Rob Stern has been appointed Disaster Preparedness Director by the PLVC Board of Directors. Port Ludlow has been without a Director for almost a year and Mr. Stern brings significant experience to this role. He is the founder and principal of Defense Research, LLC, which develops advanced media for civil defense and emergency response information systems. He has developed a Citizens’ Emergency Response Guide which contains considerable disaster preparedness information and self-help articles. It can be accessed at The Port Ludlow Disaster Preparedness organization involves about 100 volunteers throughout the Community and its mission continues to be threefold:

  • Educate residents
  • Be a communications vehicle
  • Foster self-help when needed

Following a disaster, information can be radioed to Communications Centers at the Bay and Beach Clubs and then is relayed to Jefferson County Emergency Management and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue. An updated Disaster Preparedness Plan will be developed by Mr. Stern along with assistance from North Bay Coordinator Joe Lanjiahr and South Bay Coordinator Pat Lohrey. The first event of the new organization will be a Community Preparedness presentation by the American Red Cross in March. Details to follow.

Chimacum School District Facility Update


Submitted by Rick Thompson, Superintendent                                                         September 2015 

In February 2015 the Chimacum School District ran a bond measure for $34.8 million to improve K-12 facilities. While the measure received a simple majority vote of support, it did not gain the 60% supermajority required to pass. Since that time, the district has taken several important steps to move forward.

Those steps include carefully reviewing the 2015 measure, conducting further analysis of facility needs, and gathering feedback from community members to see what changes are needed for the successful passage of future bonds.

The school board remains committed to the goal of improved facilities and the following steps are taking place to better inform a possible February 2016 bond measure.

  1. A main objective of the 2015 measure was to create an elementary campus at the current Chimacum Creek Primary School site. CCP is now a K-2 primary campus only. Expanding this site to house additional grades would create a more efficient elementary program.
  2. Improvements to the infrastructure and building envelope continue, particularly on the main campus, using capital funds. These funds are inadequate to address all of the facility needs. We have hired Construction Services Group (ESD 112) to provide additional insight and analysis (a second level of detail) in the areas of safety and security, space and capacity, and educational programming. CSG are considered experts in the area of school facilities, and will help us create the best possible bond measure for voters. Initial grading of our schools indicate below average conditions. A rating was developed for each school campus.
  3. The stadium concept needs additional review and analysis. Our school architects have been asked to provide more options and details for the community about what athletic facilities might include, along with cost estimates for such facilities or portions of facilities which may be acceptable to voters. The board will carefully consider the stadium concept as part of the overall facility needs of the district. 4. We also expect to engage the community this fall and in the future using online community engagement strategies to see how we are doing as a district and to gather feedback about facilities from a wide variety of stakeholders. You can see this work conducted in other districts and organizations at

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at or by phone at (360) 302-5896 if I can answer any questions you might have. I would be happy to meet with you, your neighborhood, committee or club to discuss school matters.

Thank you for your interest in Chimacum Schools.

Have you hugged a candidate today?


Let’s VOTE for PLVC candidates!


Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) Annual Election ballots were sent out a few weeks ago. Ballots must be returned no later than September 30th to be counted, which is coming up soon. You can mail them to our PO Box 65012 (return envelope provided), or simply drop them off at the front desk of the Beach or Bay Club the next time you are there to exercise, attend a meeting or drop by to have coffee with a friend.

Late ballots will be accepted at the Bay Club until 3pm on October 1st

Please take a few minutes to review the biographies of your community neighbors that have expressed interest to serve a two-year term on PLVC. Then make your choices, and drop your completed ballot in the mail. Fairly simple, right?

Who’s Running?   Glad you asked!

From the South Bay:

Caleb Summerfelt – raised in Port Gamble, Caleb always dreamed of living in Port Ludlow. That dream was realized in 2014 when he purchased his home in Olympic Terrace. Has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and is currently working towards a second Master’s in Engineering Technology Management. Serves as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Acquisitions for a fabrication & engineering company. He saysAs a Port Ludlow resident, I want to continue contributing to help this community and see the surrounding area prosper. With my academic and business background I feel I can constructively contribute to PLVC and the community of Port Ludlow.” Caleb was appointed to an unfilled PLVC position last spring, this will be his first 2-year term.

From the North Bay:

Doug Huber – While this would be his first term on the Village Council, Doug has a rich and varied experience of being an active community volunteer & participant in county & local government. Here’s a list of some of the activities in which he is currently participating:

  • Member of PLVC Trails/Natural Resource Committee, vice-chair for two years
  • member of Metropolitan Park District committee (Jefferson County)
  • current member of Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, D#3
  • Observer to UW Jackson School of International Studies Task Force 2015 (2 studies)
  • Supports Jefferson Land Trust as a volunteer
  • Member of Ice Age Floods Institute

Doug says: I participate in the PTYC T-37 RC model sailboat effort & host the Wednesday practice session. I am familiar with the development of goals and objectives of PLVC and the community.”  Born in Toppenish, WA, Doug has lived in Port Ludlow since 1991.

  • Education: MPA Seattle University 1989, BA University of Washington 1975
  • Work Experience with a regional aircraft company in Engineering Operations

Mike Nilssen – Mike and his wife Jackey have been property owners in Port Ludlow since 1990, moving here permanently in 2005. His background has been specific to designing, developing and managing various healthcare systems and serving on several state and national association boards.  Has a graduate degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. He says The past two years as an appointed PLVC director has afforded me the opportunity to understand the complexities and nuances of Port Ludlow, and I would like to continue serving our community as a council member.”  Mike has served on PLVC since 2013. This dedicated public servant is also currently serving as LMC trustee and is it’s Treasurer.

Larry Nobles – Born in Spokane. BS Caltech; PhD Harvard (Geology). Professor, Dean and Vice President Northwestern University, now Emeritus Professor. Moved to Port Ludlow in 1998. Chair, Operations Committee, LMC, 2000-04. PLVC Board 2005-present (President, 2006-7), Community Development Committee Chair, 2008-present.

Terry Umbreit – Terry and his wife Julie have lived in Port Ludlow for three years and have owned property here since 1999. His professional career consisted of being a college administrator for 28 years in the field of hospitality business management.. Has a Ph.D. from Washington State University in addition to other degrees from Michigan State and DePauw Universities. He mentions For the past two years I have served as PLVC President. Once completing my term of office, I’d like to continue to serve Port Ludlow as a Board member from North Bay. The purpose of my candidacy is to use my expertise to help solve problems and challenges facing the community.”

A few details:

  1. One ballot per lot owner(s) is supplied: so even if you own 6 (six) lots, you are allowed one vote.
  2. IF you’ve forgotten to vote – not a problem (yet).  Just find that envelope in the stack of mail you’ve meant to sort, open it and look over the materials enclosed. Then grab a pen and start marking those Xs.  Easy as that. Drop it in the mail or bring down to your Club & drop it off at the front desk the next time you’re there.

Go-Vote-500x500In the past few years, we’ve seen a drop in the number of residents that return these ballots. Like it really doesn’t matter (it does). Or what’s one vote, more or less? (it means a LOT). We hope you’ll take the time to appreciate the efforts PLVC makes to provide good public service to our community, while also representing Port Ludlow with governmental organizations. Let us know you care about the work we do by mailing that ballot back, please.

 Thank you!

County to enter mediation with PLA



As you may recall, on May 7, 2015 the County sent a letter to PLA stating that PLA’s timber harvesting last year and this spring in the MPR-SFT and MPR-OSR zones within the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR) was in violation of applicable land use restrictions and proposed certain remedial measures. PLA responded by letter on May 19, arguing that the timber harvesting was not illegal and initiating the dispute resolution process set forth in the May 2000 Development Agreement between the County and PLA’s predecessor-in-interest (Pope). After certain negotiations between the County and PLA did not resolve the dispute, the County decided to retain the services of Patrick Schneider, a prominent land use attorney in Seattle, to advise the County on various legal issues.

Mr. Schneider advised the County of his opinions on those issues in late August. Last Tuesday, September 8, the county commissioners voted unanimously to proceed to the next step in the dispute resolution process, namely, mediation.  On Monday of this week, September 14, the commissioners voted unanimously to hire Mr. Schneider to represent the county in the mediation with PLA.  As we understand it, the timing for selection of a mediator and scheduling of the mediation sessions has not yet been determined.

We regard the County’s decisions to proceed to mediation with PLA and to hire Mr. Schneider for that purpose as positive developments for the County and for the Port Ludlow community. We will endeavor to keep you advised of further developments as that information becomes available.

Ad Hoc Committees on Timber Harvesting – Chairs

                 *Bill Dean (PLVC)   *Dave Jurca (SBCA)*     *Dave McDearmid (LMC)*

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OWSI: Wells are ‘Back to Normal’


August 28, 2015

Things are looking good and customers can resume normal water usage.

The reservoir levels are back to normal for this time of day and the well is still pumping without issue.  The piece of equipment that was disabled by the power surge serves a similar function to a surge suppressor that you might have on your computer or TV.  Unfortunately, it sacrificed itself while doing its job.  A new one is on order and will be installed next week.

Thank you all for your cooperation and patience!

– Larry and the OWSI crew.

Emergency Water Conservation


August 28, 2015

OWSI Well Pump Problem

We are asking all residents to limit water use today, particularly landscape irrigation and other non-essential water use.

The power fluctuations Thursday night caused a problem with the pump control in one of our wells (Well 16). This is one of our main sources of water.

We have an electrician on the way to help determine the problem and will let you know the status later today.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Larry Smith
Olympic Water and Sewer

(360) 437-8246 (direct
(360) 437-2101 (main office 10 am- 3 pm)
(877) 826-5787 emergency

Potential Impacts of Aerial Spraying near Teal Lake to OWSI Water Facilities


From: Larry Smith <>
Date: August 21, 2015 at 10:09:00 AM PDT
Subject: Pope Aerial Spraying near Teal Lake

Pope Resources/Olympic Resource Management (Pope) recently announced their intention to perform aerial herbicide spraying on the recently logged unit on Teal Lake Road known as “Bidder Sweet”.

