It is TRC’s intention to use a multi-pronged approach to continuing our fight against large for-profit gun facilities in Jefferson County. One prong will be continuing to work to influence our county commissioners towards the will of the people in this county. A copy of this letter was sent to each commissioner last week:
The Honorable Greg Brotherton
Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
P.O. Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Dear Commissioner Brotherton,
Tarboo Ridge Coalition members participated in every phase of the gun range Controversy. We applauded you for the moratorium and for giving everyone time to think through the implications and consequences of Fort Discovery Corporation’s plan to build a military and law enforcement training facility, complete with seven outdoor shooting ranges, helicopter landing pads, sleeping quarters, mess hall and other commercial facilities on forestry-zoned land in our peaceful rural community.
As you know, we are disappointed that your Title 8 and 18 ordinances excluded constructive suggestions like payment and performance bonds, so that Jefferson County taxpayers won’t be left on the hook for cleanup costs; and liability insurance to protect taxpayers and incentivize gun range operators to run safe, compliant businesses. Bonding and insurance are commonly used by government and industry to limit liability and to assign costs to those who benefit.
Recently, we provided evidence that Fort Discovery was grading roads, and placing buildings on its property without permits and we petitioned you to issue a stop work order. Instead of a stop work order, Jefferson County requested Fort Discovery “voluntarily” comply with County building and environmental codes.
Letting a developer of a large gun range and military training facility “voluntarily” comply with Jefferson County codes is not the kind of code enforcement that inspires public confidence.
Given where we find ourselves, the TRC board directed our attorneys to appeal your Title 8 and 18 ordinances to the state Growth Management Hearings Board.
Attached is a courtesy copy of our appeal. We hope that after you have had a chance to read it, we can sit down and talk. Until then, thank you for your consideration.
Tarboo Ridge Coalition
Riley Parker, Board Member