these requests for records have been closed.”

Closed?

I want to read about how enforcement at this property was handled Re: the previous owner.

Telling me cases have been closed means I can not review records/property history/past enforcement actions?

“I have spoken with both Code Enforcement Planners and there are no responsive records to these requests.”

Why the need to speak with planners? Aren’t the records placed in the files/archives available for public review? Why check with anyone on staff? What if some member of the staff has now moved on & can not speak to the matter? I just want to see the records and the methods used to track work history.

I contacted the county and asked a few of the questions above. The result is that an appointment has been scheduled to go to the county offices and review records. The invitation to go and look at records only came after those records were not initially provided.

 

Possibly of interest:

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Background:

Island County Code – 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.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

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

 

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?

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.

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?

 

Results returned May 9th, 2018 on this public records request:

Going back one year- I request all records of any count of the total number of junk cars and trucks at the property in question.

Answer: There are no records that indicate the number of junk cars and trucks at this property.

This is not the first time we have asked how many junk cars are located at this property:

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

 

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

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

 

 

Results returned May 9th, 2018 on this public records request:

Re: (property address)
I request copies of any records of changes to Island County Code 17.03.180 since 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.

Answer: The code has not changed.

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is 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.

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.

If the code has not changed, why has the number of junk cars and trucks grown since a new owner took over the property?

Details here: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

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 car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

Photo- Riepma Pier

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?

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.

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?

 

In the news: Magazine ranks Island County among nation’s healthiest

Still some work to do.

Love to see newspeople get out and interview property owners, neighbors, business people, real estate agents, volunteer groups, etc. Something to add to the story beyond input coming only from professionals employed by the county would be welcome.

We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is 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 made public records requests and 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 made public records requests and 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.

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

 

Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

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. The number of junk cars and trucks has grown since a new owner took over the property. Details here: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

 

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

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?

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.

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?

 

We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is 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.

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.

 

17.03.180 – Land use standards:

M.
Outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles. The purpose of this subsection is to expand the county’s authority to regulate outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles. Controlling outdoor storage of junk and eliminating junk vehicles from view will help preserve the safety and rural character and maintain the esthetic value of our neighborhoods in Island County. This subsection shall be liberally construed to implement its purpose.
1.
Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use. In order for outdoor storage of junk vehicles to be considered secondary the following standards shall be adhered to:
a.
Not more than one (1) junk vehicle may be placed or situated on a parcel that is one (1) acre or less in size.
b.
Not more than two (2) junk vehicles may be placed or situated on parcels that are one (1) to five (5) acres in size.
c.
Not more than five (5) junk vehicles may be placed or situated on a parcel that is greater than five (5) acres in size.
d.
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.
2.
Outdoor storage of junk is subject to the following standards:
a.
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.
3.
The following are exceptions to the above standards:
a.
Storage of junk and/or junk vehicles which is completely enclosed within a legally constructed building.
b.
Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may exceed the thresholds established in subsection M.1. above provided that:
(i)
It is secondary to a legally established permitted use, including agricultural equipment; and
(ii)
All vehicles are completely screened from view through the use of berms, landscaping, fencing and/or existing native vegetation;
c.
Outdoor storage of junk and/or junk vehicles or parts thereof which are stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with a business of a licensed dismantler or licensed vehicle dealer that is a legally established permitted or conditional use and is fully screened.

 

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 car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

More here:

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Whidbey Junk Cars and Non-DOD Water Contamination Concerns

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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?

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.

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?

 

Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish.

South Shore:

Check out Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

North Shore:

WDFW- “Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatment plant outfalls.”

Sounds like the municipal sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

Check out North Shore Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

More here: Whidbey Junk Cars and Non-DOD Water Contamination Concerns

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish here: Washington State Department of Health Recreational Sport Shellfish Safety Map

WDFW:

“Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatment plant outfalls.”

Sounds like the municipal sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

 

More here: Whidbey Junk Cars and Non-DOD Water Contamination Concerns

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

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

 

March 2, 2018 Whidbey News-Times:

“Landing’s water tests high in fecal coliform”

“Penn Cove has been designated at risk of having its water quality designation downgraded, which would eliminate shell fishing in the area.”

