County Holds Meeting on Extending Belfair Sewer

Mason County held a public meeting Tuesday on phase two of the Belfair Sewer System. The purpose of the meeting was to take public comment on the County’s application to the State Department of Ecology for funding to design extending the sewer collection system out Old Belfair Highway. This proposed phase would including properties in the Belfair Urban Growth Area (UGA) north of the existing sewer system and west of the railroad tracks, eliminating more than 170 septic systems.

After brief presentations by Bart Stepp, Deputy Director/Utilities
and Waste Management for the County, Greg Zentner from the Department of Ecology, and Dave Windom, Community Development Director for the County, the majority of those to speak voiced their opposition to applying for the grant funding and asked the County to withdraw the applications or asked Ecology to deny the application. The meeting did get a little heated at times.

The County is excepting written comments on the application and the determination of non-significance for the phase’s SEPA until December 19th.

Another meeting on extending the sewer system will be scheduled next year.