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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Support downtown Freeland sewer plan

Editor,

We’re all familiar with the saying, “Some Things Never Change” — but I’m writing to say that just maybe some things DO change.

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Freeland Water and Sewer District. On the agenda were complaints from commercial rate payers about high water bills, followed by a presentation on sewers by district consultants. I expected the rate issue to be tabled. Instead the commissioners admitted the formula was unfair and voted to cut the rates. Bravo.

But the big surprise was their position on sewers. Those of you who follow this subject are familiar with the dismal history of Freeland sewers. But, if I was hearing right, the commissioners and their consultants might actually have it right. Instead of an oversized sewer plan that nobody wants, they’re looking at a plan that will serve just the downtown core and nothing more. Finally, a sensible plan that all of Freeland can get behind. And if we can help them turn good intentions into action, we could have an affordable, modern sewer system to hook up all of downtown in just a few years.

I encourage all South Whidbey business owners and commercial property owners to get involved and support this timely issue, because a sewer for downtown Freeland could be the cornerstone of future development and economic prosperity for all of South Whidbey.

RICHARD SOTO

Harbor Inn

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