Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

Editorial

How did Mill Creek get rid of them?

   I'm writing concerning Pacific Topsoil's request to rezone 36 acres of forest and wetlands in Maltby from residential to industrial.

   I'm offended by comments in the Woodinville Weekly attributed to Jeff Defenback of the Health District saying Pacific Topsoil's permit to compost was "a very public process." I never heard anything about it, and apparently because they snuck it by the residential neighborhood, they're justified in being in Maltby.

   The traffic problems alone in Maltby are horrendous. It can take 20 minutes to travel a few blocks to access Hwy. 522 between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Maltby Elementary has to start later because the buses can't get there on time. Pacific Topsoil wants to add 1,200-plus truck runs a day.

   For Pacific Topsoil to be allowed to come in and rezone 36 acres of forested wetlands is simply unthinkable. The residents of the Maltby area are angry that their property values and quality of life could be destroyed so easily.

   What we really need to do is figure out how the residents of Mill Creek were able to force Pacific Topsoil to move.

Debbie Lamoree, via e-mail