Citizens to Save Pilchuck Creek (CSPC)

The Proposed Frailey Mountain Shooting Range

Chronological History (1996-2018) and  Final Comments:     CSPC: Timeline Final Revision Doc

By Dennis Katte, CSPC

June 2018        It is unknown what Parks and Recreation will do with the 400 acres they currently own. The county has, though, retained money in Parks’ budget allotted to the range as a “placeholder” over the years. The county has budgeted for funds in the Capital Facilities Plan for $5K in 2011, and $50K each year in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (totaling $205K) from real estate excise taxes and grant funding. We are unable to find any specific plans in the CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) for 2017/2022.

Final Comments
June 2018           It’s hard to believe the original shooting range project started back in 1996! There’s no range yet—no gunshot noise and no traffic increases—CSPC has been successful in stopping this project so far. For those “newcomers” to the lake, CSPC was organized in 1998 to oppose development of the shooting range South and West of the Pilchuck Creek bridge and adjacent to Don and Terri Saben’s property. Your contributions funded our legal challenges which ultimately reached the Snohomish County Superior Court. The court ruled the range permits Skagit County had issued to itself void and remanded the project back to the county for re-hearing, which has never happened. A separate legal victory awarded the Saben’s damages and reissued their building permits which had been rescinded during the range. CSPC transferred its remaining funds to LCIA and has disbanded our organization.
In our opinion, the project is dead and cannot be re-started without a new EIS and means of access across Pilchuck Creek (a $1M bridge), along with multiple hearings and challenges.

There are written documents regarding this history located in the Community Club.

CSPC members are Jack Cross, Chris Kane, Bill Pugh, Loren West, Becky Brown, Ron Carlson (now deceased) and Dennis Katte.

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