No Fence Around Detention Pond

The in basket: Jeri Gilreath has been eyeballing the storm water detention pond where Alaska Avenue meets Mile Hill Drive in South Kitsap, part of the widening project on Mile Hill this year.
It has no fence, she noticed, and she thinks drivers might slide into it in icy weather. The storm water pond at the other end of the project, near Bulman Road, has a substantial chain link fence around it. She wondered what the difference is.


The in basket: Jeri Gilreath has been eyeballing the storm water detention pond where Alaska Avenue meets Mile Hill Drive in South Kitsap, part of the widening project on Mile Hill this year.
It has no fence, she noticed, and she thinks drivers might slide into it in icy weather. The storm water pond at the other end of the project, near Bulman Road, has a substantial chain link fence around it. She wondered what the difference is.
While I was asking about Mile Hill Drive, I asked if winter has closed in on the project and drivers will have to wait for spring for fog line striping and reflectors on the lines that are there.
The out basket: Doug Bear, spokesman for Kitsap County Public Works, says the sides of the Alaska Avenue pond have a very gradual slope, 4:1 in technical terms, and the water won’t be deeper than 18 inches. “Our storm water manual does not require fencing for facilities that meet this criteria,” he said.
Nonetheless, the pond may ultimately get a fence. Drivers have been going into the pond area intentionally and squirreling around in the grass, he said.
“We are considering a fence around that pond either as a part of this
project, or as part of a new project for our Surface and Storm water
crews,” he said.
The contractor needs two or three days of dry weather to paint the fog lines and some of the other lines that remain to be done, and put down the reflectors, Dug said. They couldn’t make use of the brief dryness at the start of this month because the shoulders were covered with sand distributed for driver traction during the early ice and snow. Between sweeping during the dry days and all the rain, the pavement now is clean enough, but too wet. Ordinarily you’d expect a dry period to come alone soon, but the way this late fall has gone, who knows how long a wait it will be. Freezing weather is predicted for this weekend, so more sand soon may cover where the stripes are to be put.

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