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Couple goes in search of the facts
"Just the facts." That is what the Snoqualmie Planning
Commission requested from the public when they opened the public comment period
on Falls Crossing, a Puget Western (PSE) development located
above Snoqualmie Falls.
"This is not a popularity contest to be debated by like or dislike."
So, we went in search of the facts.
For five months we have been trying to get someone from WSFW
to provide some very simple information about wildlife issues on the
Falls Crossing Development property. What began as a simple series of
communications requesting habitat requirements and counts for pileated
woodpeckers has evolved into a scandal.
No one at WSFW Mill Creek office was aware of the project nor
did they have record of having received the EIS information, etc. The city
sent them more copies. Further calls and letters informed us (local citizens)
that the method of communication is "If there is something wrong, we will
let you know; if you do not hear from us, then you have our go ahead."
When trying to find out which individuals at WSFW had reviewed
the information, no names could be provided. Letters, e-mails and phone
calls finally inspired Carol Bordin, our area Wildlife Habitat Biologist to write
a letter to the city expressing several concerns regarding the water
quality, fish, etc. She recommended further studies be done. The immediate
response was an attempt by Puget Western to discredit her authority and
In an attempt to get the facts, the commission and city
requested WSFW send someone in person to a meeting. Carol Bordin and others
were invited repeatedly. Unfortunately their answer was to not respond.
Months later, we find that Carol had never received any of the invitations.
On March 2 Carol finally received her personal direct invitation. In
good faith she communicated with our city staff, arranging which meeting
she should attend. She hoped to bring additional regional experts to the
March 20 meeting. On March 10, Carol was transferred to a different regional
Will our planning commission ever know exactly what Carol was
trying to tell them?
Great news, our desperate pleas this morning to as many
high-level WSFW officials as we could reach must have worked. Carol's boss
just called the city and said he would like to attend Monday's meeting.
Our thanks to Dr. Joseph P. Koenings, State Director of WSFW; Jill
Montgomery and Greg Huckel for accomplishing in one day what we had tried to do
DAN AND LINDA NELSON