November 4, 2002
Brightwater news shorts
Political candidates Elizabeth Bookspan, Joshua Freed and Toby Nixon marched through Woodinville with 150 energetic Brightwater protesters last Saturday.
The march was clearly a protest by families to the billion dollar-plus sewage plant proposed for a 110-acre site within two miles of downtown Woodinville.
Children, teens and adults carried balloons, flags, signs and banners. Sno-King Environmental Alliance members - the march organizers - passed out fliers indicating seven area schools are within 2 miles of the proposed plant location. Three other schools are just outside the 2-mile radius.
Marchers shouted, "Brightwater stinks!" and "If you smell soup, you'll smell poop!" Passing drivers honked in support.
The march was organized by word of mouth in less than a week. Organizers were encouraged by the turnout.
Brightwater officials confirm that King County is talking with the Northshore School District about purchasing a 17-acre parcel of land on which the district intended to build a bus barn.
Brightwater Siting and Mitigation Manager Michael Popiwny said he did not feel purchase talks were premature.
"The county has a process of 'surplussing' land," said Popiwny, "and if it happened that we didn't use (the Route 9) site - for whatever reason - the county could re-sell the land."
Brightwater officials feel they need the school district's 17 acres to create a buffer for the proposed sewage plant and to create an appropriate transition from the urban to the rural district, he said.
Popiwny also said the county is working with some 20 land owners around the Route 9 site to request access to their land to begin studies that will help the county appraise the various parcels of land.
He said the county was not working on any land appraisals in Edmonds.
Apparently the county is not worried that Triad Development Inc. is planning to build 295 luxury condos on 22.5 acres of the Unocal tank farm property in Edmonds. Triad plans to apply for a site plan review this month.
"Triad understands the (Edmonds) site is still under consideration," said Popiwny. "Christie True has been very clear about this. The Route 9 site is our preferred site.
However, we are analyzing both sites, as well as three (pipeline routes) and two outfall locations."