In response, we did an analysis of any potential impacts to our water facilities in the area including discussions with the foresters who are coordinating the spraying and input from our consulting hydrogeologist and water system engineers.
• Teal Lake Reservoir is a 270,000 gallon, above-ground, fully enclosed, steel reservoir which is located in an easement area toward the north end of the parcel. Pope had already planned a 200 foot buffer around the tank. We understand that 200’ is the maximum buffer required from any physical or environmental feature. In addition, we inspected the reservoir to ensure that any potential entry points, such as drains or vents were protected.
• Well #14 is approximately 300’ west of the site. As part of our Wellhead Protection Plan (WPP), we have a recorded 100’ radius Sanitary Control Area (SCA) around the wellhead. We note that the proposed spraying is outside of the SCA.
• The wellhead is within the mapped 5-year and 10-year zones of groundwater travel in the WPP. Our hydrogeologist at the firm of Robinson Noble advised that that the water-bearing zone is adequately protected by the existence of a thick clay layer, or “confining layer”.
• Our water system engineer at HDR Consulting Engineers reviewed our findings and didn’t have any additional comment except to note that the Wellhead Protection plan was working as designed; it initiated discussion of activities and potential impacts
Based on the above, we don’t anticipate that the proposed spraying activities will impact our groundwater resource or storage in the area.

Olympic Resources Management to Apply Herbicide


Olympic Resource Management (ORM), is also known as Pope Resources

The area being described is along Teal Lake Road and Andy Cooper Road, where a large expanse of clear-cutting occurred earlier this year.

From: Adrian Miller []
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 2:29 PM
To: Umbreit, William Terry
Cc: Patrick Raymond; Mike Glass
Subject: Olympic Resource Management Herbicide Application

Mr. Umbreit,                                                                                                                        I wanted to make you aware that Olympic Resource Management will be applying herbicides by helicopter to approximately 123 acres on our property in an area recently harvested off of Teal Lake Road, south of Port Ludlow (see attached map).  Some residents in the Port Ludlow development closest to the operations may be receiving additional notice from our foresters, however, I wanted the community to be aware of the upcoming operation and that you should feel free to direct any questions residents may have to myself.

The herbicide application will likely be taking place towards the end of August or early September.  We cannot provide more precise timing of the applications as we are dependent on our contractor’s availability and weather constraints.  The operation should not take more than one day, however, depending on weather windows it could be spread out over multiple days.

We use herbicides to help reduce the amount of competing vegetation so that our seedlings can quickly establish and begin to grow the next crop of trees.  The herbicides we use are all labeled for forestry use and we follow both the federal law prescribed on the label as well as Washington State Forest Practice regulations.  While there are no streams in the unit, we will be buffering the small wetlands inside the unit.  We will also be buffering around the water storage tank that is in the interior to the unit.

We utilize licensed contract applicators for herbicide application and we will have a company representative on site during the application.  While our property is currently closed to the public for fire danger, we still will be posting signs at access points to the area notifying the public of the proposed activity.

Again, please feel free to pass along my contact information if anyone has any questions.  I would also be happy to make myself available to meet with any members of the community if that is more convenient.

Best,    Adrian

Adrian Miller, Manager of Policy and Environment                                                 Olympic Resource Management                                                                           19950 7th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Poulsbo, WA  98370

(O) 360-394-0595 (C) 360-620-0346

Attachments area                                                                                                 Welcome to Pope Resources

Preview attachment Bidder Sweet Spray Map.pdf


From: Adrian Miller <>
Subject: RE: aerial herbicide applications
Date: August 14, 2015 at 10:36:46 AM PDT

Attached and embedded in this email is a list of the products we will be using. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The labels for these products contain specific information about how these products must be used and the label itself is more than an “instruction manual” but is actually a reflection of federal law. We apply the minimum amount of product necessary to ensure that our planted tree seedlings can quickly re-establish on the site. Please note that the rates per acre presented in this email are below the maximum rate allowed under the label. In addition to the herbicides, we will also use seed oil which allows us to use less herbicide by helping to break down the waxy coating of some plant leaves. The drift control agent is exactly that, a product that helps create larger droplets that will get to the target vegetation faster. We also use larger nozzles to create larger droplets and obviously only apply in very low wind conditions measured on the site, before and during the application.

In addition to following the label requirements (federal law), we also conduct our applications under a permit with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and follow the Washington State Forest Practice Rules.

I will have to get back to you on your specific questions related to the two harvest units you referenced in your note. I’m out on vacation next week, but will provide that information upon my return. However, I can tell you that we evaluate every individual harvest unit on a site specific basis to determine if we believe we need to apply herbicides to help ensure that the trees we plant will both survive and grow. In some instances we don’t need to apply herbicides. In some cases we apply herbicides one time and that is enough to ensure the trees’ survival. In some cases we have to apply herbicides a second time. The two applications generally happen within the first 5 years after a harvest. After that, the trees are above the competing vegetation and are able to grow on their own without any additional treatment for the rest of the rotation, approximately 40 years.

I hope you find this information helpful and responsive to your questions and if you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to ask.



  1. Type: Herbicide
    EPA Registration . No.: 81927-5
    Product Name:SFM Extra
    Per Acre: 4 oz
  2. Type: Herbicide
    EPA Registration . No.: 42750-60
    Product Name: Gly Star Original
    Per Acre: 2 Qts
  3. Type: Herbicide
    EPA Registration No.: 81927-6
    Product Name: Rotary 2 SL
    Per Acre: 16 oz
  4. Type: Metholated Seed Oil
    EPA Registration No.: WA Reg # 2935-03001
    Product Name: Super Spread MSO
    Per Acre: 16 oz
  5. Type: Drift Control
    EPA Registration No.: WA Reg # 2935-11001
    Product Name: Crosshair
    Per Acre: 4 oz (as needed)

Adrian Miller (O) 360-394-0595 (C) 360-620-0346

Timber Harvesting Documents Available



Port Ludlow Village Council has placed a number of valuable documents on their website presenting extensive research into both the history and legalities of the Timber Harvesting Issue.

After you read through this material, prepared by the Ad Hoc Timber Harvesting Committees, you’ll have a much better understanding of various aspects of this issue.

We encourage you to take the time to examine these documents.

Go to to check out the selection of items to choose on the main menu.

Timber Harvest Update at PLVC Meeting, August 6th – 3pm Bay Club



                                            PLVC MEETING TOMORROW                                                                                             August 6 – 3PM, Bay Club                                                  Tree Harvest Update

  • Representatives of County, PLA and Ad Hoc Tree Harvesting Committees will be there to update you on this critical subject
  • Your attendance will indicate your interest in the topic, and you are encouraged to make your feelings known to those involved

 Ad Hoc Committees Activities

It has been three months since Jefferson County issued letters to PLA, Keith Guise and their logging contractor Cedarland Forest Resources notifying them that their commercial timber harvesting in Single Family Tract (SFT) and Open Space Reserve (OSR) zones within the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort was in violation of applicable zoning laws. Since that time, SBCA, LMC and PLVC have all formed special committees to review the issues relating to the timber harvesting. The committees’ goal has been to seek negotiations with PLA and/or Jefferson County or other persons deemed appropriate regarding remedies for these violations or other adverse consequences of the harvesting. Each organization has sent formal letters to Jefferson County outlining its expectations for an acceptable resolution.

In a letter response to Jefferson County dated May 19, the attorney for PLA stated that timber harvesting was a long-standing practice in this area and offered several other arguments why the harvesting supposedly was not in violation of the zoning code, including that permits had been issued by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. There are over 500 additional acres, almost 23% of the entire Port Ludlow MPR, that potentially could be clear-cut.

PLA initiated a “dispute resolution” process under the terms of the Port Ludlow Development Agreement, calling for the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute by negotiation or mediation before resorting to litigation. Although the County had seemed poised to issue a letter to PLA about the timber harvesting along Cameron Drive and Argyle Lane in the “Recreation Area” zone (the golf course), upon receipt of the May 19 letter from PLA’s counsel the County apparently decided to put that letter on hold while the issues relating to the other timber harvesting were being worked out.

The three special committees , chaired by Dave Jurca of SBCA, Dave McDearmid of LMC and Bill Dean of PLVC, have been working in concert to analyze the applicable laws and contractual provisions of the Port Ludlow Development Agreement entered into between Jefferson County and PLA’s predecessor-in-interest (Pope) in May 2000. The committees’ positions and arguments have been presented to Jefferson County in several written submissions and at Board of County Commissioners meetings. The committee chairs have had multiple meetings with County officials and PLA. County Commissioner Kathleen Kler has visited the affected areas and attended the PLVC meetings on June 4 and July 2, where she answered questions from residents. She expressed her understanding of the residents’ concerns and pledged to work within the County processes to try to resolve the dispute.

The County and PLA have treated their negotiations as “confidential” and have not shared with the committee chairs the substance of those negotiations. Representatives of the Port Ludlow community are not being allowed to attend or participate in the discussions between the County and PLA, but the three committee chairs have met separately with PLA’s owner Randy Verrue on three occasions, the most recent being yesterday, August 4. At this time PLA is reserving further comment until it has received additional information from its attorney. Another meeting with Mr. Verrue is scheduled for next week. As far as we know, there have not been any substantive negotiations between the County and either Guise or Cedarland.

It is the committees’ position that under the Development Agreement and applicable law timber harvesting was not, and never should be, permitted within the MPR, except for the purpose of clearing land for residential development or other permissible uses under the MPR zoning code. This is the committees’ overarching concern, but two additional issues are being emphasized in the discussions with both PLA and the County. Those are remediation of the environmental impacts of the logging, including addressing both the visual blight and other adverse environmental impacts, and forfeiture of profits from the logging that was done in violation of applicable zoning restrictions.

The committees are encouraged that on July 13 the County authorized the retaining of a Seattle attorney to prepare an “opinion letter” on various issues relating to the logging. The committees have shared with the County’s attorney their analysis of the pertinent issues. The current expectation is that it will take at least a couple more weeks for the County’s Seattle attorney to render his opinion. The committees will keep you apprised as things develop.

August 5, 2015

Excessive coliform levels detected in the North Bay drinking water



The following is an update to the July 22nd notice that LMC sent out for Olympic Water and Sewer regarding excessive coliform levels detected in the North Bay drinking water. 

August 3, 2015 Update  



August 3 Report

Good Morning – the samples taken Friday are also “NO coliform“. We have discontinued chlorination and the chlorine should soon dissipate and the water returning to normal.   We will be doing additional sampling later this week but are confident that this episode is behind us.

July 31 Report

All – the sample results from yesterday are “clean“. NO total coliform detected. Additional samples went to the lab today. We are going to continue the chlorination through the weekend and take more samples Monday.

