Northwest NEWS

August 28, 2000

Editorial

Letters to the Editor

To my fellow Carnation residents
   Where do you work? Where do you go to fill your prescriptions or buy clothing or buy bulk foods It is not in Carnation and has not been in at least the past ten years.
   Not because of lack of sewers and therefore lack of businesses, as the council would tell us, but because the majority of us commute outside of our rural valley to places that are more populated and have services that often are attached to large chain stores, and so, are often less expensive.
   The majority of the residents of our town take ful advantage of the QFC, Ho Won, Blakes, Starbucks, all within a mall that has its own sewer system. Will their rents go up as the city declares that since they are part of the city, they must contribute to the new system?
   When at one of the local sewer forums, I asked the county representative if he had any documented proof of septic system failure in the town, he hesitated and then said no.
   We have no tax base and can barely support our schools and police department. By further taxing the residents of town by adding a sewer connection fee and monthly service fees, what is the expected gain? I cannot imagine this town, due to flood plain restriction, growing with businesses.
   Can you imagine another Duvall sprawling over the hills and replacing open territory with Safeway compounds? Is this why you live in Carnation?
   Many, many residents understand the need for the downtown corridor to be provided with a sewer system that will afford more growth if it will indeed come.
   But that consideration has never been a consideration. Mouthed platitudes about how it is only affordable if the whole city is involved. (And we should want it.)
   Again, remember that no matter what your involvement has been to date, you really do not have a voice to stand up against what has already been decided by our city elders.
   When, and if, this comes to a vote on how we will pay for it, what bonds we will approve, it is only through your pocketbook that you might get the chance to oppose this grandiose scheme coming to your town.
   The impact to the environment and the impact of the physical plant for the sewer placed on the flood plain, have all been explained away. Sure. We can believe that swimming in the Snoqualmie River is still safe, and that the effluent discharged into the river has been adequately treated. No thanks.
   And the idea of affordable housing being a by-product of the sewer installation makes me laugh.
   There are no cheap houses in Carnation now. If you tax the existing residents to the point of breaking, who is going to pay for the improvements? New people moving to the valley to live? So, "Disillusioned about open forum," I remain your neighbor, for now, until the taxes take me away from this one-time quiet farm community.
   Mitchell Zimmerman, Carnation