Funding for Carlsborg's sewer project one step closer

The funding process for a proposed sewer system in Carlsborg is moving forward after two key developments at the end of August.

The Clallam County Public Utilities District board of commissioners approved a facilities plan for the Carlsborg Sewer Project on Aug. 30 and will pass it on to the Department of Ecology for approval.

"The facilities plan is a requirement," Commissioner Will Purser said. "(It is) one of the incremental steps we need to take to apply for funding. Our goal is to finance most of this project with grants to lessen the impact on customers and lower their assessments."

The facilities plan is by no means final approval of the project, he said.

The project also made it on the preliminary draft list for funding from the Public Works Trust Fund, said Carol Creasey, Clallam County senior planner.

"We asked for $10 million and they (the Public Works board) continued that on, so the Public Works Trust feels we need $10 million," she said.

The list will go before state legislators and the governor for final approval, she said.

The $10 million would be in the form of a 0.5-percent interest loan with a five-year deferment and 30 years to pay it off, she said.

A total of 74 projects made the list, she said. The fund has $390 million available but it is up to the governor and legislators to determine how much is doled out, she said.

Linking with Sequim

At the Aug. 30 meeting, the PUD commissioners also instructed staff to resurrect the idea of connecting to Sequim's sewer system, Purser said.

When Carlsborg first was declared out of compliance with the Washington State Growth Management Act, connecting to Sequim was one of the main options, he said.

With the expansion of Sequim's treatment plant and the city's interest in offering the service to outlying areas, it could be more feasible now than it was before, Purser said.

"We'll factor in the Sequim alternative if that looks attractive," he said.

Before the sewer project can move forward, Carlsborg residents must petition to form a Local Utility District.

"At some point we need to see a petition from the citizens out there to see if they want the sewer system, then we'll go from there," Purser said.

Many Carlsborg residents have expressed concerns over how much it would cost them for the system. Purser said with the limited funding already in place the assessment to property owners wouldn't look attractive to him if he were one.

The Sequim School District board, which has Greywolf Elementary School in Carlsborg, listened to project officials talk about the proposed sewer system at a Sept. 13 board meeting.

"The board has not taken any position regarding the project at this point because up until now it has been more conversation than anything else," Sequim School District Superintendent Bill Bentley said.

The school was built in 1991 and has not had any septic problems that he is aware of, he said.

'Visioning workshop'

The Carlsborg Community Advisory Committee hosts a Carlsborg Urban Growth Area visioning workshop at

6 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the PUD Facility at 110 Idea Place, Carlsborg. The purpose of the workshop is to develop and share people's ideas and thoughts on a sustainable Carlsborg with other community members and government agencies.

"The workshop is a hands-on visualization process supported by a commercial artist," Clallam County Senior Planner Carol Creasey said. "After the workshop, the artist will provide community composite renderings of the integrated visions."

Space is limited to 25 so registration is required. To reserve space call Creasey at 417-2423.

The PUD received $2,068,000 from the State Public Works board to fund the Fairview Water Project. There are 1,524 water customers in the Fairview water system, which includes the Agnew, Deer Park and O’Brien areas. Customers get water from a treatment plant on Morse Creek and a well near The Bluffs. The Fairview Water Project will provide a reliable backup water source to support the upper Fairview area and address seasonal water shortages, said Michael Howe, PUD executive communications coordinator.

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