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Sims signs sewer pact with city of Carnation

CARNATION - A much sought-after wastewater treatment plant in Carnation got a green light from King County last week.

King County Executive Ron Sims last week signed an agreement that would have King County build a wastewater treatment plant to serve parts of Carnation. The city of Carnation had signed the same agreement last month.

Under the agreement, the county will build a wastewater treatment plant while the city of Carnation would build the pipes in the city needed to connect it to businesses and houses. Once the treatment plant becomes operational, city residents and business owners would then pay to use the system.

Carnation Public Works Director Jim Dorsey said the preliminary site for the treatment facility is a city-owned, 8-acre swath of land directly north from Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. There is a shop and a home on the property, which Dorsey said may have to be removed for the plant.

Dorsey said the city had gone to the county three years ago to ask for a treatment plant and had its request denied. The county came back to the table, however, and the county and city had been in talks for the past year about the facility.

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