Beach replenishment of continual concern


September 28, 2023

County commissioners approved a number of practical measures Tuesday, and heard a comment about missing sand.

Kevin Prestegard said he was “looking for sand” because he had lost approximately a quarter acre of beach at his south side Puget Island property. The missing sand, Mr Prestigard blamed on the dredging of the ship channel. All the commissioners agreed that they had no information about plans to replenish the beach because the Army Corps of Engineers would not respond to requests for information in a timely manner. They suggested that his only option would be to reach out to his congressional representatives.

Highlander and Hilton painting submitted the only bid to paint the exterior of the county courthouse for $49,049. The bid, shared between the two companies, was the only one submitted.

Patty Dursteller, fair manager, reported that the county fair had larger attendance than previous years. She said that they are having more and more private groups renting the facility which brings in crucial revenue to support the fairgrounds.

Building inspector Dave Hicks reported on the revised bid to replace six gas heaters at Johnson Park community center. The commissioners approved the expenditure of $60,559 to install electric ductless heating units. At the end of the session the commissioners detailed plans to accept debit cards on the Puget Island ferry. Steve Carson of Computer Link Northwest is helping to set up the system.


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