City should prepare to buy 8th Ave. property | In Our Opinion

The City of Poulsbo should buy the troubled, flood-prone 8th Avenue property on Dogfish Creek so stream flows and fish passage can be improved, flooding alleviated, and a home that should never have been placed on the property removed.

Acquiring the property will require some preparation. The property, which has been repossessed by the Federal Home Loan Corporation, will be auctioned off with other troubled properties that Freddie Mac has been unable to sell. According to the property’s listing agent, the city will have to approach the winning bidder after the auction. There’s little the winning bidder will be able to do with the property; the city will hopefully be able to acquire the property for a relatively small investment.

Acquiring the property will enable the city to replace the culvert that runs under 8th Avenue and do some stream improvements on the property. That will improve salmon passage and stream flow on that portion of Dogfish Creek and alleviate flooding onto the adjacent public works property. Removing the house will allow the creek to delta there as it’s naturally inclined to do during heavy flows, as evidenced by the gravel deposits on the property.

Mayor Becky Erickson said the city has long desired to purchase the property. She should ask the City Council — and the City Council should approve — permission to do due diligence, set aside funding, and be ready to make a move after the auction.

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