Northwest NEWS

September 30, 2002

Editorial

Ordinance change could lead to Brightwater and bus barn

I believe that changes to the Snohomish County ordinances may be intended as a method to avoid the legal roadblocks which have so far prevented the Bus Barn's arrival in our neighborhood. It may also be a method to defeat some of the potential future challenges that will be made to the sewage plant. This would mean a potential to have our neighborhood become the home of both the Northshore School District s bus barn and King County's Brightwater sewage plant.
   King County's Phase 2 document Siting the Brightwater Treatment Facilities phase 2 summary on page 62, table 7, System Characteristics indicates a community advantage of potential partnership opportunity with Northshore School District.
   The Bothell/Kenmore Reporter quotes Northshore School District Capital Projects Director Debra Hudacek as saying they will continue to pursue the site at Route 9 for the bus barn.
   If possible residents should attend meetings and testify about your concerns. Often there are very few people at these meetings which effect important issues. Another option more feasible for most people is to submit comments by email to the Snohomish County Planning Commission's staff secretary st carmen.foss@co.snohomish.wa.us.
   You may become a party of record by sending a written request to the Planning Commission Secretary, PDS, M/S 604, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201, testifying at the public hearing, or entering your name and address on a register provided for that purpose at the public hearing. A full text of the amendments, along with a DNS issued for these proposals pursuant to Title 23 SCC and SEPA is available for review at the Snohomish County Department of Planning and Development Services, Director's Office, 5th Floor, County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett. Carmen Foss, Planning Commission Clerk, (425) 388-3285.
   The Northshore School District has been seeking permits for about two years to relocate its bus barn from downtown Bothell to a 17-acre site on the proposed Brightwater campus. Located on the northern portion of the 111-acre Brightwater site, the district's property would hold a new support services facility.
   Despite the executive's recommendation, Capital Projects Director Debra Hudacek said the district will continue to pursue that site."We're still continuing to work on a mutually beneficial solution for both parties," she said. She added that the district also will look at other options in case an agreement cannot be reached.
   Tim Joseph, via e-mail