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Pee Wee field still in court

The Silverdale Pee Wees have filed a complaint and are seeking damages against Central Valley residents Mahlon and Doreen Wixson for tearing out fence posts that they say form the southern boundary of the embroiled practice ballfield.

“The original stakes are still in the ground,” said Pete Ross, which he believes constitute the property line. The ballfield is located at Paulson and Central Valley roads adjacent to the Wixson’s property.

Ross, a long time Pee Wees advocate and benefactor, said his brother’s company Royal Valley L.L.C., which leases the land to the Silverdale Pee Wees, is not involved in the suit.

According to the Pee Wees complaint, filed July 9 in Kitsap Superior Court, the Silverdale Pee Wees are asking for damages with an amount to be determined at a trial, attorneys fees and an injunction stopping the Wixsons from trespassing onto or destroying the property.

The Wixsons, who filed a suit in April against Royal Valley and the county regarding its decision to allow the ballfield, say the fence meant to screen the ballfield is on their property according to the original platt and should be removed.

Pete, his brother Ron Ross and their attorney were told of the property dispute and asked to stop building the fence, said Dave Wixson who spoke on behalf of his father who is out of town. The Rosses, he said, ignored their request.

Mahlon Wixson contacted his attorney Jack Burtch, who told them to dismantle the fence.

Burtch said the Rosses “appear to be hiding behind the Pee Wees” and the property dispute should be decided in court not in the press.

Wixson alleges the property line dispute is “nothing more than harassment and an attempt to distort the facts to posture for the upcoming review of the case,” referring to the land use case set to be heard in October.

“The legal action by my father against the county regarding the approval of the project (after it was built) is a separate issue from the line dispute,” Wixson said.

The field was used this spring with little protest, Ross said.

“It went absolutely perfect,” he said. Following the baseball season, Ross said he mailed out 40 surveys to people involved with the field including neighboring residents. Ten surveys came back, most positive. One resident when asked if he had been disturbed by activity at the field said “not yet,” Ross said.

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