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GIPAC: Annual Meeting Minutes, November 7, 2021

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the


Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee


 November 7, 2021



Hal Rooks opened the annual meeting at 2:00pm in the Community Hall.  The meeting was held both in person and remotely.  Board Members present were Hal Rooks, Patty Rose, Michael Brown, Kathy Malley, Steve Orsini, and Allen Bush.  Also present was board candidate Jep Burdock. 


Wendy Welch and Leland Fuhrig of the US Geological Survey gave a presentation, remotely from Tacoma, on the scope and goals of the Aquifer Recharge study.  The study’s primary focus will be on current groundwater conditions in wells around the island and creating a water budget for the island.  USGS will survey wells used in the 1994-95 study as well as up to 25 additional wells drilled since then.  Their report will be published in September of 2023.


Following the USGS presentation, Hal Rooks led the audience through a discussion of the efforts and accomplishments of the board this past year.   The big news is that, after several years of work, the Guemes Island Aquifer Recharge Study has been fully funded ($80,000) due in large part to support from the office of 40th district Senator Liz Lovelett.  Special thanks to Hal Rooks for bird dogging this effort through many hurdles along the way. 


Hal Rooks presented GIPAC’s efforts to get rainwater catchment and well monitoring for seawater intrusion code amendments into the county code.  While GIPAC was yet again unsuccessful, we have filed again to have these amendments docketed for consideration in 2022. 


Hal Rooks asked for a motion to elect Jep Burdock for Nancy Fox’s unexpired term.  It was seconded and voted in the affirmative.  Allen Bush and Steve Orsini were re-elected to new 3-year terms, and Gary Curtis and Nancy Fox were elected to one-year terms of Board Emeritus.


It is with profound gratefulness that the board recognizes Nancy Fox’s efforts these past 10 plus years on GIPAC and we thank her for the devotion and attention she gave to GIPAC’s efforts to protect the character and physical beauty of the island.


Patty Rose detailed efforts to replant native species at the Peach Preserve shore area, using funding from the Roz Glasser bequest.  Most of the plantings have survived and additional plants are growing in island gardens awaiting another replanting party early next year.


Hal Rooks laid out some of the work GIPAC will undertake next year.  Short term rentals effects on the island, water issues, and the USGS survey will be our primary focus.  As always, the public is invited to join our meetings the first Monday of every month.


Steve Orsini gave the Treasurer’s report. 


Checking Account beginning balance was $4,933.81; the ending balance is $4,448.85.  $484.24 was spent on educational handouts on water conservation. 


The Roz Glasser Bequest Fund beginning and ending balance was $9,162.10.


Meeting was adjourned 3:50pm.