If LMC members have questions about water quality in the North Bay please contact Larry Smith or Greg Rae of Olympic Water and Sewer.


 From: Larry Smith [] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 5:50 PM
Subject: Coliform update 7/28

Sampling did not happen today as hoped. Chlorine still not at target levels. Will try again tomorrow.



From: Larry Smith [] 
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 3:45 PM
Subject: Update on Coliform

We had hoped to take follow up water quality samples today (Monday) but unfortunately the chlorine hadn’t fully circulated in the system. The operations crew is working to run water from fire hydrants to pull the chlorinated water throughout the affected area. If this is successful we will be doing follow up sampling on Tuesday or Wednesday and will have the sample results back from the lab the following day.




July 21, 2015


OLYMPIC WATER & SEWER, INC. Water System, I.D. 68700L, located in Jefferson County submitted routine drinking water samples to a certified laboratory for the month of July 2015 for total coliform analysis.

The test results indicated that there was Total Coliform bacteria present in the sample but no fecal or E. Coli. The sample was taken from a routine sample station at 563 Pioneer Drive. Because of the configuration of the water pipes, we are confident that the only properties potentially affected are above (north and west) Oak Bay Road.

Since only Total Coliform has been detected, there is no immediate health risk to our customers.  If an immediate health risk had existed, you would have been notified right away. However, as a precaution the Washington State Department of Health has recommend that if you are currently taking chemotherapy, undergoing kidney dialysis, or have an immune deficiency you may want boil water. Total Coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves, however any indication of contamination is thoroughly investigated.

The following investigation and follow up actions are being taken in consultation with Washington State Department of Health:

All of the wells and storage reservoirs that serve the area were tested for total coliforms. The samples from the wells were negative, however the reservoir near Swansonville Rd. and Rainier Lane (in the LMC trailer storage yard) tested positive as well as the followup sample from the original sampling area on Pioneer Drive.

While we continue our investigation we have decided that the most efficient way to cure the problem is through a light chlorination. Beginning Wednesday, July 22 we will be feeding a small amount of chlorine which will possibly become apparent at the customer taps. We will continue this for up to two weeks, or until all of our follow up samples show that the problem has been corrected.

While we strive to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers, unfortunately situations such as this do occur periodically in a non-chlorinated system. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please do not hesitate to call us with questions.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                             Larry Smith, Vice President                                     Greg Rae, Operations Supervisor   (360) 437-2101                                                        (360) 437-7898                           Email:

The following is mandatory language required by the Environmental Protection Agency in these situations. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliforms is a possible health concern. Total coliforms are common in the environment and are generally not harmful themselves. The presence of these bacteria in drinking water, however, generally is a result of a problem with water treatment or the pipes which distribute the water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated with organisms that can cause disease. Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headaches and fatigue. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with the disease causing organisms in drinking water, but may also be caused by a number of other factors other than your drinking water. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for total coliforms to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Drinking water which meets this standard is usually not associated with a health risk from disease-causing bacteria and should be considered safe.


Recent Timber Activity NOT permitted


PLA and members of the VIllage Council, SBCA and LMC have received a letter from the Jefferson County Dept of Community Development dated May 7. 2015, informing PLA’s recent Timber Harvesting within Port Ludlow violates County Code and was not a permitted activity. The timber activity occurred in areas within the MPR that are zoned Open Space and Residential.

You can read the letter for yourself right here:

May 7, 2015

Diana Smeland                                                                                                                 Port Ludlow Associates                                                                                                     70 Breaker Lane                                                                                                                 Port Ludlow WA 98365

Re: Recent Unlawful timber harvests                                   Offer of Settlement, ER 408 applies

Dear Ms. Smeland:

The County has learned that Port Ludlow Associates (“PLA”), has, in violation of the Jefferson County Code, including but not limited to Title 17 of the County Code, harvesting timber on the following parcels of land located within the Master Planned Resort or “MPR.”

  • Parcel Number 821 211 003 – 65.25 acres –  MPR-OSF zone
  • Parcel Number 821 164 002 – 34.8 acres –    MPR-OSF zone
  • Parcel Number 821 172 001 – 31.5 acres –   MPR-SFT zone
  • Parcel Number 821 083 006 –   6.3 acres –   MPR-SFT zone

Because these parcels are located within the MPR and since they are zoned pursuant to Title as either MPR-SFT (MPR-Single Family Tract) or MPR-OSF (MPR-Open Space) the timber harvest was not a permitted activity or use and constitutes a violation of the County Code and technically a misdemeanor pursuant to County Code 1.01.160.  With respect to the MPR-SFT timber harvest the related DNR permit does NOT indicate PLA  intended to place residences there, meaning it was not a conversion option harvest.

The County acknowledges that PLA immediately stopped the timber harvest when told that such activity was in violation of the County Code (on May 2, 2015).

While the County has various enforcement tools available to it in common-law and in the County Code at Chapter 18.50 JCC, the County writes to suggest a different path to resolution based, in part, on County Code Section 18.50.110, a copy of which is attached. That Code section speaks of civil penalties of $100 per day for each violation and states they would be recovered from the violator “by legal action filed by the prosecuting attorney.”

There is, however, a second method described in Section 18.50.110 (1)(e) for measuring the quantity of the penalties the county would be entitled to recover. Certain violations which cause “significant damage” as defined by acts which included “clearing of trees’ may accrue penalties “at an amount reasonably determined by the administrator to be equivalent to the economic benefit that the violator derives from the violation.” This amount can be equated to “the value received by the violator.”

In this particular case the value received by the violator would be whatever net proceeds flowed to PLA from the sale of the timber harvested. In sum, the net amount garnered by PLA from the illegal timber harvest is the outside limit of the penalty the County might recover.

The County now makes a formal request of PLA for release of the information or records that would reveal the net amount to the State Dept. of Revenue the gross income and expenses incurred in conducting the timber harvest and would accept those records as proof PLA from this timber harvest.

The County is, however, willing to forgo any litigation if PLA will agree to undertake and implement the following action items or equivalent expenses such that the total expenses incurred by PLA for these three remedial measures (or any substitutions) is substantially equivalent to the net proceeds PLA obtained from the unlawful timber harvest. The County proposes:

  • PLA create, construct or install on behalf of the South Bay Condominium Association (“the SBCA”) or the related homeowners’ associations in the South Bay an amenity, improvement, structure or infrastructure having a value in labor and materials of not less than Twenty Thousand Dollars) ($20,000.00) or that portion of the PLA net proceeds left over after the other two remedial measures are accomplished, whichever is greater. Perhaps the SBCA has a wish list already of items it would like PLA to undertake and complete. Perhaps this would lead to completion of a project that would benefit the entire MPR community.
  • Plant mature trees (at least eight feet in height) of a native species at all locations where residences or plats where residences might be built abut the area where the timber harvesting occurred, doing so at a time that best guarantees the success of those trees. These mature trees should constitute a buffer of not less than 25 feet in width at locations where the clear-cut abuts residences or platted residential plats. If a forester would propose a different scheme or buffer width to achieve the hiding  of the clear-cut from the residences that would be acceptable too.
  • Plant seedlings at all locations where the timber harvesting occurred which are not covered by the second of these three requests again doing so when the climate and weather is most beneficial to such a process.

The County has listed above a proposed minimum expense amount intended to reflect the severe impact the illegal timber harvest has had on the aesthetics of persons living near it and remains open to a different number if that different number bears a substantial similarity to the revenue PLA obtained from the timber harvest.

With this letter the County asks that PLA make amends, if you will, to the South Bay residents and those living near the Oak Bay timber harvest. The County would be open to a different method to arrive at the same result.

Very truly yours,                                                                                                                   Carl Smith, DCD Director

CC: all with enclosures                                                                                                                SBCA                                                                                                                                   LMC                                                                                                                                     PLVC                                                                                                                                   David Wayne Johnson, planner                                                                                           David Alvarez, Chief Civil DPA                                                                                               Philip Morley, County Administrator


Community Meeting – May 7th


P o r t    L u d l o w   V i l l a g e   C o u n c i l

C O M M U N I T Y    M E E T I N G

Thursday, May 7th – 3pm

at the B E A C H   C L U B

 sky & trees

If you’re interested in the most current updates regarding recent timber harvesting within the MPR or the shooting activity near South Bay residential areas, plan to attend and share your own concerns & questions.

Community Update Reports from:

David W Johnson – Jefferson Co Dept of Community Development

Diana Smeland, President – Port Ludlow Associates

                   Plus representatives have been invited from                      Jefferson County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Department

You are encouraged to attend and participate

Watch out for Logging Permits


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Complaint Case created for PLA Logging in Open Space


April 22 2015

Concerned Citizens,

I thought I would give an update to the PLA Timber Harvest that took place recently in the Open Space Reserve zone of the MPR.  As you may be aware, that harvest was not reviewed by the County for zoning consistency prior to DNR approval, nor should it have been under State law, unless it were to take place in a Urban Growth Area, which the MPR is not.  I was therefore asked by Bill Dean of the PLVC to look at the MPR code to determine whether timber harvesting is allowed in that zone, and my read of the code indicates that it is not an allowed use in the Open Space zone.   I informed Diana Smeland on Friday April 3rd of this and she immediately stopped the harvest.  I then placed stop work orders at both entrances to the site, one of which was removed recently by persons unknown, but which does not allow PLA to continue to harvest – they are hereby prohibited from any additional tree cutting in that zone, although they may remove the logs that had already been cut prior to April 3rd.

I also met with Bill Dean and citizen Dave Jurca who had additional concerns regarding the recent clear cuts along Oak Bay Road which occurred in the Single Family Tract zone.  As a result of all of the above and my consultation with Carl Smith, the UDC Code Enforcement Officer for the County, we have created a complaint case COM15-00058 and we are in the process determining if the Oak Bay harvests may also have been in violation of the MPR code, and if so, what further actions the County should take.   To that end, we are waiting for our legal counsel to return from vacation next week to advise us on these issues.

That’s about all I can tell you at this point.  I will provide an update to you as soon as I know more.

Thanks, and Happy Earth Day!

