Letters to the Editor

Coupeville music: Money covered loss

I challenge many of Vern Olsen’s statements regarding the ongoing soap opera of Coupeville music.

The $14,000 settlement was actually what the Island County Assessor’s Office devalued my home and property for as a direct result of the bandstand construction and resulting noise and parking problems. This did not cover the attorney fees, so, “dig into the savings account.”

My “monster” lawn mower is a standard Murray, available at the Navy Exchange or Wal-Mart.

My attorney assured me that the noise ordinance passed by the town of Coupeville was both questionable and unenforceable. I also retained the legal right to complain about the noise and parking, as well as having no restrictions on yard work.

I committed the crime. I mowed my lawn on a Sunday afternoon, was convicted, paid the fine of $1,026 and am now a criminal on probation for two years.

One small problem remains. What about legal adjacent parking? Could a high rise garage be constructed next to the pavilion? Or, maybe, another fancy worded ordinance will solve that problem, too?

Forty-seven year tax paying resident:

Ed Spromberg

Coupeville

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