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Commentary: Part 2 – Our Collective Elected Government in Action

Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 12/4/2012


Sequim, WA – I did attend the Dec. 3,  2012 meeting of the  Sequim City Council Members, the Clallam County PUD, and the Clallam County Commissioners. the Carlsborg Project and they did talk about the “Dungeness Water Rule”.


Take a step back, and picture this meeting from a outsider’s prospective.


Intelligent responsible, adult MEN and WOMEN, elected as our county, city and PUD representatives sat around a table to collaborate on SERIOUS LOCAL ISSUES within Clallam County.


In a coordination process, the first LOCAL issue, the “Carlsborg Project”,  was discussed, planners, engineers, and our elected officials reached a consensus on a  workable solution to the serious local issue.


The last serious LOCAL issue, the “Dungeness Water Rule”, was kicked around the verbal conference table, as usual, like a ball in a wild soccer game, with TEN different teams on the playing field, no referee in sight, no winners, collectively making us all loser’s and no conceivable LOCAL SOLUTION to any part or portion of this serious local issue.



IT IS NOT  “The Carlsborg Project.”

IT IS NOT “The Dungeness Water Rule.”


THE REAL PROBLEM? of our elected representatives in providing LOCAL SOLUTIONS? to serious local issues? was mentioned repeatedly during the one and a half hour meeting.


BUT, Wasting time and money without the approval of…

“Planning, engineering, funding, committees”…

“All dependent on the approval of…”

“we need the approval of…”

“It can’t be approved without submitting a plan to…”

“We are waiting for the WA State Supreme Court ruling on…”

“We can’t proceed without the approval of …”


THE REAL PROBLEM  in CLALLAM COUNTY IS the ABSOLUTE control, regulations, restrictions, legal interference and WAC’S [Washington Administrative Codes] of  a WA State ENTITY,  THE APPOINTED DEPT. OF ECOLOGY.


[WA State] Rep. Steve Tharinger attended briefly. (Intel for Olympia on the Carlsborg Project?)


A transcript of this meeting should be available from the Sequim City Council.


Pearl Rains Hewett

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