Poulsbo sewer plan flush with changes

POULSBO — Though the city’s comprehensive plan has yet to fully take shape, one of its most important elements, the Comprehensive Sanitary Sewer Plan, received the go ahead Aug. 8 night to finalize its findings and wrap up a process which has involved not just city staffers, but citizens as well.

After reviewing the plan with city employees and the Lemolo Citizens Club, assistant public works director Andrzej Kasiniak said there are just a few more things to do before the project can be sent to the Washington State Department of Ecology for approval.

“The plan is pretty much done,” he said. “Then we’ll stop and wait for the citywide comprehensive plan to catch up.”

The final three tasks include a capacity assessment of city sewer mains that will calculate existing and future flows in comparison to pipe capacity. This would allow city staff to reaffirm information in existing documents about the ability of current pipes to accommodate flows as the city’s population increases. Also planned is the expansion of the inflow and infiltration reduction program, which could allow the city to regain capacity in existing pipes. Additional meetings and coordination are the third leg of the project. The total expenditure for the contract with Parametrix to complete these tasks is $16,758.

“This will allow us to scour a little bit deeper the issue that was raised by the public,” Kasiniak said. “It’s a good plan... I think it is important that we have a comprehensive plan which shows that we can accommodate growth.”

City planning director Barry Berezowsky said the final comprehensive layout will incorporate the comprehensive sewer plan, as well as comprehensive storm water, water and transportation plans in its land use strategy.

“These all need to be adopted as part of the overarching land use plan,” he said. “The next step will be to draft the various chapters of the comprehensive plan and make those available for community review and comment.”

Berezowsky said a draft of the final comprehensive plan should be available by late September. Work groups are scheduled to address the project through December, and a review of the final draft is slated for January 2008.

“At this point in time we’re tentatively scheduled for the plan to be adopted late March of 2008,” he said. “Within the process, community members will be able to provide feedback.”

Councilman Mike Regis said as the final comprehensive plan comes along, using technology to perfect plans such as the sanitary sewer plan will benefit the city.

“Technology has come in our favor,” he said. “This amendment allows (Kasiniak) to go into a deeper analysis. It supports the draft document’s attempt to clarify.”

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