|Letters to the Editor - April 1, 2013|
|Written by Readers|
Wellington Hills SEPA Report is now up for review. It’s imperative that we make our views known, now, while the hearings are being held.
Currently, the Snohomish Council members are being hoodwinked by the Parks department. Whatever revenue, that supposedly would be generated by a sports complex, would be over-shadowed by the costs it would generate for the City of Woodinville, King and Snohomish counties and the taxpayers.
Our small rural park-zoned R5-nestled within a residential neighborhood on the Snohomish/King County line is being sacrificed by short-sighted politicians and vested interests within the Parks & Recreation Dept.
The park is located in rolling hills on a very steep, windy half-mile road that terminates into a two-lane rural road on the east and on the west that was not built to handle anything but local traffic.
Access to this park is so limited that gridlock would result if this park were to be used as a destination for the type of development that is proposed.
If this is built the City of Woodinville, King and Snohomish counties and the taxpayers will be stuck for the cost of revising the roads and sewer system to accommodate this assault to our serene community. Sewer-hook-up alone would cost each home-owner $25,000- $30,000, not to mention the property tax increases!.
Instead, a modest unobtrusive rural park would be an appropriate and financially responsible addition to our community, i.e. walking trails,picnic tables, and a playground for neighborhood children. The plan for the Brightwater mitigation funds should not be used to create an destructive and expensive burden to our community, as this proposed sports complex would indeed turn out to be. But this is what we’ll end up with if the Snohomish County councilmen don’t hear from their constituents opposing this boondoggle.
Email or write your elected Snohomish Council members before the end of this month while the SEPA hearing are the docket. Make your voice heard now or live with the consequences later.
James Dalecke, Woodinville
I am a longtime resident of the Wellington neighbourhood, which we were drawn to by the magnificent natural beauty and tranquility of the land and trees.
Over the last 10 years, this proud neighbourhood has withstood continued pressure from land developers, in partnership with King and Snohomish counties, to rezone and develop our beloved neighbourhood into another glorified suburb of Seattle, akin to Kirkland and other surrounding areas south of us.
Now, yet another potential threat has been proposed to our precious environment in the form of the development of the Wellington Park into a large multi-purpose sports and recreational facility with a 750 car parking lot and 100,000 square feet of commercial building space. I am very concerned about these proposed plans.
Although we have children who are active in a variety of sports activities, as do many of my neighbours, I strongly am opposed to the development of such an intrusive sports facility which impacts the natural settings of our local community.
Old growth cedar trees in the Wellington Park are not only a symbol of natural beauty and home to many birds and animals, but serve as an important wind and sound protection to our neighbourhood. These trees will be destroyed when the clear cutting starts.
Noise, night light pollution, ground water run-off from the paved parking lots and artificial turf fields down the hillside to the salmon-bearing stream below in Little Bear Creek will detrimentally change the local environment forever.
Have you visited our community and seen our local country roads? We do not have the infrastructure to support the huge influx of automobiles that will descend upon the area once the proposed sports facility is completed.
I urge you to reconsider the proposed plans for the development of the sports facility and, instead, work towards a more environmentally well balanced development of the Wellington Park allowing the richness of the local area to survive.
Lee Capell, Woodinville
I just talked with your customer service and would like to express my displeasure of your processes that are putting renters like us into difficult situations, and subject to additional cost, which is not acceptable in todays difficult economy.
We moved into our rental home in September and tried to register as users to pay our water/sewer usage (as we have always done).
We were told that you do not do that, and that billing stays with the owners of the home. This made us dependent on receiving the bills from them, and since moving in we received one bill from them (late) which we paid.
Last Friday we received a disconnection notice and a $20 penalty. This would make sense if we were negligent in paying our bill, but we never received a bill ... and were told by your customer service that we have to battle this out with the landlord, who of course has obligations, etc., etc...
This is not a fair practice in my opinion. I am sure we are not the only customer that is being disadvantaged by this rule. We have no intention of not paying our bills on time but are hit with penalties because we don’t even know what our bill is, when it’s due, etc.
First thing I know is a shut-off notice and a penalty that amounts to over 10 percent added cost.
Your rules of refusing to even send the end-user a copy of the bill directly, but sticking us with penalties that we of course have to pay, or battle the landlord, is not a customer friendly rule.
Yes .... the breakdown is either with the owner of the house, or possibly the mail system, but we are the ones that are penalized...!
I hope that you will review your billing policies to remove the problem, or relieve the penalties from the innocent.
Udo Gaag, Woodinville
A big thank you to all you Woodinville Weekly readers. Your donation of blankets, sheets and electric blankets has enabled the Grange’s volunteers to make sleeping bags for 13 years, and now we’re beginning our 14th year.
There have been over 500 made and delivered to the homeless tent cities in the county, to people at Pioneer Square, churches, low-cost housing at Sandpoint and to the Coast Guard building at the waterfront deck in Seattle where over 200 men get to stay.
A high school girl made a video of the procedure of making a quilt from the beginning and including the rolled-up quilt tied with two neckties for easy carrying.
The Union Gospel Mission has taken the delivery job on, where in the beginning a volunteer man in Seattle delivered them to Pioneer Square when he brought five gallons of soup and sandwiches on Sundays.
If local residents hadn’t been so helpful we couldn’t have made these badly needed sleeping bags. At this time we are in need of upholstery material for the ouside covering. Sheets, blankets and neckties are also most welcome.
Visitors are always welcome but call the Grange at (425) 398-3701 on a Tuesday morning after 10 a.m.
Helen McMahon, Woodinville
I am a fifth grade student. My class and I are learning about the United States. To help us learn as much as we can, we are trying to collect as many postcards as possible from around the country. Please send a postcard from your state to add to our collection. Send the card to: Gregory, c/o Mr. Neevel’s class, Brinckerhoff Elementary School, 16 Wedgewood Rd., Fishkill, NY 12524. Thank you, in advance, for your help with our project.
I want to thank the 5th grade students of Wellington Elementary and specifically the following: Bilaal Ahmad, Maya Bhat, Olivia Anderson, Sophia Chiesa and Sally Beaudette.
It is very inspiring to see the youth of the area take part in local causes that affect their community.
By becoming involved you are shaping your community into an area for yourself and your neighbors. I hope all of you remain active on this issue and we develop a community that you and future generations will be proud of.
I grew up in this community and became active in events that were shaping it when I was your age. I am proud to see you become interested in local issues.
Thank you for taking the time to do research and put your thoughts, and ideas into print. It is inspiring to me to see your energy about Wellington Park. It makes me think of the words of Louis Armstrong, “I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”