The Wellington Hills Sports Complex? No, it's NOT a done deal!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot

... waiting to speak my puny 3 minutes to the County Council, I recorded the following conversation between two guys in dark robes as they walked to the chamber's backroom door:

Voice 1: What is thy bidding, my master?

Voice 2: Send the fleet to the north side of Woodinville. There it will stay until called for.

Voice 1: What of the reports of the rebels massing near Wellington Hills Park?

Voice 2: It is of no concern. Soon the rebellion will be crushed and those pesky people will be one of us. Your work here is finished, Lord Vader, go out to the bulldozers and await my orders.

Voice 1: Yes, my master. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

$27 Million

... that's the projected price tag for Snohomish County's Department of Parks plan for Wellington Hills Park.



 T-w-e-n-t-y S-e-v-e-n M-i-l-l-i-o-n D-o-l-l-a-r-s 

                 .....  for a non-essential project.

                                 Kinda staggering isn't it?

Go ahead, use expletives. 

Then, tell the Snohomish County Council they need to put a stop to this mad plan.

Click HERE for their email address.

Their website is here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Snohomish County Council, Administrative Session June 9, 2014 - More money for the Department of Parks Wellington Hills Park Master Plan?

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.

Today, all five County Council members were in attendance.
One of the motions under consideration (and relative to the plans for Wellington Hills Park):

“Motion 14-236, authorizing approval of Amendment #3 to the contract for consultant services with Bruce Dees and Associates, LLC., landscape architects for additional services in the development of Wellington Hills County Park (ECAF 2202)”

Go HERE to read the full agenda list.

Bruce Dees and Associates is the landscape architecture, recreation facilities design company hired by Snohomish County’s Department of Parks to design the tournament level sports complex planned (but not yet approved) for Wellington Hills Park.

That reference to "additional services" in Motion 14-236 ??
To date, approximately one million dollars has already been paid to Bruce Dees and Associates. That money was for design work on the Dept. of Parks sports complex plan, aka, "The Master Plan". 

Today’s motion was about additional money for Bruce Dees and Associates.

Public comments were heard at the beginning of the Admin Session.

Here’s what I said to the County Council:

 Hindsight is a wonderful and valuable tool … if, that is, it’s actually used in a decision-making process.

You’re now considering providing more money for Bruce Dees and Associates … for what is essentially vaporware.

Regarding that business of hindsight … in October of 2012 a Snohomish County Council member said with some regret … that after the County’s expenditure of over one million dollars for the failed bio-fuel venture  … the County would be more cautious and wouldn’t invest in something unless there’s a solid business plan in place.

So, I ask, regarding Wellington Hills Park … is there a legitimate business plan in place?  And, if there is such a plan, where is it? 

Fiscal responsibility? … What will be the total cost for a sports complex in Wellington Hills Park? … If you proceed down this extravagant path for an over-built park, … my guesstimate for this low-priority and non-essential enterprise is a total investment of somewhere around an outrageous 27 million dollars.

You’ve already spent approximately one million dollars on Bruce Dees and Associates – and now you’re considering even more for them … and the Council hasn’t even voted upon whether to proceed or not with the totally inappropriate Wellington Hills Park plan.

Finally, how many County parks rely on volunteers for their upkeep?

For example, volunteers are necessary for the maintenance of Lord Hill Park and volunteers will be necessary for the care and preservation of Hooven Bog.

I wonder if those volunteers could use a few crumbs of the money being spent on Bruce Dees and Associates?”


To read about the failed Biofuel Venture – GO HERE.

For more about Lord Hill Park volunteers – GO HERE.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Snohomish County Operations Committee, Department of Parks, a White Paper and a Memorandum

Who said, "Keep It Simple, Stupid"?

If you answered Snohomish County you get a big fat, "WRONG!"

Before proposed motions and assorted gobbledegook get to a General Legislative Session, someone has to present stuff to the Operations Committee (made up of a couple of Council members) who then say yes, no, or the motion needs more study. After that decision is made, they set a date for the General Legislative to hear the motion (or the gobbledegook).

Anyhoo, if you're interested go here and you can watch webcasts of lots and lots past Ops Comm meetings.

And here's a YouTube of Tom Teigen making his case to Ops Comm back in 2012.

Now, for the point of all this ...if you are following the Wellington Hills Park fiasco ... the documents at the end of this quest are important.

(For the following, the word 'click' means click on the webpage items)

1. Go here.

2. Click on "Operations Committee" (in the darkened column)

3. Click "Agenda", the one dated 05/27/14

4. You should be seeing a list of items, beginning with "Public Comment" and then a bunch of "Action Items".

5. Scroll down to the last item, "Discussion Items"

6. Click on "Parks Memo re: Level of Service Methodology Review" ...  READ THIS DOCUMENT.

7. Rest, eat a meal, meditate.

8. Click on "Level of Service Analysis White Paper Review DRAFT" .... READ THIS DOCUMENT

Suggestion - both documents are long and ponderous - it's best to download and print to paper.

Finally, there will be no quiz ... but there will be consequences.

Plan view of 240th St. SE (at Route 9)

The concrete blocks are slowly being reset and the location of future lane widening can be seen.

Thought you might want to see a drawing of the County's plans for the lower portion of 240th St. SE.

If you want to be dazzled (or appalled) or both here are links to lots of stuff.

Snohomish County Documents

The document from which the above plan was copied.
Note the "Last saved" date of August 14, 2013.

Remember - County people always claim they make public whatever it is they've doing ... of course finding those public documents, that's a different matter ... think of the child's game of "Hide and Seek".

Also, if you have the time, patience and stick-to-itiveness ... go back to the County's main page and attempt to find other useful pieces of information.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rover One to Mission Control ... Signs of ancient ruins have been found ... more photos next orbit

or so it seems

photos by Bill Stankus
May 6, 2014


Oh, by now you should know ... These are the current photos of the de/re-construction of the block wall across from Costco at 240th St. SE & Route 9, in Woodinville Washington, in Snohomish County, mere yards from the King County line.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday: God’s Trees

                       We are the Forest
                       As sentinels of time we stand
                       Left in peace we live almost forever

                       We know the wind, rain and sun
                       Cathedral tall and circled by eagles
                       Majestic in proportion and silence

                       We stretch limbs skyward
                       Inviting all to our harmony
                       Beasts and man are welcome

                       Animals seek us out
                       For safety and bounty
                       We become outposts for life

                       Air and nutrients are our gifts
                       So is shade and coolness
                       We are God’s gift to the Earth

                       And man’s hand can break us


                                  words & photos by Bill Stankus