Fourlakes Annual Meeting February 26th, 2009 pg1
In Attendance: Terry Deschenes, Mark Anderson, Tara Bingham, Brendan Pecht, Mark Achzenick, Dan Reid, Chris and Keith Renfrew, Teresa Johnson, Evan Lurton, Shirley Koger, Rod and Lynnete Case, Wayne Bingham, Vicky Jackson, Bob and Sue Liebling, Brent Shurtz, Glen Kitchen, Tod Ray, Chauncy Deschenes, Jacob Bender,
James Hoganson, Shawn Mulqueeny
By Proxy: Kevin Bray, Nancy Horrocks, Louis Imhoff, David Prochaka, Michael Goza, Thomas Norton, Bob Windom
ITEM I. Rick Hess from
A. PSCA issues permits to properly licensed and
zoned businesses in
B. Cedar Grove has many “public nuisance” complaints filed against it every year. In 2007 there were many complaints handled by our inspector, Nina Birman. Other neighborhoods such as Mazama Woods are equally concerned.
C. “Public Nuisance” means that the actions of Cedar Grove Composting company affects our “happiness and/or enjoyment of our personal property”. A “unreasonable burden” must exist before PSCA can act upon these complaints.
D. PSCA role is to insure that the company’s technology is current and that they are operating that technology appropriately. The odor problem occurs when Cedar Grove grinds up the material outside or doesn’t use their Gore material properly. It is also suspected that the negative air conditions in the building that holds the material is not working properly. PSCA investigates and assesses fines when the company does not comply with permit standards. They may also require equipment/technology upgrades.
Grove has contracts from
F. The settlement agreement called for an enlarged building and no grinding of material outside, and that the material can only be processed under negative air conditions. Recent investigations found maintenance issues, such as conveyor filters. Cedar Grove is supposed to self report problems, and most of the time they do because it’s a felony not to do so.
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CEDAR GROVE COMPOSTING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Question: Does someone come out every time we call?
Answer: We are more concerned about daily operations than complaints so we are keeping a very close eye on that, but complaints do raise awareness. Cedar Grove often claims that the odor is coming from the dump.
2. Question: What about molds and bacteria in the air?
Answer: PSCA regulates ambient air quality such as the ozone, etc. The government has published standards but the air at Cedar Grove hasn’t been tested.
3. Question: What can we do to impact the permit process, up for review in May, 2009?
Answer: Participate in the public comment hearing. Be specific – don’t just say “it stinks” but say “why hasn’t a particular issue been addressed?” You can also have your own bio-contaminate studies done.
4. Question: Should we write instead of call?
Answer: Come to the public meeting, call in complaints, write emails, and go to the website sign up for emails at the PSCA so that you can be notified about meetings.
5. Question: Is your goal zero emissions?
Answer: The process exposes the material to the air –we are concerned with that, and that the ventilation system is adequate
6. Question: Is there an agency that will come out and test toxicity? Do they have plans to expand?
Answer: Not aware of any agency that will test the air. The company wants to move to
Marysville/Everett area. The staff at
Cedar Grove is overwhelmed – they are trying to comply with regulations, but
the City of
HOA Objective: Make the offensive odor cease! The facility is over capacity.
Rick Hess, Supervising Inspector
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ITEM II Annual Meeting Agenda
Introduction of Board and Officers
Last year’s Annual Meeting Minutes approved
Treasurer Report: Rod Case
Roads: Mark Achzenick
Water: Evan Lurton
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Community Property: Terry Deschenes for Rick Ward
Lakes: Shawn Mulqueeny
Thanks to the committee: J. Olson, S. Scott, M. Goza, Dan, Jake, and all who have helped pull weeds and clean up problem areas.
Entertainment: Terry Deschenes
The committee wants to know what activities the community would like to see scheduled.
(More participation in events is desired! Get out and meet your neighbors.) The idea of a large sign that could be hung in the gazebo when an event is planned and movie night during warm weather were both thought to be good ideas.
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Hospitality: Tom Price No new neighbors
Volunteers: Brendan Pecht
Thanks to all who volunteered in 2008! Volunteer of the year is Rod Case. Volunteer recognition activity will be scheduled in 2009.
Legal/Insurance: Terry Deschenes: Everything is up to date.
Communication: Terry Deschenes: Newsletter
Terry would like submissions and suggestions for the quarterly newsletter. He would especially like any information on what the neighborhood kids are doing in school and other activities. Its also possible that one of the kids might want to write a column for the paper.
Emergency Preparedness: Mark Anderson
Thanks to committee: Mark, Keith, Rick, Kristy, Tom and Debbie
To prepare for the possibility
To achieve self sufficiency so that the 911 system is not over taxed
Passage Point: Rod Case
The Advisory Committee is working on management policies. The
law suit filed against
New Business: Cedar Grove Action Plan
The Fourlakes Board will discuss plans to attend the public meeting, and will also post information on our community website.
Board Members for 2009
Mark Anderson, Rod Case and Brendan Pecht were unanimously re-elected to their positions.