Port Angeles public hearing set on old pump house

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles City Council will conduct a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to designate as surplus the property at the corner of North Jones and East Water streets which once was used as a pump station to supply water to the Rayonier pulp mill.

The property has not been used for any city purpose since the Rayonier mill, which operated for 67 years on the Port Angeles waterfront, closed in 1997. In June of this year, a potential buyer inquired about it, according to an agenda memo.

The council is required by statute to have a public hearing before deciding property is surplus and to gather information about the fair market value of property before selling it.

If the pump house property is sold, proceeds will go to the city water utility.

If it is sold, Public Works employees will have to disconnect the pump house building from piping and will assess if equipment in the building is salvageable, according to the memo.

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m., or soon thereafter, during a hybrid meeting in council chambers at 321 E. Fifth St., or remotely by video or telephone link.

To join the meeting online, visit www.cityofpa.us/Live-Virtual-Meetings or https://cityofpa.webex.com/cityofpa/onstage/g.php?MTID=eeed713c2ea4b12b5fb90a6804d1faf51. To listen only, call 1-844-992-4726 and enter access code 2558 044 3422.

To provide pre-recorded messages to the City Council by phone, call 360-417-4504. Messages received will be made a part of the final record. Comments should be received by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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