Protective signs destroyed in Japanese Gulch | Letter

May 21, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

“La-la, la-la-la. I can’t hear you!”

Children sometimes shout this and place their hands over their ears.

The better not to hear you. Sometimes they cover up their eyes, so as not to see.

Recently, the city of Mukilteo placed dozens of large Native Growth Protection Area signs in sensitive areas of the newly purchased Japanese Gulch lands. The idea was to inform visitors that areas of the gulch are wetlands and wetland buffers.

But within days all the NPGA signs were trashed, crashed, removed and thrown into the wetlands. Interestingly, numerous signs were placed in the vicinity of the BMX course excavations and diverted wetlands. Every one of them was ruthlessly destroyed.

The city paid surveyors to mark wetlands and wetland setbacks with construction ribbons. These also have been systematically removed.

La-la, la-la-la. I can’t hear you! Remove the signs? Remove the ribbons? Presto! No wetland and wetland setbacks. That was easy.

Not. Rather, this destruction of city signage perfectly exemplifies a group of bullies. Their MO is to intimidate the City Council and city commissions into submission.

Somehow this process has gone off the rails. Sensitive slope damage now three months old has become “new jumping trails.” Nothing is marked off, fenced off or signed. No repairs or remediation to these open wounds to our new ecological treasure are as yet proposed.

Just when will Mukilteo stop kowtowing to those who abuse and destroy city property? So far, no one knows. Apparently, it’s open season on city signage and nothing happens.

I know there are grown-ups in charge here. We elect them to set policy and make decisions. It’s time for the council to act. Protect our gulch!

Enough of “La-la, la-la-la, we can’t hear you.”

Jon Boyce,

Mukilteo

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