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Letters to the editor, Dec. 30
Beach Drive annex a bad idea
To the editor:
Port Orchard has taken on the responsibility of annexing the Bethel Corridor which, in my opinion, will generate dollars for the City. However, I doubt that the annexation of McCormick Woods will generate dollars for Port Orchard since the Police Department had to put a sub-station in the neighborhood to handle the need in that community. Water and Sewer needed to be established as a Public Works responsibility. So what was the cost to benefit of that annexation?
Now Port Orchard wants to annex property along Beach Drive. Presently Port Orchard cannot conform to the standards of the Storm Water Mandates by the State, nor can they maintain the existing roads and general infrastructure. So why is Port Orchard trying to take on more responsibility when so much that already exists is substandard?
Have you noticed how people are speeding through your neighborhoods? Have you noticed the increase in crime? The Port Orchard Police Department is stretched pretty thin right now, so how are they going to be able to take on more territory?
Many thousands of people travel through Port Orchard everyday but how many of them shop in Downtown Port Orchard? Downtown Port Orchard is a decaying wreck of failed businesses and crumbling buildings. It is the Planning, Zoning, Public Works, City Council & Mayor who make the decisions that affect what happens to downtown Port Orchard, and you can see how that has worked out!
Think about it people. Your elected officials might not be doing what is best for Port Orchard.
Thanks from Port Orchard Cares
Members of Soroptimist International of Port Orchard and the Port Orchard Rotary Club recently finished up their 16th annual Port Orchard Cares Christmas event at the Tremont Fire Station by distributing gifts and food to 32 families and numerous individual senior citizens adopted from South Kitsap Helpline.
Activities for the project began on November 19 and continued on December 3 at local grocery stores where members held their food collection drive to provide the food needed for hurting families during the holidays. Members of the organizations then purchased gifts for the children of the families and for senior citizens whose names were also received from Helpline.
The food was stored on shelving in the fire station, where the “wrapping party” was held on 20 December. Recipients simply drive through the bay of the station to have their food and gifts loaded into their vehicles.
We wish to thank all members of the community who shared so generously to help others. It was touching and inspiring to see how quickly people responded to the needs of those less fortunate in these shaky economic times. A special thank you goes to Safeway, QFC and Saar’s Market Place. The managers of these stores have never hesitated to grant permission for the food collection effort and we appreciate their support and cooperation in contributing to the mission. We also extend special thanks to Scott McClendon who is a long time supporter, and who provides the shelving for the food storage; to Southard, Beckham, Atwater and Berry CPA’s for gift security; to SK Fire District Chief Wayne Senter and all of the wonderful fire and emergency crew who allowed us to use the basement for storage and the conference room to wrap gifts; and last but not least, to our friends and family members who helped with all of the work.
We know from experience that Port Orchard Cares! Thank you so much. And Merry Christmas to each and every one of you who gave!
Sean and Colleen Smith
Port Orchard Rotary Club
Sonnie Selbig and Bobbie Weatherill
of Port Orchard