NOTICE OF INTENT TO OBTAIN CUSTODY San J

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Placed on 10/13/2021
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO OBTAIN CUSTODY San Juan County declared the vessel described as being an approximately 30-foot Reinell motorboat named ‘Kristine III’, Registration No. WN 1809 JF, an emergency because it meets the criteria for temporary possession described under RCW 79.100.040(3). San Juan County took temporary possession of the vessel on September 27, 2021 after it was sinking while at anchor in Friday Harbor the night of September 26, 2021. It released some oily water, which was not recoverable, before being pumped out by a local response service. It posed a threat to environmental safety and property as rain continued to accumulate in the vessel, which reportedly has not operated in over a year and is not equipped with a working bilge pump. While in temporary possession, San Juan County will remove and haul out the vessel. San Juan County will take formal and full custody of the vessel on October 27, 2021 (Custody Date). After taking custody, San Juan County may use or dispose of it without further notice. The owner is responsible for all related costs. In order to keep the vessel, the owner must take the following actions before the Custody Date: 1) Pay San Juan County back for costs incurred to date, and 2) Move the vessel to a storage location that authorizes the vessel for repair. If the owner wishes to challenge San Juan County’s taking temporary possession, or San Juan County’s decision to take custody, or want to reclaim the vessel after San Juan County has taken custody, the owner must file a written request (one original and one copy) for a hearing with the Pollution Control Hearings Board, in person at 1111 Israel Rd, Ste. 301, Tumwater WA, 98501 or by mail to PO Box 40903, Olympia WA 98504-0903, and mail one copy to San Juan County at P.O. Box 729, Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250. The appeal must include the following information: a copy of the decision you are appealing; your name and address (mailing and legal, if different) and, if applicable, the name and address of your representative; a daytime phone number; a brief statement why you are appealing; a statement of what you want the Board to do; and the signature of you or your representative. [This signature certifies that the content of the appeal is true.] The written request can be submitted immediately but cannot be filed any later than November 26, 2021 (Appeal Date). The right to a hearing is deemed waived if a request is submitted late, and the owner is liable for any costs owed to San Juan County. These costs may include all administrative costs incurred by San Juan County, removal and disposal costs, and costs associated with environmental damages directly or indirectly caused by the vessel. In the event of litigation, the prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. San Juan County reserves the right to pursue any other remedies available under law. For more information, contact the San Juan County Derelict Vessel Program at (360)370-0555 or dvprogram@ sanjuanco.com. Legal No. S940199 Published: The Islands' Sounder October 13, 2021
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