Op-ed: Ronald Wastewater District prefers communication over litigation

Thursday, June 20, 2013

By Michael U. Derrick, General Manager, Ronald Wastewater District

On May 22 the Shoreline City Council held a special meeting to authorize a lawsuit against Ronald Wastewater District for a perceived breach of its Interlocal Agreement with the City. Heeding public comment that was unanimously opposed to the City filing suit, Mayor McGlashan announced that the Council would not sue and the Council directed city staff to open a dialogue with the District.

On June 12, 2013, Ronald Wastewater District presented a letter to the City of Shoreline requesting a date for such a dialogue “in a spirit of mutual respect.” The District believes both agencies are “motivated by what is in the best interest of the people who pay for and depend upon sewer and other government services.”

According to Board President Wadekamper, “There are some significant legal flaws with the Interlocal Agreement. We want to talk with the City about them and negotiate a mutually agreeable solution in good faith.”

Ronald Wastewater District is a locally controlled municipal government that has provided sewer service to its ratepayers since 1951.


Anonymous,  June 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM  

If there are some significant legal flaws with the inter-local agreement, they should be sorted out in a court of law, by a judge

Anonymous,  June 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM  

Upon reading the letter linked to this article, my concerns about the tenor of the Shoreline City Council are confirmed. For six decades now, Ronald Wastewater has been an independent public service provider that has acted in the best interest of the citizens they serve, and has served the public well. Please all, be informed on this important subject. Read the letter.

Anonymous,  June 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM  

So the city gets $7M from Ronald Wastewater and still wants to take them over. Why? Is $800K/year not enough? Follow the money. Doubt the city wants to take over sewer to reduce what people pay.

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