Local entities unveil east-end sewer plan



(Port Angeles, WA) -- Installation of a sewer line to the business commuinity east of Port Angeles would have an "enormous potential" for future growth, according to Port Angeles mayor Glenn Wiggins.

Various officials looking into the proposed project spoke to the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce yesterday. including the County, Public Utility District #1, the Economic Development Council and chamber executive Russ Veenema, who pointed out that the proposed sewer applies only to commercial properties.

In the past, residents in the area, which include Gales Addition, have rejected annexation efforts by the City. But business development has stalled because of a lack of proper drain fields for septic systems. Many business systems have failed as well. Of 90 property owners surveyed, 62 responsed.

Most said they didn't want to expand, but agreed a sewer line would make their property more valuable, and several said their approval of the new system would depend on the cost, EDC Director Jim Haguewood talked with the owners of the K-Mart property about the limitations there.

Haguewood says the property owner feels Port Angeles is missing out on good commercial opportunities What happens next? County Administrator Dan Engelbertsen says more talks are needed If, eventually, the petitions are signed, and the sewer line is approved, it would still take about a year before construction would begin, according to PUD Director Dennis Bickford.


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