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A4 -'., The Arlington Times Wednesday, Continued from page A I According to Snohomish Coun- ty Health District Supervisor Randy Darst, no town in Sno- homish County or any adjoining county has ever been forced to install a sewer system. Department of Ecology employ- ee David Nunely said his agency is not taking enforcement steps toward the town of Darrington either. "The town is having troubles growing," Nunely said. "We [the DUEl are not going to do anything if you don't get a sewer." Residents at the meeting contin- ued to question the reasoning behind the proposed sewer. "Part of the way of life in Dar- rington is not to push things down other people's throats," said one man in the audience. "I know the business owners would like to see a sewer system, but a lot of resi- dents don't want it. Listen to the voice of the people." The council was asked if resi- dents will have an opportunity to vote on the sewer proposal before any decision is made. "It is a bit premature at this point," Councilwoman Cindy Anderson said. "We are not ready to make a decision yet. We plan on having several public meetings before we make a decision." Councilwoman Lavinia Bryson said she believes the residents should be allowed to vote on the sewer proposal before the town enters any agreement to proceed with the project. "l have been doing my home- work and no one can tell us we are going to have to install a sewer system in Darrington," Bryson said. "I can't buy that $6 million is a good price for people on a fixed income. You have to take into con- sideration what people can afford. That can't be based on want. It has to be based on need." Bryson volunteered to head up a committee to look at sewer sys- tem alternatives. She said the com- mittee could look at options and report to the council. "I've collected the names of people in favor of the system and against it," Bryson said. "There are even people that are undecided who would like to become involved." The council had first consid- ered a system that discharged its treated effluent into the Sauk River. That option has been almost entirely abandoned because of concerns expressed by the Sauk- Sxiiattle Indian Tribe and the Unit- etl States Forest Service. The council is now pursuing a land disposal option. Instead of discharging the treated water into the river, it can be used for irrigat- ing city parks and yards. This option adds an additional $500,000 to the price tag, bringing the total to $6.7 million. The money to fund the project is expected to come from grants and loans from the Department of Ecology and United States Depart- ment of Rural Development. The loans would be financed at 5 per- cent for 40 years. According to public works superintendents from Concrete and Arlington, the life expectan- cy ol' a waste water treatment plant is 20-25 years. "We installed our plant in 1973 and are currently out of compli- ance," said Allen Wilkins of Con- crete Public Works Depart- ment. "We have an estimate of $3 million to bring our system up to date. Life expectancy for a treatment plant is usually about 20 years." Arlington has revamped its sewer plant three times. The plant was originally built in the 1950s, redone in 1973 and then again in 1998. "It is no simple task to operate and maintain a system," said Arlington Public Works Superin- tendent Terry Castle. "The rules and regulations change as time goes by and facilities become out- dated. The life expectancy is 20-25 years before there has to be a major rehabilitation done." The proposed Darrington sewer . system, which is being proposed to handle a 30-percent growth rate, does not include the two newly annexed areas of the town. One of those includes about 300 acres owned by Summit Timber. Dempsey, who works for Summit Timber and is on the list of candidates interested in fill- million is a good price forpeople on a fixed income." N '7 can't buy that $6 ing a Snohomish ~ County Council ~ a~ seat being vacat- -- M ~.~J ed by Rick .,..J ~' ~ Larsen (see story on page A2), has j:: LAVINIA BRYSON said that Sum ...... Damngton Town Council mit is willing to donate a site for location of the =:!if:i" new sewer plant ..... Despite the i::,:::: contention by :::: some that the sewer plant will encourage growth, that is not always the case. In Concrete, for instance, City Clerk Mickey Zitkovich said the town has seen very little growth since its sewer system was built :: 27 years ago. "No one has moved here just because we have a sewer," Zitkovich said. The Darrington Town Council has promised to continue to hold community meetings on the sewer issue. A date for a future sewer meet- ing was not available at press time. 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He was with a black face, a white stripes and black Anyone witll regarding this Arlington Police 360.435.2324. This is the robbed in the area months. On July 25, Arlington Crossing was No on~ has -b~e-~ case, , ,,,~,~ :' Thieves nab school The ~lin~qton Times ~taff, DARRINGTON -- Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from the Darrington School District over Veterans Day week- end. According to Darrington High School Superintendent Ken Schutz, a dead bolt did not stop the bur- glars from gaining entry into the portable classroom located on the school campus. "They busted get in," Schutz A televisior~, microphone arid are among the the school Anyone with burglary is Snohomish in Darrington at I EDIUM II III II l III l II II II II II l II II l II II II II II III II HOG FUEL GRAVEL Also Available: Top Soil, Drain I | FREE DELIVERY, W/MIN. LOAD 4116~ ,, ......... a_____. 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