works with City of Pasco to develop sewer treatment plans for Burbank park
unique regional partnership, the Port of Walla Walla
and City of Pasco are finalizing an agreement for the
City of Pasco to become the sewer treatment provider
for the Port's Burbank Business Park.
The Port of Walla Walla is currently
preparing to develop a 120 acre business park zoned
for commercial and light industrial uses adjacent to
the new US Highway 12 interchanges accessing Burbank.
The Port hopes to have the binding site plan completed
in the 1st quarter of 2012.
While the Port could install traditional
septic systems throughout the business park, the Port
Commission believes the more ecologically prudent solution
is to have off-site sewer treatment services provided.
Under the proposal with Pasco, the Port
will access Pasco's excess capacity by installing
a pipeline under the Snake River to connect to a city-owned
sewer trunk. The Port estimates the cost at $2.1 million. The Port would also
pay the city a one-time connection fee of $900,000 for
the first 100,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity
along with monthly sewer treatment fees.
"This is the most cost-effective
option," says Port Commission President Mike Fredrickson.
" Building a stand alone treatment plant in Burbank
would cost in excess of $6 million."
In its negotiation with Pasco, Fredrickson
emphasized that the Port is also making sure the sewer
service delivery area encompasses the majority of the
Burbank community. "This way, if requested, the
sewer service can be extended beyond the boundaries
of the Burbank Business Park," he explained.
to transportation task force
Walla Walla Port Commissioner
Mike Fredrickson is one of 30 Washington state residents
named to a new transportation task force, "Connecting
Governor Chris Gregoire said the
committee is charged with developing a
10-year transportation investment and
funding plan to "improve and maintain our transportation
system and help keep our communities and businesses
The group mission:
• Review statewide transportation
• Recommend the most promising
projects for investment
• Identify potential revenue sources
• Develop a 10-year investing
and funding plan for the state transportation system
• Present the plan in January
2012 to the state Legislature for consideration
In addition to Fredrickson, membership
includes persons from local governments, transits, business
and labor, state lawmakers, the Washington DOT, environmentalists,
and bicycle-pedestrian interests.