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MCNEIL ISLAND: Why not rethink projects?

Letter by Eric Chandler, Lakewood on June 27, 2011 at 11:13 am with 6 Comments »
June 27, 2011 2:13 pm

Re: “Why pave roads now?” (TNT, 6-24).

Again and again we see McNeil Island siphoning off more money, even though the prison closure was supposed to save state taxpayers money. Yet the state decides to spend $6 million for an “already-planned” project to bury some power cables to “enhance security” at the Special Commitment Center during power outages.

Has the state ever thought about rethinking projects? Has the state ever heard about backup generators?

I did some quick research on heavy-duty generators and found a 320KW Industrial Standby generator for $134,625 and a 1,000-gallon-capacity fuel tank for $9,279. With this setup you can run the generator for 46.5 hours – enough time to get a power crew out to fix the outage and still keep the sex-offender unit operational.

Alas, too late for this one, but I challenge our state government to really start thinking before acting. I think the time-worn phrase is “thinking outside of the box.”

Oh wait. I forgot the Legislature just killed the State Productivity Rewards Program that inspires such approaches. Ah, yes. Why do things right when you can do them wrong?

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  1. LarryFine says:

    Excellent point and observation Eric.

  2. LarryFine says:

    … and they should open the beaches for clamming ;)

  3. Didn’t I see where the plan was to sell the island to a developer?

    Seems to me new underground power lines would sweeten the deal.

    For the developer.

  4. LarryFine says:

    Are you asking a question xring or do you have some actual information to share?

  5. LarryFine says:

    ah…. neither.

  6. madeleine says:

    Eric- Rather than asking if “the state” has thought of these things, you might want to write / email / call someone involved in the McNeil Island operation and suggest your ideas. No one has a corner on great ideas. Sounds like you have done some research and have ideas worth considering. The Special Commitment Center on McNeil has a webpage. Go to http://www.access.wa.gov and navigate from there.

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