The illegal tree cutting in the West Duwamish greenbelt last spring is the subject of a $1.6 million lawsuit brought by the city against the homeowners responsible.

City suing homeowners who illegally cut trees for $1.6 million

The illegal tree cutting in the West Duwamish Greenbelt of West Seattle last spring has finally resulted in legal action by the City of Seattle. In a press release from Pete Holmes City Attorney he said the City of Seattle is suing the homeowners for $1.6 million in damages

From the office of Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney:

“Earlier this year, the City learned of unpermitted improper tree cutting on City property in West Seattle near the 3200 block of 35th Ave. SW. Today, the City filed two lawsuits, naming people the City believes were involved in the tree cutting. The property is in an environmentally critical area on a steep slope. Approximately 150 trees of varying sizes, including many big-leaf maples and Scouler’s willows, were felled.

“My office has been involved in the City’s response. We launched an investigation to assess the extent of damage and identify the responsible parties. To that end, we retained a consulting arborist to assess the damage and prepare a comprehensive restoration plan.

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On the Go - Week of 9-26-16

Dance MS
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 S.W. Oregon St.
Sat., Oct. 1, 7–10 p.m. Three hours of live swing dance music from the West Seattle Big Band, plus live and silent auction, to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society! Come swing for a cure! $15 suggested donation; includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. No-host bar provided. For more information visit www.dancems.org, email brooke@dancems.org or call 206.659.9391.

Daystar Toastmasters
Daystar Retirement Village
2615 S.W. Barton
Sat., Oct. 1, 10–11 a.m. Come as a guest to experience the safe, supportive atmosphere in which you can grow your communication and leadership skills. Improve your ability to think-on- your-feet and become more comfortable speaking to groups. Meetings are the first and third Sat. morning each month. Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for orientation. For more information visit daystarclub.toastmastersclubs.org. or call Bill at 206.932.6706.

White Center Bike Playground Grand Opening
Dick Thurnau Memorial Park
11050 10th Ave. S.W.

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West Seattle Bridge will close for Jersey Barrier repairs Oct. 1

information from SDOT

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that maintenance crews need to replace damaged jersey barriers in the median of the West Seattle Bridge, requiring a full closure of the bridge on Saturday, October 1, during the overnight and morning hours. Damage to these barriers has been caused by several recent vehicle collisions that have struck the median. An SDOT inspection of all of the jersey barriers on the West Seattle Bridge identified 18 that are in need of replacement.

From 11:59 p.m. on Friday night, September 30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 1, travelers can expect the following:

· The West Seattle Bridge (WSB) will be closed to through traffic in both directions between 35th Ave SW and the Harbor Avenue/Avalon Way exit.
· Crews will begin closing lanes at 11:30 p.m. Friday with full closure by midnight.
· A detour will be in place for eastbound and westbound travelers on the WSB.
· The detour for eastbound traffic is via SW Avalon Way, SW Spokane St and back onto the WSB.

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