December 29, 2000 NEWSLETTER Volume VI, Number 2
The Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at the North Olympia Fire Hall at 7:00pm. Please note on your calendar and plan to attend.
-Discussion of the Capital Land Trust and its role in preserving open space in the community.
-Discussion by the County dealing with turning left onto the Boston Harbor Extension road
-Election of the 2001 Board (Nominations from the floor are
-Summary of the 2000 Questionnaire Results
-Development of a Community Trail
The Trust is a local non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of open space and unique natural properties. The Trust operates mainly through use of Conservation Easements and gifts of property from individual property owners. Volunteers inventory the sites and the Trust then protects the sites from inappropriate uses as specified in the easements.
The Executive Director, Eric Erlers, has made a presentation to the Association Board. He has indicated that the Trust is interested in working with the Association and community in identifying and securing appropriate sites. The Board feels that the Trust offers an opportunity to protect open space within the community so as to maintain the existing character and uniqueness of our area.
Eric will briefly discuss the Trust, its tools and how the
community can be involved.
Over the past ten years the Boston Harbor Association has worked on a variety of projects for the benefit of the community. Beginning with land use planning, the Association moved on to spearhead the upgrade of the sewer and water systems and more recently work with the County on traffic control, a path around the treatment plant curve, a community sign and a block watch sign along with a variety of community cooperative projects such as the Fourth of July Fireworks, Music on the Dock and the Annual Fall Picnic. Many of these actions were identified in the mid 1990ís through a series of Association workshops associated with an informal questionnaire.
In the spirit of the turn of the century, the Association Board felt that with the addition of new neighbors along with the actions accomplished in the past, it would be useful to assess the current mood of the community on a variety of issues. The Questionnaire 2000 was born. Mailed out the end of this October, the final tally of returns at the end of November showed that 86 members of the community had responded out of a total of 260 mailouts ( or 33% return). The Board thanks the community for this excellent response. The results can be summarized as follows (Statistical data summary is available at the Marina):
ïMost respondents (78%) favored a clear vision for the Boston Harbor community (13% no opinion).
ïMost respondents (63% and 70%) were opposed to having our own ordinances and forming a town (22% and 17% no opinion).
ïWhile many residents (45%) had no opinion of the need for
more community social events, 37% felt that more events would be
appreciated. The most common response (34%) was for a
winter/xmas event such as a tree lighting event at the marina.
ïAs for wanting improvements in the Marina area, 56% of the respondents thought that there should be some (28% no opinion). The most common response was for a cafe/deli or restaurant (42% of those wanting improvements). Better/more parking also was mentioned by 17%. 13% highlighted the need for cleanup of the beach, removal of sinking logs,the old spool, and the dead tree.
ïAfter the number of traffic controls put in place over the last few years ( stop sign at 73rd and bumps at the sewer plant corner) 56% of respondents did not feel that additional efforts were warranted (15% no opinion).
ïThe need for a leash law (Pet Control Zone) received more noís (49%) than yesís (38%), 13% had no opinion. Some people did complain about dogs off the leash making deposits on private property which has been a long term concern. Several respondents were upset over the failure of some residents to keep their dogs quiet during the day.
ïA kidís park (other than Burfoot) and tennis courts failed to excite the community: 41% said no to a park and 55% said no to tennis courts. The ìno opinionî category was high for both (33% and 22%).
ïEstablishment of a trail system did arouse the majority of folks (45%), but again there were a lot of ìno opinionsî(21%). However a trail system is already being studied for the community.
ïRestoration of the lighthouse received some 67% affirmative votes (23% no opinion).
ïPlanting trees along Boston Harbor Road or other streets generated a 51% no vote with 17% no opinion.
ïFinally there were a number of comments on what should be
included in a vision statement (29% no opinion). The main
thrust of the comments was to maintain the community the same as it
is now. Such words as flavor, uniqueness, spirit, atmosphere,
friendly, safe, funky, eclectic, and village were commonly
used. A number of respondents added that development must be
limited with maximum retention of existing trees and vegetation
along with maintance of existing open space. Note that growth will continue in the community due to the 43 sewer hookups still available.
The Association will use the results of the questionnaire to
develop a vision for the future for the community and to foster
specific action programs to implement that vision.
The Board developed an informational brochure that was mailed out
with the questionnaire. The purpose of the brochure is to
educate people about the Association and the community. The
Board would appreciate your feedback. More brochures are
available at the Marina.
Just a reminder that currently in Thurston County including Boston Harbor, it is unlawful to:
-Allow a dog or pet animal to continuously or habitually disturb the peace. (Farm animals are exempted.)
-Allow a dog to chase people or vehicles on streets or roads.
-Allow any dog to be unrestrained on public property, such as parks, grounds of public buildings including schools, etc.
-Allow the dog or pet animal to damage the property of another.
-Allow a dog to menace people or injure property or other domestic animals.
-Fail to register venomous snakes.
A Pet Control Zone would add to the above regulation that dogs must be physically confined to their property. Offsite they must be on a leash or under voice command. Cats are not permitted to trespass onto property where they are not welcome.
A web site is under construction with a debut in February, 2001. The site will contain the Constitution and Bylaws, past newsletters, and current activities. If you have other items you wish to see on the site or to provide your name and email address, contact David Jamison at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when the site is ready.