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County hearing is Monday for Snoqualmie mill site annex

A public hearing and possible action on an annexation agreement for the Snoqualmie mill site is planned for Monday, April 23, before the King County Council.

In late March, the county’s Transportation, Economy, and Environment Committee unanimously adopted new protections, proposed by County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, while voting to recommend the interlocal agreement for annexation to the full council.

The agreement will be considered at the regular council meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in chambers  on the tenth floor of the King County Courthouse.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to testify on the legislation, and there will be a testimony sign-up sheet at the clerk’s window on the left-hand side of the tenth floor lobby. Testimony time allocates two minutes per person; comments can also be submitted in writing.

In an e-mail, Lambert stated that the agreement offers a compromise balancing needs of all parties, and includes  additional protection for surrounding residents.

“Annexation of this site could happen either by interlocal agreement (which is what this legislation approves) or by petition of the property owner,” she wrote. “If annexation were pursued by petition, it could move forward on its own and King County would not have any say in the terms of the annexation. In that scenario, the citizens of unincorporated King County would then not have any of the additional protections and concessions that are provided for in the (agreement).”

 

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