Northwest NEWS

November 23, 1998

Local News

County sets hearings for sewer system expansion

SEATTLE--A King County Council sub-committee will hold three public hearings on options to expand the regional sewage system, including one meeting in Bothell.

   Among the options, King County Executive Ron Sims has recommended building a new treatment plant in north King or south Snohomish counties. Construction could cost $1 billion over 30 years.

   According to the county, the need to build new, or expand existing wastewater facilities at Renton and West Point, is because studies have shown that population will outstrip the capacity of the current wastewater system by 2010.

   The council's Regional Water Quality Committee has looked at the county's system for the past six months and will vote on ways to upgrade it next month. Already, the committee has voted to make new customers pay for growth to the system. Now, the committee will hold public hearings in Bothell, Renton, and Seattle on expansion plans.

   On Nov. 30, a public hearing is scheduled for the multi-purpose room of the Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Dr., Bothell, from 6 to 8 p.m.

   The other hearings are at the Carco Theater, 1717 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton, Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and the Magnolia Community Center, Madrona Room, 2550 34th Ave. W., Seattle, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

   After the water committee selects a preferred expansion plan, the upgrade and financing recommendations will be forwarded to the full County Council for a vote early next year.

   "These decisions will be pivotal to our region and our future as we strive to protect our water quality, protect public health and finalize a funding mechanism that ensures growth pays for growth," Councilman Larry Phillips of Seattle said in a press release. He chairs the committee.