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4 thoughts on “Maps judged to be wrong; Heins Lake should be Alexander

  1. Congratulations to the Hein’s family for getting this straightened out. The City traded the lake and 39 acres valued at over $345,000 to Ueland for his 40 acres valued at less than $6,000. Does anyone besides me think that something smells at City Hall?

    1. It can be debated whether the trade was a good one for the city. I covered the arguments in a Kitsap Sun story on April 12 of last year. One can even argue whether the official appraisal accounted for all the important values. But, for the record, the appraisal by Jeffrey Sherwood of Monroe listed the 39.4 acres originally owned by Ueland and the 35.5-acre Bremerton property at same value — $160,000.

      1. Sherwood was hired by UTF to do that appraisal. It was not an independent appraisal. As well, this appraiser was from eastern Washington and not familiar with the local area.

  2. UPDATE: March 18, 2015
    The U.S. Board on Geographic Names on Thursday approved the map correction outlined in this blog post. The change was made on a vote of 15-0 with one abstention after the board heard the explanation about why the correction was needed.

    If you check for the name “Heins” on the Geographic Names Information System, the official names database, you will find updated coordinates for Heins and Alexander lakes. If you plot the coordinates, you’ll probably find that the map still bears the incorrect name. I’m not aware of any map that has been updated, but this should take place over time, according to officials with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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