Letters for the week of Sept. 11

Sep 11, 2013

Chip seal is a sloppy alternative

Editor, The Beacon:

Thank you to Mr. Joe Iozzi for his recent letter to the Mukilteo Beacon, addressing, in part, our ongoing “chip seal” controversy [“The truth about Mukilteo,” Letters, page 4, Sept. 4].

To my knowledge, I have never met Mr. Iozzi, but I feel some kinship with him, since we both appear to come from a lower socio-economic background. I strongly agree that “we live in a wonderful place.”

Additionally, I share with him a thankful attitude regarding the good fortune of living in a reasonably affluent community with great schools and good infrastructure. Where I evidently depart from Mr. Iozzi is in what I believe to be the appropriate maintenance of that infrastructure.

I’ve inspected the recent chip seal treatment on Washington Avenue and I would strongly encourage my fellow Mukilteans to do the same. While you examine the roadway, please keep in mind that this is a street with existing concrete curbs and sidewalks.

When chip seal is applied to a rural road, it is simply blended into the existing shoulder of the road.

When asphalt is applied to a street that has existing concrete curbs with an integrated gutter system, great care is given to being certain that the final asphalt layer is applied flush with the gutter concrete. The final product helps give a neighborhood a tidy aesthetic appearance.

The integrity of that original appearance was not maintained by the sloppy application of chip seal on Washington Avenue. In numerous instances, the chip seal was slopped in an irregular fashion over and onto the existing concrete gutter.

Additionally, the existing structural and drainage issues on Washington Avenue were not corrected prior to the chip seal application. This is akin to painting over rotten wood on a home (and slopping the paint onto the trim).

Would you accept that level of workmanship on your own home?

Even with the proper care, I don’t believe chip seal is an appropriate product for the level of community we live in, and certainly not on roadways where concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks already exist.

I feel for anyone who happens to put his/her home on the market during the chip seal process, with the persistent mess that is created. And, yes, it is much different with asphalt.

I would urge our elected officials to carefully re-explore the decision to use chip seal in our neighborhoods and consider some of the alternative treatments that are being used in other communities.

There are many hidden costs to the homeowner when chip seal is used. Whatever temporary savings are reaped from this infrastructure short-cut almost certainly comes back to bite the homeowner in the end.

Mukilteo deserves better!

Dan Corbitt,


Council candidate ignores reality

Living mere feet to the east of the Mukilteo-Everett border, I feel much closer, in all ways, to the former. I wish I could vote in Mukilteo elections.

Were it not for those few feet, it'd be a pleasure not to vote for Mr. Taylor, whose letter last week, criticizing an editorial cartoon about voter suppression laws by announcing there are none, was an important revelation of how he thinks [“Editorial cartoon is insulting,” Letters, page 4, Sept. 4].

Claiming such laws are only to assure legal voting, when there's virtually no problem with illegal voting any more, he ignores the words of the former leader of the Florida Republican Party, who admitted they knew their law would make it harder for Democratic constituencies to vote.

And the words of the Pennsylvania legislator who crowed that their law would hand the election to Mitt Romney. (As in all things, he was wrong about that.)

And the fact that these laws are being passed only in states with Republican-controlled legislators.

Bill Clinton recently said, "A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault rifle."

I think Mr. Taylor should ponder that, while voters ponder whether they need yet another politician who prefers to ignore reality.

Sid Schwab,


City neglected to notify public of unsafe waters

Folks, did you know that our beach at our Mukilteo Lighthouse Park has a long history of fecal and entero bacteria contamination? That our beach has sometimes received an “F” grading from “Heal the Bay – Beach Report Card”?

That this same beach was deemed too hazardous for swimming due to fecal contamination on Aug. 30, but NO ONE from Public Works, NO ONE from the mayor’s office told people to get out of the water when the Department of Ecology had a delay in getting the hazardous sign posted. This was an immediate public safety issue and the city dropped the ball.

Councilmember Steve Schmalz personally went to the beach, on his own, to make sure people got out of the water. Thank you for caring and responding to this emergent situation, Steve.

And folks, just so you know, there is a particular hazard associated with post-rain water discharged from the storm-water pipe near the boat launch. Don’t take chances –keep your kids away from that site.

As a taxpayer, I find this municipal behavior to be unacceptable and, frankly, yet another example of the liability that lurks when leadership is lacking.

