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North Bend moves forward with sewer project

The Utility Local Improvement District (U.L.I.D) is about getting sewer from the North Bend urban growth areas to the city's water treatment plant, say city officials.

On Thursday, April 13, the city will hold the first of many public meetings to plan the sewer line project (U.L.I.D.), which will extend sewer services east of town to include zoned commercial and residential property on both sides of North Bend Way east to the Tanner/Truck Town areas.

The city has already contracted engineering consultants and an appraising firm to conduct a special benefits study.

North Bend Public Works director Ron Garrow said the city is making provisions for other areas beside the North Bend Way corridor. The project will also include designated urban growth areas on Maloney Grove Road, and the sewer line will extend to middle school No. 3, which is now under construction north of the truck stop, even though it's not designated as part of the urban growth area.

Garrow said the city can make a special provision for schools. "We will simply modify the Comprehensive Growth Plan to meet the community needs such as new schools that fall just outside the growth boundaries," he said.

According to Snoqualmie Valley School District construction project manager Clint Marsh, the new middle school will be completed September 2008 and of the 40-acre lot, 10 acres have been set aside for a future elementary school, however no funds are available for this project yet.

The improvement district was created when local residents, who would benefit from city sewer service, collected the required 50-percent residential signature count and brought it to the North Bend City Council.

"We knew then this project is what the people wanted," Garrow said.

However, paying for this project is another matter. The city and residents had to reach an agreement and share the costs.

"The agreement calls for the up-front costs to be covered mostly by the residents. For every $100,000 the residents pay, the city pays $50,000," Garrow said.

Garrow also said the estimated construction cost is roughly 6 million, and this figure could easily go up. He figures it will work out to be about 25 cents per square foot.

The completion date is set for June 2008. Actual construction is expected to begin by June 2007.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 13 at Sallal Grange hall located at 12912 432nd Ave. S.E. For more information, call the city's public works department at (425) 888-3502.

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