David Wayne Johnson – LEED AP – Neighborhood Development                                   Associate Planner – Port Ludlow Lead Planner                                                       Department of Community Development, Jefferson County                                   360.379.4465

Port Ludlow Logging on Hold


Port Ludlow logging on hold                                                                                        By Nicholas Johnson of the Leader                                                                                Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3:30 am

Logging in Port Ludlow

Forestland may be harvested as a renewable resource, such as this logging activity along Oak Bay Road near the Port Ludlow Village Center. Commercial timber harvesting is not allowed, however, in specific “Open Space Reserve” areas within the Port Ludlow Master Plan Resort boundaries. Jefferson County posted a “stop work” order April 7 to halt “Open Space Reserve” logging activity in Ludlow. Photo by Patrick J. Sullivan55245ba0e51f0.image

Port Ludlow Associates has called off a 25 acre timber harvest within the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort after learning Friday, April 3 that Jefferson County prohibits such activity.

County planner David Wayne Johnson posted a stopwork order Tuesday, April 7 at the harvest site south of Paradise Bay Road and east of homes along Teal Lake Road.

“We didn’t know it wasn’t allowed,” Diana Smeland, president of Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) said on Tuesday. “If David had come forward earlier or someone had told us, we wouldn’t have done it in the first place.”

Under contract with PLA, Cedarland Forest Resources of Gig Harbor, Washington began harvesting in March, said Smeland, who was not sure how many board feet of timber had been cut so far. Harvesting began about 30 days ago and the project was expected to take 30 to 45 days to complete.

“It’s not like we just went in and slashed the trees,” Smeland said. We went in and picked trees. We worked with the homeowners and left trees in based on their comments.”

Smeland said many of those working for PLA came from Pope Resources, a major timber harvesting company operating in Washington and Oregon.

“We’re used to thinking of trees as farming, as a crop that’s a renewable resource,” said Smeland, clarifying PLA’s intent was to thin the forestland, not clear cut it for future development. “Our intent was to log it and replant in the fall and winter. That’s still our plan, unless we’re told we can’t.”

During the April 2 meeting of the Port Ludlow Village Council, a resident who lives near the harvest site raised the question of whether such activity is allowed within the master planned resort.

The next day, after checking county code, Johnson sent Smeland an email notifying her that the PLA Logging in Port Ludlow Forestland may be harvested as a renewable resource, such as this logging activity along Oak Bay Road near the Port Ludlow Village Center. Commercial timber harvesting is not allowed, however, in specific “Open Space Reserve” areas within the Port Ludlow Master Plan Resort boundaries.

Jefferson County posted a “stop work” order April 7 to halt “Open Space Reserve” logging activity in Ludlow. Photo by Patrick J. Sullivan was harvesting on land zoned as Open Space Reserve, an area in which the county prohibits commercial harvesting.

“I didn’t know that this was going on or where it was going on or if it was an allowed use,” said Johnson, who looked into the purpose of that zoning designation upon learning of the harvesting. “It’s pretty clear the purpose of that area is not about anything but preserving the natural aesthetic. It’s more about maintaining vegetation than removing it.”

Johnson said the PLA is allowed to harvest in other areas of the master planned resort, as has been done around the resort’s golf course and in areas zoned for single family residences.

In this case, the PLA had a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit to harvest and sell timber from the site. That permit is necessary when planning to harvest more than 5,000 board­feet of merchantable timber, which amounts to about 2 acres or one full log­truck, according to DNR.

Bill Dean, a member of the Port Ludlow Village Council, said most residents were well aware of the harvesting.

“The fact that there was going to be harvesting was not a secret,” Dean said. “What was not known to any of us was that it was not allowed.”

Dean said area residents had become more aware of harvesting activity in the area after Pope Resources’ Olympic Resource Management clear cut a swath of state­owned forestland just south of Watson Road earlier this year.

“The fact that the parcel south of Watson Road was clear cut in the last 60 days has heightened everybody’s concern in Port Ludlow to clear cutting,” said Dean, pointing out that Olympic Resource Management was initially starting work at 4:30 a.m. and disturbing residents with noise before agreeing to start later each morning. “It used to be forest and now there’s this big open field with tree stumps.”

Johnson said if it wanted to, PLA could request the county do a code interpretation and could appeal the resulting decision to superior court. Smeland said that won’t be necessary.

“We’re going to comply with what DCD says,” she said.

As for who dropped the ball, both Johnson and Smeland are sharing blame at the moment.

“Our ability to enforce the code is severely curtailed by a lack of resources,” Johnson said, acknowledging that one Port Ludlow resident had requested county officials conduct an investigation into potentially illegal harvesting. “To call for an investigation begs the question: what don’t you want us to do in order to make time for that? We just don’t have the resources and it can be hard to explain that to people.”

Smeland said she would have expected Johnson could have checked the legality of the PLA’s harvesting as it was well publicized in the months prior to starting, though she also said she understands the county’s limitations.

“How do they keep up with everything?” Smeland asked. “If you had to check any little thing every single day, how could you even do that? I’m not going to point any fingers. In fact, I probably should have looked closer.”

If allowed to continue, PLA plans to harvest on other parcels zoned as within the master planned resort just north of its current harvest site.

Open Space Reserve Development of the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort was initiated by timber company Pope & Talbot in the late 1960s on 1,800 acres surrounding the inner portions of Port Ludlow Bay. Land ownership in 1985 was transferred to Pope Resources, and sold in 2001 to Port Ludlow Associates, LLC.

Keep up on DNR permits

To learn about and keep track of newly issued state Department of Natural Resources forest practice permits, visit where you can sign up for email notifications through DNR’s Forest Practices Application Review System.

Recreational Shooting near Port Ludlow a Big Concern


Following a motion at the April 2nd PLVC meeting, the following letters were provided to Diana Smeland-PLA President, John Rose-VP Olympic Resource Management, County Commissioners Kler and Sullivan regarding Recreational Shooting near Port Ludlow:

PORT LUDLOW VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                                P O Box 65012  Port Ludlow, WA 98365

April 8, 2015

Diana Smeland, President                                                                                               Port Ludlow Associates                                                                                                       70 Breaker Lane                                                                                                               Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Jonathan Rose, Vice President                                                                                       Olympic Resource Management                                                                                     19950 7th Avenue NE                                                                                                       Poulsbo, WA 98370

Hello Diana and Jon,

We are experiencing a serious problem regarding the frequent discharge of firearms in areas outside, but close to the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR) which is designated as a “No Shooting” area by Jefferson County. The shooting seems to be occurring mainly on land owned by Pope Resources in the general vicinity of Teal Lake (principally on Jefferson County Tax Parcels Nos. 821281001, 821281002 and 821281003), but some shooting may also be occurring on land owned by PLA. Although there are “No Hunting” signs posted at various entry points to these properties, shooting is still occurring in these areas with increasing frequency. The shooting that we are hearing sounds more like plinking (informal target practice) than hunting. It is noted that the Olympic Resource Management Hunting Map has as its first rule “No target shooting”. Sometimes it sounds like gunfire from automatic weapons, and it occurs even after dark.

The County Sheriff’s office has indicated that if the shooting occurs outside the designated No Shooting area, there is little that can be done to restrict the shooting activity. The Sheriff’s office has also said that most of the shooters seem to be coming over to this area from Kitsap County.

In 2001, Pope Resources granted an “Easement Over Adjoining Lands,” copy attached, which grants PLA and Port Ludlow homeowners associations the right to install recreational trails. These lands generally wrap around the west, south and east areas of the MPR and an extensive system of trails has been installed for the use of Port Ludlow residents. The trail system includes trails extending south of and around Teal Lake, and is one of the most popular and widely used amenities of the Port Ludlow community. Unfortunately, many of our residents are now afraid to use portions of the trails due to the frequent gunfire being heard in the vicinity. Within the MPR, there is also concern that shooting outside the No Shooting area could result in bullets coming into the specifically protected MPR area. In addition, numerous residents have complained about the noise from the shooting and raised the issue of a fire hazard.

On behalf of Port Ludlow residents and trail-users, we request that Pope Resources and PLA post “No Shooting” signs along with their No Hunting signs on these properties, or authorize us to do so. Furthermore, to encourage the Sheriff to remove individuals not following that no-shooting prohibition, we request that a letter be sent to the Sheriff notifying him that Pope Resources and PLA do not consent to shooting on their properties and that any shooters on the properties in question are therefore trespassers and should be asked to leave. A sample letter with a map delineating the areas in question is attached for your consideration.

Yours truly,

Terry Umbriet                                                                                                             President


PORT LUDLOW VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                                P O Box 65012  Port Ludlow, WA 98365

April 8, 2015

Commissioner Kathleen Kler                                                                                     Jefferson County Courthouse                                                                                         1820 Jefferson St                                                                                                                 Port Townsend, WA 98368

Dear Commissioner Kler,

We appreciated your making time in your schedule to attend our monthly meeting on March 4 and arranging for David Sullivan to attend in your absence on April 2. Continuing a two way dialog between Port Ludlow and the County is extremely valuable.

As you requested, we would like to bring a matter of resident concern to you. As in some thirteen or so areas within the County, the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR) has been designated a No Shooting area under JCC ch. 8.50. That is fine as far as it goes, but since we are surrounded by forests there are times when the woods are filled with gunshots. In many instances these do not seem to be hunting shots, but multiple, automatic fire type sounds. We assume most of the shooting is not for hunting purposes, but instead is informal target practice (“plinking”), just for the heck of it. The concern of the residents relates to gun discharges outside of the MPR where the bullets may come into the resort area. Further complicating the issue is that the PLVC has developed twenty miles of hiking trails which extend to areas that are outside the MPR boundaries.

In a recent incident, a resident contacted the County Sheriff who investigated the shooting. The Sheriff’s deputy advised the resident that the discharges were taking place outside the MPR and that consequently there was nothing he could do to stop it. The deputy also mentioned that most of the shooters seem to be coming into the area from Kitsap County,

Although we are in the process of contacting surrounding landowners and requesting that they prohibit shooting on their properties and post “No Shooting” signs in addition to the “No Hunting” signs already in place, we also urge the County Commissioners to consider enacting an ordinance establishing buffer zones around designated No Shooting areas to reduce the potential danger from stray bullets being discharged outside the zone, but coming into it. In the case of the Port Ludlow community, there is an extensive recreational trail system that extends outside the boundaries of the presently designated No Shooting area. Accordingly, we request that a one-mile no-shooting buffer zone be established around the boundaries of the existing No shooting area.

We wanted to bring this concern to your attention and look forward to your attendance at our upcoming meetings.

