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Council votes 4-3 against approving interlocal agreement with WSUD

A week after West Sound Utility District commissioner unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with the city, Port Orchard councilmembers voted 4-3 against the same agreement at its Feb. 25 meeting.

After a nearly hour-long discussion, which included a 15-minute executive session, the council unanimously approved a motion for three councilmembers who voted against the agreement to work with the city attorney and meet with WSUD and come back within 30 days with a recommendation for the council.

Voting in favor of the agreement were Councilmembers Rob Putannsuu, Bek Ashby and Jeff Cartwright. John Clauson, Jerry Childs, Fred Chang and Cindy Lucarelli — filling in as mayor protem — voted against approving the contract.

The 1983 agreement was extended to March 1 to accommodate input from the city and WSUD. Both sides have been working on the agreement for 18 months or more.

The purpose of the interlocal agreement for the management and operations of the wastewater treatment facilities is to formalize new terms and conditions for the partnership relative to ownership, management and operations of the South Kitsap Water Reclamation Facility (SKWRF) located in Annapolis.

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