PASCO -- The Port of Walla Walla would like to become Pasco's wholesale customer for sewer services.
The Pasco City Council on Monday looked at a preliminary proposal to treat sewage from the 120-acre Burbank Business Park.
The port would build the infrastructure to bring the waste to Pasco's system, including a pipe underneath the Snake River.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield said the engineering is simple, but the council must consider the politics.
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The council needs to decide if the city should provide sewer service to an area that could compete with Pasco for industrial development, he said.
Pasco has asked for a $2,000 payment in lieu of taxes each month to address this issue, he said.
Jim Kuntz, Port of Walla Walla executive director, said the port plans to attract commercial, warehousing and light manufacturing businesses to the business park. The port lacks the ability to provide services for heavy industrial or food processing use.
Pasco intends to build a sewer plant in northwest Pasco to better serve the growth anticipated in that area, Crutchfield said. Waste from that part of town would be too difficult to transport to the current plant.
One of the proposal's advantages to Pasco would be getting monthly utility payments from the port, he said.
The port will pay for the $2.1 million project to build a pipeline under the Snake River and connect new lines and pump stations to Pasco's treatment system, Kuntz said.
And the port would pay $750,000 to the city of Pasco as a buy-in fee to the sewer system, Kuntz said. That's doesn't include $2,000 a month in lieu of taxes and the monthly utility bill.
The port doesn't have tenants for the business park yet, which is located where the new Highway 12 interchange is being built.
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