(Seattle, WA)On an 8 – 0 vote Monday, September 20, the Seattle City Council approved Council Bill 116792, a new ten-year agreement with Pend Oreille County.  This represents the City’s impact payment obligation for the operation of Boundary Dam in Northeastern Washington.  The agreement concludes two years of negotiations between the city and county.  The previous agreement ended in December, 2008.
 
“We are delighted to see these negotiations come to a successful result,” stated County Commission Chair, Diane Wear.  “It’s been a difficult process for all concerned, but, in the end, it’s a very positive conclusion for all of us. The City Light employees at Boundary Dam are an integral part of almost every event that takes place in Pend Oreille County and we appreciate their support and community involvement.”
 

(Seattle, WA)On an 8 – 0 vote Monday, September 20, the Seattle City Council approved Council Bill 116792, a new ten-year agreement with Pend Oreille County.  This represents the City’s impact payment obligation for the operation of Boundary Dam in Northeastern Washington.  The agreement concludes two years of negotiations between the city and county.  The previous agreement ended in December, 2008.
 
“We are delighted to see these negotiations come to a successful result,” stated County Commission Chair, Diane Wear.  “It’s been a difficult process for all concerned, but, in the end, it’s a very positive conclusion for all of us. The City Light employees at Boundary Dam are an integral part of almost every event that takes place in Pend Oreille County and we appreciate their support and community involvement.”
 
“Boundary Dam is an essential part of our power portfolio,” added City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco.  “It was important to all of us, especially our ratepayers and the residents of Pend Oreille County, to reach agreement.  The resolution adopted by the Council puts in place a solid foundation for reaching common ground on impact agreements in the future.”
 
The term of the agreement is for 2010 – 2019, for a total of $19,043,638 million, which reflects approximately a $3.7 million increase above the previous agreement.  The Pend Oreille County Commission approved the agreement on August 24, 2010. 
 
Pend Oreille County, located in Northeastern Washington has 13,100 residents and covers a large territory 67 miles long and 22 miles wide.  Pend Oreille was the last county to be formed in Washington State.  It is home to a bounty of recreational opportunities and natural beauty.
 

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