Concerned Residents of Port Hadlock know that the Hadlock Sewer proposal is being driven by insiders with vested interests in the project. The residents of Port Hadlock in general do not support the sewer proposal. This page features news quotes that highlight the reality of:
- Conflicts of interest related to profits and up-zoning development properties.
- County motivations for more tax revenue.
NOTE: Craig Durgan is chair of the sewer “Working Group,” a small county committee pushing the Hadlock Sewer Project idea. Craig lives in Port Ludlow, but he has land investments in Port Hadlock.
Jefferson County commissioner candidates take stances at forum
PDN, July 23, 2018, by Jeannie McMacken
Durgin…said he believes that the county will go bankrupt if there is no movement on the sewer.
A question was asked about any of the candidates benefiting financially from building the Port Hadlock sewer. Three of the candidates said there was no conflict.
“I’ve had property there for 10 years and I’m growing weeds and paying the mortgage,”said Durgin.
Hadlock sewer instrumental to future of county
PTLeader, Dec. 18, 2019, by Lily Haight
We are a rural county, which means we have a whole lot of land that doesn’t generate tax revenue,” said Mark McCauley, Central Services Director for the county. “The tri-area is where we could develop and increase business activity that would still preserve the rural character of the county.
‘Watchdogs’ of the local government
PTLeader, April 10, 2019, by Lily Haight
Meanwhile, Craig Durgan thinks the county needs to make an immediate switch to being more focused on development. “When the sewer gets built in Hadlock, the next step is we want to see some housing being built,” he said to the commissioners at Monday’s meeting.
Will the Hadlock sewer be ‘shovel-ready’ in time for a stimulus?
PTLeader, April 29, 2020 by Lily Haight
“The project has gained traction with property owners in the service area (the core of Port Hadlock) thanks to the work of Craig Durgan, who is a property owner there,” Dean said. “Craig has been able to work with property owners to see the benefit of the project. I would hate to lose that momentum.”
“It will take multiple sources of state and federal money to offset most of the construction cost so that the sewer is affordable for the property owners,” Reinders said.
Without the proper funding, the project would stall.
“For all the talk about infrastructure funding, there is a surprising lack of large grants,” he said. “It’s a little hard to do a $20 million project when agencies want to talk about $500,000 to $1 million grants. There are more loan programs, but it is difficult to start a new $20 million sewer on loans when you might have only 100 connections to begin with.”
DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER RACE: CRAIG DURGAN ON THE ISSUES
PT Free Press, Jul 15, 2018, by Jim Scarantino
We need to bring back family wage jobs, affordable housing and broaden the tax base so the county has proper funding. I propose to first build the sewer in Port Hadlock then to do the same in Quilcene and Brinnon, plus install a water system with fire flow for both of the former.
We need to make both Quilcene and Brinnon into Urban Growth Areas.
Smell and noise – Swordfern Press
Craig Durgan of Port Ludlow spoke third… He said, “we need to look at the zoning, especially where the sewer’s going to go.” He said 18 per acre is pretty low, and he figures 40, maybe 50 per acre for high-density housing, meaning apartment buildings. “Affordability comes with density, there’s just no way around that.” He said, the next step after the sewer is seeing some affordable housing.
NOTE: These next two articles are ironic as Craig Durgan talks about government being influenced by people with “special interests” and the problems of raising taxes on communities.
2nd Republican to challenge Van De Wege
PDN, May 11, 2010, by Tom Callis
Durgan, a business owner and retired maritime engineer, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate.
In his written statement, Durgan criticized Van De Wege for voting to suspend Initiative 960, which allowed the state Legislature to raise taxes.
“I believe that government at all levels is out of control and is not responsive to the people,” he said in the statement.
“We the people is the sovereign in this nation but as of late it seems that the bureaucracy feels it is in charge and wanting to control our lives.”
While referring to himself as a 28-year union member, Durgan also criticized Van De Wege, a professional firefighter and paramedic, for being “too close to the state employees’ union and other special interests.”
House hopefuls spar in Sequim
Sequim Gazette, Mar 19, 2014
Read article at: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjj57LEmZbvAhXDHM0KHUAhD5gQFjAIegQICRAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sequimgazette.com%2Fnews%2Fhouse-hopefuls-spar-in-sequim%2F&usg=AOvVaw1ctu6oqe-1zyPzAFbs6132
Craig Durgan, a Port Ludlow Republican, echoed Gase’s sentiment that state legislators are overspending.
“We must cut off this crazy, out-of-control budget,” Durgan said. “Kevin seems to think the only way (to do that) is more taxes. I disagree.”
Zoning Changes Threaten Hadlock Sewer Project
Posted by Craig Durgan, Dec 29, 2020
Read entire article at: https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2020/12/29/zoning-changes-threaten-hadlock-sewer-project/
What’s happening, as I will explain, is that the very development density we need to provide affordable housing and increased commercial activity–the very density that will be needed so landowners can pay for the sewer–may be sacrificed for sake of open spaces and greenways that will take the place of apartments, parking lots and business buildings.
What does this mean? It means that once the property owners commit to paying $15M for a sewer then the county can pull the rug out from under them and change the zoning to restrict their ability to use, develop and make some money from their land and sewer investment. Instead of dense residential development that will provide affordable housing in multi-story apartments, townhomes, tiny houses and row homes, the DCD wants more parks and undeveloped spaces where no one can live except in a tent…
The $15M is the amount that the property owners would pay and once they agree to a Local Improvement District (LID) there is no going back. The county can change the zoning afterwards to whatever it wants.
This action by the county could be quite detrimental to existing property owners. No one in their right mind would agree to a LID only to have their zoning change to something unknown. The whole point of the sewer is to allow urban zoning and urban development, not more “outdoor recreation areas.”