Fraser Sanitation District dissolution hits a snag |

Fraser Sanitation District dissolution hits a snag

Dissolution of the Fraser Sanitation District is not proceeding as rapidly as the Town of Fraser had hoped.

At Wednesday’s Fraser Board of Trustees meeting, Town Manager Jeff Durbin reported that the petition for the district dissolution has been prepared but not yet filed with the District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs. Other documents required for the dissolution have already been sent.

While the town has done what is required to move forward, the dissolution is being held up, Durbin explained. The delay is due to opposition on the sanitation district’s board of directors.

While the majority of that board’s members has voted for the dissolution, a minority has continued to object to it, which has apparently resulted in a delay in the completion of the required paperwork. They have also written a letter to the editor opposing it and are insisting on a public referendum before any dissolution takes place.

At Wednesday’s meeting, which was chaired by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Sumrall, the trustees expressed frustration with the situation. They pointed out the delay in finalizing the dissolution would complicate the development of the town’s budget for next year.

If and when the dissolution of the sanitation takes place, it will effectively merge with the town. The town already handles the water service for district residents, and both the district and town share almost identical boundaries.

For the past several years, the town has provided administrative support and office facilities for the district. The town has argued the merger will “reduce redundancy” and provide a “higher level of service to the customer at a lower cost.

In other business Wednesday, the board listened to a presentation on the 2009 special events calendar by Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Ross. The trustees discussed with her some ideas on how to improve Fraser River Days, Picnic in the Park and other popular events.

The board also got to the opportunity to meet Penny Suazo, the new principal of Fraser Valley Elementary School. Prior to taking over her new position, she was the principal of a 600-student elementary school in Forks, Wash., for three years. Before moving to the Northwest, she lived in the Parshall area and was a principal in the West Grand School District for five years.

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