Here is the website for Heal the Beach: http://brc.healthebay.org/?id=958&lat=47.9478&lng=-122.3077&c=36

Best regards,

Terry Preshaw,


Jennifer Gregerson has the right skills

I have always believed that the best way to get to know people is to work with them on a community project.

About eight years ago, the Mukilteo Farmers Market had failed and a group of local people, including Jennifer Gregerson, began to meet to try to reestablish a market.  We had no money and more importantly no experience in building a market.

Jennifer began by guiding me through the grant-writing process so that the market was able to get a small community grant from the city.  By the end of the second year, the market was financially stable and remains so to this day.

More significantly, when I would reach a point of great frustration with obstacles in front of us, I could call Jennifer and she would know who and how to talk to people to resolve the problem.

Unlike a lot of people in political life today, Jennifer’s quiet, non-confrontational approach has made her an essential figure in community organization in Mukilteo.  She will be able to use these same skills to move Mukilteo forward.

Her role with the Mukilteo Farmers Market, the Lighthouse Festival, Waterfront Wednesdays and other organizations shows her dedication to Mukilteo as someone who is willing to work hard for the benefit of the community.

Please consider voting for Jennifer Gregerson for mayor of Mukilteo.

Cherri Paul, Former Manager,

Mukilteo Farmers Market

Must be an election year

Wow!  Lookit all the shiny new traffic lines in Mukilteo.  Must be an election year!

Carl Clark,


2 terms as mayor is enough

In regards to Joe Marine running for a third term, two terms are enough for any political figure, especially when the mayor’s job is an overpaid part time position.


William Reid,


Re-elect 'Mayor Joe'

I am not a resident of Mukilteo, but I have had the opportunity on many occasions to work with Mayor Joe Marine over the years through my consulting business with regard to Advanced Manufacturing/Aerospace industry and workforce development training.

Mayor Marine is not only willing, but also eager to support manufacturing and apprenticeship training.

The mayor was an early advocate for aerospace apprenticeship training in his community. He works on behalf of the community with passion and perseverance, while remaining blind to party lines.

Mayor Joe, as some call him, beams when he talks about his community. He never hesitates to tour me around town, show me new businesses or community improvements. He always finds a unique local dining opportunity upon each meeting.

He shows a great deal of respect and pride in his city and the many people from all backgrounds that live and work there. He represents Mukilteo with professionalism and respect in many associations, local, regional and statewide.

He is committed to representing his constituents and obviously cares deeply for their future.

Mayor Joe is approachable, interested and represents Mukilteo with determination and conviction.

I would not hesitate to endorse him for mayor and feel confident that he will continue to serve to the best of his ability for the long run.

Susan Garber-Yonts,

Lake Forest Park

Last month for farmers market

“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” – Douglas Jerrold

September signals the end of summer – soft rains appear and yellows and oranges hint at glorious autumn. Our Mukilteo Farmers Market is at its peak – loaded with harvest finds; squashes, corn and luscious fruits.

Sure, you can find produce in a big grocery store – but why not get days-fresher fruits and vegetables from the farmers who grow them?

Children love to gawk at bright pumpkins and smell the flowers against these cooler September days, and there isn't a prettier market than Mukilteo's set against its beach background.

Come hungry and sample French bread, olive oil, apples and local honey. There are food booths, too, including hamburgers and mini donuts.

Make Wednesday the best day of the week by celebrating the harvest from 3-7 p.m. at Lighthouse Park. The fun ends at the end of this month, so see you at the market!

Susan Watkins, Volunteer,

Mukilteo Farmers Market

Cascade Warbirds mark 20 years

The Paine Field Airport and staff would like to congratulate the Cascade Warbirds on their 20th birthday.

The state of Washington incorporated the Cascade Warbirds EAA Chapter on Aug. 27, 1993.  Rick Fernalld, Crash Williams, Mike Lavelle, and Carl Terrana took the helm as the incorporators and initial directors.

The goal of the Cascade Warbirds is to promote the restoration, preservation, operation and public display of historically significant military aircraft; to acquire and perpetuate the living history of those who served their country on these aircraft; and to inspire today's young people to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

The Paine Field visitors are lucky to have such an outstanding example of living history.  The Cascade Warbirds' 20-year anniversary showcases the dedication, determination, and value of its membership.

Job well done and here is to another successful 20 years!

Dave Waggoner, Director,

Paine Field Airport

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