March 26, 2018 Whidbey News-Times:

“NPS steps up to tackle water contamination”

“Caitlin Budd, a water quality specialist with the county, said fecal coliform levels do seem to be lower after the completion of the project.”

“However, she said the department will require data over two years with at least 12 samples per year to draw a conclusion on the effectiveness of the project.”

“Budd also said there are many other smaller pollution sources that are dispersed throughout the Ebey’s Landing watershed that also likely contribute to the poor water quality designation.”

March 31, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“WEAN digs into asphalt mounds”

“Every agency is pointing at every other agency.”

 

We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is 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.

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.

 

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 made public records requests and 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 made public records requests and 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.

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

Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish here.

More here:

Ebey’s Landing & Penn Cove Water Quality

Penn Cove Water Quality

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

July 28, 2017 Whidbey News-Times: New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

“Brazier’s only been on the job three months and another code enforcement officer was just hired.”

March 6, 2018 Whidbey News-Times: Island County improves code enforcement

“Even with the 25 years of experience I have in this line of work, I always like to learn new stuff,” said John Brazier, code enforcement planner.

“Brazier said now he is usually able to respond to a complaint within 24 hours.”

“However, among public health and environmental concerns, he said many of the codes are in place to ensure Whidbey Island continues to be a desirable place to visit and live.”

“The codes are here for a reason,” he said. “Let’s face it, we live in a beautiful part of the state.”

Love to see newspeople get out and interview property owners, neighbors, business people, real estate agents, volunteer groups, etc.

Looks like the paper relies only on input from county employees to prepare stories related to junk cars in the community.

 

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 made public records requests and 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.

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.

 

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

A few questions for local newspeople:

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in 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.

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

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

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

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

March 2, 2018 Whidbey News-Times: Landing’s water tests high in fecal coliform

“Penn Cove has been designated at risk of having its water quality designation downgraded, which would eliminate shell fishing in the area.”

Not far up the road, and located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, is a property where a large collection of junk cars are stored.

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.

Public Records requests:

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

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

More here:

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

The county has not made an effort to check back or monitor this situation:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

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.

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

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?

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

More here:

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Beach Day

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

5/9/18

Public Records Request – Has Island County Code Changed?

If the code has not changed, why has the number of junk cars and trucks grown since a new owner took over the property?

Details here: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

5/9/18

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

 

5/16/18

A recent response to a 5/6/18 public records request:

“At least one of the cases shows the follow comment: The Initial Enforcement letter and Cease and Desist have been brought into compliance through use of screening.”

Why am I told what it says- instead of sending a copy of the files for me to read?

“In addition the existing code enforcement cases, related to these requests for records have been closed.”

Closed?

I want to read about how enforcement at this property was handled Re: the previous owner.

Details here:

Junk Cars – Public Records Request Protocols

 

6/22/18

Public Records Request – Where is the Report?

The attached note, dated 7/12/17 was provided earlier in response to a public records request Re: COV 228/17.

Please provide all records related to COV 228/17 that show:

Calendar dates that (address) or adjacent properties were visited by any member of Island County Planning staff.

Dates photos were taken at (address) or adjacent properties.

How Island County code was used to make decisions Re: COV 228/17.

Names of any Island County Planning staff members who were present at (address) or adjacent properties anytime in May through October of 2017.

I request the above records relating to any site visit, taking of photos, property inspection, or any discussion or meeting with the property owner at (address).

6/25/18

After two pleasant phone conversations, we agreed that there is no report containing the records that I am seeking.

E-mailed answer from Island County:

“I have no responsive records for your requests (PRR-749 and PRR-759).”

This inspection report authorized the results seen below.

2017:

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

If I was involved in a traffic accident out on the highway, the WSP would prepare a report to be used to determine who was at fault, and what factors contributed to the accident. This report would be signed by the officer who investigated the incident. This report would be available to insurance companies. These sorts of reports may lead to changes in speed limits, installation of guard rails, etc.

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?

Related:

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Whidbey Junk Cars & No Time to Interview People in the Community

Packed In 4 Deep?

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Photo-

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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Photo-

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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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

Click image twice to show more detail.

 

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) 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

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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

 

 

 

 

Photo-

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.

Thank you for your time.

 

 

 

 

Photo at top of page-

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