Boston Harbor Association

January 4, 2000 NEWSLETTER Volume VI, Number 1

 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR!

June 25, 2000 Music on the Dock

July 4, 2000 Fourth of July Fireworks

July 23, 2000 Music on the Dock

August 27, 2000 Music on the Dock

September 17, 2000 Fall BBQ and Potluck

 

SUMMARY OF WINTER MEETING:

 

The Winter Meeting of the association was held on January 12, 2000. Commissioner Judy Wilson answered questions on the County Budget situation, the 2000 Board was elected, several standing committees reported on last years actions and a discussion on violations of local zoning was initiated. Commissioner Wilson described how the County will have to redesign its budget this February due to the loss of funds from I-696. They will be looking for selective savings from each Department and will not make an across the board cut. The property tax rate will be at the 106% level as provided for under existing law. However the overall rate will remain the same based on reductions by other taxing authorities.

Election of Association 2000 Board found a continuation of the same membership as last year with the addition of Bob Knight to bring the number on the Board to 10. The Board members are Pam McHugh (formerly Jessen); David Jamison; Robert Knight; John Erickson; Dave Snider; Terra Hegy; Brad Payne; Jerry McDonald; Dave Monthie;Blair Nixion.

The Traffic Committee (Terra Hegy, 705-4950), after getting the County to install four way stop signs at the intersection of 73rd Ave and Boston Harbor Road, moved on the installation of a trail around the sharp corner on Boston Harbor Road at the Treatment Plant. Plant corner.

Sewer and Water Utility Committee: The water treatment upgrade, designed to substantially remove Iron and Manganese, has been working for a year and problems have mostly disappeared. Rates will remain the same for the near future. Only after we upgrade to UV sterilization should there be a change. Zoning violations: (1) Several new homes are really two family residences. While this is allowed under existing zoning, the Sewer and Water Utility cannot supply more than the allotted ERU's to each lot. This has resulted in a potential problem of not having enough ERU's available for currently unbuilt lots. The problem was caused by the County building permit office not catching these violations of the Utility District and by the inability of the Utility District staff to overturn these actions. (2) The corner lot opposite the treatment plant has been developed as a commercial lumber yard in defiance of existing zoning of only residential uses. It also failed to obtain the necessary permits for the fence gates and culverts. This violation was brought to the County's attention and enforcement action was initiated. The owner will have to ask for a variance or special use permit to continue the operation.

There is a need for a review of the existing zoning by the community--should the multiple family residences be allowed? Should commercial activities not associated with a residence be allowed? The Board will hold a series of meetings this Spring to discuss these issues and if needed make a recommendation to the community. If the community feels that the zoning should be changed by the County, the County must be notified by this August to begin the process.

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Activities:

 Music on the Dock - Music in a variety of forms will happen again at the BH Marina on selected Sunday afternoons this summer. Note the above dates. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Contact Pam McHugh at 357-5670.

 Fourth of July - The fourth annual fireworks show will occur at 10:00 pm, Tuesday, July 4. Donations will be appreciated anytime especially before mid April so fireworks can be purchased at a discount. Send donations to the BH Marina. Contact David Jamison at 357-4335.

 Fall BBQ and Potluck - The annual affair will occur on Sunday afternoon September 17. Volunteers are needed. Call Pam McHugh at 956 3649.

 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

 Pet Control: Pet owners should continue to exert control over your animals. Pet cats can roam the neighborhood chasing birds and using flower beds as bathrooms. Please control your cat, not only for your neighbor's benefit but also that of your cat. A national program called "Cats Indoors" was initiated last year to educate owners about protecting their cats from outdoor hazards such as attacks by wild animals, disease, cars, parasites, and exposure to pesticides. The average life of an outdoor cat is just two to five years, while an indoor cat may survive 17 or more years. Not only is it bad for them to be outside, but outdoor cats are a major threat to small birds. Nationwide millions of birds are killed by cats. Wild birds have not evolved defenses against the domestic cat and are vulnerable to heavy predation by this unnatural predator. Bells on cats are not effective because of the cat's habit of slow stalking. Even well fed cats catch birds because of their killer instinct. So please for the safety of your cat and that of our native wildlife please keep your cat inside or on your property.

 If you see animals causing problems please call Animal Control at 943-3640.

 Be sure you clean up after your pet if they accompany you on a walk off your property.

 

Light Pollution: Concerns about personal and property safety as our neighborhood grows and more outsiders come in on a daily basis has meant keeping doors locked and sometimes installing security lights to illuminate property. However security lights not only shine on your property but may also effect your neighbors. Please be sensitive that new or existing security lights do not intrude upon your neighbor. Install lights so that they are directed only at your property, use motion detectors so that the lights shine only when needed, or shield them to eliminate off site illumination. The common mercury or sodium vapor security lights can be easily shielded by painting the part of the transparent shield black that faces the neighbors. Plenty of light will still cover your property while the black paint will cut down light affecting others.