The connector, train noise | Letters to the Editor

Jul 01, 2019

Unnamed beach just fine the way it is

I would like to respond to your editorial of June 20.

I question your use of the term "sparsely used beach" when referring to the "Save our Beach" unnamed beach.

I think you have only been to this beach on a rainy day in November!

I invite you to come visit now on a seasonal good weather day. You will find happy families enjoying time together, energetic kids digging, and even seniors like myself enjoying the sights and sounds.

Oh, and lets not forget the divers and evening sunset watchers. So many reasons to keep the beach as is.

Bonnie Van Wyke
Edmonds

 

Wayside horn sounds too many times

For those of us who live in the direct path of the new wayside horn system, the resulting train related noise is far greater than before.

Part of this is most likely educational due to many of the trains still blow their whistles, but, over time, I suspect this situation will be mitigated. However, in my opinion, there are at least two critical design flaws with the implementation of the current system.

First, the wayside horn is sounded far too many times, often above 12 times and even up to 15 times. Four to six soundings should be sufficient.

Second, even when the train is stopped at the station, the horn continues to sound, which is unreasonable. When the train is stopped either at the station or due to an emergency, the horn should stop.

There are simple solutions to this issue, but clearly overlooked in the initial design.

Jim Stanfill
Edmonds

 

Council vote – an unfortunate folly

Watching the connector issue with the understanding the reason for the project was foremost a public safety issue, I find the actions of the council unfortunate. The grant funding Edmonds received and expects to receive for other projects in the future could be at risk.

It appears the political aspect became more important than the intended solution.

Professionally, I understand high priority projects; they have to compete with numerous programs.

Obtaining funding, even for a worthy issue, is always hard fought. After years of knowing and defining the problem, going through numerous hoops and working with several stakeholders to ensure proper buy-in, including hiring a lobbyist and visits by the mayor and City Council members working with federal, state, and other authorities to support this effort, the abandonment appears unjustified.

Instead of a waypoint decision for adjusting or stopping the project, Edmonds has gone the distance with majority agreement, only at the last minute to defeat the project.

With so many competing cities within our state and around our nation and so little available funds, legislatures and grant authorities are careful in choosing worthwhile projects when granting funding.

Those who provide funding for projects like this one do not expect the project to get this far down the road without commitment from those who have advocated for it.

Several citizens objected to the project, especially those who have homes in the immediate vicinity and those who having environmental and other objections. They did an exemplary job of expressing their opinions.

But based on the multiyear process, we have to believe these issues were well-known and vetted over the course of this project period. Those of us who watched the council’s actions expected this was all taken into account, that appropriate changes were made as the Council cautiously proceeded, expended resources, and obtained the project funding.

So, what’s the answer?

We have a public safety and congestion issue that is not going away. Regardless of any solution, likely some groups and individuals will object. It seems that to start the process over again would bear out similar conclusions and issues, especially if the project’s permanent solution needs to incorporate going over or under the rail tracks in this same general vicinity.

Finally, what is hard to understand is the defeat of the amendment to the motion offered by Councilmember Dave Teitzel, an amendment to proceed with the environment studies.

This is important if this project is, in fact, worthwhile.

We expect some solution at some point will address the challenge. It appears there is a need for an environmental study, which can take some time. Surely it seems prudent the City Council should reconsider Councilmember Teizel’s motion.

Jay Grant
Edmonds

 

Neither Republican or Democrat

Mike Shaw's letter says "Ron himself a dyed-in-the-wool Republician"; that is totally untrue - I am an Independent.

I try to vote for the best candidate regardless of their party, so I have voted for Democrats and Republicians.

Among the Democrats who I have voted for and financially supported are: Inslee when he was a congressman, Bill Clinton, Strom Peterson and Marko Liias.

Ron Wambolt
Edmonds

 

Put EMT truck on west side of tracks

I attended the rally Tuesday night prior the Edmonds City Council meeting and was delighted with the size of the crowd, as well as their vociferous support to “Save Edmonds Beach.”

As there was already standing-room-only in council chambers, I did not try to come into the council hearing.

I was thrilled the next day to learn councilmembers voted down the proposed Waterfront Connector.

I agree something has to be done, as there are emergencies on the waterfront. How many and how urgent any of them really are, I don’t know.

Has anyone considered putting an EMT station/office in the soon-to-be-built Edmonds Waterfront Center, complete with its own EMT truck? This would be much less costly, much less intrusive, and much less damaging to our marine life.

Even if it were only staffed two shifts a day, as it really wouldn’t be needed during nighttime hours, that could handle any emergencies that might arise on the waterfront itself or in the condos/apartments, offices, and restaurants on the west side of the tracks.

And there would be no more worry about a train blocking Main Street or Dayton Street. I am sure the $27 million needed for the connector could easily cover the salaries of our very fine EMT people.

I am sure most residents of Edmonds would find this a far more acceptable solution than that monstrosity that happily has been voted down. Way to go, council.

Helen M. Jolly
Edmonds

 

Radio Club event a success

Our Field Day 2019 for the Edmonds Woodway Amateur Radio Club is now history, and was a large success. We had many ham operators from our club join in a nationwide day of setting up radio operations out in the field.

We had multiple radios and antennas working many bands, frequencies, and modes. The best part was the spirit and fun of setting up remotely coupled with meeting the public and hams from other organizations.

Learning in an exercise like this could greatly expedite our knowledge of how to do this if the need arises due to a serious condition like an earthquake or wind/rain storm.

The event took place at the Mountlake Terrace Community Center grounds June 22. We started with doughnuts and cookies and ended up with many contacts nationwide. Field Day is a sanctioned event thru the American Radio Relay League, of which we are all members.

I appreciate and thank all who participated.

Greg Gadbois
Acting President
Edmonds Woodway Amateur Radio Club

 

 

 

 

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