|August 10, 2005||
Vol. 1 No. 3
About This Newsletter
Some of the preparatory work for the building project will entail installing a new 5000 gallon septic tank and associated sewer lines up the valley. In addition the ground needs to be leveled where each restroom will be constructed. This could produce a considerable amount of mud as the rainy season comes on in mid to late November. Because of the disruption and mud we may not want to start the project until early to mid spring of 2006. As those plans develop we will keep you informed.
Plans for the Boat Dock and Boat Barn
The Coastal Commission mandated a permit for our boat dock because it exists in government-controlled waters. Again, after much discussion and negotiation, the new dock will go on our new property just up-river from where the boat barn is currently located. The new dock will be a permanent structure placed on pilings. The walkway will be made of galvanized steel and attached to the top of the pilings. A ramp will go from the permanent walkway down to the floating portion of the dock. There will be no more unstable "swinging bridge" dock sections to maneuver.
It will be necessary to apply to about a half dozen different State and Federal agencies for permits to build a new dock and a boat barn. The plan is to get these applications in by early September so that they can be working though the system. It will probably take a minimum of a year.
The money for the new boat dock has been donated and is in the bank ready to be used. The money for rebuilding the boat barn is slowly coming in. The new property cost $200,000 of which $100,000 has been donated. We still need to raise another $100,000 to pay off the new property. So do keep your donations coming as they are much appreciated and needed.
The temporary/emergency bridge is a portable surplus bridge. This will give access to our new property while waiting for a permit to put a culvert in the creek.
If you would like a copy of this application, I will e-mail this to you as a PDF file. This will also be the case for all of the applications to the State and Federal agencies for the dock and boat barn. Send an e-mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting a copy of the application and it will send it as an attached PDF file. You will be able to read it with your Acrobat reader.
The event started on Friday evening with a group of around 30 people arriving to enjoy the first meal together set up with seashore decorations on the tables, yummy soups in bread bowls, and Wood Ducks and Mandarin Ducks swimming and preening in the pond just outside the window of the cafeteria.
Myron Widmer prepared a spiritual feast for us for vespers by giving us his thoughts on how God views nature. To prepare the group for the whale trip the next morning, Dave and Ruth Wiebe inspired us with a talk and video about whales. A lot of chatter and happy laughter occurred as friends and new acquaintances got together before retiring for the night in various cabins.
Sabbath morning was not good for sleep-ins or slow risers. We hurriedly ate breakfast and then hastened on our way to
While waiting for lunch to be served, the group gathered for a walk to the newly purchased property to view the positive potential this property has for enhancing the Field Station’s facilities. They also got to see the major clean-up effort needed to remove all the junk the squatter had left on the property before our purchase.
A delicious lunch was waiting for everyone. But nobody was prepared for the biggest surprise yet. A little fox made his appearance at the bird feeders just outside the dining room window looking for a little lunch himself. Before most of the avid camera buffs could get their wits about them he decided to make his departure.
We were all left breathless with excitement because as far as anyone can remember, a fox had never shown his face at the Field Station before. This certainly set the tone for Myron’s Sabbath talk on how humans view nature.
After all that good food, both spiritual and physical, some went to their cabins for a quick sleep refresher, some walked to the cliffs to view the ocean and some took their cameras for a walk to catch wildflowers.
The day went all too fast and before we knew it, it was time to eat again. After a short devotional by
Of course the night would not have been complete without a few games being played. Just as the group was breaking up to go to their cabins a flash of lightning along with a very loud clap of thunder was heard and then the rain came. But we slept snug and warm in our cabins and were ready to greet the welcome sunshine the next morning when the breakfast bell rang.
The project application is asking for the restroom additions, increased sewage processing for the extra restrooms and the placing of some of the electrical utilities underground. The
tank is on their side of the line and until they have given their approval for this,
So, where are we with this now? Well, the Coastal Commission wants to be assured that none of our sewage will go into the estuary. To ensure this will not happen they want a backup generator to pump the sewage up the hill incase there is a power outage. We have addressed this issue and they have agreed to our solution (informally). A letter amending the project with the engineering study to back it up has been sent. The
The plans for all the additions are essentially complete. A few changes were identified during our weekend retreat at
Please understand that we are trying to push this along as quickly as possible.
Gibby Muth met with the engineer and the Mendocino Planning Department representative on Monday, May, 16. As a result of this meeting, a formal request has been submitted to the county for relocating the barn. Plans for the culvert and driveway that will cross the creek are being prepared by the engineer. As soon as these plans are prepared they will be forwarded to the county.
Help! Help! Help!
Furthermore, the Boston Whaler (now 30 years old) needs some fiberglass repair to the bottom. We could use help with that as soon as possible. If you can help with either of these projects, call and tell Dave Wiebe at
The website will be interactive, providing you with information on the latest progress at
We welcome any and all suggestions for making the website a lively hub of activity and informationjust send your ideas to email@example.com!
A Bright Future for
Coastal Commission OK
The last hurdle is the required public hearing for the restroom addition by Mendocino County. Currently this hearing is scheduled for September 22, 2005. If there are no significant protests at this public hearing, Mendocino County will issue our building permits within a month of the hearing. This coming week, we will be double-checking all the building plans. After Dale Withers, at Plant Services, makes the necessary modifications in the building plans, we will submit them for an "early plan check." By requesting an early plan check we can be already to lift the building permits as soon as the public hearing process is completed.
If everything goes as planned, we will be able to begin work on the underground phase of the project sometime in September or October. As the time gets closer and things develop we will keep you informed via this newsletter.
Thanks to Heidi Lukowicz
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