Wouldn’t fine for Lake Stevens over bridge permit been better?

It never ceases to amaze me the absolute stupidity of our government officials. Regarding the bridge replacement in Lake Stevens that was done without a permit is definitely wrong (“Lake Stevens still at odds with state over bridge permit,” The Herald, Sept. 9). However, would it not make more sense for the state Fish and Wildlife people to level a fine for failure to obtain a permit for the bridge then to disturb the habitat again by digging up the existing work already done.

In the future I assume at some point the the City of Lake Stevens will be able to apply for a permit and have it approved and then disturb the habitat all over again. Just makes no sense at all.

I had a similar situation with the property I live on. The Snohomish County Planning Department required me to remove a bank boarding the county road that had some big fir trees along that bank and then taper the bank as a requirement for my subdivision (this was making two 5-acre parcels from 10 acres) mind you it was not required if I didn’t divide my property into two parcels. The reason for doing this is, as I was told, that impaired drivers that fall asleep at the wheel, can hit these trees and then the county gets sued. I guess somehow, magically drunk drivers and people who fall asleep at the wheel won’t ever hit those trees if I don’t subdivide as then it’s not required for me to do.

Of course juries that award huge sums of money in cases like this, the jurors need their heads examined. Well that’s a whole different topic that I won’t get into for now.

William F. Berst


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