Yours truly,

Terry Umbriet                                                                                                               President

Cc: Commissioner David Sullivan


Regarding PLA Timber Harvest in Open Space Zone


The following was sent to Diana Smeland, PLA President on April 3rd, with copies to all PLVC members:

Tree Harvest in the MPR Open Space Zone


As a follow up to the question on timber harvesting in the MPR Open Space zone, and after reviewing the MPR Development Agreement and Code, I’ve concluded that tree harvesting is not allowed in the MPR Open Space Zone, for the following reasons:

  1. Timber Harvesting is not a listed use per 17.05.090 and under 17.40.020
  2. Timber Harvesting is not a listed exemption under 17.05.100
  3. The purpose of the MPR Open Space zone is to “preserve in perpetuity” (forever) and enhance the natural amenities of Port Ludlow.  The uses allowed in that zone shall be low impact and serve to promote and enhance the aesthetic qualities of the MPR.  Natural amenities are those that occur naturally from nature as with trees.  Tree harvesting is not a low impact use of the land, nor does it serve to enhance the aesthetic qualities of the MPR – quite the opposite.

17.05.090 Compliance with regulations required.

No structure shall hereafter be erected and no existing structure shall be moved, altered, added to or enlarged, nor shall any land or structure be used, or arranged to be used for any purpose other than that which is included among the uses listed in the following chapters as permitted in the zoning district in which the structure or land is located, nor shall any land or structure be used in any manner contrary to any other requirement specified in this title. [Ord. 8-99 § 2.20]

17.05.100 Exemptions.

The following structures and uses shall be exempt from the regulations of this title, but are subject to all other applicable local, state and federal regulations including, but not limited to, the county building ordinance, interim critical areas ordinance, the shoreline management master program, and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

(1) Wires, cables, conduits, vaults, pipes, mains, valves, tanks, or other similar equipment for the distribution to consumers of telephone or other communications, electricity, gas, or water or the collection of sewage, or surface or subsurface water operated or maintained by a governmental entity or a public or private utility or other county franchised utilities including customary meter pedestals, telephone pedestals, distribution transformers and temporary utility facilities required during building construction, whether any such facility is located underground, or above-ground; but only when such facilities are located in a street right-of-way or in an easement. This exemption shall not include above-ground electrical substations, sewage pump stations or treatment plants, or potable water storage tanks or facilities, which shall require conditional use approval in any zone where permitted;

(2) Railroad tracks, signals, bridges and similar facilities and equipment located on a railroad right-of-way, and maintenance and repair work on such facilities and equipment;

(3) Telephone booths and pedestals, underground utility equipment, mailboxes, bus shelters, informational kiosks, public bicycle shelters, or similar structure or device which is found by the director of community development is obviously intended to be appropriately located in the public interest;

(4) Agricultural buildings used to house livestock, store feed or farm equipment;

(5) Minor construction activities, as defined by the UBC, Section 106.2 and structures exempt under Chapter 15.05 JCC, as amended;

(6) Stormwater detention facilities associated with and accessory to new development are permitted in all zones. Any above-ground detention facility or pond shall be screened from the public right-of-way or appropriately landscaped to ensure compatibility with the surrounding area. [Ord. 8-99 § 2.30]

17.40.010 Purpose.

The MPR-OSR zone preserves in perpetuity and enhances the natural amenities around Ludlow Bay, the Twin Islands and other natural areas within the MPR. Uses within the open space reserve shall be low impact and serve to promote or enhance the aesthetic qualities of the Master Planned Resort. No residential or commercial development shall be permitted in the MPR-OSR zone. [Ord. 8-99 § 3.701]

17.40.020 Permitted uses.

The following uses shall be permitted in the MPR-OSR zone:

(1) Parks, trails, paths, bridges, benches, shelters, and rest rooms, with associated parking;

(2) Directional and interpretative signage and kiosks;

(3) Private roads for maintenance and utility access or access to an interpretive center or equestrian facility. [Ord. 8-99 § 3.702]

David Wayne Johnson – LEED AP – Neighborhood Development                               Associate Planner – Port Ludlow Lead Planner                                                       Department of Community Development                                                                   Jefferson County           360.379.4465

PLVC to host OWSI’s Water System Plan Update Feb 10th



Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) will host an informational meeting for Olympic Water & Sewer, Inc (OWSI) ratepayers on Tuesday, February 10th at 4pm at the Bay Club. The purpose is to review their Water System Plan Update.  The complete 344-page document is currently available at both the Bay & Beach Clubs, or at the OWSI office. More information is also available in the February 2015 issue of The Voice, pages 18 & 34.

Included on this website is the complete Table of Contents. Section 1 – Introduction and Section 14 – Financial Plan of the WSP Update. It is located from the Top Menu under OWSI Water System Plan Update.

Upcoming Community events in February


  • The PLVC Health & Wellness Committee is sponsoring a free DVD presentation of the 2014 Dementia Forum on Wednesday, February 4th at 1pm at the Beach Club. Gail Bosch of Harrison Hospital and Jenny Eidsmoe of the Alzheimer’s Association are the video’s featured speakers.
  • Free handouts on Dementia available. Coffee & cookies will be served.
  • Sign-up sheets for this DVD presentation are available at both the Beach & Bay Clubs.
  • The Olympic Water & Sewer (OWSI) consumer information meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb 10th from 4-6pm at the Bay Club. Their Water System Plan Update will be reviewed: copies are available at both the Bay & Beach Clubs. For more information, check out the article in the Feb 2015 issue of The Voice on page 34.
  • Traffic Alert! State Route 305 Agate Pass Bridge, which links Bainbridge Island to the Kitsap Peninsula, will be reduced to one lane during daytime hours from February images9-28. Drivers are advised to expect long traffic delays while WSDOT bridge preservation and maintenance crews hand-clean and low-pressure-wash the bridge’s chords and areas under the deck. This means leaving much earlier to catch a ferry to Seattle, or taking the Kingston or Bremerton ferry instead.

Let’s Light up the Village


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The Port Ludlow Village Council would like to enhance the lights placed on the parkway trees on Paradise Bay Road near the Village Center during the holidays. The PLVC Holiday Lights committee has been busy soliciting bids and studying the lighting challenges we’ve experienced in previous years. We want to improve the image of Port Ludlow by using high quality, commercial lights on our trees. The committee estimates this can be accomplished with a budget of $6,000. The funds would be used to purchase waterproof lights, materials and improve the electrical infrastructure.

In order to raise the necessary funds, we would like to encourage you to sponsor a tree for $200, even though any donation large or small would be gratefully accepted. You’ll be recognized in an appropriate manner (unless you tell us that an anonymous donation is preferred).

We have already benefitted by invaluable assistance from PLA and their electrician, and Holiday lights1have a commitment from Wave Broadband to help install the lights properly.

We are very excited about this opportunity to spruce up our Village. Because we need to determine how many lights to purchase, we’re asking that donations be sent by Monday, November 17th, yet we can receive your donations up to December 31st.

Checks made out to PLVC Holiday Lights can be dropped into the festively wrapped boxes at either the Bay or Beach Club lobby. Or, if you prefer, they can be sent to:

Port Ludlow Village Council   *   PO Box 65012   *  Port Ludlow  WA  98365

    PLVC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax deductible

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With your kind assistance, our Holiday Lights will look spectacular!


PLVC Election Results


All the votes are in & counted, the public has spoken. There are 3 incumbents and 1 new community member that will serve 2-year terms on the Port Ludlow Village Council through October, 2016.

Bill Dean (new) – will serve as interim Utility Committee chair

Linda Haskin (incumbent) – will continue as Treasurer. Also serves on Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Election, Phone Directory committees

Laury Hunt (incumbent) – will continue to serve on Administration (chair) & Community Development committees

Tamra McDearmid (incumbent) – will continue to serve on Community Welcome, Communications (chair), Election & Phone Directory committees

Congratulations, and a big thank you for serving our community in this capacity!imgres

Time to Vote!


The ballots for the Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) are in the mail. Within the next few days, you will receive this ballot. Please take a few minutes to review the biographies of your community neighbors that have expressed an interest to serve a two-year term on PLVC. Then make your choices, and drop your completed ballot in the mail.

There will also be boxes in prominent locations at the Beach and Bay Clubs so you can save a stamp.

One ballot per lot owner(s) is supplied: so even if you own 6 (six) lots, you are allowed one vote.

In the past few years, we’ve seen a drop in the number of residents that return these ballots. We hope you’ll take the time to appreciate the efforts PLVC makes to provide good public service to our community, while also representing Port Ludlow with governmental organizations. Best way to not forget to vote or to discover it’s buried in other paperwork on your desk – is to open & read it as it’s delivered, mark your choices, and get it right back in the mail.  Thank you!

UTC to announce it’s ruling on OWSI surcharge August 28th


PLVC has received a communication from the State of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission dated August 21, 2014. This letter relates the following information:

Regarding Case # 110436, OWSI Surcharge Proposal

This issue is on the agenda of the open meeting at 9:30am on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at commission headquarters in Olympia, at 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW.

The UTC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to participants with disabilities. If you require special accommodations, please contact the commission at (360) 664-1132 or

If you are unable to attend the open meeting in person the commission has a telephone line that enables you to participate or listen. Call our Record Center at 360-664-1234 for instructions and to be added to the sign-in sheet the day before the open meeting.

You may view the company’s filing at Enter “110436” into the Search Docket tool. You can find additional filing information by clicking on “Regulated Industries,” and under “Water ” heading click on “Active Cases.” You will find this case on the list on the Active Cases page.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me at 1-888-333-9882 or if you have questions. Thank you for contacting the commission with your comments about this proceeding.

Signed, John Cupp – Public Involvement Coordinator


Village Council endorses Ludlow water surcharge


from The Port Townsend Leader                                                                           Wednesday, August 13, 2014                                                                                          By Jeff Noedel

Port Ludlow’s utility company now has the support of a divided Port Ludlow Village Council after a last-minute push to settle a water surcharge dispute outside a courtroom.

Olympic Water & Sewer Inc. (OWSI) ratepayers would still pay the same amount the company wants to recoup from the failed drilling of Well 17, a total of $160,000, but $48,000 of it would be billed with the next well project. OWSI also conceded that if another attempt were to be made to drill on that same North Bay location and it were to fail, ratepayers would not be billed.

The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC), an advisory body for a community that has no municipal government, voted 5 to 2 with one abstention, to support OWSI’s surcharge request, proposed three years ago.

