Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee:

GIPAC: Minutes for December 6, 2021 Meeting


Minutes of the December 6, 2021 Meeting of the

Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee


Hal Rooks opened the meeting at 6:35pm.  Attending via Zoom were board members Hal Rooks, Patty Rose, Michael Brown, Steve Orsini, Jep Burdock and Allen Bush.  Also attending were guests Michael Gray and Gabe Murphy.

Draft agenda was approved      

Draft minutes from November were approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Checking account was $4,538.85.  Randy Schnabel donated $100.00 and there was a $10 filing fee to the state for reupping GIPAC’s nonprofit status.

Public Comment – Kudos to Allen Bush for pulling off the 2021 virtual annual meeting last month.  We couldn’t have done it without his Zoom expertise.

Elections – The current slate of officers were re-elected to serve in 2022.  Hal Rooks Chairman, Allen Bush Vice Chair, Steve Orsini Treasurer, and Michael Brown Secretary.

Shoreline Master Plan Update – the county’s work on the SMP appears to be grinding along.  The county seems to be reworking the same plan that currently exists.  Some of the issues GIPAC is watching is armoring of the shoreline, and making variances less restrictive for shoreline setbacks.

Communication with County re: rainwater catchment and well monitoring.  Hal told the board that these proposals have not yet been docketed for 2022 but hope springs eternal.

Goals for 2022 - The board looks to continue its work on catchment and well monitoring and crafting an argument about how variances are granted without water concerns being addressed first.

The beaver issue/problem – The board is aware there is a concern about flooding in the valley caused by beavers.  The county has proposed two upcoming projects in their 5-year public works plan, fixing Edens Road flooding and South Shore Road erosion.  Jep Burdock and Michael Brown agreed to work on the beaver issue.

Hal Rooks adjourned the meeting at 8:20pm.