When it comes to no-brainers, our current City Council seems, well, kind of brainless.
Item #1: The City's Morse Creek hydroelectric facility. This is a tiny little dam that was built in 1924. Yes, 1924. It was originally built just as a dam dam, to provide water to the City, and later was turned into a small hydroelectric power source. A small one. As in, at its peak it provided .3 percent of the City's electrical power. Yes, that's .3 percent.
The 100% solution to .3% of our energy needs! And we can use the water to
plant these magic beans I got!
It was inactive from 1997 to 2004, and has been semi-permanently shut down since 2012. It needs, at a minimum, tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and more in ongoing maintenance if it ever hopes to be functional again. Realistically, the cost to get it operational again could rise into six figures. All with the best possible outcome of producing .3 percent of the City's electricity. (An amount that could more easily be saved if we all turned off a single light for a single day out of the year.)
In other words, it's a money pit. That seems crystal clear to me, anyway. So when the City Council is presented with a clear up or down, yes or no decision to be made - do we keep it shuttered or pay to repair it - they do what seems to be second-nature to them: They avoid making a decision, but hire an out of town consultant (for tens of thousands of dollars more) to "look into their options."
If I were feeling charitable, I'd say they're doing this to maintain the illusion that they're "doing something." But more realistically, the cynical side of me says that staff have helped lead the Council to this outcome in order to funnel more money to a favored consultant. Either way, it's stupid, pure and simple.
But not as purely stupid as the simple "solution" Brad Collins proposed for the City's garbage bluff problem, which is Item #2. Though the City bought the property in question way back in 1947, Collins says the City should "give the landfill back to the County."
Hey Clallam County...We've got a present for you!
Remember when all those people who had invested in PenPly wanted to get some of their money back from the people behind the failed mill, and Grant Munro told them to "pound sand"? Well, that's a warm and fuzzy response compared to the County's response to Collins' idea. Which is not even a little bit surprising, because what Collins proposed was remarkably, deeply, impossibly stupid. So stupid that he should be embarrassed to have said it in public.
Yes, these are the people at the helm of the ship. No wonder so many of us feel a need to keep a constant watch out for icebergs...