State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) staff urged OWSI and the PLVC to resolve the issue before an August deadline, when the case would be turned over to an administrative law judge. Now, UTC staff are to study the proposal (a copy, dated Aug. 11, is attached to this story on and make a recommendation to the UTC board – approval is not guaranteed, and could take eight months, according to UTC staff.

The controversy stems from costs OWSI incurred from a failed attempt to increase water supply specifically for Ludlow’s North Bay area. OWSI has one water well on its property at 781 Walker Way, the largest company-owned parcel in North Bay, and in 2009 attempted to drill another. At 50 feet down, the new well hit groundwater contaminated by gasoline, apparently from a known underground tank leak (an estimated 110 feet away) thought to be resolved in 1991. Existing Well 2 (85 feet from the known contamination) has not shown any problems, according to OWSI.

OWSI, a division of Port Ludlow Associates (PLA), master-planned resort community owners, wants customers to pay for the costs of the failed Well 17. Dozens of customers have objected to the surcharge proposal in public meetings.

In a July 28 negotiation meeting between PLVC and OWSI, the water company offered to defer $48,000 of the proposed surcharge and bundle it with future well drilling. That would reduce the surcharge to each customer from an originally proposed $2.70 to a new $1.92 per month for three years.

Also during the July 28 meeting, the PLVC extracted a concession that if OWSI drills at Walker Way again, and again has to abandon a drilling project because of contamination, that OWSI would not seek ratepayer reimbursement.

An attempt to reach a settlement between the PLVC and OWSI has had a new sense of urgency, as time has officially run out with the UTC, and the matter is about to be turned over to an administrative law judge. That hearing process is tantamount to a trial, which could cost $300,000 or more, according to the PLA. If OWSI prevailed in the administrative hearing process, customers could be saddled with the original $160,000 plus legal fees.

Lately, the majority of the PLVC board has favored a settlement rather than risk losing before an administrative law judge, especially after the July 28 concessions by OWSI.

Laury Hunt, an attorney and PLVC board member who conducted the Aug. 7 meeting, acknowledged a “substantial financial risk” in letting the issue go before an administrative law judge.

“I don’t want to go into court,” Hunt said.

In the Aug. 7 meeting, nine board members and 20 people debated primarily over two new twists that OWSI injected into its draft letter to the UTC. OWSI wanted the PLVC to endorse that letter.

The first OWSI change was to narrow the reference to pledging never to seek reimbursement through a surcharge. Audience members immediately objected that the new language seemed to leave open the possibility that OWSI could seek reimbursement through a rate increase instead.

Carol Reichstetter, one of the surcharge’s most strident critics, said, “The only value to this, if there is any, is that we are guaranteed forever that if they decide that they’re going to drill at that site [and abandon it for contamination], we will never have to pay for any part of that. It’s a tiny little concession. It’s the only one they made to us. And this is essentially taking all the force out of it.”

Later in the one-hour deliberations, OWSI withdrew the reference to surcharge, opening up the prohibition of future failed Walker Way costs to all forms of customer reimbursement.

The second new wrinkle in OWSI’s draft was its proposal that any future failed Walker Way drilling costs be approved or disapproved by the PLVC board in the future. Not only was this opposed by many PLVC board members and customers, but the debate quickly mushroomed into the suitability of PLVC to represent the Port Ludlow community in the first place.

OWSI withdrew this language from its draft letter, but not before two PLVC board members and one audience member stated their opinions that the PLVC does not represent the community on the surcharge issue.

Board member Dave Armitage implied that OWSI had flip-flopped on how it rates the PLVC. Armitage referred to a public document in which OWSI manager Larry Smith implies that the PLVC represents fewer than 200 people; OWSI has 1,700 customers. Armitage then asked, “Since when did the PLVC speak for the whole community?”

Audience member Dianne Ridgley, her voice raised, took to the podium in the Bay Club auditorium and delivered an impassioned speech. She said:

“If you’ve already agreed you don’t speak for all of Port Ludlow, why are you sending a letter to the UTC saying the community thinks we should pay this bill? From everything I’ve read, what I see is the contamination is owned by PLA and Pope Resources; it is not ratepayers.”

PLVC board member Tamra McDearmid also criticized some of her colleagues. She said, “I am a little disappointed with some of the members of our council that so politely voted this through, when they know darn well that most people in the community do not agree with it. So are they voting for themselves or are they representing the community?”

PLA President Donna Smeland responded, saying that there are many customers who accept the surcharge. She said “many” customers have come to the PLA office with a check to pay the surcharge. PLA declines to accept those checks. She added that most customers who phone PLA with questions about the surcharge seem satisfied with PLA’s explanations.

Smeland had also noted that PLA believes the surcharge request is fair but the company has “other things to work on” and in the interest of saving time and money, wants to get the issue resolved at the UTC level because “nobody wins” if it goes before an administrative law judge.

With time in the meeting running out before a mandatory 5 p.m. adjournment, PLVC President Terry Umbreit said it was time to decide.

Armitage made a motion, which McDearmid seconded, that the letter of support be refused. That motion failed 5 to 3.

Then, Laury Hunt made a motion that the letter be supported by the PLVC, seconded by Larry Nobles. That motion passed 5 to 2, with one abstention. Voting for the motion were Hunt and Nobles, plus Linda Haskin, Mike Nilssen and Rose Hablutzel-Jackson. Voting against the motion were Armitage and McDearmid. New PLVC board member Brett Oemichen abstained from the vote, because he felt the draft letter, in its unfinished form, should not be voted on at all. President Umbreit only votes to break a tie.


PLVC reaches compromise agreement with OWSI surcharge fee


At the August 7th general meeting, the PLVC was provided the OWSI letter to WUTC that proposes a compromise from the original April 2014 surcharge request. After discussion and some wording changes, Council’s majority concurred this letter covered the points that had been agreed-upon at the Special Meeting with OWSI/PLA on Monday, July 28th. From a motion made at the 7/28 meeting, the Council’s majority further agreed to send a letter of support for these surcharge changes to WUTC.

Should WUTC approve the proposed changes to the surcharge, the total each rate-payer will be asked to pay would be $67.06, or $1.92 for 38 months. This is a reduction from the original total request for $94.19 per rate-payer ($2.70 per month).

OWSI and PLVC reach consensus that could settle water surcharge dispute


The Port Townsend Leader     Wednesday July 30, 2013                                                   By Jeff Noedel, Contributor

In a special Monday morning meeting of the Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) and the top two officers of Port Ludlow Associates (PLA), the organizations reached an agreement in principle on a proposed water rate surcharge that flows from a failed well project.

“Well 17” hit gasoline-tainted water when it was drilled in 2009. PLA is the parent company of the Olympic Water and Sewer Inc. (OWSI), the water company that drilled the well on land that once held underground fuel tanks at 781 Walker Way in Port Ludlow.

For years, OWSI has sought to recover about $160,000 in costs related to the failed Well 17 through a possible three-year surcharge to customers. And for the same length of time, a vocal group of customers has objected.

Since 2009, the dispute has been under the aegis of the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). It has been increasingly unlikely the three-person UTC would decide the matter as long as the two sides are far apart. In a public meeting on July 14 in Ludlow, UTC staffers said that on Aug. 1 the dispute would be transferred automatically to an administrative law judge. A hearing could take up to eight months and cost far more than $160,000, staffers said.

Monday, PLA President Diana Smeland and Vice President Larry Smith – who is also OWSI manager – came to PLVC’s special meeting offering to defer $43,000 of the $165,000 and tack it onto the cost of drilling another well, likely years in the future. Smith said $31,000 was the direct cost of well drilling in 2009, and $12,000 was a portion of legal fees tied directly to the well drilling. The proposed deferral would lower the monthly Well 17 surcharge to customers from an original $2.70 to $1.92 for a period of 38 months.

Last week, PLVC President Terry Umbreit had considered conducting the advisory body’s July 28 special meeting in executive session, but then decided the meeting would be open. He said PLA agreed to meet in public.

One of about 20 customers who sat in a ring of chairs around the conference table in the craft room of the Bay Club was Carol Reichstetter. When the audience was allowed to speak and ask questions she criticized PLA’s offer. She said, “Frankly, I am astounded you brought this to us. This offer has no value.”

About an hour into the 90-minute meeting, the focus of the audience was funneling down to the possibility that OWSI might again try to drill a new well on the Walker Way property, and might again hit contamination. And that PLA could again seek relief from customers.

From the audience, Dave McDearmid asked PLA officers, “Can you offer something in writing that says you can never drill another well on the Walker property?”

Smeland and Smith looked at each other, whispered, and said they needed to leave the room to discuss that idea.

During the three minutes the PLA executives were gone, some of those present got into a debate over whether “South Bay” would share its water with “North Bay.” Some residents seemed to be joking, while others seemed to be serious. OWSI has said that drilling Well 17 was a less costly alternative for North Bay’s water needs than piping water from a South Bay area well.

When Smeland and Smith returned to the table, Smith announced that indeed PLA could agree that if it drilled for water on the Walker Way property again, and again hit contamination, customers would not be asked to pay a second time.

And for the first time, a consensus began to bubble-up from the bottom of the deep Well 17 controversy.

PLVC directors voted 5 to 2 in favor of a public expression of support for OWSI’s rate surcharge, with the $43,000 deferral.

It was a conditional vote, subject to seeing the offer in writing. PLVC’s next meeting is Aug. 7, and PLA’s Smeland said that would be enough time for the water company’s lawyer to draft the document.

The Leader spoke by phone to the UTC’s Gene Eckhardt, assistant director. Eckhardt confirmed that OWSI will have no trouble getting an extension to formalize the PLVC’s formal support of the compromise.

Eckhardt said the deal would still require UTC staff and commission approval. Eckhardt said of any new angles in a proposed compromise, “Staff will have to take it all apart and put it all together and make sure it is in the best interest of [all stakeholders] before it goes to the commissioners.”

Reichstetter, an attorney, litigator and mediator, reiterated her opposition.

“We didn’t get much. I was looking for the whole thing to go away,” Reichstetter said after the meeting. “I don’t think there is an administrative law judge in the land that would want to set the precedent of a surcharge on contaminated land.”


Upcoming Special Community Meetings


PLVC will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, July 28th in order to hear Olympic Water & Sewer, Inc (OWSI) present a different proposal rather than the current rate fee surcharge currently before the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission (UTC).

All residents and OWSI customers are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at 10am at the Bay Club.


Upcoming Special Meetings

Residents of Port Ludlow:

There are several important community meetings coming up within a month’s time to share with you. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend any or all of these activities.  You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all Port Ludlow community events.

