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Pact reached on Carlsborg sewer

A sewage treatment system for Carlsborg moved one step closer to reality Nov. 2 when the county and Clallam County Public Utility District agreed on responsibilities and scope of work for the $15 million project.

Clallam PUD spokesman Jeff Beaman said the next step is finalizing a contract with BHC Consultants of Seattle for the sewer treatment plant's final plan.

"We're hoping to finish the engineering report by the end of the month for the technical specs.

"Then by the end of January, we hope to complete the biological assessment, hydrogeological study and archaeological study," he said.



Draft, final plans

The plant's draft facilities plan could be done by the end of February, Beaman said.

Next would be the public review process before submitting the final plan to the state Department of Ecology in June, he said.

More than 100 people attended a June 18 meeting at Greywolf Elementary School on the proposed sewer and reuse water system.

The system's preliminary route runs north along Mill Road and then east along Idea Place to the Clallam PUD Service Center.



Cost: $15 million

Estimated construction cost is almost $15 million with a projected $5 million coming from state and federal grants and the remainder from an estimated 120 parcels, possibly over a 20-year period.

The county has budgeted $3 million and will seek state and federal funding for the initial cost of the main trunk line.

Neighborhoods and

property owners have the option of hooking up after it opens in 2012.

The idea is building an interceptor line by 2012 and expanding it over 20 years but there's no definite plan yet.



District within

a district

Tom Martin, Clallam PUD's assistant water and sewer superintendent, said at the June 18 meeting that a local utility district would be formed at property owners' request from property owners such as Local Utility District No. 10 that serves Greywolf Elementary School and the surrounding area.

That process can start with a petition from 10 percent of the property owners.

A local utility district can borrow money at a lower interest rate than private property owners and repay the loan through assessments against the properties. It also allows spreading the cost over 20 years.

According to the tentative schedule, construction would last from January 2011 to May 2012 with sewer service beginning June 2012 and the first assessments due in October 2012.



Reach Brian Gawley at bgawley@sequimgazette.com.

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