City moving on pump station

A station in Skansie Brothers Park is now preferred option

Staff writerJune 25, 2014 

*An earlier version of this story misidentified the location of lift station 4B. It has been corrected. 

The Gig Harbor City Council directed staff to pursue building a new lift station at the end of Rosedale Street in Jerisich Park.

The Council is not currently considering an option utilitzing the basement of the Skansie Brothers House at this time, as decided at a work session following Monday night’s meeting.

The pump station, known in wastewater circles as a “lift station,” has been an issue for about three years.

Only recently has it been in the public eye, as Council hears options for replacing the station.

The next step is gathering information to present in an open house.

“We want to make sure the public understands what is being done,” Mayor Jill Guernsey said.

Darrell Winans, wastewater treatment plant supervisor, was on hand for questions. Council member Ken Malich wanted to know the life span of this new building.

“We’re trying to make sure we do this one time,” Winans said. “This is a structure you don’t ever want to have to go back in and re-do.”

For Council member Steve Ekberg, there are still reservations about view blockage in the harbor.

“When you come down Rosedale, you won’t be seeing what you see now,” he said.

The new pump house won’t be on the council agenda for a few months and public hearings will be scheduled.

Also at the meeting, the Council gave approval to the Harbor Element of the city’s comprehensive plan. Council member Casey Arbenz was absent.

In public comment, former mayor Gretchen Wilbert came to the pedestal to testify about the success of the Boys and Girls Club’s Senior Program. She said the organization might look for a grant soon and the Council should strongly consider it.

The Council discussed the marijuana moratorium to make sure staff and Council were on the same page after a heated meeting.

Staff is drafting definitions of different city sites and will bring them to Council sometime in July.

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