1. The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) will convene a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 9th at 4pm in the Bay Club Conference Room.           Agenda items include:

* Report from Community Development Committee                                                            * Preparations for WUTC meeting regarding OWSI proposed surcharge                              * Discussion of DEIS report on Pit to Pier Project – planned response

2. League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum for the position of County Commissioner, District 3 on Thursday, July 10th at the Beach Club from 7-9pm.

3. The State of Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commission (WUTC) is traveling from Olympia to Port Ludlow to host a special meeting on Monday, July 14th at the Beach Club from 5:30-7:30 pm. The meeting’s purpose is to hear from Olympic Water & Sewer, Inc. and its customers regarding costs associated with the April 2009 drilling of Well#17 and the investigation & remediation of contamination discovered while drilling. OWSI has requested a surcharge, which needs to be approved by WUTC.                NOTE:  UTC Staff explained at the July 14th meeting that if the Commission is unable to reach an agreement about what is fair, reasonable and prudent concerning the OWSI rate fee surcharge by August 1, 2014, this issue will be referred to an Administrative Judge for mediation and decision. That process would take about 8 months.                                                                                       

4. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Pit to Pier Project has been released for review & comment. The comment period is 45 days and ends on August 11th. An open house will be held on August 4th at the Bay Club from 5:30 to 8 pm. You are welcome to submit written comments or testify in person at Aug 4th meeting. The DEIS can be viewed at  





Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)

Meeting with UTC Staff, OWSI and Port Ludlow residents/rate payers

Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc  Docket UW-110436

Monday July 14, 2014 5:30-7:30pm        Beach Club

1.  Introductions

  • Staff
  • Company Representatives
  • Customer spokespersons

2. Current Case Status (staff)

3. Going Forward – Process (staff)

4. Customers’ Issues

5. Company Comments

6. Discussion – Agreement/Consensus

UTC is traveling from Olympia to Port Ludlow in order to allow the customers (residents of Port Ludlow) of OWSI to share their concerns and comments about the application for a rate fee surcharge for 38 months. Plan to attend this important community meeting.

OWSI Surcharge Suspended


The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), at its April 10 open meeting, suspended the water rate surcharge requested by the Olympic Water and Sewer Inc. (OWSI). Below are the findings and conclusions and order of the WUTC concerning the requested water rate surcharge by OWSI. The WUTC is required by law to respond to a rate change request within a 30 day period or the rate change automatically goes into force. The language in the response is very formal due to the legal nature of the document. The WUTC staff has been directed to investigate further. The suspension is temporary pending the outcome of the staff’s findings.

DOCKET UWll0436                                                                                                   ORDER 03


(1) The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is an agency of the
State of Washington vested by statute with the authority to regulate the rates,
rules, regulations, practices, accounts and affiliated interests of public service
companies, including water companies.

(2) Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., is a water company and a public service
company subject to Commission jurisdiction.

(3) The tariff revisions Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., filed on March 7,2014,
would increase charges and rates for service presently provided by the Company
in Jefferson County.

(4) This matter came before the Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on
April 10, 2014.

(5) Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., has not yet demonstrated that the tariff revisions
would ultimately result in rates that are fair, just, reasonable and sufficient.

(6) The Commission believes it is necessary to investigate the Company’s books,
accounts, practices and activities, and to investigate and appraise various phases
of the Company’s operations.

(7) Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., bears the burden of proof to show that the
proposed increases are just, reasonable and sufficient.



(1) The tariff revisions Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., filed on March 7, 2014, are suspended.

(2) The Commission will hold hearings at such times and places as may be required.

(3) Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc., must not change or alter the tariffs filed in this docket during the suspension period, unless authorized by the Commission.

(4) The Commission will institute an investigation of Olympic Water and Sewer,
Inc.’s books, accounts, practices, activities and operations as described above.

DATED at Olympia, Washington, and effective April 10, 2014.

PLVC Letter to WUTC regarding OWSI surcharge proposal


Earlier this month, each Port Ludlow resident received a letter from Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc. (OWSI) regarding a proposal to the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to approve a $94.19 one-time surcharge.

Attached is the Port Ludlow Village Council response to this letter, which was approved at the PLVC general meeting on April 3, 2014. An eBlast was sent to the community, providing this letter with the suggestion that residents prepare and send letters of approval or opposition to this OWSI surcharge proposal to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by April 10th.

To communicate directly with the UTC regarding this proposal:

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission                                                        Attn: Steven King, Executive Director and Secretary                                                         1300 S Evergreen Park Drive SW  Olympia, WA 98504-7250                                           eMail:             Telephone: 1-888-333-WUTC (9882)


April 3, 2014

Steven King, Executive Director and Secretary                                                         Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission                                                         1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW                                                                                 Olympia, WA 98504-7250

RE: Olympic Water & Sewer, Inc. Docket UW-110436                                                           Surcharge Filing for $165,059

The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) represents the nearly 1700 home and condominium owners within Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort. We are essentially the customer base of Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc. (OWSI) We are concerned that the application by OWSI for a surcharge against rate payers as reimbursement for costs related to the drilling of Well#17 and the resultant investigation of contaminants is unreasonable.

In 1990, when the underground tanks were removed, the contamination was assumed to be stable. Prior to the drilling of the proposed Well#17, OWSI consulted with the Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology, and Jefferson County Health Department. OWSI was offered a series of recommendations, including:

 1. “Consider a different well site location within the same quarter-quarter section that is both upgradient and away from the old underground storage tank locations.”

 2. ”Test boring in the immediate location of the proposed well to show the absence of any gasoline analytes in the soil.”

OWSI drilled Well#17 at a down gradient position within close proximity of the gasoline storage tank locations. This resulted in drilling into contaminated soil. The PLVC is concerned that OWSI appears not to have used the above mentioned considerations. Therefore, we do not feel OWSI rate payers should be expected to pay for the costs of drilling Well #17, or the contamination investigation which followed.

Today the contamination covers an area of about an acre, 50 feet deep. The contamination has migrated 125 feet south of the removed tank site and is approximately 50 feet from the adjacent residential property to the south. This defined contamination site must be considered unstable.

The need for an additional water source for OWSI customers is understood by the Village Council. However, we do not believe the OWSI customers should be held financially responsible for either the drilling of Well#17, or the subsequent investigation fees. Furthermore, we do not believe any cost relating to contamination, remediation, and legal costs, with this well site location, should be recovered from rate payers. All of these costs are related to a business decision to site a well in a location known to be previously contaminated. Port Ludlow rate payers should not be called on to bear these costs, nor any future costs related to this matter.

Respectfully Submitted

W. Terry Umbreit, President                                                                                               Port Ludlow Village Council


PLVC Wine Tasting Fundraiser – April 3rd



The Port Ludlow Village Council is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser April 3, 2014, from 5-7 pm in the Bay Club Auditorium. The event features unusual wines from Washington presented by Doug Charles, founder of Compass Wines in Anacortes, Washington. He is one of the leading authorities on wines of Washington State, and is a frequent lecturer and judge on the subject. Doug will share his expertise on each of the wines served during the evening, and orders can be placed for your favorites.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Bay Club or from PLVC Board members. To reserve tickets, call the Bay Club at 437-2208. A raffle will be held featuring local items such as a hotel stay, dinners and rounds of golf. Besides providing an enjoyable social evening with community friends, the purpose of this event is to raise funds for the council’s activities. Many of the PLVC committees rely on our financial sponsorship. Examples include the important work on Port Ludlow’s Trails; Disaster Preparedness events; our local recycling program; and the Health & Wellness Forums.

The Village Council’s General Meeting precedes the fundraiser starting at 3 pm.  Meredith Wagner, Director of Jefferson County Library, is the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.

We hope you will join us for some Happy Hours of wine, music and prizes.

Jon Rose, with Pope Resources our guest this Thursday, March 6th


Plan to attend the Village Council’s March 6th meeting, when we will host Jon Rose, the Director of Real Estate for Pope Resources. His perspective on the current state of the Housing Industry in our local area, the region and state ought to be quite enlightening.  We’ll meet at 3pm in the Bay View Room of the Beach Club.  Join us!

PLVC Disaster Preparedness Event Sat 2-22




Port Ludlow Disaster Preparedness

Are YOU Prepared?

Learn how to get prepared to survive and recover more quickly from any disaster.

The Port Ludlow Village Council Disaster Preparedness Committee will hold its first of four Preparedness events at the Bay Club Saturday February 22, 2014 at 3pm.

The event guest speaker will be Keppie Keplinger, Deputy Director of Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management. Topics will include: Developing a mindset for some of the “what-ifs”; “Go Kits”; Vision for the preparedness group; Handouts.

Future meetings on Disaster Preparedness will be held in May, August, and October.

If you are interested in attending please contact David Aho at so that appropriate seating and materials can be arranged.  Hope to see you there! 


Medicare Counseling Session Feb 12th


Wednesday, February 12th: 1-3pm at the Bay Club

The Health & Wellness Committee is offering a free community service you might be interested in attending.  Individual Medicare, Affordable Care Act & Health Information Counseling Session this coming Wednesday, Feb 12th – from 1-3pm at the Bay Club.

Counseling sessions are on a first-come-first-served basis. No appointments are required or available. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kathy Traci,

Individual health insurance coverage – Meet one-on-one with a volunteer In-Person Assister (Navigator) who is trained and certified through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to assist with enrollment in a health insurance plan for those who are uninsured and under age 65. Learn if you are eligible for a tax subsidy to reduce your premium or for the expanded Medicaid program.

Medicare Beneficiaries – For those approaching age 65 or already age 65, meet one-on-one with a volunteer from SHIBA (Statewide Health insurance Benefits Advisors) who will provide free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) and Medigap insurance policy choices.

Healthcare counseling – Learn from PLVC Health & Wellness Committee volunteers who will assist with navigation and use of free medical on-line databases.

Hope to see you there!


February 6th PLVC meeting to feature PUD Commissioner


  • Upcoming Port Ludlow Village Council Meeting                                                    Thursday, February 6th:  3-5pm at the Bay Club                                           

wayne   Guest Speaker:                                                                                                               Wayne G King, Commissioner –  PUD Jefferson County        

  • Do you have a question, comment or concern regarding our utility services? This would be a good time to discuss them with our District Commissioner.
  • Jefferson County’s Public Utility District is responsible for providing the services of electricity, water & sewer to Port Ludlow. Their customer service can be reached by calling (360) 385-5800, 8:45am – 5pm (M-F), or toll-free at 1 (800) 700-7152. They maintain an informative website at  Have an outage to report? Call (360) 385-5800, 24/hours a day, 7/days a week, or go to their website and fill out the form provided.  
  • The PUD Board of Commissioners meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5pm. Meetings are held at the PUD Office, 230 Chimacum Road in Port Hadlock.
    Meetings are open to the public. They invite your feedback regarding the services they offer and their activities in the community.

Other Agenda Items include:

Community Reports from:

  1. David W. Johnson, Jefferson County Department of Community Development
  2. Larry Smith, President – Olympic Water & Sewer, Inc

Council Business, including:

  • Reports from PLVC Committees
  1. Communications Committee 2013 Report – Tamra McDearmid
  2. Recycling Committee – Steve Failla

Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend

Two PLVC Upcoming Events of Interest



Wednesday, January 8th: 1-3pm at the Beach Club

Wednesday, February 12th: 1-3pm at the Bay Club

Counseling sessions are on a first-come-first-served basis. No appointments are required or available. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kathy Traci,

Individual health insurance coverage – Meet one-on-one with a volunteer In-Person Assister (Navigator) who is trained and certified through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to assist with enrollment in a health insurance plan for those who are uninsured and under age 65. Learn if you are eligible for a tax subsidy to reduce your premium or for the expanded Medicaid program.

Medicare Beneficiaries – For those approaching age 65 or already age 65, meet one-on-one with a volunteer from SHIBA (Statewide Health insurance Benefits Advisors) who will provide free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) and Medigap insurance policy choices.

Healthcare counseling – Learn from PLVC Health & Wellness Committee volunteers who will assist with navigation and use of free medical on-line databases.


#2  Port Ludlow Village Council Meeting                                                            Port Ludlow community members are welcomed & invited to attend

Thursday, January 9th 1-3pm at the Bay Club                                                                       Guest SpeakerChief Brad Martin, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue

Community Reports from: 

  • David W. Johnson, Jefferson County Department of Community Development
  • Diana Smeland, Port Ludlow Associates

Council Business, including:

  • Approval of 2014 Budget
  • Board Resignations and Replacement Candidates
  • Reports from PLVC Committees
Future Guest Speakers:
Feb 6th      Wayne G. King, Commissioner, District 3 PUD Jefferson County
March 6th  Jonathan Rose, Director of Real Estate, Pope Resources
April 3rd     Meredith Wagner, Director – Jefferson County Library
For additional agenda information:                                                                                                           Choose “About PLVC” header & go to Upcoming Meeting Agenda

Creosote Pilings to be removed November 9th-12th


imgres Grab your thermos, dress warmly and bring a lawn chair: the creosote pilings are scheduled to be removed from Ludlow Bay November 9th-12th.  There will be about 41 pilings removed from Ludlow waters. The State Department of Natural Resources has contracted with Blackwater Marine of Kirkland to handle the removal of these toxic pilings. They will start Nov 4th in Port Townsend and travel south to Quilcene Bay in Hood Canal, working at about 7 locations. Project is slated to be completed by January 2014.

You may have noticed the article on the front page of the Peninsula Daily News on Monday, October 28. It explains the process in some detail, and notes the current schedule for piling removals along Puget Sound.  Blackwater Marine will be working from a barge and actually ‘shake’ each piling out to prevent breakage. It ought to be an interesting project to observe.

PLVC Election Results



The votes are in, and the results for 2013-2014 Village Council Directors are:

Larry Nobles, Victoria Tallerico & Terry Umbreit were re-elected for another 2-year term. Bob Grant had a successful write-in campaign, becoming a new director from the South Bay.

Election of Officers was held after the results were announced, and the following Directors assume their duties right away:

  • President:  Terry Umbreit
  • Vice President: Elizabeth Van Zonneveld
  • Treasurer: Linda Haskin
  • Secretary: Victoria Tallerico

Directors whose terms expire in October 2014 will continue with their responsibilities are: Dave Armitage, Laury Hunt, Tamra McDearmid, with Rose Hablutzel-Jackson (President of LMC) and Ed Knodle (President of SCBA) serving as representatives from the North & South Bay areas.

During the October workshop, a discussion was held about consolidating the many (16) committees into a more workable number. Motions will be made at the November 5th General Meeting.

Retiring Directors Lois Ruggles and Tony Durham were given sincere thanks for their many contributions during their terms of office. Well done, Lois & Tony!  We will miss your input.

Park District Forum Oct 3rd


How will YOU vote in November? 

                   Our ballots will contain a choice that involves all residents of Port Ludlow:                                                             Will you vote YES or NO                                                            to establish a Ludlow Park & Recreation District?

                                         To help make this important decision,                                                                                            the Port Ludlow Village Council                                                presents 

What:  Information Forum about Park Districts

When:  Thursday, October 3rd – 3pm

Where: at the Bay Club


  • County Administrator Philip Morley will discuss why Jefferson County has park-related funding issues 
  • Jim Boyer will speak about forming a Ludlow Park & Recreation District, and what it will accomplish 
  • All candidates running for Park Commissioner positions have been invited to share their views 
  • Dave Armitage will explain why the PLVC Parks Committee recommends your NO vote, and discuss the financial impact this Park District might make on our community

And: There will be time to share your questions with the panel.

It will be an insightful discussion – plan to attend!

PLVC reminder: Use Your Coupons!


organizer_book_300    How often do you pull out your red binder that contains residential and business listings for Port Ludlow and surrounding areas?  Once a week? Daily? Maybe just once a month. Yet the information you need is usually right there for you. It’s a handy little wealth of knowledge, isn’t it?

Just a reminder that within these pages is also a great collection of savings for you. Valuable coupons – ten pages of them – reside at the back of the book. There are NO expiration dates on these coupons, Even if you overlooked these before, there’s still time to cut them out and present them to the businesses offering these discounts. We all like to save money, don’t we?


In 2014, the Village Council Directory Committee will get back to work to prepare the 2014-2015 edition of this volume. If you have any suggestions or comments about it’s development, just drop us a line at the bottom of this page by clicking REPLY, or email us at – Thanks!

Upcoming Village Council Events


ballot-box      In the September issue of Voice, please check out the biographies of candidates running for a two-year term as a PLVC Director. Then watch your mailbox: ballots for the Village Council Election will be sent out by the second week of September. It’s important that these ballots be completed and returned promptly – to our post office box or just dropped off at either the Bay or Beach Club.  Your vote really counts!  The results will be announced at our Oct 3rd meeting.


The Council’s Community Development Committee, led by Larry Nobles and assisted by Terry Umbreit, is developing the program for a vital Informational Forum to be held during the PLVC General Meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at the Bay Club. It’s all about County Parks and how they will be stewarded – an issue we’ve been hearing about since January.

A Jefferson County Administrator will present why the County finds itself with park-related problems at this time. Member(s) from The Metropolitan Park District Steering Committee (MPD) will discuss what solutions they are recommending.  Representatives from the group that established the petition drive to place an initiative on the November ballot: whether to formulate a Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort Park & Recreation District will share their point of view.  Finally, a Port Ludlow citizen will talk about why he is saying “NO” to both of the suggested solutions: explaining why neither the MPD or a Port Ludlow Park & Recreation District should be voted upon in the affirmative.  There will be time to share your questions with the panel. It ought to be a lively discussion! Mark your calendars:  3pm – Thursday Oct. 3rd – Bay Club:  PLVC Informational Forum about County Parks.

Choreographing the change to bridge’s cables

Here’s more information about the cable work that’s occurring beneath the Hood Canal Bridge. Won’t make the long waits while the bridge is closed any easier, yet does provide under-the-water view. Bridge scheduled to be closed through Oct. 2nd.

Reprinted from the Kitsap Sun                                                                                     Updated Sept 27, 2015


NORTH KITSAP — A state contractor is replacing mammoth anchor cables that keep the Hood Canal floating bridge from floating away.

Forty-eight cables keep the 1.5-mile-long bridge in place. They’re 3 inches in diameter and 4,000 feet long in the middle of the canal, where the water is 380 feet deep. There, they travel 2,000 feet to the anchor, loop through it and return to the pontoon.

Under a $7.3 million contact, Manson Construction is changing out 21 of 24 cables securing the bridge’s west side. They’re 31 years old, installed after the west end sank during a Feb. 13, 1979, windstorm. New cables and anchors were added as part of the east-half bridge replacement from 2003 to 2009.

The cables are made of galvanized steel strands banded together and coated with an anti-corrosion film. Anchors are 46-foot-across, three-story-tall concrete tubs filled with rocks, said state Department of Transportation field engineer Amy Amos during a site visit Thursday.

Cables are inspected every two years for broken strands and general condition, the top 50 feet by swimmers, the depths by remotely operated vehicles.

Each cable takes workers three to five days to change. Since the project began July 5, Manson has replaced 14 of them.

Cables are replaced one at a time, but tension must be released equally on the one across from it so the pull on the bridge remains balanced. The anchor has an opening, like the eye of a needle. The new and old cables are connected and the old cable is pulled out, threading in the new one. Nobody even gets wet.

“The goal is you don’t ever have to go down there,” Amos said.

The task is nowhere near as easy as that sounds. The cables are heavy, tides strong and bridge openings for boats intermittent.

Those were among factors that stuck the draw span open for six hours on Sept. 9. Workers were replacing the cable just west of where the draw span splits in opposite directions. During the project, only the east side is being opened for boats, which is required within an hour of a request. After the vessel passed through, the draw span was closed, but it wouldn’t line up. With the end cables loose, an especially strong tide shoved it 14 feet out of alignment. The contractor’s small tugboat tried to nudge it back into place but didn’t have enough power. Larger tugs were brought in from Seattle to finally do it.

Of the six cables remaining, two are on the draw span but aren’t expected to be a problem.

“We shouldn’t have much movement on the draw span for the remaining cables,” DOT project engineer Michele Britton said.

The Department of Transportation can deny boats passage between 3 and 6:15 p.m. during the summer because of the effect on vehicle traffic. The agency has suspended that policy in exchange for requesting that boats request openings during slack tides.

“People may not be aware that the Hood Canal bridge is the only floating bridge in the world in a saltwater environment subject to tidal swings of up to 12 feet,” Britton said. “The huge tides in Hood Canal make bridge construction challenging, requiring a lot of energy and expertise.”